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Sunday, 28 January

23:08

Destroying US democracy from within Antony Loewenstein

My book review in The Australian newspaper:

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Rights Stealth Plan for America

By Nancy MacLean

Scribe, $35, 368pp

As Hurricane Irma was pounding the US, President Donald Trump made a major announcement. He wanted huge tax cuts for the wealthiest members of society.

Standing alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trump said that, I think now with whats happened with the hurricane, Im gonna ask for a speed-up.

Most of the mainstream media virtually ignored the announcement, rightly focused on the catastrophic weather disaster. But as Nancy MacLean, the William Chafe professor of history and public policy at Duke University, writes in the introduction to this extremely timely book, theres an attempt by the billionaire radical right to undo democratic governance, and Trumps desires fit perfectly.

Despite running as a political outsider during his contest with Hillary Clinton, Trump has appointed more economic reactionaries from investment bank Goldman Sachs, senior executives at the heart of the 2008 global financial crisis, than presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama combined.

Defending his decision to surround himself with economic advisers hed criticised a few months earlier, Trump said he wanted great, brilliant business minds so the world doesnt take advantage of us I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just dont want a poor person.

Nobel prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, a largely unknown man who inspired a generation of ultra-rich Americans that democracy was the enemy of progress, is the focus of MacLeans investigation. Buchanans vision, pushed today by the billionaire Koch brothers, was designed to disenfranchise the bulk of the population because, as MacLean told US news show Democracy Now! in June, democracy must be, in effect, shackled to prevent the majority will from being expressed because it would take too much from people of great wealth and that would be a problem for them.

To understand the threat to democratic norms outlined by MacLean, along with the corrupting nature of opaque campaign financing by corporations and the mega-wealthy, one must appreciate the vision thats being articulated with surprising success in the 21st century.

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22:10

MACKAY Revealed: Criminal backgrounds of Rocky jail escapees CrimeView

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21:53

PERTH Perth man charged with stabbing dog CrimeView

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Perth man charged with stabbing dog .

January 28, 2018 at 03:26PM .

for emergency treatment, where it was stabilised and treated for stab wound injuries to its head, left shoulder and left torso. The man has been charged with animal cruelty, being armed in a way that may cause fear, and breach of bail. He is next due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on February 15.

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PERTH Man accused of horror dog stabbing was on bail, police say CrimeView

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Man accused of horror dog stabbing was on bail, police say .

January 28, 2018 at 05:07PM .

The 39-year-old man accused of the barbaric attack has since been charged with animal cruelty, being armed in a way that may cause fear, and breaching bail. He was refused bail and appeared briefly the Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday where he was ordered to reappear on February 15.

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19:06

VIDEO EMERGES! Police caught on tape brutally manhandling Indigenous boy during wild carnie violence on Aussie Day True Crime News Weekly

EXCLUSIVE: Video has now emerged of a young Indigenous boy being manhandled by several NSW Police officers at the Husky Carnival on Australia Day where a mass brawl sparked by rival local youth gangs took place involving up to 100 people. The troubling vision shows NSW Police officers brutally manhandling a slender 16-year-old boy, now

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18:54

When Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal People Talk, thats a Problem for the Government Global Hobo

Mr Dungay, Ms Dhu, TJ Hickey. All these people were murdered  and the government did nothing!

In Redfern, 26 January, Indigenous activist Gavin Stanbrooks voice booms across The Block. Silence envelopes a pause in his speech, until someone among the thousands-strong crowd cries, Disgrace!

Shame! Gavin reciprocates. Because they dont care about Aboriginal lives. For them, theyre happy enough to wipe us under the rug.

A Gumbaynggir man, Stanbrook is one of a few courageous speakers at Sydneys Invasion Day 2018 rally, where he decries the state governments response to Aboriginal deaths on behalf of the Walker family of the Bowraville Three.

The three names he cites  whose deaths are linked to police brutality evoke a dark past, a darker present: the ceaseless failure of Australias leaders to end the injustices suffered by the black community.

Behind Stanbrook, the black-yellow-red stripes of the Welcome to Redfern terrace mural pulse in the sun, while a million silver gum leaves shiver in the sky. Birds sing. Electricity runs through the crowd. This is an Australia Day I havent yet experienced.

Divisive and politically fraught, Australia Day hosts the tension of our founding history: 26 January marks the day that British colonists first raised the Union Jack in Sydney Cove, rendering Aboriginal people dispossessed.

