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Thursday, 16 August

23:14

Writing for PNG Attitude a cornucopia of ideas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNGA
The first archived issue of PNG Attitude in the National Library of Australia from mid-September 2009

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - I like to write. I dont really know why. Sometimes its easier to write than talk. Perhaps its because I find writing is a way of mustering and sorting my ideas. Maybe its just a way of blowing off steam. Who knows?

Im nosey and Ive got a wide range of interests and I write about most of them. I published my first piece in 1970 and havent stopped since.

What continues to surprise me is that, despite the demise of many traditional outlets like magazines and journals, I can still find people willing to publish what I write.

These days I like to write books. Writing books, both fiction and non-fiction, is an amazingly leisurely way to explore ideas.

Lately, the emergence of print-on-demand has meant that if I cant find a publisher I can do it myself. Thats a wonderful freedom.

I dont get many readers in Australia but do reasonably well in the USA and Europe. I cant explain that either.

One of my principal interests is Papua New Guinea. This is because it has occupied a big chunk of my life. It helps a lot that it is a captivating place with a fascinating people.

Writing about Papua New Guinea is a little different to writing about my other interests. This is because it is essentially a two-way street. It is a two-way street mainly because of PNG Attitude.

PNG Attitude is more than just writing. Writing for PNG Attitude is actually like engaging in a conversation.

I dont know whether Keith intended it to be so or whether it simply evolved that way. I suspect it is a combination of both.

If you write for PNG Attitude you are liable to get extensive responses in the Comments section. Sometimes what you write will attract article-length rejoinders, themselves worthy of considered responses. Some topics can extend for days and weeks. Some even find reactions years later.

I can write an article and then engage in the comments process and end up w...

22:01

Clerical child abuse survivor speaks "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 August 2018 United States TV video says about itself:

Secret archives detailed priests child sex abuse and cover-ups, Pa. attorney general says

A scathing new grand jury report in Pennsylvania describes decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. At least 1,000 children were molested by more than 300 clergy, the panel found, which also claims a conspiracy of silence extended all the way to the Vatican. Judy Woodruff sits down with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Fr. Thomas Reese of Religion News Service.

THESE ARE THE VICTIMS OF THE PREDATOR PRIESTS A Pennsylvania grand jury has identified more than 300 alleged predator priests in six dioceses whose crimes for decades were locked away in secret church archives. Here are just some of the stories. [HuffPost]

Translated from Marlou van den Broek in the Netherlands today:

They abuse children, they abuse their power

Thousands of United States American children in Pennsylvania abused by 300 priests. All Chilean bishops offering their resignations because of abuse scandals. And the archbishop of Adelaide...

20:52

Why is the corporate media actively covering up radical Islamic terrorism and pretending it doesnt exist? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By 

As the sham of political correctness spirals out of control, the corrupt mainstream media is now deliberately covering up radical Islamic terrorism. Over the last several weeks, multiple terror attacks have been carried out across Western nations yet reports on these tragic incidents have been few and far between. Nations affected by recent but unreported acts of terrorism include Canada, Australia and Sweden and in the United States, the growing threat from Antifa, a radical left-wing organization, is also widely ignored.

Writing for The Organic Prepper, Daisy Luther reports that multiple acts of terror are happening around the world, but that concerns about political correctness seem to be keeping the legacy media from actively reporting on the truth. [M]ainstream media outlets in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. are reluctant to report the stories without a pro-immigration bias, quietly glossing over the common thread in the attacks. Extremists with ties to Northern Africa seem to be waging a war, but you wont hear this from the media or the respective governments, she contends.

In some instances, the mainstream media is simply referring to these incidents as gang violence.

Wave of terrorism strikes the Western world

On July 23, 2018, two people were killed and another 13 were injured in a Toronto restaurant shooting. CBS Newsreported that that officials had not ruled out terrorism as a motive, but that there was no indication it was a terrorist attack at the time. However, as Luther reports, it turns out that ISIS readily took credit for the attack, which was carried out by a man named Faisal Hussain. Hussains parents were Canadian citizens originally from Pakistan, though he himself was born in Canada. Hussain reportedly took his own life during a shootout with police.

A statement from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale d...

20:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Pass Through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Late on Tuesday 14 August, six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were spotted passing through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports while heading North to Townsville.


The Blackhawks flew up from the South with five of the six landing at Rockhampton Airport for fuel, while it is believed they all landed at Mackay Airport for additional fuel, before they all eventually continued to Townsville after the sun had gone down.

Three Blackhawks believed to be A25-211, A25-203 and A25-104 arrived first into Rocky then Mackay under the radio callsign "Phalanx", while the other three arrived singularly with A25-111 as "Kopis 75" and A25-101 as "Copis 74" popping into both Rocky and Mackay while A25-109 as "Kopis 76" headed straight for Mackay.




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20:21

If They are Dealing With Child Trafficking- How Is It Advocate Jenny Moore is Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like so many others- another advocate trying to investigate this child trafficking mess is dead.

Jenny Moore was an ex policewoman who was found dead in her hotel room. She had been investigating child trafficking.

Her YouTube station was under the name Task Force and her are a couple of her videos:

People are talking about these tens of thousands of indictments that are SUPPOSED to happen- but all that is really occurring is that they are picking off survivors and survivors advocates one by one.

Trump, Q anon ( who is either a person or a group fighting child trafficking but in my opinion is nothing more than a psych ops campaign)- these are reported to be mankinds savior however- if this was true, why are we, (and I say we because I am a survivor AND an advocate), being attacked and murdered to such a large degree?

The leaders on this front that are being publicly promoted are all pretty much new- and established long time vocal survivors are being ignored.

Put simply- they are doing what they have historically ALWAYS done and are doing their best to contain and dismiss this child trafficking mess in order to make it fade away into oblivion.

And they are murdering people to do it. All the while people are cheering for things that are leading them- and ESP their children- right into the abyss.

I believe mankind is better than this. Hopefully I am not wrong.

20:17

Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifers.

Note of 27 October 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

This article has had over 30,000 views.

 

This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first p...

19:52

Full Moon August 2018 Meaning Bewitched "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Full moon August 2018 astrology and spiritual meaning. The full moon this August falls on the 26th in the sign of Pisces 3.

The post Full Moon August 2018 Meaning Bewitched appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

18:02

High risk that Chinas timber from PNG is illegal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China, as the main destination for Papua New Guineas timber, could help tackle illegality in PNGs forestry sector with stricter enforcement, according to a new report from watchdog NGO Global Witness.

17:35

Australian Governments national facial recognition regime needs to be overhauled "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Governments proposed new facial recognition surveillance scheme is dangerously broad and creates serious risks of undermining the rights of ordinary people going about their daily lives, the Human Rights Law Centre will tell the Parliamentary intelligence and security committee tomorrow morning in Canberra.

New laws proposed by the Department of Home Affairs would create a massive database of photos of millions of ordinary Australians, including children, from passports, state and territory drivers licences and more. A wide range of government agencies, and even local councils and private companies would be allowed access for identity matching purposes.

Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre said the scheme was badly flawed and needed an overhaul.

This database will contain photos of the vast majority of Australians. Our Government is proposing letting not only police, but government departments, local councils, transport authorities and even private companies access the database. The safeguards around the scheme are woefully inadequate to protect against the risks of abuse, said Mr de Kretser.

The proposed threshold for access to the database is far too low. As currently drafted, the laws would allow government agencies to use the database to prevent or detect low level offences, even parking infringements.

The use of facial recognition technology must be targeted to serious criminal offences. There must be safeguards to protect people participating in protest activities. There must be better transparency around the reliability of the technology. The proposed legislation must be amended to insert safeguards into the laws themselves, rather than leaving the rules to be worked out later by the Home Affairs Department and its Minister.

Frankly, these proposed laws are a poor reflection on the state our democracy. They highlight the need for Parliament to step up and reject proposals like this. They highlight the need for stronger human rights protections for Australians in law through a Charter of Human Rights, said Mr de Kretser.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission is available here.

For interviews please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: Mirko Tobias Schfer

15:42

Criminal racketeering charges laid against the CFMMEU and its ACT secretary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wonder how long these will stick? Criminal cartel charges laid against CFMMEU and its ACT branch secretary 16 August 2018 Criminal charges have been laid against the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) and its ACT Divisional Branch Secretary, Jason OMara, in relation to alleged cartel conduct. The...

15:27

Thank you Richard Hawkins MG and Ian Reid MG for your gallantry in Vietnam. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Congratulations men on your gallantry and thank you for your service. on 15th December, 1970, Private Hawkins was the machine gunner of an ambush patrol in the vicinity of the Courtenay Rubber Estate, Phuoc Tuy Province. At 2100 hours the machine-gun group heard the movement of a group of approximately...

