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Sunday, 24 September

23:01

Allan Clarke: Young Aboriginal LGBTI people are killing themselves. We need to protect them "IndyWatch Feed National"

Allan Clarke. Photograph: NITV Share this Post The small township of Bourke in far western New South Wales is a small speck of dust swimming in a vast ocean of ruby red dirt and is home to the Barkindji people since time immemorial. Every summer a wave of heat unfurls over the region, coming in from a flat scrub thick ...

22:23

Tony Abbott head-butter Astro Labe left his mate for dead - Tasmania Coroner's report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Delightful creature. The failure of those other persons present when Mr Green suffered his injury to more positively act to assess his health state could well therefore have contributed to his death. Record of Investigation into Death Coroners Act 1995 Coroners Regulations 1996 Regulation 14 Form 4 I, Stephen Raymond...

22:00

Kaliya Identify Woman Young: Humanizing Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kaliya Hamlin Young

Humanizing technology

Its easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when its developed with social and emotional intelligence..

One key element of the answer to that question is to generate a digital identity that is not under the control of a corporation, an organization or a government.

I have been co-leading the community surrounding the Internet Identity Workshop for the last 12 years. After many explorations of the techno-possibility landscape we have finally made some breakthroughs that will lay the foundations of a real internet-scale infrastructure to support what are called user-centric or self-sovereign identities.

21:59

Trump at the UN and Team America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form).The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form). (Photo: Screenshot from Team America: World Police)

 

WARNING: This article discusses an R-Rated satire movie with crude sexual themes, violence, racism etc. If you are easily offended, please do not read this article.

This weeks news is almost identical to the plot of the 2004 smash hit movie Team America: World Police, made by the creators of South Park.

Dont believe me?

North Koreas program of weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to the lives of millions of people, not to mention the stability of the fragile international order. There is strong evidence they are cooperating with Islamist extremists in Iran to secure nuclear weapons capabilities for both countries. Left-wing activist movements with a strong media presence urge restraint and negotiations and blame American aggression for the crisis. An effete and ineffectual United Nations meddles and hand-wrings, but ultimately does nothing. Meanwhile erstwhile allies look on askance at what they see as Americas crass, boorish, cowboy approach, lamenting that force alone cannot solve geopolitical problems. Many are asking if ...

19:30

CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald set to be released in October have gone missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act

19:18

Tanya Plibersek nervous no vote could win marriage equality campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tanya Plibersek, Australian Labor Party Deputy Opposition leader:

But Tanya Plibersek sees apathy as the biggest threat to the yes campaign.

 Ive been nervous the whole way, she told ABCs Insiders. I think its going to be very interesting to see the level of turnout.

I think that the biggest threat to the yes campaigns success is people assuming that this is in the bag because they know that a majority of Australians support marriage equality and they think well, my vote wont matter, you know, everybody else will post back their yes vote.

The Guardian article below

 

The pro-gay marriage crowd in Australia keep saying that the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage but theres no solid evidence of this. Its just liberal pro gay marriage spin.

Christians should help the No vote by not being apathetic, not believing gay and liberal propaganda about the result, and tick the NO box on their ballot form and pop it in the post.

The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek nervous no vote could win marriage equality campaign

Deputy Labor leader says greatest threat to same-sex marriage is apathy, while rejecting claims the worst behaviour has come from the yes side

...

18:40

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone  This is taken from the amazing Laurens own blog..  (Thanks Lauren)

http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

 

*This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning. I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

We sit, encircling a big, warm camp fire, enthralled by the entertaining Uncle Geoffrey Stokes, Wongatha elder as he tells us story after story from his vast deposit of life experiences. We gaze up to the starriest sky wed ever seen as he and Hannah and Zakquisha, Tjiwarl children from this land point out where the giant dark emu lies within the milky river above our heads and tell us t...

18:37

Their ABC - Tanya Plibersek defends YES spam text messages - "It's ridiculous" that people are upset "IndyWatch Feed National"

SSM: Tanya Plibersek defends Yes campaign after thousands receive same-sex marriage texts By political reporter Henry Belot Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek has defended an unsolicited text message campaign urging people to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage survey. Key points: Australian Marriage Equality says messages were sent using a...

18:34

International Permanent Peoples Tribunal Rules Rohingya Crisis as Genocide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The eyes of the world are on Myanmars shocking brutalisation and slaughter of a Muslim minority. Alister McKeith reports from Kuala Lumpur.

The Permanent Peoples Tribunal has ruled the current Rohingya crisis as unequivocally genocide, denouncing the United Nations use of the term ethnic cleansing as a euphemism with no basis in international law.

After a week-long hearing at the University of Malaya, Judge Daniel Feierstein stated that the Myanmar Government was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

War crimes listed included arbitrary arrest and torture; enforced disappearances; rape; killing; confiscation of property; and internal displacement.

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The Tribunal also affirmed that the election of Aung San Suu Kyis National League for Democracy had only brought about an acceleration of human rights abuses, and in an attempt to turn Myanmar into a supreme Buddhist entity.

Throughout the week, expert witnesses and victims of human rights abuses testified to the Peoples Tribunal, which began a grass-roots initiative in 1979 to denounce crimes of Latin American dictators.

The Tribunal heard that ongoing human rights abuses have been committed not only against the Rohingya, but also other ethnic and religious minorities, including the Kachin and other Muslim groups.

Testimonies included harrowing eyewitness accounts of mass rape of Rohingya women and the systemic slaughter of Rohingya men and boys. This included the massacre at Tula Toli, a Rohingyan village near the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Myanamar has been directly accused of genocide against the Rohingya population within its borders. Pictured is a visiting delegation To Rakhine from the European Commission, in 2013. Rakhine says ECHO DG (IMAGE: Christophe Reltien, EU/ECHO, Rakhine State, Flickr)Myanamar has been directly accused of genocide against the Rohingya population within its borders. Pictured is a visiting delegation To Rakhine from the European Commission, in 2013. Rakhine says ECHO DG
(IMAGE: Christophe Reltien, EU/ECHO, Rakhine State, Flickr)

Razia Sultana, a Rohingyan lawyer based in Chittagong, showed video interviews conducted with women from Tula Toli. In one, a Rohingyan woman tearfully described the massacre, explaining that the villagers were told by authorities not to leave Tula...

17:52

No More Long Hikes with Tight-arse Mates Trying to Avoid ATM Fees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ATMs

Huge expeditions with tight-arse mates to find their banks ATM are set to become a thing of the past, with Australias big four banks all ditching ATM fees today.

This will allow the boys to stay in the same beer garden for an entire afternoon, one man said. My tight-arse mates only ever get $20 from the ATM and its obvious to anyone who knows basic beer maths that it doesnt make sense to pay a $2-plus fee for that withdrawal, so we always have to pull up stumps and move on after every round. This destroys all momentum for anyone whos had some luck with a bird.

However, experts have warned that of unexpected consequences, with obesity rates set to balloon.

Im not sure how Im going to stay fit any more, one friend of a tight-arse said. A walk to another suburb or state to find a fee-less ATM between pubs always helped burn off a schoon or two.

To make up for lost profits, the big four banks plan to charge a $90 fee for logging onto internet banking.


17:43

The Masters of Gary Renard "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gary Renard

By RICHARD SMOLEY

Around Christmas of 1992, a man named Gary Renard, living in the remote backwoods of Maine in the northeastern corner of the US, came out of a meditation to find two stylish, good-looking people, a man and a woman apparently in their thirties, sitting on his couch. He had never seen them before and had no idea of where they had come from.

There was nothing threatening about them, Renard would later recall; in fact, they looked extraordinary peaceful, which I found reassuring. Looking back on the event I would wonder why I had not been more fearful, given that these very solid-looking people had apparently manifested out of nowhere. Still, this first appearance by my soon-to-be friends was so surreal that fear somehow didnt seem appropriate.

The man and woman called themselves Arten and Pursah. They said they were ascended masters who had come to teach Renard some lessons about life, the universe, and Jesus Christ.

So began a strange series of episodes that would continue off and on for the next nine years and would culminate in Renards first book, The Disappearance of the Universe, published in 2003. The story would grow stranger. Arten and Pursah soon identified themselves as later incarnations of the two disciples of Jesus that we know as Thaddeus and Thomas respectively. They began to tell Renard about the true nature of the teaching of Jesus, whom they call J.

The portrait of J and his times as drawn by Arten and Pursah will be more or less familiar to readers who have some familiarity with the historical Jesus as unveiled by scholarship over the past 200 years. The Gospels were not written by Jesus disciples or indeed by anyone who knew him personally (the one exception, Arten and Pursah say, is Mark, who met the master as a small child). The Gospels, composed some forty to eighty years after Jesus time, contained some authentic sayings and deeds of his as well as many admixtures and alterations to suit the developing Christian theology. Dont you find it a little strange that not one complete original copy of Js own words in his own language survived the rise of Christianity? Pursah asks.1 Do you really think that was an accident?

Pursah is of...

17:43

The Kali Yuga: Dicing with Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

By GWENDOLYN TAUNTON

One of the most well-known cultural imports from India that has exerted an influence on Western thought is that of the Kali Yuga. This topic has been particularly dwelt upon by the Perennialist School, which includes authors such as Ren Gunon and Alain Danilou. The reason for the popularity of this subject in the West is two-fold: Firstly, the Kali Yuga can be used to explain a number of political, economic, and environmental problems which currently face humanity. Secondly, the Kali Yuga and whole concept of cyclic time is not entirely foreign. The theory of time as non-linear and not always progressive is a very ancient one, rooted in our own past. A similar cycle of Ages is present in Greek history, notably within the works of Hesiod, where he speaks of a fall from a Golden Age towards an apex of decline in the Iron Age. This cycle is also found in the Volusp of the Poetic Edda which outlines Ragnark and a Wolf Age (the equivalent of the Kali Yuga/Iron Age).

The four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali) have two standards of measurement, the chronological and the ethical. The chronological approach is based on astronomical positions and mathematical calculations. The stars and planetary positions have long been thought of as capable of influencing human behaviour via astrology, so from this viewpoint the cosmos itself would be the cause of the Yugas. Joscelyn Godwin brings the astronomical perspective to the fore when he states that one of the recurrent themes of the Golden Age is that during it the earths axis was perpendicular to the ecliptic If this were so there would be no seasons, but equal day and night throughout the year.1 The influence on time would therefore be direct and visible. The symbolism used to portray the Golden Age often implies an alteration to time, as major planetary conjunctions are said to occur at the end of the Kali Yuga and they are permanent conjunctions, which strongly implies time itself ceases.

However, the majority of issues which arise in the Kali Yuga can also be attributed to a decline in human morality and ethics, so many of the problems could be entirely man-made. The imagery of time, the ultimate horror for all sapient life, could simply have been added as a metaphor for a more psychologically healthy state, wherein man no longer feels enslaved by others from the cradle to the grave, enjoying the spontaneous nature of life in a seem...

17:43

The Cathars & Their Modern Day Revival "IndyWatch Feed National"

By ANDREW PHILLIP SMITH

Most forms of spirituality or religion look back to the past in some way. The past is a source of origin, tradition, revelation, and inspiration. For the medieval Cathars the most distant past was, as it is for most religions, the time in which the mythic foundation of the world was established. More recent developments, such as the coming of Jesus, brought the story forward to a new chapter. The Cathars believed that their initiation rite, the consolamentum, was the result of an unbroken tradition stretching back to Jesus himself.

Aspiring modern Cathars look back to the myths of the original spiritual realm, the fall of Satan and the angels, and the creation of the material world in which souls reincarnate until they can escape. They also look back to the historical groups and individuals who were involved with the development of this worldview in the first place. Modern esoteric lineages typically derive not from antiquity but from revivals that occurred in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thus when exploring movements like the Gnostics of antiquity or the Cathars of the Middle Ages, the modern spiritual seeker is often presented with a melange of spiritually-unsympathetic popular history, obtuse scholarly research, and a revivalist esoteric tradition that often has little to do with critical history.

The Cathars are best known not for what they did but for what was done to them. The Albigensian Crusade, launched in 1209 on the authority of Pope Innocent III, laid waste to the Languedoc in the south of France. The Inquisition was subsequently founded to root out and eradicate what remained of the Cathar heresy. Books on the Cathars focus on the relentless march of the crusading army as it moves from castle to castle, siege to siege, atrocity to atrocity. Or historians weigh up the influence of the Inquisition, a ruthless bureaucracy that survived into the nineteenth century. Tourists visit the Languedoc, now branded as Cathar country, for the fairytale citadel of Carcassonne, restored in the nineteenth century, for the wild ruins of medieval castles on challenging hilltops, and for the relaxed locals, good weather, cheap food and wine.

The reader of a history of the Cathars encounters a list of atrocities so numbingly extensive she is at risk of experiencing compassion fatigue. After the crusaders ended the siege of the city of Bram, 99 men had their noses and upper lips cut off, were blinded, and were...

17:42

What Are Humans Made Of? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By RICHARD SMOLEY

The figure seems to hover around 95 percent. Thats the proportion of the universe that consists of dark matter and dark energy entities that are only dimly and indirectly perceived by scientific apparatus.