The vastly varied beliefs about Australias history explain the heightened security in Sydney and Melbourne on Friday. They explain the Hottest 100s new date. They explain Julia Gillards missing shoe in Canberra, 2012.

Australias national identity crisis also explains why the former director of Ausflag, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, cant foresee the removal of our flags Union Jack, a position backed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

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18:46

Very hot but down to work Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Dear readers,

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for my home city of Melbourne today was for a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. It is currently sitting on 37.7 degrees. So, with the kids in the swimming pool I have had some time to work on this blog post.

Firstly, a word about my style of writing blog posts. As an academic I write papers for publication in refereed professional journals all the time. So for this blog I'd like to adopt a much lighter tone, sometimes even humorous (my sense of humour is legendary at work and at home.) Above all I aim to provide factual information, and be readable. My initial perspective will be that of someone reactivating a dormant interest (which of course is true.)

As my blog profile states, I enjoy watching science fiction movies. A recent favourite was 'Passengers' - highly recommended as a love story set on an almost 100 year long interstellar trip. On the other (serious) hand I retain an interest in hard science - keeping up with developments in astronomy particularly in the area of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Well today I have started to look around at today's UFOlogy, by reading a number of websites. The current range of views is very broad indeed. In one place I read the views of individuals who believe they are 'star seeds' - part human, part alien. In another place people recount their solid belief in the existence of reptilian creatures who abduct humans. Elsewhere, there are collections of individuals sharing accounts of their nightly sky watches - and the 'UFOs' they regularly see. Buried amongst all this are 'scientific ufologists' providing hard data and analysis.

It's going to take me a while to digest everything on my UFO search 'menu.' I guess I am on the entre course at the moment.

I'll look to publish a weekly post, probably each Sunday.

Must away, my youngest is hungry from all the pool work out!

12:04

Julia GILLARD and Hillary CLINTON consorting again as CLINTON sends message to "activist bitches supporting bitches" Michael Smith News

Delightful. A message "to all the activist bitches supporting bitches" by the inimitable @HillaryClinton. pic.twitter.com/fnUfsJnUN4 Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018 EXCLUSIVE JANUARY 27 2018 SAVE PRINT Julia Gillard and Hillary Clinton join forces to confront bias against female leaders Julia Gillard and Hillary Clinton plan to work together...

10:48

The Connections between the Aurora Massacre, The Sandy Hook Elementary Hoax, The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Kiev Uprising Gumshoe News

By Andrew MacGregor. Retired police, Victoria, Australia

Terrorism is defined within the 1934 Oxford Dictionary as:

Terrorism n, systematic intimidation as a method of governing or securing political or other ends.

Terrorism is also referred to in the Reesian Theory of War as Low Intensity Operations.  Terrorism can also be called, Politically motivated Violence.

The Aurora Theatre Massacre

In July 2012, Hillary Clinton and the American State Department were debating the possibility of a United Nations treaty on firearms.  Right on cue on the 20th of July 2012, a spontaneous eruption of terror occurred at the Century Movie Theatre at Aurora Colorado.  The suspect for this event was one James Eagan Holmes.  However, witnesses claimed that there were more than one person involved in the shooting, including a person sporting a beard who opened the fire-exit door to permit the gunman to enter as well as the fact that the tear-gas grenades were thrown from a different direction from where the gunman was standing.  

When the local police chief, Dan Oates was being interviewed in regard to this event, the media also captured a person smirking in the background. That person was quickly identified as FB...

09:36

DFAT promoting Muslim "modest fashion" - the inference appears to be anything else is immodest. Uncovered meat a la Grand Mufti. Michael Smith News

DFAT has swallowed the poison by accepting and reusing the "modest fashion market" characterisation to describe mandatory Islamic coverings for women. If this clothing is "modest" - what are normal clothes, immodest? Hussy? There are echoes of Sheik Hilaly of uncovered meat infamy here. How does Julie Bishop continue to...

08:00

January 28 On This Day in Australian History Our Great Southern Land

1788 - Having hosted the party 2 days before, Captain Phillips, now doffing his Governor's hat, founded the penal colony at Botany Bay. The neighbours weren't impressed...

1788 - French ships L'Astrolabe and La Bussole under Commanders De la Perouse and De d' Angle anchored in Botany Bay. Assisted into Botany Bay by Lieut. Henry Ball of HMS Supply.

1825 -
Thomas Hudson Hanged at Hobart for murder.
William Allen- Hanged at Hobart for murder.
Francis Oates- Hanged at Hobart for murder.

