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Wednesday, 15 November

23:02

Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance : November 21, 8 pm Eastern Time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Resisting the Standing Rock grand jury.

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.

This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.

Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!

Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.

22:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Australias greatest rock bands who are completing a world tour with their second concert in Sydney this Friday Midnight Oil

 

 


22:13

BON SCOTT LIVE LET THERE BE ROCK "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia where I live our greatest rock band ACDC otherwise known as Acca Dacca

 


22:07

No birds today "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

but there was 10 mm of beautiful, drenching rain!

You could hear the bush sighing with relief.

A brief visit to Demo Track found Red-anther Wallaby-grass Rytidosperma pallidum in great shape. Also known as Silver-top Wallaby-grass and revised from Chionochloa pallida and Joycea pallida this local native species is great habitat for Painted Button-quail.

Red-anther Wallaby-grass, Demo Track, 15th November 2017

22:01

Living samples of planet's oldest life forms found in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Living specimens of stromatolites - the oldest evidence of life on Earth - have been found deep within a remote, protected World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Australia. Stromatolites date back some 3.7 billion years and are regarded as a crucial piece of the puzzle that make up Earth's geological history - thanks to their layers of cyanobacteria, which comprise biofilm. These trap sediment and minerals from the water and cement them in place. The stromatolite layers then painstakingly build up overtime to form rock structures.

21:22

The Honest Ads Act: "Fundamental Rights," Real and Imagined "IndyWatch Feed National"

There's a right to speak. There's a right to listen or not listen to what someone says. There's a right to ask who's saying it, and to condition one's belief or non-belief on the answer. But that answer may be "none of your business," and there's no right to forcibly dictate otherwise.

21:15

India Keeps Options Open at US-led "Quad" Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

20:52

Soviet Union of America - Rt debate on growing media suppression in US "IndyWatch Feed National"

We live in increasingly 'interesting' times. US Journalists and government employees are afraid to criticise their government's outrageously authoritarian move against one media outlet, because they are afraid of being harassed themselves. According to the US Department of Justice, RT is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the United States Department Of Justice refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws RT may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression. The UK is following suit, with parliamentarians attacking journalists who write against its illegal foreign wars, because they are afraid of being pursued one day for war crimes. Julian Assange has rightly described Australia as being governed by Washington, so we Australians had better look out and stand up and defend RT and anyone who writes a different point of view.

CrossTalking with Lee Stranahan, Rocky Anderson and Marcus Papadopoulos.

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20:47

Humanity In Crisis, Part 8: Missing Shoals, and the Blob "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huge Herring catches are unloaded from a fishing boat in Rockland. New England, 2015. Conservation groups are worried that huge catches change the entire food chain in those areas

By Dee McLachlan

My late Dad was a keen fisherman and, as a nine-year old, Id be dragged out of bed at 4.00 am, to then walk in the dark to some distant rocky point. Then, at dawn, lines would be cast out. Within an hour, enough fish had been caught for almost the entire holiday. You couldnt catch too much, as you had to carry it all back.

It only took about a decade for all that to change. In my twenties and thirties, when holidaying at the same place on that southern coast in S...

19:59

PERTH Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids .

November 15, 2017 at 04:56PM .

Both men were refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. They are due to face court again next week. A 27-year-old man

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/major-drug-bust-more-than-30-kilos-of-ice-found-in-perth-raids-20171115-gzm3a2.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGFcUZv6jv4EKB7c1q-0f1G09hH_A

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19:59

PERTH Perth prison escapee faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth prison escapee faces court .

November 15, 2017 at 03:03PM .

Sedman appeared via video link in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and insisted on having his five charges read out to him. He had his case

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/11/15/16/08/perth-prison-escapee-faces-court&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGT1dkXKkHKVE1-_-MGRUOAYhrwNQ

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PERTH Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:01AM .

who facing charges of forcibly rescuing offenders, assaulting a public officer and making threats to kill has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/perth/prison-escapee-perth-man-three-other-charge-over-fremantle-van-escape-ng-b88660474z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHzWn2p7FfRAi-SpPPlxx5WtrmIfA

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PERTH Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:08AM .

The four charged people will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The 33-year-old prisoner faces charges of forcibly rescuing a sentence offender,

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/fremantle-gazette/news/police-charge-four-people-over-alleged-violent-prisoner-escape/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHSzreTaq2hrYEwnOiV31Z8dkLUpQ

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18:48

MACKAY Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn

November 15, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Jane Margaret Perry (Langdon), 51, from Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention

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18:13

NSW, Australia: Shopping Centre Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

Received on 15.11.17:

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


18:03

Gay marriage bill introduced to parliament "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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Same-sex marriage is on track to be legalised before Christmas after draft laws were introduced to the Senate.

Liberal Dean Smiths private senators bill hit parliament on Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced a 61.6 per cent yes vote in support of changing the Marriage Act.Attorney-General George Brandis expects the Senate to deal with the bill by the end of the next sitting week on November 30, with debate to get under way on Thursday.

Senator Brandis said he will move amendments to extend exemption for religious ministers to civil celebrants and ensure people can legally have any view on same-sex marriage.

There should be strong protections for religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience, Senator Brandis told parliament.

Liberal senator James Paterson foreshadowed his own private bill earlier in the week which sought to extend religious protections to allow businesses that provide services to weddings the right to refuse service to gay couples.

But on Wednesday, Senator Paterson conceded the Smith bill had majority support.

He released a statement vowing to work with parliament on amendments to ensure the strongest possible protections of freedom would be in the final legislation.At last, same sex couples will be able to get married, as I have long advocated, Senator Paterson said.

Senator Smiths bill, which had cross-party support, will allow religious ministers to refuse to marry a couple.

This bill gives effect to the view that all Australians should have equal access to Australias marriage laws, Senator Smith said.

Extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen and not diminish marriage in Australia.

Labor senate leader Penny Wong, who was overcome with emotion when the survey results were announced, it was time for parliament to act.

I believe the Australian people voted to remove discrimination and I trust the bill will reflect that, Senator Wong said.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale warned opponents against amendments which would have discriminatory impacts.

Think very, very carefully about entrenching dis...

17:39

Love Wins; Hate And Dutton And Shelton And Abbott And Bernardi Et Al Lose "IndyWatch Feed National"

The marriage survey result showed that Australia is better than our politicians give us credit for, writes Ben Eltham.

The crowd gathered at the rally outside Melbournes State Library was predominantly young, but not completely. There were many families and clearly many straight people wanting to show their support. Inevitably, there was a babadook.

On the train in to the city this morning, I stood next to a middle-aged mother and her two daughters wearing rainbow ribbons. It was clear that this was a moment of great emotional importance to them as a family.

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The mood was nervous but expectant. On Swanston Street, I watched two young lesbians embrace excitedly, arm in arm, as they ran into the throng. I ran into respected arts journalist Richard Watts. Watts has a long commitment to queer campaigning. I didnt expect to be this nervous, he told me. The shame is that even if we win, it wont mean anything legally, unlike in Ireland.

Marriage is a very old custom, but in many ways a modern construction. As many have pointed out, the current law dates back only to 2004, when a cynical John Howard amended the Marriage Act to mandate heterosexuality, and to outlaw same sex marriages overseas. It was an act of political opportunism that has set the tone for the way both major parties have treated the issue ever since.

At the Melbourne rally, a glitchy link made statistician David Kalischs comments largely unintelligible. When the decision came through there was an initial pause, then a tremendous rush of emotion as people cheered and clapped.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

There were tears, too: lots of them, particularly from some of the older people present, some who perhaps remembered a different Australia, one where open displays of same-sex affection were greeted with violence rather than celebration.

And, of course, there were selfies. So love wins, deadpanned one young man to his boyfriend, as they took a selfie together. It was a remark that seemed to sum up the bittersweet nature of the moment.

The marriage equality campaign has been...

17:25

Tribal Community Deserves Real Answers as to Why Officer was Trigger Happy in Death of Bad River Teen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commentary

Published November 15, 2017

Shortly before noon, one week ago, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, was shot and killed by Brock Mrdjenovich, an Ashland County sheriffs deputy, who has been an officer for about a year.

The incident became one more tragedy for an American Indian family. The incident became one more time an officer killed an American Indian.

The number of American Indians killed by police has more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Sadly, the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports on a per capita basis, American Indians are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States.

In the immediate days after the killing Peros family demanded answers from law enforcement about the death of their son and grandson.

Levi Rickert

On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Jusitce provided an updated the day the family was hosting ceremonies to bury their dead teen. Not surprsing, the report provided a very one-sided account about what happened on last Wednesday morning.

A portion of the report reads:

Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon. On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the deputy was attempting to retreat. Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice. Life-saving measures were initiated however, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. DCI has determined Jason Pero was the same person that called 911 reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description. Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Peros bedroom supports that information. 

Some eyewitnesses are reportedly disputing Pero had a knife. So...

17:22

Your Silence On Manus And Nauru Is Your Complicity "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull.

If you dont exercise your democracy, youll lose it. Its as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public who dont hold them to account, and of the normalisation of cruelty.

We have known about the realities of mandatory detention for decades. We have seen how mandatory detention unfairly punishes people, causes deterioration in peoples mental and physical health and in some cases, results in death.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)We knew so intensely that offshore processing was brutal that for a brief period a decade ago, these centres were actually closed.

But we have normalised cruelty. We have normalised it to a point where it has become a given that both of our major political parties and most of the minor ones would not even think to stand up and demand policy change. They ignore hundreds of investigations, inquiries, testimonies, photos and videos which clearly show that Australia has contributed to the illness and death of thousands of people since the 1990s.

Despite knowing all of this, Australians continue to vote for politicians who uphold these systems. And after they are voted in, Australians click their tongues over articles about what happens on Manus or Nauru, maybe share one on Facebook or Twitter, and then go about their day.

The Nauru files a cache of 2,000 documents containing accounts of horrific conditions should have brought masses of people to the streets. Every single death in offshore detention should have brought masses of people to the streets....

17:14

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective "IndyWatch Feed National"

Statement from Husk Collective, active since August 2017.

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Originally published by squat.net.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective

We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.

We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.

We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.

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17:12

Australian Government oppressing the people with regards to technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems that the administration of the colony called Australia really hate their (tax) slave population where the sheeple are not allowed new technology that is available elsewhere.

Why would there be such an oppressive policy against the convict population?

It's not as if they are going to build a computer controlled rocket and blow up parliament house in the nation's capital, as it already has a fence (with other high tech surveillance) around it to keep the herd out.

Apparently a policy exists, where the serfs have no access to it(?), with regards to restricting new technology being imported into Australia.

We're not talking about the latest and greatest Android slab (phone) which is a great self sponsored government / corporate surveillance tool, as they're all for that, it's about the 'other' technology that is available to other inhabitants of even less fortunate nations than the people of Australia.

See article from 11 Nov 2017 by news.com.au of the headline:

How Australians are beating tech restrictions, importing the best gadgets not available Down Under



Liam, 20 months old, tries an Amazon Echo device with his parents. The device is one of many Australians cannot buy locally. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

PLANES cross the Pacific Ocean every single day, and the world has never seemed smaller or easier to access. 

Despite this, some of the best technological creations still dont reach as far as Australia, and many dont arrive in stores for months after their worldwide release.

These failures to launch affect everything from smartphones to computers, cameras to virtual reality gaming equipment, with notable holdouts including Google Glass, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and the much-hyped Essential smartphone that can still only be ordered in the United States and Canada.

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16:51

Unmasking The Reality Behind The Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racism is not really a thing, at least not in the sense that its an actual thing. It is a problem though. Douglas Ross explains.

You terrorist. You little monkey.

Surely if Sam Dastyari were six foot five and had spent the past six months in an aggressive workout routine, arming himself to the bone for a new role in what could be a potential new Wolverine series, those dickheads last week might have refrained from using the word little.

Common sense would have prevailed in that case.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250But he hasnt been working out as much as Hugh Jackman. Hes a mild mannered and average heighted politician. The blokes dressed up in their everyday-Australian Toll uniform took advantage of that and implied a threat of physical violence in their bigoted catcalls.

There is no excuse for the actions of the men who accosted Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Their attitudes are depressing and if they lose their jobs over the incident I doubt few would rush to their defence. We all can feel that sick feeling Sam must have felt in the bottom of his stomach the first moment he realised an antagonistic voice was directed at him.

It is an awful feeling that nobody should have the displeasure of ever experiencing.

However, there is a reason for that misdirected, ignorant, angry, inexcusable and just face-palm inducing confrontational behaviour. In fact, there are several lives worth of reasons that culminated in an alcohol-fuelled series of racist taunts by a group of men to an Iranian-born Australian.

To state a philosophical argument that is going to make many groan and rustle up a host of perfectly valid arguments against me: racism isnt, by reasoning, real. It cant be. It doesnt exist. Dont quote that on its own; youre not allowed. To continue my point: it is not to say that the realities that stem from the irreality of prejudice arent real. The results of a bigoted mind are as real as each new day but the place from which they stem is a misnomer. It cannot be real.

Racism is a cover for something else, or usually a host of something elses. It has to be. An overdue electricity bill. A hungry family. A job lost because you were late to work once. An addiction to gambling. An over-reliance on alcohol. A mother who left when...

16:47

Kristina Keneally's naive apologia for Islam should be in every Bennelong letterbox "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kristina Kenneally is a pleasant woman. She was great fronting Basketball Australia and often good on Sky News. She's a polished spokesperson who dresses well and has a reliable repertoire of social-justice-warrior lines. But she's also easily led and given to helping dangerous people like Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi, Ian...

16:39

MAINfm is looking for a Station Manager (paid) "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

STATION MANAGER for MAINfm.

MainFm is a community Radio Station based in Castlemaine. We were recently awarded Australias most outstanding small station by the CBAA.

The position is a paid part time role (3 days per week) 6 Month Contract.

The station is seeking to recruit a person with experience in voluntary based community organisations.  Knowledge and experience in radio or the media is desirable but not essential.

Employment beyond the initial six months is subject to further funding.

Copies of the Position Description and the Information Pack are available from the secretary via email: alantaylorcastlemaine@gmail.com

Applications must be lodged with the secretary by the COB Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

Click here for a Position Description.  Station Mgr PD v2 Nov 2017

16:06

Middle East Who is Who? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I am confused. On the one hand, you said the Saudis could be sued for 911 and that they have been funding ISIS with the USA. Then Iran is supposed to be a terrorist state. Who is who?

Thanks

KW

ANSWER: It is confusing. Bin Laden was Suni, not a Shia, and he considered Shia Muslims were in the same class as heretics, America, and Israel. He believed these were the true enemies of Islam. So there have been terrorist on both sides of the issue. They are not one group compared to another. I was merely explaining the major religious battle. Each side has its extremes just as do the Jews and Christians. Bin Laden subscribed to the Athari school of Islamic theology which believes in the STRICT interpretation of the Quran. That would be the same as the Born-Again Christians and the Hasidic Jews.

The USA was funding ISIS because they wanted to support Qatar trying to get a pipeline through Syria to compete with Russia. That is why Russia went into Syria. It was the Obama Administration that was giving the blessing to terrorism to overthrow Syria.

15:54

7 Horrifying Visions From Near Death Experiences In Hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

Throughout all of mankind and humanity, people have searched for an answer for why we are here, what was supposed to be doing, and what happens after we die. While this mystery has yet to be solved, some people have some interesting stories as to what they experienced in near death.

Ah, death; its been the scariest thing to think of since we are children. We all wonder what happens when we die. It really might come down to what religion you practice or believe in when it comes to where you think youre going after death. Science has even studied this on multiple different occasions, and while researchers believe they have proved consciousness moves on after death, people are still far from being comforted especially after thee stories. While I typically write about the more comforting aspects of spirituality, in the spirit of Halloween, youll surely enjoy these visions of hell after death.

When it comes down to it, everyone probably envisions the same basis. After death, you are greeted by either a man with a red face and some eerily tall gates entering the land of despair, or youre met with a wise man dressed in a white robe with a long white beard in front of a pretty ornamented gate made of pure gold.Which one you go through is determined by the character you displayed in your life good or bad?