14:27

What Is Remote Viewing? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

What Is Remote Viewing And How Does It Work? Remote viewing or telesthesia. The term remote viewing was popularised by Stanford Research Insitute who conducted experiments and studies. And was later used by governments for over 20 years for the army Continued

The post What Is Remote Viewing? appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

14:17

Research pushes Egyptian mummification back 1500 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ancient Egyptians were chemically embalming corpses some 1500 years earlier than previously thought, stunning new research has revealed. Using a range of investigatory techniques including chemical analysis, shotgun metagenomics, textile analysis and radiocarbon dating, a team led by Egyptologist Jana Jones from Macquarie University in Australia made the finding by examining "mummy S. 293" - the oldest preserved body held in the collection of the Turin museum in Italy. Textile dating revealed that the mummy - acquired by the museum in 1901 from a dealer - had been interred around 3600 CE. The date places the event some 1000 years before the invention of writing and around 2500 years before the peak of Egyptian mummification practice, at the height of the pharaonic era. Mummy S.93 was originally buried lying on his left side, curled in a foetal position, possibly clothed in a full-body shroud, and lain beneath a thin covering of earth. It was originally thought that the body's preservation had occurred through "natural mummification", in which the desiccating effects of sand and wind had prevented complete decomposition. Detailed analysis of chemical residues present on the corpse itself, its funerary coverings, or the grave goods assumed to have been part of the original burial assemblage had never been conducted.

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD
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13:10

The nihilism of inner-Sydney architecture "IndyWatch Feed National"

People are protective of their space and often suspicious of outsiders. People are cramped together in auspicious looking high-rises, disturbingly typical and askew. Outside of my inner-west bubble, I often talk to friends who have lived in Ashfield for years, a suburb that completely transformed and reshaped within a matter of months.

12:54

Questions for Cairns locals who have been around since before the Kuranda Skyrail was built... "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I understand there was opposition to it for many years beforehand.

  • Was it significant percentage of the population, or a small but vocal group?
  • Did this group affect the development in any way (positive or negative)?
  • Did levels of opposition change much after it was opened?

Any other comments about the entire situation? There is a proposal planned near my city at the moment, and parallels are drawn to Kuranda all the time, so I"m interested to know what the locals think.

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12:34

Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 is one of the global "Solar + Energy Storage" series events presented by Leader Associates. Since 2015, we have held annual solar energy storage congress events around the world, and have moved into emerging markets such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Kenya, Brazil; and mature markets like China, Australia, and so on.

12:23

Greens candidate Tom Raue and his plans for sex with dead people "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is how this bloke thinks. Just resting in peace, ladies by Tom Raue March 6, 2013 I am an organ donor because when I die, I wont be using my body anymore. Doctors might as well cut into my flesh and pull out the useful bits. I would be...

10:48

FixedIt: He did not befriend her, he sexually abused her "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alleged feminist website Mamamia republished an AAP report about a man who sexually abused a homeless 11 year old girl under a headline claiming he befriendedher. The word befriended was in quote marks but there is no quote attributed in the article. It appears theyre quoting themselves.

Its staggering that anyone would have to point out that sexually abusing an 11 year old girl has nothing to do with friendship. He groomed her, took advantage of an extremely vulnerable child in a dangerous situation and committed sexual violence against her. This is why he was jailed. Befriending a vulnerable child is not a criminal act. Grooming and sexually abusing an 11 year old girl is both repellent and criminal.

This constant diminishing of mens sexual violence against women and children by the media is vile and incomprehensible.

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


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

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

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

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

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99
www.childwise.org.au

10:19

The open and shut case of regulatory capture of the OAIC "IndyWatch Feed National"

I recently published an article detailing repeated attempts by successive governments to de-anonymise the census- an effort that finally bore fruit in 2016 giving rise to the #CensusFail campaign.

These efforts are set against recurring grassroots campaigns which, until the last, were successful in preventing the census from being changed from a collection of anonymous statistics to being used for purposes beyond those authorised by the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (McLennan, B, Independent Australia).

My last article revealed that plans are well advanced to link together our personal information provided with the last census, to create what has been described as a cradle-to -grave movie of our lives for the benefit of industry and researchers (Colmar Brunton, 2014).

Never before has there been a more pressing need for a strong voice acting on our behalf on matters relating to our privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is charged that responsibility yet few people are aware of what the Liberal Government was doing to the OAIC at a time when significant plans were afoot involving the re-use our administrative data.

Just months after the Abbott Government came to power, it presided over what has been described as one of the most significant privacy breaches in Australias history: the publication of personal information about refugees seeking asylum...

09:41

Morobe Leaders Unite On Wafi-Golpu Project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

Several Morobean MPs including Governor Ginson Saonu have taken a united stand in calling for more Morobean presence in the Wafi-Golpu Mine Project.

This is first time ever for Morobe leaders to come together to show their concerns on the technical advisory and spinoff benefits from negotiations, construction phase, and the development of the Wafi-Golpu Project located between Bulolo district and Huon Gulf district.

The MPs Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Bulolo MP Sam Basil, Huon-Gulf MP Ross Seymour, Tewae-Siassi MP Dr Kobby Bomareo, Nawaeb MP Kennedy Wenge and Lae MP John Rosso.

The emerging Morobe position aims to address lessons from the Bougainville Copper Limited and the crisis it ignited, the Ok Tedi Mining environmental issues that fueled the exit of BHP Billiton, landowner issues affecting the PNG LNG Project and the Hidden Valley Mining Project including other mines that will all be captured in a memorandum of agreement.

They have called for disclosure of pertinent information and engagem...

09:23

Professional Pilot training creates oppportunities for Young Papua New Guineans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several students from various secondary schools in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have successfully been enrolled this year in pilot school overseas.

Roselyn Banrogo, Marketing Manager and PNG Representative for Professional Pilot Training (PPT) in New South Wales, Australia, stated that there were initially a total of nine pilot students who enrolled with the school five of which were from various secondary schools in Port Moresby (POM).

We usually have non-school leavers who apply for our pilot training school but this year, weve had two students from Port Moresby International School, two from Paradise International School, and one from Gerehu Secondary School, said Ms Banrogo.

These students are only proof of how successful the annual career exhibitions have been.
Ms Banrogo stated that PPT did not have a required Grade Point Average (GPA) for its students, however they only needed to be exceptional in Advanced Mathematics and Physics.

We dont look at the GPA but we look at how good they are in Maths A, Physics and especially English because that is the language that they will use when communicating in the cockpit.

Meanwhile, Ms Banrogo added that disabilities such as eyesight problems were not an issue for students who wished to undertake pilot training at PPT.

If students are short-sighted, they will be referred to an eye doctor; but prior to training, they will sit for electronic aptitude tests which will determine their aptitudes to fly, she said.

We actually have had some students who were short-sighted but it wasnt a problem, as long as they had their glasses on.

PPT has been operating for the past 12 years in Coffs Habour, New South Wales, Australia and is fully engaged with the Air Niugini Pilot Training

The school is open to both school leavers and non-school leavers below the ages of 35 to 40. ...read more on >> PNG Education News site

PNGFM /PNG Today

09:19

New partnership to help grow agriculture potential in PNG's Hela region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A public private partnership with the goal of developing a large scale commercial agricultural venture in the Hela Province was announced today.

The agricultural project partners include the PNG LNG Project, agribusiness firm Innovative Agro Industry, MRDC, Hela Provincial Government and Tari-Pori, Koroba-Kopiago and Komo Margarima local level governments.

The proposed venture led by Innovative Agro Industry will train and equip small-holder farmers to first produce stock feed and vegetables in Hela Province and, over time, endeavour to rejuvenate the local coffee industry. Innovative Agro Industry has successfully demonstrated its ability to design and implement self-sustaining commercial agricultural ventures l across Papua New Guinea.

The unique public private partnership has been formed through the efforts of ExxonMobil PNG, operator of PNG LNG, and Innovative Agro Industry over the last year to help create a sustainable pathway to commercially scale the agricultural industry in Hela province.


Innovative Agro Industry Chairman Ilan Weiss said creating opportunities for meaningful participation for rural Papua New Guineans is a key component of many of the projects the IAI has developed throughout Papua New Guinea. "We believe that this type of engagement is key to the success of any agriculture enterprise.

Smallholder engagement strengthens communities and generates cash incomes, triggering sustainable flow on effects in terms of food security, health, education, development of locally owned small businesses, and improved basic financial literacy. It has the ability to be a catalyst for rural development."
ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry said the PNG LNG Project was committed to driving economic growth and producing significant, lasting benefits. The agricultural project has the potential to positively impact as many as 5,000 small-holder farmers in Hela Province over the next five years and beyond as well as diversifying the economic base and encouraging the development of additional small enterprises in Hela province.

As a first step, and as a demonstration of their commitment to Hela Province and its people, the agricultural project supporters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly fund the detailed design phase at a cost of PGK10M. Over the course of the next few months, much work will be done to determine the full feasibility of the agricultural venture.

Activities to be undertaken in Phase 1 include a detailed field an...

09:17

The Sheriff Stopped By About the Dogs Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was given 10 days- and today was day 10.

My lawyer has tried to contact both the mayor and the city attorney- however he has been unsuccessful thus far.

This doesnt surprise me considering our mayor Jan Gaul would not let me talk about it at the city council meeting.

The complaint is anonymous and is a lie- which tells me the city of Earling is working on behalf of a pedophile protecting Satanist. Earlings claim to fame is that it was the last place in the US that had a Catholic sanctioned exorcism- but it seems our mayor is more than willing to help a devil lover- so

From what I have figured out- the city manager was the one breaking into my house and trying to set me up by giving me my neighbors water bill check. Seems some will do business with anyone for money. Including pedophile protecting Satanists.

They- as in the mayor, the city manager, and the city attorney- wants to keep all of this quiet, which is why I got the email from Jan Gaul under the official title as mayor

With all the threats- including death threats- I have recieved- and the fact someone has tried to poison my dogs twice while living in Earling- I realize the intention is to get rid of my dogs so that Mesner and his CIA group can come hurt me and claim I committed suicide- as they have done with so many others. Since this immediately followed my interview on Lift the Veil- they are obviously desperate to shut me up

What I fail to understand is why I could have faced legal jeapordy for having a photocopy of my neighbors water bill check when it was the city manager- who photocopied the check and gave it to me in the first place- faced NO consequences whatsoever.