1826 - Henry Ausher, in government service charged with having soldiers necessaries in his possession....Brennan a soldier states - I missed a pair of trowers and a shirt this morning when I came off Guard. I was told that one of my comrades had sold them. After some enquiry I found the trousers in the possession of Ausher. Ausher admits having purchased the trousers, states he was not aware it was contrary to orders. Henry Ausher sentenced to solitary confinement for one fortnight.

1826 - James Edwards, in government service, charged with insolence to Sergeant Kelly (57th regt) in the performance of his duty. Sergeant Kelly states - I accompanied Brennan in search of some necessaries belonging to hi which had been made away with. A pair of Trousers were found in the possession of Henry Ausher. Edwards was present and said I had only gone there to extort money, that it was a common practice. Edwards admits having made use of improper language and expresses himself sorry for having done so. James Edwards sentenced to solitary confinement for one week.

1846 - A meeting was held at the Newcastle Court House to discuss capability of Newcastle Port.

1852 - The Crow-eaters in South Oz passed the Bullion Act along with the brandy snifters and cigars which allowed for the pretty little gold ingots to be used as legal tender for a whole year.

1863 - Derrimut, partially blind, with weak lungs and a paralyzed arm, eloped from the Melbourne Hospital after being subjected to a rough bath. Derrimut at this time was bitterly complaining about the sale and subdivision of the Mordialloc Aboriginal Reserve and the ploughing up of Boonwurrung bones buried on the site.

1885 - John Duffy was Hanged at the Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Sultana McGann.

1893 - The Federal Bank of Australia, located in Melbourne, was no longer located anywhere after this date as it went belly-up, taking most banks with it in a game of dominos.

1906 - Cairns and Innisfail, Qld, were severely damaged by a cyclone.

1914 - A mere 18.46 miles of train track opened up the line between Chillingollah and Manangatang (Vic).
Stations in between are Chinkapook (originally birthed as Christmas Tank) and Cocamba.

1923 - The Steam tramway servicing the Baulkham Hills/Castle Hill district (NSW) was blessed with fairy dust and tur...

07:32

Charles Ortel on Radio Sputnik with a comprehensive discussion of Hillary Clinton/Obama et al email scandal Michael Smith News

Here's Charles: I have been giving interviews with several excellent investigators---here is one that, immodeslly, I might argue is pretty good. In it, I take people through the real investigatin of HRC/others mishandling classified infrormation that started 10 July 2015. Knowing this, one has to question why she was even...

06:23

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests EU blamed for tardy response to death of forest activist in Kenya (The Guardian). Baby okapi to greet visitors at Los Angeles Zoo (The Seattle Times). Gabon arrests 10 in ivory trafficking probe (AP/ABC News). Higher carbon dioxide boosts flowering in tropical forests ( Florida State University). The business of forest restoration and reforestation (Digital Journal). Massacre stimulates overhaul of logging laws in Senegal (AFP/News24). Willfully ignorant consumers avoid or forget information about where the products they buy come from (Woodworking Network). Mexican activist who took on loggers murdered (Los Angeles Times). Hundreds of containers of logs seized by Brazilian authorities (Reuters). Scientists use genetic information to tease apart frog species in Gabon (Smithsonian Insider). Study tracks the biggest threats in protected areas (Thomson Reuters Foundation News). Finland under pressure to cut funding to Kenyas forest service after alleged human rights abuses (REDD-Monitor). Other news Trump administration could still seek to drill for oil off Florida (The New York Times). New emissions monitoring program takes off in France (The Conversation). Australia floats $60 million to save Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Tea and elephants collide in Indias Assam state (BBC news). Public and private funding necessary to meet sustainability goals: Davos report (The Guardian). Global list of invasive species will help in the battle against extinction, scientists say (The Guardian). Japan to upgrade whaling mothership in sign that the country will continue whaling (The Guardian). Early signs of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Record-warm year

Earthquake swarm in progress along the coast of NSW, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A seismic swarm is in progress along the coast of northern New South Wales, Australia since Friday, January 19, 2018, raising fears that a bigger earthquake might hit the region. Authorities say that while they can't rule out a bigger one, they don't see it...... Read more

Stellar to Set Up Decentralized Exchange (SDEX), Implement Lightning Network The Global Mail

In the past few months, Stellar has not only shot up in price but also achieved a market cap of around $11 billion. Several developments surrounding XLM have also emerged recently, both official and unofficial. On 25 January 2018, the []

The post Stellar to Set Up Decentralized Exchange (SDEX), Implement Lightning Network appeared first on The Global Mail.