This fact has gotten wide attention lately, but one implication has gone unnoticed: if this is the case for the physical universe, it must also be the case for our own bodies. Therefore 95 percent of your body is made up of matter and energy about which nearly nothing is known.

This makes the ancient dictum Know thyself somewhat harder to satisfy than one might have thought.

What, then, is the body made of? It is a question that conventional thought cannot answer and for the most part cannot contemplate. This leads us to consider views of the body in the worlds esoteric traditions. As in most areas, they dont agree on all points, but the similarities are more striking than the differences.

The first thing we have to acknowledge is that the body, taken as a purely physical entity, has no structure or coherence whatsoever. This is a strange claim to make, but we can see the truth of it simply by contemplating the difference between a living body and a corpse. The living body has coherence; it is capable of motion and activity, and can sustain itself for several decades. The corpse lacks all such features. It will rot to pieces in a very short time.

There must, then, be an organising structure that holds the physical body together during earthly life. One common name for this, which comes out of early twentieth-century Theosophy, is the etheric body, sometimes known as the etheric double. (I will be mostly using Theosophical terms in this article not because they are necessarily any better, but because they are the most commonly used ones in New Age contexts.)

Thus, for our discussion, we have to redefine the word body. From an esoteric point of view, a body can be described as a vehicle for structuring experience at a particular level of existence.

So what is this etheric body? Here is a firsthand observation. The American writer Rosanne Daryl Thomas describes the death of her cat:

He was leaving us. I held him. He pushed his head under my arm, purring as I stroked him and spoke softly, wanting to fill him with love. And then suddenly his face grew sharper and thinner. Hi...

17:14

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Healing the Soul of the World" -- September 24, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

Well, another Saturday night is upon us is it coming and going? At this point we don't know.

There was no Church Bank call tonight because we were asked not to go on the air.

There is no advanced intel tonight because we were asked to put any out. Especially about Trump, Mueller, North Korea, Israel or Kurdistan.

There is however USN replacing USD that we can assure everyone happened as of 12:01am EDT. Hallelujah!

As such, we're waiting to release the website until we know when the RV release will be forthcoming.

We're just not sure how or when they're going to roll it out today, Sunday.

The RV could come literally at any second Sunday. Anytime.

That is the problem, we have several windows to choose from. Who knows which one is accurate.

And since we're in truth a post RV website at heart, it only makes sense for us to wait a little longer and aspire to release the Human Angel Services post RV www.humanangelservices.com.

We currently have 55,000 sign ups and will be over 60,000 at this rate before October 1, 2017. Again, thank you for your overwhelming support in rounding up all the Human Angels. It's truly been a humbling experience for Showme and I to watch all of you Human Angels answer the Clarion Call.

Amazing.

We thought we have another week just to put everything....

17:12

Tribal Elder Beating and Tasing by Police Unacceptable: Cause for Firing! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tribal Elder beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

A week ago, late Saturday night, 64-year-old Yankton Sioux tribal elder Raymond Cournoyer, Sr. received word his mother was going to make her journey to the spirit world. As any concerned and loving son would do, he attempted to rush to her deathbed at the Good Samaritan Center in Wagner, South Dakota.

Sadly, he never made it to her side before she walked on.

Unfortunately, for this tribal elder, he was driving while American Indian, in Wagner. Apparently, too fast. Upon arrival at the Good Samaritan Center, he was approached by two police officers who had followed him into the parking lot of the nursing home. He tried to explain his sense of urgency to get to his mothers side. He proceeded to walk towards the entry to the nursing home to be with his mother. The officers told him to stop. He said told them: No.

The two officers involvedone a Wagner Police officer and the other a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrolapparently did not believe Cournoyers story. One of the officers proceeded to slam Cournoyer to the ground, while the other opened fire on him with a taser gun. He was immediately handcuffed.

Some 45 minutes went by as the officers detained the tribal elderall the while his mother passed away inside the nursing homeso the Wagner Police chief could arrive to figure how to charge Cournoyer.

Photographs of the tased tribal elder were posted by his daughter on social media. The disturbing photographs showed numerous places on Cournoyers body where he was injured by the taser gun and the excessive force of the officers.

As do other Americans who read about the national epidemic of police brutality, I often try to give the law enforcement officers the benefit. However, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to do so. I know American Indians, on a per capita basis, are more likely to die as the result of law enforcemen...

15:29

Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Download track for FREE here - http://get.siloarts.net/track/lovefool-the-cardigans-cover A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (soundcloud.com/thedreamecho) rainbowchan.com.au rainbowchan.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

14:33

Stomp Dance Kicks Off Chickasaw Annual Meeting & Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chickasaw Nation stomp dance troupe members, from left, Buddy Parchcorn, Cotie Poe and Jesse Lindsey sing and stomp dance at a recent demonstration. Everyone is welcome to join dancers Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival.

Published September 23, 2017

ADA, OKLAHOMA The Chickasaw Nation will host a community stomp dance Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.

Festivities will continue throughout the week at various locations throughout the Chickasaw Nation culminating with Gov. Bill Anoatubbys annual State of the Nation address. It will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fletcher Auditorium on the Murray State College campus.

Visitors may also enjoy a social stickball game at Kullihoma Sept. 29. Stickball has been played by Native Americans for centuries and is the forerunner of lacrosse.

Stomp dances are open to the public and include traditional song and dance, food and fellowship amid the natural and historic beauty of Kullihoma.

Stomp dancing has deep roots in the Chickasaw culture.

LaDonna Brown, director of research and cultural interpretation for the Chickasaw Nation, explained dances were often connected with spiritual, ritual, ceremonial or social events, such as a spring harvest celebration or fall festival.

There are still different dances for various occasions. The Chickasaws remember dances for their spiritual nature, yet they have become predominantly social in modern times. No matter the type of dancing, it is always an opportunity to come together as a community and guest participation is welcome and encouraged.

Men sing stomp dance songs in a call-and-answer format, following a male song leader, who often sets the dance rhythm using a handheld turtle shell shaker.

Women enhance the rhythms with shakers worn on their legs. These shakers are often made of turtle shells or deer hooves. As traditional box turtles are endangered, women fill milk cans with river stone to mimic the rhythms produced by authentic turtle shell shakers.

Social dances often have animal-themed names, like the snake dance and the raccoon dance. Each social dance has a fun and unique technique.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, visitors are....

14:13

Junket - South Korea and Japan in crisis - urgent call for Bill Shorten and Penny Wong to sort out mess "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@billshortenmp and @SenatorWong are flying to South Korea and Japan today for crisis talks. #NorthKorea #7News pic.twitter.com/7q2scny4zD 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 23, 2017

13:31

(Video) The Afterlife Exists, What Really Happens When We Die? "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Sep 20, 2017

This video details the whole process of crossing into the next life, from the journey home, to adapting to new living conditions in the afterlife, and even delving into what kinds of activities will be available there, and how we can be prepared for our own personal journey.

What happens when someone dies? What does it feel like? What exactly is the light at the end of the tunnel? Is reincarnation real? And if so, do spirits have any influence over their lives to come? Based on his own amazing experiences communicating with those who have passed over, Barry Eaton answers these questions about the spirit world, and many, many more. Taking the reader on a journey through the realm of the spirit.

13:11

From Great Wars, Come Great Consequences "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Editors Note: Below are two extracts from Greg Mayburys in-depth article on his website here]

By Greg Maybury

Germanys unforgivable crime before the second world war was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the worlds trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit. Winston Churchill to Lord Robert Boothby, quoted in the Foreword, Propaganda in the Next War (2/e),...

12:47

Video Shows Timothy Davis Being Carried Into Jail, Unconscious, In His Underwear After Cops Viciously Beat And Stripped Him. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Columbus, Ohio cops have held true to their tradition of brutality and unethical tactics in the case of Timothy Davis.

Daviss mother believes video released by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Tuesday proves her son was so badly beaten by Columbus Police that he was unconscious and couldnt even walk.

Davis case gained national attention after cell phone video showed him being stripped and viciously attacked by a gang of cops on September 1st:

The jail video, provided by NBC4i,  shows Davis being carried into the Franklin County Jail by law-enforcement by his hands and feet. In the video, Davis has been stripped of his clothes with only his boxers partially on.

Davis mother, Valerie Johnson, was clearly upset after seeing the video which shows police treating her son like an animal.

I wouldnt even, thats like an animal, this is like an animal. This is not like my son. This is not a human being, said Johnson.

He was so badly beaten that my child couldnt even walk. Look at this video. My son naked, my son carried in face down. My son was unconscious. My son told me when he woke up he was laying in there naked in the cell, said Johnson.

The Franklin County Sheriffs office told NBC4 it was working to get answers about why Davis was carried into the jail to be booked. Columbus Police did not respond to NBC4is inquiry about the new video.

The Franklin County Sheriffs Office alleges Davis was never denied medical care. He spent three days in the hospital after the brutal beating by police, and has been seen multiple times by jail medical staff since he was booked on September 1st.
...

12:36

Sustainability & Long Term Survival. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sustainability. 
Sustainability/sustainable means lasting  for a long time, or, the ability to make something last for a long time.
If in our preparations for survival we are considering that we may need to live long term in a wilderness situation, then we need to make sure our equipment is sustainable. We also need to make sure that the lifestyle we have chosen is sustainable. In other words, if our equipment is not sustainable, then neither is our lifestyle.

If one has not had the experience, then at least most people can use their imagination to help them see & understand. For instance; lets say our country is attacked & the enemy uses an EMP to knock out the electricity grid. What will this mean for those living in towns & cities? It will mean that there will be no electricity, no water, no sewage control so no toilets. We all know what else will happen dont we, looting, supermarkets will be raided for all the food. Chemists looted, gun shops looted, Medical facilities will be hampered. Some people will want what you have, so it will not be safe for you to cook outside or in fact to go outside at all. Your house could be raided, if you manage to repulse an attack, then the attackers may well fire your house or drive a Mack truck through it. Does this make any sense to you?
Now you may say that you must bug in because you simply would not know how to survive in the bush. Well my reply to that is, learn. Get the skills you will need & go bush & get some experience before the shtf....

11:36

David Wilcock -- Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? [Part I]

by David Wilcock
September 23, 2017, 12:12 pm



Unprecedented solar emissions. Huge wildfires smoking out the US. Massive earthquakes. Three different monster hurricanes that steered perfectly into Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Damages to the already fragile US economy could easily exceed 1 trillion dollars -- at a time when there is nothing left to restore it with.

Within the UFO / Seeking Truth community, we saw the tragic deaths of Jim Marrs and William Tompkins -- as well as the possible attempted murders of Graham Hancock and David Wilcock, as we will discuss in Part Two.

David's insider 'Paul' had everything he owned stolen from him, as well as serious death threats. Pete Peterson's house has now been emptied to the bare walls and his trailers, packed with priceless classified items, are under imminent threat.

A massive, coordinated online attack against Corey Goode, including the destruction of his business and the expected loss of his children, was intended to lead to a fake, staged 'suicide', made believable by his overall anticipated collapse.

This all occurred shortly after Ancient Aliens, a top History Channel show, featured Corey Goode and William Tompkins' Secret Space Program testimony in an episode entitled "The Majestic Twelve", which aired on July 7, 2017.

So much has happened since our last update a month ago that it is difficult to summarize everything. Are these events interconnected? The answer definitely appears to be yes.

Since I am still on vacation, we will break this up into two di...

10:40

Is Blockchain Technology Really the Answer to Decentralized Storage? "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the Blockchain is certainly changing the world, its not a jack-of-all-trades. Have you heard of chain washing?

10:30

Moving Data to/from the Cloud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Warning: Sexual practices, bodily fluids

Theres an old USENET dictum: never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes. (corollary: yeah, but the latencys killer)

What do you do when you need to move a whole lot of data into the cloud? Lets say a petabyte? (a million gigabytes) Assuming you can get 50% saturation out of a gigabit link thats about 500 years transfer-time. And, if youre like me and you live in Verizons metered LTE cloud, where every gigabyte over 30gb costs $15, itd cost a bit less than $1 million. This is a real question, though, for organizations that are moving video archives (think: all the cop-camera footage in a major city) (heh, Im kidding, major cities dont keep that stuff!) or libraries, or genomic databases; what do they do?

Amazon has an answer! Its a truckload of tapes! Things start small with the Snowball appliance an armored box for data. Its pretty cool: you set it up on your network, copy your data to it, you ship it to amazon and they offload it into S3, and your data is in the cloud!

In the Snowball appliance, the truck is FEDex or UPS, or maybe your system administrator has to drive it somewhere in the back of their car. I have scary memories of when I was a young pup at Digital and our RA-81s moved from one facility to another in the back of my little Honda CRX. Nowadays most people dont even understand I put a VAX 11/750 rack in the back of a Honda CRX and recognize that for the herculean feat it was. I also dropped a VR/219 monitor down a flight of stairs in the process; it survived.

