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Tuesday, 20 February

23:37

Could the Fire at Legal Aid in Lincoln NE Be Connected to This Child Trafficking Mess? "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://www.google.com/amp/journalstar.com/news/local/911/legal-aid-of-nebraska-offices-suffer-considerable-damage-in-terminal/article_741bed50-aa90-5eb0-90b2-c2ad35a74fc7.amp.html

It COULD just be coinsidence- but the fact that a fire just took out the Legal Aid floor in Lincoln NE- and ONLY the 8th floor at a time when people are talking about what happened in Omaha in the 80s cant help but raise red flags for me.

The fact that the fire started only on the 8th floor- which where Legal Aid is located- and considering virtually all the victims of what happened in Omaha were low income individuals- makes me wonder if there isnt some attempt to stop and hide what happened in Omaha in the 80s. The fact that the building was closed- both because of the time of the fire AND because it was Presidents Day also makes me wonder.

And the fact that the fire itself was SOLEY on the 8th floor is enough to make a person go hmmmmmm.

Could this be an attempt to destroy evidence and cover things up? Maybe not- but considering everything that is happening right now- it just seems like to big of a coincidence to rule it out.

20:51

Geoffrey Rush defamation case hears allegation he touched actress genitals "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Geoffrey Rush defamation case hears allegation he touched actress genitals

20 February 2018

Geoffrey Rush

More details have emerged of the allegations against Geoffrey Rush after a judge lifted a suppression order on the Daily Telegraphs defence to a defamation action brought by the Oscar-winning actor.

In its defence filed in the Federal Court, the newspaper claims that Rush inappropriately touched actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who was playing his daughter during a production of King Lear at the Sydney Theatre Company in 2015.

The defence document alleges that Norvill complained to the Sydney Theatre Company that the actor had touched her genitals during the production of King Lear without her consent.

Rush has vehemently denied the claims and is seeking damages, claiming the article portrayed him as a pervert and a sexual predator.

The Daily Telegraph claims in its defence that the touching happened during the final scene of the play, when Rush in the role of King Lear walked onto the stage carrying the lifeless body of his daughter, Cordelia.

In a pre-trial hea...

20:44

MEDIA RELEASE: Government draft poultry standards fail to meet international standards "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA RELEASE- 20 February 2018

Animal welfare advocates, farmers, academics and consumers are disappointed that the government department responsible for draft industry standards for poultry welfare released in late 2017 colluded with the industrial livestock industry before the release, and failed to meet expectations to phase out battery cages.

Consumers and animal welfare advocates are appalled by the Draft Standards. Already more than 100,000 submissions have been made, triple the number submitted for other livestock welfare reviews.[1]

The draft was widely expected to follow international moves to ban the battery cage. But in the face of this global trend, Australia has shied away from a once-in-a-generation chance to secure better welfare for poultry since the last review in 2001.

The integrity of the process undertaken by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) was put into question after research by animal welfare scientists was distorted by the drafting group to appear in favour of conventional caged egg production. Industrial caged egg farmers were accused of engaging in systemic collusion with the DPI to thwart moves to outlaw battery hens.

One suggested alternative is furnished or colony cages, which are larger and provide perches, nests and litter for pecking and scratching. But the research on furnished cages was provided by an industry body and only done on 12 flocks, calling into question the independence and comprehensiveness of the studies accompanying the proposed standards.

The European Union announced a ban on battery cages in 1999 and witnessed the completion of that ban in 2012, 20 years after Switzerland became first to phase out battery cages.[2] Alongside them are Canada, New Zealand and the states of California, Michigan and Ohio in the US, where cage-free egg products are a requirement in many retail outlets.

In Australia, major retailers such as McDonalds, Coles & Woolies have agreed to phase out caged eggs. More than 40 IGA stores have stopped stocking cage eggs.[3] The proportion of caged eggs sold in supermarkets has fallen from 75% to 49% over the past decade and the RSPCA says that 84% of consumers do not want cage eggs.

Clearly consumer awareness and demand for cage-free products are on the rise, and Australian governments are wildly out of step with community sentiment.

AFSA President and free-range pig and cattle farmer Tammi Jonas said, Industrial farmers a...

20:41

Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian

Australian edition

Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi suggests others are in breach of PMs code of conduct but doesnt name them

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi
Cory Bernardi says ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are in sexual relationships with staff. Photograph: Mike Bowers for the Guardian

Cory Bernardi has claimed that Turnbull government ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are having a sexual relationship with a person on their staff after the revelation of Joyces affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion.

While Joyce refused to step down as Nationals leader over the controversy, the leader of the Australian Conservatives stirred trouble for the Coalition by suggesting that others were in breach of Malcolm Turnbulls code of conduct banning sex between ministers and their staff.

20:37

Barnaby Joyce hits back over leadership pressure: Im not going anywhere "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian

Australian Edition

Barnaby Joyce hits back over leadership pressure: Im not going anywhere

Deputy PM says he is humbled by support and people are starting to see this as a witch-hunt

Barnaby Joyce
Barnaby Joyce played down a phone hook-up between officials from the National party on Monday. Photograph: Michael Masters/Getty Images

Barnaby Joyce says hes not going anywhere, blasting suggestions he should be ousted as Nationals leader by calling them a witch-hunt.

The deputy prime minister, who has taken personal leave after his relationship with a staffer was made public, also played down a phone hook-up on Monday afternoon betweens Nationals officials from four states and the federal party.

I am humbled by the support in my electorate and in the community, he told Fairfax Media in an intervie...

20:34

Geoffrey Rushs co-star visibly upset after confrontation, court told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian Australia

Geoffrey Rushs co-star visibly upset after confrontation, court told

Documents claim actor entered theatres female bathroom before being told to leave

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush labelled the articles published by the Daily Telegraph as spurious claims with bombastic titles. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was involved in a confrontation that left a female cast member visibly upset at a party following the 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, according to allegations in newly released court documents.

On Tuesday the federal court in Australia published a previously suppressed document filed by Nationwide News a subsidiary of News Corp in its defence of defamation proceedings brought by Rush against the newspaper publisher.

Rush strenuously denies the allegations made against him and has labelled the articles published by the Daily Telegraph in November and December last year as spurious claims with bombastic titles.

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20:32

British police sexual spying on fox hunting opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anti-foxhunting protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London in 2015

Fox hunting is illegal in Britain. Now it seems that British secret police, instead of arresting ex-Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his illegally fox hunting cronies, has been spying on fox hunting opponents. And has used sexually abusive tactics in this, like also in spying on other peaceful activists.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Female spycop still in relationship with anti-fox hunting activist she monitored

AN UNDERCOVER copper is still in a romantic relationship with an activist she was sent to monitor more than 15 years after her deployment ended.

The officer, who used the cover name Christine Green, has lived in remote parts of Cornwall and Scotland with anti-fox hunting campaigner Tom Frampton, the Guardian reported today. She became friends with Mr Frampton during her deployment.

Ms Green is the first female officer known to have had a long-term relationship with a campaigner. It is not known at what stage she revealed to her boyfriend that she was a police....

18:30

Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: New Zealand Herald: A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching Chinas international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, speaking today from Christchurch to the Australian Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra, outlined three recent events which caused her concern. []

18:08

Australian University Launches Nations First Open Blockchain Course "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Australian University Launches Nations First Open Blockchain Course appeared first on CCN

Australian public research university RMIT is launching the countrys first dedicated online short course on blockchain technology, the underlying innovation behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The emergence of blockchain as a disruptive, game-changing technology has spurred Melbourne-based RMIT University to offer Australias first online course on the sector. The 8-week program, titled Developing Blockchain Strategy, will

The post Australian University Launches Nations First Open Blockchain Course appeared first on CCN

17:34

Writers, we want your false documents! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online fiction edition themed around False documents  that is, fiction disguised as or in the guise of real textual artefacts  to be guest edited by Dave Drayton.

17:12

MACKAY Mackay man rang in fake suicide threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 20, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Mackay man rang in fake suicide threat

February 20, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

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16:41

Media Release (Tamil Refugee Council) 20/2 | THE U.N. SHOULD OPPOSE AUSTRALIAS DEPORTATION OF SANTHARUBAN "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  The UN Committee against Tortures decision to lift an interim measure preventing the deportation of a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) is a mistake, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. In the letter, dated 19 February, the UN committee acceded to the Australian governments request to lift the(...)

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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15:06

IKEA To Begin Selling At-Cost Home Solar Panel Systems For Under $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA recently announced a plan to sell at-cost home solar panel systems that will range from $7,500 $10,000. The offer is slowly rolling out in different markets and is already available in different parts of Europe and Japan. This week, IKEA Australia boss Jan Gardberg announced that the solar panels will soon be sold in his region as well.

In an interview with 9 News, Gardberg said, We have already introduced (solar panels) into the UK market and in Poland and something similar in Japan, and I and the team would like to find a way to introduce that to the Australian market.

