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Saturday, 26 August


Victoria Police on duty at homosexual rally in Melbourne and their bosses must be charged with offences over uniforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a genuine photo of the uniform of a Victoria Police sworn member at a homosexual rally in Melbourne today. It doesn't matter if you're pro same sex marriage, or against it. It's entirely irrelevant to this matter. The rainbow "POLICE" on the reflective vest is partisan. Some people...


Helifleet (US Navy Contract) S.N.I.A.S SA330J Puma Helicopter N366EV Pops into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An interesting visitor into Gladstone Airport with American-registered Aerospatiale SA330F Puma helicopter N366EV calling in for a very short time on Saturday 26 August.

The chopper comes up as being owned by Helifleet (USA) but appears to be contracted to the United States Navy (US Navy) / United States Naval Aviation.  Specifically a S.N.I.A.S SA330J Puma helicopter, N366EV has been seen operating in recent time from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6 ) - a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship.

N366EV was on the ground for a very short time and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Puma 3".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Michael F for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Michael Fleetwood  


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" at Longreach and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 24 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted touching down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  About an hour later, it departed to Cairns.

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From Cairns, VH-VVI then flew into Longreach Airport before it later returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, there has been another bizjet and some nice light General Aviation (GA) visitors to Longreach Airport over the course of this last week.

Last Saturday 19 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM popped into Longreach Airport once again, calling in from Bankstown and departing to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

Also last Saturday 19 August, Tasfast Air Freight / Vortex Air Piper PA-31-350 VH-TWU also passed through Longreach Airport, arriving from Cairns and later departing to Charleville.  It eventually continued to its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base.  It appears that VH-TWU has been completing flights between Townsville and Palm Island over recent weeks.

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While another Piper PA-31-350 VH-OMN of Dick Lang's Dessert-Air Safaris' arrived into Longreach Airport on Friday 25 August from Innamincka on what looked to be one of its many Safari flights.

Finally, a trio of Pilatus PC-12s have been noted calling into Longreach...


Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 Helicopter VH-ESD Flys North via Gladstone and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 22 August, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESD was noted flying North from Archerfield to Townsville via Gladstone and Mackay Airports.

It has been noted in recent times at Redcliffe Aerodrome receiving planned maintenance since it flew South from Townsville in mid-June.  It looked to fly across to Archerfield on Monday 21 August.

After returning to Townsville, VH-ESD looks to have returned to service already completing a med-evac flight to Ingham and back as "Rescue 521".


Lying about Citizenship: Australian Politicians before the High Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was nothing short of fabulous.  Before the public, the political lie is deemed an imperative, instinctively cultured to repel anything that might appear, let alone resemble, truth.  Never, whatever you do in political garb, reveal the game, convey the reality, even if power is only held on trust.  Those idiots (the voters, that is) wont know.

Before the judicial bench, however, the same figures find themselves on the horns of a dilemma.  Pull the wig over those judicial eyes or risk perjuring yourself?  With that in mind, the story about how the Nationals Senator Matt Canavan became an Italian citizen, making him ineligible as a sitting member of Parliament according to the Australian Constitution, was instructive.

Even then, cracks started to appear in the fabricated story.  Discussions about his citizenship and maternal suggestions in that direction, were being had around the family table prior to the sneaky visit to the Italian consulate in Brisbane.

The directions hearing in the High Court saw a change of heart. Mum was left out of it.  Legal counsel representing Senator Canavan argued that he had been an Italian citizen since 1983 (not 2006, as Canavan had claimed, courtesy of his mothers intervention), due to a change in Italian law. This rendered Canavan a citizen by descent, rather than birth.

This could only have one meaning, claimed legal counsel representing Canavan: section 44 of the Australian constitution would not apply.  To read the section any other way, claimed David Bennett, QC, would result in a ridiculous interpretation, one that would also disqualify up to half the population from sitting in Parliament. A grim, and truly undemocratic prospect indeed.

Left with the mountainous task of defending Roberts, a post-truth peddler who insists that the Murdoch empire offers papers of unimpeachable balance, Senior Counsel Robert Newlinds was knotted and bound.  He duly submitted to Chief Justice Susan Kiefel that the British authorities were the ones who had been con...


Wera, Siune in PNG Hunters starting 13 against Tweed Heads Seagulls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SP PNG Hunters Coach, Michael Marum has made minor changes to his starting line-up ahead of this Sunday's final round 25 match against the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

Marum has called in Adex Wera and Essau Siune into his starting 13.
Adex Wera will start in the center's, with Willie Minoga moving into second row, while Moses Meninga will start at lock.

Despite being put on report for contrary conduct last weekend, and not being charged by the QRL judiciary, Marum will sit our Stanton Albert and David Loko.

Back in round 15, the Hunters lost to the Seagulls, 14 points to 10 at home, and are predicted to turn the score cards around when they face them at the Piggabeen Complex this Sunday.
The team departs for Brisbane today.
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Iranians up in arms as Apple removes top apps "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | This file picture taken on July 09, 2017 shows employees at an e-commerce sites offices in the Iranian capital Tehran
TEHRAN (AFP)  Iranians have been joined by a minister in protest after Apple removed popular apps from its store, which the American company says has been done to comply with US sanctions.Today, respecting consumers rights is a basic principle which Apple has not followed, Information and Communication Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted, promising to legally pursue the case.

IT should be used for making human life better and comfortable not a tool for discrimination between countries, he wrote.

The hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps has been trending on Iranian social media in the past few days, after Apple removed at least 10 of the countrys most popular apps from its online store.

Those now missing include Amazon-style shopping apps Digikala and Bamilo, ride-hailing apps Snapp and Tap30, discount store Takhfifan and a brunch delivery service called Delion.

We are unable to include your app on the App Store, a message sent to some of those companies reportedly said.

Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries.

The US lifted some sanctions on Iran, particularly in the aviation sector, under a 2015 nuclear deal that saw Tehran limit its atomic programme.

But American individuals and companies are still barred from doing any business with Iranians because of much older and non-nuclear related sanctions on the Islamic republic.

There are removed apps which did not have financial transactions, and due to sanctions, some of them were registered in countries other than Iran too, the minister, Azari Jahromi, said on Twitter.

Some Iranian apps in the same category of the removed ones are still available on the app store.

Irans youthful and well-connected population own some 40 million smart phones, six million of them iPhones, the government-owned Iran Daily newspaper reported.

Apple has not provided any clear answers to our messages, the daily on Saturday quoted Mehdi Taghizadeh, vice chairman at Delion, as saying.

More than 4,500 Iranian netizens have signed an online petition urging Apple chief executive Tim Cook to recognise our rights as Apple custom...


Qatar Says Five Suspects in News Agency Hacking Detained in Turkey "IndyWatch Feed National"

DOHA Qatars attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatars state news agency in May.

The hacking helped precipitate the diplomatic rift that has since opened up between Qatar and some of its powerful Arab neighbors.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June over comments briefly posted on the Qatar News Agency attributed to its ruler in which he allegedly praised their arch-foe Iran.

Qatar said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani did not make the statements and that hackers had posted a false story on QNA.

In comments published by QNA on Saturday, Qatars Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri said the suspects were being interrogated, without specifying their nationalities or any other details.

Our friends in Turkey answered us a short time ago. Five people were detained and they are being investigated. Qatari prosecutors are working with Turkish authorities to follow this case, he was quoted as saying by Qatari media.

Marri has said Qatar has evidence that the hack was linked to countries that have severed ties with Doha for allegedly supporting Islamist militant groups and advancing the agenda of their arch-rival Iran in the region charges Doha denies.

The dispute has defied mediation attempts by the United States and Kuwait.

(Writing by Stephen Kalin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)



US Army Beech C-12J Huron (Beech 1900C-1) 86-00082 & Beech C-12F Huron (B200C) 84-00155 at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

As we mentioned on our Facebook page earlier in the week, a pair of small United States Army (US Army) turboprop aircraft were noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Darwin.

They were identified as Beech C-12J Huron (Beech 1990C-1) 86-00082 "Cats 83" and Beech C-12U-3 Huron (B200C) 84-00155 "Cats 72" and have since spent their time parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.

Information suggested that they were due to return to Cairns during the week but as shown, they remain at Rockhampton Airport and were moved to the Southern end of the parking apron on Saturday 26 August.

Of interest, both aircraft are flown by the 6th Battalion of the 52nd Aviation Regiment (6/52nd AVN) of the US Army.  It appears that they also spent some time flying with the United States Air Force (USAF).

Photos taken by IAD and Kayanne Hardsman  


Dr Michael J Duggin and Jacques Vallee "IndyWatch Feed National"

Duggin writes to Vallee

In a blog post dated 4 January 2017, I reported on the passing on, of Australian Dr. Michael J Duggin. Between at least 1966 and 1973, Duggin took an active interest in UAP. Inter alia, I reported upon a meeting between Duggin and Jacques Vallee in the US, in 1966.

Dr Michael J Duggin
Recently, I was fortunate enough to come across copies of a letter from Dr Duggin to Jacques Vallee, in the digital collection of US researcher Dr. Michael Swords. There was also a copy of a response letter to Duggin from one William T. Powers, an associate of both Jacques Vallee, and Dr J Allen Hynek. I will image the letters below, and provide a typed copy of their contents.

'Dept of Physics


Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82077 Back at Rockhampton Airport This Time with Four RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was another great day for aircraft enthusiasts and many other curious onlookers as again before dawn on Friday 25 August, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82077 touched down at Rockhampton Airport, again flying in directly from from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore but as VDA4964.  It again spent the day parked on Gate 6 at the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron and soon after arriving, it commenced unloading its cargo.

The massive Antonov is shown with its front landing gear raised and the aircraft placed into its unique 'kneeling' position to allow the unloading of its cargo.

On this flight, four of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D helicopters - three believed to be wearing serials '063', '065' and '058' - were unloaded.  They, like the two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters delivered earlier in the week, are expected to be re-assembled and test flown ahead of their participation in the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 which is expected to kick-off in the next week.


Mates taking care of mates. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to reader KM for the tip on this story from Fairfax media today. A law unto himself: How a lawyer was left free to steal $1.5 million from clients August 25 2017 - 11:45PM The solicitor in this story, John James Kotsifas of Northcote law firm J Kotsifas &...


Stuck on the Island of Introversion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your mind opens. Another day; another full-on day. People, trains, lights, noise, chaos. Your head is about to explode: headaches, sore eyes, lethargic body. Your mind closes, deciding to only work a half day, but hey, At least its better than the whole day off, you unconvincingly whisper to yourself.

Its the fear of going home regretting not doing more things or meeting more people which spirals you into a state of worry and further mental exhaustion.

A pretty messed up contradiction, right? Many people didnt understand it, including me.

It was during my gap year that I really felt the challenge of being an introvert. In an attempt to combat this personality trait, I booked two group tours. A week in Ireland and another for 18 days throughout Europe. I was hoping at this point I would be heading towards extroversion, as though it were a destination.

Each tour started with awkward hellos, earphones in and firecrackers in my head. After a day or two, I would then gravitate towards the loud crowd and the class clowns. I craved to have that energy.

The tours were closely linked with alcohol, so it became my personal assistant. Every time the social lubricant kicked in, I suddenly became an extrovert. Loud, funny, wanting to be in the spotlight, and most of all, able to interact with a large group of people. What a feel good experience that was, my mind was buzzing and stimulated for the whole night.

Of course, every high has its lows. The day after a night like that was always awful. Drained to the point I couldnt be around anyone, I didnt really talk or do much. I used b...


Temperatures Plunge after Technical fix "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fortunately this has not gone on for years and it got caught early and was then fixed.  What were they thinking?  This is not data for which an artificial floor is inconsequential.  It could even be dangerous in the wrong place as anyone who has experienced minus sixty is well aware.  The margins become real narrow there.

It is really odd considering just how controversial real measurements have become with heat island effects.

Yet it does remind us that we are vulnerable to real error at the programing level conducted by non specialists in most cases in most fields.

Date: 04/08/17 

Graham Lloyd, The Australian 

Recorded temperatures at the Bureau of Meteorologys Thredbo Top automatic weather station have dropped below -10C in the past week, after action was taken to make the facility fit for purpose.

A record of the Thredbo Top station for 3am on Wednesday shows a temperature reading of -10.6C. This compares with the BoMs monthly highlights for June and July, both showing a low of -9.6C.

The BoM said it had taken immediate action to replace the Thredbo station after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making it onto the official record. Controversy...


It may not be the justice he wanted. But it's the justice he deserved. And Celine Dion completed it. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I never thought I'd say this - but this scene wouldn't be complete without Celine Dion.



PERTH Olympic silver medalist arrested as part of police drug operation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Olympic silver medalist arrested as part of police drug operation .

August 25, 2017 at 05:07PM .

Bobridge, who retired from professional cycling due to rheumatoid arthritis after last years Rio Olympics, appeared at Perth magistrates court on .


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PERTH Olympics medallist charged with drug offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Olympics medallist charged with drug offences .

August 25, 2017 at 04:45PM .

The 28-year-old South Australian appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with five counts of drug possession and another count of .


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Australias coastal communities already vulnerable to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Flooding proved how vulnerable Coast is to climate change, Sunshine Coast Daily, Bill Hoffman | 26th Aug 2017 THE Sunshine Coast received a taste Monday night of the future normal for low-lying coastal communities everywhere when, in the middle of a drought-like winter, water flooded through storm water outlets and over the top of revetment walls and onto key streets across the region.


Laying the red carpet for our visitors "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I got up early and took a Saturday morning stroll from my home at 8-Mile to the main highway.
The entire pavement was painted red with betel nut (buai) spit.



Branching out from woodswallows to coucals "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Stiff breezes appear to have assisted prey up towards small appreciative groups of White-breasted Woodswallows in recent mornings.

Spent a few hours trying to catch a few birds in flight. Bit of cheating going on with these images.

Birds were coming and going from dead upright branch. Which has been cloned from the pictures. The birds are otherwise simply too fast for me.

Lots slower, Pheasant Coucals wandering down the road, singly, or often lately in hopeful or breeding pairs.


Full Moon September Meaning 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The Astrology aspects and spiritual meaning of the full moon September 2017 Australia. as channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Full Moon September Meaning 2017 appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


15 Hidden Signs You Had a Toxic Parent Growing Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

While most parents do their best to provide the best lives for their children that they can, they sometimes do not realize they are doing more harm than good. Yes, even the best parents can be toxic if they are going it in the wrong way.

Whether your parent or parents were aware of their toxicity doesnt really matter since things still came out the same. There are actually a lot of things that can and will cause a child to grow up damaged. Below you will find a list of the most common, but least known signs that a parent is toxic.

1. They make you feel responsible for their unhappiness.

If this person goes on and on about how happy they would be if you were not in the picture they are not only making you feel bad, but also putting unhealthy expectations on you. They are acting as if you need to make up for having been born in the first place, but that is not really your fault now is it? No child should ever be made to feel as if they are the reason for their parents unhappiness. We are responsible for our own happiness and no one elses.

2. They give you the silent treatment.

While it is hard to talk when you are mad without saying the wrong thing, shutting out your children will only make the situation worse. Giving them the silent treatment is immature and can hurt your relationship with them big time. In situations like this, the parent should excuse his or herself to cool down, ignoring your child is never the answer.

3. They do not set healthy boundaries.

There are two different scenarios in which this type of situation can pan out:

1. The parent sets too many boundaries, and smothers their children in-turn not allowing the child to have a healthy childhood. While you should keep a close eye on your children these parents go overboard with it. They override all boundaries and when it comes to personal space their children have none.


2. They do not set any boundaries and allow their children to run the house. I have seen this in too many different situations! Your child should never have control over you, and if you are allowing your child to control you, you are setting them up for failure later on in life.

4. They do not provide you with security.

They make you take care of yourself at too young of an age. While they may believe this is helping you prepare for life, it is only making you feel as if you have no one to turn to. Sure, tough love is necessary sometimes, but not all the....


Lance Boyle of the ACU*T lives on "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lance Boyle, former General Secretary of the NSW Branch of the ACU*T. Mentor to a new generation of union leaders. Thursday, 26 June 2014 It's well worth the effort to find a copy of this collection of Barry Humphries scripts and sketches: It was published by Currency Press in 1981....


Adani: Australian Conservation Foundation loses appeal against $16b Carmichael coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Age, By Ellie Sibson, 26 Aug 17, Environmentalists have lost another appeal against Adanis $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodged the appeal last year after an earlier court ruling endorsed the mines environmental approval.

