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Sunday, 24 September

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 []

06:30

Oz players on playing league against PNG: I got hit by granite "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia v PNGJAMES BUCKLEY | Fairfax Media | Edited extract

SYDNEY - Speak to anyone that's played rugby league in Papua New Guinea, and they will all furnish you with unbelievable stories of the insatiable passion the locals possess for their national sport.

PNG is a developing and diverse country with more than 800 languages, high crime and significant unemployment, but rugby league is the constant that unites its eight million people.

But when their Australian heroes come to these shores for the annual Prime Minister's XIII fixture against Papua New Guinea, played yesterday, quite often that lust for the game bubbles over into tragedy.

Cronulla back rower Wade Graham played his first PM's XIII match in 2012 and it's an experience he'll never forget.

"The grandstand collapsed the year I was there and a few people died, it was pretty full on," Graham said.

"It's the passion they have for the league here, it's very unbelievable.

"It's one of those things you can try to explain it, but until you experience it you just don't understand it."

From the moment the Australian contingent lands in PNG until they depart a few days later, the players are treated like rock stars.

Everyone wants a piece of them, from machine-gun wielding security guards who crave nothing more than to pose for a photograph with their idols, to the locals on the street who sprint after the team bus.

But it's the children who leave the most lasting memories, both good and bad.

They know all of the players, and religiously refer to them by their surnames. At a clinic on Friday morning, screaming cries of "Dugan" preceded his swamping by a delighted mob of local schoolkids.

Tedesco, Klemmer, Maloney and co all received the same treatment.

The Australian players are strongly advised not to throw team kit outside the team bus while in transit, particularly when they're surrounded by fans on leaving the airport.

One year a prized piece of merchandise was flung out to the masses and a young boy barely six years old arrived first to haul it in.

Just seconds later an older kid, still not even a teenager, arrived on the scene, landed a few haymakers on the youngster and tried making off with the loot.

Almost instantly...

05:48

Taking some of it with a grain of . . . grain "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Fancy a bit of grain for brekkie? Not true grain, but digital noise from cranking up sensor speed to capture action.

Can't freeze birds without much more expensive gear, but it's fun trying.

Immature Brown Honeyeater took plunge several times yesterday in the Common.

Fast settings also slowed passing Striated Pardalotes. Plural? Second bird tucked away, bottom right.

And Black-chi...

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...

05:30

APEC forum will benefit people throughout PNG: Lepani "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Artists impression of APEC Haus
Artists impression of APEC Haus off Port Moresby's Ela Beach

STAFF REPORTER | Business Advantage PNG | Edited extracts

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea businesses should expect income streams from next month as momentum builds towards the APEC summit in November 2018, director-general of the APEC PNG coordination authority, Sir Charles Lepani, says.

He told a Business Advantage PNG investment summit in Sydney that hotels, small business suppliers and the informal sector throughout PNG will benefit from preparations for next years APEC leaders summit in Port Moresby.

Sir Charles said his authority needed to manage expectations, noting that the summit will not change PNG overnight. But he said it would establish a foundation for stronger growth, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange and raising PNGs profile.

Already, hotels have been paid for senior delegates accommodation.

We intend to go to tender or look for PNG women around the country who make bilums. Each province will make bilums, but not flags, as APEC does not use flags because they are political, Sir Charles said.

We hope to get about 15,000 bilums made by women for each delegate. Not plastic, which would be thrown away afterwards, but real bilums that they can take home with them as gifts.

Regional centres will benefit, he said, because delegates will make day trips to other parts of PNG, including Alotau and Goroka. Air Niugini will earn about K4050 million moving delegates.

The APEC Authority expects 15,000 delegates to attend the 2018 meetings with 9000 attending the summit itself.

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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.

04:30

Foreign exchange restrictions in PNG: costs & remedies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

US-DollarsROHAN FOX, STEPHEN HOWES, NELSON ATIP NEMA & MARCEL SCHRODER | DevPolicy Blog

CANBERRA - Three years after their introduction in mid-2014, Papua New Guineas foreign exchange restrictions continue to be in place. Unofficial ballpark estimates of excess demand range between US$300 million to 1 billion.

In a 2017 Business Advantage survey of CEOs, 60% nominated access to foreign exchange as the major obstacle more than double any other challenge.

Interviews with businesses reveal that they have to spend significantly more time on finding foreign exchange and managing the credit situation with their overseas suppliers. This increases their administrative costs, which are likely passed on to the consumers.

In addition, firms are piling up dollarised debt when there is depreciating pressure on the kina.

The excess demand for foreign currency has led to a substantial delay in the processing time of foreign exchange orders, which is now reported to be between six and 16 weeks.

The processing duration is a function of fluctuating foreign exchange availability and the priority of an order, which the Bank of PNG (BPNG) sets at its own discretion.

The general pattern is that imports of basic food (especially rice) and fuel are favoured over other consumer goods, or raw materials for construction. Dividends and repatriation are near the bottom of BPNGs priority list and the majority of such orders do not get processed at all.

To grasp the severity of the situation, and the extent of import-compression, consider the share of imports to GDP.

From 1980, the value of imports tends to hover around 50% of GDP, but over the past two years imports have collapsed to 15% of GDP, with the start of the sharp fall coinciding with the imposition of the FX-restrictions in 2014.

This decline in imports is far greater than the one experienced in 1994 when PNG underwent a currency crisis.

The argument could be made that the decrease in imports could be overstated due to the LNG project, which provided a substantial boost to GDP, with no commensurate increase in the demand for imports.

However, imports as a share of non-resource GDP (that is, GDP excluding the mining and oil/gas sectors) have also collapsed to 23%.

The foreign exchange restrictions are a strong indication that PNGs r...

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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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:

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...

21:17

Aussie PM's XIII beat PNG 48 - 8 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tom Trobjevic and James Tedesco have boosted their World Cup selection chances by scoring hat-tricks in the Australian PM's XIII's 48-8 hammering of the Papua New Guinea PM's XIII on Saturday.

It was a clinical performance by the Mal Meninga-coached side in hot and humid conditions in front of 13,468 screaming fans at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Featuring 11 players with Kangaroos experience, the Australians were made to work hard early by a PNG side missing most of their stars who were preparing to play for the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane on Sunday.

The visitors were behind 8-6 in the first half before running away with victory in a match that leaves Meninga with plenty of questions ahead of naming his squad for the World Cup later this year.

The hosts dominated the opening minutes until Manly fullback Trobjevic, playing in the centres, crossed for a try in his first game in the green and gold and halfback James Maloney landed the conversion.

The crowd went wild soon after when PNG centre Stanford Talita's try was converted by Jason Misian to lock the scores up.

Five-eighth Misian added a penalty goal to put his side ahead and leave the visitors stunned halfway through the first half.

St George-Illawarra back-rower Tyson Frizell soon after raced away to put the Australians back in front and from there it was one-way traffic.

Trobjevic was gifted a second try after nice lead-up work from his brother Jake, while fullback James Tedesco scored from a Corey Norman cross-field kick just before halftime.

The young Sea Eagles star completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Maloney again added the extras

Tedesco and five-eighth Norman combined again for the NSW No.1 to add his second try before he completed his own hat-trick in the dying minutes, a four-pointer that was converted by prop Andrew Fifita.

Maloney finished with a haul of 18 points after scoring late and nailing all seven of his conversions.

Reserve back Dylan Walker had to be stretchered from the field with what appeared to be a dislocated right ankle and is unlikely to play again this year. Source: NRL.COM

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.

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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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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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15:31

Australian Patriot Radio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer podcasts parliamentarians on political death row over dual citizenship, Tanya Plibersek support of ISIS and her drug dealing convicted husband cushy govt jobs, Cory Bernardi reveals carbon tax by stealth introduced under covert bill by Govt, condoned by the ALP and supported by Pauline Hanson, and more

Listen or download http://sosnews.org/apradio/2017/09/23/podcast-23-september-2017/


15:23

Extended drought: QLD Farmers on verge of shooting cattle "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.

AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didnt come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.

Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.

He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.

He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.

He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.

It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.

An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the seasons first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/drought-may-force-farmers-to-shoot-cattle-because-of-extended-drought/news-story/3a432b2dfb4f37c62244f222f552e689


15:01

Meditation Spring Equinox "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Written guided meditation spring equinox. Bringing the energy spiritually to the spring equinox. by druid priestess Jyoti Eagles.

The post Meditation Spring Equinox appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

14:48

A Katter call and a round table conference makes boaties safe again "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A round table conference and a phone call to a senior bureaucrat was all it took to pull the State Government into line over its attempt to plunder the assets of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue group.

At the invitation of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue Volunteer group (QF10)commander Ross Wood, KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen and Bob Katter were invited to discuss the impasse between the Coast Guard national management and QF10.

A round table conference and a call from Bob Katter was all it took to put the National Coast Guard bureaucracy in its place and to halt its intended plundering of public assets. KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen addressed the conference of Marine Rescue volunteers.

The National Coast Guard had seized the assets of QF10 including their sea rescue boat and vehicles because the locally funded group refused to hand over $300,000 in a bank account and the Tin Shed building, provided by community fund-raising.

The National Coast Guard, in a similar grab by the Emergency Services Department tryin...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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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.