It would actually be cost-neutral because we believe this to be another positive way that we, as a big company, can contribute for the sustainable life at home for the many people in Australia, he added.

According to Canstar Blue, this is the price list that is currently being used for IKEA solar products in the UK:

a 3kW solar system for 4,412 ($A7,800);
a customisable solar system, starting at 3kW for 4,941 ($A8,700);
 and a customized solar system thats designed to integrate seamlessly with your roof, again starting at 3kW, this time costing 6,176 ($A10,900).

Hopefully, their solar panels are of a better quality and easier to put together than their furniture is.

The price of solar panels has continued to decrease with each passing year, making solar as a viable energy source a very real possibility.

2016 data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests that solar has actually already become the cheapest way to generate energy.

According to a recent estimate released by the International Energy Agency, solar will be the worlds primary source of energy by 2050. Recent breakthroughs in solar technology are making it more efficient and cheaper to extract energy from the sun, which in turn, is making this technology more available to the average person.

Solar power is unlike most other energy resources because there is a limitless supply. This limitless supply of power could actually cause energy prices to drop so low that anyone could afford it. Like all technology, the technology to harness electricity from the sun will continue to become cheaper as it is developed and perfected.


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14:54

Vacancy rates drop in January "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Rental vacancies tighten

I've noticed many rental properties letting much more quickly in Brisbane in recent weeks.

Whether or nor this is the beginning of a trend for 2018 remains to be seen. 

SQM Research reported that nationally vacancy rates tightened from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent in January, partly due to the seasonal variation over the Christmas period. 

In Sydney the vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.3 per cent in the month of January.

However, that's still higher than the 1.9 per cent recorded a year earlier.

Indeed, smoothing the numbers on a 6mMA basis you can see that Sydney's rental conditions have been easing, and rental price growth may now moderate from here. 


Hobart's vacancy rate increased to 0.4 per cent in January, but a severe rental shortage in the Tasmanian capital is putting continued upwards pressure on rents. 

Canberra also recorded a tight vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent in January, with Adelaide at 1.5 per cent, and Melbourne at 1.8 per cent. 

The trend in Perth's vacancy rate, although still elevated, is also improving. 

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14:07

This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring... "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"



This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring exhibition of @ballaratfoto, currently in Sydney for @sydney_festival. The opportunity to realise Avert originally timed with the above statement entering consciousness (whilst camping in the Otways). Manifesting as object, the work sought to bring into question ideas of representation, cultural expression and medium specificity. The video above documents from the final element of the works making an application of light sensitive solution, which as active agent, responds to light / the context / and environment of the works presentation.

13:55

There is no European citizen cultures and narratives diverge in the Eurozone "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I have noted before that when someone asks me where I come from I immediately (and innately) respond Australia. If questioned further I might tell them I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. Sure enough, I am a Victorian (with some of the cultural attachments that that denotes) but that affiliation is weak compared to my nationality. That doesnt make me a xenophobe or a nationalist. It just says I am culturally from that geographic area. If I ask my friends from Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, etc the same question, they will answer they are from those nations. They never immediately respond by saying they are European. I can get them to say they are European but that is not their innate cultural association. The point is that there is really no such thing as a European citizen. They are all citizens of their individual Member States with little shared culture and quite diverse histories (not to mention languages etc). An interesting study came out from European economics think tank Bruegel last week (February 15, 2018) Tales from a crisis: diverging narratives of the euro area highlights the consequences of these differences and concludes that it makes for an extremely challenging context within which to conduct a uniform monetary policy across different countries. I would add economic policy in general to that assessment.

The study investigates Who gets the blame for the crisis in the Eurozone. They also were interested in the question: How did narratives of the crisis develop since 2007?

Their approach fell within the area of research known as narrative-building in economics which Robert Schiller described in his January 2017 paper Narrative Economics as involving:

the study of the spread and dynamics of popular narratives, the stories, particularly those of human interest and emotion, and how these change through time, to understand economic fluctuations.

Recessions are obviously about people deciding to spend less, to make do for now with that old furniture instead of buying news, or to postpone starting a new business, to postpone hiring new help in an existing business, or to express support for fiscally conservative government.

These decisions are subject to feedback so as a recession deepens and confidence falters, people will decide to spend less.

But as Schiller notes: why did the recession even start in the first place?

There is a body of literature in the fields of marketing, journalism, education, health interventions and philanthropy that show the people respo...

13:54

State Funeral tomorrow for the late Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE (1926 2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast Wednesday, 21 February 2018 State Funeral Service Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE (1926 2018) The New South Wales Department of the Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE will be held at 10.00am on...

13:28

Reflections on The Hegemony Narrative "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Image from the aerial view of the expoding mother of all bombs, and (R) guarding the opium fields (R photo Global Research)

by G5

Recalling what I recently wrote of The Los Alamos Atlanta CAL Air Flight: False Flags of plausible denial are currently being sought by America, NATO, and Israel, to swerve Western herds, to allow for strikes on: Russian Assets, Syria and Iran.

Latakia of course would be well off target for the protagonists. Unless they are hoping that Ru...

13:08

PERTH Magistrates court act wa "IndyWatch Feed National"

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12:10

Raised by wolves: new survivalist heroines in fiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent years there has been an increasingly apocalyptic flavour to literary fiction, an upsurge in narratives of radical self-reliance in the face of economic, environmental or civil collapse. Given the end-times polarisation of the political climate, the trend is perhaps unsurprising, but in 2017 three debut novels specifically featured teenage heroines schooled in survivalist practices by their fathers.

12:04

Puzzling change in Southern Ocean revealed by CSIRO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers aboard an Australian ship undertaking pioneering work in the Southern Ocean have found the "first hint" of a shift in a decades-long trend towards fresher, less dense water off Antarctica. Teams of scientists on the RV Investigator have been profiling the salinity and temperature of water between Tasmania and Antarctica at 108 locations. They also released the first batch of deep Argot floats to measure conditions as deep as 4000 metres. But it is the early analysis of data on salinity in the so-called bottom waters near the seabed that may stir international debate. "Every time we've measured since the 1970s, [bottom water's] been becoming lighter and fresher," Steve Rintoul, the voyage chief scientist, told Fairfax Media on Monday as the ship took its final ocean profile. "We've got the first hint now that maybe things are shifting back to becoming saltier and denser in the deepest part of the ocean," said Dr Rintoul, who is a senior researcher at CSIRO and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) CRC. Dr Rintoul said "this increase in salinity still brings levels to nowhere near where they were in the 1970s ... nor even into the 1990s". The trend of warming of those waters has not changed.

11:59

SACOSS: Labors plan on digital a winner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service applauds todays announcement by Premier Jay Weatherill that a re-elected Labor Government would take steps to bridge the digital divide in South Australia. It is good news for those people struggling with internet access and costs, and vital for ensuring that everyone can participate in the digital economy and society.

South Australia has lagged behind Australia with the second lowest score on the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, and with some 17% of households not accessing the internet (above the national average of 15%).

The SACOSS Cost of Living Report released last week showed that South Australians spend less than the national average on telecommunications and get less value for money meaning that South Australians are under-utilising telecommunications. Those on low incomes and those looking for work, people with disability, and those in regional areas are particularly disadvantaged in a digital world.

11:00

No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani "IndyWatch Feed National"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.

Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.

If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.

There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.

Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.

The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.

Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.

The post No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:07

MACKAY Woman says drug-drive test wrong, magistrate rejects claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 20, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Woman says drug-drive test wrong, magistrate rejects claim

February 20, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Whitty faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving while methamphetamines were present in her saliva, at Eton, on May 26, 2017. The 37-year-old, who was not represented by a lawyer, was applying for a work licence to be granted to allow her to drive while disqualified.

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MACKAY Mans jewellery draws attention of anti-bikie taskforce "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 20, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Mans jewellery draws attention of anti-bikie taskforce

February 20, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

A MACKAY man has drawn the attention of Queenslands anti-bikie taskforce by wearing cool rings linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs. Alec Vincent Coulahan avoided the maximum penalty for wearing the prohibited jewellery adorned with the 1% insignia when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court.

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09:40

MAINfm TRIVIA with Jim, Dean, & Jim "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Join us for another brilliant quiz night at the Tap Room.  This time with your hosts, Jim, Jim, and Dean. Triple the fun!

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08:46

Deniss Dreaming: Julian Assange And His Doppelganger "IndyWatch Feed National"

The only thing better than one Julian Assange, is two Julian Assanges. Denis A. Conroy takes up the story.

Walking along Hans Crescent every morning on my way to work, I stop briefly to look up at the balcony fronting the room which Julian Assange occupies in the Ecuadorian Embassy. Ive been passing his place of residence for five years now and Ive yet to catch a glimpse of him.