05:00

Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency

Perth Mint, Australias largest gold refiner, has announced plans for the development a cryptocurrency backed by physical gold. If successful in developing the altcoin, it will join a long list of virtual currencies seeking to entice cryptocurrency investors to experiment with commodity-backed virtual currencies, including Venezuelas soon to be launched petro.

Also Read: Venezuela Considers Selling Its Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency With a 60% Discount

Australian Gold Refinery to Develop Cryptocurrency

Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop CryptocurrencyThe chief executive of Perth Mint, Richard Hayes, states that the company has identified a significant opportunity in bring[ing] investors back to precious metals after a boom in alternative investments such as cryptocurrencies, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

I think as the world moves through times of increasing uncertainty, youre seeing people look for alternate offerings, Mr. Hayes stated, adding And youre seeing this massive flow of funds into the lik...

04:15

Is Your Tea Sustainable? Sustainable Gardening Australia


Tea has been a favorite beverage of many cultures for centuries. Drunk originally in China for medicinal purposes it is now mainly drunk to get a lift. But there are now dozens of different teas from many plant sources and all come in different types of packaging, loose, in cans or boxes or in little bags. We can also grow teas at home even in Australia. These different methods of obtaining tea differ in their sustainability and maybe grow-your-own is best.

The black and green teas we are accustomed to are derived from Camellia sinensis subsp. sinensis and Camellia sinensis subsp. assamica1. Tea drinking originated in China around 1500 BC, primarily as a medicinal drink. The effects of its caffeine content gradually led it to become a popular drink in the Tang Dynasty (618907) and its use spread to neighbouring countries. It was first imported into Europe by the Dutch East India Company in the early 1600s. Its use then spread to France, Germany and Great Britain in the mid-1600s. Initially only drunk by the wealthy because it was expensive, it became more widely used when more was imported and the price fell to the point where it could be regarded as a typically British beverage2.

Growing Tea

Most tea production has been in humid areas with rich, acid soil and high rainfall. It grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates with partial shade, but in other areas it needs full sun as long as it receive sufficient water. Pesticides are used in many tea-growing areas3,  but their levels are reduced in the final products if the tea leaves have been washed during processing.

In Australia, tea is grown in many regions from north Queensland through to Vic...

03:42

Next month British judge to decide on Assange's bid for possible freedom "IndyWatch Feed World"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for over five years because he fears extradition to the United States, will learn next month if he has succeeded in having a warrant for his arrest dropped. Assange, 46, fled to the embassy in the wealthy Knightsbridge district of the British capital in 2012 after skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied. The Australian-born Assange had feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of a large trove of classified military and diplomatic documents - one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.

03:18

USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts in Largest Ever Air War Drill "IndyWatch Feed World"

USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill

Published January 26, 2018

Source: Silveristhenew

The United States Air Force is launching its largest-ever three-week premier set of air war drills, called Red Flag 18-1, starting on Friday and will conclude February 16, saidthe 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs.

On January 26, the air war drill, known as Red Flag, officially kicked off at Nellis Air Force Base, 20-miles outside of Las Vegas. Base officials have warned residents of increased military aircraft activity due to aircraft departing from Nellis Air Force Base twice-a-day to conduct war drills on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

Were trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1, said Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. Its the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.

The drill involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft as well as participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and Marine Corps. Foreign participants include Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.

A video from the 2015 Red Flag drill is shown below.

Red Flag 18-1 primarily is a strike package focused training venue that we integrate at a command and control level in support of joint task force operations, said Mathes. Its a lot of words to say that we integrate every capability we can into strike operations that are flown out of Nellis Air Force Base.


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03:00

Rental Properties and Small Spaces as Productive Oases Sustainable Gardening Australia

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As population and cities grow, houses on traditional quarter acre blocks are becoming more expensive and you may only have the option of renting or choosing a living space with a smaller footprint. For many this might mean forgetting about a garden, but it doesnt need to be so. It is possible to have verdant growth and even a thriving veggie patch in small spaces and in ways that allow moving it all when you need to live elsewhere.

A Garden Full of Pot(s)

Great for veggie and herb growing, pots allow you a moveable feast, meaning that if your lease expires or you move to a larger property, you dont have to give the plants up. It also means that you can move plants in and out of shade as the seasons change.