People these days are having a much harder time believing in the karmic justice of being a bad person following you into the afterlife. However, many people have experienced near-death phenomenon in which they actually went to hell and made it back to the physical world. Even well-known atheists were met with powerful realms of darkness, repentance, and eternal torment unless they were to preach the name of God. What do you think? Check out the stories below.

1. Matthew Botsford, Gun Shot Victim

everything changed on one March night in 1992. Matthew and two sales associates were in Atlanta on business. They had just left a restaurant and had gone outside to catch a taxi, when suddenly Matthew and the others never saw it coming. Behind them, several men were arguing when three of them pulled out guns and started shooting. One of Matthews friends took a bullet to the head and died instantly. The other was unharmed. Matthew was also shot in the head, and he too died.

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15:38

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15:11

Marlon Williams Announces New Album and May Tour with The Weather Station "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams New Zealand born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is set to take on the world again with a huge international tour planned for 2018. The tour is set to coincide with Williams just-announced new album Make Way For Love, due for release on 16th February. The album was recorded with []

15:11

Not Every Tragedy Has a Political Solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

(FEE)  It only took a few hours after the news of the Texas massacre for the New York Times to start its gun-control incantations again. Republicans leaders in Congress do nothing, the paper writes. Or, really, so far theyve done the same thing they have always done: offered thoughts and prayers.

But here is a truth. Not every tragedy has a political solution.

The shooter in Texas was possessed by an evil longing to cause mass death, and his weapon of choice was a gun. It appears that his desire to kill even more was thwarted by a gun in the hands of Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff, both heroes who risked their lives to stop the bloodshed.

More gun control would very likely have done nothing to stop the killer but might have prevented law-abiding citizens from coming to their neighbors aid. No one who pushes gun control can credibly promise otherwise.

One indisputable result will be the monopolization of weaponry in the hands of the police unions and public-sector security officials. But recent events such as the Las Vegas shooting should give no one confidence that this would be a step toward safety. What we saw, in this case, was typical: the people charged with preventing violence and protecting the public were hamstrung by their own caution, guidelines, and chains of command.

Those who advocate gun control are reluctant to admit what they are really pushing: gun monopolization by the state.

Its Not Guns

These tragedies are made worse by the inevitable politicization that starts the instant that the news hits. Everyone wants to know: what was the race of victims? The religion of the victims? Was this a hate crime, as if killings on this scale could ever happen in absence of hate? Most of all: what is the race and religion of the killer?

People wait with bated breath to hear the answers. A white man killing black people, a Muslim killing Christians, a Nazi slaughtering Jews? The reverse in each case?

As we saw in the case of the New York killer (who used a weapon that no one can control), the answers to these question truly do matter. Its all about which party, which tribe, which narrative, will be...

14:55

Sharks and sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 4 September, workers in Dili were busy erecting a series of congratulatory billboards one featured a stock photo of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to celebrate the conclusion of maritime boundary negotiations with Australia in The Hague. Later that day, feted leader Xanana Gusmo was paraded through the streets as he returned home from his role as head negotiator.

14:49

Milo Yiannopoulos And How The Media Boosts Fascists And Bags Its Opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, people who oppose fascism are considered extreme by mainstream media. But the people who promote it theyre funny and quirky and bankable. Michael Brull explains.

How does the media deal with supporters and opponents of fascism? You would expect and hope that people who support fascists and neo-Nazis would be stigmatised and marginalised by the biggest and most prominent outlets of the corporate media.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Contrarily, one might think that opponents of fascists would be given a balanced reception. As some of them engage in violent confrontations with fascists, their tactics might be subjected to critical scrutiny, but their opposition to fascists would be regarded with something approximating sympathy.

At times when fascists were resurgent, one might expect these trends to be particularly strengthened. That is, if fascists were gaining strength, responsible media might highlight opposition to fascists, whilst generally denying a larger platform to fascists. If they were allowed to present their views to the public, it would be balanced with harsh questioning, and voices to expose their hateful agendas.

This is what one would hope for. But Australia is a different type of country.

 

Media on the pro-fascist: Milo

So let us consider this question through the prism of Milo Yiannopoulos, the former writer at Breitbart.

Milo is known for being casually outrageous in the nasty things he says about women, Muslims, black people, trans people and other minority groups. At college lectures he has singled out trans people for ridicule, and encouraged the audience to Purge the Illegals (that is, report them to the government so that they can be deported).

He says feminism is cancer, birth control makes women ugly, and theyd be happier in the kitchen.

In a speech about why he hates Islam, he said, If you give them an inch, theyll take a mile, and rape everything inside it. He went on to quote Andrew Bolts criticisms of the Australian Grand Mufti.

In October, Buzzfeed published an important expos on Milo and Breitbart. It showed that Milo used as passwords references to Nazi landmarks, such as Kristallnacht, the Knight of Long Knives, and also the year 1290, when Jews were expell...

14:40

Last Bee "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The last working bee for spring (ahem..) will be on this Sunday from 10am for a couple of hours or so. If you havent been able to attend any bees yet, heres your last chance. And the last chance of frost seems to be over too, so its a great time to plant Come Continue reading Last Bee

13:18

Grizzly Bear Announced Headline Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear Weve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane []

12:12

20 Nov 2017 Rubbish clean-up in roadside vegetation "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Three or so times a year, the club has committed to cleaning up the rubbish that has accumulated in a high quality native woodland.  This is located along a ~2km signposted section of the Pyrenees Hwy roadside reserve to the west of Castlemaine (i.e., on the road to Newstead; near the golf course).  The next Clean-up will be on Monday 20th November, and again we are seeking members and other interested volunteers to join the effort.  You might even get to hear or see a Scarlet Honeyeater!

If you are interested in helping out, meet at the corner of Pyrenees Hwy and Willy Milly Road (next to Tait Decorative Iron) at 9am on Monday 20 Nov.  Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves. Garbage bags and reflective vests will be provided.  It is usually all finished by 11am.

Please Note: Rules prohibit anyone under 16 years from working on the roadside.
Thanks to Geoff and Geraldine Harris for coordinating this regular activity.

11:44

BEST OF THE WEB: Questioning gender fluidity has become the new blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I'm struggling to remember any other time when a new and contested ideology has been so uncritically embraced by the powers-that-be. We have a Tory government pushing a Gender Recognition Act that would allow anyone to change his or her gender without so much as popping a hormone pill. An established Church which yesterday issued guidelines to its schools encouraging them to let kids 'explore gender identity'. Police forces exchanging helmets for caps because 'gender-based headgear' is disrespectful to trans people. And of course a university system - the nurturer of future leaders - in which women's colleges are throwing themselves open to people who were born male, students are told to use gender-neutral pronouns, and anyone who says 'Men cannot become women' can expect to be hounded off campus. From the stuffy Tories to the armed wing of the state to the actual Church of England, one by one the core institutions of the nation have accepted an idea that we really should have more debate about, no? Namely that gender is fluid. And that children should be allowed to decide if they're male or female. And that men who transition into women are actual women - full-on, legally recognisable, going-into-women's-changing-rooms women - rather than transwomen, as they were respectfully referred to for many years. Anyone who claims that trans politics is edgy is kidding themselves: it is one of the most established, protected ways of thinking of our time.

11:31

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun | guns | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests

Whenever I write about firearms, there are lots of technical questions. And because Im no expert, I often turn to you, the readers, to help answer them. A member of our community volunteered to write a series to help folks who are choosing their first handgun. There are a lot of things to think about when making that decision, so for the next month, Monday will be Gun-Day here at The Organic Prepper blog.

Please offer a warm thank you to Steve Candidus for the first post in this excellent guest series. ~ Daisy

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun

by Steve Candidus

This article is specifically for anyone that might be considering acquiring their first handgun but is unfamiliar with the myriad types and offerings. This should be a good basic guide to get you started. You can always further your knowledge over time and in future articles posted here on The Organic Prepper.

First of all, a handgun is very much a personal weapon. What is best for one person might not be best for another. Although you might choose the same handgun that someone else has you should do so for the same reasons that they did rather than just because they did.

A quick handgun glossary

Some of the things that you will need to consider when choosing a firearm are:

  • Intended Use: The first thing you need to consider is the purpose that you intend the handgun. Do you want one for day-to-day or occasional concealed carry or do you intend it strictly for home defense?
  • Revolvers Versus Semi-Automatics: Do you want a revolver or a semi-automatic? A revolver, sometimes called a wheel gun, has a cylinder typically holding five or six rounds. They are not called bullets, that is what comes out of the end of the bar...

11:28

AWU seeks documents showing collusion between government and supposedly independent agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

The recent Federal Police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), is regarded by opponents of the Turnbull government, to be a politically driven assault on the union and activist group GetUp, which also experienced a raid on its offices.

The raid took place to find evidence that the union donated to GetUp in the past.  The idea is that if a donation by an affiliate of the Labor Party is found, it is evidence that there is a connection between GetUp and the Labor Party, which must be disclosed under law. If established, this means that GetUp has unlawfully failed sign up with and inform the  Registered Organisation Commission.

Critics point out that this is stretching too far and would apply to any organisation that is dependent on public donations.

It is no secret that GetUp has been a thorn in the governments side, through its connection with community campaigns that run counter to its policies. Many of these campaigns have been successful.

From the governments side, there is a clear incentive to silence the group and there is an increasing tendency to use policing methods, as a means of clamping down on alternative opinion and hold back community action that is not approved of.

That the raids were set up as as media stunt. Reporters were there before the police and it was immediately clear that there was a connection with the office of the Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash. A senior media advisor resigned after admitting he had contacted the media.

The union has subsequently applied to the Federal Court for the release of all correspondence, between the Registered Organisation Commission and the ministers office , suggesting that  there is an improper relationship with the body set up at the start of this year.

AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton said there are deep Liberal Party connections. And we know the ROC was established by the Turnbull Government specifically as an attack dog on unions and Labor politicians who had served in unions, He suggests.

Adding to the case of political collusion is the seconding to the Registered Organisation Commission, by the Fair Work Ombudsmans office, a former staffer of Liberal Party Senator Nick Minchin.

 

 

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11:04

Food Glorious Food and What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For many years I have been studying nutrition and playing around with food to see what works and what doesnt. There is so much conflicting research on what is healthy []

11:04

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Announce Bluesfest Sideshow Dates with Deer Tick "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The kings of contemporary Americana music, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, have already been announced as one of the most highly anticipated acts on next years Bluesfest lineup and now theyve announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne while theyre in the country. Jason Isbell and []

11:00

Australia: Yes' Vote to Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Expand Marchers hold signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia on October 21, 2017. 2017 Reuters (Sydney, November 15, 2017) The Australian government should introduce marriage equality legislation without delay, following results of the national postal survey in favor of marriage equality, Human [...]

10:44

Russia, China and others boycott U.S. meeting at U.N. on Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia have boycotted a United States instigated United Nations Security Council meeting, to discuss the political situation in Venezuela.

The representatives of these nations told reporters that the Security Council does not have the right to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said: The issue is about meddling with the internal domestic affairs of Venezuela.

The boycott has signalled that any proposal for intervention is not going to get past the Security Council and if the United States wishes to continue it will have to do so without a United Nations mandate.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley countered by telling those who did attend the meeting:  The fact that the (Venezuelan) government would go so far as to try and get people not to show up to a meeting is guilt. And thats unfortunate. No evidence was provided to back up the claim that this had occurred.

Not everyone who attended agreed with the United States position. For example, Uruguays Deputy U.N. Ambassador Luis Bermudez said his country did not believe the situation in Venezuela was a threat to international peace and security.

Venezuelas U.N. Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez told reporters that the meeting is a hostile and clearly interfering act of the United States that undermines the principle of sovereignty of a member state of the U.N.We condemn this act of political manipulation.

The Latin American country is suffering from a harsh economic crisis, which its government claims has been severely aggravated by a combination of economic pressure form the United States, systematic sabotage committed by its allies in Venezuela and the sharp fall in the price of oil, a commodity that the country has been over dependent on for a long time.

Opponents are accusing he Maduro Venezuelan government of using systemic violence to clamp down on opposition an...

10:28

Australians say Yes to marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians have overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love. 61.6% of people who voted in the marriage equality postal survey voted Yes. 133 out of 150 electorates voted Yes.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said it was incredible to see such strong support for marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians right across the nation.

The nation has put its heart into winning this survey. LGBTI Australians, their friends and families will be celebrating. All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. This result confirms that the majority of Australians absolutely agree, said Ms Brown.

12.7 million Australians returned their surveys in the optional postal survey, representing 79.5 per cent of voters.

Lee Carnie, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was incredible to see such a high level of turnout right across the nation.

Australians have responded to the postal survey in numbers that are overwhelming and with efforts that are both touching and beautiful. This result shows how important this issue is to Australians and the urgency with which we expect Parliament to pass a fair bill to ensure all Australians are treated equally.

The journey to marriage equality will not end with todays announcement of the survey result; legislation will still need to be passed by Parliament.

The country and the world will be watching our Parliament closely. Todays strong Yes result should put an end to politicians in Canberra playing games with the lives and dignity of same-sex couples across Australia. It is an opportunity to pass marriage equality to bring great happiness to so many Australians and it takes from no one, said Lee Carnie.

Australians have done their job, now it's time for the politicians to do theirs and vote through a fair bill that delivers marriage equality this week. This is about everyday Australians our families, friends, neighbours, colleagues and teammates who should very soon enjoy the same status and dignity as every other Australian. Achieving marriage equality will be a unifying moment for the nation. Lets get on with it, said Anna Brown.

For media inquiries and interviews:

Michelle Bennett, HRLCs Director of Communications: 0419 100 519

10:10

Yes! By Over 60 Per Cent! There Goes $122 Million And Three Months Of Our Lives, But At Least Its Done "IndyWatch Feed National"

The people have spoken. Marriage equality in Australia is long overdue. Chris Graham reports.

The marriage equality postal vote has delivered a stunning victory for same-sex attracted couples around the nation, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics announcing the results a short time ago.

Marriage-equality-graphicYes votes 61.6% (7,817,247); No votes  38.4% (4,873,987).

Every vote and territory in Australia voted in favour of marriage equality, and the participation rate nationally was 79.5% a high result for a non-compulsory vote. All age groups had high participation rate turnouts.

The ACT delivered by far the highest Yes vote, with 74%. NSW delivered the lowest, with 57.8%.

Thus, attempts by ultra-conservative and religious groups in Australia led by political pundits such as Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, Eric Abetz and the Australian Christian Lobbys Lyle Shelton to divert debate to issues like gender education and political correctness did not confuse the Australian public.

The result has weakened further an already flailing Turnbull Government, which has been down in the polls for the majority of the year.

The marriage equality postal vote was conceived by Liberal minister Peter Dutton, in an attempt to delay or weaken the push for same-sex marriage.

It has failed, and spectacularly so.

It was a high-stakes, $122 million gamble for Dutton. If Australians voted no, or even if the result was close, Dutton would have been a hero of the extreme right, and strengthened his run for the Prime Ministers job in the process.

Instead, Australians have delivered a stunning rebuke to Dutton, and Malcolm Turnbulls government.

What Dutton has also done has polarized even further a nation of voters with deep antipathy towards a government which, since July 2, 2016, has lurched from disaster to disaster, and everything in between.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

Duttons play helped add an additional 90,000 voters to the electoral roll, all of whom joined prior to the plebiscite, presumably to vote on marriage equality.

Based on the result, the majority, obviously, wanted it.

...

10:05

Overwhelming Yes vote in marriage equality survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.

Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).

No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).

Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.

All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.

The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.

Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.

A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.

Some 59.7 per cent of respondents in the seat of Page was 57.9 per cent. Participation was 71.3 per cent.

Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.

There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.

 Local reaction & pictures

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09:50

The Libertines, The Avalanches and more announce Sydney City Limits sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sydney City Limits is set to touch down next February, with the brains behind Splendour and Falls delivering a lineup that boasts some of the worlds most sought-after live acts.

The Libertines are set to round off their first ever tour of Australia with both Pete and Carl (yep, we cant believe it took that long either) with headline shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Sampling visionaries and damn Aussie icons, The Avalanches and Seattles emo-indie luminaries Car Seat Headrest will also extend their Aussie stay for headline shows.

Newbies, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid will also bring their chops to Aussie audiences.