If the armored box of hard drives doesnt work for you, theres the Snowmobile:

Amazon snowmobile 40,000lbs of lock in

The Snowmobile is what youd use if you had an Exabyte of data: its a small convoy of semitrailers full of hard drives. I wonder whether the NSA had an armed midnight run from Ft Meade, MD to the new data center in Utah, or were they just cross-syncing the data all along? Theres a cool plot in there for a cyberpunk adventure: someone thinks theyre about to knock over a truck full of iPhones but accidentally they get a petabyte of CIA data; hilarity and body-count ensue.

But, none of that was what....

09:33

When I Dance My Shadow Dances Too "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We all know the feeling of discovering parts of ourselves that we may have suspected but didnt know existed. Some of these parts come from the shadow self. The psycho-spiritual notion of []

08:51

MACKAY South Mackay man faces court on animal cruelty charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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07:32

Abang Johari coy over Dr Ms entry into the state "IndyWatch Feed National"

The state government has yet to confirm if Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be allowed into Sarawak today. The former prime minister is expected to speak during the opposition alliances event here tonight. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg did not give a clear cut answer on whether the former []

05:41

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

05:33

This article is creating a firestorm in the US now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Kristol Neocon Jew is an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.

By Philip Giraldi

We dont need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we dont need it.

I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked,

Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know its American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldnt we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?

It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity.

Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called dual loyalty, particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

Most recently, some pundits, including myself, have been warning of an impending war with Iran. To be sure, the urging to strike Iran comes from many quarters, to include generals in the Administration who always think first in terms of settling problems through force, from a Saudi government obsessed with fear...

05:02

What Is The Longest Straight Line On Earth You Can Walk "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea or ocean? Someone has finally produced an answer to that question and heres the map that shows you how to go. Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai. March inland, []

04:57

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

04:44

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

04:18

A Brief Encounter with 'Today' "IndyWatch Feed National"



I thought I might actually listen to an edition of Today in its entirety today, following yesterday's post about its 'dumbing-down'. 

It was disappointingly political and hard-news-focused, with lots on Mrs May's speech and Moody's downgrading and Rohingyas and Uber and capitalism and universities and undocumented migrants. 

There wasn't a single science story on it and the only arts bit was James Naughtie interviewing a children's author. 

There was, however, the new Nature Notes section - something I wholly approve of. 

Today's Nature Notes featured Charles Smith Jones of the British Deer Society answering elementary-level questions from Mishal Husain that any Autumnwatch viewer would have been able to answer. Still, Mr Smith Jones volunteered the interesting fact that some stags are known to travel up to 50 kilometres to join in the rut. (After Brexit can we go back to miles please?)

Plus the programme ended with Simon Jenkins and Mr Bruce the Station Master plugging Simon's new book on English railway stations. I liked that. (And I like Simon's highly judgemental books on buildings). Near to me is Carnforth Station where Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson shared a Brief Encounter to the strains of Rachmaninov. The ticking clock is still there, and it's usually working

My highlight though was Today's Matthew Price, that ultra-emoter, doing a....

03:18

Where has JonDon gone? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Regular readers of this blog will, perhaps, be interested in the latest Jon Donnison news. 

I just heard him on PM reporting on the Uber story.

Yes, the great man has abandoned his beloved Gazan shore and his far-from-beloved Australian shore and been posted back to Blighty. 


I'm sure he'll be his usual 'impartial' self in London (and, yes, that's sarcasm). 

02:55

Buy A Bucket of Yuck, and God Refills for Free! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh, Jim Bakker is going a bit nuts with his yuck in a bucket, insisting that everyone buy, and that all those filthy rich people, well, they should buy a million dollars worth, really! Why? Because end times, thats why, and money will be useless. Of course, ol Jim still seems to want piles of that useless stuff.

Guest John Shorey told viewers to stock up on Bakkers food buckets and not to worry about running out because God will miraculously refill them as needed.

When you empty a bucket of food, Shorey said, trust God to refill it.

Thats right nifty. Pity Jehovah cant see fit to just provide food directly, without the need to pour money into Bakkers pockets. Im sure they are counting on the rubes not giving this any thought, nor the fact that when the food bucket is empty, it will most certainly stay that way. I will admit, its hard to imagine one of them getting emptied in the first place.

When Shorey told those who have the means to buy 100 buckets of food to buy 100 buckets of food and give them to local churches, Bakker chimed in to urge millionaires to buy as much food as they can afford.

Do a million dollars worth of food, Im serious, Bakker said. If theyre rich, their money is going [away] anyway, John. Its not going to be worth anything. The crash is coming, so why not sow it into the Lord?

Shorey agreed, adding that those who dont use all their money to buy as much food as they can will have to answer to God.

Right, money is going to be absolutely useless, so why in the name of your psychogod arent you giving the stuff away? Wouldnt that be the godly thing to do? Oh, theres a tonne of irony comin up, folks

The Bible says that our riches will be a witness against us, Shorey said. When the time comes that youve left money in the bank that could have been used to help people, to help feed people and all you did is you just kept all your riches for yourself, it will be a witness against you. You will stand before God and he will say, Why didnt you do more to help the needy?

:head goes bang bang bang on the desk: Right. Lets see your bank books, boys. Then well talk.

Via RWW, theres video at the link.

02:32

I Believe Trump WAS Directed by Heaven- But NOT for the Reasons We Believe "IndyWatch Feed National"

With regards to the two asteroids I was speaking about 2006 VW139

Those who CAN hear WILL hear- those who CANT- WONT. And they WILL be held accountable for their CHOICES

02:01

The Parsons Green bombing 1 week later: What do we now know? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far. Although no one was killed in the blast, 30 commuters were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted towards the rear of a District Line train, partially detonated during morning rush hour. The official terrorism threat level in the UK has returned to 'severe', meaning an attack is highly likely, but no longer imminent, having been raised to 'critical' in the aftermath of the blast. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing via its Amaq news agency. As Londoners try to return to life as normal, RT sums up everything we know so far about the attack and the ongoing police investigation.

The Parsons Green bombing 1 week later: What do we now know? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far. Although no one was killed in the blast, 30 commuters were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted towards the rear of a District Line train, partially detonated during morning rush hour. The official terrorism threat level in the UK has returned to 'severe', meaning an attack is highly likely, but no longer imminent, having been raised to 'critical' in the aftermath of the blast. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing via its Amaq news agency. As Londoners try to return to life as normal, RT sums up everything we know so far about the attack and the ongoing police investigation.

01:26

Polls "IndyWatch Feed National"


"According to recent polling, if a referendum were held today Britain would vote to stay in", Anita Anand told us on Any Answers today

And she didn't fail to repeat the point either. 

How much recent polling has shown that or whether (as I suspect after Googling around) it's actually just that one single BMG poll for the Independent (showing 52% for Remain, 48% for Leave) I can't say for sure but, regardless, our Anita was certainly making the most of that 'recent polling' today.

01:06

Sydney, Australia: Report-Back from the Straight Lives Matter Counter-Demo "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFA_Sydney

23.09.17: We had many more people, we sang and we danced and we laughed and we loved but most of all we told the fascists to get the fuck out. We did not let them anywhere near the Queer holocaust remembrance memorial and we created great bonds of solidarity and friendship. There were some young Queer people who came, and it was their first rally an they said it was a fantastic experience.

For all of the liberal wah-wah about how we would destabalise the marriage equality debate, weve actually done nothing of the sort. Instead we have continued the spirit of queer resistance and we have given the next generation their first taste of the struggle.

Today was a big positive for anti-fascists, however it would be wrong of us not to mention the role of the Liberal Party in laying the groundworks for the Party for Freedom hate rally today. This is all a direct consequence of their stupid fucking plebiscite.

(via Anti Fascist Action Sydney)


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Saturday, 23 September

23:50

Exit From The Dark Trap (Jon video included) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

September 23, 2017

You can watch me talk about my collection, Exit From The Matrix, here:

In the long run, most Western and Eastern traditional metaphysics turn out to be a distraction away from The Individual. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

The night is long, and the search is weird. Clues appear, and yet they unendingly point to other cluesand what is the real shape of the expedition? Is it a trap? Do the markers on the road produce nothing more than a closed circle?

The Outsider is an individual who looks at the complexity of events in todays world, as he decides WHAT TO DO.

These events can seem to form a labyrinth. Theyre connected in ways that bind them to each other. One path leads to another, and eventually, the individual finds himself back where he startedbut not before going on a long strange trip in the maze.

During that trip, he loses contact with his own deep desires, because is fascinated and exhausted by the details of the labyrinth.

An apt analogy would be a treasure map. It promises victory and triumph, but as the seeker follows the thread, he enters a realm of cognitive dissonance, a dance in which he seems to be coming closer and yet moving further from the ultimate prize.

Authors and researchers have offered their interpretations of the nature of the trip: there are false trails; the mystery of life will always remain a mystery; the invisible rulers know how to hide themselves from the seeker

Leaving these conclusions aside, I find that the individuals true desire can be summarized in the question: WHAT DO I WANT TO CREATE?

Answering that question, and acting on the answer with full commitment, energy, determination, and power eventually, casts a bright light on the maze and reveals its patterns and its tricks.

In other words, there is a foundation from which the individual can launch his future, and that foundation is within his graspas Ive just indicated.

Moving out from that platform, he gains new perspective. He sees the world in a new way. He stays outside the labyrinth, and he is able to act on it.

Otherwise, he sinks into it.

What Im talking about here is more than advice. Its a different slant on metaphysics. Traditionally, metaphysics concocts a picture of Reality in an ultimate formand a cursory scan of Western philosophy reveals that every philosopher paints a...

23:20

Hands up all those who've received this same sex marriage "YES" text? Did you ask to receive texts like this? "IndyWatch Feed National"

pic.twitter.com/YncDjlzpqP Mr Nobullshit (@Mr_Nobull) September 23, 2017 Unfortunately, thats not the case and these messages arent considered CEM as they arent related to commerce. Read https://t.co/K99muboG8K Andrew Mitchell (@amitchell01) September 23, 2017

22:31

Australia and U.S. Joined at the Hip: Wheres the Benefit? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being joined at the hip to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official Opposition Labor Party. To all practical intents and purposes the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party are indistinguishable on matters of defence, foreign policy and national security.

Turnbulls remarks, as with the election of the erratic and clearly unfit Donald Trump as US President, should have presented an opportunity for a critical reappraisal of Australias position viz a viz the United States. It did not happen, not least because a supine mainstream media sees no reason to question the fundamental assumptions underlying Australias defence policies since at least the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in January 1942.

Prior to that seminal event, Australia had never challenged its role as a colonial appendage to the British Empire. That status had led Australia into a series of wars, which in common with just about every other military misadventure before and since had only the vaguest connection with Australias national interest, if any.

Australian troops fought the Russians in the Crimean War of the 1850s (the rich irony of which is lost in the current propaganda war waged against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.) Australian troops were slaughtered in large numbers in World War 1, a war planned at least since the 1890s to counter any German challenge to British imperial supremacy (Docherty & Macgregor Hidden History, 2013)

Although Prime Minister Hughes refused a British request to formally join British forces fighting in the Russian civil war 1917-21 against the Bolsheviks, Australian troops nonetheless joined the North Russia campaign as volunteers. A Royal Australian Destroyer HMAS Swan also undertook intelligence operations in the Black Sea in late 1918 directed against the Bolshevik forces.

With the rout of the British forces in 1941-42 by the Japanese, it was obvious to Australian politicians that a new protector was needed, and the Americans required no encouragement to assume that role. The marriage of convenience that occurred in 1942-45 may have suited Australia in its perception of an imminent Japanese invasion, but then, as now, the brides dowry should have be...

21:44

Sen. McCain praised by liberals over health care bill opposition "IndyWatch Feed National"

The liberal establishment, with help from Hollywood, is showering turncoat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with praise after his stunning announcement that he would once again go directly against his own campaign promise and oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.

McCain made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that he could not in good conscience vote for the repeal of a law that he ran against during his last campaign.

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, McCain declared.

Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it, his statement continued. Without a full CBO score, which wont be available by the end of the month, we wont have reliable answers to any of those questions.

After the announcement the liberal media immediately went to work praising the senator, with multiple news outlets spending considerable time painting McCain as some sort of hero standing up to the forces of Trump when in reality he is nothing more than an establishment puppet working for the very same masters who control the mainstream press.

Unsurprisingly, numerous Hollywood celebrities also chimed in with praise for McCain throughout Twitter, with multiple openly anti-Trump Democrats responding joyfully to the senator once again turning on not only his party, but the people who voted for him in the first place.

Some of the more pointed Tweets included:

https://twitter.com/cher/status/911298814748721152

21:35

Drones to shark spot "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

surf season corrimal

Life Guards Peter Hopkins and Ian Logue prepare for the beginning of another surf season at Corrimal Beach. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary (file).

Flags go up for another season

Wollongong City Council is the first in Australia to trial new shark deterrent technology as part of a management strategy announced for the 2017/18 swim season.

The flags have gone up for another season today (Saturday September 23).

Council Lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers will be stationed at Wollongongs 17 beaches from today until Sunday April 29 2018. Beach-goers are reminded never to swim at unpatrolled beaches and all swimmers are strongly advised to heed all surf warnings.