What I do see though, are some of Her Majesties compliant factotums doing their surveillance-best to keep tabs on the Ecuadorian Embassy and to monitor the founder of WikiLeaks now in situ compliments of the arse-licking British government doing-it for American imperialism.

Casting a second glance in the direction of Julian Assanges balcony, I wondered how the greying Julian, pallid from long confinement within a sunless space must feel, regarding the findings of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention when it determined that the arbitrary detention of Julian Assange ought to be terminated. That his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected, and that he should be entitled to an enforceable right to compensation.

As I proceed along Hans Crescent I become aware that I am moving towards the citys financial sector in the company of an army of well-dressed arse-lickers, insouciantly marching to the beat of a market ethos that had turned wine into water and morality into blandishments of the vulgar kind. In the land of the tiara, the bowler-hat, the umbrella and the well-fitting two-piece office outfit, an order of soft-power has evolved whereby tolerance of Americas iniquitous hard-power has blindsided the better instincts of the masses, thus allowing a culture of predation to continue.

An artists depiction of Hans Crescent, and the Ecuadorian Embassy (next door to Harrods). (IMAGE: James Hobbs, Flickr)

People seem content to go along with any shit if a pay-cheque is in the offing, I surmised.

The ubiquitous US empire, I realized, had become an omnipresent force capable of vacuuming up and silencing all who dared question the activities of a system promulgating political chicanery and it doesnt approve of unauthorized disclosure, as the Julian Assange case demonstrates. Particularly as the covert activities of the ever-expanding American Em...

08:02

Aussie filmmaker protests innocence of spying charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this Jan. 17, 2018, photo, Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, 68, is escorted by prison guards at the Cambodian Supreme Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo AP Photo/Heng Sinith

PHNOM PENH, AAP An Australian filmmaker accused of espionage in Cambodia has appeared in court, continuing to protest his innocence saying there was no evidence at all of his alleged crime.

James Ricketson, 68, went before the court in Phnom Penh court on Monday before an investigating judge, saying Cambodian investigators still had not produced evidence to support claims he was spying after they seized his computer and trawled through thousands of emails.

They havent come up with any evidence. There is not one email suggestive of me being a spy, he said as he was being taken back to the notorious Prey Sar prison, where he has been incarcerated since June.

He faces five to 10 years behind bars if convicted.

Ricketson has lost about 10kg, his family says, and appeared in court dressed in prison orange overalls. The hearing was closed to the public.

The Australian government recently made representations to the Cambodian government on behalf of Ricketson after a petition with more than 68,000 names was taken up.

The post Aussie filmmaker protests innocence of spying charges appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:00

February 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1804 - Charles Crump was Hanged in Sydney for the theft of 9 pieces of chintzes and printed calicoes from William Tough in Sydney Cove.

1809 - Poor old Billy Bligh boarded a boat after agreeing to go straight to England,not pop into any part of the colony for a cuppa or pass Go and collect $200.

1835 - Charles Norford was Hanged at Sydney for the attempted murder of Patrick Lynch. Norford was shaving Lynch when he suddenly cut his throat.


1863 - Hendrick Witnalder was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaolm Tassie, for sodomy.

1872 William Lygon, aka the 7th Earl Beachamp, popped into the world today. Willy-boy became Gov of NSW and was a patron to Henry Lawson for awhile. 
Shoved out of the closet by his brother-in-law in 1931, Willy quietly went into exile.

1879 - The Cape Bedford Massacre took place; Cooktown based Native Police Sub-inspector Stanhope O'Connor with his troopers, Barney, Jack, Corporal Hero, Johnny and Jimmy hunted down and "hemmed in" a group of Guugu-Yimidhirr Aborigines in "a narrow gorge", north of Cooktown on, "of which both outlets were secured by the troopers. There were twenty-eight men and thirteen gins thus enclosed, of whom none of the former escaped. Twenty-four were shot down on the beach, and four swam out to the sea" never to be seen again.

1880 - The Newcastle Morning Herald announced that a local Aboriginal woman known as Old Margaret , who was purported to be the last surviving Aboriginal people of Lake Macquarie (along with her children) would be formally offered a grant to the land on which they have resided for years.

1895 - The Timaru Herald declared that those on the Oz side of the ditch were claiming that sharing a treaty over a few bottles of plonk with those on the NZ side of the ditch would 'retard Federation".
Yeah.
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1900 - The Taranaki Herald reported that, while two men arguing over the war ended in the murder of one in Charters Towers on the other hand it wasn't Bubonic Plague like they'd suspected on a ship in port.
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1903 - The first design change to the original Australian national flags were made.
For civil use, the British Red ensign and six pointed federation star stayed, but the design of the Southern Cross was changed so that all but the smallest star had seven points, ostensibly to improve the ease of manufacture.
The exact date of this change is not known. The earliest known official use was from the belated Gazettal of the...

07:53

Its Ok to Say No to Fluoride in Gunnedahs Water administrator Wendy Carpenter challenges new fluoride legislation proposed by NSW Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEMBERS of anti-fluoride groups have responded to new fluoride legislation proposed by NSW Labors shadow health minister Walt Secord.

Labors proposed legislation will bring laws into effect which will give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.

The proposed changes follow Gunnedah Shire Councils (GSC) decision to fluoridate the towns water supply in December.

Administrator of the Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water Facebook group Wendy Carpenter said the proposed legislation is disappointing.

I thought Australia was a democratic country where we can make our health decisions, not a dictatorship, Mrs Carpenter said.

It is very disappointing that Mr Secord wants to force all NSW councils to be fluoridated and massively fine those councils that dont want to fluoridate.

STANDING FIRM: Members of the It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water Facebook group lead by group administrator Wendy Carpenter disagree with NSW Labor's proposed fluoride legislation. Photo: Billy Jupp

STANDING FIRM: Members of the Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water Facebook group lead by group administrator Wendy Carpenter disagree with NSW Labors proposed fluoride legislation. Photo: Billy Jupp

In a statement announcing the proposed legislation, Mr Secord took a stand against fluoride opponents.

Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements and it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction, Mr Secord said.

The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fl...

07:50

UK don jailed 32 years over abuse photos "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geophysicist Dr Matthew Falder, aged 28, of Edgbaston, UK.  Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail, at Birmingham Crown Court, central England, on 19 February 2018. Photo National Crime Agency handout

LONDON, RAW Australian authorities took part in the global manhunt for a British academic who blackmailed more than 300 victims into sending him depraved images, that he shared on dark web forums.

Dr Matthew Falder, 29, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, has now been jailed for 32 years after admitting 137 offences, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy.

He duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female artist on forums and mainstream online advertising websites.

He fooled them into sending him naked or partially clothed images of themselves before blackmailing them into sending more humiliating images by threatening to send the original pictures to their family, friends and employers.

Using the names evilmind and 666devil, he then distributed the images on hurt core websites, hidden forums devoted to discussing rape, murder, sadism, torture, pedophilia, blackmail and degradation.

Britains National Crime Agency said he approached more than 300 people worldwide, with 45 victims represented in the charges against him.

The NCA set up a global task force with law enforcement officials from the United States, Australia and Europol and enlisted the help of the UKs eavesdropping spy agency GCHQ during a four-year hunt to track down Falder, who had used specialist anonymising techniques to remain hidden.

He was finally arrested in June last year and in October pleaded guilty to 137 charges which included encouraging rape, inciting sexual exploitation, making indecent images of children and voyeurism.

It is a tale of ever-increasing depravity, Judge Philip Parker said as he sentenced Falder at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

The effects on the girls, women and men were devastating. The damage is ongoing for these individuals. It will never end. Time and again people begged you to stop. Time and again you ramped up th...

07:00

HE SAID BOOO-RETURNS! Gay man arrested at gay festival for booing right-wing gays to boo with others next year "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: A gay man recently arrested at a gay festival in Melbourne for "booing" right-wing gays says he is planning to do it all again next year and is now inviting others to join him in his peaceful protest. [READ MORE]

06:45

Why is Our Govt Lying About Earthquakes? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dutchsinse is a geologist who reports earthquakes and volcanoes around the world- but is claiming the USGS is failing to report earthquakes that are hitting off the West Coast. The question is why?

What is in scriptures is that in the end- we would hear of wars and rumors of wars- along with earthquakes and volcanoes.

The Shiveluch volcano in Siberia exploded in Dec- which is a super volcano- spewing ash 6 miles into the sky- and now an Indonesian volcano has just erupted yesterday. Seems the planet is incredibly active.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/world/888840/Russia-super-volcano-eruption-erupts-Siberia-latest-news/amp

This is obviously a concern since the USGS is now lying about earthquakes.

Seems I may not be the only one thinking we may be at the end. Guess we will see how safe their lies keep everyone in the end.

Dutchsinse speaks about our govt lies 16 minutes into the video on this post. Our government lies about everything else so this isnt much of a surprise- but why are they lying about earthquakes? And how effective do they believe their lies will be when a big one hits? And obviously they think this might happen because why else would they need a reason to lie?