But as you can see by the letter- the mayor, city manager, and the city attorney ALSO wants to hide this as well.

But one thing is for certain- Im going to fight this tooth and nail. Just as I have had to do for years now.

09:10

Alluvial Gold, Silver Production Up "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

The alluvial gold and silver production for the year 2017 achieved the second highest revenue figure of K356 million since the records were reviewed this year.

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke said this placed the alluvial sector in 5th place by revenue when compared to major mines operating within PNG.

This is evidence of both the status and potential for the alluvial sector within PNG.

Mr Tuke spoke to delegates during the 4th Alluvial Convention and Trade Show in Lae yesterday stressing that while it was unfortunate that the price of gold is ever reactive to world events, trade, and political influences such as the prospect of a full blown international trade war currently has dropped off its highs of the first six months of 2018.

Despite this, production in the alluvial sector was recorded as 93,080 ounces of gold and will be exceeded and revenue forecasts suggest revenue over K400 million in a calendar year.
...

09:10

MSMs Fake War, Part 4: The Medias Sins of Omission "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Nelson Rockefeller at the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans, (C) Larry Silverstein, and (R) Judge George OToole

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

So far our series has contained: Part 1, a reminder that the media still has not caught up with Oswald being a patsy (but whats 55 years among friends?), and a video of Udo Ulfkottes...

08:24

FixedIt: Sexual assault is not being a pest its being a criminal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sunraysia Daily reported that a man was jailed for more than two years for sexually assaulting a woman who offered to shelter him when he was homeless. According to the report, the man had previous convictions for sexually abusing children.

The headline labelled him a sex pest. Pests are annoying or irksome. Cane toads, rabbits and that guy who interrupts every time you speak are pests. A man who commits sexual assault is a criminal and his crime is not sex it is assault. His actions were criminal, dangerous, serious and have long term effects on his victims. Labelling him a pest diminishes his crimes and devalues the suffering of his victims.

Also, it might be true that he is an alcoholic but alcoholism does not cause sexual assault. It is an addiction that requires medical and/or psychological intervention, but its not criminal and its not relevant to a conviction for sexual violence.

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


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

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

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

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

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99
www.childwise.org.au

08:14

Papua New Guineas disappearing resource revenues "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Foreign owned mining companies are raping PNG in 2017 the government received just K400m from exports worth K25 billion.

 Glenn BanksMartyn Namorong | Devpolicy Blog | August 15, 2018

Government revenues from Papua New Guineas mining, oil and gas sector have essentially dried up. With the ongoing effects of the devastating earthquake in Hela province, the eruption of election-related violence in the Southern Highlands, a significant budget shortfall, and a foreign exchange crisis driving business confidence down, the resources of the government are severely stretched and the massively expensive APEC meeting looms in November.

In this context, the drop in government revenue from the resource sector is staggering, and accounts in significant part for the growing fiscal stress. Figure 1 shows the extent of the issue: in 2006-2008, according to BPNG figures, the government collected more than K2 billion annually from the sector by way of taxes and dividends, on mineral exports that had just topped K10 billion for the first time. In 2017, the figure is just K400 million on exports of K25 billion a revenue reduction of more than 80%...

06:48

Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its all part of a broad trend aimed at curtailing cash services.

In Australia, banks are reducing ATMs by about 8% a year. In the UK, ATMs or cashpoint machines, as theyre termed locally are disappearing at a rate of around 300 per month, leaving consumers in rural areas struggling to access cash, according to a new report by the consumers association, Which? The rate of closures has increased sixfold in the period from November 2017 to April this year from a steady pace of 50 per month since 2015.

Banks in Spain have closed around 40% of their branches over the past ten years, on the back of unprecedented industry consolidation and cost cutting. In Barcelona, there are now less than half the number of branches there were in 2008. But its in small towns and villages where the impact is being felt most keenly. According to new research, by 2016 as many as 4,114 municipalities the equivalent of 50.7% of all urban settlements had no bank branches at all.

Banks in Spain are are also shutting down many of their ATMs. In 2017, the biggest lenders withdrew over 1,100 cash machines around 3% of the national total. This is all happening at a time when banks in Spain are making it more and more difficult to access cash from the branches that remain open. Spains third largest lender, CaixaBank, last year launched a pilot project in Madrid aimed at limiting cash services in their branches to less than three hours a day, from 8:15 am to 11 am.

Its all part of a broad trend. Bank branches are increasingly becoming so-called customer advisory points, where the primary role of branch staff is to sell customers a myriad financial products, many of them costly and/or risky, while curtailing the cash services they offer customers

Continue reading the article

06:17

The NEG is a con that will deliver neither lower prices or cleaner energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

A lot of people are talking about the National energy Guarantee (NEG). As Malcolm Turnbull and his government pursue it, the opposition grows.

On the one hand, there are those on who share Tony Abbotts view of the world, and see even a minimal relaxation of the pro coal policy as a sellout. As we saw, this brought some dissention into the Liberal Party room.

Then there is the much bigger number who regard the NEG as a betrayal of the governments responsibility to act appropriately on the threat of global warming and turn to alternative clean energy.

As the debate This debate unfolded, an unprecedented heat wave in the northern hemisphere was actually killing people and a large part of Australia was suffering from drought again. Findings from the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO,  and other scientific bodies, makes it clear that more frequent and severe droughts, bushfires and floods are the consequence of rising global temperatures in australia are linked to a warming climate. Over the longer term, the southern half of our continent is drying up.

You would think that everyone would get the hint. But not so. Some have an amazing ability to not see what they dont want to see.

If truth is told, the NEG was hatched up as an intended publicity stunt, to win the government some much needed credibility.

Australia wants much more done to lower carbon emissions and a decisive shift to renewable energy. The idea is to make a show of working towards cleaner electricity. Never mind that the proposed target of a 26 percent reduction is not enough to even meet the governments existing Paris commitment, that it is based on continuing to boost rely on coal generation and investment on renewables is slashed. Few are being fooled by the pretence that the NEG is a genuine emissions reductions policy.

The other claim is that implementation of the NEC will lead to lower electricity prices. No, it wont, because the claim is made on the back of pretending that high prices are caused by supply problems.

Australias high energy prices are the result of the National Electricity Market, which is designed not only to privatise generation and distribution but allows the private providers to milk th...

06:00

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

Neville Johnson

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

Neville Johnson

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

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05:55

Loud boom reported by hundreds in Canberra, Australia remains a mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Did anyone hear that loud bang?" It's the post that inevitably sparks sarcasm and ridicule on social media, but on Sunday night, it was instead curiosity that dominated the conversation in Canberra community Facebook groups. Hundreds of people reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, described as "a huge echoing boom", somewhere around Holt about 9.03pm. Many said it shook their houses, while others described seeing an orange flash at the same time and shared images from their CCTV cameras. While there is no shortage of reports, there are so far no answers on what caused the mysterious bang.

05:48

Outrage: As if 'straight from Nazi handbook', Aussi MP vows 'final solution' to Muslim immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian MP has raised ire of fellow lawmakers after he called in his maiden speech to seek a "final solution" to Muslim immigration. The notorious term dates back to Nazi policy of the Holocaust. Senator Fraser Anning of the right-wing Katter's Australian Party (KAP) found himself in hot water over his inflammatory anti-Muslim maiden speech he delivered in the parliament. Claiming that Muslim Australians are unable to integrate, he said adherents of Islam "do not work and live on welfare," and bring the threat of terrorism. Fanning fears of Muslim immigrants "stealing jobs" and "sympathizing with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS]," Anning offered: "The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote. We don't need a plebiscite to cut immigration numbers; we just need a government that is willing to institute a sustainable population policy."

03:56

Pennsylvania, USA priests marked children they abused with crucifixes "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 15 August 2018 video says about itself:

Catholic Church covered up sexual abuse of children by Pennsylvania priests | DW English

A grand jury in the US state of Pennsylvania has published its report on the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. According to the report, the Catholic Church systematically covered up the rape and molestation of over 1,000 children over seventy years.

For more on this topic, go here: US grand jury: Predator priests in Pennsylvania had church protection.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Pennsylvania priests recognized abused children by their cross-chain necklaces

Yesterday it became known that in the United States state of Pennsylvania, at least a thousand children were abused by hundreds of priests. This happened for decades, because the [Roman Catholic] church covered up sophisticatedly. Priests were protected by the top levels in the Catholic church.

This is evidenced by research into criminal behavior in Pennsylvania state. The report of the investigation committee contains terrible examples of structural abuse. ...

03:43

Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons: Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radioactive Sheep Israel(MEMO)  A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince []

03:00

Restricting global warming to 1.5C would halve risk of marine heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.

Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of the resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.

However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures.

Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.

In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.

The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.

The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:

If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...

02:58

'Vela incident': Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test 39 years ago "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years ago was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a 'double flash' near the Marion and Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Ever since, there has been speculation that it was actually a nuclear weapon test carried out by Israel. According to the memoirs of then-US President Jimmy Carter, this was also the assumption of American generals who briefed him on the incident. The official position of the Israeli state is to neither confirm nor deny having a homegrown military nuclear program. Now a new paper, published in the Science & Global Security journal, says radioactive isotope iodine-131 had been discovered in the thyroids of Australian sheep in the month following the so-called 'Vela incident.'