Check out all the dates and ticket details below:

 

PRE-SALES: 9am Fri 17 Nov 8am local time Mon 20 Nov (local time)

GENERAL SALES: 9am Mon 20 Nov (local time)

 

The Libertines:

Wed 28 Feb Forum, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane

 

The Avalanches:

Wed 07 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane

 

Car Seat Headrest:

Sun 25 Feb Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Wed 28 Feb Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Triffid, Brisbane

 

Sigrid:

Fri 23 Feb The Triffid, Brisbane

Wed 28 Feb Corner Hotel, Melbourne

 

The Head and the Heart:

Thu 01 Mar Corner Hotel, Melbourne

09:48

CIA Narrative On WikiLeaks Dominates Coverage Of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN and stated, WikiLeaks was basically a cutout. That is, everything that was exfiltrated from the DNC to the Clinton campaign was apparently passed on to WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks put it out. So this...

09:48

Trump Appointee Resigns After ProPublica Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.

The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development in the Interior Departments Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was appointed in June and his position did not require Senate confirmation.

At the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Clarkson supervised a program that provides loan guarantees to Indian businesses. As ProPublica reported, in his previous role as a businessman and academic, he had arranged financing and a $20 million guarantee, under the same program, for a loan that helped an Indian tribe buy a Wall Street brokerage.

The loan did not appear to meet the departments guidelines for a guarantee but one was approved anyway. The brokerage ultimately went bankrupt and the loan was defaulted on. The department is still fighting that liability in court. (Even though the loan went sour, Clarkson and his company were paid $327,500, according to a filing in a related lawsuit.)

The transaction was criticized by the Interior Departments internal watchdog in two separate reports this year. In a report this March, the inspector general found that the loan guarantee Clarkson arranged departed from guidelines and raised several red flags that made it particularly risky. The IG didnt find any criminal violations, and a related grand jury investigation did not return any indictments.

In a second report, which was released yesterday, the IG said the loan program lacked adequate controls.

Clarkson faced pressure to resign because he hadnt disclosed his role in the scandal, according to a department official.

A department spokeswoman declined to comment, and Clarkson didnt answer requests for comment.

09:44

Naked people terrorize Missouri town, synthetic drug flakka suspected "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

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Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told...

09:15

Dog Is So Obsessed With Her New Rescue Turkey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minnow the dogs first feathery love was Chickpea, a tiny rescue chicken whom Abbie Hubbard brought home earlier this year.

He would sleep in Minnows tail, Abbie Hubbard, deputy director at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, told The Dodo. They were really cute together.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Hubbard initially believed that Chickpea was a female. But as Chickpea started to crow, Hubbard discovered that she was a he.

Hubbard lives in a townhouse in suburban Virginia, and the local county doesnt allow residents to keep roosters. So Hubbard made the difficult decision to rehome Chickpea at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, which has a small sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Giving Chickpea up was such a hard thing it felt like ripping my heart out, Hubbard said. On the other hand, hes so happy there. I visit him every week, and I get pictures from the caretakers on a daily basis. Hes living the best life ever, but I was totally missing him.

Hubbard wasnt the only one to miss Chickpea Minnow did as well. So when Hubbard got a call from a fellow rescuer, asking if shed be interested in fostering a turkey named Blossom, Hubbard answered with an enthusiastic yes.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Blossom had been rescued from a factory farm in West Virginia. When she was about 5 weeks old, farm workers went to move Blossom and other turkeys to a grow house, a facility that holds the turkeys while they fatten up in preparation fo...

09:15

ALP, Greens, NXT respond to latest TPP-11 news "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 15, 2017: TPP-11 talks have been salvaged for now. The unpopular trade agreement has been rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It still contains special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS), and controversial clauses have been suspended rather than deleted. The deal would restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services, and result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers.

Below is a summary of responses from the ALP the Greens and NXT.

Labors Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, said the delay in finalising a deal is an opportunity for the Turnbull government to fix flaws in the TPP. He called for investor dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) to be renegotiated), and reiterated Labors recent calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct independent economic modelling of the deal.

On the issue of vulnerable temporary workers and  labour market testing, he said: In the TPP Turnbull waived labour market testing for six countries - Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam Turnbull should put Australian workers first and reinstate labour market testing in the CPTPP for those countries.

Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Australians have been let down by the Turnbull government as it attempts to resurrect the fraught TPP.

"While Canada and New Zealand's Prime Ministers have stood up for their local communities and economies Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to trade away our democratic rights, letting multinational corporations power to sue our governments and taxpayers. The insidious ISDS clauses are threat to community action and progressive government and policy reform.  These anti-people, anti-environment clauses will allow big corporations to weaken our environmental, labour and cultural rules and protections. The Turnbull Government must stop trading away our democratic and cultural assets and instead get on with reforming the treaty negotiation process, so Australians can have confidence these deals are being done in their interests.

NXT spokesperson, Nick Xenophon, said:

09:12

Vaccination papers, please: Cops harass mom at bus stop and grill her on son's immunization status "IndyWatch Feed National"

A particularly disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week showing the Orwellian implications of state-mandated vaccination laws. Porsha Rasheed was simply walking her six-year-old son to the bus stop last week when she was approached by a Claremont police officer and a representative of the school district and harassed in an attempt to find out the vaccination status of her child. Rasheed, who appears to be well-informed of her rights, did the right thing and filmed the interaction and also refused to answer their questions. However, it does not take away from the sheer ominous nature of this type of activity. On June 30, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 effectively stripping the personal and religious belief exemptions for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. The law went into effect in 2016 and required that all children entering daycare, kindergarten, or 7th grade to be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. Now, it appears that the enforcers of this recently enacted law are going to extreme lengths to do their job of forcing compliance-up to and including staking out parents as they drop their kids off at the bus stop. In true Stasi-esque fashion, the officer and the school official approached Rasheed and demanded she show them her papers.

09:00

Detectives in Kansas City Release Man who Answered Interrogation Questions by Passing Gas "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Kansas City man facing potential federal drug and weapons charges flexed his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during a police interrogation by passing passing gas instead of answering questions.

A detective interrogating 24-year-old Sean A. Sykes Jr. decided to cut him loose after holding him for possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of marijuana and two handguns.

One of the stolen guns was a .357 Magnum found inside Sykes vehicle.

During the interrogation, Sykes denied knowing anything about the guns or drugs he was accused of possessing.

The detective questioning Sykes noted in his report that when he asked for his address Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and release a loud fart before answering.

A federal detectives questioning Sean Sykes Jr. on gun and drugs charges ended his interrogation after Sykes continued to break wind violently instead of incriminating himself by answering his questions.

According to the Kansas City Star, Sykes continued to be flatulent and the detective ended the interview prematurely.

Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview, the detective noted in his report.

Sykes was in a car that police searched on September 1 where they found a backpack containing the drugs.

After being taken into custody, Sykes farts managed to bring the interrogation, and charges against him, to a halt.

Charges related to the September 1 drugs and weapons charges were never filed.

However, Sykes luck apparently ran out when he was pulled over by police on November 5.

Kansas City police officers searched Sykes vehicle again and reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun.

After being caught for the second time, Sykes is now being held in custody on possession charges.

The detectives report surfaced when Mr. Sykes made an initial court appearance on Monday, November 6.

He remains in custody pending a future hearing where his bond amount will be determined.

Hes currently charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

According to the...

08:53

TPP 11 critical analysis from experts and Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 November, 2017: The Conversation features critical analysis from Pat Ranald, Deborah Gleeson,  Belinda Townsend  and others  about what has and hasnt changed in the TPP11 after the ministerial meetings last week. See also Peter Martin's article in Fairfax media.

 

 

08:39

Aust to help lead aid efforts for Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh, following military atrocities that the United Nations has dubbed a text book case of ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars army has released a report denying all allegations of mass rape and killings by security forces.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held private talks with Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Manila.

Later during an address to assembled leaders he expressed concerns for the welfare of victims of the violence.

Its understood he told leaders he welcomed Ms Suu Kyis efforts to resolve the crisis and heaped praise on Indonesias diplomacy efforts.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms Suu Kyi has come under fire from the international community over her handling of the crisis.Myanmar is predominately Buddhist and Rohingya people do not have citizenship and the government considers them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The country is making a rocky transition to a civilian government after 49 years of military rule.

The Turnbull government last week announced a four week fundraising campaign for aid agencies responding to the humanitarian crisis.

The government will match public donation of up to $5 million to the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations refugee arm.

The government has pledged $30 million in emergency funds since September.Australias military is continuing defence cooperation with Myanmar despite the United Kingdom and United States issuing a ban.

Military assistance is worth almost $400,000 and involves training in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peace keeping and English classes.

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08:36

NZ to give $NZ3m to Manus, Nauru refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

New Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two days with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Canberras handling of the issue.

Meetings have also been held by officials from both sides and the Kiwis will begin work to expedite processing if and when the offer is taken up.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ms Ardern said.

But its still expected to take around five months to process and resettle any refugees sent to New Zealand and there remains a need to care for those on the islands in the interim, she said.

We intend to work with Papua New Guinea and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that they may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island, she announced in Manila late on Tuesday night (local time).

Australia is aware of that spend and Ms Ardern said she imagined they would be pleased rather than embarrassed to see New Zealand stepping in to assist with a resolution.

Meanwhile New Zealands offer has strong support from within the parliament.

The Senate passed a motion on Tuesday afternoon calling on Mr Turnbull to accept New Zealands offer.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also urged Mr Turnbull to reconsider.

Ms Ardern has spoken to Mr Shorten about the offer, most recently in passing several weeks ago.

Ive seen public statements from him so Ive seen his position on it but obviously were working with the Australian government on the issue, she said.

The offer was first made to Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who rejected it.

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08:33

Keating warns of China-US relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Paul Keating warns Australias greatest challenge will be determined by how the relationship between China and the United States plays out over the next 20 years.

For Australia, there is no bigger threat than a breakdown of co-operation between the US and China, the former prime minister told the annual Committee for Economic Development of Australia dinner in Sydney on Tuesday.

We must do all we can to resist such an impasse, he said referring to escalation in tension between the two superpowers.

America is still and will remain our security alliance partner, the worlds predominant military power and a great democracy.

He told diners Australia had an overwhelming interest in making sure the two powerful states co-exist harmoniously.

Mr Keating said he believed the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to have been encouraging.

During this meeting Mr Trump referred to President Xi Jinping as a great friend and said the Chinese people should be proud to have him as their leader.

Despite the appearance of a growing bromance, Mr Keating said there was no real evidence of progress on the key issues of the USs massive trade imbalance or North Koreas nuclear program.

He said Australia had no interest in publicly or privately encouraging the US or China down the path of crude economic nationalism.

Mr Keating said in government he had been committed to market reforms but always alongside the economic and social imperatives of inclusion and justice.

However the US lacked this balance.

We can see in America today what the loss of these balances means, watching the extremes of income and wealth rip at the fabric of American society.

As time has passed we can see how superior Australias model under Labor has been.

However Mr Keating added despite Australias prosperity he had a growing concern for income distribution is becoming more unequal and our wealth distribution much more so.

The post...

08:29

Vaccine could give hope to cancer patients "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.

The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.

Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.

Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.

The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.

The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.

But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.

About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.

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08:10

Market Talk- November 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

All core markets finished lower in Asia today, with the possible exception of the Nikkei that closed almost unchanged. The Hang Seng closed small down but was Shanghai that lost -0.5% which after the data was actually not that bad! Today we saw Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Investment Spending and it was the talk for the day as it appears the government crack-down on debt is well underway. Industrial Production fell 0.1% short of expectations at 6.2%, Retail Sales at 10% and Investment from 9.2% down to just 5.6 in October. However, even given todays data releases China will comfortably meet the governments 6.5% projections. The Resources decline hindered the Australian ASX with a near 1% fall on the day. The SENSEX did open better but was pulled lower by all other markets. Eventually, after a brief attempt to rally mid-afternoon, the index closed on its days low -0.3%.

Early talk was of the declining price of cable, trading around 1.3050 (-0.5%) at one stage after UK inflation data was released. A 3% print is not matching the scare that the BOE warned may print, but I guess it saves on the price of a postage stamp! Sterling did recover towards the end of the day after rumours that BREXIT offers may require approval but also US tax delays could hinder dollar strength. The Euro traded well all day after German GDP rose 0.8% , well above the 0.6% forecast. This figure however did not help Europes core equity indices however, as both DAX and CAC saw declines of around -0.4%. FTSE finished almost unchanged whilst Spains IBEX closed the weaker of the bunch down -0.6%.

GE was again the headline conversation for US markets with an 8% decline yet again today. The days lows were hit early and the remainder a result prices actually recovered. It did look scary at one stage mid morning but the worst was over. There is still uncertainty surrounding tax proposals and its this lack of clarity that markets fear. The Producer Prices were a welcome sign and again this encourages more curve flattening.

2s closed 1.69% (+1bp), 10s 2.38% (-3bp), 30s 2.83% (-4bp), Bunds 0.39% (-2bp), France 0.75% (-3bp), Italy 1.81% (-1bp), Greece 5% (+2bp), Turkey 11.98% (u/c), Portugal 1.95% (-1bp)...

07:35

Twitter colludes with Dems, leaks Trump Jr./Wikileaks DMs - Trump Jr. responds by releasing the whole exchange, proving there's nothing to it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twitter continues to show its liberal left teeth, undermining its own terms and privacy in an effort to derail Trump's presidency. The Atlantic published private messages between Wikileaks and Trump Jr. under the headline and excerpt... "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks" The transparency organization asked the president's son for his cooperation - in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia's ambassador to the United States. The Atlantic notes that, "The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators."

07:32

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing

Question:  Psst, How do you know the Californial school shooting is a false flag?
  Answer: Because the story keeps changing and now we know there is only one shooter when it was clearly reported it was two shooters.

My heart goes out to the people of Corning, California, the victims and their families for yet another horrific event involving mass murder.

After the Vegas Massacre, I predicted we were going to see false flag events involving (1) malls, (2) churces and (3) schools. Since that prediction just over a week a go, we have had mass murder events perpetrated at two of the three venues.

After the false flag in Sutherland Springs, TX., Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio accurately predicted that the next event would be at a California school. Unfortunately, Paul was correct.

The Common Sense Show is calling on authorities across the nation to recognize that our nation is at war with domestic terrorists. Every school, mall and church needs to be guarded by people who are armed. 

We know that the Vegas Massacre was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the Texas church shooting was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the recent California school shooting was carried out by 2 men. However, in each case the federal authorities are attempting to control the narrative and falsely report that the presence of one shooter for each of the evvents. Why? Because two or more shooters implies a conspiracy. A conspiracy would be tied to a motive and the true motives behind these events must remain hidden for the events to have their desired effect. What effect would that be? These events are being inspired and executed by forces formed by George Soros. The purpose is to create so much chaos, that the UN, as Fox News reported, would be allowed to police America in this time of national chaos.

If we ever allow this to happen, this would be the death blow to this country and its citizes.

Please note below from this first report from the scene of this afternoons shooting that 2 men were involved.

The Changing News Accounts...

07:12

The Gary Null Show 11.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is November 14th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. On this episode Gary has elizabeth on the phone to answer all of your health questions you have been emailing in to prnstudio@gmail.com. Gary also has a commentary from ...

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06:56

Mass Shooters are Disproportionately US Veterans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy to look at figures for the general population as opposed to those for men only, because the percentages of men and of women who are veterans are very different. And even looking at men only, the percentage who are veterans in the U.S. population varies dramatically by age group. Almost all of the shooters are men, and almost all of them are between ages 18 and 59. Above age 59, the percentage of men in the general population who are veterans leaps up dramatically. Between 18 and 59 by averaging the percentages for each age year about 1...

06:55

Study Shows: One Natural Practice Prevents SIDS in Over 60% of Cases. Yet No Country is Following These Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome is a devastating tragedy in the family: a perfectly healthy baby dying unexpectedly; and no scientist has so far being able to find a reason why. There are many theories that are being discussed, immunizations being one of them, but no conclusive answer has been discovered so far.

While the scientific community is looking for answers, SIDs continues to be the leading cause of deaths of children below the age of one; and every year, about 2,000 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS. In most cases, SIDS happens between the ages of two and four months.