The problem is, glazed and terracotta pots can be pricey, especially if you need a few of them, and plastic pots can be .well ugly! So, whats to be done? Never fear, there are many economical solutions! And the word for the week is scrounge

Glazed and Confused

First stop the local pot shop. Have a look in their seconds area, or even ask them if they have some gear they are throwing away. Youd be amazed how much decent stuff gets marked down to virtually nothing in garden centres and pot retailers, and what little gems you can find. Cracked and broken pots should be snapped up cracks and chips can be turned to the back, and pots broken in half can be excellent vessels for trailing plants (like, oregano, thyme, and strawberries). Do look out for massive pot clearance sales, as you can often pick up some unbelievable bargains here also.

Be aware though that some glazed and terracotta pots can have huge environmental footprints, and may not be the most sustainable solution!

Next place to visit the local tip! This may not be the most appealing idea, but tips can be amazing and you would be astounded at the range of gardening gear you can pick up for almost nothing! Think pots, sleepers, containers, sinks (if you find a cheap kitchen sink grab it!!), bits of wire and shade cloth, stakes, ornaments, lattice whatever you think you could work into your garden. The photo to the right shows what can be collected from a tip in just one (cheap) trip. And youre pulling stuff out of landfill, going for the full reuse, reclaim, recycle on hard rubbish super sustainable a...

02:41

Water Warriors, Puyallup Tribe & Tacoma Residents Seek To Pass Resolution Opposing Fracked Gas Plant "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Currently, Puget Sound Energy, the company building the plant, has been building a massive fracked gas storage facility at the Port of Tacoma without obtaining all of its permits for construction and have not engaged in consultation, nor received consent, from the Puyallup Tribe whose lands the facility is being built upon. PSE, who is owned by Canadian and Australian investors, wants to build a 140 foot, 8 million gallon LNG storage tank with production capability of 500,000 gallons LNG per day. LNG is fracked natural gas in a liquid state. To reach the liquid state, the fracked gas is cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The fracked gas LNG plant has been subject to intense protest for the past year and a half.

01:16

February In Your Patch Sustainable Gardening Australia

As your summer crop is having a little bit of a last hoorah, its time to start preparing your garden for autumn planting. This months newsletter has loads of tips and ideas of what to do NOW that will ensure your patch is ready to go. Wait until the heat of the day is off and then spend some lovely time in the garden.  

Weeding

Weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Cut down the competition between your tasty treats and these space invaders, and tidy up your patch. It may sound tedious, but its incredibly rewarding!

 Mulching

Top up the mulch on your vegetable patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds.  This is especially important if you are heading away or caught up in the bustle of back to school.  A hot summer tip is to mulch after watering the patch, to a depth of about 7cm. Keep mulch clear of plant stems, especially young seedlings. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch (this means different things in different areas), one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down.

 Planning
Time to think about what wonders you will whack into your patch come April. Preparing beds and plots now means that when autumn planting time rolls around, your garden will be ready and waiting. Removing spent plants, clearing areas of weeds and topping up organic matter is an excellent February job. A nail rake, some good organic compost and lovely sustainable mulch is the perfect recipe for productive patches of the future.

 

 Shade for your plants
On non-gardening days, why not head out to the shed, and construct a couple of shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies (like eggplant, capsicum and others) as the heat becomes more intense. Pop these around where required, especially on high UV days, windy days, and during your holidays.

Watering
Water smarter at this time of year and always first thing in the morning. A nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial than frequent, short watering.

 Green Manure
Consider a green manure crop to add some life and love to an overworked patch. At this time of year try lablab, cow pea, mung bean, soy bean and millet. This will improve your soil incredibly, and, for a bit of forward planning, youll find it...

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23:28

Tikkun Magazine "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Destructive Power of Nationalism

Eric D. Weitz
A review of:
Anatomy of a Genocide:
The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
by Omer Bartov
Simon & Schuster, 2018