13:28

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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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....

12:18

Vaccines unable to prevent flu deaths "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

AN EIGHT-year-old girl has died of the flu in Melbournes outer east.

The young girl died at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girls death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.

The Department of Education has been contacted.

Doctors admit flu vaccine is unable to protect health workers

Health Minister Jill Hennessy has urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms of the illness.

She told 3AWs Neil Mitchell the death of the young girl was one of the other very sad cases that weve seen this flu season.

Were having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in QLD and NSW and Victoria, Western Australia seems to be less affected than what we are but we know weve had double the number of people with flu flu notifications, she told 3AW.

This is an influenza strain that is able to impact the young, the elderly, the well and the unwell and peopl...

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."

12:08

White elephant F35 fighter jet may never defend Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Australia took delivery of two F-35A Lightning II Block 2B aircraft amid much fanfare at the Avalon air show in Victoria earlier this year. Several more are in the late stages of construction, due for delivery next year.

These are almost exactly the same in their specifications to the 108 F-35A Block 2Bs delivered so far to the United States Air Force.

But a controversial development and delivery contract process known as concurrency has produced an aircraft with software and components that were never fully tested.

The argument was computer simulation could streamline the whole process, eliminating risk, reducing cost and speeding up delivery.

It didnt.

The hapless F35 may never go to war for Australia, inspite of warnings from aeronautical engineers, the military and the Lockheed company, Australia continued with the purchase.

Now two senior US Pentagon officials responsible for the F-35 program have admitted they are seriously considering abandoning vital upgrades of those aircraft already delivered.

And Australia has at least two Block 2B F-35s that will likely require many millions being sunk into reconstruction and upgr...

11:55

Responsible citizen shoots 5.2m crocodile near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from the Guardian

A massive saltwater crocodile said to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland has been found shot dead in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton.

Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2-metre male reptile was found with a bullet in its head in the Fitzroy river in Rockhampton on Thursday.

The crocodile was taken to the nearby Koorana crocodile farm, where it will be buried once a necropsy is carried out. Farm owner John Leaver said a five-metre crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.

A responsible shooter shot this large salt water croc performing a public duty. The ALP/LNP junta has combined forces to prevent a KAP bill being presented in State Parliament which will protect the public, livestock and animals from croc attack.

There may have been some others shot in the wild that we dont know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest, he said on Friday.

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11:42

South-East Oz Part 3: Bendigo & Ballarat "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Black-eared Cuckoo
On our last morning in Deniliquin (see following post) I again checked out the back roads north of the town, seeing Pallid Cuckoo and a nice female Superb Parrot feeding in a flowering eucalypt.


Pallid Cuckoo


Superb Parrot
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11:27

Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Todays Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) Employment growth best since the GFC from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queenslands recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the last year or so, after it experienced some sluggishness at the end of the mining investment boom. I also chatted with Trevor Jackson from 612 ABC Brisbane about employment and economic growth in Queensland last Tuesday evening. The interview starts at 846:

612 ABC Brisbane Evenings with Trevor Jackson, Tuesday 19 September 2017

I made the point to Trevor that, while the aggregate data are very good, we need to keep in mind that part-time positions appear to be growing much more strongly than full-time positions, and also that the State public service has made a disproportionate contribution to jobs growth.

My other media mention this week followed on from my small business employment trends post, published on Wednesday. The Courier-Mail ran an article yesterday including a quote from me. CCIQs GM of Advocacy Kate Whittle has included a snapshot of the article on her twitter feed (see below).

Incidentally, CCIQ is generally doing a great job informing and participating in the public policy debate. I can highly recommend the twitter feed of CCIQs economist Steven Gosarevski. Follow him @sgosarevski for very timely updates on the latest economic data relevant to Queensland. I have especially enjoyed his most excellent charts. Keep up the good work!


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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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10:31

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor may break election vow and allow coal ship loading "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.

Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.

But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading


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 planet, along with over 50 recipe...

09:00

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

08:46

Tuke Optimistic About Mining Act Review "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | September 21, 2017

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke says he is optimistic about the outcome of the Mining Act review.

Mr Tuke told the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum this during his ministerial meeting yesterday.

He told the Chamber officials that despite his proposal to review the Mining Act which has created a lot of anxiety within the industry, he is optimistic of an outcome that would be accepted by affected parties.

He said as per the review of the Mining Act, his ministry and the National Government were working in line with government priorities to address it.

He said Prime Minister Peter ONeill will meet with the Secretary for Department of Mining Harry Kore for a briefing on the review of the Mining Act this week and that the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the Department of Mining will also conduct a power-point presentation next week for all industry stakeholders.

His meeting with the chamber was to enhance the ministrys relati...

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...

08:26

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons final showdown set "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The two Captains posing for a photo with the Cup they will fight
out during the grand final match on Sunday.
Will it be the Hunters or the Falcons to lift the Intrust Super Cup on the conclusion of the Grand Final day?

This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.

The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

For sure, the best team of grand final day will run home with cup.

The team lists for the   two teams are:

PNG Hunters

1. Stargroth Amean 2. Wawa Paul 3. Bland Abavu 4. Adex Wera 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Stanton Albert 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Brandy Peter 18. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Guy Hamilton 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Harrison Muller 14. Alex Bishop 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Jon Grieve 17. Louis Geraghty 19. Martin Cordwell 20. Liam McDonald

Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF

08:12

Billion kina down drain in illegal Oil Search share deal debacle "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta (2)
Sir Mekere Morauta

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

PORT MORESBY - I was astounded to hear news of the ONeill Governments fire sale of its shares in Oil Search at a loss of more than a billion kina.

We always knew that this illegal deal between the prime minister, Oil Search and Union Bank of Switzerland was a bad deal, a bad investment and a bad use of public money, but we never knew it would be this bad.

The total cost to the people of Papua New Guinea is likely to be more than K1 billion. Prime Minister Peter ONeill must come clean on the exact costs.

He must also come clean on whether the sale was caused by his governments inability to repay the loan. For Sir Moi Avei, chairman of Kumul Petroleum, to say that the decision to sell the shares was a commercial decision taken by the board is not believable.

Selling at a loss announced by Kumul Petroleum as $US254 million - is not a sound commercial decision. The shares were legally owned by the bankers as security for the loan; they were not Kumul Petroleums to sell.

Obviously Kumul Petroleum and/or the ONeill Government could not meet the repayments, and was forced by the bankers to sell, in order to minimise their loss.

Mr ONeill must also tell the nation what the balance of the loan was left to pay.

A full, independent inquiry is needed into the deal, which was initiated personally by the prime minister and the Oil Search managing director, Peter Botten.

It was done in secret in Australia and PNG, without the proper authorisation of parliament.

It was signed, sealed and delivered by Mr ONeill as acting treasurer after the then treasurer Don Polye refused to sign because he regarded the deal as illegal and bad. Don Polye has been proven to be absolutely correct.

The prime minister was also advised by the Office of the State Solicitor that the deal was illegal. Furthermore, Mr ONeill as minister responsible for Kumul Petroleum, and sole shareholder in the company, misused his position by foisting the UBS loan onto the companys books....

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...

06:30

Are our consumer habits killing our own PNG businesses? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rosa Koian
Rosa Koian

ROSA KOIAN

PORT MORESBY - Two stories on Facebook got my attention first thing Monday morning, the day after the 42nd Papua New Guinea independence celebrations.

The first was about women entrepreneurs who manufacture PNG colours feeling the pinch of competition as very cheap overseas colours flood the street markets.

The second was about the infiltration of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs who are taking over small businesses reserved for Papua New Guineans.

Both stories provided an insight into our PNG ways: the way we think about business and the way we operate in the business world.

The first thing we want is cheap.

For many of us it doesnt matter how low the quality as long as the colour appeals to the eye and the price appeals to the pocket. We ask why spend K50 for one when we can get three for K45.

The thing about this consumer behaviour is that we are not thinking about the producer or the value of the colours we wear on Independence Day.

We buy on impulse because everyone is wearing red, black and yellow. The one who really benefits is the Asian trader, and probably not the Asian tailor.

When we wear our red, black and yellow colours it is not just dressing up to say I am a Papua New Guinean.

If we think we are just dressing up because everyone else is doing it then we are like the Asian trader those colours are for the market and for profit making.

When we wear red, black and yellow colours we proclaim the richness of our land and the heritage that has given us an identity.

As Christians we wear those colours to say thank you to our God for this rich and beautiful country and we say thank you that we did not have to lose blood and life to have a nation.

We have allowed profit makers to lock us into a buying mode so that, every Independence Day, Papua New Guineans rush out to buy their colours without a second thought.

The second story on Facebook was about trust and how we fail to support local initiatives.

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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.

05:30

PNG needs champions & role models in our society today "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tanya Zeriga-Alone
Tanya Zeriga-Alone

TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNG Blog | Edited

PORT MORESBY - Most of us are of the first generation since PNG gained independence.

We are the leading edge of change. We are the cutting edge in a journey from Stone Age to colonialism to independence to integration into the post-modern era.

The future generation depends on our example. What example are we setting?

It is easy to go with the flow, to stick with the familiar, because the familiar is easy and requires no effort to maintain. Mediocrity requires no sacrifice.