The new shark management strategy takes a three-staged approach:

  1. Coastal aerial patrols, from Stanwell Park in the north, to Windang in the south
  2. Using drone video surveillance to track sharks when there have been confirmed sightings
  3. Lifeguards trialling innovative new electrical shark-deterrent devices on their jet skis, called Shark Shield

Wollongong City Council is the first Council in...

21:27

Control 101: Creating Consensus Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

By PATRICK HENNINGSEN

By carefully controlling mainstream media and educational institutions, elite social engineers are able to control the flow of public discourse in order to serve their own goals and interests. By doing this, they create something akin to consensus reality. In other words, by controlling the perception of public consensus on any particular issue or event, you effectively control the prevailing reality.

A leading example of this social engineering phenomenon today is in the relentless promotion of war and global conflict throughout the media and education systems. Their carefully coordinated efforts can be boiled down to a simple concept: establishing legitimation and delegitimation in relation to the state or state institutions.

In todays formative education, school textbooks and assigned reading material are powerful tools used to shape students views. Often what is imprinted in ones memory is not particular details and facts but rather an atmosphere, an impression, or a tone.1 It can be argued this impression may be more influential in forming a pupils contextual world or nationalist view.

Professor of Education Dr. Michael H. Romanowski, explains: The authority of textbooks coupled with the objectivity of the technical knowledge that they communicate encourages students to accept unquestionably the impressions and worldview created by the language of textbooks.

Although textbooks claim rhetorically not to promote a particular understanding of history and to be objective, they advance a value-laden perspective of reality. Because the selection and structure of knowledge affect our perception of the world, the language and context used to articulate knowledge are crucial. Textbook authors select particular language that creates impressions in the minds of students. These impressions have power and authority because they are presented in the printed and bound textbook with its aura of an authority that is beyond question and criticism. Although textbooks are used in many different ways, they are still dominant and powerful educational tools that shape students views.

In his study Romanowski goes on to describe how through the careful use of language, US school textbooks depicted Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II in a manner that marginalised Japanese-Americans, while subtly mitigating any real criticism of the...

21:16

Money for Life offer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our Money for Life seminar is happening very soon - see the details about this cracking event here, where you'll be able to ask the questions you really want answering. 

By the way, there's a special 2-for-1 offer available for here for my blog readers. 

Click on the image below to redeem your offer, and I look forward to seeing you there!


21:04

The Australian Safe Schools Program and La Trobe University "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unsafe Schools

In October 2010 La Trobe Universitys Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) launched an Australian Safe Schools program.

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20:53

NSW Police Given Power to Kill with Impunity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Berejiklian government has continued on in the Coalitions tradition over recent years of enacting laws that increase police powers, whilst whittling away at civil liberties, all in the name of a perceived terrorist threat.

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20:51

Queensland police get new powers to tackle terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Queensland laws to help police fight terrorism, including powers to turn phones, high-tech fridges and other devices into surveillance tools, have passed Parliament.

Read More

20:08

Second Bee "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Our second working bee for Spring is on tomorrow from 10am. Come down to the garden and admire the blossoms and the rampant growth. Even todays hot winds dont seem to have dented too much growth. Main task is covering the pergola. Thanks to Julia and Ron we will have scaffolding. Mowing, whipper-snippering and some Continue reading Second Bee

19:04

Herpes: Its Time To Put the Stigma to Bed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hey mates, Im a 22-year-old woman living in Australia. I am a student, I work, I explore, I see live music and go to art shows. I have hobbies and interests, I take photographs, I draw, I write, I live with a bunch of amazing people in a beautiful sharehouse in Sydney, and I have sex. I have a lot of sex.

But heres my conundrum: I also have Herpes. The strain is HSV-1, which most commonly appears as cold sores, but, lucky me, the outbreaks happen in my sweet lil nether-regions.

I have told most of my sexual partners, but Ive also left it out of the conversation for others. This wasnt some vindictive plot to spread the infection to everyone in the entire world, and it wasnt because I was ignorant about the topic it was just something that happened sometimes for one of the following reasons:

  1. We used a condom; I hadnt had an outbreak in months.
  2. We were both plastered.
  3. The dont ask/dont tell unspoken policy between dead-end flings.
  4. I was fucking scared, and never saw them again.

To me, these are just general life occurrences that happen to most sexually-active people from the age of like, 14 until you die. So for anyone sitting on their moral high-horse right now thinking, Fuck this bitch she needs to stop being so selfish and be a decent, honest human being, please try to dismount and listen for the next few hundred words.

The last two of my reasons are the most problematic to the spread of what is a very common STI, and I would like to change that. In order for this to happen, we young people need to be informed of the facts surrounding Herpes. Im one of those idealists who actually believes the stigma surrounding this issue can be changed with honest chit-chat amongst lovers, and after that, the media will eventually follow suit.

So how did I get Herpes in the first place?

A few years back, I was dating a dude I was madly in love with, and I just got an itch and a bit of a red uss. It was only a mild inconvenience at the time, kind of like the symptoms you get with thrush. When they didnt clear up after using thrush treatment, I decided to go to the doctor. It was only once I was in the doctors office that I realised it could be an STI.

I was told that if I had any red bumps, lumps, lesions or sores, then there was a strong likelihood I had Herpes. Old mate...

18:49

The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...

17:24

Globalist Puppet John McCain Showered With Praise By Liberal Establishment and Hollywood Over Health Care Bill Opposition "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The liberal establishment, with help from Hollywood, is showering turncoat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with praise after his stunning announcement that he would once again go directly against his own campaign promise and oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.

McCain made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that he could not in good conscience vote for the repeal of a law that he ran against during his last campaign.

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, McCain declared.

Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it, his statement continued. Without a full CBO score, which wont be available by the end of the month, we wont have reliable answers to any of those questions.

After the announcement the liberal media immediately went to work praising the senator, with multiple news outlets spending considerable time painting McCain as some sort of hero standing up to the forces of Trump when in reality he is nothing more than an establishment puppet working for the very same masters who control the mainstream press.

Unsurprisingly, numerous Hollywood celebrities also chimed in with praise for McCain throughout Twitter, with multiple openly anti-Trump Democrats responding joyfully to the senator once again turning on not only his party, but the people who voted for him in the first place.

Some of the more pointed Tweets included:

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17:14

Vanity Mal & Lucy make video of themselves posting SSM survey - it's unfair to vote "NO" says Chairman Mal "IndyWatch Feed National"

And this is why this divisive figure is incapable of uniting and leading a country. It's Mal's way or the highway. Vanity Man. Lucy and I are voting YES because it's fair. Make sure you have your say too by returning your survey form. pic.twitter.com/6xhaDYC7pQ Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) September...

16:48

4 Secrets That A Narcissist Will Use to Control You "IndyWatch Feed National"

In modern society today there are a lot of people who arent as nice as they make themselves out to be. You have to extra careful these days, because it can be very easy to get taken advantage of.

I dont know whether the world has always been this way, or if it is a new trait of a new generation, but we have become a society full of narcissists. They are literally everywhere and people are stabbing each other in the back left and right. Nobody has respect for other people and they dont think about anyone else but themselves. Sound familiar? It probably does, because chances are youve already dealt with a narcissist. I know I have and it is no fun.

A narcissist is someone who is purely concerned with only themselves. They think they are the best at everything and they will not take no for an answer. Most importantly, a narcissistic person will take advantage of whoever they have to gain whatever they seek, and its usually attention.

There are many different ways to tell if youre dealing with a narcissist, but in my opinion its the people who make you feel like you cant break your back enough to please them. While there are many specific methods of dealing with these types of people, the best approach in any battle is still knowing the tactics of the enemy and these are the best kept secrets of a narcissist. They use these four tactics to control you.

1. Theyll Never Show Appreciation

A narcissistic person will almost never show gratitude for anything that you do, and if they do its very little. This is a tactic they use to control you because it subconsciously makes you want to do more to please them. This automatically instills them as a number one priority in your brain.

2. They Reel You In

You might think that a narcissist doesnt have good people skills, but youd be wrong. Narcissistic people are the best at reading people and really getting to know you from the inside out. They are able to detect vulnerability and loneliness in others. They target individuals who are more vulnerable because they are more easily manipulated. They use your biggest weaknesses against you.

3. They Isolate...

16:36

This Undergraduate From Iceland May Have Just Saved the Planet "IndyWatch Feed National"

While people claim plastic is fine because it is recyclable, most people dont bother to recycle! Did you know that it takes plastic around 450 years to decompose. New ways to resolve our plastic problem are constantly being created and yet we are not using any of them, why is that?

Last year a a product design student named Ari Jonsson presented a new biodegradable bottle design at a festival that should have been a game changer. This water bottle was to be completely created from red algae powder. Jonsson decided to come up with this idea after reading about the tons of plastic waste humans were producing.

Why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away?

For this, he began studying the strengths and weaknesses of different substances, and finally decided that making plastic from algae was the answer. You see, this is something that can be formed into a bottle by merely adding water, heat and placing it into a mold that will be frozen. Once the bottle is emptied it loses its shape and begins decomposing, you really couldnt ask for much better.

Jonsson says you could even eat the bottle when you were done if you wanted to. His design makes bottles waste free and practical to say the least. Maybe in time, this sort of thing will be used globally. For more information check out the video below and take a look at the images of his bottle from beginning to end or drinking to decomposing. What do you think about this?

 

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16:30

The Weekend Quiz September 23-24, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

If the inflation rate is steady and the central bank maintains a constant nominal interest rate, then the public debt ratio will rise if the government deficit doubles (say, from 2 to 4 per cent of GDP) although Modern Monetary Theory would not place any special importance in that increase.

The answer is False.

First, the statement although Modern Monetary Theory would not place any special importance in that increase is true but is a throwaway in the context of the issue whether the public debt ration rises when the primary deficit rises with a real interest rate constant.

The substantive part of the question requires a careful reading and a careful association of concepts to make sure they are commensurate. There are two concepts that are central to the question: (a) a rising fiscal deficit which is a flow and not scaled by GDP in this case; and (b) a rising public debt ratio which by construction (as a ratio) is scaled by GDP.

So the two concepts are not commensurate although they are related in some way.

A rising fiscal deficit does not necessary lead to a rising public debt ratio. You might like to refresh your understanding of these concepts by reading this blog Saturday Quiz March 6, 2010 answers and discussion.

While the mainstream macroeconomics thinks that a sovereign government is revenue-constrained and is subject to the government fiscal constraint, MMT places no particular importance in the public debt to GDP ratio for a sovereign government, given that insolvency is not an issue.

The mainstream framework for analysing the so-called financing choices faced by a government (taxation, debt-issuance, money creation) the government fiscal constraint is written as:
gbc

Which you can read in English as saying that Budget deficit = Governm...

16:14

Do all the right things and get shafted. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$4120
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Was reporting my earnings to my job provider with pay slips now im stuck with a huge amount.

Have paid some off but feel terrified and scared

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Scary . Unknown.
Do all the right things and get shafted.

15:53

The Little Bird Weekly News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.

Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.

Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.


In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.

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14:13

Can't believe this is happening. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$1022
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 8 September 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Parenting Payment
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Anxiety. Totally stressed about the debt. Can't believe this is happening.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Don't think they handle it very well at all.
I can't believe this goes back 2013/14 financial year after reporting my earnings every fortnight and they are only picking it up now.
Glad I no longer need to report earn...

14:11

Ask A Sithrak Worshipper: Sept 23, The World Ends "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is Sithrak planning to end the world on Sept 23? [express]

No!

Sithrak is going to fuck everyone up when they die, so it makes no difference whether they die now, or later. It makes no difference whether they die in the flames of Planet X slamming into Earths atmosphere, if they choke to death on a chicken bone, or if they die of boredom watching re-runs of Friends in their favorite chair.

How the christians think it will end

Creating an entire extra planet to smack into Earth is way too much effort for Sithrak.

The christian god is a great big megalomaniacal asshole, over the top and full of hate for everybeing thats not like him. But being full of hate requires caring way too much.

Sithrak is the low-energy god, wholl get you when you die and not a moment sooner. He doesnt care. If you are reading this after the 24th, you can rest comfortably knowing the christian god is probably not real, and that Sithrak still hates you anyway.

PS we couldnt decide whether to post this just before the day the christians think it will all and, or just after so we could laugh at them. But we try to be like Sithrak; either way, it doesnt matter.

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I see that other FTBloggers have tried their miserable best to answer this question, already. I decided to delay posting this until the very last minute on the 22nd so that, in your desperate, fearful moments before midnight, you can learn the truth. Or, if Im wrong and the world ends, you wont have time to post comments saying Im wrong.

13:37

When a duck eats mushrooms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

According to The Gabzone this is an unaltered panel from Kingdom Hearts, yet it reads like a Disney character having a consciousness-expanding experience.

13:33

Warangesda closes this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The exhibition is open a few more days at the Narrandera Arts Centre.