"Human life is cheap" in Casablanca, says Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in the renowned film. In Buczacz, human life was cheap, and then some --  expendable, worthless, targeted for obliteration. As Omer Bartov shows in his extraordinary new book, Buczacz, an isolated, backwater town in what is today western Ukraine, was crisscrossed by all the pathologies of twentieth-century political movements. The consequences were  devastating for the inhabitants, Jews especially, but Ukrainians and Poles as well. Not that they were the passive victims of abstract political forces or of the actions of the major powers, Habsburg Austria, Imperial and Nazi Germany, and Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, that variously dominated the town and region. Perhaps the prime achievement of this book is that Bartov brings to life the people of Buczacz and shows their involvement in mass murder on a devastating scale, including some Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. No one could be a mere bystander amid the various occupations and destructions of two world wars and hyperactive Ukrainian nationalism, Polish nationalism, Soviet communism, and Zionism. Precious few were the heroes and heroines in Buczacz.
Bartov has pored over diaries, letters, interviews, trial transcripts, Jewish memorial books, and more on four continents (even Australia shows up) in an array of languages -- German, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, English. The sources mirror the town. Buczacz, until 1945, was a classic East European multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic place. Bartov, true to his purpose, tells us, in effect, that if we want to understand how the Holocaust occurred, we need to deploy all these languages and sources over decades and centuries.
The town'...

22:40

Australias paedophile epidemic being covered-up by judges Kangaroo Court of Australia

Australia has an epidemic of paedophiles and as a country we need to face up to it and deal with it. The courts are a key area that the paedophiles are getting support and protection from and I will give multiple recent examples in this article as finding the examples is not hard as there are []

21:48

PERTH Bikie gang member charged over weapons, medicine CrimeView

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January 26, 2018 at 07:11PM .

A Rebels bikie has been charged with multiple offences after guns and stolen goods were allegedly found during a raid at his Perth home. Police say they arrested the 33-year-old in a Rockingham shopping centre car park and found he was carrying a loaded handgun and methamphetamine.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://kaplanherald.com/2018/01/26/bikie-gang-member-charged-over-weapons-medicine/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHPFUxXhgZcSF6CMDpL3u4iIZgaTg

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21:37

Pauline Wilson returns Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Dear readers,

For those of you who have been reading this blog since its inception and who have a long memory, you may remember me (Pauline Wilson) as the person who started off the blog. After a while I got married, things became very busy and so I handed over the blog to Adelaide researcher Keith Basterfield.

Last month on an impulse I checked on the blog, and was pleasantly surprised to find it still going, with an excellent track record of posts. I then read Keith Basterfield's post advising that he was taking a break from UFO research. I approached him with the thought of writing the occasional post, and he agreed.

I will take some time to acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy, and then start posting. I have a few year's worth of catching up to do!  

One new website I have already visited is The Australian UFO Archives  - check it out. 




20:37

Australia - Letter | Why revisit the follies of fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

FELLOW residents, the time has come again to discuss the states controversial fluoridation policy. The Oberon people decisively rejected state government backed fluoridation of our water four years ago, and it may be time to dust off and have at it again, as council have decided to decide whether or not to review the original decision. 
Back in the day good dental health in children was a parental responsibility, not a government one; and the government ought to butt out of this one permanently. The state may spruik the high number of fluoridated precincts in NSW, but cant deny 23 Queensland councils have voted to remove it. Why is that? Or that first world governments such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Hungary, Japan and Israel have openly rejected it. Why? 
Why is NSW Health so far behind on this issue? Cant they read what is accepted mainstream news/policy outside of our national media? Fluoride should have gone the way of thalidomide, thimerosal, Ritalin and other terrible government approved ideas of the past. 
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BOGAN PRIDE! 100 drunk White youths celebrating Australia Day attack children & parents at kids carnival True Crime News Weekly

EXCLUSIVE: A mass brawl involving up to 100 drunk bogans and rival youth gangs, largely from Anglo and Caucasian backgrounds, has taken place on Australia Day at a fairground on the NSW South Coast. The Huskisson Carnival at Shoalhaven is meant to be a family-friendly event that runs for the summer school holidays until January

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Puppy Was Being Sold In Exchange For An iPhone But People Saved Her Just In Time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The puppys owners didnt want her anymore. What they really wanted, they decided, was an iPhone.

Earlier this month, a friend of Emma Haswell, founder and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia, was scrolling through Facebook when she came across an ad.

A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone, Haswell told The Dodo. She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Haswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasnt too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.

To make the situation worse, the puppy was only 14 weeks old.

It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being, Haswell said. Commonly these puppies are bought and then re-advertised for sale weeks later.

Haswells friend didnt waste a minute  she got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to front some cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price of an iPhone.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Once Possum was safe, Haswell settled her into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She spayed and vaccinated Possum so she'd be ready to find a new family the kind of family that wouldnt trade her for anything.

Possum didnt have to wait for long. The very first family she met fell in love with her, and quickly decided to adopt.