Growing beyond the familiar takes hard work. The mental and emotional effort is as taxing as physical labour. Effort that makes you question yourself to reveal the authentic you; effort that makes you push back the doubts that you may fail and to embrace the chance that you may just make it.

Growing beyond the normal requires you to turn up when all you want to do is go back to sleep.  Growing means believing in the possibility of your dream.

When other disbelieve you it takes guts to push against the world to make space for your dream.

You fail but you keep striving because you know who you are and you believe in your dream and you know that only you can make that dream come alive. It is a lonely road, but, such is the price for the beauty of your dreams.

The world is looking for champions. Champions who keep breaking the glass ceiling of mediocrity to reach for the stars that beckon whoever wants to go for that wild ride.

After all, your destiny is what you make it.

The future is watching. Their possibilities are tied to our destinies. We stood on shoulders of champions, and now the future needs us to look up to see the possibilities beyond. Can we lift our opportunities higher than ourselves?

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"

AMERICAN DOCTOR DISCOVERS CURE FOR MOST AILMENTS OF MANKIND! FROM ERASMUS OF AMERICA - SEPT. 22, 2017

RELEASED THIS REPORT THIS MORNING ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2017. People who get this report from me get my legal permission to set up a business with this food and health technology. You could set up a local or national food industry with this for as low as a few hundred dollars. The Pillsbury Company was started in the home kitchen of a woman who baked a loaf of bread that she could sell locally. It grew into a large national company and finally bough out by General Mills. For maybe as cheap as the woman in this story, you could start a local business for this Bataan Vegetable Cure Soup made by an American doctor who observed a strange medical factor on this Bataan March in 1942 that turned prisoners of war into super examples of health in some amazing cases and he reported he observed cured many of the American Prisoners of War of the incurable ailments that they had had before. When he got back to America, he tried his Bataan medical observation on many of his patients and soon he reported many of his medical patients were cured of incurable medical ailments with this Bataan medical discovery of his. He practiced medicine in the Bethesda, Maryland area near Wash., D.C. and before he retired, told me his Bataan secret and gave me his legal consent to use his discovered Bataan secret to set up a business with or show others what his discovery was. I added two health discoveries of my own with his Bataan secret answer and if you get my report, you are welcome to use his discovery along with my one or two health discoveries with natural foods to see how much market you can get in the health market with this super product you can offer to the public then. And you could potentially do all this for maybe as low as a few hundred dollars to start your local or national health food business with.

For Friday and Saturday, if you send in now, I will let you get my completed report for $10 as a free bonus along with a $10 or more loan deposit into my Omni Law Loan Program shown on my website listed below. After Saturday, you deposit $25 loan deposit into my Omni Law Loan Program and get this as a free bonus report. Request "Bataan Health Soup" as your free bonus for your loan deposit. Give me your email along with your order so I can fill your order and fast. Offer ends on the end of September, 2017. Those who send in now will be included in that offer of a special health bread also mentioned in this report which I also pioneered in research health milling when it becomes available on the national and world market. If you cannot use my PayPal buttons, then send in your order by mail and your mail postmarked by the same dates as listed....

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.

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04:30

Why Australia must restore shortwave radio to the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Greenshields
John Greenshields

JOHN GREENSHIELDS | DevPolicy Blog

ADELAIDE - On our Australian doorstep is an amazing place, Papua New Guinea.

Seven of us were there in August, exploring a remote region of islands and atolls in the Massim district of Milne Bay Province by boat, visiting places most people would not think of seeing.

The incredible opportunity we experienced was matched with a grateful appreciation and response from the communities we meet at each of the 30 islands we stopped at. There was mutual respect.

We werent there just as tourists, we were interested in their culture and in particular their many different, traditional types of single outrigger canoe. They responded with information, introduced elders who talked of the past, let us look over the craft in detail and even took us sailing.

As Australians we were warmly received everywhere. Australia was the PNG administrator for decades and has left many good things in place. The Australian influence was there in diverse ways, including an inspired wooden Hills Hoist and outdoor bench setting at Boagis village, way out at the extreme end of PNG territory.

But there was a worrying side that we shared. We visited many remote islands where basic services are deplorable, particularly their health services. At one sub-provincial health centre in Guasopa village [Woodlark Island], they had nothing but Panadol.

We shared our first aid resources and knowledge, and treated those we could with spare drugs we had brought from Australia. There are so many issues facing PNG that we despaired at its future prospects.

Australia is the lucky country, but right now New Guinea is not. We were most surprised and quite angry to learn that Radio Australia no longer transmits to the region, or even the wider Pacific. One small service that Australia could offer is the return of shortwave radio.

The island of Panaeati, south of Misima, is typical of many we visited. It has a population of 2,080 people, many well educated, and fluent in English. The missions and the former Australian a...

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.

...

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...

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00:11

Roger Ver Joins Other Libertarians In Announcing a New Nation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever wish you could live in a Libertarian utopia? Roger Ver and his team may have the answer for you.

Friday, 22 September

23:49

Can You Feel The Love Tonight For Say I Do!? Sir Elton John Did! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bit of a coup for the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, of which New Matilda has a financial interest.

Sir Elton John, who embarks tonight on a very unique Australian tour (hes only performing in regional areas) will be performing in front of tens of thousands of fans. And a few thousand of those in Mackay and Cairns will be toasting the performance of one of the worlds great rock stars with a cool, refreshing can of Say I Do!

Sir Eltons management company Rocket Man Productions (go figure!) recently ordered over 6,500 cans of Say I Do, Sparkkes new white wine bubbles in a can which was launched earlier this year, and aims to promote marriage equality in Australia.

Sir Elton himself wont be sampling Say I Do! The superstar has been sober for 17years. But concert-goers will be among the first in the country to try the first white wine bubbles in a can Australia has ever seen.

New Matilda readers will among the first as well. You mob have been big supporters of Sparkke (which I greatly appreciate), and in particular Say I Do! And on that front, the first batch (from the crowd sourcing campaign earlier this year) left the warehouse in Sydney yesterday and today and should be in New Matilda homes by early next week.

When your Sparkke Say I Do! arrives, wed love to know what you think about it. So please take a photo of you enjoying it, and post it social media. You can hashtag it with #sparkkechange, #equalitybubbles and, of course, #voteyes.

In other Sparkke news, brewer Agi Gajic has just finished the newest product, a New England Pale Ale. Its a style of beer Agi became fond of during her trip to the United States earlier this year.

Its a full strength beer, and its campaign message is. Well let you know next week.

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23:47

Hundreds of homeless people vanish in Salt Lake City after police operation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police say that the whereabouts of several hundred homeless people are unknown and residents of the city are concerned

SALT LAKE CITY (INTELLIHUB) Police say that they do not know where hundreds of homeless people that used to congregate on the streets near a local shelter disappeared to following a local operation.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told the press that he has checked all of the local encampments along the river banks and all the parks but is still perplexed how over 200 homeless people just vanished. Now some locals fear the worst and want answers.

All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were killing everybody.

Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there, the man told NBC.

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23:22

PNG International and Sheffield Eagles winger Garry Lo signs Super League deal with Castleford Tigers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Castleford have signed Sheffield Eagles winger Garry Lo on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old Papua New Guinea international has scored 33 tries in 28 Championship matches this season.

The Tigers have agreed that Lo can return to the Eagles on loan when he is not needed by the Super League side.

He said: "I'm speechless. To be given this opportunity is a dream come true for me. To get the chance to test myself at the highest level in Super League is so exciting."

Source: BBC

22:54

Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Spotted at Emerald Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 20 September, I ventured to Emerald with my lovely wife on our anniversary and as luck would have it, when I popped into Emerald Airport, there were four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters parked on the apron preparing for departure.


Sadly, I was only able to manage some photos on the phone as (of course) I didn't bring my camera with me!

All four had arrived a little while earlier from the South, flying under the one formation callsign of "Cowboy".

The four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville and were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.




22:51

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-448 Touch and Go at Rockhampton Airport as "Mentor 01" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 21 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-448 was spotted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport including a touch and go on Rocky's Runway 33.  It was heard to use the radio callsign of "Mentor 01".






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22:01

MACKAY Mackay man faces new sexual assault charge "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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21:55

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

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) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

In fact, current Florida state law makes it illegal.

This is the definition of crony capitalism. Companies lobby government officials, who then vote in favor of the corporate position  often for a quid pro quo in the form of financial support for the officials reelection campaign.

Any solar panels erected on a home must be connected to the local electrical power grid.

So, if you want to build an off the grid home  it is illegal to install solar panels on your home.

Just ask Robert Tarr who, according to WFTV, spent more than $60,000 for a system of 32 solar panels for his roof. But even though his house can generate enough electricity to run indefinitely without being hooked to a power company, legally, he still has to be connected and pay the Leesburg Electric Department for power he doesnt even need.

So you can be completely free of the grid?  Channel 9s Jamie Holmes asked.

Yes, Tarr said.

But they make you attach to the grid, Holmes asked.

Yes, Tarr said. I have a problem with it, OK? I think if I want to be totally independent of them, I should be allowed to be, Tarr said.

If Tarr were to stop paying his electric bill, reports WFTV, he said Leesburg would shut off his power. City officials could also revoke his certificate of occupancy for not being hooked up to the system.