Not that they need one- but it still begs the question.

06:32

Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kevin Samson

Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.

At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).

A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at dept...

05:36

Market Talk- Feb 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even though much of Asia remain on holidays celebrating the New Year, we did see the impressive broad based rally continue. The Nikkei rose another 2% and with commodities improving also, that helped the Australian ASX. The Yen drifted back to the mid 106s and that helped the exporters push the Nikkei. This has been a sigh of relief for exporters since we saw the low 105s rejected last week. Banks has also benefited with this rally with MUFG and Mizuho both adding just over 2% today. The Nikkei managed a close at the days highs, but we are seeing futures return some of those gains as western markets drift in US afternoon trading.
Volumes were extremely light all over, but that is to be expected with so many markets closed.

Core European indices tried to follow Asias lead but was soon to be rejected. In thin lacklustre trading the markets looked jittery with bids backing off rather than being hit. The auto sector saw the worst decline losing more than the averages by the end of the day (Daimler down 2.1% closing at 71.01). All core traded lower as the day progressed with most closing on their days lows on average down -0.6%. Next week we will hear more planned details surrounding BREXIT as Theresa May (UK Prime Minister) is likely to address the general public, after having agreed its content with her cabinet, from outside of London. There is much speculation surrounding planning and details as the EU continues to indicate that trade agreement will only be completed after the UK leaves. GBP direction will provide an indication on the success of the domestic progress and the likelihood of any delays.

US cash markets are closed but the futures continue to trade. In Asian trading hours the DOW futs were trading around +125 points higher, however, in afternoon trading have lost that gain and are now in negative territory at -75 points at time of writing.

Japan 0.06%, US 2s closed 2.19% (u/c), 10s 2.87% (+2bp), 30s 3.13% (+1bp), Bunds 0.73% (+2bp), France 0.99% (+4bp), Italy 2.04% (+6bp), Greece 4.18% (-1bp), Turkey 11.56% (-5bp), Portugal 1.99% (+1bp), Spain 1.49% (+4bp), Gilts 1.60% (+2bp).

05:09

Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | divephoto.org Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands

03:47

Why an Iraq War Inquiry is More Necessary Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

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There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Greens parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications.

The ostensible reason for the attack on Molan was his sharing of two videos originating from a Neo Nazi far right group in the United Kingdom.

Bandt, who later withdrew his remarks, called Molan a coward and said that Molan should be prosecuted for his service in the Iraq war. In the Senate di Natale accused Molan of overseeing a humanitarian catastrophe nearly 15 years ago during the assault on Fallujah, Iraq.

Di Natale said that there was a question that needs to be answered, and the only way with answer that is through an enquiry.

Liberal politicians, from the Prime Minister downward, came to Molans defence, claiming that he was a great Australian soldier who stood up for freedom.

Lost among all the expostulations and threats of legal action were two key issues behind the remarks of both Bandt and Di Natale: were there war crimes committed in Iraq by Australian forces; and whether or not there should be an enquiry (as has happened in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) into the precise circumstances surrounding Australias involvement in that disastrous war.

Instead we have seen sustained attempts two divert from legitimate questions surrounding this issue. It has been variously suggested that Molan is not racist; that it is somehow scurrilous to question the conduct of Australias servicemen; and that Bandt and Di Natale had a view that anyone who goes to war is a war criminal. That simply does not address the real issues.

To answer the first of those questions one needs to go no further then the assaults on Fallujah, the first of which occurred in April 2004 and the second, codenamed Operation Phantom Fury, in October 2004.

Before the second attack began, citizens were instructed to leave, but that did not extend to men aged 15-45 who were prohibited from leaving. Once the bombing began, all exits from the city were sealed off. According to the Washington Post, electricity and water were also cut off. The Red Cross and....

03:17

MACKAY Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license

February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

A repeat drink driver has been spared his licence in a shock decision in a Queensland Court. Welfare recipient Gavin Keith Stephens kept his licence despite being caught drink driving in the Mackay Magistrates Court. Magistrate Damian Dwyer was concerned he would never be able to get another job

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03:04

I faced my Jewish racism an alumnuss call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

A call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week 2018

We need to talk about Jewish racism.

I know what youre thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people whove suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves?

But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us.

This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if youre a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia.

The 14th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. Therell be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, Ive been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming of sorts. But Ive become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.

The intensity of this years IAW activities will be heightened by the 70th anniversaries this year of the Palestinian Nakba and the creation of the State of Israel. Once again, Jewish students will find themselves feeling distinctly uncomfortable as Zionism, and the Jewish State, are portrayed as racist endeavours.

But is it fair to brand you young Jews who support Israel of being promoters and defenders of racism?

Well, to be blunt, yes it is. But that simple answer doesnt quite capture why that is or how its happened.

I dont for one minute think young Jews who support Israel should be bunched together with members of the British National Party or White Supremacists. Thats lazy thinking. It makes no attempt to understand the origins of Zionism or the current place of Israel in individual or communal Jewish life.

Nonetheless, Jewish racism is a thing. I know it from my own experience, from my own past ways of thinking, from how I was as a student in Manchester in the mid 1980s. This Jewish strand of racism is an inevitable consequence of the success Zionism has had in shaping Jewish identity over the last 70 years. And if we dont face the racism that Zionism has created nothing will change when it comes to Israel/Palestine for another generation.

Less deserving

The truth is, all people are vulnerable to ways of thinking that leave others less deserving than themselves. That doesnt make all of us Adolf Hitler, it just makes us human. But that doesnt make it okay either. If any group should understand that...

02:32

Australian wombat news "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

George the Wombat Begins New Life in the Wild | Nat Geo Wild

11 February 2018

A famous orphaned wombat will move into new home where hell be closer to the wild.

02:21

A plea for Ahed Tamimis protection "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick of Che Guevara black and red portrait fame has done it again: He has painted a minimalist poster of another iconic leader of her people and of a worldwide liberation movement, this time of an oppressed child who had slapped power with her bare  truth. When I read his rationale for painting the new portrait I cried. The mans pacifism, sincerity, and especially his concern for Ahed Tamimis life touched me.

Like Jim Fitzpatrick, I am apprehensive about the 17-year-old Aheds life. No one really denies the real reason for incarcerating her: to teach a lesson to other Palestinians, especially the children among them. Fitzpatrick is taking the essence of the lesson, regardless in which direction it will be resolved, to its ultimate conclusion. He is saying this is a model for every native and underclass oppressed child in the world. And he knows how meaningful and dangerous that can be:

Ahed Tamimi, to me, signifies nobility in the face of oppression. This is a kid, a child, said Fitzpatrick. I think I would have been petrified. Wherever shes getting her courage from, theres a resonance of it echoing across the world. Im just a part of it. There are organizations doing more than I could do, but I do think the penin my case, the brushis mightier than the sword.

Remember, Che Guevara didnt live to celebrate his portrait. Aheds arrest was in direct and clear response to the Israeli public outrage at seeing the iconic Palestinian teenager giving physical expression to her anger with occupation and the occupiers. They had shot at close range and severely injured her cousin and friend, Mohammed Tamimi, and then had come to physically stress their frightening infringement of the rights and freedom of all Palestinians right there at her familys front yard. She gave expression to her loathing of the occupation by attacking the soldiers with her bare hands.

What moves me most is the realization that right there and then, but for the grace of God, we could have lost Ahed. Members of the Israeli occupying armed forces have killed Palestinian children younger than Ahed for lesser offenses or for no offense at all. Tens, hundreds, if not thousands of times. It is not unknown, even in living memory, for settler colonialists, say in Australia, to have organized native-hunting...

00:39

Crypto Scams Have Affected Over 1.2k Australian Investors In 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vitalik Buterin angry as crypto scams see continued success throughout the world. #NEWS

00:33

Why Scientific Peer Review is a Sham "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brendan D. Murphy, Guest
Waking Times

Today Science is up on a pedestal. A new god has appeared; his high priests conduct the rituals, with nuclear reactors, moon-probing rocket ships, cathode tubes and laser beams. And their territory is sacrosanct; laymen are denied entry.  Bruce Cathie

In recent years the defects in the peer review system have been the subject of a profusion of critical editorials and studies in the literature. It is high time that the world took heed of what the critics are saying, not least of all because of the medical and health ramifications.

The notion of peer review has long occupied special territory in the world of science. However, investigation of suppressed innovations, inventions, treatments, cures, and so on, rapidly reveals that the peer review system is arguably better at one thing above all others: censorship. This can mean censorship of everything from contrarian viewpoints to innovations that render favored dogmas, products, or services obsolete (economic threats).

The problem is endemic, as many scientists have learned the hard way.

In truth, the systemic failure of peer review is one of sciences major, embarrassing open secrets.