The full bench of the Federal Court in Brisbane today dismissed the foundations arguments that the Federal Environment Minister had failed in his duty to consider the mines impact on the Great Barrier Reef.



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.50 AUD


Anti Adani coal project movement continues, despite Court setback "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Court setback for anti-Adani campaign  Margaret Gleeson, August 25, 2017

While further legal challenges in the High Court are still awaiting decision,  the movement in opposition to Adani is growing.  Protests have been held in recent weeks in Townsville and Brisbane  targetting Adanis offices and those of likely contractor Downer.  Arrests were made.

The campaign is currently organising a series of summits in  Queensland regional centres, Brisbane and Sydney  to plan the next steps in the campaign.  The focus so far has been on direct action.
This has successfully prevented Adani from securing financial support from the Big Four Banks.

as Adani continues to have the support of both the Coalition and Labor,  to defeat Adani and put an end to all new coalmines in Australia,  mass demonstrations will be needed along with  the lobbyingdirect action and legal tactics.


Katters Australian Party wants to abolish gun registration "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Bob Katter took part in a recent western shoot at the Mareeba SSAA range. He joked that this might be the best way to bring the banks into line. Bob says KAP is the only party in Queensland that wants to do away with firearms registration which has been a long-held policy. Bob spent some time shooting at the range with pistol, rifle and shotgun. His pistol ability did not go unnoticed by the club. They want him to come back for a days competition. The veteran politician warns that if the Labor Party gets re-elected in Queensland with a majority, the states 600,000 shooters will be faced with restrictions on ammunition sales and even tighter restrictions on gun ownership. He says the ALP and LNP simply hate guns.



The rule of law is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, defended the right of unions to take unlawful industrial action, there was outrage. Leigh Sales opened with the loaded question Do you believe in the rule of law? It shouldnt be so hard for workers in our country to be able to

The post The rule of law is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will appeared first on The AIM Network.


Interview: Folk Artiste Prashanna Gogoi on His Relationship With Assams Bihu Dance "IndyWatch Feed National"

In conversation with ethnomusicologist Prashanna Gogoi on his experiments with the Bihu.

Artiste Prashanna Gogoi playing the juria pepa at his studio in Guwahati. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

Artiste Prashanna Gogoi playing the juria pepa at his studio in Guwahati. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

Guwahati (Assam): As I waited for the door to be answered, my gaze fell upon the several identical-sized coconut shells left to dry in the courtyard of Prashanna Gogois house in Guwahatis Maligaon railway colony. It is to make the base for the been, he told me.

An advisor to Sangeet Natak Akademi on tribal and folk arts, 47-year-old Gogoi is known across Assam not only for modernising the been (Assams traditional string instrument that is also considered as one of the oldest traditional kinds in the region), but also for ach...


MACKAY Mackay man accused of car theft will stay behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 26, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

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Andrew Lawrence Eyre, 26, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court accused of car theft, alongside four other charges. Facebook

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MACKAY Busted with meth, police claim "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 26, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

Busted with meth, police claim

August 26, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

Jacob Dean Cavanagh, 23, from South Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. Brought up from the Mackay Watch-house, he faced five

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Congresss Hearing on Pat Tillmans Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pat, a Ranger, on left with brother Kevin Tillman, in Afghanistan [Editors note: The possibility of sending more US troops into Afghanistan is a talking point this week, so we bring you Marys article on Pat Tillman] by Mary Maxwell This soldier died of two close-together bullet wounds in the forehead that were fired at []


Lamborghini rebrands phones and sell them 6x their original price without a charger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some people may think that when they are purchasing a 'luxury' phone from a 'brand' name they are getting the best.

The reality is that the 'luxury' brand is getting a cheap phone and putting their name on it, with some of their own coverings.

Looks like it's one company hiding another company manufactured product.

Lamborghini's $2450 re-birthed $400 ZTE does not even have a charger.

Capitalistic (tight arse) pigs..

Al least BlackBerry's "Porsche Design" phones have 4 chargers.

Lamborghini Mobile has launched the Alpha-One Android smartphone for $2450. It will be available at Harrod's in the UK and multiple retailers in the UAE. It is also available on the company's website.

The Alpha-One is a reasonably straightforward high-end Android smartphone, with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and a 20 megapixel camera. Powering it is the Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. It even has a set of stereo speakers as well as a dedicated DAC and AMP, along with Dolby Atmos audio. The phone runs on a 3,250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, although a charger is not provided with the phone. Lastly, it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat.

To somewhat justify the cost, the Alpha-One has an Italian leather back and liquid metal for the side frame. An Italian leather case is also provided with the phone.

For all intents and purposes, the Alpha-One is a rebranded Axon 7 with the same specifications and same overall structure, just in a different set of materials. Except that the ZTE phone costs $400 and comes with a charger.


CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and NAMBLA "IndyWatch Feed National"

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and NAMBLA

Published on Aug 25, 2017
People have to watch him: The CIA reportedly suspects its director could try to shield Trump from the Russia probe

Right before I was served the protection order- I had the guy screaming at me out on the street in front of my neighbors Im NOT CIA- Im not CIA before he almost physically attacked me. Well- I am not a purple unicorn- but you dont see me screaming it at people out on the road. THEN he demanded I get in his truck with him and go to the police station- AFTER he screamed at me and came at me when I turned my back on him. You need to read the protection orders to get the whole story

Protection Order Info:

No. 174-00303
No. 174-00304

MRJC Courthouse
401 4th Ave N
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 206-205-9200

Proof These Directed Energy Weapons Exist


Letter from Pamela Noblitt- Wife of Randy Noblitt

Just wanted to update you on some issues that are impacting on us subsequent to Randys role in the Keller Day Care (Frans Day Care) case in Travis County, Texas in the early 1990s.

My husband, Randy Noblitt, is a veteran of the USAF. He earned a PhD in clinical psychology as a recipient of an Air Force Institute of Psychology scholarship. He is a clinical psychologist and since 2004, he has been a full-time professor of psychology. He has been on the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University since 2006.

In 1992 while we resided in Dallas, Texas, the district attorney and the assistant district attorney of Travis County (Austin) Texas reached out to Randy to provide consultation and guidance in their prosecution of Fran and Dan Keller, operators of a daycare in Travis County accused of several charges related to the sexual assault of the children in their care. Randy had become known for his advocacy for survivors of child sexual abuse and those who alleged their abuse included ritually based trauma. Our research would lead to the publication...


Abel to address PNG's 'Economic Difficulties' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, says it will be his duty to put in place measures to address what he terms as Papua New Guinea's current "economic difficulties".

Speaking to people in his Alotau district over the weekend, Mr Abel says the current situation is because of the government's continuous borrowing and expected revenues not coming in full.
"Because of that aggressive borrowing policy and expansionary policy, we deliberately went into a series of fiscal deficits, that is that we borrowed in successive budgets.
"Always trying to maintain our fiscal ratios that to GDP ratio and then bring the budget fiscal deficits back to balance.

"The combination of not receiving the expected revenue from the LNG project and the decline in revenue from some of the other projects like the Ok Tedi and Porgera even Kutubu oil which was decline in reserves meant that we've come into a bit of a squeeze.
"So as the treasurer of Papua New Guinea, its my duty now to take some measures to try and address the situation."

Mr. Abel, who last week, announced a creation of a working committee to draw up a 25-point 100-day plan to address the country's economic situation, says, they are continuing a series of talks to gauge views from relevant expert authorities including the Bank of PNG, Internal Revenue Commission, Customs and Immigrations, Institute of National Affairs, development partners, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Union and the Chinese Government.
NBC News - Priscilla Waikaidi


Group restates Opposition against reopening of Panguna Mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A group calling itself 'Bougainvilleans United Against Mining' has re-stated its opposition to a resumption of mining at Panguna.
The government in the autonomous region of Bougainville wants the huge copper and gold mine re-opened to give the economy a lift ahead of the independence referendum to be held in 2019.

Bougainville's Mining Minister Raymond Masono this week applauded a joint resolution by ex-combatants to back the re-opening, but one of those praised by the minister, a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, James Onartoo, says he and his group do not support it.
Mr Onartoo says their group, which includes many women, landowners and ex-combatants, will not support Panguna being re-opened, or mining anywhere on Bougainville.

Members of the group joined a blockade that stopped the ABG from signing a memorandum of agreement with landowners at Panguna two months ago.
Mr Onartoo says the ABG is weak and lacks the laws and systems to effectively regulate and deal with a large scale mine.
He says without these mechanisms in place a resumption of mining will cause more harm than good. NBC News/PNG Today


Air Niugini resumes Friday Flights to Alotau "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Air Niugini will soon resume its Friday afternoon flights into in Milne Bay province.
Gurney Airport initially takes two flights on Friday, and one every other day.
The Friday flight is a connecting flight from Australia and its temporary discontinuation has raised concerns among a few patrons in Alotau.

But an executive team from the airline company was in Alotau this week to meet with clients and business houses about their products and service improvement.
Air Niugini's General Manager Commercials, Dominic Kaumu, says much of what they've discussed is to improve its customer service and acknowledgement.
"We are looking at improving our Loyalty Destinations program, the Executive Club membership, and what we are doing in that particular program in terms of people who are members of our club and how they can use their points, how they can redeem their points.

"For example, we are negotiate with a number of companies and if you fly frequently with Air Niugini, you can earn points, and where as in the past you would use those points to buy airline tickets.
"Now you can use those points to go to other companies and buy goods from other companies."
NBC News - Priscilla Waikaidi



If you are interested in the 9 September Saturday outing; Please meet at Charlie Moreland Day Use area at 7-30am so as to ensure a reasonably early start to our walk. Charlie Moreland is an excellent area of low land rainforest and is great habitat for a variety of birds. Be sun smart and please bring morning tea and a chair.
HOWEVER please consider camping either Friday or Saturday nights or both. There is potential for some spotlighting nocturnal birds and mammals at the site. To book a camp site you will need to log on to to book your site. You will need to be self sufficient in both food and water.
If / When you have booked your camp site please RSVP to me at so I can look out for you. I have already booked a campsite for myself.
For those camping; we plan to do, in addition to the Saturday morning walk, a Saturday afternoon walk and a spotlighting excursion in the evening. A Sunday morning walk will also be on the agenda for campers.


PNG Government summons Australia over Asylum deal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Ambassador  to Papua New Guinea was summoned by the Government of PNG for the purpose of establishing a clear understanding on issues and activities surrounding the anticipated closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre.
The objective was to put before the Australian Government our position that the existing Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) for Asylum Seekers is current, effective and binding for both the Australian Government and PNG Government.

Secondly, reference to the 31st October 2017 as the date of closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre is not correct. That date has not been agreed to by the Government of this sovereign nation. PNG Minister for Justice Minister and Attorney General Davis Steven said, "he had expressed concerns and anxiety of our officials in Immigration & Foreign Affairs. Similar concerns have been raised by the leaders of the Manus Province.
It has been clearly stated to the Australian High Commission that until the National Executive Council (NEC) has decided our Governments position, we should ensure that the status quo is maintained".

"I am aware that a submission for cabinet is now being prepared Imagination & Border Security and the Office of the State Solicitor. This will go to other agencies of Government for financial implications before the NEC can consider the recommendations.
No one wants to see a situation where Australian withdraws from Manus leaving behind unwilling foreign nationals who we will not be able to cater for and accommodate in our country. The Government will not allow that to happen.

"Finally, I have taken this action based on the advice from the lawyers in the Department of Justice & Attorney General and Department of Foreign Affairs officials.
It is in the national interest that I take a position as the Attorney General of our country".
Unfortunately, I have taken the action in the absence of the Minister responsible who is abroad.
Secretary for Justice & Attorney General Dr Lawrence Kalinoe when asked for his opinion said that it is legally and morally wrong for Australia to walk away in the Regional & Resettlement Agreement (RRA) by leaving foreign nationals in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Kalinoe affirmed the Ministers position that mutual effort be focused on a review of the current Regional Resettlement Agreement (RRA) before parties can take further action.


Where the hell is Taralga? (Latitude -34.4048, Longitude 149.8197; BoM ID 94735) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. Bill Johnston. (Former NSW natural resources research scientist.) Once a staging post on the track to Oberon and Bathurst, the delightful little village of Taralga is 44 km (27 miles) north of Goulburn New South Wales and 135 km (84 miles) from Canberra. The post office (Figure 1) is in the news recently because


Medical Witch Hunt Kicks off in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Day Time Marbled Frogmouth "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Marbled Frogmouth

I found a Marbled Frogmouth at its day roost in a grove of piccabean palms in rainforest in Mapleton National Park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. This was a different site from where I found two birds at a roost in September last year.
The two frogmouths found last year
Other birds in the rainforest included Russet-taile...


Recognizing Controlled Opposition With Titus Frost: Rebel Media, David Seaman, Alex Jones And More "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust. A word that, in modern American media, has all but lost its meaning. Which outlet do you trust, what organization do you blindly follow? Today, the answer should be no one. Now, that is not to imply that we should trust no one, or hold nothing sacred, as that is a recipe for an []

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"Mu" "IndyWatch Feed National"


"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." 
- Joshua, "War Games"

"There is a word, a concept, in Zen Buddhism that doesn't quite translate perfectly into the English language: Mu. Mu is the response given by a Zen monk to a question that cannot be meaningfully answered. It suggest that the question's premises are not real, that there is a state of emptiness that lies beyond yes and no, that the asker should unask the question - indeed, that anyone who would ask such a question in the first place might well to question his entire perspective on life.

Though the word was never uttered in the 1984's seminal teen-computer-hacker-political-thriller "War Games", the idea lies at the heart of the conflict that fuels the movie: a new Pentagon supercomputer that controls the nation's nuclear codes is caught up in a relentless war-game simulation trying to answer the question, "How...


PNG says it won't let Australian Government abandon refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overnight the Papua New Guinea Government announced that it will not allow the Australian Government to close down the Manus Island detention centre until it first finds somewhere safe and viable for the men trapped inside it to go.

The PNG Attorney General, Davis Steven, reportedly told Australias High Commissioner that the PNG Government had not agreed to the slated 31 October 2017 closure and that PNG would not allow the Australian Government to just walk away and abandon people in PNG.

Amir Taghinia, a refugee held on Manus Island for four years said:

This proves that the Australian Government does not have any plan. They are just playing a game and people are very desperate. After 4 years, we just want a chance to build a life in safety."

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist currently held on Manus Island, said:

This comment from the PNG Government proves that the Australian Government has no plan and has lost control of its own policy. The people in the Manus detention centre are tired from this kind of political games. We just want freedom and a chance to rebuild our lives.

The PNG announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Ahead of the slated October 31 closure the Australian Government is currently attempting to force the men to the East Lorengau facility on the outskirts of the main town on Manus. The facility currently holds about 60 men but at a Senate hearing in May the Australian Government revealed plans to double-bunk the facility and increase its capacity to 440.

However, a series of recent violent attacks against refugees near the centre and the surrounding town - including three attacks in one night last month - have left the men terrified.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

After four years of fear, violence, chaos and uncertainty, enough is enough. These 900 i...


FixedIt: domestic violence is not romantic "IndyWatch Feed National"

That we expect this kind of tripe from The Mirror does not make it ok.

On average, two women every week are murdered in domestic violence homicides in England and Wales. Domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women in the UK at some point in their life. It is a deadly serious and widespread problem. The media has a significant role to play in changing public attitude to mens violence against women and children.

Headlines like this are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Intimate partner violence has nothing to do with romance or rejection. Its a choice made by the perpetrator based on their need for power and control, and the underlying belief that anything they do to maintain control over a woman they see as a possession is justified and excused by her actions.

When journalists make implicit excuses for violent men by blaming victims they are confirming those beliefs. They are colluding with violent men in excusing their violence and blaming their victims.

Andrei Pavel is not a spurned lover, hes a violent man who chose to stalk and assault his ex-girlfriend. He was convicted of assault and ordered to stay away from his victim for 12 months.

He didnt punch her because she rejected him, he punched her because he decided he had the right to assault a woman who refused to do what he wanted her to do.

Nothing a victim does is the cause of violence committed against them, there is only one thing that causes violence and that is the choice to do it.

Reporting this any other way is not journalism, its a dangerous deception.

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The Science of Composting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many well-intentioned composters keep adding kitchen scraps to the compost bin and then wonder why they are left with a smelly rotting mess.

The science of composting is all about getting the carbon/nitrogen ratio of the contents correct. Follow the correct principles and you will create superb compost suitable for enriching soil.

What is the Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio?