So, if this family wanted to de...

21:43

Former Disney Exec: Hollywood Is Hurting Because It Makes Movies For Lowest Common Denominator "IndyWatch Feed National"

This past summer, Hollywood earned its lowest box office revenue since 2006. More than a dozen films from every major movie studio bombed hard, to quote film financial analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Co.

I wouldnt want to be a movie theater owner right now, he said. The losses were nothing short of historic.

Many turn to the rise of Netflix, the role of Rotten Tomatoes and sequel fatigue, and other themes for answers. But two veteran Hollywood producers say the lack of family fare is a major factor behind Hollywoods slump.

Families are way underserved today, says writer Brian Bird. Now Bird and former Disney executive Mitch Davis are revealing their aim to create compelling films and TV shows that run counter to mainstream trends.

Audiences Are Starved For Family Programming

Movie producer Mitch Davis got his start at Walt Disney Studios in the late 1980s, working behind-the-scenes on Newsies, Dead Poets Society and other releases now considered iconic.

He wrote and directed The Other Side of Heaven for Disney in 2001, the first film role for young actress Anne Hathaway. She went on to star in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. (Worth noting: Nolans World War II drama Dunkirk was this past summers only original, non-franchise hit.)

The movie industry is the most persuasive, pervasive creator of popular culture on the planet, Davis said in an interview to support The Stray, his independent family film opening in theaters October 6. To make a world-class movie, it costs upwards of 50 to 200 million dollars. What do those economic forces mean? If youre spending that kind of money, you have to know you have a legitimate path to recouping it. The answer to that question becomes the lowest common denominator: sex and violence.

Brian Bird, executive producer of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel, echoed Daviss analysis. Its a race to the bottom everywhere in the media conversation, except for a few small networks who are trying desperately to program for a family audience.

Writer of successful biopics The Case for Christ and Captive for Paramount Pictures, Bird recently co-founded Believe Pictures with Michael Landon, Jr., son of the famed Little House on the Prairie...

21:12

Australias First Vaccine Magazine To Be Launched In September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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ANR Media is the proud publisher of Vaxxed Inc.- Australias first and only magazine to discuss the big global controversy surrounding vaccines and vaccinations. Read More

21:03

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F... "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F...: Primitive Fire Lighting-Flint & Steel & Fire Bow. eBook. Title: Primitive Fire lighting. ID: 9784776 Category: History De...

20:57

Merkel's Muslim mob chanting "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight on your own". "IndyWatch Feed National"

Merkels Germany... Islamozanis march through the streets: Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out & fight on your own#RoshHashanah pic.twitter.com/RFCGtn3vIG Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 20, 2017

20:48

Cory Bernardi takes out the #GoldKenny @Qldaah #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

One Tweet to bind them all. The weekly Gold Kenny has been awarded by Mike Carlton to Cory Bernardi for his outstanding fundraising abilities. But there can only be one winner. For this truly spectacular own goal, it's Cory 'The Tory' Bernardi ! #goldkenny pic.twitter.com/DIRyk6rRRm Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) September 22, 2017 Cory Bernardi [seen here in this []

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20:48

Justin Luke - Author: Majority "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justin Luke - Author: Majority: In the hundred years or so before Christ, the slaves in the Roman Empire revolted several times. You might remember Kirk Douglas as Sparta...

20:30

Australia's Origin Energy to Trial Blockchain Power Trading "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australia's largest power providers is working with blockchain startup Power Ledger on a platform aimed to facilitate energy trading.

20:22

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

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 of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as volume 5.

As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedys assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.

The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator...

20:04

Please Explainer: A Brief Punters Guide To How Malcolm Roberts Tried To Renounce His British Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a British citizen when he ran for office in the Australian Parliament on July 2, 2016.

So says the High Court of Australia, in a judgement handed down this evening.

New Matilda is preparing a story overnight which explains what happened. In the interim, we have released the brief video below, which explains in basic terms how Senator Roberts tried to renounce his citizenship prior to his election.

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20:00

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200917ABG WARNED BY LEASED BUILDING OWNERS
By Aloysius Laukai
At least four Leased building owners have given two weeks to the ABG to pay nine months outstanding rentals owed to Building owners that the ABG Divisions use as their offices.
These buildings in Arawa and Buka.
According to the letter of demand by leased building owners, the ABG has not honored its part of the agreement which states that rentals must be paid when it's due.
But they have outstanding for nine months now they said.
Companies that have given the ABG notice is Kabadi holdings which the Lands division Is using in Buka. 
The Pihei building which the all Community Government division is using in Buka.
And in Arawa is the member Rodney Osioco's building.
The notice said that if nothing is done within the next fourteen days, they will lock the officers out of these buildings.
This is not the first time that the people have warned the government to pay outstanding payments for services that were provided to the government.
Hire car operators have also called on the government to pay their bills and the list goes on.
Despite the bills for the ABG, the PNG ELECTORAL COMMISSION has outstanding monies going back to the 2012 National Election.
Service providers have been waiting patiently but these bills are still outstanding and patience is running out.
In June, the Electoral Manager for Bougainville, Desmond Timiyaso said that all outstanding for 2012 will be paid before polling but this has not eventuated.
In Buka the pressure is real and PNG Electoral commission officers are no longer in their office.Most of their time they operate from their homes.
Ends.

19:24

Kefford Corporation Gulfstream G-IV-SP Bizjet N810LP Calls into Longreach Airport - Plus More incl a Cessna 182 Fly-in! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Sunday 10 September, Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream G-IV-SP bizjet N810LP was photographed shortly after arriving into Longreach Airport from Darwin.



After taking on fuel, N810LP continued to Canberra.

And also noted visiting Longreach Airport on Sunday 10 September was Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM.  It arrived from Bankstown and later departed to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

Meanwhile, over the course of Friday 8 September to Monday 11 September, several light General Aviation (GA) aircraft descended on Longreach as the Cessna 182 Association of Australia held their Spring fly-in to Longreach Airport.



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19:16

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons Grand Final preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.


The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said his team were thrilled to be featuring on grand final day completing a remarkable turnaround from recent season were they suffered 36 straight defeats.

We are excited, but the job is not done yet, he said.

He also said that while they were focused at the task at hand, they were trying to keep things as they have all season and were trying to lift the pressure by having a bit of fun at training.

Hunters coach Michael Marum faces a similar challenge and wanted his team work on their own game and not worry about what the exciting Falcons outfit might do on Sunday.

We (are) not too worried about them too much; we just (want to) make sure we concentrate on how best we can prepare to match them in the playing field.

With two exciting teams going head-to-head, it promises to be a grand final to remember.


Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0  
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF

GAME DAY DETAILS

Suncorp Stadium - Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Match times (approx)

11.45am - Gates open
12noon - NRL Development Cup grand final (Under 12)
1.15pm - FOGS Colts Challenge grand final
3.25pm - Intrust Super Cup grand final
Ticketing:

Adult: $25
Junior (Aged 4 to 15 years): $5
Family Pass (2 x Adults, 2 x Juniors): $50
Concession/Senior/Pensioner: $5
Children (Aged 3 years and under): FREE

Free Public Transport: Present your game day ticket to receive free public transport to and from the stadium aboard Queensland Rail City Network trains or Brisbane Transport buses. This Free Public Transport' service has...

19:14

Cambrian trilobites from China, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This American Museum of Natural History video from the USA says about itself:

Niles Eldredge: Trilobites and Punctuated Equilibria

17 December 2015

In the late 1960s, Curator Emeritus Niles Eldredge was a graduate student with a passion for trilobite eyes. He had been taught to expect slow and steady change between the specimens of these Devonian arthropods he collected for his dissertation. Only his trilobites were doing one of two things: staying the same, or evolving in leaps.

Several years later, Eldredge, along with co-author Stephen Jay Gould, turned his observations into a theory known as punctuated equilibria: the idea that species stay relatively the same, or at equilibrium, throughout the fossil record save for rare bursts of evolutionary change.

A former Chairman and Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, Eldredge remains at the hub of evolutionary discussion and debate, as well as one of the worlds experts on trilobites, specializing in mid-Paleozoic phacopids. He has also analyzed the relationship between global extinctions of the geologic past and the present-day biodiversity crisis, as well as the general relationship between extinction and evolution.

Learn more about Trilobites: here.

From the American Museum of Natural History in the USA:

Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study fi...

18:51

Good-bye Senator Roberts, Hello Mr Malcolm. High Court rules Mr Roberts was a UK citizen - judgement here. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Re Roberts [2017] HCA 39 (22 September 2017) Last Updated: 22 September 2017 HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA KEANE J IN THE MATTER OF QUESTIONS REFERRED TO THE COURT OF DISPUTED RETURNS PURSUANT TO SECTION 376 OF THE COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL ACT 1918 (CTH) CONCERNING SENATOR MALCOLM ROBERTS Re Roberts [2017] HCA...

18:30

Raiden ICO: Ethereum Scaling Solution to Launch Publicly Traded Token "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ethereum's answer to bitcoin's Lightning Network will have one notable difference  a publicly traded token to be sold in a Dutch auction in October.