As Dr David Kaplan tells us, [P]eer review is known to engender bias, incompetence, excessive expense, ineffectiveness, and corruption. A surfeit of publications has documented the deficiencies of this system.[1]

Australian physicist Brian Martin elaborates in his excellent article Strategies for Dissenting Scientists:

Certain sorts of innovation are welcome in science, when they fall within established frameworks and do not threaten vested interests. But aside from this sort of routine innovation, science has many similarities to systems of dogma. Dissenters are not welcome. They a...

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22:47

PM Modis Hug for Nawaz Sharif in 2015 Cost India Rs 2.86 Lakh, RTI Reveals "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the request of then PM Nawaz Sharif, Modi had a brief stopover in Lahore in December 2015, for which Pakistan has billed India Rs 2.86 lakh as route navigation charges.

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The bills for the Prime Ministers visits are borne by the External Affairs Ministry. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Pakistan has billed India Rs 2.86 lakh as route navigation charges for Indian Air Force aircraft used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a stopover in Lahore and visits to Russia, Afghanistan, Iran and Qatar, an RTI response shows.

The data gathered by activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra through his RTI application, show that till June 2016, Indian Air Force aircraft were used for the Prime Ministers visits to 11 countries Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Qatar, Australia, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Fiji and Singapore.

Batra gave a copy of the RTI responses, received from August last year to January 30, 2018, to PTI.

During one such visit on December 25, 2015, Modi had a brief stopover in Lahore at the request of then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The stopover took place when Modi was returning from Russia and Afghanistan.

For this, a bill of Rs 1.49 lakh has been issued as route navigation...

22:45

Australian Watchdog Received 1,200 Crypto Scam Complaints in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission reportedly received over 1,200 complaints about cryptocurrency scams last year.

20:07

MACKAY Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft

February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

three counts of fraud dishonestly gain benefit/advantage, possess utensils or pipes and driving of motor vehicle without a drivers licence, licence suspended under s 79B. He appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on March 12.

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20:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Multiple charges, Moranbah

February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Police have opposed the male persons bail and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. Detectives are continuing to investigate a number of offences of copper theft that have occurred in Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah. If anyone has any information they can contact Crime

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19:23

The Gender Wars: Stop Press. Mass Murderer Is A Man! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Mental health has come up as a possible cause; extremist views; lax gun laws. But the elephant in the room, writes Ben Pennings is still not being discussed.

One essential ingredient has been ignored in the analysis of the latest U.S. school massacre. Again.

Nikolas Cruz is a man.

Cruzs mental health, ethnicity, political beliefs, school behaviour and access to weapons have all been critiqued. I have yet to see one politician, criminologist, law officer or media commentator highlight his gender.

This is despite 95 per cent of massacres in schools and universities having been committed by men, from Andrew Kehoe killing 44 people in a 1927 school bombing to the massacres at Montreal, Dunblane, Sanaa, Columbine, Osaka and Erfurt.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of mass murderers, serial killers, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and domestic violence perpetrators are male. The alarming level of mens violence towards women and children will not stop until men accept that it is their responsibility to prevent it.

If it was a woman who gunned down 17 people, her gender would be a central part of the narrative. How a woman ended up a killer, betraying the sex that gives life. Female violence gains added attention because it is an anomaly, not expected and therefore more shocking. Male violence gains less attention as it has become normalised, is expected, and on most occasions, fails to shock.

Imagine if our society had two equally represented ethnicities and one perpetrated more than 90 per cent of the violent crime. Would ethnicity be ignored as much as gender currently is?

In December 1989, Marc Lpine roamed through the buildings at the University of Montreal calling out, Bring me the women! I want the women! In each room he separated the men from the women and shot the women. He slaughtered 14 young women in total, and then killed himself. Australian singer/songwriter Judy Small wrote a powerful song about it that asks vital questions:

And dont you wonder why, as you try to make sense of this
Why is it always men who resort to the gun, the sword and the fist?
Why does gunman sound so familiar while gunwoman doesnt quite ring true?
What is it about men that makes them do the things they do?

So what is it about men? Why are they extremely more likely to rape women, children and other men, and to assault partners they are meant to love?

These questions lead to the age-old debate of nature versus nurture. Is masculinity and its associated behaviours socially constructed and changeable over time? Or are they bi...

18:58

A Question For Anthony Mundine: Am I Not Your People? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal boxing legend Anthony Mundine was recently reported as suggesting gay people should be put to death. Comedian Steven Oliver weighs in.

So, here I am writing an article which, again, finds me defending my sexuality. Im not sure how many times (this year alone) I have had to say or write something in response to a statement that is one of belief and not fact (and by belief I dont solely mean religion).

If being black and gay has taught me anything from the constantly repeated negative experiences underpinned by racism and homophobia, its that there are a lot of beliefs out there that are misguided, wrong or just fucked.

Some are from people who come to a conclusion after filling in the blanks they didnt have answers to. Some are from people who just believe anything theyre told and dont question the validity because its easier to just believe than understand. Some are from people who say they dont judge me but theyre instructed by an all-powerful being to say things that judge me and that, in the end, the all-powerful being will judge me (where Im sure my non-judgemental friend, will be saying I tried telling your gay black arse).

Some (this would be the fucked, well, more fucked kind) are simply made up because people have an agenda that usually comes from fear and/or a need to control.

Speaking of agenda, I suppose it only fair I outline mine. Basically, it comes from a need for the queer community to stop being treated like shit. Its a need to stop those constantly repeated negative experiences. Its a need to pay respect to all who stood proudly even when judgement turned to hate, and that hate turned to violence. To let them know the strength I recognised when they refused to turn hateful, as the ones they loved turned them away. That what is right, is the act of treating others right.

Anyway, Im guessing youre guessing that Im talking about Anthony Mundine. After all, I write this article not long after his death penalty comments. But in truth, it starts with a guy called Mick (though Ill get to Anthony, eventually). See, Mick is a nice guy. Met him a few years back through an organisation we both worked for. Wed chit chat and joke whenever he rang my office and always had a laugh.

Mick had property in Townsville that he said I could use whenever I was home, and though I never took him up on it, it was a gesture...

18:20

BEHIND BARS PART 3: Australias shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: Solitary confinement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 3 of this special series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the use of solitary confinement against disabled Aboriginal prisoners, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1 and 2 here and here.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) observes that under international law, solitary confinement means confining a prisoner for 22 hours or more per day without meaningful human contact. Prolonged solitary confinement occurs when solitary confinement is extended past 15 consecutive days.

HRW documents in its report that various specialists on international law from various United Nations human rights organisations have found that under international law, it is unacceptable to impose solitary confinement on people with disabilities under any circumstances.

As noted by HRW, Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, argued that the imposition of solitary confinement of any duration, on persons with mental disabilities is cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. He has called on governments to abolish it for prisoners with psychosocial or cognitive disabilities. Mendez observed that the longer the duration of solitary confinement or the greater the uncertainty regarding the length of time, the greater the risk of serious and irreparable harm to the inmate that may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment or even torture.

Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Likewise, the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has said that prolonged solitary confinement may amount to an act of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and recommended that solitary confinement should not be used in the case of minors or the mentally disabled. Rule 45 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners pro...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
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15:27

COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]

13:45

Top athletes snub CWealth Games "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFN battles to get best available   may release team list today   There are strong indications that some of the countrys top athletes might snub the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15. Reports have it that red-hot Divine Oduduru and Tobiloba Amusan are []

The post Top athletes snub CWealth Games appeared first on Newtelegraph.

13:44

$195 for "An evening with Hillary" Clinton in Sydney. Want more? Pay more..................... "IndyWatch Feed National"

$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...

13:12

MACKAY Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute

February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

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12:05

Doctors not convinced on medical cannabis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doctors have been warned against rushing to prescribe medical cannabis despite Australians acceptance of its use. To date, the evidence on the effectiveness of medical cannabis remains limited, write Jennifer Martin and Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo in an editorial for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, they say the usual regulatory processes designed to protect patients from potential serious harms caused by medicinal cannabinoids must be adhered to.

The pace and scale of the introduction of medicinal cannabis are unprecedented and have raised challenges for health professionals, not so much because of its known addictive and psychoactive properties, but because its introduction has not followed the usual research-based safety and effectiveness processes, they wrote.

They argue there is a need for stronger and more streamlined guidelines in administering and supplying medical cannabis

.In Australia, medicinal cannabis is legal but patient access is still very difficult.

The Therapeutic Goods Administrations (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) provides patient access to cannabis on compassionate grounds without the usual quality and safety data requirements.

This means approval is granted on a case-by-case basis provided the correct documentation is given by the prescribing doctor, says Dr John Lawson, a paediatric neurologist and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

The prescribing medical practitioner has several responsibilities, including providing informed consent and a treatment plan and monitoring, and complying with reporting requirements including reporting any adverse event to the TGA, Dr Lawson said.