What if many of these cases can be easily prevented?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at over 2,200 SIDs cases and found out that it can be prevented in over half of the cases by doing what nature intended us to do breastfeeding.

Study: Reduce the Risk of SIDs by 64%

Scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, examined 2,267 SIDs cases, along with 6,837 healthy babies, and found that SIDs can be prevented by breastfeeding alone.

By breastfeeding the baby for just two to four months, you may cut the risk of SIDs by 40%; for four to six months by 60%; and longer than 6 months by 64%.

The study also found that the amount of breastfeeding is irrelevant. Breast feeding can be supplemented by formula when needed, but researchers do encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months if possible.

Unfortunately, the United States has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, while New Zealand, the home of this study, has one of the highest.

But whether high or low rates, there is another guideline that not a single country in the world is following.

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Not a Single Country in The World Follows The WHO Guideline

The WHO confirms how important it is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and with food supplementation for at least two years, and calls it a natural vac...

06:44

Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed National"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.
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06:43

MACKAY Drunken pie run lands man in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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06:26

Do they do the "perp walk" in Israel? "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife. But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of...

06:06

Antisemitism bill hearing reflects disagreement in Jewish community over dual loyalty "IndyWatch Feed National"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Departments definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Departments definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing cannon fodder for antisemites.

It is noteworthy that, in many ways, the exchange between Cooper and Trachtenberg mirrored the first time an American Jewish organization broached the topic of dual-loyalty after the establishment of Israel. The year 1949 marked United Jewish Appeals ingathering of the exiles campaign. This Zionist philanthropic effort aimed at supplying the new state of Israel with American Jewish immigrants. In response to these calls from American Zionists and Israeli leaders, the American Council for Judaism, a group of anti-Zionist German-American Reform Jews, stated that these calls could bring up the question of dual-loyalty among antisemites. In response, virtually every major American Jewish organization, acting through an umbrella organization called the National Community Relations Advisory Committee, accused the ACJ of fueling antisemitism. Virtually every major English and Yiddish language periodical in the American Jewish press ran the NCRAC condemnation of the ACJ. By 1950, the ACJ found itself blacklisted.

Why, after six years of relative tolerance of similar ACJ members statements, did American Jewish organizations react in such a way? I argue that during the height of the McCarthy era of American politics, the dual-loyalty charge took on added sensitivity for American Jews. Beyond the accusati...

06:00

Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australias only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence.

Not, however, on this occasion. The November 13 program seemed to swallow the gruel on Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 with an un-ironic, unflinching insistence. Political figures from Congress and testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And, most of all, the US voter was made to look the fool.

Paul Barry, the host, explained that Russians were spreading dirt on Hillary Clinton, using stolen Democratic Party emails, which Russian intelligence offered to the Trump campaign in 2016.  Nothing is mentioned about any internal Democratic grievance, or dimension, that would have also fed this, not to mention the compromising accuracy of those emails.

What this program persistently emphasises is dirt more appropriately gold dust, be it to elector or Trump supporter that placed Clinton in a poor light.  Barry runs segments featuring a concerned Representative Adam Schiff, who claims to now know as a result of the guilty plea by Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians approached the Trump campaign as early as April of 2016, to inform them that they were in possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.  Why, after all, bother about the awe inspiring deficiencies of the Democratic campaign, with its tarnished leader?

It then follows that what was also used in the US election was a grand binge of misinformation, which the US voter, scented ignoramus, is supposedly incapable of discerning.  In the two months up to polling day, Barry advances, Russian Twitter accounts put out 1.4 million tweets that were viewed 288 million times.  What influence, albeit unmeasured and ungauged!

Facebook, claims the grave Barry, also featured, with the company admitting to the Senate that between 2015 and 2017 one single Russian troll factory put out 80,000 Facebook posts that reached 126 million Americans.

Barry does, at the very least, note the minute portion of Russian sponsored ads on Facebook some 0.004 percent, though he goes on to claim, without any verifiable basis, that this was enough to stitch the election, given that Trump won the presidency by a handful of votes......

05:00

Why support Strong Towns? 6 members give their answers. "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are so many ways to apply Strong Towns principles and we see our members putting them into action across the country every day. Our members sit on city councils, they make planning decisions for their towns, they step up on behalf of their neighborhoods... In short, our members are involved in building strong towns at every level.

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Here's why six members say they joined the movement and why they continue to support us today:

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Planners and engineers say they value Strong Towns' commitment to questioning the status quo and inspiring leaders in the field.

"I work as a planner, and I believe planners should always be in the habit of observing, questioning, and finding truth, in an arena often dominated by politics and ideology. Strong Towns keeps me observing and questioning."  ~ Chuen Ng, Lancaster, CA

"In my professional work, making cities more walkable, Strong Towns is a consistently excellent resource.  From the Black Friday parking lot photos, to No New Roads, the Growth Ponzi Scheme and the Curbside Chat.  It is helpful to have access to the resources, helpful to point other people to those resources, helpful to see what is happening across the country, and helpful to have such consistently excellent thought leadership." ~ Heyden Walker, Austin, TX


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04:24

Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australias Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV)  A fully blown humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Papua New Guinea at the recently decommissioned Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, the much-criticised detention facility where for years Australia sent asylum seekers who had arrived to its shores by boat.

The centre was officially shut down at the end of October; in April 2016 the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court had ordered its closure after finding that the detention of asylum seekers there was illegal.

However, 600 asylum seekers have refused to be relocated to other facilities, citing fear of violence and distrust of authorities, and the same court has rejected an application to restore services such as electricity, health, food and water.

There are growing concerns for their safety:

There have been many incidents of violence against detainees including shots being fired into the camp, allegedly by members of the Papua New Guinea military.

The refugees have no reason to trust the Australian government

As explained in earlier Global Voices posts about the issue, Australias controversial policy deals with asylum seekers who arrive by boat by:

[] housing them in offshore detention centres on either Nauru or Papua New Guineas Manus Island, and turning those headed to Australia back. Those who are detained and their asylum claims accepted...

04:24

Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...

03:48

Brian Houston of Hillsong will come out if Australia votes yes for gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

GAY LORD POPE BRAIN HOUSTON OF HELL$ONG: Please note. Its sad how people IMITATE ME and other well known pastors to RIP OFF very good people. BEWARETODAY IS A NEW DAY PRAISE THE LORDAND AMEN AND AMENIF THE POPULACE OF THE GREAT NATION OF TERRA AUSTRALIS VOTES YES FOR GAY MARRIAGE THEN THIS IS THE GAY AND HAPPY DAY ILL FINALLY COME OUT

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03:48

The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB "IndyWatch Feed National"

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

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The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

To answer these questions, one of the most important things we can do is to retrieve from...

03:24

This seems like a big deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The folks at Big Science are again putting humanity on blast. Twenty-five years ago, they issued a dire warning, one that hasnt resulted in sustained, meaningful results:

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse.

Is it too much to ask our beloved leaders to respond to this in a meaningful way? Lets say the media actually does this. In this dream scenario, they could really hold their feet to the fire be tenacious, refuse to accept non-answers, point out conflicts of interest, refute illogic, etc. It seems pretty important:

To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the worlds leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.

None of this should be news to readers of this site. But the paper appears to be exceptionally noteworthy:

We have been overwhelmed with the support for our article and thank the more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth (see supplemental file S2 for list of signatories). As far as we know, this is the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Worth pondering is what to do when legal means of halting our death march continue to fail. Sure there are small victories here and there for example, the article notes the decline in the manufacturing pf ozone depleting substances. B...

03:08

Open Letter to the Director of United States Department of State "IndyWatch Feed National"

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To: Director of United States Department of State Seattle Passport Agency 2nd letter November 8, 2017 first letter dated October 21, 2017 and attached.

RE: 532552066 COPIES WILL BE SENT TO SEVERAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE OFFICES.

Notice to the agent is notice to the Principal and so forth. I do lawful not legal and this is my best effort.

A reply to a communiqu from your department dated 10/31/2017 a trick or treat response that does not provide due process.

Take heed. It is on the record in Federal District Court Portland, Oregon that I am an American State National an Oregonian. A non US citizen. Un-rebutted on the record stands as fact.

Thank you for the return of my birth certificate. I was born on Nevada, currently an Oregonian, being denied a non US citizens passport. I deny there is any evidence to justify withholding my passport... Whoever issues passports; assumes the obligation to abide by governing law, not quote a Nationality act dated 14 years after my birth on Nevada. Your word art is expos facto. I was a US citizen during my hitch in the U.S. Navy. 3 years, 11 months and 28 days. I loved it. That was a temporary situation. I also applied for and obtained a US citizen type passport and used it for many years. In Europe and all over the Americas, it has expired. I even answered up in court to RONALD CHARLES VROOMAN are you a citizen of the US?.. Yes your Honor.

What about my right to expatriate?

I discovered the fraud and I am taking all the bastards to court. The Portland court cannot provide an Article III court. I moved my cases to district court DC. A minion or robot of yours sent to me an unsigned letter addressed to me and I received it. I have rebutted it. One cannot un-ring the bell.
The U.S. citizens [citizens of the District of Columbia] residing in one of the states of the union, are classified as property of franchises of the federal government as an individual entity Wheeling Steel Corp. v Fox, 298 U.S.193, 80 L. ED 1143 , 56 S.CT. 773

You will comply with your Constitutional oath and provide me with a passport as an Oregonian, a born national state man with bloodlines from the Revolution, as a direct descendant from a Father and Son they fought for New York. Bloodline landed on America 1664; from the several states.
You may also state your evidence of due cause to deny me due process. I deny you have any such evidence.

You have 21 days from the date of this letter to respond with a passport. With full faith and credit. This is an enumerated responsibility.

Should you choose to ignore my lawful demand? I will obtain your name and make you a defendant in....

03:04

Duterte berates Canadas Trudeau at end of Philippines summit "IndyWatch Feed National"

MANILA (Reuters) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canadas Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister raising the issue of human rights and extra-judicial killings in his anti-drugs drive.

I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult, the Philippines president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name.

I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullshit, especially foreigners. Lay off.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau told a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.

Human rights activists had been hoping that leaders at the summit, including Trump, would raise the issue of the thousands of users and small-time pushers killed in the campaign that was launched by Duterte after he took office in mid-2016.

His government says the police act in self-defense during drug-busts, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

There was no pressure from Trump on the drugs war when he met Duterte on Monday and the U.S. president later said the two had a great relationship.

A joint statement after the meeting only said the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Duterte cursed Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, last year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking ties with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. The relationship appears to have got back on track after the bonhomie between him and Trump.

Trudeau also said that he raised the issue of the exodus of Rohingya during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, another sensitive topic bypassed by most other leaders, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world, he said.

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The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.

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02:45

LAVROV says    RUSSIA NEVER PROMISED U.S.A and  ISRAEL THAT IRANIAN FORCES would  WITHDRAW FROM SYRIA "IndyWatch Feed National"

So what is Saudi Arabia on about???

Why she they withdraw.they beat ISIS out of there fair and squareso whats the problem?????

Russia has never promised the US and Israel a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on November 14. He added that the presence of Iranian forces in the country is legitimate.

Thus, the Israeli media reports about some Russian-Israeli-US deal on the issue appeared to be fake news as it had been expected.

Lavrov directly denied reports that the once again announced US-Russian ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

The minister stated that the Iranian presence in Syria is legitimate and added that the United States posed the biggest threat in Syria.

If you look at who is the greatest danger, its just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports, Lavrov said.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli side has informed the Russians and the Americans that Israeli forces will continue to take action in Syria according to its interests despite any ceasefire. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also promised to destroy the alleged Iranian military base, which is under construction in Syria. However, its clear that Tel Aviv will not get a Russian support in its efforts to limit the Shia influence in the country.

The video below was originally released on March 28, 2017. However, it still provides a comprehensive answer why the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance remains strong.

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02:41

Novice Surfer Masters a pro Move: Punching a Shark to Escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

A novice surfer mastered a pros move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.

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01:34

How a Failed Drug War Will Defeat Trumps Afghanistan Adventure "IndyWatch Feed National"

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trumps White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and so they insist win. The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might, said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obamas planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

In October, as that new mini-escalation was ramping up, the CIA leaked to the New York Times news of a complementary covert surge with lethal drone strikes and highly experienced Agency paramilitary teams being dispatched to hunt and kill Taliban guerrillas, both ordinary fighters and top officials. This is unforgiving, relentless, intoned CIA Director Mike Pompeo, promising a wave of extrajudicial killings reminiscent of the Agencys notorious Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. CIA paramilitary officers, reported the Times, will lead Special Forces operatives, both Afghan and American, in expanded counterterrorism operations that, in the past, have been accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians. In short, its game on in Afghanistan.

After 16 years of continuous war in that country, the obvious question is: Does this new campaign have any realistic chance of success, no less victory? To answer that, another question must be asked: How has the Taliban managed to expand in recent years despite intensive U.S. operations and a massive air campaign, as well as the endless and endlessly expensive training of Afghan security forces? After all, the Afghan War is not only the longest in U.S. history, but also one of the largest, peaking at 101,000 American troops in country during President Obamas surge of 2010-2011.

 

Thinking About the Taliban

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01:16

Indonesian Instagrammer Faces Prison Time for Meme "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  Dyann Kemala Arrizzqis Instagram feed is filled with her travel photos, demonstrations of her prowess at traditional Balinese dance poses, and wry memes. But now the content of her Instagram feed may get her sent to an Indonesian prison.

Thats because police in Jakarta arrested her last week for posting an Instagram meme in September that purportedly violates the defamation article of Indonesias Internet Law and the Criminal Code, which allows for prosecution under criteria including ruining ones good name. The meme in question was a photoshopped picture of Setya Novanto, the speaker of Indonesias House of Representatives and chairman of the powerful Golkar party, showing him in a hospital bed hooked up to a respirator and heart monitor.

The Novanto meme is one of several that have circulated on social media in Indonesia that publicly ridicule the speakers reaction to corruption allegations leveled against him involving a massive graft case concerning US$175 million of lost state revenues. Suggesting that Novanto was unfit to be the target of the corruption probe, Golkar circulated a photo of him in a hospital bed suffering from apparent heart and kidney problems. That initial image has now sparked a host of copycat memes mocking the speaker.

Although a Jakarta court dismissed the corruption charges against Novanto last month, he has continued to respond to these memes by reporting a total of 68 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account holders for criminal defamation, including Arrizzqi. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Police have yet to file charges against other individuals who Novanto has reported.

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00:31

Longest sauropod dinosaur trackway discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

3 September 2012

Huge sauropods footprints from the late Jurassic plus tridactyls trackways Plagne, French Jura150 millions years ago!

From CNRS in France:

Worlds longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light

November 13, 2017

In 2009, the worlds largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks, sprawling over more than 150 meters. They form the longest sauropod trackway ever to be found. Having compiled and analyzed the collected data, which is published in Geobios, scientists from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon (CNRS / ENS de Lyon / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (CNRS / Universit Clermont Auvergne / Universit Jean Monnet / IRD), and the Pterosaur Beach Museum conclude these tracks were left 150 million years ago by a dinosaur at least 35 m long and weighing no less than 35 t.

In 2009, when sauropod tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne near Lyon the news went round the world. After two members of the Oyonnax Naturalists Society spotted them, scientists from the Paloenvironnements et Palobiosphre research unit (CNRS / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University) confirmed these tracks were the longest in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, researchers from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon supervised digs at the site, a meadow covering three hectares. Their work unearthed many more dinosaur footprints and trackways. It turns out the prints found in 2009 are part of a 110-step trackway that extends over 155 m a world record for sauropods, which were the largest of t...

00:30

Srimonti Sarkar, an Evolutionary Cell Biologist Fascinated With a Peculiar Microorganism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life.

Srimonti Sarkar

Srimonti Sarkar.

Animals such as mice, monkeys and humans are commonly termed by scientists as higher organisms, owing to their apparent complexity when compared to the lower micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This is one of Srimonti Sarkars biggest pet peeves. I dont like the term higher; we use it only because those are the systems we are more familiar with, said the evolutionary cell biologist at Bose Institute in Kolkata. Her annoyance is unsurprising.