Good compost is a balance of different ingredients, but essentially it comes down to the all important, but often misunderstood, carbon/nitrogen ratio. So, whats it all about? Well, lets call carbon Brown, and nitrogen Green. We need a good balance of brown to green, generally 30 brown to 1 green. Sounds complicated I know but its not.

Brown materials include things like paper (the shredded Sunday paper minus the super glossy magazine bit is perfect), sawdust (from untreated timber only), dried leaves and oaten hay.  Green materials are things high in nitrogen, including lawn clippings, fresh manures (cow, sheep and chook only!), vegetable scraps and (shudder) urine.

The best way to get this right is to add one bucket of Browns for every bucket of Greens. So, when adding a bucket of silverbeet add in a bucket of shredded newspaper.  Because of the different make up of these products, it gets the C/N ratio just right!

If there is too much Brown the nitrogen in Greens will be locked up by microorganisms and be unavailable for subsequent plant growth.

Potassium is also an important constituent of compost.  Although it is much more available to plants than either the carbon or nitrogen, its content can be reduced if the compost heap is open and subject to a lot of rain.  This problem can be overcome by covering the heap as it approaches maturity.

What ingredients go into good compost?

All compost bins, or heaps need a balance of materials that:

  • are high in nitrogen, such as blood & bone or chook manure,
  • contain carbon, such as dried leaves or shredded newspapers, and
  • contain both carbon & nitrogen, such as kitchen scraps, pea straw and green garden prunings.

What else helps the composting process?

In addition, the compost heap/bin needs:

  • water, but only enough so that the contents are moist but not wet
  • oxygen, from air, added by regularly turning over the contents of the heap, and
  • ......


Cosmic Queries: TV Sci-Fi with Bill Nye "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who better to answer fan-submitted questions about science fiction on TV and in the movies than Bill Nye? Bill and Chuck Nice flip channels between Star Trek, Star Wars, Lost in Space, Gilligans Island, Back to the Future, and more. (Adult Language.) NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Find out more at


Market Talk- August 25, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Main talking point out of Asia this morning were the continued strong earnings reports and the subsequent buying conviction. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng gained over 1.2% whilst the domestic Shanghai index rallied near 2% after earnings beat expectations to finish the week well bid. We saw solid gains in Financials, energy, communications and even retailers even before waiting for central bankers at Jackson Hole. The Nikkei added a little positivity to the region (+0.5%) but is obviously still wary as the currency remains clued to the 109 level, even after we saw the Jly CPI data rise +0.5%. Australias ASX was unable to join the party, closing small down whilst the Indian SENSEX was closed for holidays.

Europe tended to drift in lifeless trade while waiting all the headlines expected from Jackson Hole. All indices closed small down so lets jus jump ahead to the US session and check some details. Janet Yellen was first to speak and was clear to keep things by the book. Unlike last year when a few headlines were thrown-in to provide some direction, this year she remained on topic (unfortunately). US stocks were strong into Mario Draghis speech and remains so until he finished. However, it was his comment on the Euro that traders focused on and took the currency 140 points (+1.1%) higher. Saying the global recovery is underway will probably have its effect on European government paper on Monday (although much of the market will be closed due to the UK holidays). The euro made ground against most other currencies but was better by +0.6% against sterling. DXY -10% YTD. Draghi commented also on global trade and that openness is essential and even warned of protectionism and risks associated. A couple of remarks alluding to the quality difference between US and European banks and also warnings about returning to over stretched conditions too soon. Interesting that the European inflation swaps are still lower than where we were three years ago and the spread between US and core European bonds remains distorted, especially as Draghi reiterated that a significant amount of accommodation is still necessary. Guess we have to wait for September 7th for the conclusion of those remarks.
US core indices lost much...


Episode-2073- Expert Council Q&A for 8-25-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on bugging out, first aid, plant propagation, civil unrest, cb radios, cryptocurrency and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Get Out, Get Out, Get Out Jack A FAK for the fisherman Doc Bones Rooting willow cuttings Nick Ferguson A LEOs take on Charlottesville Dan Orhman CB Radios for hunting in remote areas Tim Glance Determining time to profit with mining crypto Brandon Todd Why people actually make the case that taxes are voluntary Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 51 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information The Illuminatus! Trilogy NEBO Larry Light Foreathers Dan Fogelberg Websites of the Expert Council Members Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Primal Power Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here. `


Brian Houston Twitter Every person who is a pedophile protector should be arrested. This is 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pope Brain Houston of Hillsong: Every person who is a pedophile protector should be arrested

Brian Houston Retweeted BBC Breaking News

Every person who is a pedophile protector should be arrested. This is 2017.

Brian Houston added,



Wars of words over Panguna as Bougainville moves to new era "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PANGUNA - With Bougainville less than a year away from a referendum on its political future, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and a local Panguna group known as the Meekamui Government of Unity are in a war of words over the re-opening of the Panguna copper and gold mine.

The ABG wants the now reformed Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to operate the mine which it believes will finance the redevelopment of Bougainville.

But the Meekamui and the Osikaiyang Landowners Association are keen to see the mine opened by an Australian company they have aligned with called RTG.

Bougainvilles president John Momis has said the ABG will not allow a company with no track record to mine at Panguna.

The quarrel between the ABG and the Meekamui is potentially divisive and may affect peace-building efforts in the autonomous province.

BCL, through the Panguna Negotiation Office, is said to be funding a group calling itself Panguna New Generation Leaders which is aggressively pushing for the re-opening of the mine.

The Meekamui and its overseas backers are taking a more moderate stance but are determined to get RTG to develop the mine.

After a 10-year civil war, the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2001 addressed the political problem but did not provide a settlement to cater for the Panguna problem which is still shimmering around us.

Meanwhile the 1980s vintage old landowners associations and the new landowners association are also still verbally brawling and attacking each other.

As this struggle goes on, we, the innocent people of Panguna, are being blamed by other Bougainvilleans of working to re-open Panguna.

On the BCL side we see no change of heart for the interests of the people of Bougainville who have suffered because of them and the PNG state.

Rio Tinto offloaded its shares to PNG and Bougainville so that we could see that it was changing its mind on the future of Panguna. But can we be sure? We need to watch to see if various personalities move to and fro between positions in BCL and Rio Tinto.

Let us hope we are not submerging into the violence of the 1990s even as we try to work through the peace agreement and move to the new dawn that next years referendum should represent.


Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong comes out at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy Australian lesbians. Penny Wong (right) Australian Federal political with her partner and their IVF baby



PNG needs to stop the talk & start acting to heighten security "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


HONOLULU - It is believed that North Koreas missile program is moving close to achieving the range to hit targets as far away as the United States and Papua New Guinea.

But it is premature for vulnerable countries like PNG to openly condemn North Koreas intentions and possibly provoke the hermit kingdom to see PNG as a target to attack or be threatened, especially as APEC convenes in Port Moresby next year.

PNG has military support from Australia and other allies but not having significant military assets and capability leaves it in a vulnerable state.

The hostile words to North Korea expressed by the PNG's foreign affairs minister in local newspapers recently were childish and regrettable but are too late to recall.

PNG needs to be sensitive to its geopolitical alliances and affiliations so neutrality maintained. We should avoid becoming intertwined in the North Korea America conflict.

There are already indications that PNG already may harbour terrorist elements and other transnational criminals. These criminals see PNG has a safe haven and a transit point into Australia.

On numerous occasions, unidentified foreign fishing vessels have been sighted by locals in PNGs coastal waters and most escape with their illegal catches. This has been going on for a long time despite the establishment of the Border Protection Authority which does not have the capacity to perform the border protection task.

Each year some illegal immigrants arrive in PNG and are registered by PNG Immigration. But many more illegal immigrants cross the border from Indonesia or arrive on landing barges that bring supplies to logging camps in remote locations.

There are number of foreign businesses in PNG that recruit non-nationals to do jobs supposedly reserved for Papua New Guineans. Some of these businesses provide false information to labour and immigration officers.

For instance, the Foreign Employment Permit indicates that a migrant claims to be a manager or has trade qualifications but this person gains employment as a stock-filler, cash-register operator, delivery truck driver or something that nationals can do.

These are the obvious indicators of PNGs weak internal security system which needs to be toughened up for our independent and sovereign nation.

In light of the North Korea is......


North Korea Threatens UK, Australia With Miserable End "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea has threatened Britain and Australia with a miserable end if they join US-led military drills. Annual joint US-South Korea military drills started this week in the region amid tensions over Pyongyangs latest testing [...]


Leid StoriesHeed This Warning! FREE YOUR MIND!08.25.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another week in Bizarro Land. Another week of peddling fast but going nowhere. Were still looking for answers in all the wrong places and from all the wrong people. Its Free Your Mind Friday, our weekly open forum, on Leid Stories. Let your light dispel the darkness that surrounds us. Call 888-874-4888. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Trump chastises former spymaster Clapper for lying to Congress "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trump has fired back at former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, bringing up his testimony before Congress, after Clapper told CNN that Trump was unfit to be president and should resign. "James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?" the president tweeted Thursday morning. It was not immediately clear which letter he was referring to. The "lying to Congress" part was apparently a reference to the 2013 Congressional hearing, where Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) asked Clapper if the National Security Agency collected data on millions of Americans. "No, sir ... not wittingly," Clapper answered. Soon thereafter, Edward Snowden's revelations showed that the NSA did, in fact, collect data on millions of Americans.


The Next Doctor You Consult Could Be a Robot: Healthcare Meets AI and the Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Next Doctor You Consult Could Be a Robot

Startup company has been working with university researchers to create a platform on the blockchain where patients can discuss their medical data with an advanced artificial intelligence doctor.

On August 24, announced that their advanced natural language processing technology platform, based on the blockchain, would timestamp datasets and decentralize artificial intelligence. The startup stated that the platform was envisioned and built by researchers from Stanford and Cambridge Universities.

The objective of the company is to help healthcare companies improve patient care and  experience through an advanced natural dialogue system which will be able to generate insights from combined medical data.

According to the World Health Organization, there is a shortage of seven million healthcare professionals globally, and that number is on the rise. There is increasing pressure on doctors who are faced with meeting the challenging needs of the population and keeping up with the latest developments in healthcare and medicine. Furthermore, the training of healthcare professionals takes years of education and experience. With the help of AI, aims to address such challenges while improving the patient care and providing a better healthcare experience.

"We are making it possible for lab tests to converse directly with patients by leveraging advanced artificial intelligence, medical data forensics, and the decentralized blockchain. We envision extensive possibilities for the use of this technology by doctors, patients, and medical institutions," Walter De Brouwer, founder and chief executive officer of, said in a statement.

Deloitte Life Sciences and Healthcare is working with to test the companys Robo-hematology solution, which was developed recently at the Deloitte University in Dallas, Texas.

"'s AI-based doctors provide answers to health questions using an AI-powered platform. Platforms like these open new possibilities for patients and medical organizations by providing more personalized, intelligent healthcare. We are excited to collaborate with and to be at the forefront of this technology, said Rajeev Ronanki, Principal of Life Sciences and Health Care at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The platform operates as a Software as a Service (SaaS), providing service to medical co...


Why corporate social responsibility fails to promote peace in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kylie McKennaKYLIE McKENNA | Dev Policy Blog | Extract

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SYDNEY - Papua New Guinea has long been a site of analysis for exploring the links between natural resources and conflict, having been used as an example in prominent studies of the natural resource curse and as a source of learning in international debates on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The forced closure of the Panguna mine in Bougainville in 1989 due to conflict was a major catalyst for the adoption of CSR in PNG.

Despite this 28-year history, company-community conflict remains a significant and ongoing challenge across the country.

A possible explanation is that CSR counterintuitively fosters discontent due to a predominant focus on the distribution of material benefits.

While there is no universal definition of CSR, it has become recognisable shorthand for the onus on business to consider the social and environmental impacts of their activities.

CSR generally manifests as corporate commitments in the form of socio-economic development projects, communitybusiness partnerships, social and environmental impact assessments, the adoption of discretionary codes of conduct, and can also incorporate formal agreements between states and communities.

Contemporary examples of CSR initiatives in PNG include: ExxonMobils half yearly environmental and social reports; Newcrests AUD$95.8m paid in community expenditure in 2015; and Barrick Golds use of the United Nations Protect, Respect and Remedy framework to guide its response to human rights abuse at the Porgera gold mine.

Over the past decade, the expectations of extractive companies have increasingly widened to encompass conflict prevention and peace building.

This stems from mounting evidence of a correlation between natural resources and armed conflict, such the United Nations estimate that at least 40% of intrastate conflicts globally over the past 60 years have been linked to natural resources.

This has resulted in increased dialogue between business leaders and policymakers on business for peace, as well as avenues to align CSR strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals.



Safe spaces and 'ze' badges: My bewildering year at New York University "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child in Glasgow, I learned that sticks and stones might break my bones but words didn't really hurt. I'm now at New York University studying journalism, where a different mantra seems to apply. Words, it turns out, might cause life-ruining emotional trauma. During my 'Welcome Week', for example, I was presented with a choice of badges indicating my preferred gender pronouns: 'he', 'she', 'they' or 'ze'? The student in front of me, an Australian, found this hilarious: 'Last time I checked, I was a girl.' Her joke was met with stony silence. Later I realised why: expressing bewilderment at the obsession with pronouns might count as a 'micro-aggression'. Next stop, 'transphobia'. It was soon obvious to my fellow students that I was not quite with the programme. In a class discussion early in my first semester, I made the mistake of mentioning that I believed in objective standards in art. Some art is great, some isn't, I said; not all artists are equally talented. This was deemed an undemocratic opinion and I was given a nickname: the cultural fascist. I've tried to take it affectionately.


[WATCH] N.J. State Troopers Arrested Her for Staying Silent, Now The State Will Pay 30K "IndyWatch Feed National"

TRENTON A woman arrested by two New Jersey state troopers for refusing to answer questions during a 2015 traffic stop will receive $30,000 under a settlement with the state,

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Babylonians, worlds oldest trigonometrists discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Ancient Babylonian tablet worlds first trig table

24 August 2017

UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the worlds oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, most likely used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces, temples and stepped pyramids.

Read more here.

Plimpton 322, the most famous of Old Babylonian tablets (1900-1600 BC), is the worlds oldest trigonometric table, possibly used by Babylonian scholars to calculate how to construct stepped pyramids, palaces and temples, according to a duo of researchers from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia: here.



Samsung under fire for partnership with forest-burning Korindo "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An online petition asking Samsung to drop its partnership with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate over concerns of rainforest destruction on the island of New Guinea has garnered over 73,000 signatures. Samsung recently announced a joint venture with Korindo, in the logistics sector. Meanwhile Korindos palm oil operation has come under fire for devastating pristine rainforest in Indonesias easternmost Tanah Papua region, pushing endemic animals like the tree kangaroo to the brink of extinction, infringing on the rights of local communities and contributing to the Southeast Asian haze, all of which was documented in a 2016 report by Mighty Earth, an NGO. Mighty set up the petition, and its CEO Glenn Hurowitz recently delivered it to Samsungs office in Seoul, ahead of the companys launch of its new Galaxy Note 8 phone. Korindos customers in many sectors have stopped doing business with it because of its deforestation, but Samsung continues to financially prop it up, Mighty said in a statement. While Samsung is not cooperating with Korindos plantations arm, it does have a direct stake in the oil palm sector via its joint venture with the Ganda Group, which is controversial for its stake in a company that bulldozed peoples homes in Sumatra in 2011 to make way for its plantation.   Banner image: A pile of wood is ready to be burned in land controlled by Korindo in Papua. Photo courtesy of Mighty Earth.


Trump and Tillerson: Bomb the Taliban to the negotiating table "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following the lengthy discussions in Camp David which I discussed in my previous article, US President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson published on Monday separate statements about the war in Afghanistan. The focus of attention, understandably enough, has been on President Trump's statement, though it is Secretary of State Tillerson's statement and his subsequent answers to the media which is actually more interesting. Firstly, there is a clear difference between Trump and Tillerson. Though after lengthy discussions a consensus has clearly been reached, there is no disguising the difference in their views both about the course of the war and about the role of the Taliban in a future Afghanistan.


Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, August 27, 2017 Upon this rock I will build my church. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 121

Reading 1  IS 22:19-23

Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon my servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakims shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

R. (8bc) Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to your name,
because of your kindness and your truth:
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
and the proud he knows from afar.
Your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.

Reading 2  ROM 11:33-36......


Black-footed tree rat rediscovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black-footed tree rat, by John Gould

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today:

Black-footed tree rat rediscovered in Kimberley after three-decade absence

The black-footed tree rat has been rediscovered in Western Australias north 30 years after it was last seen.