18:22

Email from ABC staffer applauds violence against Tony Abbott - "Good" "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC does not apologise for staff member's email applauding Abbott's attack. They say it's unacceptable and a "lapse in judgement." pic.twitter.com/gLrw13S0Nn Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) September 22, 2017 Mr Abbott said the incident showed an ugly and partisan mindset at the national broadcaster. Its not our ABC if some of...

18:08

John Pilger: The Killing Of History "IndyWatch Feed National"

The winners get to write history, they say. And yet America which has started and lost many wars is still talking and spinning its way to a deafening silence. John Pilger explains.

One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way.

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its exceptionalism, Burns entirely new Vietnam war is presented as an epic, historic work. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to the entire Bank of America family which has long supported our countrys veterans. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.

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I watched the first episode in New York. It leaves you in no doubt of its intentions right from the start. The narrator says the war was begun in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and Cold War misunderstandings.

The dishonesty of this statement is not surprising. The cynical fabrication of false flags that led to the invasion of Vietnam is a matter of record the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, which Burns promotes as true, was just one. The lies litter a multitude of official documents, notably the Pentagon Papers, which the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971.

There was no good faith. The faith was rotten and cancerous. For me as it must be for many Americans it is difficult to watch the films jumble of red peril maps, unexplained interviewees, ineptly cut archive and maudlin American battlefield sequences.

In the series press release in Britain the BBC will show it there is no mention of Vietnamese dead, only Americans. We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy, Novick is quoted as s...

17:50

Challenging The Next Generation Of Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Seventy-three lawyers at the Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute (LTI) now have the skills to pursue careers in commercial practice after undergoing a weeks training in Commercial Advocacy. 

Now in its fifth year, the Commercial Advocacy course, which is the brainchild of Papua New Guineas Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, is delivered by a team of barristers from Queensland led by The Honourable, Justice John Logan RFD, of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea as part of the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership.

 

The course is designed to strengthen legal and advocacy skills including applying to the court for injunctions, drafting letters of advice and pleadings, responding to discovery applications and preparing for trials.

 

Part of the course also includes training on the Papua New Guinea criminal law (the Papua New Guinea Criminal Code is based on the Queensland Criminal Code).

 

Over five days, the students were introduced to the fundamentals of commercial litigation before testing their advocacy skills in mock court exercises.

 

The need for this training was driven by the increasing volume and complexity of commercial cases being conducted in Papua New Guinea, many of which are conducted by expatriate lawyers.

 

Speaking at the close of the LTIs Commercial Advocacy Course recently, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Hon. Davis Steven, challenged trainees to make a difference and thanked the Australian Government for sharing Papua New Guineas vision of a thriving legal profession in a democratic and prosperous nation.

 

Australian High Commission Counsellor Gina Wilson, congratulated students on completing the course.

 

The Papua New Guinea-Australia supports the LTI.  Commercial law is not just an exciting career path; it plays a vital role in encouraging economic investment and development, she said.

 

Almost 500 students have completed the course since 2013.


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17:22

Euthanasia Propaganda Video Horrifies People Into Supporting Medical Eugenics "IndyWatch Feed National"

A euthanasia propaganda film is making the rounds, spurring viral headlines to emerge such as this one from Unilad titled Euthanasia Video Of Dying Man So Horrific People Cant Watch It.

The Australian film depicts the death of a Victoria man named Greg Sims, as recalled by his daughter. He died of brain cancer.

According to 7 News:

Stop The Horror depicts the agonising death of Victorian father Greg Sims, as recalled by his daughter Nia.

It is the latest project from award-winning Snowtown director Justin Kurzel and was released on Thursday by Go Gentle Australia as part of its campaign to see assisted dying legalised.

The Victorian parliament will hold a conscience vote this year on whether to create assisted dying laws for the terminally ill.

This video is the epitome of fear-mongering. It was directed by Justin Kurzel, an Australian filmmaker known for producing horror movies. How did the Right-to-Die campaign come up with enough money to hire him to direct such a video?

Perhaps some influential people put money into it. The Victorian parliament are holding a vote on whether to create assisted dying laws? Why is that?

As the media operates in America, the Australian mainstream media, outlets such as Channel 7 or the Rupert Murdoch owned Daily Telegraph, propagandize about mandatory vaccination, euthanasia, and a host of other agendas.

An agenda of dehumanization is unfolding to state the simple truth. While people in agony who willfully choose to die instead of continue living in pain should have a right to do so, the people pushing pro-euthanasia propaganda have another agenda.

People must understand that once euthanasia is legalized, historically it leads to abuse and horrible corruption involving the lives of people who cant speak. People end up being euthanized who didnt want to die, and money is made from it.

If one researches the American Euthanasia Society for example, and its role in a network of eugenics societies from the US to Nazi Germany where coercive sterilization was....

17:13

Gillard delighted with choice of official portrait artist - he'll have plenty to work with "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vincent Fantauzzos portraits of Indigenous Australian artists moved me beyond words. Delighted he will be painting my official portrait. JG Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) September 22, 2017 Gillard delighted with her portrait artist Award-winning artist Vincent Fantauzzo will paint the official portrait of Australia's first female prime minister. A celebrated...

16:08

What sets George Brandis QC apart? Conviction, commitment & courage. The abject absence of all 3. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember when George Brandis said he was born for the repeal of 18C and reining in the Human Rights Commission? PAUL KELLY AND DENNIS SHANAHAN TONY Abbott plans to roll back Labor's laws that limit free speech on the basis of not "giving offence", defend religious freedom and reform the...

16:06

The WorldWhere Are You Heading? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

18 September 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  Liu Xiaobo passed away. What is thenot so hiddentruth about him?

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Johan Galtung

Answer: His speeches and writings show enthusiasm for the 100-year English colonization of Hong Kong, wishing 300 years colonization of China, celebrating the US war in Afghanistan, hoping for atomic weapons.

He got the Nobel Peace Prize for democratization of China, had the freedom of speech, but the prize communicated as a provocation. The prize could easily have been given to their Charter, not to Liu Xiaobo.

Norways securitywhat are the threats?

Answer: Given the location, an invasion by USA or Russia to prevent the other from doing so.

The situation is reminiscent of the threat from England, Germany and USSR to prevent one of the other from doing so in 1940; what happened was England and Germany violating Norwegian neutrality, fighting a battle on Norwegian territory.

USSR nothing...

15:44

North Korea threatens H-bomb detonation in Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

North Korea has threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, after Kim Jong Un warned that Donald Trump would pay dearly for his threat this week to totally destroy North Korea if America was forced to defend itself and its allies.

Ri Yong Ho, the North Korean foreign minister, told reporters in New York that Kims earlier warning of the highest level of hardline countermeasure in history could mean a hydrogen bomb such as the one Pyongyang said it tested on September 3, according to South Korean media.

It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific, Ri was quoted as saying by Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.

The US and North Korea are engaged in an escalating war of words over Pyongyangs fast-developing nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes, with both the UN and the US imposing successive rounds of economic sanctions on Mr Kims regime.

Financial markets have had only a muted reaction to the dispute in recent months, but on Friday assets regarded as havens for investors jumped immediately after the news of North Koreas latest H-bomb threat.

In a statement hours after the US imposed more sanctions on Pyongyang Kim called Mr Trump mentally deranged, a dotard and a gangster fond of playing with fire, who was unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.

The North Korean dictator said Trumps speech to the UN general assembly where the US president declared that Rocket Man is on a suicide mission had convinced him that his decision to continue developing nuclear weapons was the correct path.

Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration unveiled new measures designed to force countries and companies to stop trading with Pyongyang.

Trump signed an executive order that enhances the Treasurys power to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitate trade-related transactions with North Korea.

The order would also impose other restrictions, including on shipping companies and ports that facilitate trade with North Korea. The measures follow two rounds of tough sanctions by the UN Security Council in recent weeks.

For far too long, North Korea has evaded sanctions and used the international financial system to facilitate funding for its weapons of m...

15:42

PNG Workers and Families to Benefit from New Healthcare Initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new healthcare initiative has been launched to screen workers and their family members for a range of undiagnosed vision conditions.

Hundreds of PNG nationals employed on the Star Mountain Plaza development in Port Moresby will receive free screening from optometrists.

According to the latest research, 29 per cent of locals over 50 are visually impaired and 9 per cent clinically blind. Refractive error and cataracts were the most common causes of vision impairment in the eyes examined in the survey.

Star Mountain Plaza is one of the countrys largest property developments and will host leaders from around the world at the 2018 APEC conference.

The company which provides all staff with Workers Compensation Insurance, free meals and bottled water as well as electrolyte supplements to help prevent dehydration, will now expand its employee health programme to include vision testing.

Augustine Mano says Star Mountain has worked hard to set an example to how all construction project in PNG should operate, this type of free healthcare benefit is unusual for a PNG workplace but it is a programme he wants to see expanded.

One of our key focuses has been creating a safe workplace for our team but at the same time we recognise the benefits of offering the programme to family members who may need treatment.

An onsite screening room with optometrists from the Pacific International hospital will screen hundreds of employees and their nominated family members which could include; children, wives, or even grandparents.

We know access to eyecare is very much lacking in our country and this initiative will allow Star Mountain Plaza employees and their families to secure medical treatment which they might not otherwise have access to, Mr Mano says.

Anyone requiring prescription glasses or lenses will be provided with these and will wear them under safety glasses.