She is now so adored, Haswell said. She adores the little boy in the family. As soon as he set eyes on her he called her my puppy. The family also adopted a beagle cross puppy [at the same time], but...

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Sheep Are Packed Into These Crates For The Worst Reason "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of them.

Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto cargo planes. While its unclear exactly where they were headed, Kelly Dinham, spokesperson for Suffering Souls, the animal welfare group that published the photos online, doesnt think theyre going anything pleasant as they're some of Australia's many victims of live export.

Credit: Suffering Souls

This particular MASkargo [part of Malaysia Airlines] flight did not provide their destination location on the flight tracker app as planes normally would, Dinham told The Dodo. However, it is likely that they went straight to Malaysia as we [Australia] are sending more sheep there recently.

Once the sheep reached their destination, theyd be slaughtered, probably in a very horrific and inhumane way.

Credit: Suffering Souls

But this is nothing unusual. Each year, Australia exports millions of sheep, cows and goats to Asia and the Middle East. Once the animals reach their destination, often in countries that dont have the same welfare standards for slaughter as Australia, theyre either painfully killed in slaughterhouses or sometimes sacrificed in ritualistic ceremonies.

Most animals leave Australia on live export ships, large vessels in which thousands upon thousands of animals are packed into tight quarters. Many of those animals die due to stress, sickness or heat exposure, w...

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Dog Decides To Hitchhike Across Australia All By Himself "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is doing his best to explore it all on his own.

Credit: Laura Scudamore

Earlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.

Rusty and the work dogs will sometimes disappear around the property looking for adventure, Laura Scudamore, Rustys owner, told The Dodo. They will also sometimes find themselves on the nearby highway having a stickybeak [being nosy].

Credit: Laura Scudamore

When Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.

A year and a half ago, Rusty first evaded his caretakers and ran to the highway where he caught a lift to Chinchilla, two and a half hours north of Goondiwindi. His cuddly nature endeared him to a local family, who took him...

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Libs, Labor and Greens set to Bail In your Bank Deposits? Its already a Done Deal Gumshoe News

by Phil Hingston

Whats a Bail In, you may well ask? Read on and be horrified!

A big kerfuffle is quietly raging over whether our esteemed politicians will grant wide-ranging powers to The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) to appropriate (steal) your bank deposits.  Hidden behind the usual gobbledygook, bankster-speak drivel, the title of the proposed legislation sounds harmless enough.

Its meant to, so you dont notice it.

Titled the  Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 201...

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PERTH Steroids, a jet ski and $17000 cash seized as Rebels bikie is arrested carrying a loaded handgun CrimeView

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Steroids, a jet ski and $17000 cash seized as Rebels bikie is arrested carrying a loaded handgun .

January 27, 2018 at 01:33AM .

A Rebels bikie has been charged with multiple offences after guns and stolen goods were allegedly found during a raid at his Perth home. Police arrested the 33-year-old in a Rockingham shopping centre car park and allegedly found he was carrying a loaded handgun and methamphetamine.

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SOTT FOCUS: Australia Day: Change the Date? Absolutely "IndyWatch Feed World"

An issue swirling around Australia's national holiday over the last few years has been the movement to 'Change The Date'. To summarise the issue, it's that Australia's indigenous population considers celebrating today, January 26th - the anniversary of the British First Fleet officially beginning the British Empire's colonisation of New Holland/Gondwana, called 'Invasion Day' or 'Survival Day' by many Aussie Aboriginals - to be offensive. This issue is really about two things: Aboriginals' valid historical grievance over the mass-murder and expropriation that accompanied British colonisation. Like Native Americans reluctant to celebrate Columbus Day, it's understandable that Aboriginals don't feel like throwing a party on January 26th. And the rest of the population isn't too attached to the date either: Australia has had many 'national holidays' and only settled on today's date in 1994. Aboriginal protests against that date began shortly thereafter, but it's only recently that secondary issues have been grafted onto what is really just a request for a change of date, with the usual suspects from campuses and leftist organizations vigorously rubbing salt into the historical wound in an attempt to convince the indigenous population to weaponise their victimisation and strike at the heart of White GuiltTM, in the hopes of accruing power and wealth to themselves. They really couldn't care less about the Aboriginals, but they'll appropriate their cause, thank you very much.

09:10

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Australia invasion day sign 2018

Marching in Melbourne Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to...