Warangesda details the history of the Mission at Darlington Point with responses from local artists, including AMS Woman Groups artwork Murrumbidgee Yellow Belly, Treahna Hamms Murrumbidgee Yabby and Rodney Simpsons Greed all shown and all created this year for the exhibition.

This Mission was significant for maintaining Wiradjuri in the region, first as a Christian mission and then an Aboriginal station:

The historic Aboriginal occupation of Warangesda was characterised by a relatively self sufficient Aboriginal community that participated in the economic maintenance of the wider community by the provision of labour to local agriculture. The people also maintained a culturally distinct Aboriginal lifestyle firmly based on the maintenance of family connections over the wider region.
Warangesda is rare in that it is one of only 10 missions established in NSW. It is unique in NSW, as it is the only mission or reserve site in NSW to retain a suite of original 19th century building ruins and archaeological relics.
The place is significant for its association with the last great inter-group burbung (initiation) in Wiradjuri country which was held at or near Warangesda in the 1870s. 

Peter Kabaila is a historian who's written on this area in various publications and has provided the text for the informative panels. His honours thesis was an archeological survey of the Mission site and many of the artifacts he found are now in the collection at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum.

The Warangesda exhibition was an opportunity for me to develop my skills "hang...

13:30

In which the pond double dates with Dame Slap and Bret Stephens ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Whenever climate denialists gather together for a gaggle and a giggle, the pond likes to begin proceedings with a reading from the holy works of Dame Slap ...

...Emails started arriving telling me about a speech given by Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota, on October 14. Monckton talked about something that no one has talked about in the lead-up to Copenhagen: the text of the draft Copenhagen treaty. Even after Moncktons speech, most of the media has duly ignored the substance of what he said. You dont need me to find his St Paul address on YouTube. 
Interviewed on Monday morning by Alan Jones on Sydney radio station 2GB, Monckton warned that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty was to set up a transnational government on a scale the world has never before seen. 
Listening to the interview, my teenage daughters asked me whether this was true. So I read the draft treaty. The word government appears on page 18. Monckton says: This is the first time Ive ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a government. But its the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening. ... Monckton became aware of the extraordinary powers to be vested in this new world government only when a friend of his found an obscure UN website and hacked his way through several layers of complications before coming across a document that isnt even called the draft treaty. Its called a note by the secretariat. 
The moment he saw it, he went public and said: Look, this is an outrage ... they have kept the sheer scope of this treaty quiet. Monckton says the aim of this new government is to have power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.

The pond's not sure why lawyers and paranoia fit so well together, but for those who like to Greg Hunt, here's Dame Slap's qualifications as a climate scientist ...


The daughter of Danish immigrants to Australia, Albrechtsen was born in Adelaide and attended Seacombe High School. She subsequently studied at University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She subsequently attained a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Sydn...

13:28

Killing Ground: An Aussie Horror Film That May Scare Us Into Breaking The Silence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. Catherine McGauran is hoping new Australian film Killing Ground will motivate life, and resolutions.

The outback may just be the most formidable character in Australian film and literature. More than just scenery or background, the bush is active in creating or enabling the horror that plays out in our much-loved Australian gothic stories.

Damien Powers film Killing Ground is a textbook expression of post-colonial anxiety, grounded in white Australians fear of the bush. It can go from idyllic playground to unpredictable captor in seconds.

At first Killing Ground looks like just another foray into this genre. However, it is Powers overly predictable use of tropes and cinematic techniques which make the film so terrifying these familiar structures reinforce our post-colonial story, by shoving latent fears into our face, with a new level of ferocity.

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Killing Grounds release coincided with the decision of two Melbourne councils to drop Australia Day ceremonies on January 26. Yarra City Council made the decision out of respect for Aboriginal Australians and because of the depth of feeling about what that day means for so many of our residents. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was out of step with national values, and proceeded to strip Yarra City Council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies.

But is it really out of step? The nature of social media has brought discussions like this from the fringes and into the mainstream. As a result non-Aboriginal Australians are learning more about our disturbing history, which is at best glossed over in schools, and support for recognition of this is growing.

Even the national broadcasters network Triple J held a survey to gauge where its listeners stood on moving the Hottest 100 from January 26. Powers film is part of this movement, suggesting that the disturbance of white Australias past is now so palpable that it can no longer be ignored. We are haunted by an unacknowledged past, which is why the post-colonial narrative of the sinister outback is so simple, yet so haunting.

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13:22

What the eye cannot see "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Fairy Martins are partial migrants with most birds leaving central Victoria in autumn, returning again to breed each Spring.

Culverts and bridges are favourite sites and a small colony nests most years at the Newstead cemetery. Watching and endeavouring to capture their aerial antics is challenging and rewarding, especially when you see one in the act of successfully snaring a flying insect.

Fairy Martin, Newstead Cemetery, 22nd September 2017

12:57

FixedIt: Love has nothing to do with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported on the sentence hearing of Alexander Villaluna yesterday. He pleaded guilty to murder and grievous bodily harm after he attacked Keith Collins and Jovi Pilapil with a hunting knife. Collins was killed in the attack and Pilapil was stabbed in the chest and arm.

The quote in Channel 9s headline was from Villalunas statement to the court for his sentencing hearing. Its an accurate quote and it probably does reflect his view of his crime.

But why is the media affirming a violent, controlling murderers view of the crime he committed? This is not an impartial or objective headline. Its an endorsement of a murderers self-justification for taking an innocent life. Murder is the ultimate violation and it has nothing to do with love.

Love is Keith Collins broken hearted children who had to identify his body, mourn his unjustifiable loss and carry on their lives knowing he should have been there to watch them get married, have children and share all their joys and sorrows. He was only 53, he should have had decades to experience love.

Promoting a murderers delusions of love is an unconscionable act in the face of the grief Keith Collins family are carrying. And it callously disregards the horror Jovi Piapil has to live with after being brutally stabbed and having to watch a man die on what should have been nothing more than a fun first date.

Its also worth mentioning that no references to sources of assistance were listed at the end of an article about domestic violence, despite the strong recommendation in the press council guidelines on reporting domestic violence cases.

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


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12:30

Mom is too Scared to Open Front Door, Then Checks Security Camera "IndyWatch Feed National"

[BannedInfo] We all warn our children to never open the front door for strangers, especially when they are home alone.

Its a scary, but true, fact that danger often shows up right at our front door. One adult decided to follow the same rule for herself that she had set for her children. Melissa Vang made the decision to not open her front door when she checked to see who was ringing the doorbell and didnt recognize the young man who was standing there.

There are tons of stories that support Vangs apprehension of opening the front door for strangers. Unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions when they come knocking on strangers doors. This was not the case for Vang.

When Vang heard someone knocking on her front door she was home with her two young children. She decided against opening it. The security camera at her front door would capture footage of whoever was knocking, so she knew she could just check the footage after the stranger left. What she saw on the security footage was not what she expected at all.

She was touched to see that the stranger knocking on her door was a teenage boy who definitely wasnt trying to start any trouble. The young man, Tyler Opdyke, was actually doing the right thing, which is unusual in this day and age. His integrity showed through in that security camera footage. He actually looked for a camera on the exterior of the home and seemed relieved when he spotted one.

Opdyke was seen waving something at the camera, which was actually something that Vang was very happy to see. Vangs husband had lost his wallet on the driveway while getting into his car, and Opdyke had picked it up. He showed the money in the wallet to the camera and turned the wallet so the entire thing could be seen. He then left the camera at the door for the homeowner to find.

You can see the footage below:

The young man was in Vangs neighborhood to pass out flyers to promote his uncles pest control business. When he spotted the wallet with $1,500 cash in it along with numerous credit cards, he knew he had to do something. Vangs husband had so much cash in his wallet because he had been collecting cash for an event.

Opdyke explained that he had heard the children inside the home, but when no one answered he decided to show the wallet to the camera to let the homeowner know the real reason why he was knocking. He then placed it on the door mat. When interviewed by KXTV Opdyke explained, Ive been raised in the Church all my life and I just felt this is not mine.

Vang actually tracked Opdyke down in order to reward him for his kind....

12:16

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12:09

Prisoners escaped, widespread looting in Puerto Rico after hurricane. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Something to think about!
"I was raised about a mile from that prison complex in Bayamon, so I know that my former neighbors are on edge. Our criminals are some of the boldest I know. Sadly it's only going to get worse, as people's bellies start to really ache, LEO's reach their limits, looters get bolder and there is less of the good stuff to loot from stores. Guess what; down there, generators are a big "come rob me" beacon shouting out to a half mile radius. Shit's getting real, and there's little respect for the rule of law or private property, and private firearm ownership is rare. You have to have a permit to possess, and another one to carry, and they're both subject to the whims of the approving authorities. This is where that laid back, care-free Caribbean attitude stops being cute. The island has a history of recorded hurricanes since the 1800's and it's still always a last minute panic. My uncle installs storm shutters down there for a living and was working until 11pm the night before the storm hit. I got good status back from most of my family except for my uncle, but this is only the beginning. God help them because only he can change the heart of those who would do harm."

11:30

Thank Your Lucky Southern Cross "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear Reader,

There are many remarkable insights in Jim Rickards book The New Case for Gold.

This bonus chapter will turn them into specific, useful and potentially profitable advice for you as an Australian.

As youll discover, Australians are uniquely poised to benefit from Jims analysis to a far greater extent than anyone else in the world.

You dont have to finish the book before you start reading this bonus chapter. They certainly complement each other though. You can think of this as the local guide to Jims ideas and analysis.

There are two reasons Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence. The first is Jim Rickards. Nobody in the newsletter industry has his insight, contacts and experience. Nobody.

A few years ago I sat opposite Jim at a dinner. It was after a conference we both spoke at in Sydney. Hes exactly the same guy behind the scenes as on stage. He just gives a little more away when he is off the record. Because hes the same person behind the scenes, I think hes genuine. Im willing to put my reputation on the line alongside his. I trust him.

The other reason Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence is gold. Jim Rickards is a long-time fan of gold. He thinks you should own it and governments should peg their currencies to it.

As he puts it in his book:

Gold is money, monetary standards based on gold are possible, even desirable, and that in the absence of a gold standard, individuals should go on a personal gold standard, by buying gold, to preserve wealth.

But its not gold by itself thats so enticing. Aussie gold investors are better placed than literally anyone globally to invest in gold. Theres a simple reason for this our currency.

The Aussie Case for Gold

Australia is a highly developed country. But our economy is built on commodities. And commodities are risky bets. They fluctuate heavily in price. Put the two together and youll understand why our currency has big swings too.

Our currency is whats known as a risk on bet. We do well in the world economys good times, and our currency goes up in value. We do badly during poor times, and our currency falls fast.

This currency instability, combined with Australias legal and political stability, means Aussie investors are best placed globally to benefit from owning gold.

Why? Gold is priced in US dollars. The Aussie gold price is the US dollar gold price, adjusted for the exchange rate to Aussie dollars. This creates a uniquely benefic...

10:47

The Strange Case of Joseph Ragos Sarcoidosis Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Sarcoidosis in the lungs (generic patient), and (R) Joseph Rago

by Dee McLachlan

On July 20th, 2017, a young Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Joseph Rago, died suddenly in his New York apartment at the age of 34.

On the 21st, the New York Times reported that Foul play is not suspected, but several alt-news sites suspected that he was silenced, because he was was about to expose something on big pharma and insurance.

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09:17

Freshman Friday! Captain Morgen, adrenals, Jon Rappoport, FDA murder, Aussie vaccine war, Doc Nuzum, Bone broth, Lupus, planet X and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 22, 7-9PM EDT

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Freshman Friday is Back!

Captain rode out the hurricane, but she and her shipmates everyone else in Florida might be suffering from adrenal failure.  What does that mean?  What are the adrenals? How are the connected to stress, and once they are pooped out, what is the remedy?  Also, what type of stress is part of the normal human condition, and what part do we need to cut out?

 

 

 

Doc Nuzum Is Here! 

Prized since ancient times, confirmed by modern research, bone broth is one of natures most powerful health solutions. What is bone broth and why is it something you should add to your daily regimen? Doc Nuzum will explain! You can download a free 78-page Bone Broth Breakthrough e-book at RSBReports.com Youll discover the purest, healthiest and most convenient way to consume bone broth on the p...

09:00

George Brandis and His Anti-espionage Laws About Foreign Interference Reinterpreted "IndyWatch Feed National"

08:44

Cop Becomes Foster Dad To Cat Who Jumped In His Police Car "IndyWatch Feed National"

A wayward cat found just the person to get him the help he needed (and he wasn't about to take "no" for an answer).

Officer Rick Butler, of Ohio's Oxford Police, had been out on patrol early Friday morning when he happened upon the random feline by no choice of his own. While the officer was stopping to check on a local church, the brazen orange cat reportedly leapt through the cruiser's open window. He then proceeded to demand attention and pets.

Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police

Butler, of course, was happy to oblige.

Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police

Butler might have thought it would be just a momentary encounter, but the cat evidently had something else in mind. Rather than slink away, having had his fill of the officer's affection, the kitty then staged a sit-in.

"[He's] super friendly and loving and now refusing to leave the police car!" the department reported.