Col. Sandeep S. Shaligram, CEO of Pacific International Hospital says that emerging nations often have a challenges with meeting the eye health needs of their population as funding for specialists can be hard to find.

We know from past surveys that a significant proportion of the population have an undiagnosed vision condition of some sort. At the same time we also know around 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.

...

15:39

Dow High or Low "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

I am confused with the Dow Jones Index, could the index explode up through 23,000 to 40,000 from here or does there need a downward move then explode up through 23,00 (a sling shot).  Could you tell us what you see for the next 6 to 9 months.  Probably the most important investment for us all!
Thank you for all your help!
KC
ANSWER: The cycle is in the basing mode. Therefore, it need not drop sharply. Remaining within the channel is perfectly fine. A Slingshot would be more powerful to retest the bottom of the channel.  The explosion to the upside is still not yet unfolding and we need to be concerned about 2018 and the year-end closing. We will issue a special report to deal with that issue.
Part of the basing is concluding this year from political hell. The German elections are the 24th. Keep in mind that AfD will gain seats for the first time. Merkel has NEVER won a majority and she relies upon the FDP to hold power. The more the FDP declines and seats are taken by the AfD, the more chaos will unfold.

15:38

Climate Change on the Horizon "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty,

Ive been looking at the Year Without a Summer on Wikipedia and read that there was a cooling trend prior to the winter-like conditions during the summer of 1816. It mentioned that it affected the northeast. Also that the reason for the cooling trend is associated with the volcanic activity prior to and including 1816 and the reduction in solar output. The article also mentions that from 1628-1626BC that there was another climate disturbance, Minoan eruption of Santorini. Looking at 1628BC to 1816AD and using 3141.592 days/cycle results in 400.13 cycles. Using 1628BC and projecting it 424 cycles puts us around 2021.42. Knowing from history how this climate disturbance affected the Northeast, is that one of the reasons why you moved from New Jersey to sunny Florida, besides the hunt for taxes in NJ?

ANSWER: Yes, Add the 300 year cycle in the energy output of the sun and we see that we are headed into a cold period. This should also result in a commodity cycle boom going in the next 8.6 year wave into 2024.

15:34

MEDIA RELEASE: QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST BAN GREAT BARRIER REEF TRANS-SHIPPING OR BREAK ELECTION PROMISE "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Friday 22 September 2017

In response to the draft consultation paper released today by the Queensland government on trans-shipping in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to fully implement its 2015 election commitment.

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director said:

In 2015, the Australian Labor Party promised to prohibit trans-shipping operations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The consultation paper released today doesnt fulfil that promise. Instead it sets up an assessment framework that allows trans-shipping to extend from the four priority ports Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Gladstone out to the Marine Park.

Labor made a clear commitment to ban trans-shipping in the Marine Park. Now they are retreating from that promise. AMCS calls on the Labor government to fully implement their election commitment.

Labor was elected on a platform to save the Great Barrier Reef, and prohibiting trans-shipping in the Marine Park was a key element of that. Trans-shipping is the transfer of bulk materials like coal, sugar or petroleum from one vessel to another offshore.

Trans-shipping is risky. It increases the risk of a major accident such as a massive coal spill, and increases the risk of regular, chronic contamination from, for example, coal dust and small coal spills.

It will increase ship movements meaning more noise, more light, more likelihood of ship strikes of marine animals. It increases the risk of damage to seagrass meadows and corals through dredging and anchoring to establish the trans-shipping site.

The Queensland Governments Reef 2050 Plan includes the following target: Shipping within our Reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as possible. Only a ban on trans-shipping in the Marine Park will ensure that target is met.

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15:34

Central Banks Investing in Equities "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: There is a new trend that central banks are investing in the stock markets Is this true? What is the impact of this move?

ANSWER: Yes. The reason has been rather straight forward. The only game in town has been US government bonds. Many have seen this as a problem the defeats diversification. Consequently, there has been a major effort to attempt to diversify into the private sector when there has been such uncertainty in the public sector. Behind the Curtain many are simply asking of Europe: What the hell is going on? This has been a euro crisis that simply never seems to end. What has happened to Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Holland and now even France. Many outside of Europe are simply asking has Europe just lost its mind? Hence, there has been a move to diversify out of government debt by central banks themselves.

15:07

Newcrest Appoints First Papua New Guinean to Oversee Lihir Mine Operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest has announced the appointment of the first Papua New Guinean to oversee operations at its Lihir Mine in New Ireland Province.

Iso Ealedona, a career mining engineer, with more than 20 years experience both locally and abroad, has been appointed Mine Manager for Lihir.

Ealedona started his career as a Mining Engineer with Placer Niugini at its Misima mine before moving to Lihir Gold with the Lihir Management Company under the Rio Tinto group in 1996.

He was appointed as the first and youngest Papua New Guinean Operations Superintendent during the early years of Lihir.

Ealedonas experience includes senior planning and leadership roles with Ok Tedi Mining, Morobe Mining Joint Venture and Misima Mines.

According to Newcrests Mining Executive General Manager Lihir and Cadia, Craig Jetson, Newcrest is confident that Lihir will continue to deliver outstanding results under Ealedonas leadership, given his vast experience.


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14:35

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...

14:31

Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....

14:23

No Free & Independent Media Allowed Australia Has Taken Another Step Towards Complete Government Control "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Bernie Smith

Australia has just sold its soul. A few days ago a law was passed quietly without much attention in the press.

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14:22

ONeill And Exxon CEO Meet In US "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier

 

 

Papua New Guinea and ExxonMobil are working together to expand Investment and create more jobs, Prime Minister Peter ONeill said from the United States last night.

 

Mr ONeill has expressed confidence in the ongoing strength of the commitment by ExxonMobil in Papua New Guineas economy, saying there is scope for greater investment and job creation from the company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Papua New Guinea.

 

He made the comments after meeting ExxonMobil chairman and chief executive officer, Darren Woods, and Senior Vice President, Jack Williams, at the companys global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.

 

The contribution that the PNG LNG Project has made to our economy has been substantial, and this will continue to grow, Mr ONeill said.

 

ExxonMobil has demonstrated their continued commitment to Papua New Guinea through the delivery and management of the PNG LNG project, together with ongoing exploration activities.

 

We look forward to continuing to partner with ExxonMobil to advance projects and create more jobs for Papua New Guineans.

 

ExxonMobil PNG Limited is the operator of the US$19 billion PNG LNG Project, the largest private sector investment to date. Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with partners to expand LNG processing at the existing PNG LNG plant site near Port Moresby.

 

Papua New Guinea is an important country in ExxonMobils global portfolio, and we are committed to making our business successful for all parties, Darren Woods said.

 

We are committed to working with the government to support economic growth and provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea through workforce, supplier and community development programs.

 

ExxonMobil also congratulates Papua New Guinea on hosting APEC in 2018.

 

We are working closely with PNGs APEC organisers to make the event a success for the country.

 

I look forward to returning to PNG to participate in the APEC CEO Summit....

14:08

FixedIt: Men paying to rape children is not the childrens fault "IndyWatch Feed National"

TVNZ, undoubtedly with the best of intentions, ran a story about men paying to rape children. They framed it as a story about children selling themselves.

The children in this story are not the problem. If they are 12 and 13 year olds as the story claims, they cannot make the choice to have sex with adults.

If men in New Zealand are paying for the opportunity to rape children, even in the unlikely event that they are paying the children themselves, the problem is not what the children are doing. Its what the adults are doing.

If children are receiving money from men who rape them, the issue is how they ended up in a situation where they had no other alternatives than to accept money under such circumstances.

There are a lot of different issues here, all of them serious and deeply concerning. But the children involved are the victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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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14:03

On-the-ball AG George Brandis QC says Tony Abbott's "YES" badge-wearing assailant had nothing to do with "YES" campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh, except for the "YES" badge. And attacking a prominent "NO" advocate. But other than the badge, and the attack on a leading figure in the "NO" campaign, there was absolutely nothing to do with the same sex marriage issue. A-G George Brandis: this 'deplorable' man had nothing to do...

13:42

FixedIt: Women are not responsible for men choosing to commit crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Really?

19 counts of fraud, four counts of enter premises to commit an indictable offence, six counts of receiving tainted property and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs.

But hes not responsible for any of these crimes, its all his girlfriends fault. Because she was allegedly cheating on him.

His lawyer might have been trying it on as a last ditch attempt to garner sympathy from the Magistrate but what is the Sunshine Coast Dailys excuse for buying into this?

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
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Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99

 

13:42

Lets Go PNG! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter ONeill are urging rugby league-mad Papua New Guineans to join them and barrack for PNG Hunters in their maiden grand final appearance in Australia this weekend.

The two leaders sent their well wishes yesterday to the Hunters as well as the Prime Ministers XIII, who will clash with Australias Prime Ministers XIII in Port Moresby tomorrow.

About 4000 Papua New Guineans will be watching the Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday in a bid to win Queenslands state competition their first ever rugby league title.

 

Papua New Guineans living and working in Australia are making their way to the Suncorp Stadium to watch the game.

 

Members of Parliament, businessmen and women, and supporters have started arriving in Brisbane, including an Air Niugini charter from Port Moresby, for the clash.