02:29

Work with us or die! Facebook threatens Australian press saying: 'Work with us or end up in a hospice' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help FACEBOOK has been accused of threatening media firms into working with them by saying their businesses would end up "in a hospice" if they didn't. Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help, and that Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care" about publishers. According to The Australian, as part of a four-hour closed-door meeting with Ms Brown, the top exec for the social media giant said: "We will help you revitalise journalism ... in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding your hands with your dying business like in a hospice." Five sources present at the meeting confirmed the comments.

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01:24

PERTH Two men face court for a string of charges after Greenfields pursuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men face court for a string of charges after Greenfields pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 11:07AM .

The Halls Head man is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges of: Two counts of fail to stop in circumstances

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/5586962/two-men-face-court-for-a-string-of-charges-after-greenfields-pursuit/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNErdoDVpyWdpHeD82z0lngpTQ3ktg

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

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PERTH Pair charged after WA police cars rammed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pair charged after WA police cars rammed .

August 15, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 28-year-old Halls Head man will front Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with 11 offences including assaulting police,

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-6061507/Pair-charged-WA-police-cars-rammed.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFBenXUyCjIJjHU5jjVCgeugN3gjA

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

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PERTH Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 08:26AM .

The Halls Head resident is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. A 27-year-old man from Coodanup has been summonsed on the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/two-men-charged-over-mandurah-pursuit/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHybbT8xvaeDVFhyirfWmTRngGMUw

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

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01:22

The plague is spreading! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who will be the next prime minister of Australia? Fraser Anning or Bob Katter? Anning made an open call to Australian racists, and as we Americans can tell you, thats politically potent.

Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katters Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.

Political opponents denounced his speech as disgraceful. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.

Final solution was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

In his speech, Mr Anning said the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote.

On Wednesday, lawmakers across the political divide moved to pass parliamentary motions censuring Mr Anning for his racist hate speech, noting in particular his use of the phrase final solution, and his false, misleading and hurtful statements about Muslim Australians and other immigrant groups.

The Australians, Im sure, are torn between indignation and amusement that these two flaming nutters and their party have even a remote chance of taking over the government, but we were laughing at Trump ten years ago, too.

The disease is spreading. I know the racism has been there all along, but the plague in this case is that so many awful people now feel emboldened to preach it openly.

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23:44

Report: Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed National"

A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law.

The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince Edward Islands, located in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa. At the time, a double flash of light was recorded by an American satellite named Vela 6911, a sign thought to indicate that a nuclear test had taken place. Theories have speculated since that the flash could have been caused by natural phenomena, for example by a meteor shower, but the journals new study claims to have proof that this was not the case.

The new research, led by Christopher Wright of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Lars Erik de Geer, a former member of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, claims that a few weeks after the mysterious flash, traces of radioactive Iodine (I-131) had been discovered in several dead sheep in Australia. Samples from the sheeps thyroid glands were then sent for tests in the United States, but the tests results were never made public, Ynet reports.

It is thought that due to stormy weather at the time the double flash was recorded, the fallout from the alleged nuclear test was scattered throughout parts of Australia. The study believes the sheep in question may have eaten some grass in the affected area, causing them to become radioactive. If the journals theory is correct, this marks the most concrete evidence to date that Israel conducted illegal nuclear testing during the height of the Cold War. That this was done in cooperation with South Africa, at that time ruled by an Apartheid regime, will likely raise further eyebrows.

Israel has long sought to conceal its alleged nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying its possession of nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognised by the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. The other three are India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israels forays into the nuclear arena came under the spotlight in July when an expos by the Wall Street Journal(WSJ)...

23:24

Thanks Buzzfeed for this list of Senator Fraser Anning's huggers/kissers/etc "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's a list of the politicians who shook hands / hugged / kissed Fraser Anning after his speech calling for an end to Muslim immigration. Minister Mathias Cormann Minister Bridget McKenzie Minister Nigel Scullion Minister Conchetta Fierravanti-Wells Minister Matt Canavan Assistant minister James McGrath Assistant minister Anne Ruston Steve Martin...

23:22

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818 MANU CALLS FOR COMMITMENT BY FAITHFULS
New Dawn FM News

The Catholic people of Hahela Parish have been challenged not to play double standards with their lives.
Hahela Parish Priest FR. WESLEY MANU said that the life of the faithful must be the same in church and outside.
He said if inside the church is different and outside the church is different then there is corruption there.
FR. MANU said that corruption in all levels of the communities must be stopped and people must be following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church.
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23:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818PUNGHAU ON DATE FOR REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News

The Minister for the Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU says that the date of the Referendum cannot be finalized unless two things are done according to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the two important issues are the weapons disposal and the second autonomy review that the United Nations will carry out soon.
MR. PUNGHAU said that these two issues will now set the stage for the two governments to set the date for the actual referendum.
He said when that is not yet done, all preparation work is based on the target date of June 15th, 2019.

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23:15

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818SPECIAL JSB SET FOR AUGUST 24
New Dawn FM News

The Special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting(JSB) which was called by Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL at the Arawa JSB will now be held in Buka on August 24th,2018.
This was announced by the ABG Minister for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU at a press conference in Buka today.
MR. PUNGHAU who just returned with a team of ABG Ministers who went with the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO to meet with their PNG Counterpart Ministers ahead of the Special JSB.
Minister Punghau said that his team has for the first time made good progress when talking directly with the Deputy Prime Minister and setting agendas that the Special JSB will address.
He said in the past the Joint technical team were setting the stage for the Prime Minister and the Ministers to just say yes or no during the JSB.
MR. PUNGHAU said that the JSB was set up during the initial negotiations as an avenue for the leaders of both governments to meet and iron out issues that was encountered during the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the Special JSB will address the Questions or question to be put in the referendum ballot.

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22:52

Reference to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program found in a 2018 issue of the US 'Congressional Record.' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

In a blog post dated 28 June 2018, titled 'New US congressional hearings on UFOs?' I brought together several pieces of information which suggested that at least one US Congressional Committee (and maybe more than one) was looking at conducting hearings on the topic of UFOs, stimulated by the news about the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program/Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AAWSAP/AATIP.)

In that blog post, I suggested three possibilities for which committees might be involved:

1. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

2. The House of Representatives Science, Space and technology Committee.

3. The Senate Armed Services Committee.

New research

Recently a group of collaborating researchers, composed of Roger Glassel from Sweden; Curt Collins from the USA; Paul Dean from Melbourne, Australia, and myself from Adelaide, South Australia, have been following up on this subject area. The group has found a very interesting item, in the US 'Congressional Record.' 

The 'Congressional Record' is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Publishing Office.

Volume 164, Number 56, dated Monday, April 9, 2018 of the 'Congressional Record'  page H3062 included the following text:

'4381. A letter from the Chief, Congressional Relations Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, transmitting a list of all products produced under the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency to publish; to the Committee on Armed Services.'

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22:30

Surprising Discoveries About Real-Life Star Wars Midchlorians Previously Not Found in Nature "IndyWatch Feed National"

By The Daily Galaxy

Just as cars need fossil fuels to power their engines, the living cells that make up our bodies use food as a fuel source. To harness the energy in food every cell in our bodies contains microscopic biological machines, known as mitochondria, which convert food molecules into energy.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have made a fundamental discovery about of the atomic structure and function of the biological factories in cells that make energy, providing a new means to target the machines within factories for drug treatments.

The research, published today in Nature, was led by Professor Nenad Ban from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, in collaboration with researchers from UWAs School of Molecular Sciences and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research: Associate Professor Aleksandra Filipovska, Head of Mitochondrial Medicine and Biology, Associate Professor Oliver Rackham, Head of Synthetic Biology and Drug Discovery and their Ph.D. student Richard Lee.

Professor Filipovska said mitochondria were microscopic, energy-producing factories found in all eukaryotic cells, or cells containing a nucleus enclosed within membranes, representing all forms of life that are visible without a microscope.

Mitochondria contain a set of genes that are used to make key protein building blocks that enable mitochondria to produce energy, she said. These proteins are essential for energy production however little is known about how they are made. The recent discovery of the atomic structure of the machine that makes these proteins (the mitochondrial ribosome) has revealed how they are made.

Surprisingly, this machine blocks itself from making the proteins until it is precisely located where these proteins are required within mitochondria. This is highly unusual and previously not found in nature.

Professor Filipovska said as well as providing a new means to target this molecular machine for drug treatments, the discovery also demonstrated the power of cutting-edge technology to reveal how living systems had evolved to function under different energy requirements.

Defects in mitochondrial function underlie many common diseases such as neurodegenerative, metabolic and heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and ageing, she said. Therefore molecular discoveries provide the much-needed knowledge that enables us to make the leap to disease treatments and drug discoveries.

The next step was to delve deeper into the role of the mitochondrial...

19:56

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-001 Calls into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Thursday 9 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted arriving into Longreach Airport as "Wisdom 5" direct from Melbourne (Tullamarine).  It had earlier flown down from Canberra and is believed to have brought the Federal Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten to town.

File photo

A37-001 was later noted departing Longreach Airport for the East and is believed to have landed at Barcaldine Airport where it will possibly spend the night.  Media reports suggest that Mr Shorten will continue and visit Emerald on Friday 10 August.