Parks and Wildlife staff on a monitoring expedition to the Bachsten Creek in the remote north-west Kimberley caught a glimpse of what appeared to be one of the native rats last year.

To confirm its existence, they installed a dozen remote cameras in the bushland over the wet season.

Parks and Wildlife Service ecologist Ben Corey said the cameras were collected after eight months in the field.

Many species, such as the endangered northern quoll and golden-backed tree rat, as well as sugar gliders and scaly-tailed possums were recorded, he said.

However, the biggest surprise was photographic evidence of the black-footed tree rat.

We were a bit unsure at first, we tried to explain it away and said no, it cant be, it cant be, its got to be this or its got to be that but the images speak for themselves which was really exciting.

It had not been seen in the Kimberley since 1987, despite considerable survey efforts during this period.



PERTH World Olympic Silver Medalist Bobridge Arrested For Drug Possession "IndyWatch Feed National"

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World Olympic Silver Medalist Bobridge Arrested For Drug Possession .

August 25, 2017 at 10:45PM .

He is set to appear at a Perth magistrates court to face the charges in September, ABC reports. In a highly successful career, Bobridge rode in four .


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PERTH Australian Olympic cyclist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian Olympic cyclist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences .

August 25, 2017 at 07:11PM .

Bobridge, who retired from cycling because of rheumatoid arthritis following last years Rio Olympic Games, appeared at Perth Magistrates court on .


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PERTH Cycling-Olympic silver medallist Bobridge arrested for drug dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cycling-Olympic silver medallist Bobridge arrested for drug dealing .

August 25, 2017 at 03:26PM .

Bobridge was bailed to appear at a Perth magistrates court to face the charges next month, ABC added. In a highly successful career, Bobridge rode in .


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PERTH Aussie Olympic Silver Medallist Charged With Drug Dealing In Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Aussie Olympic Silver Medallist Charged With Drug Dealing In Perth .

August 25, 2017 at 11:41AM .

Dual Olympic silver medalist and former world champion Jack Bobridge has appeared in Perth Magistrates court on several drug charges. Bobridge .


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How 'trauma bonding' leads people to stay in abusive relationships "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who have never been in an abusive relationship struggle to understand how people remain in one for so long. If somebody was mistreating you, "why did you stick around?" they ask. For survivors, this can be a really tough question to answer. The lucky ones escape, and stumble upon articles or books that give them the terms to be able to understand what happened to them, and thus describe their experience. Other times, though, this doesn't happen, and people might not even be aware they were in a relationship that could be classed as "abusive." This is because we are conditioned to believe abuse is always physical. On TV and in films, we see characters who are obviously evil. They are violent to their partners, shout at them aggressively, or even murder them in a fit of rage. While this does happen, it's not a true representation of the abuse many others experience. According to therapist Shannon Thomas, author of "Healing from Hidden Abuse," psychological abuse is insidious, and it occurs a over time like an IV drip of poison entering your veins.


Very big gap ahead of Brexit talks: EU official Londons lack of substance holding up progress "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


AFP/File / by Bryan McManus | Britain and Brussels are still a long way apart on key issues in Brexit talks, EU officials warn

BRUSSELS (AFP)  Britain and the EU are very far apart on the main issues just days ahead of crunch Brexit talks, EU officials said Friday, blaming Londons lack of substance for holding up progress.

The two sides are due to hold a third round of negotiations next week but the officials were unable to say if they would start on Monday, as widely expected, or Tuesday.

The EU insists there has to be sufficient progress in three key areas EU citizen rights, Northern Irelands border and the exit bill before considering Londons demand for talks on its future trade relationship with the bloc.

If you look where we are and where we need to be it is a very big gap. It is unlikely that we will make major steps to close this gap next week, one of the EU officials told a press briefing.

It is not the lack of time that is preventing us from advancing, so far it has been the lack of substance, added the official who asked not to be named.

The EU officials stressed repeatedly that the remaining 27 member states had agreed on the sequencing of the talks and despite London pressing to get the future relationship on the table, that was a no-go for the moment.

After the last round in July, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain it had to clarify its position on the initial separation issues if there was to be the sufficient progress required to turn to trade in October.

London has published several position papers in the past few weeks but the EU officials appeared not to be overly impressed.

Ireland not bargaining chip

On the future of Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic of Ireland, London suggested technological solutions could avoid it becoming a barrier to both trade and the peace process.

We see a lot of magical thinking about how an invisible border could work in the future, one of the officials said, urging London to really take on board just how big an impact Brexit will have on Irelands economy and society.

The official rejected British suggestions that agreeing a trade deal now would help resolve the issue and warned: We think that the peace process must not become a bargaining chip in these negotiations.



Publisher flags paper on same-sex parenting after neo-Nazi group cites it "IndyWatch Feed National"

A publisher has issued an expression of concern (EoC) about a study that claimed children with same-sex parents were at greater risk of depression and abuse, after posters using statistics from the paper to support a homophobic message appeared in Australia and the US. On Aug. 21, several news websites reported that these posters were []

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Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipas drinking water.

Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.

Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipas drinking water shouldnt be fluoridated.

After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.

Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks, said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director General of Health rather than a council.

The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.

Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.

Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.

Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was fundamentally flawed.

There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community, he said

Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.

Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.

Under DHB control, fluoridation wont be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before.

Titchener is disappointed with the council.

They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation.

The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.

*Original article online at


Rare buff-breasted sandpiper, brown booby in the Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 20 October 2014 video is about a buff-breasted sandpiper, attracting bird photographers, on the Maasvlakte in the Netherlands.

Today, 20 August 2017, a buff-breasted sandpiper is present in nature reserve De Zandkes on Texel island in the Netherlands. This North American species is rare in the Netherlands.

This video is called Unbelievably Tame Brown Booby Bird On Christmas Island [near Australia].

On 20 August 2017, a brown booby, a species which one would expect near Australia or in the Caribbean, was seen near Lopik in the Netherlands, and later in Germany. The first brown booby ever for both countries.



Versteht eigentlich jemand, wieso die FDP gerade die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Versteht eigentlich jemand, wieso die FDP gerade die Innenstdte mit Fotos tapeziert, auf denen ihr Spitzenkandidat so aussieht, als habe er keine Zeit fr Politik (oder seine potentiellen Whler), weil er gerade auf seinem Handy Candy Crush oder so spielt?

Was genau, haben die sich gedacht, ist da die Botschaft?


Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, August 26, 2017 Do not go to glean in anyone elses field. Blessed is the LORD who has not failed to provide for you. Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 424

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Reading 1 RU 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17

Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,
of the clan of her husband Elimelech.
Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,
Let me go and glean ears of grain in the field
of anyone who will allow me that favor.
Naomi said to her, Go, my daughter, and she went.
The field she entered to glean after the harvesters
happened to be the section belonging to Boaz
of the clan of Elimelech.

Boaz said to Ruth, Listen, my daughter!
Do not go to glean in anyone elses field;
you are not to leave here.
Stay here with my women servants.
Watch to see which field is to be harvested, and follow them;
I have commanded the young men to do you no harm.
When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the vessels
the young men have filled.
Casting herself prostrate upon the ground, Ruth said to him,
Why should I, a foreigner, be favored with your notice?
Boaz answered her:
I have had a complete account of what you have done
for your mother-in-law after your husbands death;
you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,
and have come to a people whom you did not know previously.

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Boaz took Ruth.
When they came together as man and wife,
the LORD enabled her to conceive and she bore a son.
Then the women said to Naomi,
Blessed is the LORD who has not failed
to provide you today with an heir!
May he become famous in Israel!
He will be your comfort and the su...


US Navy Gulfstream C-37B Bizjet and United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22B Ospreys Call into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As a US Marine pilot continues to fight for his life in a Brisbane hospital, details have emerged of the three other decorated Marines that were tragically killed when their MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed and sank in the sea during a training exercise in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area off the Central Queensland coast over the weekend.

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) divers now face the grisly task of recovering their bodies, believed to be trapped 50m down in the submerged wreckage.  It has been confirmed that the Navy's HMAS Melville had located the wreckage of the ill-fated Osprey.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 8 August, it is believed that high-ranking officers of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) touched down at Rockhampton Airport on board United States Navy (US Navy) Gulfstream C-37B bizjet wearing the serial number 166377.


Friday, 25 August


Australia's complicity in war crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Emily Howie, the director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre, believes Pine Gap's potential role in drone strikes may leave Australians open to prosecution. "The legal problem that's created by drone strikes is that there may very well be violations of the laws of armed conflict, or war crimes as it's called colloquially, and that Australia may be involved in those potential war crimes through the facility at Pine Gap," she says." "What we have here are credible and really serious allegations made against the personnel at Pine Gap that they could be involved in assisting international crimes war crimes and we have absolutely zero transparency around what's happened," she says."


Salamaua: The rising phoenix "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

This article first appeared in The National newspaper on Friday, Feb 17, 2017

My recent trip to beautiful and historical Salamaua, Morobe, the capital of New Guinea ahead of Lae and Rabaul before being destroyed by WWII,  brings back so many bittersweet memories.
Back in July 2003, I walked the trail from Salamaua to Wau with Morobe tourism officer Heni Dembis and two local boys Lionel Aigilo and Solomon Jawing, an event which put this icon of the Morobe gold rush days and WWII back on the tourism map.

The word-famous Salamaua Point, scene of some of the heaviest fighting of WWII, with the narrow isthmus in between.-All pictures by MILEN STILIYANOV

Our dream was to make the Black Cat popular again, to help put back Salamaua and Wau back on the map, and to help the local people make money.
The Black Cat makes the Kokoda Trail seem like a Sunday arvo stroll in the park.
This is because it is not an established trail like Kokoda, on which hundreds of trekkers regularly tread, but a forgotten course that passes through some of the toughest and most-hazardous terrain in the world.
Leech and snake -infested jungle, moss-covered rocks and fallen tree stumps, precarious cliff crossings, and potentially-dangerous river crossings make the Black...


French President Macron spent $40,000 AUD on make-up in first 3 months in office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emmanuel Macron spent 26,000 (24,000) on makeup during his first three months as president of France, it has emerged. In potentially damaging news for the 39-year old centrist leader, whose popularity is waning, Le Point reported that his personal makeup artist - referred to only as Natacha M - put...


Is AI Real or Is It All Hype? Convince Me. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've all seen the breathless stories about the latest sign of the coming Artificial Intelligence apocalypse, and we've all seen the fine print revealing those stories to be empty hype. So is there anything at all to the AI phenomenon, or is it all just another boogeyman designed to scare us into line? If you think you have the answer then marshal up the data and prove it to us one way or the other! I'm all ears.


Trump and Afghanistan: A Hidden Agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you not sad to see Bannon leave, you must answer yourself a question: Is there any reasonable people left on the team?

If you not sad to see Bannon leave, you must answer yourself a question: Is there any reasonable people left on the team?

On Monday 21 August 2017 US President Trump made his long awaited statement on future US policy in Afghanistan. There was considerable speculation beforehand that as to whether Trump might announce a US withdrawal. The basis for that speculation appeared to be various statements that Trump had made both before and during his candidacy for the presidency.

Even closer to the time of the speech there was further speculation that he would announce an increase of 4000 US troops. The basis for that speculation appeared to be leaks from unspecified sources.

In the event the speech was an anticlimax. Although Trump conceded that his views had changed, there was essentially no change to US policy. Any change would have been a surprise as there are long established continuities as to US foreign policy generally, and in this case to Afghanistan.

The only voice in the administration making a different case was Steve Bannon, and his departure the previous week confirmed not only that there would be no change in policy, but that the takeover of the administration by the generals was now complete. Trumps three closest advisers on national security matters, Kelly, McMaster and Mattis have never shown the least interest in a reduced American military footprint anywhere in the world, much less in Afghanistan.

The figure of 4000 extra troops, although not specified by Trump, nonetheless remains the favoured figure by most commentators. Quite why this number would make any significant difference has never been explained. It is significantly fewer troops than the more than 100,000 the Americans had at the height of their troop engagement, and that number was conspicuously unable to defeat the Taliban or even exercise effective control over more than a small percentage of the country.

Trumps statement and the mainstream commentaries that have followed have barely mentioned if at all the more than 100,000 mercenaries that are operating in Afghani...


Does anyone think SETKA wasn't threatening ABCC inspectors "IndyWatch Feed National"

We live in fantasy land - where Turnbull gets positive headlines for new laws that will never be enforced. It's not new laws we need, it's moral clarity, courage and determination. Turnbull is lacking on all counts. A fish rots from the head. Gillard set the process in train. Turnbull...


Today in OpenGov: Applied ethics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, we're thinking about how to boost flagging citizen confidence in public institutions. In the Pacific Standard, Hollie Russon-Gilman and Tiago Carneiro Peixoto explore the growing move towards participatory budgeting programs across the globe. The research shows that "when governments listen, citizens reward them both politically and financially" through increased electoral support and decreased tax delinquency. 

Read on for the rest of the day's open government news, including a trip to Durham to talk open data, the USDA's ethics app, the latest on the Trump administration's attempt to obtain data on anti-inauguration protesters, and more

states and cities

Noel Isama at Durham's Civic Spark Day.
  • Building a community with open data in Durham, NC. Sunlight's Noel Isama took a trip down to Durham, North Carolina for a conference bringing "together Durhams residents, local technologists, city and county staff to discuss how the citys open data can be used to meet the communitys needs. The event was the latest element of the citys work using open data to make Durham a great place to live, work and play." Read his report on the Sunlight Blog.
  • How to implement an open data policy? Jackie Snow looks to answer that question by digging into work from What Works Cities and Sunlight. She highlights our Open Data Policy Guidelines focusing on the big questions, including what data should be public, how to make the data public, and how to implement policy. (SmartCitiesDive)


5 Surprisingly Clean And Actually Funny Comedies Streaming Now On Netflix "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the end of a long day, theres nothing better than a good laugh. (Okay, there are better things, but the goal is to keep this rated PG.) Experts at the Mayo Clinic note many benefits of what they call humor therapy, including stimulating many organs, so maybe in any event laughter is good medicine.

The trouble comes in choosing a film both you and your significant other wont find repulsive or unexciting. With Hollywood producing an endless variety of crude comedies, stopping a Netflix movie youve started is more common even than having Wi-Fi issues (curse you, Comcast).

Yet as comedian and star of The Middle Patricia Heaton says in interviews: There is a way to be real and a way to do quality that people can appreciate without feeling offended. My wife and I have found, after some trial-and-error-and-restarting-and-wincing-and-choosing-another-flick, that smart, surprising comedies do still exist.

Because Netflix availability frequently changes, theres no guarantee these five films will be around long. Or you can always rent on iTunes later, if youre made of cash.

1. The Matchbreaker (2016, rated PG, 94 minutes)

In this indie comedy, an entrepreneur realizes his talent as a matchbreaker mothers hire him to randomly befriend their daughters, dish dirt, and keep their girls from choosing the wrong guy. Getting paid to be snarky: a millennial fantasy!

Produced for less than the cost of a Marvel trailer, The Matchbreaker infuses common rom-com tropes with humanity revealed in hilarity. Whyd you break up with her? a guy asks his male friend scared of commitment. Seven reasons actually, the protagonist answers in nerdy deadpan akin to The Big Bang Theory. Number one, she doesnt vote.

For those who know the backstory, the film is also bittersweet, as it co-stars the late Christina Grimmie, a singer and actress who rose to fame on The Voice and was tragically shot by a troubled fan at a June 2016 concert. Her family has said that, as a laugh-out-loud comedy, The Matchbreaker is how shed want to be remembered.

2. Turner & Hooch (1989, rated PG, 93 minutes)



Baseball bat attack by student at Australian National University A statistics lecture turned violent "IndyWatch Feed National"

A statistics lecture turned violent after a student started attacking others with a baseball bat. The lecturer and several students were seriously injured before the man was stopped.

Australian university attack

A student has been arrested after assaulting three fellow students and a lecturer in an unprovoked attack during a statistics lecture at the Australian National University in the capital Canberra.

According to the Australian Federal Police, shortly after the lecture began the man stood up in his seat armed with a baseball bat and approached the lecturer at the front of the room. Three students rushed to intervene and restrain him. He assaulted four people, including the lecturer, leaving them with serious injuries, including broken bones.

Police Detective Superintendent Ben Cartwright praised the incredible bravery on behalf of those students to protect the lecturer. During the assault, one student succeeded in taking the bat away from the attacker and running away with it, he said.

Max Claessens, an 18-year-old student whose friend was inside the classroom, said his friend told him that the attacker had waited until the class had settled in before he suddenly pulled out a baseball bat and began hurting people.