Was the cat being stubborn? Maybe. Did it pay off? Yes, yes it did.

Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police

Thoroughly disarmed by the charming cat,  Butler didn't have the heart to turn the little guy away so he let him stay. The police station doesn't have facilities to house cats, so as the department announced online, Butler has decided to become his foster dad, at least until the cat's rightful owner is found or someone comes forward wanting to adopt him. (The cat, "not the officer," the police department was q...

08:36

This Sweet Senior May Be The World's Oldest Cat Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

An ancient proverb states that cats have nine lives, and that has never been more true than for Nutmeg.

The grumpy tabby who held the title for worlds oldest cat lived her life to the fullest until she passed in September at the age of 32 or 144 in cat years.

Now a new upstart in Werribee, Australia, could be the next feline to hold the title. At 26 years old, Teddy is Australias oldest living cat, and his owner, Fran English, is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.

English adopted Teddy in 2014 when his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and was shocked when Teddys microchip revealed that he was born in 1991.

The long-haired black cat is in surprisingly good shape for his advanced age, still finding plenty of time each day to prowl around Englishs garden and play in the sun.

Teddy has a rather unusual secret to his longevity, English notes on his Facebook page. Each day he eats a sprig of rosemary from the garden and then gets nice and clean in the shower.

"He used to try and get in the shower with me so I decided to let him get in one day and it just took off from there," Fran told Yahoo News. Teddys fascination with water has only increased over the years. Now he goes into the shower and waits for it to be turned on, and after his rinse, gets toweled off by his doting mom.

Diagnosed with arthritis earlier this summer, he now takes medicine daily to keep him comfortable and active, along with his normal diet of canned tuna and kangaroo meat. His mom even built him a ramp up to the bed.

But despite a few gray hairs, hes still friendly and outgoing. Teddy loves to go out for a wander according to his moms Facebook posts, gnawing on herbs and drinking from his own little fountain outside. The average life expectancy for an indoor cat is between 12 to 18 years old, while cats...

07:46

In Florida Its Illegal To Power Your Home With Solar PanelsThanks To Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed National"

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) []

07:30

The country is paying for the Coalition's 'adhockery' on energy policy | Chris Bowen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Political systems decide what and what not to contest on a partisan basis. Surely Australia can be mature enough to agree on climate change The word adhockery, I am told, was first used around 1890. But this term, which denotes an over-reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans deserves a renaissance when it comes to energy policies of the Turnbull government. Has it really come to this? We are seriously being told that what we need to do is keep open [...]

07:27

Hillary Clinton fresh out of appeal to progressives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Salon magazine suggested Wednesday that Hillary Clinton just isn't appealing - even to liberals. Liberal writer Conor Lynch describes the phenomenon as "the progressive animus towards Clinton." He notes a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows 53 percent of respondents have a negative or very negative perception of Hillary, leading to the conclusion that the failed presidential candidate "seems to be getting even less popular as the 2016 election recedes further into the past." Clinton ponders the question of her obtruding unpopularity in her new book, What Happened, asking "What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I'm really asking. I'm at a loss." The answer, Salon suggests, is "that Clinton was often her own worst enemy in 2016, and frequently provided her opponents with ammunition to torpedo her campaign." Lynch says Clinton ultimately failed to address her most stinging criticism by primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and was believed by progressives to be just another Washington insider. The Salon writer states, "They essentially saw her as a standard Beltway politician - no better and no worse than other politicians who court big donors at cocktail parties in Washington and Manhattan and Beverly Hills."

07:02

Market Talk- September 22nd, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian ASX was probably over-sold yesterday and therefore stood as the only core that performed today. Closing up +0.5% was a healthy recovery after yesterdays 1% decline. Chinas downgrade put a small dent in confidence for the cash markets which took the Hang Seng down
-0.8% while the Shanghai closed with just small loss. Geopolitical risks remain present after US President Donal Trump signed to expand measurers to target North Korean trade. the Nikkei although closed lower (-0.25%) was off of its earlier lows as news of the speech-plays increased between the two nations. Having seen gold break the psychological $1300 mark yesterday, today we traded comfortably below that level all day. The Yen has dipped back below 112 again as talks of possible missile launches were circulating ahead of the weekend.

A quiet European session with the only action centred around UK Prime Minister Theresa May conference on BREXIT. GBP did rally close to the 1.36 level on expectation but that was shot down once delivered. Most of the evening session played a little over the 1.35 level but next week will be key as we approach month and quarter ends. FTSE liked what it heard finishing +0.65% better on the day but again, was probably more a reflection of sterling at that time. Gold could not breach $1300 and remains heavy even with the possible geopolitical uncertainties over the next couple of days. We did see some good economic data from France and a more broader European PMI which were both better but only tended to support markets rather than push them better. German elections of Sunday and it will be interesting to see where the youth decide to vote. Watch the peripheral groups to see who the coalition fits with.

Despite the lack of volume the price continues to rally regardless of all around it. Earlier in the session we had seen a weaker market which had the potential to run at one stage but the lack of liquidity, coupled with so few players that the follow-through just was not there! The enthusiasm for Apple appears to be weighing on confidence with a 5% price decline this week. Lots of talk about the slack in the IPhone 8 uptake and also slow watch turnover but in all the market is at contract highs so why not! Intere...

06:59

Pet Duck Adopts Furry Little Animal Who Lost Her Mom "IndyWatch Feed National"

A resident of Adelaide, Australia, recently got a bit of a surprise when he checked his pet duck's little house where she lays her eggs.

Credit: FRSA

"He got a surprise when he reached under the super mum and felt fur!" Fauna Rescue of South Australia (FRSA) wrote on Facebook. The duck seemed quite protective of the little squatter: a tiny brushtail possum who lost her mom. "Little Daisy had been kept warm all night by the duck who had the orphan tucked under her wing."

Maybe the duck could sense that the little possum, who only weighed 12 ounces, needed help. "All by herself in a big scary world, little Daisy the possum sought a warm, safe place to hide," FRSA wrote. "She clearly found the right place when she stumbled across a nesting box and crawled in with the duck. Rather than chasing the orphan away, the duck decided to not only accept her, but made every effort to keep the orphan warm and comfortable."

Credit: FRSA

The man knew, however, that in the long term it would be better to turn Daisy over to people who knew how to raise orphaned possums, so he contacted FRSA for help. Daisy will be brought up there until she can be released back into the wild.

Credit: FRSA

Daisy now has a warm place to sleep and plenty of food at the rescue center. She even has a new friend. Daisy recently bonded with a little boy possum about her age who will be her adoptive sibling as the pair grow up and get stronger.
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06:51

Australian ad - 'The next Ice Age should be the most serious climate event for humanity' "IndyWatch Feed National"

An advert today describes the real climate change we should afraid of, discusses how past CO2 levels did not cause dangerous global warming, and extra CO2 has a smaller and smaller effect, then connects failed climate models with rising electricity bills. The text....

06:30

Wanting to be Brown is a Form of White Privilege "IndyWatch Feed National"

My father is a man of colour; an Indonesian with a deep complexion, almond eyes and a smile that, teamed with his bellowed laugh, can light up a whole room. My mothers fair skin enhances her crystal blue eyes that have watched me navigate the twisted road towards adulthood.

Being of mixed race in New Zealand meant Ive never had to struggle for acceptance, and looking predominantly Caucasian inevitably means I havent had to deal with the issues many people of colour have, even though I technically should.

White privilege is something were born into and forced to either acknowledge or deny. You could be one of those tosser politicians who assure themselves it isnt real while sitting in a room full of other old white men who are convinced it took only hard work to get to where they are. Or, you could accept the privilege and not abuse the fact that sometimes the world really does revolve around you.

I used to think I was worldly. That I used my privilege as a reminder to be conscious and grateful for what it brought me. But a young Indian girl selling handmade bracelets on a dusty street in Amritsar exposed my hypocrisy with a simple question: What product did you use to get your skin that colour?

Little did that girl know, earlier that day, I was complaining about my paleness. I wished I could lather my body with the coconut-scented fake tan I had left 10,000 miles away. I wanted to be darker, to have sun-kissed skin like the girls you see when scrolling your Instagram feed. The ones who endorse those shitty teas and wear bikinis that cost more than my weekly wage at Maccas. I want everyone to compliment my bronzed glow because thats what it is, right? Bronze, not brown. Bronze is for white people, and brown brown is something else entirely.

Azealia Banks enters a shit-storm when she admits to using a skin whitening cream, but nobody gives a fuck if Kylie Jenner lathers on four coats of fake tan before a night out.

Racism exists. As much as we want to close our eyes and sing Kumbaya, we cant, because oppression is still here. People of colour are forced to accept their bodies, whatever shade they are, while I can pick being ghostly pale to a glazed doughnut and eve...

05:40

From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Cops Off Campus! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Cops Off Campus! appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Wednesday morning, we dropped two banners at the University of Pittsburgh. They read, From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Disarm the Police, Arm Your Desire and Solidarity with St. Louis and Atlanta: Fuck the Police. The first was hung from student dorms, the second from condemned housing near campus we hope the symbolism is clear. Later that night, after campus police arrested a student protester during coordinated disruptions of a right wing debate on immigration, we linked up with two other crews to beautify campus with chalk and flyers [just a heads up, the link is from a right-wing student news site, and its kinda hilarious]. Another crew from the autonomous student network tells us they also tagged and wheatpasted the Oakland area on Tuesday night.

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We are deeply saddened and angered by the murder of comrade Scout Schultz by Georgia Tech campus police. As a small crew of radical queer youth and accomplices, we recognize that Scout could have been any one of us. We too struggle daily with and against our mental health; we take these actions as part of that struggle. We will continue to answer the calls to fight in Scouts memory [1234], one of which reads:

To anyone who is enraged, grieving, or who stands against the police and the murderous system they protect, we call for actions in solidarity with our fight here in Atlanta. To anyone who is fighting for liberation: in the coming days, fight with Scouts name on your lips, on your banners, and in your hearts.

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05:36

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post "IndyWatch Feed National"

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post: The company quietly announced the move as a side note in its most recent annual report, stating that they will now only sell to green countries, which they defined as being NATO-members or NATO-equivalent (Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand) and those that met Transparency Internationals corruption perceptions index and the Economist Intelligence Units democracy index.

While Heckler & Koch did not respond to an inquiry regarding why Israel was added to the list, the German economic ministry told The Jerusalem Post in an email that while they are aware of the media reports, we dont comment on company trials or decisions.

According to The Guardian, the move makes Heckler & Koch the first arms company to have a more ethical export control policy than its own government. Germany, the worlds fifth largest arms exporter with a total of 6.85 billion euros ($8.22 billion) in sales last year, is in a two-year pilot phase of a new initiative to monitor the end use of its arms export.

05:16

Lets Make America Smart Again: The Future of NASA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Continuing with our Lets Make America Smart again series, we answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the past, present, and future missions of NASA with Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/lets-make-america-smart-again-the-future-of-nasa/

05:16

Erasmus of America: American Doctors Discover Cure for Most Ailments "IndyWatch Feed National"

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05:16

The Blunt Truth About Each Personality Type, and the Way that Others Perceive You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.- Scott Fitzgerald

 Throughout the generations, experts have worked to better understand the concept of personality, where it originates and how it impacts our decisions in life. Many have developed their own analysis and understanding of this phenomenon, each building upon the knowledge and expertise of those who came before them.

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was one such expert, focusing a significant period of his career on the concept of personality development. He believed that our personalities were a response to the childhood events that we had experienced, and created labels for a number of different personality types that he had identified including oral and anally retentive.

In the 1970s two research teams led by Paul Costa and Robert R. McCrae of the National Institutes of Health, and Warren Norman and Lewis Goldberg of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Oregon teamed up to discover The Big Five. This refers to the five dimensions that they believe describe most human character traits including extroversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

In his book Personality: a Psychological Interpretation, Gordon Willard Allport defines personality as the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his characteristic behavior and thought.

Todays concept of psychology involves far more terms, theories, and concepts than ever before. As interest has grown in the general public about these various labels, the prevalence of trivia and online tests claiming to provide answers has multiplied, providing answers to anyone who seeks it. Some of these quizzes are specific, discussing personality in relation to our career choices, or the relationships we seek. They are fun and whimsical ways of viewing an otherwise complicated and in-depth conversation.

Here are some very blunt, very honest descriptions of a number of the most common personality types, and an inside look at how others view you:

 

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04:59

Messages of the Spirit: Why Signs and Omens Are So Important "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is your omen, only you know the meaning. To me, it is but another star in the night.

  • Gerald R. Stanek, The Eighth House

 Signs and omens have played an incredibly important role throughout history, revered by our ancestors for their ability to predict the future, warn them about difficult times to come and guide them through life as they knew it.

The first written references to signs and omens date back to approximately the third millennium B.C. The presence of these messages has been documented throughout the ancient world, in the historical documents of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations, Rome and even India. Amar Annus, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oriental Institute explains, The concept of sign is found in all ancient cultures, but was first described in ancient Mesopotamian texts. This branch of Babylonian scientific knowledge had great influence, as witnessed by similar texts written in the Aramaic, Sanskrit and Sogdian, among other languages.