Giardia  fears and fascination

The small size of microbes makes them anything but inferior. The fact that they are are able to do so many life processes with so little frames, answers the questions behind most of the worlds cell biology research. For example, why does Giardia lamblia, Sarkars organisms of choice, have two nuclei?

Giardia infection is one of the leading causes of protozoa-caused diarrhoea in the world, even more than an amoeba. At any given time, 200 million individuals on Earth are infected, said Sarkar. But cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life. This protozoan is made of just one cell (humans have trillions) and it lacks c...

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23:30

Anatomy of a CIA Assassination: The Chase "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who killed President John F. Kennedys mistress, and why?

In searching for the answers to this mystery, author Peter Janney came upon what seem to be the jagged fragments of an even bigger picture.

Previously, we posted excerpts from Janneys remarkable book on the murder of Kennedys mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). The excerpts were from Chapter 2, which we broke up into three parts, here, here, and here.

We now present the first of two more excerpts, taken from Chapter 12 (but with added subheading).

In this installment, Janney describes the amazing things he hears during his search for the killer, and his frustrating attempts to substantiate these stories. They are fascinating though unproven.

But the essential parts of the story are proven fact.

And, by the way, the assassination of Kennedy the crime of the century seems connected to Meyers murder.

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Each week a new episode followed the exploits of the elite Impossible Missions Force as it employed the latest technological gadgets and state-of-the-art disguises in an effort to sabotage unfriendly governments, dictators, crime syndicates any enemy of American hegemony. The organization that master...

23:20

How The Free Market Promotes Tolerance, Diversity, And Inclusion Far Better Than Socialism Does "IndyWatch Feed National"

It may be said with confidence that ones personal values guide his political opinions. We all carry within ourselves a certain code of ethics that reinforces how we interpret the issues of the day. Indeed, studies have shown that liberals and conservatives weigh the importance of moral concerns differently, and that this manifests in their policy preferences.

When one thinks left-wing moral priorities, things like compassion and equality are probably the more enduring values. Yet tolerance, diversity, and inclusion seem to be the values du jour for modern liberalism today.

Coinciding with the ascension of these values has been the rise of socialism within the Democratic Party. It is no coincidence that the tolerance, diversity, and inclusion crowd, colloquially known as Social Justice Warriors, hailed the socialist Bernie Sanders as a political messiah. Arguably, if it hadnt been for Democratic National Committee bias, Sanders might have earned the partys 2016 presidential nomination. The social justice value system, and the socialism that goes with it, are the face of todays Democratic Party.

Much has been written about the utter hypocrisy of tolerant liberals refusing to allow conservative voices to be heard, and of how the Left promotes a diversity of superficial features over a diversity of thought and ideas. However, less has been written about the hypocrisy of socialism being promoted as the economic manifestation of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. When looked at honestly, it becomes clear that the free market better promotes these three values.

How Markets Promote Tolerance

Lets first start with tolerance. Tolerance may be the most cherished value of the modern liberal. By this framework, everything is relative and therefore equal in worth and validity (unless its at all conservative or Christian). This postmodern outlook has yielded absurd claims of cultural and moral relativism. The connection between tolerance and postmodernism has been recognized for some timeas G.K. Chesteron said, Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Despite such criticism, a level of tolerance is good in society, especially when there are countless types of people. So which economic model better promotes tolerance, socialism or the free market?

To answer this question, the most sensible approach may be to look at how capitalist societies treat their socialist minority, and how socialist societies treat their capitalist minority. After all, what is tolerance if not the treatment of those outside the status quo?

To start with, lets look at how a capitalist society treats a socialist minority. The best case study for this is likely Israel. Israel has a capitalist, free-marke...

22:17

Deutsche Nazi's in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Das ukrainische Regiment Asow wirbt mit Flyern auf Neonazi-Veranstaltungen um neue Mitglieder - offenbar erfolgreich: Immer mehr Sldner schlieen sich an, um "Europa vor dem Aussterben" zu bewahren.
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21:15

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed National"

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SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim t...

21:06

Explainer: Marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness.

The Human Rights Law Centre has been working with the Equality Campaign and LGBTI community organisations to campaign for a Yes vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. We believe marriage equality is a human rights issue which is about fairness and equality of for all Australians.

What will happen if its a Yes result?

If the result is Yes, the Coalition Government has promised to facilitate a vote on a private members bill by the end of 2017.

What private members bills are there?

There are currently two private members bills set to be tabled if theres a Yes result on 15 November 2017.

  1. Consensus Bill

    In August 2017, Liberal Senator Dean Smith released the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, which reflects the outcomes from a consensus cross-party Senate report released in early 2017. The report provides a pathway on how amendments to the Marriage Act could allow same-sex couples to marry while balancing freedom from discrimination and freedom of religion.
     
  2. Paterson Bill

    On 13 November 2017, Liberal Senator James Paterson released the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017, which extends exemptions beyond the Senate report.

Consensus Bill

Who supports the Consensus Bill?

The Consensus Bill has cross-party support if there is a Yes result. Its supported by key members of the Liberal Backbench, Labor, and the Greens.

It is also supported by many LGBTI community organisations and supporters of marriage equality as a pathway forward to achieving marriage equality before the end of the year.

The primary concern raised about the Consensus Bill is that it allows existing civil celebrants to reclassify as religious marriage celebrants (within 90 days of the legislation coming into effect) and refuse to perform same-sex marriages, even if they do not have a formal role as a minister of religion. It has also been suggested the Bill could be improved by removing the specific exemption for religious organisations providing marriage related go...

19:30

UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"



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19:25

Hobart plumbs lowest vacancies on record "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hobart stretched to break point

Hobart notched the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city at just 0.3 per cent in October 2017. 

With just 75 listings meeting the criteria for an a vacancy (of being advertised online for three weeks or more) it's not surprising that rents have been taking off.

And while there's been talk of land release to ease the pressure in Hobart, there's no imminent sign of matters improving for tenants.

Meanwhile the previously stagnant Adelaide market is also beginning to look at a bit tight, with the vacancy rate declining to just 1.4 per cent in October, and the vacancy rate in Canberra ticked down to 0.8 per cent.

In Sydney and Melbourne the rental markets look to be in relative equilibrium, with some sub-regional variations. 


The resources capital cities look to have turned the corner now.

In Perth the vacancy rate of 4.1 per cent was well down from 4.9 per cent a year earlier, while Darwin (2.5 per cent) also saw a much tighter result than a year ago (3.2 per cent). 

Even Brisbane appears to have entered a bit of a downtrend despite its inner city apartment glut, although there does tend to be a seasonal spike over the Christmas period. 

Overall the national vacancy rate of 2.1 per cent or 67,781 vacancies was lower than a year earlier at 2.3 per cent or 74,368 vacancies, with dwelling starts now set to decline and strong population growth having absorbed most of the increase in rental stock to date. 

Nevertheless, rental price growth remains quite modest at the national level. 
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18:48

MACKAY Woman abuses boy and hits his mum over wayward ball "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman abuses boy and hits his mum over wayward ball

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MACKAY Crossbows and car thefts: Man pleads guilty from jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Crossbows and car thefts: Man pleads guilty from jail

November 14, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Graham, who has no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, fronted Magistrate Scott Luxton in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, via videolink

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18:27

Brisbane financial planner jailed for fraud after swindling almost $10m from elderly retirees "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Brisbane financial planner jailed for fraud after swindling almost $10m from elderly retirees

14 November 2017

 

A former Brisbane financial planner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling millions of dollars in savings from elderly retirees.

Brad Thomas Sherwin, 62, has been sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane, after pleading guilty in September to fraud charges linked to a $60 million investment collapse.

The businessman faced 24 charges relating to the misuse of almost $10 million from 39 clients.

He received an additional 12 months in prison for breaching his duties as a director.

He will be eligible for parole after four years, on November 14, 2021.

Sherwin was the principal of Sherwin Financial Planners and director of associated companies, including property lending business Wickham Securities.

 

Nigel Jeffares speaks to the media outside the District Court in Brisbane on November 14, 2017.

 

He gave advice and helped clients set up self-managed super funds before the businesses collapsed in late 2012 and 2013.

On 26 occasions, Sherwin made transactions using his clients investment money, without the...

18:22

Student sexually abused by school teacher gets apology from NSW Education Department, 40 years later "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Student sexually abused by school teacher gets apology from NSW Education Department, 40 years later

14 November 2017

 

A former school student who was sexually abused says he now has the apology he has been waiting for, after more than 40 years.

The New South Wales Department of Education was moved to apologise to the man, now in his 50s, after hearing of his grief through the ABC.

Robbie Gambley was just 15 years old when he was groomed by his science teacher, then coerced into living with him.

Mr Gambley said he was humiliated on a daily basis, with the teacher forcing him to ride on the front of his bicycle to school.

Once at school, the teacher monopolised the student, making him take recess and lunch breaks in the teachers office with him.

He would touch me every single day [in a sexual way], Mr Gambley said.

I had to leave my port outside the teachers private office. It was there for everyone to see.

Nobody ever asked if I was okay

Mr Gambley said at no stage did anyone question the actions of the sexual predator.

Bonalbo at the time was a population of 500 people. It was there for all to see.

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18:14

Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims more.

18:06

Art and female agency in The Lady of Shalott "IndyWatch Feed National"

Generally, women in the Victorian era were unable to make decisions for themselves or move freely in public places. The Lady is doomed to a life of imprisonment if she stays within the tower, and likewise doomed to death if she leaves. Because her free will has been taken from her, the Ladys only activity is to weave. The origin and nature of the curse on her are mysterious, but its effects are not.

17:57

As Eighth Lawmaker Falls, Australias Citizenship Crisis Deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reviews an honour guard during an anti-terror demonstration of Australian and Philippine soldiers at Camp Aguinaldo, on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations Summit, in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Dondi Tawatao

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reviews an honour guard during an anti-terror demonstration of Australian and Philippine soldier...

17:14

Customers savage Ben & Jerry's for bizarre blog claiming choosing certain flavors 'might mean you are racist' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Virtue signalling officially jumps the shark: Customers savage Ben & Jerry's for bizarre blog claiming choosing certain flavors 'might mean you are racist' | 13 Nov 2017 | Conservative ice cream fans want Ben & Jerry's to 'stick to selling ice cream,' following a bizarre tweet and blog post which suggested customers might be racist for choosing certain flavors. The Vermont-based ice cream company posted a tweet asking its followers, 'What is implicit bias, and how does it shape our actions? The answer might surprise you.' The tweet linked to a company blog post titled, 'Scoop Shop Sociology,' discussing the idea of implicit bias -- the theory that people make unconscious associations with or stereotype groups.

16:01

Carbon Engineering, Bill Gates, And Long-Shot Answers To Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Carbon-dioxide removal could be a trillion-dollar enterprise, because it not only slows the rise in CO2 but reverses it. Photo-Illustration by Thomas Albdorf for The New Yorker

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16:01

The Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, I greatly appreciate everything you do. I was moved when you ended your WEC in Orlando explaining that you see this as we are all in this together. You really make an effort to pass along sound advice without strings attached to solicit money. A very admirable effort I wish others would follow.

My question is this. At the 2015 WEC when Russia invaded Syria on the precise day of your model, you said this would be an important event moving forward. The entire refugee crisis began from that date and now they seem to be winning the war against these jihadists. Now the tensions are rising between Saudi and Iran. Is this part-II of the Middle East crisis? You said back in 2015 that the mere fact Russia entered Syria on the very day of your model signaled this will be the region we should watch. So will this escalate now?

ANSWER: Yes. I wrote in the 2015 War Cycle: It is extremely disconcerting that on the very day of the peak on the Economic Confidence Model, September 30, 2015 (2015.75), Russia began bombing forces trained and funded by the United States to overturn the Syrian government of Assad. In 639 AD, Muawiyah I (b. 602680 AD; r. 661680 AD) was appointed Governor of Syria as it fell to the Muslim Conquest. We are now in the 26th 51.6-year wave from that event which is a major turning point.

The focus is turning to Idlib, which is a city in northwestern Syria. It is the capital of the Idlib Governorate, which is about 59 kilometers southwest of Aleppo. Because the Syrian government wants to evacuate all jihadists to Idlib, this will present a problem to Turkey which it borders. The Syrian state has offered to give the jihadists safe conduct and let them go to Idlib. For about one to one and a half years, jihadist terrorists from all parts of Syria are being transported to Idlib.The majority of these militant fighters appear to belong to the al-Nusra Front. These terrorists are well armed and have between 30,000 a...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.90 AUD
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15:24

Synthetic drugs send users on 'rampage' through Missouri town "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior. Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported. Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

15:11

An English Teacher Explains 5 Reasons Todays Students Cant Write "IndyWatch Feed National"

(IT) One of the interesting things about working at Intellectual Takeout is hearing the personal experiences of readers regarding issues we raise and discuss in our articles. A more recent example of this is the individual who wrote that he had gone back to college as a middle-age student seeking greater career advancement. While there, a teacher pulled him aside and accused him of plagiarism on a written assignment. The reason? His grammar was far better than that of his younger college classmates.

Unfortunately, that teachers accusation, although misguided, is somewhat understandable. Only one-fourth of Americas high school seniors are proficient in writing, a fact which causes many headaches for todays college instructors, as was recently noted by Justin Parmenter in The Washington Post:

I reached out to postsecondary writing instructors across North Carolina to investigate trends in their students writing. The common refrain in their responses was that student writing skills had diminished over the past 15 years and that it appeared that writing had not been a priority in their students previous classes.

Many of these instructors spoke of their students inability to write in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation, to structure their writing effectively, and to provide support for their views. They told me students often didnt know how to research or how to paraphrase the words of others in their writing. Unable to make up the necessary ground in four years, these students are then entering the job market with subpar writing skills.

So whats behind these poor writing skills which seem to prevail across the board in American schools? Parmenter, himself a celebrated English teacher, lists five reasons for the decline in writing.

1. Over-emphasis on Testing Standardized appears to have exploded in the past decade, largely due to standards brought on through No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Parmenter believes increased testing is a primary reason writing scores have declined over the same time period.

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15:05

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson, November 13, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy t...

15:00

Watching the cops "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is hard to believe that the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people are actually higher than the rates of incarceration of African Americans in the USA (2,346 per 100,000 in Australia, 1,408 per 100,000 in the US). The problems that flow from over policing are much better understood in the US, a country we like to think of as much more regressive in the quality of its policing. But Aboriginal communities and their allies can take lessons from the US in how to tackle over-policing.

14:41

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it's hard to answer.

14:10

Buenos Dias, Your Honor "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Chief Judge Juan Torruella  (C) Cesar Baruja, MD   (R) Prof Jim Fetzer    

by Mary W Maxwell 

Something so strange has happened in my life this week that me poor old brain has no place to process it. Viz, the federal judge in Boston (not OToole but one of the three who will hear Jahars appeal in the Marathon case), has permitted me and two others to be amici.

Thats pronounced Ah Mickey!.  Emotionally at least, it gives me some sort of standing in this world. I have gone from being a housewife to being an amicus curiae, a friend of the court. Of course I was always a fri...

14:02

Reed-warbling "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Ive been trying for years to get some decent images of Australian Reed-warblers, especially that iconic shot of one perched sideways on the stem of a reed. It remains an ongoing project.

This bird was spotted singing in a small patch of Common Reed on the east side of the Joyces Creek bridge. It was so focused on calling that it pretty much ignored me as I approached slowly and managed this sequence.

Also, interesting to note is the psyllid damage on the River Red-gum leaves in the background on a couple of the images. Many of the local eucalypts are suffering at the moment. This post on the FOBIF site is an excellent summary of some of the issues.

Australian Reed-warbler, Cairn Curran, 12th November 2017

13:45

FYI: Australia's Plebiscite on Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Same-sex marriage, Australian politics, religion and state

13:34

Fair Australia Prize 2017: the shortlists "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are pleased to announce that the shortlisted writers and artists for the 2017 Fair Australia Prize.

13:29

Sydney: Refugee solidarity protestors clash with police outside Liberal Party dinner "IndyWatch Feed National"

11 Nov Former prime minister Tony Abbotts sister, Sydney councillor Christine Forster, had her favourite jacket ripped as she tried to enter a Liberal Party fundraiser surrounded by hundreds of Manus Island detention protesters.