Australian university attackMax Claessens spoke with reporters

One of the students just randomly, out of the blue, got up with a bat, struck out at two or three students, before apparently going for the teacher. And obviously people were in a bit of shock so they ran out to get help before the guy who wasnt coming down and was going a bit crazy, to be honest was restrained, Claessens said.

Another student, Jolene Lavery, was walking past the room shortly after the attack. She described the situation, saying, There was a man on a stretcher who was being offered morphine, so obviously in a lot of pain, with a lot of blood coming from his head. And a lot of people in shock as well. A lot of people getting blankets put over them and being looked after by the staff and emergency services......


MACKAY Mackay mum launched attack on daughters classmate "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Mackay mum launched attack on daughters classmate

August 25, 2017 at 03:26PM ,

The Beaconsfield woman who weve chosen not to name to protect the identity of her daughter faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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Sicilian Diary "IndyWatch Feed National"

From time-to-time, I indulge in a bit of travel writing, although I havent done it for a while. This weeks Speccie features yours truly travel writing on Sicily, one of my favourite places in the world and a place where I once worked on an archeological dig.

Muslims will not blow anyone up here, the proprietor of my Siracusa local assures me, we have our own people who do that. Opting to take ones annual leave in Sicily is to be confronted by a reminder of southern Italys once terrible poverty and local corruption unused and fantastically expensive elevated roadways and tunnels leading nowhere, often sprouting vegetation, litter the landscape. The Mafia appears in the form of children selling cigarettes sans health warnings, pervasive fly-tipping, and not otherwise. Sicily is remarkably safe. The winding, twisting detours Sicilys roads take are remarkable in their own way, vaulting over Luigis Lemons, Giuseppes Goats, Pietras Pears and Everyones Olives. One suspects there have been many conversations of the I-dont-like-that-highway-there/Would-you-like-me-to-move-it? sort.

Read the whole thing.


Bill Shorten wants to "win" a survey of opinions? How do you do that? Go on Family Feud? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Shorten is a divisive clown. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is conducting a survey of Australians "as to their views" on changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. So where does "Lets go win this" fit into that Bill? Are some opinions winners and some losers? Great...


5,100+ lightning strikes an hour recorded at Northern Rivers, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was a refreshing and awesome display of lightning, thunder and rain that hit the coastal areas of the Northern Rivers last night. At the height of yesterday's storm when there was hail and the whole bit, recorded 5,100+ lightning strikes per hour. As the storm moved off the coast the numbers dropped to between 2,000-4,000 delivering a beautiful lightning display. Today will see a medium chance of showers most likely this morning and during the afternoon. Daytime temperaturs will be between 19 and 22 and winds will be southerly. For the weekend the winds will be from the south and temperatures will remind people Winter is back with overnights reaching only 6-10 degrees. On Sunday there will be a medium chance of showers in the evening.


Daily Telegraph editor Christopher Dore wins #GoldKenny award @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former The Courier Mail editor and current The Daily Telegraph editor Christopher Dore wins a Gold Kenny. The Daily Telegraph editor Christopher Dore has picked up the Mike Carlton inspired Gold Kenny award for this week with his suggestion that journalist Stan Grant was part of the Taliban. So come on down Chris Dore, Editor []

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Philippines: Marawi siege most serious terror event in Southeast Asia in past 15 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

The siege of Marawi City is the most significant terror event to have struck Southeast Asia in the past 15 years, according to an Australian expert. AP/Aaron Favila, File

MANILA, Philippines The siege of Marawi City which began in May is the most significant terrorist event in Southeast Asia in the last 15 years, according to an expert on the regions politics, highlighting the deficiency of the Philippine military and beginning what could be a long-term security threat to the Philippines and neighboring countries.

The clashes in Marawi, which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place Mindanao under military rule, has provided Islamist militants involved in the fighting stature among radical communities for successfully mounting the most prominent display of jihadist force of the so-called Islamic State fighters in the region, according to Greg Fealy of the Australian National University.

The battle for Marawi is the most significant terrorist event in Southeast Asia since the Bali bombings of 2002, which killed 202 people, he said, referring to the terror attack on the popular tourist island in Indonesia.

The fighting has also highlighted the weakness of the Armed Forces especially in engaging in urban combat, according Fealy. The Philippine military has been supported by American advisers as well as US and Australian intelligence operations, highlighting the assymetrical nature of the conflict, the expert said....


NZ - Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Lawrie Brent hasn't seen any evidence to convince him fluoride added to water is the answer to reducing toothe decay.Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipa's drinking water.
Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipa's drinking water shouldn't be fluoridated.
After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.
"Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks," said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director - General of Health rather than a council.
The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.
Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.
Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.
Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was "fundamentally flawed".
"There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community," he said
"Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.
"Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.
"Under DHB control, fluoridation won't be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before."
Titchener is disappointed with the council.

"They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation."
The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.


Molan on Trump on Afghanistan and "South Asia" (whatever that means) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is President Trump's speech in full. And here are Jim Molan's on the money thoughts first published at the Lowy Institute. Trumps Afghanistan speech: The beginning of coherence? | @Jim_Molan The Lowy Institute (@LowyInstitute) August 25, 2017 President Trump's long-awaited announcement on Afghanistan earlier this week...


The best Australian music festivals you dont need to leave the city for "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We love a camping festival as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want to soak up a bunch of music without having to pile all your gear into a car and drive to a paddock three hours away, and would rather a short train ride.

Besides, there are plenty of great music festivals going on right in our capital cities, and its easy to overlook them as you start thinking about your next trip to Splendour or Falls.

So, weve collected two of our favourite festivals from every capital city, sticking to a couple of ground rules: were only picking festivals in capital cities (or pretty close by), and weve also tried to stick to festivals that are unique to each city as much as we can (so no Laneway, Listen Out or Gizzfest).

That said, here are some festivals that are worth visiting a whole new city for.

Brisbane Festival Brisbane

Fireworks over Brisbane

This years Brisbane Festival is bringing a huge list of talent to the city from September 9 30, with a bunch of special gigs including, among many others:

  •  A headline performance from London Grammar hot on the heels of their new album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
  • Megan Washington giving a special performance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Angus & Julia Stone returning to the stage after a long break with their new album SNOW
  • Melbourne hard-rockers High Tension bringing their intense set to the rock-loving Brisbane
  • Australian icons Tex, Don, and Charlie (ie. Beasts Of Bourbon, The Cruel Sea and Cold Chisel) returning for a rare show

And the list goes on, with Ali Barter, The Preatures, Regurgitator, Thelma Plum, Ngaiire, and Ed Kuepper of Aussie legends The Saints playing a bunch of their hits with his new outfit The Aints weve got a list of ten gigs you need to check out right here.

As well as all the music, therell also be a stack of comedy, theatre and art performances flooding into the city, plus some incredible displays like the closing fireworks above, so head to the website to see everything thats happening in Brisbane next month.

Find out more about Brisbane Festival 2017 here

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Iodine, Thyroid and Low Body Temperature "IndyWatch Feed National"

The take home is that this is something you must do yourself.  Get a digital thermometer.  Check your temperature under the tongue. Add a drop of iodine to a glass of water.  Go from there as a daily practice.

One can become more rigorous, but that depends on you.  I will likely add a couple of drops to see if this cause convergence for me.  Yet a half degree is pretty modest but also meaningful and generally undesirable.  We want to close it up.

One also needs to take a supportive supplement with the higher dosage anyway and i have not hgone there yet..


Iodine, Thyroid and Low Body Temperature

Published on August 2, 2017

Who will benefit from taking iodine? Actually, the answer is just about everyone will benefit from more iodine. Did you know that over 30% of the US has thyroid problems and that is probably a huge underestimate considering how iodine deficient the population is in the United States and around the world.

Chronic fatigue, low body temperature, weight gain, dry skin a...


New Climate Study Throws A Wrench In The Global Warming Debate: Our New Technical Paper Will Likely Be Ignored "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mac Slavo
August 23rd, 2017

Its not surprising that so many people believe the idea that global warming is being caused almost entirely by human activity, given the fact that most scientists seem to believe the same thing. But scientists should probably ask themselves why there is still such a large cohort of deniers as they like to call them, who are adamant that anthropogenic climate change is a scam.
The reason why is that the scientific community has been caught many times tampering with climate data and making outlandish claims. The celebrities and politicians who promote this cause have also been caught on many occasions, living in palatial mansions, flying across the world in private jets, and generally just living lives of excess that produce so much more carbon than the average person. Given these facts, how could anyone take the global warming arguments seriously?
What also doesnt help t...


Australian Govt Building Artificial Reef, as Great Barrier Reef Dies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Great Barrier Reef off the northeastern coast of Australia is known as the worlds largest living organism, or largest structure containing living organisms. Mainstream science articles published an obituary for the reef in 2016, drawing some criticism for the fact that it isnt quite dead yet.

A March 2017 paper published in Nature claims that hundreds of miles of the reef had been bleached or died throughout 2016 alone due to high water temperatures. It seems as if there is much debate and controversy surrounding how bad the reefs condition is, and what is causing the condition.

In any case, the government of New South Wales, Australia has taken the opportunity to launch a project in Sydney to build a small artificial reef, to help native species thrive in Sydney Harbour.

Fish swim near Western Australias first artificial reef. (Photo: Department of Fisheries Western Australia and Recfishwest)

According to a statement on an Australian government website:

A modular artificial reef will be suspended alongside the Sydney Opera House as part of a new research project exploring ways to improve marine biodiversity and increase native species in Sydney Harbour, Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today.

The three-year research project, between the Sydney Opera House, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the University of Sydney, will start by recording baseline data on fish numbers and diversity in underwater areas around the Opera House and in other harbour sites later this year. Once this surveying is complete the new...


Medical Witch Hunt Kicks off in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Unfortunately, the medical culture of significant parts of the Western world, particularly including Australia and the US, is ruled instead by the Hypocritic Oath, which states: "First, ram whatever treatment/intervention Big Pharma is selling into the patient as hard and fast as possible (even if you wouldn't use it yourself), and if something goes wrong, deny all responsibility. Above all, no one, but NO ONE is to question vaccination, let alone dodge a single jab."

The article Medical Witch Hunt Kicks off in Australia appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


Video: Surviving on Centrelink payments "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Feed SBS VICELANDs handy guide to Newstart


How to survive on the Newstart Allowance

Struggling to get by on $40 a day? Here's The Feed SBS VICELAND's handy guide to Newstart.

Posted by SBS VICELAND on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Wholesale stock in the studio pictured as of today + new consignment stock out to Queensland Art Gallery store today "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We mostly send all stock to our hard working retailers and wholesale our gem stones to commission clients who visit the studio. Our intimate client list has grown after 40 years and so many repeat clients know where to call and visit again. We are keeping a small range (pictured above) here for online and studio visitors. Full size images can be found here:

Please click on the link above and scroll down to the following link (approximately 21 lines down) current stock in the studio August 2107.

Call mal E on 0431 464 470 or email me on for further details . . .


Call to put an end to discriminatory NT Intervention after ten years "IndyWatch Feed National"

A GROUP of eminent Australians is calling on the Federal Government to end discriminatory policies in the Northern Territory. Their statement says that 10 years of the NT Intervention is too long. Yolngu Elder Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be one of the speakers at an event at Melbourne  University Law School on Monday, August 28, along with former NT Australian of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, supporting a statement illustrating the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Indigenous people. The group is calling on all governments to listen carefully and negotiate respectfully on measures of genuine self-determination. Signatories include Bangarra Dance Theatres Stephen Page, Educator Professor Chris Sarra, and distinguished former jurists including Elizabeth Evatt, Alistair Nicholson, Frank Vincent and Ian Viner, former Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Fraser Government.


Australian Senator Wear Burqa to Demonstrate a Point "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Senator Pauline Hanson entered the Senate in a burqa. While others immediately condemn her for anti-Muslim stunts, what about womens rights? Did that die with the Sixties? Hanson has said that these people who wear burqas should go to a country that suits their needs. Should the West change its culture to accommodate those who marry off 12 year old-girls? Where is the line? If discrimination is bad, then we should have no rules and let everyone do as they please, walk naked down the street or have sex on the public beach when crowded. Drive drunk while their at it.

I have lived in Japan as well as London. In both cases I enjoyed the culture there even though they were starkly different. That was the nice thing about living there. You do not migrate to take your culture to a place and then demand everyone adapt to you. That is just not how things work. Not even all Muslims agree with this dress code. The majority of Muslim women do not wear burqas. They wear nothing or just a scarf to cover their hair. Those who  wear burqas disagree with everything in Western culture and they should remain in a country they believe in. if you disagree with the culture in San Francisco, move to New York. Just because you may find  gays offensive does not give you the right to change the culture in San Francisco you move! Thats life.

Where is the line drawn?


PERTH A different kind of pedalling: Two-time Olympic silver medal cyclist, 28, accused of selling hundreds "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A different kind of pedalling: Two-time Olympic silver medal cyclist, 28, accused of selling hundreds .

August 25, 2017 at 12:39AM .

Bobridge fronted Perths Magistrates Court Thursday over six charges, including five for possession and a sixth for the alleged sale of hundreds of .


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PERTH Former pro Jack Bobridge charged with drug dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former pro Jack Bobridge charged with drug dealing .

August 25, 2017 at 04:56AM .

the operation, with 61 people facing charges, police said. Bobridge later appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday to face six charges. .


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PERTH Olympic cycling medallist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Olympic cycling medallist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences .

August 25, 2017 at 10:56AM .

Bobridge, who retired from professional cycling owing to rheumatoid arthritis after last years Rio Olympics, appeared at Perth magistrates court on .


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PERTH Ex-world champion Jack Bobridge in court in Australia after police target his home in drugs bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-world champion Jack Bobridge in court in Australia after police target his home in drugs bust .

August 24, 2017 at 09:15PM .

After spending the night in custody, he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today where he was charged with six counts of selling or supplying .


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PERTH Jack Bobridge, Australian cycling champion, charged with drug dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jack Bobridge, Australian cycling champion, charged with drug dealing .

August 24, 2017 at 08:49PM .

Bobridge later appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday to face six charges. He was granted bail and is due to reappear in court next .


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Thank Folk Its Friday 25th August "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was US folk-rock band The Head and The Heart released their new video City of Angels. Details here Brisbane and Fremantle dates have just been added to C.W. Stonekings upcoming solo tour. Details here Fanny Lumsden released her new video Roll []


Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka Native Title Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The claim area is roughly bounded by the South Australian / Queensland / New South Wales borders, Haddon Corner and Tibooburra in New South Wales. It extends roughly 100km east of the S.A. border.

The Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka apical ancestors:

(i)    Annie (born at Cordillo Downs), mother of Archie Guttie;
(ii)   Clara Nirrpinni, mother of Frank Booth and Alice Miller (nee Booth);
(iii)  Cora the mother of Bob Parker and Nellie Parker;
(iv)   The parents of Flash Ted Bikehandle and Flash Tommy;
(v)    Kimi (born at Innamincka) and his wife;
(vi)   Maramundu Jack The Ripper Parker;
(vii)  Caroline (born at Cordillo Downs) the mother of Mary Stafford (nee Moore), Jack Moore, Charlie Moore, female twins (Winifred and Freida) and Albert Moore;
(viii) Brothers Walter Harris(on) and Dick Harrison;
(ix)   The parents of Lilly (whose married name is Parker) and her sister Kathlene (whose married name is George);
(x)    Annie and her husband, who are the parents of Coongie Maggie (born at Coongie Lakes in South Australia);
(xi)   The parents of the sibling set Billy Parker, Jessy Parker, Peter Petekin Parker, and Paddy Parker;
(xii)  The parents of sibling set Merty George and Merty Johnny and Merty Mick;
(xiii) Larriken Mick.

Appeared in the Koori Mail dated August 23, 2017


Culleton brings criminal charges against Brandis "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Federal Government and Opposition continue to fall apart driven by corruption scandals, citizenship disqualification and a judiciary acting as the arm of dishonest political parties.

Former One Nation WA senator Rod Culleton has borne the brunt of a corrupt and unaccountable judiciary marching to the orders of Liberal Attorney General George Brandis.

This time justice might catch up to the errant Brandis after he was served with a summons to face the Magistrates Court on a criminal conspiracy charge.

Attorney General George Brandis faces disqualification from two fronts. One is a criminal charge against him and two is an entitlement to German citizenship.

Culleton has charged the beleaguered Attorney General with conspiracy allegedly over his part in giving the senate false information to have the High Court disqualify Culleton over his bankruptcy which he says was an intentionally incorrect finding of a Federal Court judge.