In a world that has become dark and frightening, plagued with wars, increased rates of crime and a general disregard for the well-being of others around us, one has to wonder whether we need these messages more today than ever. This may be the time that we need to work to better connect, opening ourselves to these important messages from the Universe.

What is the difference between a sign and an omen?

The terms sign and omen are often used interchangeably today. While both are messages from the Universe, each carries its own purpose in our lives.

Signs appear specifically in our life when we are requesting that the Universe provide us with guidance or an answer while attempting to make a significant decision in our lives. This request isnt necessarily a verbal request; however, it can come in a deeper and more spiritual way as we allow our soul to call out for assistance from our spiritual guardians. It will only come to us when requested, and we will cease to see the sign once the decision has been made.

An Omen, on the other hand, can appear at any time without any prior request or search for guidance. These occur when our spiritual guardians feel the need to reach out to us about something that is coming. They may be ominous, outlandish, mysterious, wondrous or bizarre, each individual and different, however, each carrying an important message that the Universe wants us to hear. Their purpose is to relay that an important event is either happening right now or about to happen. These events may be good or evil in nature, bu...

04:30

When Free Speech Silences Marginalized Voices My Latest Ravishly Article "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to popular belief among certain YouTubers, Im a social justice warrior who actually loves free speech. In fact, the main reason I write is to use my free speech rights to challenge peoples preconceived notions about gender and sexuality and create conversations about complex social justice issues. One of my favorite philosophers, John Stuart Mill, summarizes it best in his 1859 classic essay On Liberty:

But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race, posterity as well as the existing generation, those who dissent from the opinion still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

Of course this opens up a wide variety of questions regarding free speech in the 21st century: Is it censorship when a private organization disinvites a controversial speaker? Would racist slogans like Blood and soil be considered hate speech that directly leads to violence? Unfortunately, I dont have the time to answer all these questions right now. I do, however, want to point out a disturbing trend I see:

Those who advocate for free speech the most vocally tend to be silent when marginalized people are censored.

Click here to read the rest.

04:11

Did They Do It On Purpose? New Southpark Episode Triggers Amazon Alexa and Google Home Devices "IndyWatch Feed National"

The episode, titled White People Renovating Houses, apparently drove Amazon Alexa and Google Home totally nuts, leaving many wondering if creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker did it on purpose. The likely answer given their history of tackling contemporary issues is yes.

We have an Amazon Alexa and a Google Home and South Park repeatedly screwed with both of them tonight, noted one Twitter user

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04:10

Tillerson Addresses North Koreas Latest Weapons Test Threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

[NY Daily] Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to say how exactly the U.S. might act if North Korea drops a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.

We will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena, but all our military options are on the table, Tillerson said during a Friday appearance on Good Morning America. Once we can assess the nature of this threat, the President will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions.

The top diplomats remarks came less than an hour after President Trump heightened the war of words with North Korea.

Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesnt mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! Trump tweeted.

The North Korean strongman on Thursday night threatened to carry out another weapons test this time possibly over the Pacific and called the President mentally deranged. Trump vowed this week to totally destroy the nation if North Koreas tests continued, referring to Kim as Rocket Man.

Tillerson, during his GMA appearance, didnt give a direct answer when asked if Trumps tough talk against the hermetic country worked.

The President takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously and it is his first and foremost responsibility but were not in this alone, he said, noting that China and Russia have also put pressure on North Korea.

Trump hit Pyongyang with its latest economic blow on Thursday when he signed an order directed at entities that work with North Korea.

Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Koreas efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind, Trump said.

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04:04

Hysteria: Health workers attacked, abused over Victoria hospital smoking ban "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rules banning smoking outside Victoria's public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy. Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger. "We're hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members," union state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said. The calls come after the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Last month two patient transport officers were reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

03:54

Morgan Freeman Drops Truth Bomb On Race Hustlers Leaving CNN Embarrassed & Speechless "IndyWatch Feed National"

[BannedInfo] Who is better qualified to talk about how race has held him back than an eighty-year old black man from the Deep South, Memphis, Tennessee? On his way up there were no affirmative action programs to help him overcome the obstacle of being born Black in America.

Morgan Freeman was 80 when he was interviewed on CNN Tonight, two years ago.  Host Don Lemon Morgan asked him, Do you think poverty is part of genetics, to answer your question?

Freeman answered forthrightly,  No, you cant say that. I dont think wealth, personally, I dont think wealth and genetics have anything to do with each other, actually.

Freeman elaborated and his answer mustve had political race hustlers burying their heads, If youre born in the U.S., it really doesnt matter the condition of your birth.  What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment, whether or not you are I mean, this is from the standpoint of having been born with little. Here, you can always get out of that. Poverty is just

The Academy Award winner wasnt done.

When Lemon asked him, Do you think race plays a part in wealth distribution?

Freeman didnt hesitate, Today? No.

Lemon persisted, You dont?

And, Freeman remained resolute, No. No, I dont. You and I, were proof. Why would race have anything to do with it? Put your mind to what you want to do and go from there.

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee [in 1937], said Freeman.  I had a long haul from where I came from, to here. But here we are. So proof is in proof of the pudding is in the eating. Here we sit at the dining table.

Lemon was desperate to protect The Legacy Of Liberalism that has destroyed the Black family and the schools their children attend that Freeman had earlier alluded to (What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment.)

Lemon: But its hard to when you say that to people because they say, Here you go with the pull yourself up by the bootstraps thing. Youre just being respectable. Not everybody can do that.

Freemans response was abrupt: Bullsh**! Everybody can! Not that it doesnt [take] courage. Courage is the key to life itself. A lot of people were born in situations, Ill never get out of this. So they wont. I say to people who say, We...

03:48

Dont Tell Me How To Travel "IndyWatch Feed National"

For years, I have been told that my way of travelling is wrong. Its a habit that I was once ashamed of, but now, unabashedly own.nf

I am an informed traveller who, like many others, secretly enjoys the daggy pastime of planning my holidays. We are the people who research and double check our travel itineraries the slightly obsessive travellers who are perceived as a little boring and tedious. It may not be edgy and cool, but you know what? We get shit done.

Ive been lectured more times than I can count by supposedly well-travelled people who, with all the knowledge that their 20-something years can offer, tell me the value of spontaneity and preach about the evils of planning and knowledge with no balance to be found.

No one can have fun making lists, they admonish.

I often wonder why I and so many others get such a bad reputation for being informed. In this age of anxiety, why torture yourself by not having even the slightest plan or fooling yourself into thinking that by winging it youre going to find yourself?

Maybe some people can improvise their way through their travels, but thats just not my style. This doesnt make my adventures any less valuable. To be one of those carefree people who can turn up somewhere and hope for the best would be great, but not all of us are that lucky. For me, its a definite way to waste my holiday and end up a nervous wreck.

I once bowed to the pressure of being more spontaneous on a trip to Japan. I couldnt let go altogether, so I made a loose itinerary and vowed only to bring it out if everything went to shit. My fellow travellers had only come up with a few things they wanted to do: watch a sumo match, visit a brewery and eat at high-end restaurants.

As it turned out, everywhere was fully booked for months, and it wasnt sumo season. With a completely empty itinerary, they planned to wander the streets of Tokyo. As the first week progressed, they realised that perhaps they needed to put a more solid plan in place. This is where me and my list of adventures came in. At first theyd thought I was crazy, but my planning meant they saw a lot of Japan, so they indulged me. One point for neuroticism and zero for their spontaneous adventure.

Not having a clue has even become a trend to impress people. This spontaneous approach to travelling has been so romanticised that its become like a photo of an average coffee with a pretty filter. After...

03:36

Trump at the UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose, threatening speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 19, 2017. In addition to harsh attacks on North Korea and Iran, Trump singled out Venezuela and Cuba, reading a host of cliched lies and traditional US government boilerplate from his teleprompter, delivered to a notably muted response from the assembled delegations.

Trumps address was a shameless display of demagogy that had the political aim of winning allies, especially in Latin America, for a campaign to isolate Venezuela and Cuba, and create the political conditions to implement regime change against both sovereign countries.

It is more likely that Trump, his Administration, and the US government as a whole, will be found politically isolated. The evening prior to his UNGA speech, Trump gave remarks before a dinner with some Latin American heads of state and diplomats. There he tested out his rhetoric, shameless hyperbole and half-truths, and threats against Venezuela. It remains to be seen how many of the conservative and neoliberal governments that Trump is courting in Latin America will be comfortable aligning themselves with the Trump Administration against Venezuela and Cuba.

Also, crucially for US policymakers, there is the overwhelming popular consciousness across the Americas and internationally against these US policies. It should also be clear to Trump and Washington that inside the United States there will also be great opposition and resistance to these policies.

On November 1, the UN General Assembly will again register the stunning isolation of US anti-Cuba policies when it votes overwhelmingly in favor of the Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo by the United States of America Against Cuba. Trump will certainly instruct US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to vote No this year, reversing the 2016 decision of the Barack Obama Administration to abstain. For years the annual UN vote has been a major political embarrassment for various bipartisan US Administrations and Congresses, with lopsided, near-unanimous support for the Cuban government-sponsored Resolution at the General Assembly vote.

Trumps lies and threats from the podium of the United Nations must be answered in the United States, across the Americas, and around the world by protests that are being organized on or around the time of the November 1 vote.

Join worldwide demonstrations in cities around the world to finally bring down the US blockade against Cuba!

03:33

DeVos Ditches Obama-Era Campus Assault Rules, But Problems Lie Ahead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our long national nightmare is overor is it?

On Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance on sexual assault that ensured more innocent students accused of the abhorrent crime would be found responsible and expelled. Earlier this month, DeVos announced she would seek comment from stakeholders to improve the way schools adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.

DeVos at the time mentioned the need for due process for the accused and better treatment of accusers, since all sides agree even the Obama-era guidance did not solve all the problems. (Supporters of the Obama-era guidance went apoplectic after DeVoss speech, however, claiming she was siding with rapists over victims, an absurd notion.)

In place of the Obama-era guidance, known ominously as the 2011 Dear Colleague letter, as well as a 2014 question-and-answer document, schools will now have to adhere to 2001 and 2006 guidance from the Education Department.

A Deprivation of Rights

In her letter rescinding the previous guidance, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson wrote of the problems caused by the Obama-era guidance. The 2011 guidance forced schools to adopt a low, preponderance of evidence standard for adjudicating sexual assault, when schools had previously been allowed to use the more stringent clear and convincing standard. To avoid federal lawsuits or yanked funds, schools were required to adopt the lower standard, even though such regulatory changes were required by law to go through a notice and comment period and the 2011 document did not.

Jackson also lamented the old guidances insistence that accusers have the right to appeal decisions, effectively undermining double jeopardy. Schools were also discouraged from allowing parties to cross-examine each other, claiming such a tool of due process could violate Title IX, the anti-discrimination statute from which all these rules sprung.

Schools were also required, under Obama-era guidance, to create quasi-judicial proceedings (stacked against the accused both in requirements and culture) and forbade them from relying on law enforcement to investigate. Schools also had to investigate and adjudicate in a short amount of time, and stated that any due process protections must not unnecessarily delay the proceedings.

The 2011 and 2014 guidance documents may have been well-intentioned, but those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many studentsboth accused students denied fair process and victims deni...

03:30

Why My Europe Trip Wont Set Me Free "IndyWatch Feed National"

I trudged up the stairs to my house, listless and exhausted after nine hours in my cubicle. After a half-hearted hello to my father sitting in the living room, I noticed it: a cardboard-wrapped beacon of hope. My beautiful new Lonely Planet had arrived, clean and fresh and full of promise.

In a few months time, I would be embarking on my first solo trip: four weeks in Europe to help soothe the ache of a 20-something  who was disenchanted with the working world. I wanted this trip to provide more than a comprehensive knowledge of markets in Provence I needed this trip to reset the optimism and energy I had lost since joining the workforce. More than anything, I longed for freedom.

The weight of my expectations was immense, and I could feel it permeate my planning. My search for the perfect Airbnb had taken on a slightly manic edge. Which of these Parisian apartments will best facilitate my personal growth? Does a view of the Eiffel Tower expedite self-discovery?

In the midst of my madness, I chanced upon a new perspective on the pursuit of freedom in Kyo Maclears Birds Art Life Death. Referencing Geoff Dyer, Maclear writes: Now I know that the truth about freedom is that its a practice and not a permanent condition. It actually takes a daily effort to be free Freedom is not a great leap or a definitive jailbreak or the result of a moments decisive action, but a project to be constantly renewed.

Jean-Paul Sartre echoes this sentiment, advocating a form of existentialism based on the idea that all people are free to create themselves through their actions essentially empowering you to play an active role in choosing the person you want to be and the life you lead by the decisions you make. In this way, he suggests that it is possible to be authentic and free, but this can only be achieved through consistent effort.