UPDATE!  On Friday 10 August, A37-001 "Wisdom 5" was heard to depart Barcaldine Airport for Emerald Airport before it later departed back to Tullamarine.

Meanwhile, also at Longreach Airport but late on Tuesday 7 August, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-651 "Beaufort 07" arrived from Canberra and RAAF Base East Sale.  It later departed to RAAF Base Richmond.

Finally, a couple of light General Aviation (GA) visitors into Longreach Airport over the last few days has included Moree-based Cessna 206 VH-ZEU which arrived from Charleville also on Thursday 9 August.  While Australasian Jet Piper PA-31-325 VH-ZMJ called into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 8 August for fuel while flying from Cairns to Bourke in New South Wales.

And over the weekend on Saturday 4 August, FlightTech Air Logistics / Townsville Airlines AeroCommander 500-S VH-WZQ flew North from Ballarat to Thargomindah and Longreach Airport before continuing to Cairns.  It had flown South to Melbourne from Cairns back in June.

Photo taken by AC 

19:53

Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Pops into CQ Airports - Plus LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Back at Mackay Airport Twice More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports.  It has regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of July.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

On Monday, VH-KXM was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns before it soon departed to Vanrook Station.  Then on Tuesday, VH-KXM flew into Gayndah Airport from Vanrook Station.  After spending the day on the ground, it departed to Rockhampton Airport before later departing Rocky for the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, after completing a couple of training flights to Proserpine Airport on Friday 10 August, the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ, completing what appeared to be a pair of medical evacuation flights out of Mackay Airport on both Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August.  On both flights, VH-VVI arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and departed to Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  

19:50

MIT computer model from the 70s predicts end of civilisation by 2040 with major change in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed National"

An apocalyptic computer model, processed by one of the world's largest computers in 1973, has predicted the end of civilization by 2040. The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australia's largest computer. It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability. However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040. This shows that the world cannot sustain the current level of population and industrial growth for more than two decades. Australian broadcaster ABC has republished its original report from the 1970s, since there is just two years until a major change is expected according to the computer model.

19:39

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI Does Training at Proserpine before a Midnight Med-evac Flight to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.

File photo

After the second trip to Prosie and after it had returned to Townsville, VH-VVI then had a busy afternoon and evening operating a pair of medical evacuation flights first to Mount Isa and then to Mackay Airport where it then departed back to Townsville once again but now in the wee small hours of Saturday 11 August.  At this time, VH-VVI was again using its familiar radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".

18:32

$11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identitii Limited, a blockchain-based digital identity management innovator, has launched an $11 million IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The Australian company aims to sell 14.6 million shares at the rate of 75 cents per unit. The proceeds will be used for the additional development and marketing of Identitiis anti-money laundering solution, Serra. The Continued

The post $11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO appeared first on CCN

18:17

Steve Keen, "Oz economy no more diverse than Uganda's" - Boom Bust interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interview begins around 9.40 minutes into the show.Gung-ho interviewer, Bart Chilton, apparently hoping to recommend investing in Australian stocks, found out that Australia's economy is about as diverse as Uganda's and Ethiopia's, that it consists of holes and houses, and that Australian governments have stupidly marketised energy, making costs too high for Australian manufactures. "Energy and telecommunications are both being disastrously mishandled." Banks and mines dominate the Australian stock exchange, which reminds Keen of when they dominated the Japanese stock exchange - just before the 1990 bubble burst, with no important banks situated in Japan anymore. Our stock market is trivial compared to our bond market. Dr Keen also mentions the , which is worth a look.

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17:46

Witness Statement by Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor, Fiona Barnett "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITNJ Witness Statement

My name is Fiona Barnett. I was born Fiona Rae Holowczak, on 28 October 1969, in Sydney, Australia. I am a victim of CIA child trafficking, Luciferian ritual abuse, and Project MK-ULTRA.


Child trafficking is run as a single integrated world operation. This operation is coordinated by the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian intelligence services. Retired NYPD Detective James Rothstein was appointed to the first US taskforce to investigate this child trafficking operation which, he found, went all the way up to the Whitehouse. Detective Rothstein found that the CIA were behind a blackmail operation in which child prostitutes were used to honeytrap and compromise politicians, military brass, top businessmen, and key government officials. Rothstein, who arrested the key Watergate perpetrator, said Watergate solely concerned this human compromise racket, and specifically was an attempt to obtain a list of compromised pedophile VIPs and their proclivities that was held at the Democratic National Headquarters. I spoke with Rothstein who said he knew of an identical VIP pedophile ring that existed here in Australia, and that an Australian intelligence officer named Peter Osborne knew the details of this.
The Australian wing of this child trafficking operation is coordinated by ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). During the 1970s and 80s, Labour Party politician, Kim Beazley Sr. headed ASIOs child trafficking operation. Under Kim Beazleys administration, I was prostituted, at age 6 years, to a pedophile orgy at Parliament House in Canberra, where I was r...

16:31

Necrophilia is harmless: Greens candidate calls for legal sex with corpses in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Raue, who was pre-selected by the Greens for the seat of Summer Hill last week, also wrote an article for a student newspaper in 2012 campaigning to change the law to allow bestiality. But he now claims he also was just joking when he wrote an article

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16:28

Shortlist for the 2018 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed National"

While wed like to thank all 863 entrants who worked hard to submit this year, the four judges for the 2018 competition writer Sarah Schmidt, writer and editor Michelle Cahill, writer and VU academic Tom Clark, and writer and Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills have now decided on a shortlist of thirteen outstanding stories.

16:23

The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data "IndyWatch Feed National"

READ MORE AT THE CONVERSATION

The Australian government has released a draft of its long awaited bill to provide law enforcement and security agencies with new powers to respond to the challenges posed by encryption. Read More

16:22

Karen Wyld: Put away your ball, this is not a game "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Anning's "Final Solution" speech, demonstrates that the close minded and ignorant have more to learn from the world, than the world has to learn from them.

16:17

Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://scienceandglobalsecurity.org/archive/sgs26degeer.pdf Russia Today with Supporting Material: Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a double flash near the Marion and Prince []

14:09

What About Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: It is clear our government seems to be going crazy. I know you use to live here in Sydney. We met many times when you did conferences here. I also know you once said you would like to retire in Australia. Has that changed?

Paul

ANSWER: Well, my dreams of retirement have not been working out. It seems the world is conspiring against me to go quietly into retirement. Yes, I love Australia. I have traveled all over and even went to Kakadu for two weeks and lived off the land fishing for Barramundi. I still keep a painting I love of the gum trees by a local artist. Here is me in the desert in Palm Valley. That was spectacular with herds of wild horses running free.

As always, there is a difference between the government and the people. There are socialists who support the government and others who are upset about stalking their children, creating their  Black Economy Taskforce to imposing the burden to collect Australian taxes upon companies mailing things to Australia. These are simply not NORMAL in a free society. No country can order others to collect their taxes and if someone is following your children, they are in plain clothes and readers have expressed concerns about how do you distinguish a pervert from a government agent?

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14:01

Bundesbank Demands Explanation for Requests for Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The German central bank, the Bundesbank, has significantly expanded its ability to control and access cash transactions in the hunt for taxes. They have required statements and assurances from cash-demanding commercial banks for the purpose of the intended business requiring cash. The Bundesbank has declined to comment on the new policy. The Federal Association of German Banks has also refused to explain. What is clear is that we are witnessing a growing trend to reduce cash and like Australia, just adopt the position that cash is for criminals.

13:55

Anning calls for urgent referendum on immigration "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

United Nations sycophants of ALP, Greens and LNP decry Senator Annings remarkable maiden speech which is reproduced in full at the bottom of the page

The dominant left wing of national broadcaster, the ABC is frothing at both ends over Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech.

Cairns News has perused the speech and discovered it is not nearly as volatile as Pauline Hansons in the maiden speech stakes.

Brainless shock jock Senator Derryn Hinch, naturally a Victorian and ALP atheist Penny Wong  have joined the choirmaster ABC along with the Jew, Josh Frydenberg, unremarkably spluttering the views of the Liberal Left.

KAP Senator Fraser Anning takes on the UN sycophants of the ALP and LNP

It is a terrible blight on the jaundiced, national Marxist education system, that a supposed government Minister is unable to rely on normal comprehension to understand the meaning of Senator Annings quite acceptable speech.

Readers can decide for themselves but the new senator leaves us in no doubt a national referendum on immigration should happen quite soon.

Below is a statement from Senator Anning:

Senator Anning has dismissed criticism of his use of the words final solution in regards to immigration as an effort by the left to shut down debate.

Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous.

Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this...

13:42

Bill Shorten lecturing on "Good Australians" and presumably "Bad Australians" "IndyWatch Feed National"

What makes a good Australian? pic.twitter.com/BNChXHNNu4 Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 15, 2018

13:36

ADF's report into the beheading and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lest We Forget our heroes. Aussie commando sergeant Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice - and below, 2 years later in the hands of the Japanese. ADF report on the execution and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet by Michael Smith on Scribd

13:18

Shit happens when good men do nothing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australia has been deceived as this great patriotic song tells how we have been sold out by our parliament. Our manufacturing is gone, we are but a consumer to the world we once contributed.

13:16

Why the governments $444 million grant wont save the Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Wed 15 August 2018

As the leading charity and independent voice for the Great Barrier Reef for over 50 years we wanted to address the controversy surrounding the recent government funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Our leaders too often underestimate the sheer love we Australians have for the Reef; and the standards to which we Australians from Cairns to Kalgoorlie will hold them in looking after it.