 

Vice-regal Sir Bob expressed his best wishes to the PNG Hunters on Sunday and the PNG XIII who play at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow.

 

You are an inspiration to our young and old alike, that no matter where they are in our country, and whatever they do, be it in sports, business or community service, they too can have an impact on the international scene and make our nation proud, Sir Bob Dadae said.

 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill, who is in the US, will not be present when the Hunters take on the Falcons, but he has sent his highest regards and best wishes for the team.

 

Ever since the PNG Hunters were admitted to the Queensland Rugby Leagues Intrust Cup competition in 2014, the team has represented Papua New Guinea, and our national sport, rugby league, in the best spirit of the game and our nation, Mr ONeill said.

 

The PNG Hunters has dominated the Queensland state competition this year, winning the minor premiership, and captain Ase Boas, the best and fairest.

 

If the Hunters win on Sunday, their journey wont be over. Theyll play the winner of the New South...

13:09

The struggle for a democratic internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem is less that these new ways of organising society have been radically successful than theyre being run in a way which is exploitative and undemocratic. Since 2008, Scholz has been considering the ramifications of the internet for labour. As the trends to platforms became more pertinent, he shifted his focus from cognitive work to labour in the more traditional sense. In the United States in 2016, 24% of workers had worked on some kind of platform. Every third person is a freelancer fifty five million people. How do you make an intervention in this kind of work?

13:00

Why Has the BRICS Failed to be an Effective Force? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years theres no sign that the old order has been challenged.

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

The formation of the BRICS the bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was supposed to be the harbinger for a new approach to global economic governance. The leading emerging markets and developing countries were becoming major players in the global economy. And they expected to play a commensurate governance role.

BRICS leaders have now been meeting annually for nine years. They recently met for the ninth BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. They have positioned themselves as a force for transforming global economic governance so that its more responsive to the concerns of developing economies. They are seeking a more just and equitable global economy.

The question is: how effective have they been in reforming global economic governance and the fairness of the global economy?

The honest answer is that as a group, BRICS hasnt been an effective force at all. This is for a number of reasons.

Whats not happened

The following examples illustrate the point.

At least formally the G20, which consists of 20 major economies including the five in BRICs, has supplanted the G7, made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, as the premier forum for global economic governance. But the agenda in these meetings is still largely set by the most powerful countries which now include China but not the other BRICS.

The IMF and World Bank have both changed their voting arrangements to give a louder voice to developing economies and emerging economies. This has particularly benefited China...

13:00

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

12:57

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: ABC is reporting a man has been charged in relation to the alleged assault. His motivation remains unknown.

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

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What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offe...

12:43

Hritier Lumumba On White Fragility, White Supremacy, And Waleed Aly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hritier Lumumba the man at the centre of the AFLs never-ending racism scandal speaks out about his fight for compassion and equality, and the silence and complicity of the people who turn away. This story can also be read on Lumumbas personal website.

It has been one week since I left Australia, and just over a week has passed since an interview I did with The Project was aired on TV. The interview was conducted by the host of the program, Waleed Aly.

During the interview, Aly quoted the 19th-century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and I took note of it. He said, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. And it is in the spirit of a new level of understanding, that I feel compelled to write about my experiences.

Firstly, I would like to let it be known that I appreciate the profound impact that Alys presence, in Australian media, has on society. His brilliance is evident and I am grateful that our paths crossed, for iron sharpens iron. I value his humanity, I wish that peace be unto him, and I see him as my brother who shares a divine connection to the same source of creation.

Regrettably, I made the error of going into the interview with the preconceived idea that we would both see eye to eye on the basic truths of racism/white supremacy. It pains me to admit, that my expectations of him were derived by his highly acclaimed career as an academic and journalist, his ethnicity, and his faith in Islam.

I made the assumption that he would skillfully deliver an objective, unapologetic stance in the face of racism. However, it is now very clear to me, that he and I have fundamental differences in our understanding of what racism/white supremacy is, and how it should be effectively dealt with.

Upon reflection, I should have been far more aware of our fundamental differences going into the interview.

After the death of Muhammad Ali, his portrayal of Ali as a black supremacist highlights the enormous discrepancy we have in our understanding. Waleed Alys non contextualized perspective of the separatist movement in the USA, of which Muhammad Ali was a part of, is void of highlighting the socio-political backdrop of white supremacy that pervaded Muhammad Alis life. By failing to point out that Muhammad Ali was socialized in a white supremacist society and world, responsible for a genocide that has spanned over 500+ yea...

12:27

APPLY NOW: Campaigner training the annual Felicity Whishart Program "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The late  Felicity Flic Wishart was an instrumental leader for the Australian environment movement. An immensely talented, passionate campaigner and communicator, Flic was also a trusted mentor for many young women. Her legacy lives on in her many hard-fought campaign wins, especially for the Great Barrier Reef, where a coral reef was recently named in her honour and in the work of those lucky enough to have received her guidance.

We want to keep Flics leadership alive. In her memory, Essential and the Australian Marine Conservation Society are partnering to deliver a unique training program for one successful applicant. Aimed at empowering young women who are passionate about the environment, our goal is to develop the skills of one effective campaigner this year and follow Flics footsteps.

Essential is a full service communications agency that brings together research, strategy, media, digital, advertising and production. With over 20 years experience, Essential has been the strategic force behind some of the most influential campaigns in Australia. Its award-winning creative solutions cut through and get results. Essential is also values driven. We care about the work we do and who we work with.

Flic worked closely with Essential to spearhead the Fight for the Reef campaign. Together AMCS and Essential combined social research, digital tactics and communications strategy to develop a community of more than 100,000 supporters and to effectively influence political decisions.

This training program has been designed to reflect Flics role as a mentor to young women and her understanding of the combined power of communications, digital and research to deliver progressive outcomes.

The program will cover communications strategy, digital tactics, earned media planning and social research techniques. It will provide exposure to a range of progressive camp...

11:56

MACKAY 49 charges include explosives and shortened guns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Maximillian Voss, 27, from Mackay had 49 allegations listed on Thursday in Mackay Magistrates Court, where he appeared via videolink from prison.

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11:56

MACKAY Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations

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likely plead guilty to entering premises and committing an indictable offence on April 27 in South Mackay, his lawyer told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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11:46

Indias Republic Of Fear And Loathing: The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh "IndyWatch Feed National"

A prominent Indian journalist was assassinated in early September, sparking outrage and protest around the country. Harsha Prabhu reports.

It was Shehla Rashid Shora, former Vice President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union, who nailed it. Speaking outside the Delhi Press Club at a pop-up action to protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh, she said: This bullet was meant for each of us.

The bullets that took the life of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh were fired at her while she alighted from her car at her home in Bengaluru, Karnataka, late on Tuesday, 5th September.

While the case is still under investigation, Lankeshs murder appears to point to a criminal, terrorist conspiracy whose likely origins lie in the climate of hate and division engendered by the Hindutva right wing forces in India.

 

Climate of hate

This was a theme echoed by many at the action to protest Gauri Lankeshs death at the amphitheatre in Mumbais suburb of Bandra last Wednesday.

Activist Teesta Setalvad said: Along with remembering the murders of freethinkers, well also have to remember those who were murdered by gaurakshaks (cow-protectors). Be it bullets or lynchings, its the same crime. This is the result of the work of those who spread hate and poison. All Indians live in fear today. Whether on a train or a bus, they cant speak freely, cant eat or drink what they want. All this is being done in an organised manner, so we need to have a collective response.

Feroze Mithiborwala, secularist and convenor of Bharat Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save India) said: When I heard about the attack, the first thing that came to my mind was Teesta Setalvad. Testa, we are with you today.

Teesta Setalvad had invited the Modi governments wrath by being an indefatigable fighter for the rights of those affected by the Gujarat 2002 pogroms against Muslims. She has pursued cases on behalf of the victims that have resulted in the conviction of BJP and Hindutva functionaries. The Modi government has responded by registering cases against her NGO, a Ford Foundation-supported charity that publishes an online magazine whose motto is Hate Hurts, Harmony works.

One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Mithiborwala said: Are we very clear we stand against all forms of religious fascism? All forms of communal violence? Be it Hindu or Muslim fanatics, we stand against them all?

The assembled crowd of several hundred...

11:20

The Case For Euthanasia: Legalising The Last Resort "IndyWatch Feed National"

What can Australia learn from other countries in legalising physician assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia? Jessica Qi takes up the cause.

In his famous work On Liberty, John Stuart Mill proposes that if a person is observed preparing to cross a bridge that you know to be dangerous, you may intervene to inform them of the risk of the bridges potential collapse should they continue, but you must ultimately move aside as only they know the importance of crossing and balancing that against the comparative risks. Philosopher Peter Singer draws on Mill to propose that this same right to autonomy extends to the euthanasia debate. Indeed, at the crux of the pro-euthanasia argument is the notion, that it is individuals who represent the best guardians of their own interests.

Support for autonomy in end of life decision-making is now eschewed by the majority of the Australian public. A 2016 survey of over 200,000 Australians garnered an approval rate of 75% for euthanasia.

Despite such support, Australia currently lacks jurisdiction that legally permits either voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Euthanasia is where the physician administers the lethal dose whereas with PAS, the physician provides the prescription that is the means of death but does not directly administer it.