In the case of a child with epilepsy, this means that general practitioners or paediatricians can only successfully apply via the SAS scheme with supporting documentation from a paediatric neurologist.

He says there needs to be a balance between compassion and careful assessment for patients for whom cannabis products might be beneficial.

Already there is a body of evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis for those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons disease.

A recent trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, led by Australian neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer, found cannabidiol one of at least 113 compounds found in the cannabis plant significantly reduced the severity and frequency of seizures in children with a rare, yet devastating form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.

Last year, the Medical Cannabis Council called for more robust research to be done to ensure patients greater acc...

11:57

FixedIt: Sexual assault is not sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yahoo reported on a sexual assault allegation against Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who shot and killed 25 people in a church in Texas.

The woman who reported the sexual assault was not given a forensic examination and little effort was made to contact her after she gave her statement. When detectives did eventually speak to her, four months after she made the statement, they claimed they couldnt find Kelley and let the case drop.

In her signed statement the woman said, he told me would hurt me when I didnt do what he said. The records also include a statement from Kelleys first wife, Tessa Brennaman, who said the alleged victim told her about the incident a day later.

By the time of the shooting, Kelley had been court-martialed and removed from the Air Force on allegations that he abused his then-wife and a child. The following year, deputies were called to his home to investigate a domestic violence complaint, and he was accused of misdemeanor animal cruelty in Colorado.

All of this goes to show the strong connection between men who commit violence against women and men who commit mass shooting in America. It also demonstrates the casual approach law enforcement has to mens sexual crimes against women. And for the FixedIt project, it is yet another example of sexual assault being misnamed as sex.

Its almost like theres a relationship between all these things.

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11:49

Leith van Onselen tackles the growth lobby monster - by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tonight, [Feb 18, 2018] I appeared on the ABCs National Wrap to debate the Migration Councils CEO, Carla Wilshire, on Australias mass immigration program. Below are notes from the debate explaining my position and refuting Ms Wilshires key lines of argument.

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy at 11:01 pm on February 18, 2018. First published at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/02/leith-van-onselen-tackles-growth-lobby-monster/.

Economic modelling on immigration is unflattering and does not reflect real life:

During the debate, we got into an exchange over the purported economic benefits of immigration, as noted by the various Productivity Commission (PC) modelling.

Ms Wilshire argued the modelling shows unambiguous benefits to Australians because GDP per capita is increased, whereas I argued that incumbent Australian workers are made worse-off from falling wages (let alone broader impacts like congestion, higher infrastructure costs, smaller and less affordable housing, etc).

At the outset, it is important to note that economic modelling around immigration is inherently limited and often does not reflect real life.

First, it is generally assumed in these models that population ageing will result in fewer people working, which will subtract from per capita GDP. However, it is equally likely that age-specific workforce participation will respond to labour demand, resulting in fewer people being unemployed, as we have witnessed in Japan, where the unemployment rate is below 3%.

Even if this assumption holds true, the benefit to GDP per capita would only be transitory. Once the migrant workers grow old, they too will add to the pool of aged Australians, thus requiring an ever increasing immigration intake to keep the population age profile from rising.

......

11:37

FixedIt: Who tried to sexually assault a teenage girl? "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITV News reported that a young man followed a teenage girl, filmed or photographed her and attempted to sexually assault a her on the grounds of Cheadle Hulme High School.

Once again, the man who alleged committed crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

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...

11:31

FixedIt: Another headline, another invisible perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Fraser Coast Chronicle reported that a 46-year-old man has been charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, suffocation strangulation in a domestic relationship, threatening violence and wilful damage. The woman he allegedly assaulted was hospitalised with fractures to her face.

Once again, the man charged with crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

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 m...

10:51

In Our Names: The West Has Slaughtered 329 People In The Orient Every Day For The Past 27 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a scientist, its Jakob Reimanns job to calculate things. But learning to calculate the reaction kinetics of enzymatic processes, while obviously challenging, is nothing compared to adding up the number of people killed in our name. Get ready for your safe western bubble to be burst.

 

The Gulf War 1991

In the Iran-Iraq War (First Persian Gulf War) between 1980 and 1988, Saddam Hussein was a close ally of the West, even when he was conducting genocide against the Kurds in northern Iraq with poison gas made in Germany.

However, when he subsequently raided oil-rich Kuwait, he became persona non grata and provoked a massive US bombing campaign where over 110,000 air strikes against Iraq have been launched in 43 days, destroying vast quantities of civilian infrastructure big-time. Welcome to Operation Desert Storm, the Second Gulf War.

In the single most lethal incident for civilians in modern air warfare, US stealth bombers dropped two laser-guided smart bombs on a protective bunker in Baghdad on the night of February 13, 1991, killing 408 civilians.

The US government refused to investigate the victim statistics of the Gulf War. We have no way of knowing precisely how many casualties occurred, Defence Secretary Dick Cheney said after the war, we may never know.

Former US president George W Bush declares victory in the illegal war against Iraq. (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).

However, Beth Osborne Daponte, a young demographer with the University of Chicago, compiled these very numbers for the US Census Bureau and was eventually fired from public service due to her results.

In her solid scientific study, Daponte assessed data from UNICEF, the US State Department, and Harvard University among others and concluded that 205,500 people were killed, including 74,000...

10:32

Words are cheap "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Interventions promise to improve the lives of children and young people in remote Aboriginal communities has resulted in exactly the opposite, and now children are being taken away at a rate higher than during the Stolen Generations. The Intervention era has produced a three-fold increase in children in out-of-home-care in the NT.

10:03

A renewable energy jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Renewable energy: powering Australia in more ways than one http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5229330/renewable-energy-is-powering-jobs-in-the-regions/?cs=97 James Wright  18 Feb 18  A jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia and theres one industry to thank the renewable energy sector. From places like Gordon in southern Tasmania to Pindari in north-east NSW, new solar installations, windfarms, battery arrays, solar towers and pumped hydro facilities are springing life into regional towns. How are they doing this? By injecting desperately needed investment and job opportunities into remote locations.

09:46

Ten years on: The fraud of Australian parliaments stolen generations apology - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ten years on: The fraud of Australian parliaments stolen generations apology - World Socialist Web Site: By Mike Head
17 February 2018

Hypocrisy abounded inside Australias parliamentary great hall this week when about 300 politicians and indigenous representatives gathered for a breakfast event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the former Labor governments national apology to the stolen generations of Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their families.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who delivered the nationally-televised apology on the floor of the parliament in February 2008, was feted as a visionary who had offered an historic statement acknowledging the crimes committed against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population since the British conquest of the continent in 1788.

One shocking statistic points to the monumental political fraud involved in the apology and its ongoing acclamation as a landmark event. Today, more than 17,000 indigenous children are living in out-of-home care, compared with about 9,000 a decade ago. In other words, a new stolen generation is being created, with the numbers of children taken from their parents almost doubling in 10 years.

09:42

UN Security Council Imposes Sanctions on a Helpless Population with Nod from Russia and China! "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Harvester in Illinois, and (R) harvesting in North Korea (Photo credit L, Jim Young, R, NK News)

By Carla Stea

[Editors Note; This article first appeared at Globalresearch.ca, on December 12, 2017 with the title Day of Infamy for the UN Security Council: Triggering a Devastating Humanitarian Crisis in North Korea] 

In view of the collapse of the DPRKs socialist economic system these sanctions are intended to provoke, the ultimate question remains why China and Russia failed to veto these sanctions, while they have the power to prevent this catastrophe. What arrangements were made? Has the U.S. juggernaut succeeded in inducing the short-sighted submission of Russia and China, who must certainly anticipate the horrific results of a collapse of the DPRK, which will le...

09:39

Lets put an end to the battery cage "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the release of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry draft, we're encouraging all members to speak up and have their say on Australias continued use of battery cages. The opportunity to ban or phase out battery cages is now, and may not return for another decade.

These draft Standards will have a lasting impact on the future of the poultry industry. We believe all poultry producers voices should be heard in the debate on battery cages, just as many would remember from the free-range labelling debate in 2015 to 2016.

Put the pressure on Agriculture ministers and your local members, especially in states where the proposal has yet not seen governmental opposition such as Queensland and NSW. Victoria and WA are already on board with the development of better welfare standards than those proposed.

Write to your local member of parliament and tell them what you think about the draft Standards. Some key points to include are:

  1. The Proposed Australian Animal Welfare Draft Standards and Guidelines for Poultry should include a 3-year phase out of battery cages to be considered as providing a responsible solution to consumer and animal welfare demands.
  2. The current proposal provides Options that are inadequate in terms of improving animal welfare because the soonest Australia could see a phase out of battery cages is in 10 years. The entire European Union announced it would phase out cages in 1999 and did so by 2012. If an entire political continent can shift its production methods in less than 13 years, then it should be feasible for Australia to attempt a shorter phase out period of much less than 10 years. Countries in the EU such as Sweden responded immediately by banning the use of cages in laying production from 1999.
  3. More research should be done by the Government on alternative production systems such as pasture-based poultry management systems and regenerative agriculture systems including poultry.