It is no wonder that the Australian Government is under pressure for giving $444 million to a foundation instead of one of its own government agencies. It is no wonder they are being attacked for improper process and for ducking the Reefs biggest threat.

The outsourcing of nearly half a billion dollars of taxpayer funds to a foundation to protect the Great Barrier Reef is unusual by any measure. AMCS believes that there needs to be independent scrutiny and full transparency over how the funding is spent.

But while the media spotlight remains fixed on who got the money and how, the question that really matters is going unexamined: will this money address what the Reef really needs? The answer is no.

Funding to tackle poor water quality and coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish plagues is welcome, but it will be wasted unless tough action is taken to mitigate climate change which is the single biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Without getting to the root of the problem and taking strong climate change action the Turnbull Government is gambling with half a billion dollars of public money.

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, our Great Barrier Reef suffered two unprecedented and severe marine heat waves, resulting in the death of about half of all its shallow water corals. If we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate then severe bleaching events are likely to hit the planets reefs annually by the middle of this century. That would spell the end of the Great Barrier Reef as we know it. The Reef is a core part of who we are as a nation. We can not let this happen.

Australia needs to move beyond thermal coal, stop Adani, stop supporting other new big mines and switch rapidly to renewable energy if our Reef is to have a future. Other developed countries are already well progressed down this path yet Australia, the custodian of this global natural wonder, has an emissions reduction target so weak that if every other country made a commensurate level of effort all the worlds reefs would die.

Our politicians should be in no doubt; the controversy around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding shows how much Australians care about our Reef. Yet as a...

13:10

Armee De L'air Francaise Casa CN-235M 065 F-RAIC "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

CTM1163 F-RAIC 065 CN35 Noumea-Cairns-Darwin

F-RAIC 065 CN35 at Cairns.

12:36

The final solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no amount of legalese at ones disposal that could possibly obscure the coded messages that so often come rising to the surface in the Australian Parliament.

12:04

MSMs Fake War, Part 3: Corralled Journos and Hunting Packs at Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

This Part 3 of this Fake Media War series was inspired by comments from yesterdays article, and refers back to the reporting of the Port Arthur massacre. Ill assume that the reader has some familiarity with the case, but if not please see my short video below.

If we have fake news today, it must be because the media has been rehearsing for decades. Today, if journalists did what they did at Port Arthur, we would recognize it immediately as blatant fakery, but in those days 1996 Australians were innocent.

This article will mainly quote from sources that reflect on the reporting of the massacre, plus a personal reflection from ABCs Judy Tierney. As I rummaged through these sources I thought How could dozens of journalists have been herded through a tour of the crime...

11:26

11:25

Red-backed Kingfisher, possible Black Falcons at Maryborough - Hervey Bay Rd reported by Elliot Leach on 15-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

RBKF seen on powerlines two days in a row now near -25.3306, 152.7977. Just a bit further down the road towards Maryborough, where the big powerlines cross the road, I saw two falcons mating on the line above the freeway. Wrong giss for Brown Falcon; when the male flew off and the female followed they looked massive. Colouration and everything looked good but I couldnt stop to confirm.

11:14

10:58

Join the Human Rights Law Centre team "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.

10:48

Victoria Police keen to promote new series of The Bachelor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't forget to indicate when you're on the way home tonight to watch #Bachie. #DriveSafely #TheBachelorAu @TheBachelorAU pic.twitter.com/wsZ4849p5X Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 15, 2018

10:38

Turnbull, Shorten, Burke and others on behalf of Muslims against Senator Anning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well said Alan. https://t.co/x9EyJpcYw9 Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 14, 2018 The disgraceful and divisive comments by Senator Anning yesterday were a low point for our parliament. But this morning's contribution from @SenatorWong is a reminder that there is plenty of good in this place. Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August...

10:16

Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...

10:08

Malaysian insiders call for graceful exit from TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 15, 2018: Professor K S Jomo, a member of new Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamads Council of Eminent Persons, has publicly called for the new government to decline to ratify the TPP-11, officially titled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Writing in The Star, Professor Jomo said, With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial, with advocates becoming more desperate for US participation.

Thus, its current proponents are using the CPTPP to try to re-engage the US as hegemon in the region.

He argued that the TPP-11 has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalisation, accelerating de-industrialisation, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Malaysia can eventually opt out of the CPTPP simply by not ratifying it. Such a diplomatic approach should not embarrass Japan, Australia, Singapore and others remaining for geo-strategic or other pretexts, Prof Jomo wrote.

On the same day, the Straits Times published a longer commentary on the TPP-11 by Martin Khor, adviser of the Third World Network, also arguing against Malaysias ratification of the TPP-11.

Khor explained that the TPP-11 obliges Malaysia to abide by many new rules that are not about trade, and would intrude into the freedom and space of the country to formulate and implement policies, laws and regulations. He highlighted the new rules on investment policy.

Conditions that are sometimes imposed on investments, such as technology transfer and use of local materials, are disallowed or restricted. The foreign investor must be treated at least equally as locals, Khor said.

The foreign investors can also sue the government in an international tribunal (usually the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC) if they feel they are not given fair treatment.

This covers claims that they would lose future revenue and profits if government policies are changed or if contracts are re-negotiated, or if the investor claims his bid for government projec...

09:43

New report highlights ripple effects of the Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stolen Generations and their descendants have been telling us for many years about the extent of trauma caused by the forced removal of children from families. Today we publish statistical evidence of that lived experience and the pain our people have had to endure over a lifetime.

09:41

Chairman Mal says electricity industry want less revenue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe the electricity generation industry wants lower profits and less revenue? Listen carefully to what this lying ego-in-a-suit says.

09:30

Norway to Map Deep Sea Mineral Deposits "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Maritime Executive | 12 August 2018

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is readying to map potential deep sea mineral deposits in the Norwegian Sea, with an expedition due to get underway this month.

The Directorate has engaged Swire Seabed, which partners with Ocean Floor Geophysics, to carry out mapping of potential sulfide minerals on the seabed over the Mohns Ridge in the western Norwegian Sea. This is a spreading ridge in the Atlantic Ocean that separates two oceanic plates, where potential valuable minerals have been formed through hot volcanic sources. The focus of the expedition is not the active hydraulic systems such as black smokers, but rather non-active extinct systems that are now left as mineral-rich piles of gravel on the seabed.

The mapping will be carried out using an autonomous underwater vehicle, a Kongsberg Hugin AUV, which will map the seabed using a bottom-penetrating echo sounder, multibeam bathymetry, synthetic aperture sonar data, magnetometry and spontaneous potential field data.

...

09:28

Senator Fraser Anning's first speech - quotes Churchill - gets canned by almost everyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's not a bad indication of how far we've fallen. This appears to be the bit of his speech that has upset the usual suspects: In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most...

09:21

Cairns real estate agents want foreign ownership of family homes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Jim OToole

Real estate agent and principal of the Cairns RE/MAX franchise Tony Williamson is heading to South Korea to flog off yet more Cairns property to Asian buyers.

Diverters of social cohesion such as Williamson have helped force up the price of homes keeping young Australians, not Asians out of the market.

Cairns real estate agent Tony Williamson wants to sell our homes to Asians which will keep young Australians out of the home owners market

We do not want greedy real estate agents like Williamson and his entourage of fellow agents hawking our homes to foreign buyers.

About 30 other Remax agents will attend the global networks Asia Pacific convention in Seoul.

Mr Williamson is quoted as saying he wants to turn the global spotlight onto the Cairns property market

Mr Williamson and the entire Remax franchise would do well to hark the recent immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.

We do not want any more foreign ownership of any Australian property, Mr Williamson.

 

08:32

Mayur set to drill Feni Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Field mapping at Matakangkaka Creek

PNG Industry News | 13 August 2018

MAYUR Resources says it is ready to mobilise a team do begin a drill program at its Feni Island copper-gold project in New Ireland Province.

This follows the completion of a detailed field mapping and sampling programme within the Matangkaka Creek area at Feni Islands EL2096.

The company says Matangkaka Creek is an eastern tributary of the Nanum River and is rated as one of the top three gold bearing streams in the Feni Island group. It is also near and upstream from the Kabang structure that hosts a 650,000 ounce gold resource.

The trip was undertaken by Dr David Lindley, Mayurs veteran expert geologist who has decades of experience on Feni, Mayur said.

Mayur has correlated this new information with historical data to finalise a drilling programme of up to 2400m. The programme of up to seven holes is focusing on the gold mineralisation in structures beneath a...

08:16

B-MOBILE IS A MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT RAISES DATA RATES AFTER MERGER "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by VINCENT MOSES
Government owned telco, Bmobile, provided the biggest embarrassment for Papua New Guineas APEC aspirations for greater digital access and an inclusive economy.
It did this by doubling and tripling data rates for its new merger acquired Telikom 4G network. Since taking over APEC responsibilities, Papua New Guinea, has been echoing the call by APEC member states for a shared future of greater digital access. For the Papua New Guinean, it meant cheaper mobile data costs enabling the development of e-commerce, better disaster reporting and poverty alleviation through the digital economy.

In terms of affordability PNG ranked 163rd out of 169 countries in 2013 according to the International Telecommunications Union, the National Research Institute (NRI) said in a discussion paper titled Why are internet prices high in PNG?
It is against this backdrop of high prices that Telikom's previously low data packages were important and essential to realise PNG's APEC aspirations.