The growing trend towards the legalisation of euthanasia or PAS in countries worldwide, means that Australian legislators will continue to face mounting pressure and will need to carefully consider the issue.

One of the major concerns for opponents is that the legalisation of euthanasia is a slippery slope. There is a fear that vulnerable people will be pressured into consenting, as they are perceived as a nuisance by their families or because of cost-cutting measures by their health providers. However, does citing examples of the abuse of a legal right provide sufficient cause to justify withholding that right?

To answer this, Benatar in his article disputing the slippery slope argument, makes an analogy to driving. People will always drive faster than they should; run traffic lights; drive vehicles that are un-roadworthy and often choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Despite all this, few people would then accept the argument that driving should be outlawed altogether.

The answer must not be to deny a right, but instead to regulate and implement safeguards to mitigate the risk of abuse. This has been demonstrated in the numerous jurisdictions where legalisation has occurred, with little evidence of abuse emerging.

A...

11:17

FixedIt: No fix required "IndyWatch Feed National"

FixedIt is almost always about the media getting it wrong. When they get it right they dont usually appear on my radar. Which isnt really fair because there are a lot of good journalists and publication who do great work of reporting terrible crimes.

This one on The Canberra Times today is a good example. An article about a mans conviction for child abuse put the perpetrator at the beginning of the headline and was clear about the crimes he intended to commit.

The only time his intentions to abuse children was referred to as sex was in reference to the charge, which is specifically named in the ACT criminal code as sexual intercourse with a child. Every other description of his actions and intentions calls it abuse, sexual abuse or rape.

Sitting in court listening to the details of these cases can be gut-wrenching. Reporting it succinctly, accurately and responsibly is difficult as page after page of FixedIt proves.

The big win here is that this man was caught, charged and convicted before he was able to rape and abuse children. The police who investigate such crimes and have to trawl through truly revolting material to ensure child rapists are caught and incarcerated do an incredible job. And they pay a high price for it. Their work deserves to be recognised and applauded.

But The Canberra Times and Megan Gorrey deserve kudos here too. This is how you report sexual abuse of children. This is how you keep the public informed and show respect to the victims. This is how easy it is to do an incredibly difficult job properly.

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
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11:02

Yankton Sioux Tribe Wants Answers for Tasing of Tribal Elder by South Dakota Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yankton Sioux Tribal Elder Raymond Cournoyer Sr. beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Published September 21, 2017

WAGNER, SOUTH DAKOTA The Yankton Sioux Tribe, based in Wagner, South Dakota, is seeking answers as to why one its elders was beaten and tased by South Dakota law enforcement last weekend.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, one of the Yanton Sioiux tribal elders, Raymond Cournoyer Sr., was rushing to be at his mothers side as she was making her journey to the spirit world.  Mr. Cournoyer never made it to share her final moments.

South Dakota law enforcement captured beating tribal elder.

Instead, he was stopped by South Dakota Highway patrol officer, Fisher, along with City of Wagner Police Officer, Eli Kuhlman, as soon as he arrived at the Good Samaritan Center. Although Mr. Cournoyer verbally informed officer Fisher of his intentions to see his dying mother, he was only able to take a few steps before Fischer grabbed him from behind and pushed him against the vehicle. By this time officer Eli Kuhlman arrived on the scene where he then grabbed Mr. Cournoyer slammed him to the ground face first and tased him. Both officers then placed him in handcuffs.

Mr. Cournoyer is a 64-year-old Army veteran who has been drug and alcohol free for over 30 years.  He is a widely respected member of both Yankton Sioux and Wagner communities. He posed no threat to anyone.

The tribe calls this type of excessive forces was uncalled for. There are available pictures from the Cournoyer family that show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.

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10:57

Why Im not coming out this survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

All my doctors counsel me against being open about having a serious mental illness. Finding ways to massage the truth to people and explain away periods of absence from the workforce has become second nature to me. But, as a gay man who has been open and proud about his sexuality, I cant help but feel a bit conflicted. Is the counselling to stay secret actually denying people their proper supports in society and jeopardising mental health?

10:42

FixedIt: Serial DV offender is not invisible "IndyWatch Feed National"

The West Australian reported on Atinae Afamilionas brutal attack against his wife by erasing him from the headline.

Afamiliona has multiple convictions for domestic violence offences against his wife and children. This attack occurred after she suggested a separation. His response to his wife making choices about her own life was to pick up a machete and hack at her with it at least 10 times. He severed two of her fingers and toes, and left her with deep scars on her arms and legs.

Acting Judge Grogin described the attack as a, brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who at the time was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car.

Afamiliona had three previous domestic violence offences on his record, including slapping a five-year-old girl across the face and dragging her by her ponytail, throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching a Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wifes home against court orders.

All these facts were reported in the article and yet Afamilionas very existence didnt make it into the headline.

Erasing violent men from headlines about their crimes does a grave disservice to victims and to the public, who depend on journalists to tell them the truth about what is happening in their society.

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Help...

10:39

Head-butt? Marriage Equality Broke My Arm And My Man-Love For Israel Folau "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Abbott claims to have been head-butted for his stance against marriage equality. Josh Dabelstein supports same-sex marriage and he took a much bigger hit than that.

I got into an argument with a couple of lads during my brief attempt at a law degree at the Australian National University in Canberra a few years ago.

I was with a girl who I had decided, that night, was the love of my life. Duly responding to the soft lefts beau de jour a love-token for my heterocrush I might have over-asserted my man-legiance to the whole gay marriage thing. My vague memory of the incident insists that this over-assertion of said man-legience was directed at two blurred and suited figures smoking cigars out the front of the Jolimont centre on Northbourne Avenue.

They made a homophobic jeer at a couple of blokes holding hands walking past, and I said something (Im told) like theyll be married before you two cunts.

I was out cold long before I hit the pavement. Two simultaneous punches to the face had my arm crumble beneath the weight of the rest of me.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

My mother continues to remind me of the eleven-thousand-dollar prosthesis that holds the radius and ulna together on my right arm, like I chose the extent to which medical insurance covers the miracles of modern science (without which Id never hand write or masturbate with the only hand good enough to get the job done. The rest Ill save for my therapist.

The point is that there are so many ways you can express your hatred of hatred, or what most people arent afraid of calling love. Dont be afraid to call a spade a spade. But most importantly, pick your battles. Trust me, pick your battles well and they wont cost your mum an arm or a leg.

Also while Ive got the microphone, Id like to say hello to Israel Folau.

Being the victim to your own youth and cultural values is not an excuse, when it comes to ex...

10:15

Jackie Chans dad was a spy in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie

Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie The Foreigner in Qingdao city, east Chinas Shandong province, 19 September 2017.

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Jackie Chan offers up a startling confession soon after he sits down for a chat.

I am Australian, Chan, the legendary 63-year-old Hong Kong-born martial arts star, told AAP last weekend while promoting his new animated family-comedy film, The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Its the first of numerous startling insights into Chans little-known and influential years growing up in Canberra and the long connection his parents, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, have with Australia.

Both were buried in Canberra.

Known worldwide as Jackie Chan after making more than 100 Hollywood and Asian films including the Police Story and Rush Hour franchises, Shanghai Noon and The Tuxedo, Chan has had a few different names several from his time in Australia.

If it wasnt for Australia the world would not know him as Jackie.

When he attended the ACTs Dickson College he was known as Steve.

Around the US Embassy in Canberra where his parents worked he was known as Pao.

When I go to try to learn English at school they call me Steve, Chan said.

I tried to find a job.

A guy said Whats your English name? and I said I dont have one.

My friend was a driver for the embassy.

His name was Jack so it was, Ok, call him Jack.

Oh yeah.

Chan offered another interesting tidbit his dad was a spy.

Chan Sr was hiding out at the US Embassy in Canberra because he was a Chinese nationalist agent who originally fled China to Hong Kong to avoid being captured by rival Communists.

My father was spy hiding in Hong Kong and hiding in Australia at the American embassy for so many years, Chan said....

10:07

Samoa Airways set for Auckland to Faleolo Airport maiden flight "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoa Airways will make her international debut to Auckland from Faleolo on 14 November 2017, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has confirmed.

The 737-800 leased from Iceland Air is schedule to arrive on Sunday 12 November with the following day set aside for the christening formalities before Samoa Airways makes her inaugural flight on Tuesday 14 November.

The aircraft has a seating capacity for 172 including 8 in the business class.

She will also have its logo painted on it when she arrives, says Lautafi.

As advertised, Samoa Airways will have six flights a week between Auckland and Faleolo and twice a week between Faleolo and Sydney, said the Minister.

We will launch our new national carrier brand with our range of meaalofa fares already on the market (with meals included) for these destinations before we advertise the regular fairs which I can safely say are more affordable compared to the fares now.

And the down the line we hope to lease or acquire a 777-Mac aircraft by 2019 to expand Samoa Airways services to other destinations such as Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

Lautafi says that the initial lease agreement with Iceland Air is a wet lease that includes pilots and stewards for the aircraft.

But the tentative plan is for a wet lease on the long run which will see Samoa Airways outfitting the airlines with their own pilots and supporting staff.

So far everything is falling in place as we look forward to the return of our new branded national carrier to international services as planned.


source: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWSQ

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