Include further reasons

in your submission as summarised by RSPCA at...

08:58

Barnaby Joyce should resign: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed National"

A majority of Australians believe embattled Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce should resign following his affair with a staffer, the latest Newspoll shows.

Up to 65 per cent of voters across the country believe the deputy prime minister should resign with a third of those also believing Mr Joyce should quit federal parliament.

Newspoll quizzed 1632 voters across Australia including those in regional areas and cities for the findings released on Sunday.

Of the voters who want Mr Joyce gone, 29 per cent believe the New England MP should step down as the Nationals leader but remain on the backbench while 21 per cent believe he should step down and not recontest the next election.

A quarter of regional voters wanted to see Mr Joyce resign from parliament immediately because of the love-child scandal, with just 20 per cent of city voters wanting to see him go.

Meanwhile Malcolm Turnbulls personal approval ratings fell, dropping five points to 40 per cent, leaving only a seven point margin between the Liberal leader and Labor leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

The coalitions primary vote also fell two points to 36 per cent, one point behind Labors which remained unchanged.

The two-party-preferred vote has returned the coalition to the position it held in December trailing Labor 53 per cent to 47.

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08:56

Greens, activist refer MP over gun post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Facebook post from MP George Christensen. supplied

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale says he has referred a disgraceful Facebook post by MP George Christensen to federal police.

Mr Christensen posted a photo of himself pointing a hand gun and the comment you gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?.

Saturdays post drew widespread attention and the Queensland Nationals MP was accused of being insensitive in the wake of last weeks high school shooting in the United States.

Senator Di Natale reported the image to the Australian Federal Police, saying Mr Christensen was giving licence to people to behave in a violent way towards others with a different view.

Its disgraceful, irresponsible, its shameful, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Anti-Adani protestor Ben Pennings confirmed on Sunday he had added Mr Christensens post to a complaint he filed on Thursday with Queensland police after receiving over 100 death threats online.

George Christensen is an appalling example to his constituents and should be ashamed of himself, Mr Pennings said.
When tensions are high, threats of physical violence to peaceful protesters are particularly unacceptable.

Mr Christensen later amended his post to read You gotta ask yourself, do you have a sense of humour, greenie punks? Obviously not.

Queensland police said on Sunday night no offence had been committed.

Liberal MP Ian Goodenough, a member of the parliamentary friends of shooting group, said it appeared Mr Christensen was making a lighthearted reference to the Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry.

In this case I do not believe that George is making an actual threat against any particular person, he said.
But Mr Goodenough conceded it was an off-colour attempt at humour.

On Monday morning Mr Penning said that after being contacted by concerned gun owners and police officers he has asked the Queensland Police Service to investigate:

  • Whether George Christensen has a licence to fire that specific concealable semi-automatic handgun
  • Given his threatening social media posts and attitudes to weapons, whether George Christensen is a fit and proper person to hold any gun licence
  • Whether this and previous social medi...

08:51

Joyce affair undermines Turnbull and weakens the government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contribution by Jim Hayes

The Barnaby Joyce saga has undergone a new twist in the last few days. The turmoil around it has been such that it has pushed Malcolm Turnbull from playing the role as supporter, to having a public slanging match with his Deputy Prime Minister.

This is typical of Turnbulls swaying with the wind style.

Mishandling the situation with the so-called ban the bonk directive, he ordered ministers not not have sex with their staffers. This was to show that he was doing something and to take the heat off him personally. He had to do something. Barnaby Joyce is being a public relations disaster, making Turnbulls remaining friends in the government nervous, and providing his enemies with a new opportunity to undermine him.

The ban was inept, because he has opened himself to accusation of unwarranted interference in the bedroom. But it is the implied criticism of Barnaby Joyces character and what National Party politicians see as an attack on their party that has bounced back to bite Malcolm Turnbull.

Now he finds himself squaring off, not only against his deputy, but against his Coalition partners. His intention may not have been to do this. But that doesnt matter anymore.

In effect, he has thrown Barnaby Joyce a lifeline, and he has taken it up. Before last Friday, he was looking beaten. Barnaby is now fighting back with renewed vigour and called Turnbulls  comments inept and unnecessary.

Instead of taking the spotlight off himself, Turnbull has managed to turn up the light and make his own position even less secure. At worst, this has the potential to bring down the government and his prime ministership. At best, it will leave his enemies wringing their hands in glee. Malcolm Turnbull has taken another step to become a dead man walking.

Turnbull has another problem. He is due in Washington to meet Donald Trump next week, and could be heading there as a bit of a lame duck. His problem is that Washington exerts a great deal of political weight on Australias parliament, and especially Coalition parties.

As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is seen as a useful to American interests in Australia and Washingtons global strategy. A lame Prime Minister no longer trusted to do the job can be undermined.

Turnbull must also realise that while he is away, his enemies could act against him. And this is likely to have been the motivator to deny Barnaby Joyce the role as acting Prime Minister.

All this has considerable importance. T...

08:32

Michael Brull // BEHIND BARS PART 2: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities; In Their Own Words - New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEHIND BARS PART 2: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities; In Their Own Words - New Matilda: Sexual abuse

I was going in to take a shower, and I saw three male prisoners. I sensed trouble and I started backing out. But one of them ran towards me. The other two held me down and they made me kiss his penis. I tried to run away. [Tried] to get help and shout out to the prison guards. But they were too far. I could not do anything because I would be labeled a dog [traitor].

When I finally managed to find someone to tell and the guards found out, they put me in the punishment unit. I was told it was for my safety. And there was nowhere else they could put me. And then the guards on call taunted me. All night I could not sleep. I could just hear the guards giggling outside. I had to wait for a couple of days before I was transferred to another prison. I am suffering from depression. I get no support.

Man with cognitive disability

08:30

Barnabys Problems Were Personal. Now Hes A Problem For The Government. "IndyWatch Feed National"

An old-fashioned sex scandal has exposed deep rifts within the Coalition. The long-term results do not augur well for our democracy, writes Ben Eltham.

Even for someone accustomed to the rough and tumble of politics, the past fortnight has been a dispiriting spectacle. The dissolution of a family and the further debasement of political standards was never going to make for happy travels, but something about the Barnaby Joyce scandal has been especially disheartening.

By now the sordid details are well known: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, after pursuing an affair with his former staffer Vikki Campion, has left his wife Natalie and is now living with Campion in a rent-free townhouse in Armidale, provided by a political donor. Campion was moved from Joyces office after the relationship became obvious to other staffers and political insiders, and given a succession of highly paid jobs in the offices of other National Party politicians.

The bare bones of the scandal, thus laid out, hardly suggest the orgy of prurience that has engulfed the Australian political and social media since the Daily Telegraph broke the news of the affair last week. At every stage, the controversy has shown us base motivations, dishonesty, self-interest, and political expediency.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses media shortly after the announcement of the marriage equality postal plebiscite result.

By the end of the week, the scandal had exposed deep rifts in the federal Coalition, with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at each others throats in dueling media conferences. The extraordinary scenes recalled the darkest days of the Gillard government, when factional politics and personal hatreds tore a sitting government apart, souring voters views on Australian democracy in the process.

There can be no doubt that this scandal has destroyed Barnaby Joyces political career. While he has tried to dig in and ride out the controversy, it seems highly unlikely he can continue as the leader of the Nationals in the long term. Even if Joyce can limp on in the role, he has been gravely wounded. Joyces most valuable political asset his knockabout personal popularity in regional Australia has surely been dealt a crippling blow.

Conservative politics is a t...

08:26

On the return journey? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

White-browed Woodswallows have been conspicuous by their absence all summer, that is until I came across a small flock yesterday morning in the Rise and Shine.

I observed a few birds passing through the Mia Mia in late October but apparently conditions didnt inspire them to linger and breed. I suspect the flock encountered yesterday are heading north on their return journey. They are fussy and mercurial in their breeding habits but a beautiful bird nonetheless.

White-browed Woodswallow, Rise and Shine, 18th February 2018

08:00

February 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...

07:20

Dont Tell Me Not to Travel Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

I recently booked a return flight to South America. Im flying in and out of Peru, but the country I am most anticipating is Colombia and no, not for the reasons youre assuming. I want to trek through the Amazon jungle in the same country as I can lie on a sugary-white Caribbean beach. I want to salsa in vibrant cities and drink a hot cup of coffee freshly brewed from the best beans in the world. I want to explore a country that isnt on the well-trodden backpacker path, because experience tells me that these are the countries that will last in my mind most vividly after the fact. I am, in a word, excited.

So excited, that I havent stopped raving about it to my friends.