Riot police formed a human chain to shield guests arriving for a Liberal Party fundraiser from several hundred Manus Island protesters who had formed outside the Friday night event which was also attended by Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Cr Forster had to be helped through the crowds by police and had her jacket torn in the crossfire.

Basically a melee broke out, it was a riot, she said.

It was an extraordinary situation, it was very unpleasant, it was dangerous for everybody, it was an aggressive, awful, scary situation.

Im a local City of Sydney councillor and I dont want to ever have this kind of stuff happening in my electorate.

Cr Forster said people should able to walk into an event unmolested, unassaulted and unattacked.

It was shocking to me and it was dangerous. People were trying to punch us, people ripped the jacket off my back If you want to make your political protest, anyone can make a political protest anywhere in Australia, but you dont do it like that.

It was a very unpleasant, unnecessary, dangerous situation that those people put everybody in, she said.

It was a situation that I have never been in and I would never choose to be in ever again. Its my favourite jacket and its shredded sadly and it was shredded off me from behind.

It was a very volatile and extraordinarily surprising situation to me.

The protesters were calling for the Immigration Minster to restore services to the now-closed Manus Island detention centre and bring the remaining asylum seekers to Australia.

The Australian Government had officially closed the detention centre o...

12:51

Jacqui Lambie to resign from Senate - says she'll contest next election "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@JacquiLambie: I regret to inform the chamber of my resignation. I love my father, I don't blame him for this. https://t.co/WGZQLgpxOq pic.twitter.com/mGkU3i4gVo Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) November 14, 2017 Jacqui Lambie in her own words, "Senator for Tasmania. Advocate for Australian war veterans and injured soldiers. Looking after Tasmania's...

12:50

The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury appeared first on It's Going Down.

What it means to resist a grand jury; stories from those who have; how to support North Carolina grand jury resistance.

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In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this episode offers perspectives from those who have successfully fought a grand jury summons. Tune in to demystify the process of how and why to resist testifying at a grand jury. For more information on her case and to support Katie, check out https://ncresiststhegrandjury.com/ and to learn more about resources available for those resisting and their supporters, check out https://saynothing.noblogs.org/grand-jury-resources/.

For more information on how to stay strong during state repression, see our article How to Survive a Felony Trial.

To hear more about North Carolina Grand Jury Resistance and other cases of ongoing state repression, listen to this episode of The Hotwire.

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction: Grand Jury Resisters Past and Present {00:00}
    • What is a Grand Jury {01:17}
    • A Knock on the Door {4:51}
    • Breathing Fire {19:35}
    • Facing the State {24:19}
    • Life on the Run {35:11}
    • Trees and MirrorsSurviving Solitary {38:31}
    • Release {45:53}
    • Back from the Underground {50:47}
    • Conclusion: We Can Survive This {54:45}
    • Support NC Grand Jury Resister Katie Yow {56:16}
    • Statement from Katie Yow {57:17}
  • On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in...

12:50

CompuServes forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down "IndyWatch Feed National"

Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you

Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you had a question chances were that a fellow member would answer itjust to be helpful.

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12:49

Kristina Keneally on Tripodi, Obeid - and the possibility the Labor Party might draft her to Canberra "IndyWatch Feed National"

I spoke to Kristina Keneally in August 2011 and asked her about Tripodi/Obeid - and the possibility she might be drafted to Canberra.

12:46

Self sufficiency, comes at a price "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

IF you are one of my vegan friends, turn away, dont read this..  this morning, our two wethers met their fate and will be in our freezer next week.

I originally bought them 14 months ago with two young ewes, which have now both lambed, thanks to 20171104_184005Matt my neighbor who kindly allowed me to have them serviced by his ram. Its a cooperative thing, all his Wilties are now on our orchard, gorging on luscious grass now going ballistic. Weve had copious rain, and yesterday, today, and tomorrow, its hotter here than in Brisbane. and the grass loves it! Normal Tasmanian weather will resume tomorrow afternoon!

As I have mentioned here before, our farms land capability, as it is officially known, is class 4 which is perfect for pastures, and therefore grazing animals. We are also lucky that our pastures have actually been improved by previous owners, and its great animal fattening land. We are not exactly making the most of it yet, because fully one third of our property is yet to have more animals eating our grass.. most likely, Matts cows will be put to the test soon!

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12:35

On blogging networks "IndyWatch Feed National"

As many readers know, I run a group blog, The Asexual Agenda (TAA). Other readers might be aware that Im on this blogging network called Freethought Blogs (FTB). Still other readers may be aware of other blogging networks like The Orbit, or Skepchick. Have you ever wondered how these blog networks are organized?

This is something that interests me, as a group blog admin. But perhaps nobody else is interested, because I hardly ever see anyone else talk about it. Or perhaps people dont talk about it because the information is too sensitive. You dont want to give away information that is potentially embarrassing to other people on the network. Many blogging networks may even have formal rules against disclosing certain information. I myself am limited in what I can say. But theres some stuff that is public knowledge, at least in principle, so Ill talk about that.


TAA is a dictatorship, with a few democratic processes. We follow a formal voting procedure for important decisions, namely blogger additions, and blogger ejections. But there are also a bunch of decisions that you wouldnt even know were decisions, and things that dont lend themselves very well to voting. For example, how do we make decisions on web design? How do we set the direction of the network? What if the network needs to make a public statement about something? When do we call a vote for something? How is the vote conducted? The value of a dictatorship is that we dont need to prepare for every possible decision. Theres an easy answer to any question that will ever come upthe dictator decides.

FTB is more of an anarchy. People just argue until there appears to be a consensus. The person who determines whether theres a consensus, is whoever has the power and initiative to act. Sometimes there is no clear consensus. And sometimes when there is a clear consensus, nobody has the power and initiative to act. So things end up moving very slowly. Im not really a fan of this structure, and Im guessing that the people who left FTB to form The Orbit were not fans either.

According to public statements, The Orbit is a democratic and collectivist organization. I dont really know what that means, but it sounds complicated. Im guessing there are lots of different kinds of organizational structures for blogging networks. Were not comparing notes, so there arent any standard practices.

As I already mentioned, the most important decisions in a blogging network are who to add, and who to eject. Adding bloggers is important because of blogger attrition. Sometimes you have some bloggers who write and write forever, like me. But most b...

12:31

Contribute to our 2018 State Election campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The SA state election will be held in March 2018, and in the lead-up we have the opportunity to run a high-impact campaign for both our sector, and for all low income and disadvantaged South Australians.

12:19

80 Million Year Old Dinosaur Era Shark Found off Portuguese Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Truth Theory | by Fattima Mahdi

A mysterious 'dinosaur' shark was captured off the Portuguese coast by a fisherman and has been dubbed as a "living fossil" by scientists. The species dates back 80 million years and makes it one of the very few creatures from the dinosaur ages that is still around.

The discovery adds to the list of very few sharks recently found in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This deep sea creature usually lies at a depth of 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, which is one one of the main reasons it was not discovered before the 19th century.

The prehistoric fish is 1.5 metres in length and was caught off the resort of Portimao at a depth of 700 metres. With a long and slim body, the shark resembles a snake and bears 300 teeth. Judging by remains which have been previously found, the species has been swimming in the sea for a very long time.

Researchers were in the area working on a project when the beast was found. They are now studying the frilled shark and hope to learn more about the elusive species. This rare find means that there is plenty they can learn about how animals coexist in the depths of the ocean.

Image credit: SIC Noticias

12:12

ABC Media Watch Beggars Belief "IndyWatch Feed National"

(photo ABC)

by Dee McLachlan

Last night, on Monday as usual, ABCs Media Watch program rattled out another establishment piece this time about Russias interference in the US election.

Hello, Im Paul Barry, welcome to Media Watch.

And what exactly were the Russians doing that Americans failed to see? Tonight, in a special program, were going to look at how Facebook and Twitter allowed their platforms to be used by Russia to swing the US presidential election and divide America.

You can view, and read about the program here (Media Watch, 13 November, 2017).

I posted a comment on Media Watch about two hours ago (when it said 0 comments or no comments yet moderated). Later, I noticed that there were a total of NINE comments.

I have published all below. It seems the ABC is failing dismally to convince its viewers of its honesty...

12:11

Andrew Swift Announces New Album Call Out For The Cavalry Plus Exclusive Stream of Reckless Desires "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Andrew Swift Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just announced plans to release his new album Call Out For The Cavalry, due for release on the 2nd March next year. The album follows on from Andrew Swifts eponymous 2015 release and was produced by sought after producer Matt Fell. Swift has []

11:24

Gays would be worse off under Paterson bill: Law Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

The draft Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017 to legalise same-sex marriage, released by Senator James Paterson yesterday, represents an extraordinary and perilous winding back of Australias anti-discrimination laws under the cover of marriage equality, according to the Law Council of Australia.

President, Fiona McLeod SC, said while the Paterson Bill acknowledges concerns of those holding traditional views of marriage, it goes well beyond the issue of marriage in a number of crucial respects.

Australias anti-discrimination laws were amended in 2013 to enact important protections for LGBTI people in recognition of the unacceptable levels of discrimination. This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way.

For example, the Bill would allow people to refuse to provide goods and services on the grounds of belief, thought and conscience taking us well beyond religious beliefs into unchartered waters.

You could potentially see a situation where a hire car company could leave their customers stranded on the way to a marriage ceremony simply because the driver held a thought or belief against it. This is even if the belief had nothing to do with religion, Ms McLeod said.

Ms McLeod said freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right. Discrimination on personal attributes, including sexual orientation, is contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and our international obligations.

The right to freedom of religion also appears in international law. While the freedom to have religious beliefs is also protected unconditionally, the manifestation or expression of those beliefs or religion may be subject to limitation where it impacts upon other fundamental rights.

Ms McLeod said the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, endorsed by five government members including Senator Dean Smith, already extended existing protections for freedom of religious expression in the context of marriage and was a reasonable compromise.

The Smith Bill supports the protection of religious freedoms in two key ways. It permits ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise a marriage and it allows bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to provide goods or services for the purposes of the solemnisation of a marriage, Ms McLeod said.

While the Law Council does not endorse every detail of the Smith Bill it represents a better balance from a human rights perspective...

11:19

Zero G - 13 November 2017 Episode 1159 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1159

Title: Supervising the Supers

Podcast Title:  Murder on the Poddient Express 1159

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: delving into ethics, power and responsibility with LIAM BURKE; and we hop aboard for MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

11:17

Security Threat Groups: The Industry of Gangs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Security Threat Groups: The Industry of Gangs appeared first on It's Going Down.

This following essay is written by anarchist prisoner, Sean Swain, and was originally released on the Final Straw Radio show. For more info about how to support Sean, go here.

In Ohio prisons, pretty much everyone is in a gang whether theyre in a gang or not. If youre an Ohio prisoner and youre not in a gang, prison administrators will put you in one. And if theres no gang for you, theyll just create a new one.

The reason is, its a federal bloc grant swindle. Heres how it works:

The U.S. Department of Justice keeps a kind of database on what it calls Security Threat Groups, or STGs, not to be confused with STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases. The Department of Justice does not monitor chlamydia or gonorrhea. Yet. At least, as far as I know.

What it does monitor, Security Threat Groups, includes groups like the Bloods, the Crips, the Gangsta Disciples, the Aryan Brotherhood. Those are the larger, more-recognizable so-called Security Threat Groups.

So, to keep a handle on these groups, the U.S. Department of Justice gives what it calls bloc grant funding to states. States like Ohio that participate in the STG-monitoring program maintain a database that it shares with the Department of Justice, keeping files on gang members and their activities. For each gang member the state monitors, the Department of Justice allots a certain amount of funds.
The more gang members, the more money the state prison system gets.

Back in the 1990s, you had a handful of gangs or Security Threat Groups. Each of those gangs had a handful of pretty visible members. There as an investigator at each prison whose job was principally something else, who kept files on these gangs.

Since then, with the availability of federal bloc grants, we now have seemingly hundreds of security threat groups, some of them having only two or three members, all registered in the computer database. We have seemingly tens of thousands of gang members filling the Ohio prisons. And we have not one but two investigators employed full-time at every Ohio prison, with their salaries covered by bloc grant funds; their offices expenses covered by bloc grant funds; their computer hardware for conducting their w...

11:12

Manus Island: Those For Whom We Cannot Grieve "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a nation, overcoming our fear of the other and exposing our own vulnerabilities is the key to ending the crisis on Manus Island, writes Elise Addlem.

The 600 men trapped between the Manus Island detention centre and the unknown that comes next are people defined negatively as individuals. They are not defined, as they once were, as a member of a country, as a father, a son, a partner, a friend. Now, they have been hollowed out of all of these individualising, humanising factors.

Their individuality has been replaced by their collective status as the other, as an us and them. This other that permeates Australian political discussion is boat people, a term which does a masterful job of at of once denying individuals and their lived experiences, and binding them together into a collective they never asked for.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)The current Australian government, and those which came before it, have been successful in moving refugees who arrive to Australia by boat not only physically out of sight, but out of the space in the human mind that is vulnerable to the suffering of others.

What I want to ask, then, is how do we give back humanness to those that have systematically been stripped of it?

Here Judith Butler is helpful. In her recent work, Precarious Life, Butler considers what counts as human and what counts as a grievable life. What we find in the language used to discuss those seeking asylum in Australia today, all the way back to the Howard era, is a refusal to acknowledge that these people are humans just like you and I. That in our human condition and the vulnerability that comes along with it, we are all human beings worthy of empathy.

The use of terms such as boat people, queue jumpers, as well as racially or ethnically based labels serve to push refugees out of this space of shared humanity. Of grievability.

However, Butler says that it is too simplistic to argue that the dehumanisation or derealisation at the level of public and political discussion gives rise to a physical violence enacted against people. The inverse likewise does not get at the complexity of the matter. Perhaps we can say that the ordering is not important, but that way we the dehumanise refugees in Australia (and much of the so-called West) forms a justificatory loop is such a way that it becomes seemingly self-perpetuating.

...

11:08

Naked People Terrorize Missouri Town, Synthetic Drug Flakka Suspected "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told KSDK. The thieves took more than a thousand dollars from the register, Ockrassa said.

Flakka, which is also known as alpha-PVP, has a similar chemical makeup to drugs known as bath salts, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is typically sold in a white or pink crystalline form, and emits a foul smell.

Users consume the synthetic drug by either eating, snorting, injecting or vaporizing it in an electronic cigarette device, according to the institute.

Flakka also featured in several incidents last year in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, according to the Star. It caused everything from overdose-related deaths to a slew of emergen...

10:45

FixedIt: Children cannot engage in sex acts "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Morning Bulletin reported on a man held on over 200 charges of rape, making child pornography and possessing child exploitation material, many of those charges related to children under 12.

Whatever the outcome of the court case, children under 12 cannot be engaged in sex acts. Sex requires consent, children under 12 cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has no choice.

No...

10:40

Bill Shorten getting a bit ahead of himself with Kristina Keneally "IndyWatch Feed National"

The next Member for Bennelong, @KKeneally pic.twitter.com/O1kUUrURmV Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) November 13, 2017 This took me 5 min to pull out of my files. Why do federal MPs need 21 days? #section44 pic.twitter.com/Awqe6fS6uT Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) November 8, 2017

10:36

Video: Massive rally in Barcelona demands freedom for political prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

In a massive show of force, Catalans take to the streets of Barcelona on 11 November and demanded the release of arrested and detained political leaders, who are regarded as prisoners. Spanish police say that about 750,000 took part. Others suggest that the real figure was more than a million were there in a city of 1.7 million inhabitants. This suggest that the independence movement remains strong and may even cause an upset in the December election forced by the government in Madrid.

Video from Catalans for Yes

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Massive crowd in Barcelona demanding the release of Catalan political prisoners. Wow.

Posted by Catalans for Yes on Saturday, November 11, 2017

 

The post Video: Massive rally in Barcelona demands freedom for political prisoners appeared first on The Pen.

10:20

Response to Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions. View the submission here.

The Victorian Government's current proposals will do serious damage to the regenerative and small-scale livestock farmers of Victoria. See AFSA's media release regarding the proposed changes here.