In pre-merger 2017, when Telikom and Digicel expanded their 4G networks, SMEs felt encouraged to embrace the digital future. In that short period, empirical evidence showed a marked increase in high definition professional and user generated video content. There was also an evidential shift in favorable attitudes towards the perceived older player in the industry Telikom.
Where was Bmobile? According to PNG Maths Blogspot which also comments on communications related topics, Bmobile worked on reviving its struggling state.
The partnership with Vodafone gave it the much needed oxygen. Today it needs another major CPR.
That CPR came in the form of the merger which has given it an additional 4G network as well as user rights to Telikoms infrastructure. While the government has explained the proposed restructure in terms of a wholesale-retail concept, the move has also stripped away an important growing revenue source for the Telikom.

Then in one blow, Bmobile destroyed the credibility of Telikom 4G while at the same time levelling the competition playing field upwards. The move has also put previously affordable data bundles out of reach for many Papua New Guineans.

The flow on effect? Higher costs and a loss of credibility for the PNG Government in the face of APEC countries talking wider access and lower...

08:15

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head.......

08:06

Papuan authorities shut mine over labour hiring dispute "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: Mark Agnor 2014

Radio New Zealand | 14 August 2018

Authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Indonesias Papua province, following uproar over the company hiring newcomers ahead of local tribe members.

The Jakarta Post reports the mine was closed on Friday by the Papua Governor Soedarmo, along with the police and military chiefs.

Two helicopters that were to be used to transport workers to the mine site, were sealed at the Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digoel regency.

The mine is understood to employ about 3000 workers..

Separately a Papua councillor, John Jose Gobay, said the mine should be managed by the local residents of Korowai, as stipulated in the 2014 law on local administrations.

He urged the Papua governor to propose to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to hand the mining site over to the local tribe.

08:00

Radioactive Sheep, an Anomalous Flash, and a Nuclear Mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Brett Tingley

With as many nuclear weapons as there are out there in the world, its amazing there havent been more mishaps, accidents, or rogue detonations. While there have been a few close calls like the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash in my home state of North Carolina, so far weve been lucky not to have any major incidents. That we know of, that is.

Although its kind of hard to hide a mushroom cloud. Unless its underground or underwater

While a nuclear weapon detonation would be pretty difficult to conceal, unexplained clouds of radiation circling the globe over the last year or two might suggest that someone is testing weapons on the sly. While in this most recent case theres little to go on other than anomalous radiation detection, a still unexplained incident from 1979 came complete with an unidentified double flash of bright light. The American-operated Vela Hotel satellite detected two anomalous bright flashes of light near the Prince Edward Islands off the coast of Antarctica. It was determined at the time that the flashes likely came from a secret nuclear detonation yet the perpetrator remained unknown.

Now, new research conducted by scientists at the Otago University at Wellington add to the suspicion that the Vela incident was indeed a nuclear detonation. The researchers examined previously unpublished studies of sheep thyroid glands conducted by U.S. military researchers in Australia following the incident and discovered abnormally high levels of iodine-131, a byproduct of nuclear weapons. According to their publication, these findings support the theory t...

07:27

Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justine Elliot MP for Richmond, Mark Dreyfus QC MP and Craig Elliot, NSW Labor candidate for Tweed. Photo supplied

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.

All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.

While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.

A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.

Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.

Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at: www.alp.org.au/support_the_nic.

The post Federal integrity commission needed: Labor appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:06

300 Pennsylvania, USA, priests abused at least 1,000 children "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 August 2018 CBS News video from the USA says about itself:

Live: Dioceses of Pennsylvania | Grand Jury Report on Catholic Church Priest Abuse Released

Pennsylvania officials have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 predator priests who molested children in six dioceses. It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse. The report emerged from one of the nations most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse. The report echoes the findings of many earlier investigations of the church around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials concealment of it.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Report: 300 priests in Pennsylvania have abused over a thousand children

Authorities in Pennsylvania have published a court investigation revealing that 300 priests in six dioceses have abused more than a thousand children. Its about victims who have been proven to be abused by clergymen. Probably there are many more cases.

The report, over the period since the mid-1950s, also shows t...

06:41

Construction Work Halted on Site of Fraudulent SABLs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fraudulent SABLs that the government has failed to cancel despite the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry are still causing conflict and injustice - see stories below.

This is what the Commission of Inquiry said about the SABL over Portions 2465C and 2466C.  

There was misrepresentation and fraud involved in the whole process [Report p164]

Landowner signatures were forged in a criminal act [p150].

The whole process was riddled with defects and flaws [p157] and it was obvious that officers from DLPP [including] Romily Kila-Pat deliberately decided to ignore and by-pass the existing protocols and practices [p153].

Those responsible must be held accountable for their unlawful conduct and actions [p165]

Read more about the CoI findings.

STOP ILLEGAL LAND GRABBING: LOCALS

Source: Grace Auka Salmang, Post Courier

Enough is enough, was the plea made by landowners of Papa and Lealea villages of Caution Bay, Hiri during a peaceful protest on their land.

The locals peacefully fronted up at the Konekaru site yesterday where a construction was taking place and demanded the workmen conducting the earthworks to stop and move out of their customary land.

Chairman of the Papa delegation committee Pastor Joseph Baeau said several calls through peaceful protests have been made and yet controversial acquisition of land portion 2465C, 2466C and 2485C portions in Konekaru area still continuing.

There is no respect for the law. The subject land portion 2465C and this title where Konekaru Holdings Limited (KHL) and CJ Ventures Limited is holding is illegal, according to a commission of inquiry findings.

Mr Baeau and his committee are calling on Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko and his customary land advisory committee to fast track the COI recommendations, stop further illegal land grabbing and remove aliens from Papa customary land....

06:37

Real Unemployment accounts for over 18 percent of the workforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the latest statistics from Roy Morgan, unemployment stood at `10 percent in July. The Morgan rate differs from the 5.4 stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for June, because it considers all those who would work, if they had the opportunity, and does not consider one hour of work during the survey week as being employed. The Roy Morganram is therefore much more accurate.

Part of the reason, is that the size of the workforce has increased by 167,000. But Far more important, has been the growth of underemployment to 1,350,000 Australians. It accounts for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Ans uinderemployment at a given time is only a small part of the scale of precarious work existing today in Australia.

Roy Morgan considers part-time work separately. There are 4,256,000 working part-time. If this is included in the calculation, the real level of unemployment is even higher.  The real total number of people looking for work now stands at around 18.6 percent of the workforce, or 2.48 million Australians.

If all this is not considered and just the overall statistic is used, it is possible to claim that the number of real jobs has increased over the last year by 167,000; something that the Turnbull government has been quick to claim. The whole picture makes it clear. The claim is a lie.

Australia has a significant problem in finding enough work for those who need it, and that there should be a constructive approach to dealing with the problem.

This is not happening, because government policy is to leave it to the forces of the market. The markets response has been to not only fail to provide enough work, but to utilise the fact, to create precarious work. Unemployment pressures existing working conditions downward. This may suit employers in the short-run, but it is disastrous for the economy and society.

To boost its assistance to the market, the Turnbull government has been busy vilifying those who are out of work, blaming them for their situation, systematically punishing and cutting away services. In doing this, it is assisting the creation of a source of cheap labour.

This comes together with the reality of stagnant wages overall.

If Australia is going to move in the opposite direction, a real job creation program is required. Government intervention is needed,  through enough works programs, designed to build a better foundation for the economy. More infrastructure is called for. For instance, people could be put to work in building new clean energy sources, to help the growth of a new sustainable economy.

The government could grow new manufacturing industries. Greater attention could be paid to cutting down waste and improving the supply of water. Better t...

02:39

MACKAY Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown

August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

AN Eimeo man was found to be three times (0.169) the legal blood alcohol level while driving through Beaconsfield at the weekend. Kurtis William

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MACKAY Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St

August 13, 2018 at 01:00PM ,

He refused the opportunity for legal advice and pleaded guilty to all matters before him. The pair will reappear in Mackay Magistrates Court today for

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MACKAY Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street

August 13, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

TWO men from southeast Queensland have been charged after allegedly brandishing weapons in Sarina on Sunday. Sarina police were callted to

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MACKAY Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina

August 13, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Both men will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today, August 13, to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact

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02:29

Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were partly confirmed after F...

01:25

In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets To Cooperate Or End Up Dying In Hospice "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook."  Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

01:09

Cooperate Or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

By Jake Johnson and cross-posted from Common Dreams

 

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerbergthe social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets..........

01:05

With their cultural center bombed, Gazas artists are now picking up the pieces "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amjad Yaghi

For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekovs The Bear, while others focused on childrens rights, womens rights, and the right to education.

All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strips most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building  which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip was being used by Hamas internal security services. The attack was condemned by various Palestinian NGOs operating in Gaza.

Upon seeing Al-Meshals destruction, Abu Yassin was crushed. This center has been our home for years. We have lost the only home for artists in Gaza, he said.

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gaza's Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gazas Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Meshal served as a home for hundreds of plays, ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances, and national ceremonies. The idea for a cultural center began in 1996 with Said Al-Meshal, a Palestinian businessman living in Australia, who sought to bolster culture and science in Gaza. The cen...

00:58

A sense of loss: The disappearance of traditional bilas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bilas
The traditional bilas parade - could this be the last time this wonderful tradition is ever witnessed?