I live in a small country town, and my closest friend here is my neighbours son. My neighbour is well-intentioned, but he is from another time. He openly yearns for the good old days when women stayed inside the home and couldnt open a bank account without a mans permission. When I moved into the little block of flats he is the landlord of, he gave me the easiest car space to park in, explicitly because Im a young girl. He is anti-abortion. We get along, but he has taken it upon himself to act as my personal guardian and boundary-setter while Im here, despite the fact that I am well into my twenties and that we have no relationship beyond landlord-tenant. There is nothing I can do that is not his business. Seemingly, he thinks I am too stupid to accomplish basic tasks myself, or that if I cant do something theres no need for me to learn how, because men should be doing it for me.

Naturally, when he learned I was planning to travel to Colombia, he was unable to keep his opinions to himself.

Frances, I hear youre planning on travelling soon! he began. I responded enthusiastically and we talked harmlessly for a few sentences. Then he arranged his face into an expression of pious condescension and plunged in with what he had clearly opened the conversation to tell me. In the tone of a parent telling an over-enthusiastic child that they arent allowed to stay up with the adults after dinner, he said, Now, I dont think you should travel to Colombia alone.

The following is obviously not an exact transcript of his reasons why, but the gist was, I know youre excited, little girl, but what you dont seem to realise is that the world is dangerous! Bad things can happen to you in a place like Colombia. You are very sweet, but you dont know about the world. I do. Let me fulfil my role to protect you, because I am equipped to do that, and you are not equipped to protect yourself.

...

06:33

Rhianna who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant denied support by Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.

The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant.  She has been on the waiting list since then.

I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.

I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.

At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.

She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately,  she began to deteriorate again after a while.

Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.

I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.

For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.

This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.

But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.

Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.

The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.

Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent.

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06:00

Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.

As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.

Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.

 

 

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04:00

Emissions increases approved by regulator may wipe out $260m of Direct Action cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exclusive: Nearly 60 industrial sites get green light to increase emissions, cancelling out cuts paid for by Coalition using public moneyNearly 60 Australian industrial sites have been given the green light to increase greenhouse gas pollution, potentially cancelling out hundreds of millions of dollars of public spending on emissions cuts under the Coalition's Direct Action climate policy.The increases have been quietly approved under the safeguard mechanism, which was introduced as [...]

03:45

Another Guy Just Like Doug Mesner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just not near as bad

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientist-unmasked-as-darkweb-sex-fiend-evilmind-90kwvj0zh?shareToken=6acca2aadadb866687e23b4b4055709a

But claiming people like this and Mesner dont exist is just deluding yourself

But Mesner likes to murder people- which is why he likes to use the name John Killrush- as he gets a rush from killing.

01:23

Top 5 Brawls on Carnival's Fun Ships "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carnival Cruise BrawlCarnival Cruise Line characterized the recent brawl on the Carnival Legend as limited, isolated and unprecedented. But anyone who follows the cruise industry knows that these type of fights which occur on Carnival ships are hardly rare. 

There literally are dozens of videos on YouTube of fights which have erupted on cruise ships over the years. The vast majority of these brawls occur on Carnival ships. 

There are reasons for this problem, in my opinion:

The "wider audience:" Cruising is now more popular than ever. The cruise line's trade organization, CLIA, says that over 27 million passengers will take a cruise this year.  Cheaper fares have attracted what Carnival Corporation chairmen Micky Arison characterizes as the "wider audience." Eight years ago in an article titled Cruise Ship Brawls - A Problem that Will Get Bigger with Bigger Ships, I wrote about CEO Arison discussing potential issues associated with cheap cruise tickets and a more diverse group of passengers.

Cruise executive Arison said: cruise ships are a microcosm of any city or any location and stuff happens . . . The negatives of discounting might be less commission for agents and less revenue for us but the positive is it opens up the product to a wider audience. I mentioned that the "wider audience" will undoubtedly include a younger crowd from a different demographic, including what I call the hard partying "Bud Light - tank top" crowd.

Too much alcohol on increasingly gigantic ships: Cruise lines aren't profitable based solely on their cruise fares. Of all "onboard purchases," including casino sales, shore excursions, specialty restaurants and gift shops, alcohol sales are the key to keeping the tax-free foreign flagged cruise ships profitable.  Pushing alcohol sales are a key part of Carnival's fun ships. Carnival collects literally Carnival Cruise Brawlhundreds of millions of tax-free dollars a year selling booze on the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. Bartenders, who make a earning solely on gratuties and tips, are often prone to over-serve guests. 

Ill trained and and insufficient number of security guards: A common complaint we hear from passengers is that ship security does not intervene at an early stag...

00:15

Yoda: Australian Archbishop Says Pedophilia (Sodomy of a Child) is A Spiritual Encounter with God "IndyWatch Feed National"

Catholic Archbishop Says Pedophilia Is Spiritual Encounter With God

Archbishop Hart . . . insisted that sexual abuse was a spiritual encounter with God through the priest and was of a higher order than criminal law.

As the law currently stands, clergy are not legally obliged to report crimes to the police and disciplinary proceedings for criminal activity by members of the Catholic Church are handled internally by Canon law, which operates independently of the regular legal procedure.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: While the Catholic Church is just one of many global institutions that has an active pedophile population of perhaps 10% (and a murderous pedophile population that I estimate is on the order of 2% of all priests up to and including the Pope), it now enjoys diplomatic immunity (a priceless asset for the smuggling of gold, guns, drugs, cash, and small children). I believe as a starting point all government should end diplomatic immunity for the Vatican, and also end all exemptions of religious organizations with respect to criminal prosecution.

See Especially:

Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy, & The Deep State (free online)

See Also:

Jesuit @ Phi Beta Iota

Pedophilia @ Phi Beta Iota

Vatican @ Phi Beta Iota

 

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22:04

About The EMF in My House and the Reason Why "IndyWatch Feed National"

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency which is what these DEW weapons (Directed energy weapons) that the Air Force told Congress about- affect and control. A normal safe level is under 50 but, as you can see, the levels in my house FAR exceed that.

These are the same weapons that were used in our Cuban embassy- although our media pretends not to know what they are even though again our Air Force went in front of Congress in 2006 and not only talked about these weapons but said they were going to use them on Americans citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe.

Considering that was in 2006 and it is now 2018- and they are still secret- obviously they are NOT safe. And they are using them to quietly and secretly kill anyone they feel is a threat.

Im a threat to them because I am telling the truth about my family being involved with a group that was abducting, trafficking, and slaughtering children in Omaha in the 80s- which is why Mesner and his band of rabid wolves have spent years trying to discredit me. This group- according to our national media at the time- went straight to the George Bush Sr. White House and included many members of the GOP as well as a slew of Democrats.

It also included the rich of Omaha- like Warren Buffet- Willie Theison (the founder of Godfathers pizza), PJ Morgan (Omahas real estate dude), Peter Keiwit (top building cons...

21:56

Admiral Harris Issues Disturbing Warning About Chinas Military Intentions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The esteemed Admiral Harry Harris, recently nominated for the ambassadors position in Australia, has issued a strong warning about Chinese military intentions. This is the stuff that World War III is based upon.

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Saturday, 17 February

10:54

Sulfuryl Fluoride: Car dealers versus the stink bug "IndyWatch Feed National"

Note from FAN: Sulfuryl Fluoride is a highly neurotoxic fumigant (see health effects). The molecular formula is:

Tauranga MP and National Party leadership prospect Simon Bridges has been called on to tackle the nasty brown marmorated stink bug.

The bug has spread to the United States and Europe from Asia. Theyre hard to see, hard to kill, travel far and breed fast.

The Ministry of Primary Industries considers them to be a damaging economic pest and a significant household nuisance.

Now the stink bug is threatening to bring the New Zealand used Japanese car trade to its knees. Jono Allen of Tauranga Cars says compliance shops are empty with staff standing around and panel and paint shops, vehicle groomers, car stereo installers are all similarly affected.

This affects hundreds if not thousands of businesses nationwide and is costing the country huge amounts of lost revenue every day.

After the discovery of the brown marmorated stink bug, four ships carrying used cars from Japanese have been turned away from Ports of Auckland.

These boats have several thousand Japanese used vehicles on-board destined for New Zealand marketplace. They are currently in limbo as Australia has refused them to berth to have Fumigation with Sulfuryl Fluoride performed. Because of this the industry is grinding to a stand-still.

And Jono Allen has told Simon Bridges that the industry needs his help.

We need immediate action from the Minister of Primary Industries to allow Sulfuryl Fluoride to be used in New Zealand ports to treat these boats, says Jono.

There are many other vessels on their way from Japan and they will probably be affected too.

He has told Simon Bridges that every day that goes by means lost incomes, lost revenue and potentially lost jobs.

This is a serious national issue which requires your immediate attention. Please support our local motor industry.

The bug can be eliminated with heat treatment but thats not practicable with the volume of cars involved. Jono says the only other solution is to fumigate with Sulfuryl Fluoride.......

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