AFSA's Response to Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions

Summary of AFSA's recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1: That the Government continue to allow low-risk, low impact grazing animals as an allowable use in the UGZ.
  • Recommendation 2: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 3: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 4: Treat all pastured livestock systems with supplemental feeding the same in the land use definitions and graduated controls, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 5: That all pastured livestock are defined under Grazing Animal Production, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production. We further recomm...

10:17

Jacqui Lambie to quit parliament after citizenship advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie. Photo AAP

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie. Photo AAP

CANBERRA   [AAP]

High-profile Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has become the latest casualty of the citizenship crisis engulfing federal parliament.

Senator Lambie the daughter of a Scottish-born father  on Tuesday revealed UK authorities had confirmed her status as a British citizen by descent.

As a result, she was ineligible to contest the 2016 election and sit in parliament.

I didnt think I actually had a problem with it, so I never gave it a second thought she told LAFM radio in Launceston of her newly-confirmed status.

Senator Lambie will make a statement to parliament about 12.40pm (AEDT).

Her replacement in the upper house will be determined by the High Court.

Steve Martin was next on the Jacqui Lambie Network Senate ticket at the 2016 election, but there are also doubts about his eligibility to sit in parliament.

Senator Lambies announcement came as the Turnbull government ramped up pressure on Labor Leader Bill Shorten over the citizenship credentials of opposition MPs.

Bill Shorten has been playing a very dodgy game in this business from start to finish, Attorney-General George Brandis told the Nine Network.

The onus was on the opposition leader to live by the same standard he has demanded of the government, he said.

A resolution passed in the Senate on Monday requires senators to make declarations about all relevant particulars of their citizenship in a special registry by December 1.

A similar motion is expected to be passed in the House of Representatives when it meets in a fortnight.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking from Manila where hes attending the East Asia summit, said the registry plan would get all the facts on the table.

Then the House can consider them and then, if they wish, refer people to the High Court, he said.

The government is ke...

09:59

An open Letter to Attorney General Brandis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is the text of an open letter to Australias Attorney General, from Close Pine Gap.  It supports a group of Australian Christians facing up to 7 years jail, for entering the Pine Gap American military base near Alice Springs. Those who have signed see the arrests and charges an attack on the fundamental rights of all Australians. If you wish to sign the letter, you can do so through this link.

We seek your urgent intervention to protect the right to freedom of speech, expression, political communication and of religion for six Australian citizens who face up to seven years in jail for a peaceful protest in which they were praying and playing musical instruments.

In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement.

As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested.

The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap.

Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance.

Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for unlawful entry under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth).

That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail.

This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to protest. These are fundamental civil rights, and they are profoundly important when governments are engaged in the sort of conduct which Pine Gap facilitates.

Five of the defendants are devout Christians. Their faith impelled them to give voice t...

09:46

All we want is freedom and not another prison camp "IndyWatch Feed National"

The article below was written by Manus Island refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani and published on 13 November 2017 (The Guardian). It discribes the inhumane conditions in which the inmates in the detention camp have been living, the impact that it has had on them and the reason why they are refusing to leave sand go the accommodation units in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau.

Manus prison has reached a historic landmark. Its a culmination of years of premeditated violence and affliction. For more than 10 days hundreds of refugees have been refusing to leave the prison camp and, as a result, the situation has morphed into a large-scale humanitarian crisis. If things deteriorate further, we will witness a disaster beyond imagination.

For many who are watching from Australia or other parts of the world, particular questions have arisen, including: why are the refugees refusing to leave the camp? From the perspective of someone who has lived in this prison for more than four years and who has been critically analysing the politics of offshore processing throughout this time, I am certain that there is a misconception of the main reason behind our resistance a misinterpretation of the principle driving the stand taken by the refugees. This mistake has both been made by people who are actively supporting the refugees and by individuals who have been indifferent toward the events in Manus and Nauru prisons all these years. And it also pertains to those who have supported the governments political strategy.

The misreading of the issue is reflected in government officials and the Australian prime minister attacking senator Nick McKim, refugee advocates, the Papua New Guinea immigration minister and a few incarcerated refugees, saying that they are encouraging and motivating the other refugees to remain in the prison camp. First, the PNG minister responded by explicitly stating that a few individuals who were leaders inside the prison were forcing the refugees to stay inside the detention camp.

These kinds of accusations are facile and unacceptable. It comes across as a form of degradation because it strips the refugees of agency, reducing them to children who cannot make decisions on their own. It represents them as humans who lack a decent understanding of what is unfolding around them. It degrades their dignity by assuming that the refugees cannot assess the situation.

On the other side, the refugee supporters announce that the alternative accommodation units in Lorengau, Hillside Haus and West Lorengau, are not ready yet. They also claim that Lorengau is not safe to accommodate the refugees and that the new camps do not provide medical facilities and are unsuitable for housing refugees....

09:38

Jury In Sen. Menendez Corruption Trial Say They Are Deadlocked "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two hours into deliberation, the jury deciding Sen. Bob Menendez and his co-defendants fate has announced they are deadlocked.

The Democratic senator and his deep-pocketed benefactor are on trial for a combined 18 counts of bribery and fraud. Prosecutors say Menendez took bribes from Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye-doctor based in Florida in the form of campaign contributions, luxury vacations, and trips aboard a private jet. In exchange, the New Jersey senator allegedly lobbied top government officials to get visas for his married friends mistresses and even attempted to make a criminal investigation into Melgens fraudulent billing practices go away. Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for robbing the agency out of up to $105 million.

On the first day of deliberations last week, a juror asked Judge William Walls: What is a senator? The judge declined to answer the question. On Thursday afternoon, a juror was dismissed to go on a vacation in the Bahamas. On her way out the door, Evelyn Arroyo Maultsby told multiple media outlets that the jury was leaning towards acquitting Menendez and that she thought the trial would result in a hung jury.

Maultsby also complained that she thought the other jurors were trying to run out the clock on her and that her fellow jurors tried to prevent her from getting a note to the judge. Walls dismissed Maultsbys claims: Every juror has the right to communicate at any and all times with regard to deliberations, he said. All you need to do is to step outside the door. The guards are there, and hes on hand to take whatever message you want to give to me in writing.

On Monday, Walls ordered the jurors to start afresh in their deliberations after several jurors admitted they had read media coverage about the dismissed juror.

You are starting fresh, he said, according to CNN. Forget about what happened last week. This is the jury.

Several hours into deliberations on Monday,....

09:26

MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 13, 2017 at 11:50AM ,

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MACKAY Mackay district court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Mackay magistrates court mackay qld "IndyWatch Feed National"

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09:07

Liberals ponder future after poll dive "IndyWatch Feed National"

Acting PM Julie Bishop insists there's light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Acting PM Julie Bishop insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

CANBERRA   [AAP]

Acting prime minister Julie Bishop says a drop in the polls for the government is not surprising, but insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga.

With the coalition slipping further in the Newspoll behind Labor 45-55 per cent Malcolm Turnbulls lead as preferred prime minister over Labors Bill Shorten dropped five points to 36 per cent.

The gap between the two leaders has narrowed to just two percentage points compared to eight points two weeks ago and 17 points at the end of August.

It is the closest Mr Shorten has ever been to regaining the lead he enjoyed over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister.

The poll, published on Monday, also shows voters prefer Julie Bishop over Mr Turnbull 40-27 per cent as Liberal leader.

But coalition supporters still prefer Mr Turnbull.

The polls are not surprising, Ms Bishop told reporters on the Queensland state election campaign trail.

Ms Bishop said a motion had been negotiated with Labor to force all senators to reveal family history and citizenship details by December 1.

A similar motion will go to the lower house on November 27.

As well, the government is fighting by-elections in the seats of New England and Bennelong, triggered by citizenship doubts over former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Liberal MP John Alexander.

What we have now is a plan to resolve this issue, then we can continue to govern for the Australian people, Ms Bishop said.

Turnbull supporter Christopher Pyne noted an election was not due until July 2019.

Polls come and go and people should remain unfazed by them, he told ABC radio.

Cabinet colleague Mathias Cormann, who agreed the m...

09:04

New Moore accuser steps forward "IndyWatch Feed National"

As is often the case, it takes just one person to publicly come forward with their story about being abused by powerful people to open the floodgates because other people, realizing that they are not alone, feel emboldened to tell their own stories. It seems like a day doesnt pass without someone new coming forward to say that former president George H. W. Bush is a disgusting lecher who groped her. And another woman Beverly Young Nelson has now come forward to accuse Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of assaulting her, both sexually and otherwise, when she was just 16, after he had offered her a ride home from her job as a waitress.

She said Moore, then in his 30s, was a regular at the restaurant and often complimented her on her looks and would sometimes touch her long hair as she walked past his seat at the counter. One day, Moore offered Nelson a ride home after her shift ended at 10 pm.

Nelson accepted the offer and said that he drove around to the back of the restaurant and assaulted her in his car in a dark corner of the parking lot.

Instead of driving to the street, he stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster in the back of the restaurant where there were no lines. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing, Nelson recounted in a press conference with her attorney on Monday afternoon.

Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out, Nelson continued. I tried to fight him off and yelled at him to stop, but instead of stopping he started squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.

Nelson said she feared Moore was going to try to rape her and she began crying as he assaulted her.

I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him, Nelson said. I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up and he looked at me and he told me, Youre just a child, and he said, I am the District Attorney and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.'

Nelson recounted that after this she either fell out of the car or he pushed her out, driving away as she lay on the ground of the parking lot.

The passenger door was still open as he burned rubber pulling away as he left me laying there on the cold concrete, she said.

At a press confer...

08:20

One Nations loss of Fraser Anning is part of an ongoing sickness "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Pauline Hansons leadership style  has certainly contributed to the departure of a growing list of departures of One Nations members of parliament. A party moulded around her personal image and wish, is bound to rankle with those feeling they are being denied a legitimate voice.

But on its own, this too easy an explanation for the depth of the troubles that are enveloping One Nation. There is  something more fundamentally wrong that cannot be explained away by focusing on the personalities.

Those of us who have insisted that at the most basic, the problem is the divide between what One Nation claims to be and what it does, is being proved right by the unfolding of events.

The latest incident is the defection of the new Senator Fraser Anning on his first day in office. He had just come in to replace Malcolm Roberts, who had lost his seat over the dual citizenship fiasco. But on his first day, Anning walked away from One Nation and became an independent.

Anning says he had been a long time personal friend of Hansons, but this came undone at a single meeting last week, which he suggests, went to hell in a handbasket. He says he was expelled from the party. Hanson denies it and insists Anning abandoned the party. Whichever claim is the truth, there was an argument was over who has the right to hire the members staff. Anning had included several who had worked for Roberts, but did not have the approval of Hanson or her chief advisor James Ashby, and he was smacked down for the impertinence.

Hansons dynastic style is not limited to this particular incident. There is a history of it and it has been becoming increasingly pronounced since the last federal election, as the duo consolidate their top down control, over all decision making and how the partys finances are spent.

This ties back to the assertion of the divide between the discrepancy between what the party claims to represent and what it does.

One Nation was born out of a reaction of perceived betrayal of the interests of ordinary people by traditional politicians. The revolt was most marked in National Party stronghold in Queensland and New South Wales,  which had gone backwards economically and residents resented the decline of services, lack of employment opportunities and left behind the rest of Australia. These areas are among the poorest in the nation. People who live in them believed that the new party would make a difference. Many of the original One Nation activists had played important roles in battles against privatisation of government services and other aspects of ne...

08:13

Turnbull bonds with Trump during Asia jaunt "IndyWatch Feed National"

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bond at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bond at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

MANILA   [AAP]

Malcolm Turnbull had a half-hour rendezvous with Donald Trump at his presidential hotel suite in Manila on the last evening of his six day Asia tour.

Both leaders have been in the Philippines capital since Sunday for the East Asia summit which wraps up on Thursday.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump bonded with some one-on-one time, without officials in the room on Monday night in a meeting that went for more than 30 minutes.

They had been due to catch up at a formal bilateral meeting earlier on Monday, however at the last minute the schedule shifted and the pair had a three-way chat with Japans Shinzo Abe.

Its unclear whether Mr Turnbull, at the evening meeting with Mr Trump, raised the prospects of speeding up the US refugee resettlement deal.

The stand-off with hundreds of refugees at the mothballed Manus Island detention centre continues.

Mr Trump reluctantly agreed to resettle up to 1,250 refugees but only 54 have gone to America so far.

New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been hoping for a second conversation with Mr Turnbull, following her trip to Sydney a week ago, to express her grave concerns about the ongoing Manus Island saga and reiterate her countrys offer to take 150 refugees.

Its understood, thats unlikely to happen.

On Tuesday, Mr Turnbull is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the summit.

Mr Turnbull will also get together with leaders from the 15 other countries negotiating a China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership fre...

07:16

MACKAY Mental health battle resulted in dramatic city centre crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 14, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

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07:03

Voting For Your Rights, By Ron Owen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.

On election day 25th November 2017, either the 600,000 licenced shooters of Queensland will work together, to put Labor, LNP and Greens at the bottom of the voting ticket and pro firearm ownership candidates at the top, and giving the forces against us the biggest electoral defeat since Barrie Unsworth (NSW) in March 1988, or we will be further tyrannised for another 25 years. We have been waiting for this golden opportunity for a quarter of a century. If we cannot do it this time we do not deserve another chance.
Get Political for Two Weeks and Make a Difference to Our Future.

Never have the forces of evil been in such disarray. Never has it been so open and shut, we either work to put the minor pro shooting parties and independents in a coalition to improve our plight, or follow your family voting pattern, (vote LNP or Labor or Green) then hand your guns in, or go live in New Zealand. You are either with us, or against us.

Now, is the Time.
Now is the Time to get political, even if you have to miss out on a few shooting events.
Firstly, and most importantly contact candidates and check their credentials. Ask them to convince you that they will persistently work to achieve

A. The end of long arm registration,

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06:52

Surprising Study Suggests Gluten Sensitivity Isnt Caused By Gluten At All "IndyWatch Feed National"

After eating foods that contain gluten, do you tend to experience itching, irritability, bloating, or general discomfort? If so, youve likely assumed you are allergic to the protein found in a variety of grains. But according to a new study, gluten isnt the actual culprit. Rather, a sugar chain called fructans is to blame.

Approximately 1 percent of the population has celiac disease an autoimmune disorder that makes them react badly after consuming gluten proteins in wheat. An additional 12 percent feel bad after eating wheat-based foods, such as bread and pasta. This occurs, despite them not having celiac disorder. Since gluten became a buzzword, researchers have been stumped by the phenomena. But now, new research published in the journal Gastroenterology offers clarity on the topic.

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Fructans are a type of sugar chain found in wheat, barley, and rye in addition to onions, garlic, chickpeas, cabbage, and artichoke. To test if those who have sensitivities to gluten are actually allergic to fructans, researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway and Monash University in Australia recruited 59 non-celiac adults following gluten-free diets to participate in an experiment.

First, they gave the volunteers three types of cereal bars containing gluten, fructans or neither. The participants ate one of these every day for seven days, waiting one week in between trying new bars. Because the bars are identical, the participants have no idea which ones consumed fructans, gluten or neither.

It turns out, the fructan bar triggered 15 percent more bloating and a 13 percent increase gastrointestinal distress compared to the control bar. The gluten bar had no effect. The findings are similar to those of a 2013 study, in which non-celiacs who ate gluten-free to relieve gut issues found no difference in symptoms when they ate identical meals that either lacked gluten or were full of it.

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06:26

What does a pre-crash financial market look like? You're seeing one now "IndyWatch Feed National"

The only other times in our history when stock prices have been this high relative to earnings, a horrifying stock market crash has always followed. Will things be different for us this time? We shall see, but without a doubt this is what a pre-crash market looks like. This current bubble has been based on irrational euphoria that has been fueled by relentless central bank intervention, but now global central banks are removing the artificial life support in unison. Meanwhile, the real economy continues to stumble along very unevenly. This is the longest that the U.S. has ever gone without a year in which the economy grew by at least 3 percent, and many believe that the next recession is very close. Stock prices cannot stay completely disconnected from economic reality forever, and once the bubble bursts the pain is going to be unlike anything that we have ever seen before. If you think that these ridiculously absurd stock prices are sustainable, there is something that I would like for you to consider. The only times in our history when the cyclically-adjusted return on stocks has been lower, a nightmarish stock market crash happened soon thereafter... The Nobel-Laureate, Robert Shiller, developed the cyclically-adjusted price/earnings ratio, the so-called CAPE, to assess whether stocks are likely to be over- or under-valued. It is possible to invert this measure to obtain a cyclically-adjusted earnings yield which allows one to measure prospective real returns. If one does this, the answer for the US is that the cyclically-adjusted return is now down to 3.4 percent. The only times it has been still lower were in 1929 and between 1997 and 2001, the two biggest stock market bubbles since 1880. We know now what happened then. Is it going to be different this time?

