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Sunday, 17 December

02:54

A vicious cycle towards extinction: Hunting and trade can push even abundant wildlife populations to the brink "IndyWatch Feed National"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announcement in November that it was lifting a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia an order President Donald Trump said in a tweet two days later that he had put on hold was merely the latest flashpoint in a debate that has been raging for years. Proponents of trophy hunting insist that it generates revenue that can be directed towards conservation efforts and creates incentives for local populations to conserve particular species. Opponents counter that there is no research proving these claims to be true and that there are better alternatives, such as eco-tourism, the benefits of which are more established and do not rely on killing animals for sport. According to the Matthew Holden, an applied mathematician at University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses on how human behavior reacts to and impacts conservation policies, we dont know enough about how trophy hunting affects wildlife populations to say with any certainty whether or not the legalization of the transport of elephant trophies could drive African elephants to extinction. Both sides of the trophy hunting debate make seemingly logical arguments, but actually very little is known about the social and economic side of trophy hunting and thats a big concern, Holden said in a statement. Holden is the lead author of a study recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that adds a significant new dimension to the debate, however. He and a colleague at

01:59

Flat as a tack "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Attachment disorder

Some unusual commentary and conclusions were drawn about the price of flats this week, derived from an Urbis survey of unsettled off-the-plan prices each quarter (which alas does not compare like-for-like sales). 

Apparently apartment prices boomed in Gold Coast and Melbourne, but nosedived in Brisbane, in just three months. 

Or not. 

In reality what tends to happen is the first user of a new apartment or townhouse pays a newness premium, which may be eroded on resale, especially in a soft market. 

For all the talk of property booms and unsustainable prices, median price growth in established apartments has, on average, been pretty muted outside Sydney, despite low interest rates. 

When you look at the last ten years of official figures from the ABS you'll find that only Sydney has recorded strong growth in the price of attached dwellings (and even this came off the back of nearly half a decade of flat or falling prices). 

Hobart has gone on a bit of a run over the past couple of years, the tight market sending the median asking price for a unit above $300,000 for the first time.


Melbourne's attached dwelling price index recorded a compound annual growth rate of 4 per cent over the decade to September 2017.

All other capital cities have only seen moderate price growth over the past decade - hardly a bubble looking set to burst - though if you wound the clock back to 2003 the growth rates would be considerably stronger in Pert...

01:56

MACKAY Brisbane magistrates court daily list "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 16, 2017 at 08:24PM ,

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MACKAY Mackay magistrate court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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01:07

ABS reports immigration into Australia rose a massive 27% during the last financial year "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't recall the Government of Turnbull making any noises about increasing immigration by 27%! On Thursday the ABS released its most recent Australian Demographic Statistics. ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said: "Australia's net overseas migration for the year ending 30 June 2017 was 245,400, an increase of 27 per...

00:20

PERTH Man charged with hitting and robbing pregnant woman in Karawara "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged with hitting and robbing pregnant woman in Karawara .

December 15, 2017 at 05:07PM .

A 30-year-old Karawara man fill face court tomorrow, charged with with violently robbing a pregnant woman earlier. Police allege the man accompanied by another woman approached the 32-year-old woman as she walked through a playground on Kwel Court and demanded her handbag.

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00:20

PERTH Man charged after allegedly robbing pregnant woman in Karawara "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after allegedly robbing pregnant woman in Karawara .

December 15, 2017 at 04:33PM .

He was handed both by the woman, before he allegedly struck her in the face and left. The man has been charged with aggravated robbery and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. The woman has been charged with breach of bail and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court

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00:10

Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson, December 16, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts to rest at least until the de-neutering of the internet succeeds.

On January 31, 1990, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher made a major public speech in which, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, he made clear that the changes in Eastern Europe and the German unification process must not lead to an impairment of Soviet security interests. Therefore, NATO should rule out an expansion of its territory towards the east, i.e. moving it closer to the Soviet borders.

On February 10, 1990, Gorbachev met in Moscow with West German leader Helmut Kohl and gave Soviet assent, in principle, to German unification in NATO, as long as NATO did not expand to the east.

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker said that NATO would not expand eastward when he met with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze on February 9, 1990, and when he met with Gorbachev the same day. Baker told Gorbachev three times that NATO would not expand one inch eastward. Baker agreed with Gorbachevs statement that NATO expansion is unacceptable. Baker told Gorbachev that if the United States keeps its presence in Germany within the framework of NATO, not an inch of NATOs present military jurisdiction will spread in an eastern direction.

People like to say that Gorbachev should have gotten this in writing.

He did, in the form of the transcript of this meeting.

Baker wrote to Helmut Kohl who would meet with Gorbachev the next day, February 10, 1990: And then I put the following question to him. Would you prefer to see a united Germany outside of NATO, independent and with no U.S. forces or would you prefer a unified Germany to be tied to NATO, with assurances that NATOs jurisdiction would not shift one inch eastward from its present position? He answered that the Soviet leader...

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Saturday, 16 December

22:15

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst behind judicial paedophile and bribery cover-up evidence shows "IndyWatch Feed National"

Court evidence filed by NSW Police has the witness statement of NSW Supreme Court registrar Chris DAeth which shows Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has conspired with others since September 2016 trying to jail journalist Shane Dowling for making judicial paedophile and bribery allegations against 16 judges , including Bathurst, in an article he published in []

22:04

Bennelong by-election - by 8PM it was all John Alexander - except for the victory party which was Chairman Mal's "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE - 40 minutes of counting and it's done and dusted. Bill Shorten and Labor appear to have overplayed their hand somewhat - rather than Turnbull it's Shorten who's been sent a very clear message. This is a disastrous result for Bill, his girl and their red army. Back in...