Culleton launched the private prosecution after a meeting with the Chief Magistrate in Canberra.

Meanwhile the Director of Public Prosecutions is attempting to take over the case and shut it down, no doubt on orders from the accused Attorney General.

Culleton says the DPP is a publ...


Sign the global petition for an Internationally Supervised Vote in West Papua - Free West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sign the global petition for an Internationally Supervised Vote in West Papua - Free West Papua: This petition calls on the UN to appoint a Special Representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua; & put West Papua back on the Decolonisation Committee agenda by holding an internationally supervised vote. The petition is paramount in the struggle for independence for West Papua, as the vote will finally give West Papuans the opportunity to decide on their own future, a vote they were denied in 1969, and a vote that will finally put an end to the genocide.
@BackTheSwim & #LetWestPapuaVote


Before Dylan, Tagore: on the erasure of Indian literature "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few months ago, my neighbour asked me, Do you have beds in India? Last week, a white friend asked me, albeit jokingly and drunk, Did you have some spicy curry for dinner before you came? Do these two examples, among many, reveal a symptomatic Western perception of India as defined by its extremities poverty, spicy food, idolatry of cricket heroes? Is cultural India merely a frenzied collection of colours and Bollywood melodrama?


Navajo Beef Program Seeks to Expand Opportunities for Navajo Families "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published August 25, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE  Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) recently met with the Blair Labatt, the president of Labatt Food Service, a food distribution company based in the state of Texas which partners with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Bashas grocery stores to offer Navajo Beef to consumers in various locations in the southwest.

Navajo Beef is a brand that began in 2013 under Labatt Food Service, which strives to produce USDA Choice beef that comes from cattle that are raised in an area known as Padres Mesa Ranch, a 60,000 acre demonstration ranch in Newlands, located near Sanders. Labatt Food Service currently purchases approximately 400 cattle annually from 43 Navajo families who participate in the demonstration ranch program. In addition, families from the Eastern Navajo Agency participate in the Navajo Beef program as well.

The Padres Mesa demonstration ranch program is supported by the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation, which manages the range lands in the Newlands area by maintaining the fences and water wells for relocated families who are raising cattle.

Labatt said the program has grown since its inception to point that the company has decided to phase out a separate beef-producing program to focus more on the expansion of Navajo Beef in the southwest. According to information provide by Labatt Food Service, the program teaches Navajo ranchers the principles of herd management including vaccination care, cattle genetics, overgrazing prevention, and others.

Labatt has also met with the members of the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission to present a proposal to establish a Navajo Nation enterprise that would be delegated with the authority to manage the Padres Mesa Ranch and to expand the Navajo Beef market.

Speaker Bates stated that while the concept of growing cattle herds and providing economic opportunities for Navajo ranching families is positive, there would be many complex issues that would have to be addressed if the Nation is to assume the duties of supporting the program.

The cattle market is very complex and constantly changing and when you tie that in with this proposal to change management of the program, it becomes very challenging and raises a lot of questions that need to be answered, added Speake...



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.55 AUD


Send the Trade Minister a message: Don't revive the failed TPP "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 11 remaining countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are continuing to meet in an effort to revive this failed agreement. Their target date is at the APEC Leaders Meeting in Vietnam on November 11 this year.

Send a message to the Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo telling him not to revive the TPP!


Revealing the Real Face of White Australia: new project and transcribe-a-thon "IndyWatch Feed National"

This semester I am working with Tim Sherratts Exploring Digital Heritage class at the University of Canberra to undertake an important project on the White Australia Policy, using records from the National Archives of Australia and collaborating with the Museum of Australian Democracy. The project involves transcribing digitised files from series ST84/1 mostly Certificates


Federal Court rejects legal argument Adani Carmichael approval invalid "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Federal Court has today rejected legal arguments that Federal environmental approval of the mine was invalid.

On behalf of ACF, we argued the approval of the mine was contrary to obligations to consider the climate change impacts of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiverstiy Conservation Act 1999. Unfortunately, the Federal Court did not agree. (Read the full judgment).

Today is a disappointing day for people concerned about the Great Barrier Reef and the impacts of this mine, including the 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution that would result from the burning of its coal. But it is not the end.

Our legal staff here at EDO Qld were proud to represent the Australia Conservation Foundation in this case.

Public interest challenges like this, and the recent win for farmers against New Acland Coal, where people stand up to see the law is enforced are just so important to hold industry and government to account.

Dont forget it was the Adani Land Court case that exposed additional risks to the endangered Black-throated Finch and sacred Doongmabulla Springs and found the economic benefits Adani asserted in its EIS to be overstated.

Please make a donation to EDO Qld today so that we can continue to run these urgent climate change and Reef protection cases.

Thank you to the wonderful supporters of EDO Qld, to our barristers Mr Saul Holt QC, Mr Emrys Nekvapil and Dr Chris McGrath and to the Australia Conservation Foundation.


Victoria Police and courts have some weird priorities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Terminally-ill grandfather charged for taking items left for council collection Yahoo7 News / 4 hours ago SHARE Dying man charged with stealing from neighbour's rubbish CLOSE Dying man charged with stealing from neighbour's rubbish VIDEO A Mulgrave grandfather will spend his dying days fighting theft charges after he was allegedly...



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New: The Affordable Housing Party gets the population connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Affordable Housing Party: the single issue party dedicated to solving Australia's housing affordability crisis. Australians are now living with some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, but it doesn't have to be this way! Obscene tax incentives to invest in property. Our lawmakers profit from the status quo. We opened up our housing market to investors all over the world. Australia's rapid population growth. Home buyers are paying too much to try to compete with investors. This can't go on forever!" Former journalist, Andrew Potts, Sydney, registered the Affordable Housing Party (AHP) with the Australian Electoral Commission earlier this month. Policies include: Phasing out negative gearing and capital gains discount on investment property sales; Stopping overseas buyers from buying Australian properties; Taxing properties left empty by investors; Cutting down immigration to 70,000 annually; Banning full time Airbnb properties; Ending no fault evictions for rental properties. Facebook page is

The text below is taken from the Affordable Housing Party site at The new party was also reported in the Murdoch Press at this URL: On the Sustainable Australia Party site at it describes Andrew as " a former Australian Greens supporter and a former editor of the Sydney Star Observer weekly newspaper."

Australians are now living with some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, but it doesn't have to be this way!

In 1986 in the Inner West Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill you could buy a newly renovated three bedroom home with a big backyard for $150,000 and pay off the mortgage in under a decade

In 2017 to buy the same home would cost you $1.5 million and you will probably be paying off that mortgage for the rest of your life.

Wages in Australia didn't increase by 1000% in the three decades since 1986. So what happened to make Australia have some of the least affordable housing on the planet?



Former Inmates, Drug Addicts get Help for a New Start "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former marijuana addicts and former prison inmates in a village outside Mt Hagen city were recently given some assistance to start a new life.

The Kelua Drug and Crime Stoppers Association gave 26 of its members K1000 worth of materials each to help each one start a small business. Two received K2000 worth of trade store goods, nine were presented seedlings, fertilizers, pesticides and gardening tools worth K9000 and 15 received one box of chicks and seven bags of stock feed bags each to start poultry projects.
Association chairman Paul Kilt thanked local MP and Minister for State and Public Enterprises William Duma for giving K50,000 to the association early this year.
Kilt said that the association was formed nine years ago with the support of non-government organisations like the Melanesian Solidarity and the Catholic Church to minimise law and order issues in the area.

He said Kelua was known as Sin City.

Kilt said this had changed during the nine years when many, involved in criminal activities had quit their bad ways and were rehabilitated.

He said the associations activities had helped cut down on criminal activities and smoking of marijuana, and restored peace and harmony in the community.

We are now supporting the reformed drug addicts and criminals with K26,000 worth of materials.

He said that after six months the youths will repay K500 to the association to help other members .

Those who repay K500 by March next year would be eligible for bigger funding to expand their projects or business activities but those who failed to repay would not be considered for future assistance, Kilt said.

The patron of the association, Robert Mek, said he was satisfied with the work of association so far.

He said the once no-go zone for outsiders was now becoming a peaceful place.

The National Newspaper August 23, 2017

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Extra hands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

August 25, 2017

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill says the nine vice-ministers appointed yesterday will be given specific responsibilities apart from assisting their line ministers.

The nine vice-ministers are Jimi MP Wake Goi, Kagua-Erave MP Wesley Raminai, Kerowagi MP Bari Palma, Tambul-Nebilyer MP Win Daki, Ambunti-Dreikikir MP Johnson Wapunai, Komo-Margarima MP Manasseh Makiba, Lagaip-Porgera MP Tomait Kapili, Goroka MP Henry Ame and Anglimp-South Wahgi MP Joe Koim. Two more will be named later.

Their specific portfolios will be announced once the appointments are gazetted. But ONeill has already picked Raminai to assist him as vice-Minister for Sports and Apec.
Henganofi MP and former Police Minister Robert Atiyafa was appointed chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission.

The nine and Atiyafa were sworn in at Government House yesterday by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae witnessed by ONeill, Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel, senior ministers, friends and relatives.

Vice-ministers are very important in our structure of government, ONeill said.
They are going to assist the ministers, but more so, they will have specific responsibilities.

Unlike in the past, we are going to give each vice-minister a specific responsibility over an organisation, or over a government institution, which they will take charge of and manage.

This is an exciting opportunity for the vice-ministers in our Government, because it is certainly going to continue to enhance the work we are trying to do for our country, and the challenges we face. We will meet those challenges together as a team.

ONeill said Atiyafas responsibility as CLRC chairman was equivalent to a minister.
As you know, he was a former minister, and this is ministerial status work. I have specifically appointed him because of his experience. He has got huge experience in the provincial government system as former (East...


Police launch first water fleet for Apec "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


August 24, 2017

THE Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary yesterday launched its water police fleet in preparation for next years Apec meeting in Port Moresby.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki in an interview with The National said the inclusion of vessels for use by his water policemen was a huge step forward and he looked forward to improving in the remaining months leading up to the countrys biggest meeting.
Baki said the launching was the first for water police, which would be complemented with a workshop soon to enable police to carry out effective operations in open seas.
It is a very big step forward and what we need to do now is to get our police identified properly to undergo training so they can operate in the open seas effectively.
It is a challenge for us now to look and address security in and on the open seas before the start of the Apec meeting, Baki said.
For now we are happy with the progress so far and looking to do better each day in preparation for the countrys very important meeting next year.
Baki said the assistance to make Apec operations effective would increase to improve on areas that needed improvemen...


Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners express rejection "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession

Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases bought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government, was dismissed. The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court.

In May 2015, Adrian Burragubba, on behalf of W&J Representative Council, sought to uphold the decision of the W&J people in October 2014 to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani, the second time since 2012.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government.

We are proud of our efforts to hold Adani and the Queensland Government to account through the Courts. The Courts are the place we have to pursue justice for our people and we will exhaust all legal avenues in pursuit of our right to self-determination and our right to give or withhold consent.

Todays decision hangs on the technical limits of judicial review of the issuing of leases for the Carmichael mine, and not the embodiment of our rights. We will redouble our commitment to uphold the original decisions of our people which are to oppose this mine of mass destruction.

We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adanis fake ILUA. We have three times voted No to Adanis grubby deal.

Despite the entirely valid rejection of an ILUA by the W&J claim group in October 2014, Adani persisted. First by seeking a ruling from the NNTT to ignore our native title rights. Adani has actively worked to split our group. The ugliest display by Adani was to bankroll a sham meeting that they hold up as authorising an ILUA.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says, Adan...


Abel adamant NID projects expenditure was transparent "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



DEPUTY Prime Minister Charles Abel says he has nothing to hide regarding the use of the K250 million allocated to the National Identification (NID) project over the past five years.

He told The National this last night in response to queries raised on the NID project.
It included a statement from his successor as National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, who queried how the money had been spent, given that only 300,000 ID cards were issued before the start of the general election.
Abel said everything had been done correctly.

People say audit NID and all that. Go ahead. Do 25 audits and everything you want, he said.

Theres nothing to hide. Everything has been done correctly.
The only issue with NID is the difficulty of the registration exercise. Thats all. Theres nothing else wrong about NID. The basis of the system is all there.

Go into the NID office and see the big card-print network, computer system, the database backup server at Telikom Rumana.

Go around the country and see all the offices that we built. Look at the legislation we brought to Parliament.

Look at the nice birth certificates people are picking up now.
There are four million blank cards being purchased. They are at NID Haus waiting for the registration to come through.

These are cards that can hold various data driving license, banking, passport, etc.
Thats where the money is being spent. Theres actually nothing to hide. Its a matter of picking up and rolling the programme, improving it.



Police Women Part of APEC Operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Water Police has trained two policewomen to be part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit maritime security operations next year.

First Constable Michaelyne Dukur and Constable Mayble Mission are currently undergoing training and rehearsal along with their male counterparts.

These officers are being supervised by Australian Federal Police adviser Inspector Terence Deltion.

Inspector Deltion was the former commander of the Sydney Water Police during the 2017 APEC meeting Australia.

Through the engagement of experienced officers from the AFP, we are able to acquire first-hand skills and techniques, and that gives us an appreciation of what APEC maritime security operations will require, First Constable Dukur said.

The female officers have been attached with the water police for some years without specific maritime security training.

Through the APEC preparation training, they are now more confident of performing better in the field once dominated by their male colleagues.

The PNGC Water Police has already started routine patrols along the Motuan coast, including the proposed APEC house and cruise ship sites in Port Moresby.

They will continue to conduct training and rehearsals up until the APEC Leaders Summit in November next year.

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Feeding Your Plants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gardening is a bit like life really the more you know, the more you know you dont know. It can be so full of hits and misses, trials and errors, successes and failures When it comes to how to help your plants grow there are so many possibilities should I use compost, manures, worm castings, weed teas or commercial fertilisers and are solids better than liquids? Some gardeners swear by one or the other, but all possibly have their place at various times, so lets look at them all.

It is this ever-evolving and seemingly endless supply of information that can make gardening a hobby that seems daunting and overwhelming to the newbies and brown thumbs amongst us. Fear of asking stupid questions at garden centres or of our gardener friends can prevent us seeking out the information we need. And so many of us experience a string of failures in the patch before we have many successes. Some of the most commonly asked queries involve fertilising essentially the who, what, where, when and why of feeding our flora.

Why do Plants Need a Feed?

All living organisms need food in order to remain healthy and happy. Plants are no exception.  So generally speaking, over many thousands of years, plants evolved and adapted to the environments within which they were rooted.  If they were stuck in impoverished soils, then the plants that survived were those that made do with less.   Conversely, plants that grew in moist, loamy, nutrient rich soils (think Tasmania) gobbled up as many nutrients as they could, and now, when grown away from their natural environments, can need some serious feed!  And, unless the plant is growing in its natural environment, and all plant waste products (fallen leaves, dead branches etc) are being returned to the soil, they are essentially removing nutrients from the soil without replacing them. So thats where we come in, especially if we are attempting to grow hungry plants, like annuals and edibles.

So, where do we start? First, we need to understand the differences between fertilisers, soil amendments, soil conditioners, manures, mulches, compost or liquids. Fertilisers can be defined as substances containing nutrients essential for plant growth, and are generally available as either organic or inorganic (more on that shortly) and as either a solid or liquid.

Strictly speaking, soil conditioners are soil amendments that are added to soil to keep the soil itself in good shape, which in turn benefits our plants. They may or may not c...


Vice Ministers to take on additional responsibilities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Author: Freddy Mou


A total of nine MPs were sworn in yesterday afternoon as Vice Ministers and chairmen of statutory bodies.

Governor General Sir Bob Dadae officiated over proceedings for the vice Ministers, including Waka Goi, Wesley Raminai, Bari Palma, Win Daki, Johnson Wapunai, Manasseh Makiba, Tomait Kapili, Henry Ame and John Kuli.

Prime Minister, Peter ONeill who was at the Government House to witness the swearing-in said the vice ministers will be assisting the ministers, but will have specific responsibilities with a new determination.

He said unlike in the past, vice Ministers will be responsible over a Government organization which they will be in charge of.

This is an exciting opportunity for vice ministers in our government to meet the challenges that is before us.

Announcements into the new responsibilities will be made soon.
Meantime, Henganofi MP and former Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa, was been sworn-in as Chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission as well.

ONeill said Atiyafa has been specifically appointed to the position because of the experience he had in the law and justice sector.

Filed under: Agreement, Election, Governance,...