05:06

Saad Hariri finally appears, gives awkward (scripted?) interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Saad Hariri appeared on Saudi state-run Al Arabiya television last week to deliver his "resignation" as the Lebanese Prime Minister, many felt that Hariri, who is also a Saudi citizen was being forced to resign by the Saudi regime. Several obvious inconsistencies were present in the original "resignation" speech. First and most strangely, he read a speech that was written in a Gulfi dialect of Arabic and instead of using familiar Lebanese terminology, he used Saudi terminology which is largely foreign among Lebanese viewers. Secondly, his resignation from foreign soil is not only incompatible with Lebanese legal procedure, but it is highly unusual in any context. Finally, as Hariri owns his own television channel, Lebanon based Future TV, it was considered strange that his speech was exclusively broadcast on a Saudi state-run network. Further evidence which emerged led Lebanese President Michel Aoun to join with other Lebanese parties including Hezbollah, the Amal movement and some members of Hariri's own Future Movement to say that Hariri had been kidnapped by Saudi authorities and is being held against his will. Last night's interview from Saudi Arabian soil on Hariri's Future TV was designed to assuage the fears that Hariri is a political hostage, but the interview left many more questions than answers.

05:03

Why won't Boris Johnson issue an unequivocal apology? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Last week Boris Johnson made one of the most extraordinary gaffes a British Foreign Secretary has ever made by uncritically repeating Iranian accusations against an imprisoned British citizen as if they were fact.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (who remains in an Iranian jail), her family and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office all consistently maintained that she was in Iran on holiday, with the purpose of introducing her young daughter to her Iranian parents. Despite this, Johnson decided to declare that she was in Iran "teaching journalism", which is precisely what the Iranians have imprisoned her for.

The Iranian authorities have taken Johnson's foolish remarks as confirmation that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in the country training propaganda agents, and the case against her has been reopened with the possibility of her jail sentence being dramatically extended.

After a week of blustering, evasions and carefully qualified non-apologies Johnson was called to parliament to answer urgent questions over his disgraceful handling of the Zaghari-Ratcliffe case.

Here's exactly what he said:
"I acknowledge that the words that I used were open to being misinterpreted and I apologise to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family if I have inadvertently caused them any further anguish."
As we can see, this is another half-apology based on the false narrative that his words had been "misinterpreted" rather than being completely at odds with the established Foreign Office position that she was there on holiday.

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04:36

Bitcoin Continues Usage Acceptance Especially in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, an increasing number of Bitcoin automated teller machines (ATM) is being installed around the country due to its continuous popularity as an online currency.

04:29

We Dont Have To Wait For Due Process To Hold An Opinion On Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed National"

Due process is a vital legal concept that establishes rules and procedures to guard against unfair, arbitrary, untrue, or unreasonable treatment that deprives Americans of life, liberty or property. Thats because anyone can lie including self-professed victims of sexual assault. You neednt look further than the numerous young lives that have been ruined on college campuses by fabricated allegations to understand why due process is important. And anyone can be railroaded. Witchhunts are real. Mobs tend to form rather easily these days. The politically motivated smear the innocent for partisan reasons. Biased organizations peddle innuendo and gossip to exploit the publics existing biases.

All of that is true. None of it means the allegations regarding Alabamas Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore are untrue. Dont let healthy skepticism transform into tribal denialism.

Did most of the establishment already detest Moore for his socially conservative views? Of course. Would The Washington Post pursue someone in the Democratic Party with the same gusto? Probably not. Its also true that the establishment media gave former presidents and senators who were likely sexual predators virtual free passes for decades. The treatment of the parties on this front will never be equal.

Still, none of that means the accusations about Moore pursuing sexual relations with teen girls when he was in his 30s is any less plausible. Unlike a number stories that have simply relayed abuse allegations without proof or corroboration, The Washington Posts article on Moore happens to be a solid piece of journalism with multiple sources and timelines that form a wholly credible, sordid story. Accusations of bias shouldnt convince the fair-minded person to dismiss the testimonies of (at least) four women who dont know each other but tell similar tales with some specificity.

Nor does media bias change the fact that many of Moores answers have been exceptionally unpersuasive to this point. Make what you will of Fox News Sean Hannity, but his interview with the Republican Senate candidate posed many of the right questions. When asked if hes dated 15-year-olds in his mid-30s, an ordinary healthy adult male does not answer, Not generally, no, as Moore...

04:27

WikiLeaks asked Donald Trump Jr. to appoint Julian Assange as an Australian ambassador "IndyWatch Feed National"

It turns out Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks direct-messaged each other more than a few times over the last year. According to a new report from the Atlantic, WikiLeaks first DMd the presidents son in September 2016, and Don Jr. even responded a few times. The messages reportedly continued until last June. Of the many

It turns out Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks direct-messaged each other more than a few times over the last year. According to a new report from the Atlantic, WikiLeaks first DMd the presidents son in September 2016, and Don Jr. even responded a few times. The messages reportedly continued until last June.

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04:06

Daily Quizzes to Train Your Verification Skills "IndyWatch Feed National"

You can read the original blogpost by Fiete Stegers, on which this article was based, here.

Where exactly was a photo on Twitter taken? When was a Facebook video recorded? Is that image fake, or authentic? These are just some of the common questions you can face when verifying social media content.

A few months ago, Julia Bayer (Deutsche Welle) started posting each Monday photo assignments on Twitter to train the verification skills of  journalists  and anyone else interested. Since then, a number of journalists have joined to provide new challenges ever day to test and train your verification and geolocation skills.  At an investigative journalism conference in Hamburg, she told me about her project, and I was happy to take the spot on Thursday.

The over 100 quizzes (and answers) are collected by Fiete Stegers (NDR) in a Twitter moment...

03:06

Doctor reveals how he escaped a 'three-metre great white shark' off Avoca Beach, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A British doctor has revealed how he punched a shark in the face after it mauled him while he was out surfing in Australia. Charlie Fry, 25, was bitten on his right shoulder by the shark on Monday while cooling off at Avoca Beach, on the New South Wales Central Coast. Mr Fry told The Daily Telegraph he felt something hit his right shoulder, and turned to look just moments before the predator sunk its teeth into him. The British man reacted immediately, throwing a punch that may have saved his life. 'I just punched it with my left hand and shouted out to my mates and paddled so hard back to shore,' he said.

02:58

BREAKING: 80 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur-Era Shark Found Off Portuguese Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fattima Mahdi,
A mysterious dinosaur shark was captured off the Portuguese coast by a fisherman and has been dubbed as a living fossil by scientists. The species dates back 80 million years and makes it one of the very few creatures from the dinosaur ages that is still around.

The discovery adds to the list of very few sharks recently found in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This deep sea creature usually lies at a depth of 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, which is one one of the main reasons it was not discovered before the 19th century.

 

The prehistoric fish is 1.5 metres in length and was caught off the resort of Portimao at a depth of 700 metres. With a long and slim body, the shark resembles a snake and bears 300 teeth. Judging by remains which have been previously found, the species has been swimming in the sea for a very long time.

Researchers were in the area working on a project when the beast was found. They are now studying the frilled shark and hope to learn more about the elusive species. This rare find means that there is plenty they can learn about how animals coexist in the depths of the ocean.

Image credit: SIC Noticias

The post BREAKING: 80 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur-Era Shark Found Off Portuguese Coast appeared first on TruthTheory.

02:22

Professors: Its Not Okay To Be White "IndyWatch Feed National"

whatthecuss

Can my children be friends with white people?

This bizarre question is the basis of a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, and the author answers it with a no, albeit with some exceptions.

History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way [of genuine friendship], and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities, writes Ekow N. Yankah, a law professor at Yeshiva University.

WATCH CNN COMMENTATOR CALL TRUMP A WHITE SUPREMACIST:

According to Yankah, examples of white contempt for racial minorities in recent months include concerns over the opioid epidemic, worries over rising unemployment among working-class whites, and criticism of NFL players kneeling for the anthem. Apparently those issues receive far more attention than the woes of African-Americans, thus revealing the secret disdain whites have for non-whites.

With that conclusion assumed, Yankah declares the lesson he will teach his kids.

As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible, the law professor argues. When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal.

Throughout the article, Yankah bases this pessimistic attitude not on personal experience he says his childhood hometown was remarkably free of racial tension but on Donald Trump being president and the violence in Charlottesville.

A large number of white people voting for Trump is the final push in giving up on Caucasians.

Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth, the professor asserts. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trumps politica...

02:15

Australian Bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

PERTH ASX-listed junior Australian Bauxite has inked a heads of agreement (HoA) with technology provider Refined Ore Industries (ROIL) to produce aluminium fluoride from bauxite.

Under the terms of the HoA, Australian Bauxite will have exclusive global rights to produce aluminium fluoride from the ALCORE project, which will apply ROILs patented ores-to-elements (CORE) process, which refines various types of ores using a combination of fluorine acids and related thermal energy process steps.

Australian Bauxite will also have the right to produce corethane gas from the refining of coal, to provide electrical power, heating and cooking for the bauxite refining plant, while also having exclusive global marketing rights for all aluminium fluoride and related co-products produced by other ROIL technology projects, unrelated to Australian Bauxite, in Australia and Asia.

In exchange, Australian Bauxite will issue 1.4-million of its own shares to ROIL.

Australian Bauxite told shareholders on Monday that the ALCORE project would be developed in two stages, with Stage 1 consisting of an engineering evaluation plant, which would likely cost between A$12.5-million and A$16-million.

The Stage 2 operation would consist of a 50 000 t/y production plant, which would cost about A$50-million to develop.

A bankable feasibility study for the plant is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2019, with commissioning to take place by the end of 2019.

Australian Bauxite said the ALCORE technology would add between $600/t and $1 000/t in value to the bauxite produced by the company. 

*Original article online at http://www.miningweekly.com/article/australian-bauxite-to-produce-aluminium-fluoride-2017-11-13

 

01:21

Are Potential Peer Reviewers Overwhelmed Altruists or Free-Riders? New data reveal great inequality in peer reviewing in the social sciences. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a guest post submitted by Paul A. Djupe, Denison University Political Science, who is an affiliated scholar with PRRI ; Amy Erica Smith, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University; and Anand Edward Sokhey, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as the associate director of the American Politics Research Lab and the incoming director of the LeRoy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment.

Google peer review crisis, and you will find dozens of pieces some dating back to the 1990s lamenting the state of peer reviewing. While these pieces focus in part on research replicability and quality, one major concern has been shortages in academic labor. In one representative article, Fox and Petchey (2010) argue that peer reviewing is characterized by a tragedy of the commons that is increasingly dominated by cheats (individuals who submit papers without doing proportionate reviewing). Other commentators describe the burden faced by generous peer reviewers who feel overwhelmed.

So where does peer review in the social sciences stand? Are academics overburdened altruists or peer-review free-riders? Our new Professional Activity in the Social Sciences data set suggests the answer is Neither. Instead, most academics get few peer review requests and perform most of them. Reviewing is strongly correlated with academic productivityresearch-productive scholars get more requests and perform more reviews. However, the ratio of peer reviews performed to article submissions is also lower for more productive scholars. Overall, this would appear to be a bit of a mixed bag from the perspectives of equity and representation in the academy. Here are the details.

In March, 2017 we surveyed 900 faculty in political science departments across the United States, asking about a range of professional activities.  In June we followed up with a second group of social scientists, surveying 958 faculty in U.S. sociology departments. More details about the design and sample are available here.

The figure below suggests that the peer review crisis may be overblown. The median political scientist and median sociologist in our data each report receiving five review requests a year. The median political scientist completes four of....

Monday, 13 November

23:20

Why Complaints About Paul Ryan Ditching Regular Order Are Political Head Fakes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, Politico published an article talking about how the Republican House of Representatives under Paul Ryans speakership set a new record for the number of bills approved under closed ruleswhich prohibit members of Congress from offering amendments. Although the Politico story didnt use the term, it echoes the complaints of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) surrounding Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation this past summer: I want the regular order.

McCains comment invites a question: What exactly constitutes the regular order in Congress? Why do people keep calling for it? And if so many people keep calling for it, why doesnt Congress just restore the regular order already?

Unfortunately, the answers often prove cynics skepticism about Washington. Members of Congress support regular order only as long as it delivers the policy outcomes they desire. The second regular order results in a policy defeat, those who would lose in an open vote attempt to jerry-rig the process to achieve their desired outcomeand those who would win in an open vote complain, and call for a return to regular order. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Deem-and-Pass

Politico quoted House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-NY): Under Speaker Ryans leadership, this session of Congress has now become the most closed Congress in history. To call Slaughters complaints about a closed process ironic would put it mildly.

Seven years ago, when she chaired the Rules Committee, Slaughter proposed having the Democratic House enact Obamacare into law without voting on it. The House could merely deem Obamacare approved as a result of passing some other measure.

While the House has repeatedly used this deem-and-pass strategy under both Republican and Democratic majorities, the optics of passing such a massive and prominent piece of legislation using such dodgy procedural shortcuts led Democrats to abandon the gambit, but not before conservative bloggers noted that Slaughter, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and others attacked the deem-and-pass maneuver when Republicans controlled the House in the 2000s.

To sum up: Slaughter was for an open process before she was against an op...

22:45

Nice Aeon article on biological individuality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Siphonophores by Ernst Haeckel

By Ernst Haeckel Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 17: Siphonophorae (see here, here and here), Public Domain, Link

Derek Skillings from University of Bordeaux/CNRS has a new article at Aeon about biological individuality:

For millennia, naturalists and philosophers have struggled to define the most fundamental units of living systems and to delimit the precise boundaries of the organisms that inhabit our planet. This difficulty is partly a product of the search for a singular theory that can be used to carve up all of the living world at its joints.

Skillings reviews the deep historical roots of the question, touching on the views of Charles Darwin and his grandfather, both Huxleys (T. H. and Julian), Herbert Spencer, and other 19th and early 20th century thinkers, as well as some more recent authors, including Daniel Janzen and Peter Godfrey Smith.

He argues for a pluralistic view:

But my view is that no such unified theory exists; theres no single answer to the question: What parts of the world are a part of you as a biological individual, and what parts are not? Different accounts of individuality pick out different boundaries, like an overlapping Venn diagram drawn on top of a network of biotic interactions. This isnt because of uncertainty or a lack of information; rather, the living world just exists in such a way that we need more than one account of individuality to understand it.

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22:00

Do you wish more people could hear the Strong Towns message? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Strong Towns movement transcends the normal answers to the very complex issues that our communities face... That is what it is going to take to bring real change, and that is why I am drawn to and supportive of this movement.
Brian Ludicke, Lancaster, CA

Our Strong Towns events are gaining momentum and size. Years ago, I would speak to groups of two or three people and was thrilled someone was interested. Now, we routinely present in front of groups of hundreds, and even groups of thousands.

Despite this success, one thing remains constant: every time I speak, people come up to me and say, I wish _______  had been here to hear this.

For example: "I wish our mayor had heard this message." "I wish our engineer had been part of this conversation." "I wish my good friend from the bakery had heard this." And on and on.

Heres the exciting thing: they can. And with your support this week, they will.

Today we start our winter member drive. We currently have about 1,700 members. Our goal is to get to 2000 members to be #2000Strong by the end of the week. Thats an aggressive leap, but we can do it. You can do it.

Join the movement

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are saying that you want more people to hear the Strong Towns message. You want us to reach more communities, open up more minds and change more hearts. You want more people talking about the need to make our cities, towns and neighborhoods financially strong and resilient.

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are helping grow a movement that is changing the way we talk about our places, from Main Street to Wall Street, from the corner cafe to the White House.

Ive been...

21:46

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now t...

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