ARNOLD MUNDUA

KUNDIAWA I never realised how fast traditional bilas would disappear until recently it dawned on me at a local beauty contest.

On a Saturday night late in July, Miss SME Simbu was crowned at the Mt Wilhelm Tourist Hotel. The participants were mostly girls from the nearby Kundiawa Lutheran Day Secondary School.

Im not a keen follower of beauty quests so when my daughter Natasha broke the news that she was listed to participate I was caught off-guard. But I eventually gave her my consent.

One of the events was a parade of contestants in full traditional bilas. It took place at Dicksons field when 14 beautiful Simbu lasses paraded in full magnificent Simbu bilas. It was the highlight of the entire contest.

But in spite of the brilliance of the parade, something surfaced that had been obscured from me, and I believe other Simbus. And that was the diminishing popularity of traditional bilas and the threat of its imminent disappearance.

While dressing the contestants in traditional bilas was a requirement, strangely I did not have any traditional bilas, not a single item, in my suitcase or wardrobe.

Thanks to some Simbus who kept complete bilas sets for hire, I was able to equip my girl to parade in the required costume. But the reality I discovered was the danger of permanently losing this tradition.

It had been a different scenario amongst the Simbus 40 years ago.

In the 1960s and 1970s, every home and family had in its possession articles that constituted the traditional bilas set. Some of these items had tremendous value, especially the Bird of Paradise plumes, which were part of the familys wealth and treasure.

They were used as gifts, bride price payments and for trade as well as their primary use as body adornments.

These beautiful items were manually crafted and their manufacture was squeezed into the busy routines of their subsistence owne...

00:55

A compelling story of the time when the kiap was king "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Robert Forster at Bundi 1968
A young Robert Forster at Bundi in 1968 - milling timber before he became a kiap

DANIEL KUMBON

WABAG The just published memoir, The Northumbrian Kiap, is a skillfully written book about Papua New Guinea during the sixties, before the time when people knew what self-government and independence meant.

It clarifies many questions and doubts of the people who lived and grew up during that time the present day sons and daughters of primitive tribesmen who had just witnessed with awe these men known as kiaps lead long lines of carriers with armed police escorts as they penetrated the hinterland and its traditional tribal lands.

These strangers established encampments, built patrol posts, constructed roads, hospitals and schools as they demonstrated there was another perhaps a better - world far beyond the high mountain ranges and the raging rivers.

But life comes and goes. Just like ancient civilisations left behind monoliths, pyramids and relics, the kiaps left a legacy. They went and much of what they accomplished was abandoned and left to decay.

Robert Forster, the British-born author of The Northumbrian Kiap, was a kiap for most of the seven years he lived in pre-independence PNG.

When he arrived in PNG in 1968 there were places still to be explored and mapped and in the most remote valleys there were people who had no contact with outsiders and for whom knowledge of a rapidly changing world was passed on by word of mouth from ridge to ridge and across rushing streams.

Forster is now a journalist and puts his skills to good effect. There is opinion as well as description and analysis. For example, he believes PNG gained independence too soon. He documents his observations and experiences in an entertaining manner,.

He provides fresh insight about that time when kiaps were most active, they had taken government into the bush and in a sense they were a government unto themselves. The problems they faced, the solutions they sought to bring to feuding tribes, their interaction with local peopl...

00:51

Truth telling and cultural amnesia in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838
The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838

JUDITH WHITE | Culture Heist

TWEED HEADS -  Truth telling was the theme of this years Garma festival, held in northeast Arnhemland on the first weekend of August. Its also a crucial element in the Statement from the Heart made by the indigenous National Constitutional Convention at Uluru last year but rejected by the Turnbull government.

Telling the truth should be a simple matter, shouldnt it? Yet when it comes to the nations history, for those in positions of power it seems to be the hardest ask. No government has yet given it a place among the much-vaunted but ill-defined Australian values. Kevin Rudd said sorry for the stolen generation, but didnt go so far as to address the issue of the British invasion.

Politicians of both major parties are at fault. They hold that the Australian electorate will not support recognition of indigenous history. I believe they are wrong. A simple constitutional change, recognising the millennia of prior occupation of the land and Aboriginal culture, would have majority support in all states when put to the vote. The main proposal of the Statement from the Heart for a Makarrata (coming together) Commission to bring about agreement does not require a vote, just leadership.

Most nations that consider themselves Western have a long way to go in confronting their history. Neil MacGregor, former head of the British museum and now inaugural director of Berlins Humboldt Forum, which opens next year, has found modern Germany to be a painfully admirable exception. Unlike the British, he says, the Germans are determined to find the historical truth and acknowledge it however painful it is.

Compare that approach with the furore that greeted the opening of the National Museum of Australia in 2001 when then Prime Minister John Howard, his cronies and the Murdoch press attacked its privileging of Aboriginal history. Howard, who labelled invasion stories the black armband view of history, st...

Tuesday, 14 August

23:43

In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were part...

23:34

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818 RECRUITMENT FOR REFERENDUM BEGINS
New Dawn FM News
In the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission the BRC Transitional Committee has already recruited two Deputy Chief Referendum Officers and the first ten line Managers that will work under the secretariat.
This was also revealed by the Co-chair for the BRC Transitional Committee and Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU yesterday.
He told Reporters that his team was working behind the scene to make sure preparation for the referendum continues.
MR. MANU said that the officers have been recruited on secondment as the law requires for the two Commissioners to release their officers on secondment.
He said the full seven member Bougainville Referendum Commission will be established once the Chairman arrives and also the National Government is yet to appoint the two National Government representatives that is one male and one female.
The ABG has already appointed the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and MS RUBY MIRINGKA.
As soon as the fully pledged Bougainville Referendum Commission is established then the Transitional Commission will be disbanded.
Ends

23:33

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818GENDER COMMITTEE TO MEET
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville House of Representatives parliamentary committee on gender equality will be meeting this Friday August 17th to discuss two main agendas concerning the current status.
The date of the meeting has been fixed by the committee chairlady and Deputy Speaker, FRANCESCA SEMOSO.
The proposed agendas to be discussed are, One, draft motion on name change of the committee and Consultation on human rights issues and proposed training with UN experts on human rights.
The clerk of Parliament, ROBERT TAPI said that the committee will be working very closely with human rights experts from the office of human rights commission to consider and endorse the motion and agree on the name change of the committee.
The proposed name the committee wants to adopt is the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The Committee members are FRANCESCA SEMOSO chairlady, David Braun Vatavi Deputy and members Marchelline Kokiai, Isabel Peta and Clarence Dency.

Ends

23:32

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT STARTS CONSULTATIONS ON
BOUGAINVILLE RESERVED BUSINESS ACTIVITY LIST
New Dawn FM News

Good news for Bougainvilleans who have been calling on the ABG to put out the reserved Bougainville Business List to the public and also start implementing it.
The Department of Economic Development has started consultations with the people of Bougainville on the more than 85 Businesses that only Bougainvilleans will be restricted to operate.
The first consultation in which New Dawn FM has been invited to attend will take place at the HAHELA YC Hall on Thursday 16th August between 10 and 12 PM.
Ends

23:31

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818BOUGAINVILLE EXPERIENCING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN
New Dawn FM News

Bougainville is currently experiencing strong winds and heavy rain throughout the region.
Rains started one month ago but strong winds started yesterday and New Dawn FM received reports from many areas that many houses had their roofs removed last night.
The National Maritime and Safety Authority also made warnings on sea travellers throughout Bougainville not to travel out until further advice.
The warnings for Bougainville waters was that the South Easterly winds could get strong up to 35 knots including isolated thunderstorms and showers.
Even before the notice was sent out a Boat loaded with building materials travelling from Buka to Nissan island capsized near Madehas island yesterday.
No one was hurt in the accident.

Ends

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23:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818 33 CONSTITUENCIES TO BECOME VOTING DISTRICTS FOR REFERENDUM VOTE NEXT YEAR
New Dawn FM news
In preparation for the Referendum vote scheduled for June 2019, all 33 Bougainville constituencies will be declared as voting districts with all PNG Provinces becoming voting districts for the referendum.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU revealed this to reporters in Buka yesterday.
He said when that is done Bougainvilleans living in other Provinces can enrol at the PNG Electoral establishments in Provinces which they are living in whilst in Bougainville all enrolments will be made by the ward recorders of the Community governments.
MR. MANU said that this is to make sure no one is left out in the common roll update.
For verification purposes all Bougainvilleans in Bougainville will have to confirm their names with their ward recorders whilst Bougainvilleans living outside Bougainville, their names will have to be confirmed by the ward recorders in their respective Community Government areas.
Example if a person living in Lae says he is from SUIR then he will have to be confirmed by his community Government before his or her name is entered into the roll.
MR. MANU said that the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee has also recommended that the polling period is two weeks but again once the Bougainville Referendum Commission is fully established they can decide to cut it to One week.
And during counting three counting centres will be established at BUIN, BUKA and Arawa with a Central Tally Room to monitor all Counting.
MR. MANU also said that for BOB three counting centres will be established in Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul.
Ends

20180813_114058

14:00

Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test "IndyWatch Feed National"

A RADIOACTIVE dust cloud swept over Western and South Australia. It wasnt the British. Nor the US or French. A new study says it was probably a covert test by Israel. IN 1979, a strange double flash was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 39 years later, there appears to be fresh evidence thats exactly what it was.

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