Banker Ronald Bernard, Baxter Dmitry and the Late Mr Fernandez "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan I was sent this article an hour ago: Ronald Bernard, Dutch Banker Who Exposed Illuminati, Found Dead. I post a screen-grab above, as I am sure it will soon disappear. Is this more Alternative fake news? Do you remember the Dutch banker who exposed the financial industry elite? Bernard shared explicit details, in []


PNG and Solomon up for Battle of the Wantok "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Loop PNG

Charles Kadamana

August 25, 2017 10.08am

Papua New Guinea Basketball reigning club champion KSS Southern Flames is promising to give a strong competition for all to enjoy when they meet Solomon Island National Mens team next week.

Basketball players and supporters in Honiara are anticipating the friendly match to be full of actions

Described as Battle of the Wantok both teams will play three matches and the winner will receive a trophy sponsored by KSS Southern Flames.

KSS Southern Flames are the three-time reigning champions of the PNG Mens Basketball League (PMBL 2014 /2015/2016) and have been invited by the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) to play against the mens national squad in their build up towards the up-coming FIBA Melanesia Cup in PNG, later in September.

Led by well-known sports promoter and owner of Hekari Soccer Club in PNG, John Kappi-Natto and his wife Vonnie, the KSS Southern Flames are basketballs equivalent of Capture the top soccer and rugby clubs managed by the couple in PNG. Since joining the PMBL, the semi-pro league in PNG in 2014, KSS Southern Flames have dominated the


competition, and are now looking to go a further fourth year running as champions.
Vonnie Natto, who is also the GM to the visiting KSS Southern Flames team, explained in a recent visit to Honiara that they are looking forward to the trip.

She thanked SIBF for the invitation and promised to make sure a good st...


Police Gets Support for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG Water police is able and prepared for the coming APEC event says the Commissioner of Police Garry Baki.

This follows AUD 3 million (Australian Dollars) worth of facilities and equipment was handed over today at the water police HQ at Konedobu in the Nations capital.

COP Baki said this presentation is part of strengthening and preparing the Water police for the coming APEC summit.

He says because this event will see global leaders enter the country there is a need for an increase in security alertness and preparedness.

The equipment includes two boats, six jet skiis, two buoys, two vehicles and a warehouse to house the equipment.

Baki aslo reiterated that the presentation only strengthens the ongoing relationship between the AFP Australian government and the RPNGC.

Present at the event was the commissioner, ACP operations Jim Andrews, ACP David Manning, representatives from the AFP and the Minister for Police Jelta Wong who officiated at the event.


Meantime, the commissioner pointed out that this boost in water policing will go a long way in addressing many of the issues that have been faced in the past, including water piracy and other crimes committed via sea.

LOOP PNG Imelda Wavik August 23, 2017 at 6.52 pm

Filed under: Information, International Tagged: APEC PNG 2018, Police, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Security ...


Green energy the way forward for PNG Power "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Power undermines government investment in coal mining and Mayur Resources plans

Salome Vincent | PNG Loop | 25 August, 2017

The focus going forward for PNG Power Limited is Green Energy.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Alex Oa said recently that PNG was one of the first countries to sign the Paris Agreement on reducing carbon emissions, and thus the organisation is putting emphasis on renewable energy.

Oa added that in response to Papua New Guineas efforts in Climate Change, PPLs focus is on solar and hydro biomass to reduce the amount of emission released into the atmosphere.

Fossil fuels are expensive and resorting to renewable energy is cost-saving, and in the long run prevents further repercussions to the atmosphere...


Tom Montalk: Opening the Flow "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: | by Tom Montalk

Have you ever been under distressing financial circumstances, expecting to fall into an abyss of poverty with the next emergency expense? How many times have you suffered the worst of your expectations? How many times did help come from unexpected places to get you through despite the worst of odds?

Our expectations come from what we have been programmed to expect. What actually happens depends on the laws of reality deciding the nature of our experiences. Those who pay attention will see that what actually happens is most often at odds with what is expected. Why do our plans and anticipations about the future rarely happen the way we envision them? Why are our programmed expectations so different from our actual experiences?

The answer is that many of these expectations are control mechanisms grafted onto us by the Matrix Control System. From birth we are indoctrinated through school, social programming, media and culture to believe in a backward system of limitations and motivations that have nothing to do with our true potential or reason for being here. We are taught what is taboo and what is respectable, what is possible and what is not, what goals to shoot for and what path to follow to achieve those goals. This indoctrination is so complete that most of us accept its precepts as common sense and tend to fight or disbelieve any suggestions that reality could be to the contrary, even if these suggestions come from our own life experiences.

Often we don't have the guts to push the envelope but are nonetheless thrust into these forbidden territories through seemingly unfortunate circumstances: financial disasters, emergencies, ultimatums, and unavoidable risks. And just when failure seems certain, the unexpected happens: money comes from an unexpected source, a needed opportunity arrives just in the nick of time, everything amazingly falls into place.

Most people encountering these last minute miracles pass them off as freak exceptions to the rule, nothing that can be relied upon as a common occurrence. But what these people do...


Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.


MAF Offers Flight Training in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) will again offer flight training for Papua New Guineans.

With a One Training Centre Two Campuses approach, the two training campuses are Mount Hagen, Western Highlands and Mareeba, Queensland, Australia.


MAF is planning two intakes each year, with the opportunity for up to four PNG students to begin training at each intake.

Within two years, the MAF Training Centre (TC) aims to produce professional and competent pilots with relevant licenses, ratings and approximately 240 hours flying experience.

With over 65 years of experience in providing essential flight services to many of the most isolated communities in PNG, MAFs training curriculum will provide a focus on safety and remote area operations as modelled by MAF.

With the two campuses integrated approach, students will get exposure to both the Australian and Papua New Guinean flying environments.

Each campus will work to a common curriculum, built on a competency-based training philosophy and compliant with the curriculum required by CASA PNG and CASA Australia.

Training will be delivered by experienced instructors with significant industry expertise and cross-cultural experience.

The Mareeba Campus will deliver the foundational training to student pilots covering Private Pilots licence, Night Flying rating and Instrument Flight rating.

Students will attend the Mount Hagen Campus to apply newly developed flight skills and knowledge in the PNG context, developing planning and navigation expertise, and the right attitude for safe remote operations.

This part of the course will cover cross-country navigation, operations on non-paved airstrips, and competencies required for Commercial Pilots licence training.

Flight costs are subject to change and could increase if student progress is slower than average.



Bin Stains "IndyWatch Feed National"

I hold my breath and open the green bin lid. The plastic handle is cold and sticky and this is the last thing I feel like doing after work. The inside smells rotten, even though its empty. Well, not entirely empty. Stray maggots linger along the rim and wriggle down the inner walls: hundreds of them, off-white and juvenile, somehow squirming without moving. Their presence doesnt make much sense. Maggots only eat meat and I havent had any meat in the house in weeks I guess they are shit at being vegetarians too.

I walk up the driveway, around the back and into the shed. I fetch the hose, which is wound up in one of those plastic reels with a rotating handle, and carry it to the tap in the front yard. I attach the orange hose-end to the tap nozzle with a click and pull the hose down the driveway.

I find maggots gross. Theres something dirty and evil about them, even though they arent much different to worms or snails. Snails are cute, maggots are infesting. Id rather a thousand beetles than a thousand cockroaches. Someone once told me that in New Zealand possums are a pest.

As I near the bin, the angle of the hose pulls strangely and it tips the reel over. I try pulling the hose further and the reel slides against the concrete for about a metre and then jams. I walk back up the driveway, turn the reel upright and then down towards the bin, but as soon as I pull the hose the plastic reel awkwardly spins around and falls over, breaching like a stubborn foetus.

On the third attempt, I start questioning why the fuck I am cleaning out my bin. Its one of those acts of civility that are so redundant they are almost insane. An image of a 60s Valium Mum with a cloth, scrubbing her way through her marble bench-top, with short, shallow circles, to the centre of the earth, comes to mind. Repetitive, worthless, cleanliness.

The bin will just fill up with rubbish and become dirty again. But I cant let it go; those maggots are so gross, so full of symbolism. If the bin were full of frogs, Id probably never put rubbish in it again. Id drag that bin up the two flights of stairs into my tiny apartment, lift it onto the kitchen table, cut a rectangle in its side (which Id wrap in cling film with holes stabbed in for air) and watch those little frogs ribbit around for hours.

But they are not frogs; they are maggots, and it is a big smelly bin. It is dirty and needs to be cleaned so that it can be dirty again. Like making a bed. Except beds are much more vital. You sleep in beds. Therefore, their condition is...


MEDIA RELEASE: Adani challenges fine for pollution breach next to the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed disbelief that the Adani company will challenge a $12,900 fine for breaching its pollution licence next to the Great Barrier Reef.

AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said it was inconceivable that Adani was challenging the paltry fine, given its own report found it had breached the licence.

Adani has admitted that it exceeded a temporary licence from the Queensland government to pollute the surrounding environment at Abbot Point coal port during Cyclone Debbie, Ms Zethoven said.

Adani released 806 mg/l when its temporary licence allowed it to pollute 100 mg/l.

The violation of the licence shows that Adani cannot be trusted to operate a coal port next to the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists have warned repeatedly that severe cyclones Category 3 and above are likely to become even more severe as a result of climate change.

If Adanis Carmichael mine and port development is allowed to proceed, we risk damaging coal pollution discharges into the Great Barrier Reef. This is the last thing the Reef needs.

The Adani company has a very poor environmental track record in India. It is already showing that it has a poor track record here, even before the Carmichael mine commences operations.

Its high time for our governments to recognise that Adanis mine, rail and port project should be rejected outright, and all approvals revoked.

The federal and Queensland governments should be putting the Reef and its 64,000 tourism jobs first.

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. Adanis project will only accelerate damage to the Reef, when we should be doing all we can to relieve pressure on our natural wonder by switching rapidly to 100% renewable energy, Ms Zethoven said.



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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe was allowed to leave SA despite being investigated for the assault of a South African woman.

FILE: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

Rahima Essop
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane could soon face questions from MPs over her decision to grant Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe immunity, but theres no date for the meeting yet.

Mugabe was allowed to leave the country despite being investigated for the assault of a South African woman at a Sandton hotel this month.

The debacle has sparked an uproar, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) calling for a parliamentary inquiry into governments failure to ensure Mugabe faces prosecution.

The portfolio committee responsible for oversight of Nkoana-Mashabanes department has agreed to call the minister to explain her actions.

The issue was also raised during Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosas question and answer session in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa was put on the spot when Inkatha Freedom Party parliamentarian Liezl van der Merwe asked him whether he supported the decision to grant Mugabe immunity.

And I think as a leader of government business you must provide us with some answers.

The deputy president was heckled by MPs in the opposition benches as he responded.

The clarity that there is on this matter is not full and complete. In the sense that yes in certain environments its applied, in others, its not. So, it happens to have been applied here.

Twenty-year-old Gabriella Engels claims Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and allegedly attacked Engels who was there that night.


Egyptian Pyramid near Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Walsh's Pyramid (pictured), located outside Cairns in north Queensland, is reportedly the site of a man made pyramid that was built by a group of Egyptians who visited Australia in 3000BC

Interesting report providing further support of the local traditional stories of long term interaction with the Egyptians.

Filed under: Culture Tagged: Australia, Culture, Kuranda


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe asked Cyril Ramaphosa whether he supported the decision to grant Grace Mugabe immunity

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

Rahima Essop
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been put on the spot in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon over government's decision to grant Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Ramaphosa was answering questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) about gender violence in the National Assembly when he was asked about the Mugabe debacle.

The first lady was allowed to leave the country while she was being investigated for the alleged assault of a South African woman in Johannesburg this month.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liezl van der Merwe asked Ramaphosa whether he supported the International Relations Ministers decision to grant Mugabe immunity.

I would like to know from you Honourable Deputy President, what type of government would stand on the side of an alleged abuser?

Ramaphosa struggled to defend governments position.

Its the first time we have utilised this type of convention and a lot can be said on pro and against it. And in the end, there needs to be the clarity that there is on this matter is not full and complete.

The 20-year-old Gabriella Engels claimed Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord in an incident that took place at a Sandton hotel.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and attacked Engels who was there that night.


Closed Friday 25 August "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jura will be closed on Friday 25th August due to illness. Sorry for any inconvenience.


King Gizzard reveal a killer first lineup for Gizzfest 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

For the last couple of years, Gizzfest has been building its rep as possibly the best festival in the country for guitar bands, pumping out some monster lineups helmed by none other than King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and this year looks to be the best one yet.

Despite promising four whole albums this year, King Gizzard have still found time to put the national touring fest together again this year, and have just dropped the lineup for their hometown gig in Melbourne, boasting names like ORB and The Murlocs on the lineup alongside international guests like Kikagaku Moyo from Japan and La Luz from Cali.

There are some great names all the way down the bill, from the indefinable rap talents of HTMLFlowers and Jaalas producer side project Jaala vs. Man, to great bands like Loose Tooth, Lazer Tits and Suss Cunts.

The Melbourne edition will be kicking off on Saturday December 2 at the Melbourne Showgrounds this year, moving on from the Coburg Velodrome that hosted the event last year, with stepped-up A/V production and 10 hut stages with curated lineups.

All in all, it sounds like a much bigger affair than last year, and we look forward to seeing whats in store for the Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Byron Bay legs as theyre announced in the coming weeks, all set to take place between November 18 and December 2.

Until then, well have their new jazz-influenced album Sketches of East Brunswick on rotation, and be hanging out for their fourth and final LP for 2017.

King Gizzards Sketches of East Brunswick collaborator Mild High Club performs at Gizzfest 2016

King Gizzards Gizzfest 2017 Melbourne lineup

Saturday, 2nd December
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne

Tickets on sale now

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
La Luz (USA)
The Murlocs (Aus)
ORB (Aus)
Leah Senior (Aus)
Parsnip (Aus)
Clever Austin
Jaala vs Man
Vulture St Tape Gang
Suss Cunts
Hi-Tech Emotions
Pleather Purrs
Loose Tooth
Lazer Tits
Stiff Richards
Closet Straights
Moon Lover
Vintage Crop
The Faculty
Planet Slayer
Bitch Dies...


Gamed Into The Matrix, Privacy & Australian Pyramid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join us for another mind melting show with the team from KBS. Kev opens up with a look at modern gaming & how it could be set to have a huge impact on our daily lives. The team discusses the 5g matrix that we are all soon to be a part of & get into


Who is standing up for the seabed in NZ? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paul Brooks | Wanganui Chronicle Editorial | 24 August, 2017

THE SEABED mining dispute in South Taranaki has many of us wondering exactly what constitutes the role of the Environmental Protection Authority and its large staff of former politicians, accountants and the odd person actually versed in environmental matters.

Its decision to allow seabed mining of ironsands in an ecologically sensitive area highlights its political as opposed to its environmental nature. Its title is an oxymoron.

It is also worth noting that the decision by the committee appointed by the EPA was split, two for approving the application and two against it, with the casting vote made by chairman Alick Shaw, a former politician and professional committee member.

To quote from the EPA website:

Mr Shaw is currently a member of the Housing New Zealand Board and the New Zealand Parole Board (until the end of September 2016). He completed two terms as a board member for the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mr Shaw has held numerous positions on a variety of govern...


Kylie, Crowe, Hemsworth back gay vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kylie Minogue and other celebrities are supporting a Yes vote for same-sex marriage in the upcoming postal vote. Photo Getty Images

Kylie Minogue and other celebrities are supporting a Yes vote for same-sex marriage in the upcoming postal vote. Photo Getty Images

London [PAA]

Kylie Minogue has joined Hollywood stars Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe in backing a vote to allow gay marriage in Australia.

The three celebrities have urged their countrymen and women to ensure they are signed up for the same-sex marriage postal survey which asks: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Minogue wrote on Twitter: Aussies! #loveislove & its for everyone. Today is the final day to make sure youre enrolled. Dont wait!

Hemsworth posted on Instagram: Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality.

Crowe tweeted: Hey Australia , I love you . Thanks for being you . Please send a clear message with your vote and your voice love is love.

Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin and Ellen DeGeneres were other famous faces who urged voters to register and back the call for marriage equality.

DeGeneres posted: Australia, I love you. Its time for marriage equality. Make sure youre enrolled to vote right now, while Fry called on people to support their LGBTIQ friends, family and community.

The result of the vote will be revealed on November 15.


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Dual citizen MP hearing due in October "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The dual citizenship debacle that has engulfed Australian politics will be back before the High Court in Canberra for a hearing in October.

Four senators and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce were referred to the court earlier this month after it was revealed they did not meet the sole citizenship requirement of section 44 of the constitution.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon and NSW Senator Fiona Nash will also be referred to the court over their British citizenship by descent when federal parliament next sits in September.