For the most part, freedom is not something you consider to be a process or something that requires continued work. For most people, the image of freedom is big, bold and fearsome: marching into your boss office and quitting your job or buying that one-way plane ticket to a faraway destination. But perhaps we have the measure of freedom all wrong. Maybe freedom lives in the many small decisions we make each day.

Freedom happens when you decide you dont need that luxury hotel and the luxury loan to match. Freedom happens when you resist the temptation to slide from one unfulfilling job into another because its safe and comfortable and sounds go...

03:12

Gabon arrest of ivory trafficker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gabonews
September 19, 2017
On Monday 18 September in Libreville, an ivory trafficker from Mayumba was
arrested by the judicial police and the Eaux et For?ts with the support of
the NGO Conservation Justice.

The transaction was to be held in a hotel in the Montagne Sainte district.

Thanks to extensive investigations, the mixed team was able to foil the
ivory trafficking and the organizer was arrested. Samba Camara, the brains
of the operation, was arrested in flagrante delicto for the detention,
transport, and marketing of the products of an integrally protected
species, 4 tusks of elephant ivory totaling 27 kg.

The offender, originally from Mayumba, from where the ivory would also
come, would not be at his first facts in terms of trafficking and will have
to answer that in court.

He faces six months in prison. In neighboring countries, sentences are
heavier, with 5 years in prison in Congo and 3 in Cameroon. Under these
conditions, the traffickers would logically favor Gabon. Recent articles in
the English newspapers The Mirror and Independent mention that ivory
originally from Gabon finances terrorist activities, including Boko Haram,
in other countries. These facts have been confirmed by the National Agency
of National Parks.[These latter reports are unfounded no evidence at all. KS]

As ivory traffic generates significant financial benefits and flows, it can
be understood that it may be of interest and linked to other types of
crime. The links between ivory trafficking and security issues are numerous
and have been highlighted in many countries.

http://gabonews.com/fr/actus/societe/article/trafic-d-ivoire-un-nouveau-trafiquant-arrete-a

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03:10

Malawi three arrested in Lilongwe for possession of ivory "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Nyasa Times

Elijah Phimbi
September 20, 2017

Malawi Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody three men at Kanengo
Police Station following their arrest after being found in possession of
Ivory illegal on Monday this week.

According to Kanengo Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Laban Makalani,
the three were arrested by Wildlife Crime Investigators at Kanengo
Industrial Site following a tip from well wishers.

Makalani identified the three as David Nyadani (39), Mike Josephy (37) and
Wisdom Milosi (49).

He said the three reside at Namitete and they travelled to Lilongwe in
search of a market to sell the ivory.

The ivory weighed 1.4 Kilograms and its estimated worth is about K2,
310,000.00.

They will soon appear before court to answer charges of Illegal Possession
of Protected Species and dealing in Government trophies contrary to Section
86 (1) and 91 of Wildlife Act said Makalani.

The trio hails from Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201709200873.html


03:04

The Common Roots of Anxiety and Addiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever stopped to think about life from a perspective other than your own? Do you ever slow down and notice all the small things that make this world worth living in?

We spend our whole lives searching for something or someone to make us happy but is that what we really need? As human beings, I have noticed we are all addicted to something whether it is soda, junk food, alcohol, or anything else. We all have a crutch of some kind.

Why is this? Why do we allow ourselves to remain addicted to these things that are doing nothing good for us? What are we trying to cure ourselves of? What are we trying to hide?

As children, we seek gratification in all that we do but why? Why cant we just be happy? Is there no cure for the things that bring us down? Can we not work through our boredom, depression, anxiety and so forth?

Why do we experience all of these negative things in life? Why is it some people do and some people dont? Why are there so many questions that go unanswered?

I learned at a young age that feeling happy comes at the most unexpected times. In my opinion, the cure for all that makes us sick or brings us down is quite simple. Getting rid of all of these addictions and being in nature, and finally allowing our stress to drain away. While to most this will seem unrealistic or even stupid, it has worked wonders for me.

You see, we only fall into a routine of damage if we do not allow ourselves time to be disconnected when we can. Our dependencies and addictions are preventing us from overcoming things like anxiety and so forth. Addiction only feeds into the instability.

While my answers may seem a bit too open, maybe they helped you to see things a bit more clearly. Personal growth is important and overmedicating is not the answer. For more on this check out the videos below. If anything maybe they will help you to see things from a different perspective.

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02:44

The world is slowly moving toward de-dollarization "IndyWatch Feed National"

The issue of when a global reserve currency begins or ends is not an exact science. There are no press releases announcing it, and neither are there big international conferences that end with the signing of treaties and a photo shoot. Nevertheless we can say with confidence that the reign of every world reserve currency has to come to an end at some point in time. During a changeover from one global currency to another, gold (and to a lesser extent silver) has always played a decisive role. Central banks and governments have long been aware that the dollar has a sell-by date as a reserve currency. But it has taken until now for the subject to be discussed openly. The fact that the issue has been on the radar of a powerful bank like JP Morgan for at least five years, should give one pause. Questions regarding the global reserve currency are not exactly discussed on CNBC every day. Most mainstream economists avoid the topic like the plague. The issue is too politically charged. However, that doesn't make it any less important for investors to look for answers. On the contrary. The following questions need to be asked: What indications are there that the world is turning its back on the US dollar? And what are the clues that gold's role could be strengthened in a new system? The mechanism underlying today's "dollar standard" is widely known and the term "petrodollar" describes it well. This system is based on an informal agreement the US and Saudi Arabia arrived at in the mid-1970s. The result of this deal: Oil, and consequently all other important commodities, is traded in US dollars - and only in US dollars. Oil producers then "recycle" these "petrodollars" into US treasuries. This circular flow of dollars has enabled the US to pile up a towering mountain of debt of nearly $20 trillion - without having to worry about its own financial stability. At least, until now.

02:30

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Strong Towns "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins with two parallel scenarios: In the first, a man named Arthur Dent wakes up in his rural English home only to find that a bulldozer outside is about to demolish his house in order to build a highway bypass through it.

After deciding to lay in front of the bulldozer to prevent his home from being destroyed, his conversation with the bulldozer driver goes like this:

"Come off it, Mr. Dent," [the driver] said, "you can't win, you know. You can't lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely [...] I'm afraid you're going to have to accept it. This bypass has got to be built and it's going to be built!"

"First I've heard of it," said Arthur, "why's it got to be built?"

"What do you mean, why's it got to be built?" he said. "It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses."

Protetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council explains:

As you are probably aware, plans for the development of the outlying regions of the galaxy invoke the building of a hyperspace express route through your star system. And your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition.

(Shouts of terror emit around the globe.)

There's no point acting all surprised about it; the plans and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your earth years. If you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that's your own lookout.

There are some important Strong Towns issues explored here in just the first few pages of the book. First, how many people throughout history have been told "We need to bulldoze your house to build a highway"? And, when they ask why, are provided with little more answer than Arthur Dent receives: "It's a highway. You've got to build highways." Take a look at.........

01:53

Truth To Power 09.22.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Dediscovery of HIV: The Australian scientists who almost destroyed the AIDS paradigm and may have inadvertently found the key to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome epidemic. Charles Ortleb, the author of Truth to Power, discusses the arguments of the Perth Group, the Australian scientists who have been under attack from the AIDS establishment for many years for insisting that HIV was never properly isolated ...

The post Truth To Power 09.22.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

01:33

Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded coworker says he is a slave to Allah "IndyWatch Feed National"

In those tapes Nolen answers questions in a very matter-of-fact way with seemingly little emotion. He told the investigators he beheaded Hufford because he felt oppressed as a Muslim. Nolen carefully explained his interpretation of the Quran and said no one guided him in the religion and that he came his beliefs on his own. []

01:30

The Legend of the Green Bread "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was leaning against a boulder on Uluwatu beach, watching disco lights and reggae music dance across hanging vegetation and out over the waves. Suddenly a hobbling little goblin of a man crawled out of the shadows.

Hey mate, I said. How ya feelin?

Aw Ben, he said in his thickly Australian accent. Is that you?

And it was fucking Sammy.

Aw shit dude, I just threw up, he said cheerily.

Wow, really? Great.

Bri did too.

What? Bri?

I followed him back to the spot Id left not two minutes ago. Sammy was stumbling a bit but Bri was twirling on her heels, not sure which way was down.

Were goin back to the hotel mate! Sammy said, trying to support Bri by the arm on top of his intoxicated sways. Neither of you are going anywhere, I said, then sighed, without me.

A few hours earlier, Sammy and I had checked into our hotel room, which included aircon and a pool but no potable water. That left only one thing worth drinking.

Lets hit the bar and get some Bintangs! was Sammys warcry. We asked around to see if anyone wanted to join and Bri volunteered. When we finally got ourselves seated and thirsts satiated, one thing was damned obvious. Sammy and I were both pining for this neat, dark-haired, longlegged and literary Kiwi girl. But only one of us was good at conversation and familiar with booze and parties.

I felt a bit dejected, but I also felt like I didnt want to compete with someone who was turning out to be one of my best mates. I decided to hit the beach.

After descending a stupid number of winding, stonecarved steps down to the sand, I did my usual thing and tried to find things the average party-goer might miss. I crawled around rocky boulders, cringed as some lads got uncomfortably close to a venomous seasnake, flirted around a bit (they all had boyfriends), and of course, subtly kept tabs on my new besty and erstwhile bae.

It came time to head back to the boulders and relieve myself of two or three Bintangs when I was met with my spiritbrothers beautifully drunken entrance. He and Bri had had more than just two or t...

01:29

Brexit Talks Could Continue Close to UKs March 2019 Exit, Theresa May Says "IndyWatch Feed National"

FLORENCE, Italy Britains negotiations with the European Union could continue close to its scheduled March 2019 departure from the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the two sides need to come to an agreement by November next year in order to allow time for it to be ratified by parliaments.

Of course we will leave at the end of March 2019 and negotiations will be continuing potentially up quite close to that time, May said during a question-and-answer session following a speech in Florence setting out her Brexit plans.

(Reporting by William James; Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by William Schomberg)

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May Says Will Honour EU Budget Commitments During Period of EU Membership

FLORENCE, Italy Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Britain will honour its budget commitments made during the period of its EUs membership during.

I do not want our partners to fear that they will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave, May said.

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01:25

Is Spain Going to Explode Over Catalonian Secession? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thats quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen Catalonias access to public funds so that they cant be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.

On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judges order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.

Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldnt dockthe port workers wouldnt cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.

This Isnt The First Time Catalonia Has Sought Independence

Catalonia has long called for independence from Spain. As recently as 2014, it tried to hold a similar independence referendum. At that time, the Spanish government pushed back, calling the vote illegal. That caused Catalan leaders to rebrand the vote as a participation process to see how much support the Catalan government had for political independence. Catalan leaders still faced legal consequences for holding that vote, something that was presumably meant to scare Catalonia off from holding another referendum.

That clearly didnt work. This time around, Catalonia is much more defiant and is not taking no for an answer, which seems to be part and parcel of the populism thats been sweeping Europe in the last couple of years. Now, it appears Catalonias boldness could boil over into the kind of civil unrest that Western Europe hasnt seen in decades.

According to the...

01:21

To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted. Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to []

01:18

The Data Demontrates That America Should Build the Wall and Initiate Merit Based Immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

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I did not enjoy writing this article because I usually find myself rooting for the underdog, whether it is in sports or in politics. For example, I took great delight that I was able to take part in the greatest upset in American political history in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.  Having been raised in Denver, I reveled in the fact, that after 17 straight losing seasons, the Denver Broncos have managed to win three Super Bowls.  Subsequently, when I look at immigration, it is the story of the down-trodden and how they have made a life for themselves. I can personally identify with this sentiment, because I am a first generation American on my fathers side of the family.

Despite my affinity for the underdog, I find myself adopting pragmatist views towards immigration. First, allow me to say that many immigrants are my Christian brothers and sisters. And those that are here, minus the hard-core criminals, should not be deported because it is a case of too much water under the bridge. However, there is something that can be done, and should be done, with regard to future immigration. The numbers simply do not lie.

The Truthful Answers Are Often the Simplest

Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization and Senior Writing Fellow and he developed the following quiz on immigration:

1) What, for the last three decades, is the average number of immigrants legally admitted?

2) What is the Diversity Visa, and name at least three countries whose nationals have received the DV?

3) Approximately how many refugees does the U.S. resettle annually? Name at least three countries theyve come from.

4) Name the number of times Americans have voted on immigrant admissions, visa issuance, or refugee resettlement.

Answers:

1) More than one million, all given life-time work authorization, a total that continues despite 9/11, the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a...

00:29

Lawmakers Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers SERAP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has confirmed that its representatives yesterday met with the Senate President Bukola Saraki to discuss issues relating to details of annual salaries and allowances of lawmakers. In a statement today by Timothy Adewale SERAP deputy director the organization said that, While we appreciate the expressed commitment by Saraki to transparency and accountability of the National Assembly, and the rare opportunity to dialogue with him, we remain deeply concerned that the leadership of the Senate has unfortunately not satisfactorily addressed the damaging allegations byProfessor Itse...

The post Lawmakers Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers SERAP appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

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