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We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Modern medicine infected by the virus of mistrust A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. Especially in rich nations, faith has waned in vaccines that have saved millions from the ravages of polio, tetanus, small pox, influenza and many other once rampant and deadly diseases. The level of confidence is not what it was twenty years ago, French immunologist Alain Fischer told AFP. It is crumbling. The scale of scepticism is startling.

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January 27 On This Day in Australian History Our Great Southern Land


1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, armed with a bundle of spears. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, Master they told me you were in gaol.
Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears? asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, To spear the Governor.

1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.

1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.

1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.

1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.


1847 - Jeremiah Connell was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Edward Martin at Buninyong.

1848 - The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on this day.

1859 - The grand old gutter of Australia aka the Darling River became a highway on this day when the paddle steamer ship "Albury" debuted on the watery road, heralding the beginning of the popular (and rather rheumatic romantic) means of transport.

1875 - Foundation stone was laid for Sydney's The Great Synagogue in Elizabeth Street.

1876 - For the third time in nine years, the flour mill of Walter Duffield in Gawler burnt to the ground.

1881 - The NSW Government invited offers from English companies to build a bridge across Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Ah Kett was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Foo Ah Moy  at Cheritah Station, Roebourne.

1883 - John Collins was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of John King at the Kalgan River near Albany.

1903 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Weston - Abermain.

1906 A cyclone damaged Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.

1908 - Australia's first Lifesaving Club carnival was held on Manly Beach, NSW.

1911 - The Land newspaper was first published.

1941 Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major General Iven Mackay pursued the Italians westwards and encounters an Italian rear guard at Derna.

1947...

06:20

Blind fish discovery in Chinese cave "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 26 January 2018 video says about itself:

Blind Cave-Dwelling Fish Found in Otherworldly Cave | National Geographic

Chinese and French scientists found a rare blind fish during a recent expedition.

This fish species is the golden-line barbel.

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Julie Bishop's $44M PA "Australia seeks to align its support with the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) objectives" Michael Smith News

I could not believe this when I read it. But there it is in black and white on the DFAT documents about our $44M per year to these savages: Our Aid Investment Plan aligns with the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) National Policy Agenda. Australia seeks to align its support with the...

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Brisbane Airport to Launch In-Terminal Cryptocurrency Payments "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Australia's Brisbane Airport is to roll out digital currency payments within the terminal shopping area.

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Letter from NSW Labor leader Luke Foley - announcing a NSW Government treaty with Aborigines if Labor wins power Michael Smith News

Luke, if this is the only way you can find fulfilment you need to get out more. Dear xxxx On this day 230 years ago the first British colony in Australia was settled at Sydney Cove. This was the beginning of New South Wales as we know it today. The...

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PERTH Bikie gang member charged over guns, drugs CrimeView

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a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. They searched his home where officers found a semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer, another rifle, $17,000 cash, a stolen jet ski, steroids and other items of interest. The man has been refused bail to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later on Friday.

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PERTH Rebels bikie arrested with loaded handgun in Rockingham carpark CrimeView

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Rebels bikie arrested with loaded handgun in Rockingham carpark .

January 26, 2018 at 04:56PM .

A REBELS bikie gang member arrested in a Rockingham shopping centre carpark yesterday was allegedly carrying a loaded handgun and methylamphetamine. Police allege a semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer, another rifle, $17,000 cash, a stolen jet ski, steroids and other items of interest were

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People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne donaldelley

These left-wingers and disenchanted who do these marches on Australia Day should get over it.

We who are living today are not responsible for the injustices of the past.

These left-wingers adopt one cause after another and are never happy.

The Guardian Australia

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Invasion Day protest in Melbourne

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings.

That was then. On Friday, when the Invasion Day march reached the barricades that had been pushed aside after the parade moved on, it significantly outnumbered the Australia Day event.

Crowd estimates were between 40,000 and 60,000 people. It stretched the length of four city blocks, picking up stragglers and people who were on the street only because they had watched the offi...

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Kolkata, India: International Anarchist Solidarity Action with Villawood Hunger Strikers "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Received on 25.01.18: 

On 24 January, 2017, we, a group of anarchists from 3 different continents, undertook an action in support of the hunger striking prisoners in Villawood Detention Centre, so-called Sydney, Australia.

The solidarity action, which was undertaken in Kolkata, Bengal, India, involved a protest street theater action outside the Australian Education Fair. The aim of the action was to inform the general population, and prospective students considering study in Australia, of the vile racist policies of the government in relation to its ongoing treatment of refugees. Our goal was also to challenge the dominant rhetoric of Australia, as &#822...

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