At a directions hearing held in Brisbane on Thursday, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel set the matter down for a three-day hearing in Canberra from October 10.

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts remains the most at risk of being disqualified from parliament as he may have officially renounced his British citizenship after his nomination, the court heard.

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC said there was a clear demarcation line between the politicians those who had known they were a citizen of a foreign power and those who did not.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, who has Italian heritage on his mothers side.

Like Senator Roberts, former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam were also born overseas.

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Pyne slams red herring marriage claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

The postal vote for gay marriage will take place in mid-September. file pic)

The postal vote for gay marriage will take place in mid-September. file pic)

A senior Liberal has warned opponents of gay marriage to stop making red herring arguments against change as enrolments for the postal vote closed.

Enrolments closed at midnight on Thursday with both sides of the debate from politicians to celebrities making a last ditch plea for people to get involved.

Survey papers are expected to start hitting mailboxes in mid-September.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne hit out at no campaigners who claim the survey is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

He said the only question was whether two members of the same sex could marry and any questions about protections for religious freedom would be dealt with by legislation if a majority of Australians voted in support of marriage equality.

It is a complete red herring, he told ABC TV.

So, lets keep it simple and try to not muddy the waters, as some people do, which is quite frankly a campaigning tactic.

It followed warnings by the Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart that future gay marriage laws could infringe rights of freedom of religion and conscience.

It could result in restrictions on the right of ministers of religion and religious bodies and organisations having the freedom to teach, preach and speak about marriage between persons of the same sex being contrary to their religious or conscientious beliefs, he wrote in an open letter.

Archbishop Hart urged Catholics to vote against change for the health and future of society.

But he insisted the debate needed to be respectful, with both sides expressing their ideas with conviction instead of creating a campaign of hate.

Mr Pyne said any colleagues who insisted on opposing gay marriage in parliament despite a yes vote would have to explain themselves to their electorates.

I certainly wouldnt be thumbing my nose at the will of the Australian people, he said.

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Final results of the 2017 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland, Victoria University and this years four judges Frank Moorhouse, Enza Gandalfo, Ian See and Rachael McGuirk are very pleased to announce the winners of the Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers.


MPs caution against burqa ban despite poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian MPs are against banning the burqa. (pic supplied)

Australian MPs are against banning the burqa. (pic supplied)

Senior MPs from both sides have cautioned against a push to ban the burqa despite a poll showing half of Australians would support the move.

A Sky News/ReachTEL found 44 per cent of people strongly supported banning the burqa in public places, while a further 13 per cent supported it.

Of the more than 2800 people surveyed, 19 per cent strongly opposed a ban, 12 per cent opposed, while the rest were undecided.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said his concern about the burqa was that it isolated women from society.

I think that is a dangerous thing, he told Nine Network on Friday.

Its nothing to do with it being Muslim or any other kind of religion for that matter.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese conceded to being uncomfortable when the burqa was worn in public.

I think people who arent from that culture are uncomfortable with it, he said.

But he also warned bans doesnt work.

Theres a whole range of behaviour from people that have different cultures, different ethnicities, different religions that people might not be comfortable with. But that doesnt mean you go about banning it.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who wore a burqa into the Senate last week, seized on the poll.

Perhaps while the government are conducting their plebiscite on same sex marriage, we include the question as to whether Australians want to ban all full face coverings in government buildings and public spaces, she told News Corp.

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Revenge porn now a crime in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

Revenve porn is now an offence in NSW. Photo

Revenve porn is now an offence in NSW. Photo

Revenge porn is now a crime in NSW, with offenders facing up to three years behind bars.

The state government announced the start of the new laws on Friday, which make it an offence to intentionally record or distribute an intimate image of a person without their consent.

Offenders who do so not only face jail time, but also risk an $11,000 fine.

The laws also make it an offence to threaten to distribute intimate images, to protect victims against controlling behaviour in abusive relationships.

The new laws shift the power away from vengeful ex-partners and manipulative predators and help victims regain privacy and dignity, Attorney General Mark Speakman said in a statement.

An offender who fails to take down material could face an extra two years in jail and a $5500 fine.

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Another of Mexico's high-profile journalists killed despite being in 'protection program' "IndyWatch Feed National"

His phone rang, but Mexican newspaper reporter Candido Rios Vazquez didn't answer. On the other end was his boss, editor Cecilio Perez Cortes, who wanted to know whether his star crime writer could cover a deadly shooting in a small town near Mexico's Gulf Coast. Rios, it turned out, wasn't answering because he was one of the victims. The 57-year-old, who was enrolled in a government program to protect journalists after years chronicling corruption in one of the deadliest countries for reporters, was one of three people killed in Tuesday's shooting in Veracruz state.


When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster "IndyWatch Feed National"

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.

Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.

Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.

If They Want to Conduct a Search

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

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Preventive potentials of piperlongumine and a Piper longum extract against stress responses and pain. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  J Tradit Complement Med. 2016 Oct ;6(4):413-423. Epub 2015 Dec 11. PMID: 27774429 Abstract Title:  Preventive potentials of piperlongumine and a Piper longum extract against stress responses and pain. Abstract:  AIM: To compare stress resistance increasing and analgesic activities of piperlongumine and a methanolic Piper longum fruit extract (PLE).METHODS: Efficacies of a single and repeated daily oral doses (1-256 mg/kg/day) of PLE, piperlongumine, and 50 mg/kg/day doxycycline against foot shock stress triggered alteration in body weights and core temperatures, and of their 11 daily doses on antidepressants like activity in tail suspension test and on pentobarbital induced sedation in male mice were compared. In another experiment, analgesic activities of single and repeated daily 5 mg/kg oral doses of piperlongumine and PLE in mice hot plate test and in acetic acid induced writing tests were compared with those of aspirin and doxycycline.RESULTS: After their single oral doses no effects of piperlongumine or PLE or doxycycline were observed in the footshock stress induced hyperthermia test or in hot plate test. However, significant effects of piperlongumine and PLE in both the tests were observed after their 5 or more daily doses. Both of them also dose dependently suppressed daily handling and repetitive testing triggered alterations in body weights and core temperatures. Their doxycycline like antidepressant activity in tail suspension test and aspirin like analgesic effects in acetic acid writhing test were observed after their 11 daily 5 mg/kg oral dose.CONCLUSION: Piperlongumine is another bioactive secondary metabolite of P. longum and other plants of piper species with stress response suppressing, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Its bactericidal activities can also contribute to its therapeutically interesting bio-activity profile.

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Video: Wangaratta council workers walking off the job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wangaratta council workers are taking strike action today, for the first time since the 1990s, in order to defend themselves against moves to set back their working conditions. There will be gather a BBQ and drinks at Ovens Street (1 to 3 pm) to show support for the  council workers.

Video from the Australian Services Union (ASU) Victoria/Tasmania branch


Stay strong Wangaratta!

Workers at Rural City of Wangaratta are forced to take industrial action to protect their conditions from going backward. Industrial relations laws in this country are broken. #changetherules

Posted by ASUVicTas on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Proof of $50 per Hour Soros Paid Protesters at the Phoenix Rally "IndyWatch Feed National"


paid protesters


I made the claim on my Youtube Channel that Soros was financing protesters at Trumps Phoenix rally that was held at the Phoenix Convention Center.


You are such a liar. Your fake news is ____  ___! You are such an ____  ____. You cannot prove that one protester in Phoenix was paid anything. Liar!  A___ ___!..

There is more but you get the idea. Here was my answer to the mentally ill liberals who continue to try and conceal the truth from the American public.




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When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster appeared first on It's Going Down.

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.


Download and Print PDF Here

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that th...


Low pay and unemployment benefits not enough for even frugal existence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

A study funded by the Australian Research Council, Catholic Social Services Australia and, United Voice and the Australian Council of Social Service, has come along with a better way to determine the level of income necessary to ensure everyone, a fully healthy life.

The study, carried out by Professor Peter Saunders and Megan Bedford of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, has just been launched and it contains budget standards for unemployed and low paid Australians, based on a basket of goods and services for different sized families at these income levels, without allowance for modest luxuries and wastage kept at a minimum. Only what is required for basic needs is considered.

The unemployed are not even considered as needing to own a car.

To achieve this level of income, a single adult would need to spend $600 a week. A couple with no children would need $830. Add a child of six and that rises to $970. Add a second child, of 10, and its up to $1170. A sole parent working part-time, with a child, would need to spend $830 a week.

Lets take a couple with two children. Their biggest expense would be rent, $460 a week for a three-bedroom unit in an outer suburb. Then $200 for food, $140 for transport, $140 for household goods and services, $80 for recreation (swimming lessons; bit of sport for the kids), $60 for education, $40 for personal care, $30 for clothing and footwear and $20 a week for out-of-pocket healthcare.

The budget standards for unemployed families are, perforce, a lot tighter.

Whereas the low-paid were assumed to shop at Woolworths and Kmart, unemployed people in the focus groups used to check the realism of the standards said they couldnt afford such stores and went to Aldi and discount stores. They chase specials and collect discount vouchers, make things last longer and waste nothing.

Even with this frugality, an unemployed single adult needs $430 a week. A couple without children needs $660, but that rises by $110 to $770 with one child, then by a further $170 to $940 with a second child. An unemployed sole parent with one child needs $680 a week.

According to the study, those on Newstart receive an income that is nowhere near the measure. This can be extended to those on other Centrelink benefits.

Singles who have jobs, but are on minimum wages, barely scrape past the miserly minimum living standard. Those with families fall below.

This study shows that a lot of Australians are not doing too well at present and his contradicts the notion of a fair go nation.

It also answers the claim made too often by politicians and the plainly ignorant that the unemployed are livi...


Best place to watch the mayweather vs mcgregor fight? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Im looking for a place with great atmosphere and good food, also with enough screens (or a big screen) that the action won't be blocked.

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Is PNGs inability to learn smothering our young democracy? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY - I consider myself fortunate. And it is not because I come from a wealthy family or enjoy the privileges of living in a developed nation.

In fact, I live in a developing country that happens to be one of the most corrupt in the world and where there is a general sense of disregard and disrespect for the rule of law.

Police are a law unto themselves. The national procurement system is a cash cow for corrupt politicians. Taxpayers money is wasted on unproductive official inquires that never see the light of day.

And we have a dysfunctional public service that is a hallmark of our nation's backwardness.

In saying all that, I acknowledge that we do have hard-working and honest public servants, law enforcers and politicians. But they are like specks in the sand. So few of them make any significant contribution to our nation's future.

I consider myself fortunate because, in spite of all of that, we do manage to get by each day without much catastrophe or mayhem.

Unlike in the past, there are few mass demonstrations. Nowadays there are more keyboard warriors making noise on social media sites rather than actual foot-soldiers rampaging through the streets. The same dissatisfaction and dissent is there but it is channelled through social media and tends to stop there.

The mass of our people are in the dark with not a clue of what is going on in their country.

When the few privileged and educated Papua New Guineans voice concerns over the government's handling of the economy or other issues of national importance, the policy makers simply brush them aside.

To them, the few dont represent the majority but, in a country where illiteracy is a huge problem, the few makes a great difference when it comes to keeping up the pressure to try to ensure that good governance prevails.

Our democracy may not be what outsiders would expect. In fact democracy in PNG has defied its principles and tenets. It has become accustomed to terms like kleptocracy, theocracy, autocracy and dictatorship being thrown around.

Take for instance the recent general election described by many Papua New Guineans as the worst in our history.

To this day two seats are still to be declared. The prime minister was elected despite five seats not being declared. The electio...


Usually when he comes for a visit, he stops by the front door first and gives one or two polite barks. If no one answers the front door, he will either try to go through the garage or go around through the backyard." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tommys family adopted him from a shelter when he was around a year old. Initially, the family had been looking for a girl dog and had set up meetings with a few potential matches. While they waited for those dogs to arrive from their foster homes, one of the staff members asked if the family would like to meet Tommy in the meantime. It was love at first sight for both the family and for Tommy. 

When it came time for him to go back out, he laid down on the floor trying his best not to leave us; she had to literally drag/slide him on his belly out of the room, Jenna Termolen, Tommys mom, told The Dodo. He had chosen his new family and was not willing to give us up. After meeting the other dogs, the boys all decided that he was the one. 

Credit: Jenna Termolen

For most of his life, Tommy lived with his family in Illinois, until 2015, when they moved to a neighborhood in upstate New York. Tommy had a lot of dog friends back in his old neighborhood, and seemed to be missing them after the move until he met Jackson. 

About a week after the family moved into their new home, Termolen was out running errands when she got a text from her youngest son saying that a very large, very shaggy dog with no tail had suddenly appeared inside their house. 

I immediately called him to see if everything was OK, Termolen said. He relayed that Tommy and the dog were getting along just fine; the dog seemed friendly, and Tommy was taking him on a tour of the house.

Credit: Jenna Termolen

After finally locating the dogs collar under all his fur, they discovered that his name was Jackson, and he lived right down the street. Termolen and her son walked Jackson home, and while his family was embarrassed that he had somehow found his way into someones home, they were not at all surprised that he was out and about trying to make fr...


Piperlongumine inhibits TGF--induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Jul 19. Epub 2017 Jul 19. PMID: 28734931 Abstract Title:  Piperlongumine inhibits TGF--induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition by modulating the expression of E-cadherin, Snail1, and Twist1. Abstract:  Cancer is a life-threatening disease, and the occurrence of metastasis, which increases the lethality of primary tumors, is increasing. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a biological process by which epithelial cells lose cell-cell adhesion properties and acquire mesenchymal properties, including motility and invasiveness. EMT is considered an early stage of metastasis; therefore, inhibiting EMT may be an effective anticancer therapy. In the present study, the antimetastatic effect of piperlongumine (PL) was assessed in human cancer cells. PL is a single component isolated from long pepper (Piper longum) and it has been studied for its antibacterial, antiangiogenic, and antidiabetic activities. Migration assays (wound healing assay) and transwell invasion assays showed that PL inhibited the migration and invasion of cancer cells. Western blotting and immunofluorescence imaging showed that TGF- upregulated the transcription factors Snail1 and Twist1 and downregulated E-cadherin, a marker of epithelial cells, inducing EMT. PL might inhibit TGF--induced EMT by downregulating Snail1 and Twist1 and upregulating E-cadherin in cancer cells. In summary, PL might inhibit TGF--induced EMT, suggesting that it is a promising anticancer agent.

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Could the roiling disaster of PNG stomach a womans touch? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG panel at Sunshine Coast writers festivalPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Im back in my quiet little corner of South Australia after spending a couple of weeks meandering through the hustle and bustle of Queenslands south-east coast.

There was a burst of unseasonal hot weather up there, so stepping off the plane in Adelaide on the way home was a bit like jumping into a freezer. But I think Ill survive.

In Queensland I attended the successful Papua New Guinean women writers event at Coolum Beach and learned a lot about the travails of being a woman in PNG, especially those women who produce ground-breaking anthologies of womens writing. (Some of those women are on stage with me in the accompanying photograph.)

To say that the anthology My Walk to Equality has been both a great success and a tremendous burden for the women involved is an understatement.

I can confidently and sadly assure people that crude, rude, nasty and jealous men (and some women) are in no danger of being in short supply in Papua New Guinea.

Learning the details of that sorry fact was a bit of a downside during my perambulations.

Dropping in here and there to catch up with old friends who had worked in PNG and continue to have contact with the place was equally dispiriting.

Among these people I detected a level of despondency about the situation in PNG that I havent encountered before.

There has always been a jocular view that Papua New Guinea is, well, just Papua New Guinea, and things dont work as well there as they do elsewhere.

At the same time it was expected that the Papua New Guinean people would somehow always muddle through.

Im not sure this is the case anymore people still believe in the muddle theory but the affectionate regard for PNG among Australians who are close to it seems to have been replaced by a feeling that things have tipped over the edge and plunged into a deep chasm.

The recent election, it appears, is the episod...


MACKAY Mount Pleasant woman arrested, accused of dealing meth "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Why Steve Jobs Didnt Let His Kids Use iPads (and Why You Shouldnt Either) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Parenting is facing its biggest challenge to date technology. Children used to go to their parents for everything from questions that needed answering, to comfort, to simple entertainment. Any parent (and even grandparent) can attest and relate to the apparent reality of iPhone Facetime versus real, eye-to-eye face time....


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Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step "IndyWatch Feed National"

Special report: India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?Coal in decline: an industry on life support Support our independent journalism and critical reporting on energy and the environment by giving a one-off or monthly contributionThe Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply [...]

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