21:59

Pope Francis says sex abuse royal commission findings should be studied in depth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont hold your breath about the Pope or the Church of Rome making any great changes. Theyre good at making patronising responses and doing nothing.

ABC News Australia

Pope Francis says sex abuse royal commission findings should be studied in depth

16 December 2017

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for World Youth Day at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy, April 8, 2017.

 

Pope Francis says the findings of Australias child sex abuse royal commission deserve to be studied in depth, after the Catholic Church was heavily criticised in the final report.

The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under the final recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which were on Friday released.

If rubber-stamped, the changes would signal a break from centuries of tradition.

The final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Re...

21:56

Another Big Cruise Ship Drug Bust in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The federal police in Australia report that its law enforcement officers and the Australia border protection agency seized thirty (30) kilos of cocaine stashed aboard an unidentified cruise ship which docked in Sydney on November 20, 2017.  Four passengers were arrested on the ship and escorted from the cruise ship - a 41-year-old Belgian woman and three French nationals, including a 61-year-old man, a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.

The Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force released a multimedia news release titled No Sooth Sailing for International Cocaine Syndicate, with photographs of the drugs and the suspects. The release did not identify the name of the cruise line or cruise ship. 

The cruise ship originated in the United Kingdom. The arrests took place after a joint operation between the Australian Border Force and their counterparts in United Kingdom.

The Australian authorities have been successful making drug busts on cruise ships entering the ports in Sydney. Last year, authorities seized 95 kilos of cocaine that three passengers smuggled on a Princess cruise ship (the Sea Princess).  The question arises whether smuggling anywhere from 30 to 100 kilos of drugs aboard a cruise ship must involve help from crew members.  Given the use of screening equipment on cruise ships, some people question whether the drugs were loaded onto the ship along with food and provisions and then transferred to the passengers to be smuggled off the ship in their luggage.

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Hat tip to Crew Center where I first learned of the drug bust.

Photo credit: Australian Government

Cruise Ship Drug Bust - Sydney

 

21:30

Monsoon Shootout Seeks to Answer Does the End Justify the Means? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amit Kumars directorial debut Monsoon Shootout gets bogged down by words where just visuals are enough.

A still from Monsoon Shootout.

The first encounter between a cop and a gangster has a quality of romance. The person in your head is finally flesh and gun. There is curiosity. Youve been obsessed but you barely know them. There is hesitation should you talk or shoot?

Adi (Vijay Varma) meets Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) for the first time in a rundown alley. Its late in the night, and the Mumbai clouds have opened their ducts. Adi points his gun at Shiva who is on the run, trying to climb a wall. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Hes unarmed.

Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootouts director, films the next portion in slow motion. As the two shoot blank stares at each other, Adi remembers his mothers (Pravina Deshpande) advice, There are three paths in life: good, bad and middle. Good: dont shoot; arrest the guy. Bad: murder him and dress it as a shoot-out. Middle: injure and arrest him.

Adi doesnt shoot. Shiva jumps the wall and hides under trash. The next morning, he finds the boy who tipped off the cops and hacks him with an axe. Adis senior, Khan (Neeraj Kabi), relegates him to clerical work. Adi starts investigating the case alone, but Kumar is not interested in its outcome. Soon were back in the alley. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Slow motion, his mothers words and a frozen Adi. This time he shoots. Shiva dies.

These arent spoilers. The film reveals these...

20:29

THIS YEARS FLU SHOT ADMITTEDLY ONLY 10% EFFECTIVE BUT THE PROPAGANDA SAYS GET IT ANYWAY "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doctors are anticipating a particularly bad year of flu as the same strain which struck Australia earlier this year is set to hit the U.S. According to the Daily Mail, over 370 deaths have occurred this year as a result of the flu, but vaccinations are proving to be largely ineffective against the virus.
Every year scientists attempt to predict which strain of influenza will become the most virulent in order to create vaccines which protect as many people as possible from the flu. If they guess the wrong strain it could result in a 0% effectiveness rate where if they guess correctly the effectiveness rate could be upwards of 60% or higher.
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19:55

Beat Depression by Retraining Your Brain The Power of Alpha Brain Waves "IndyWatch Feed National"

The search for an effective tool to manage and even cure depression is one that has captivated the attention of scientists, medical professionals and researchers for decades. Experts estimate that more than 16 million American adults are currently affected by Major Depressive Disorder, which is equal to a staggering 6.7% of the US population aged 18 and older! With the prevalence of depression in the United States the demand for answers is incredibly high.

In an effort to better understand the workings of the mind, neuroscientists have been focusing on studying the presence of brain waves, and the power that they have to influence our thoughts, feelings and overall mood. Scientists have discovered 5 distinct bandwidths that make the way in which our brains operate, each representing a different state of consciousness.

Photo by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash

 

Delta Waves (0.5 to 3 Hz): The slowest of the 5 bandwidths, Delta waves occur when we have reached the deepest state of sleep.

Theta Waves (3 to 8 Hz): The brainwaves that occur during a lighter sleeping state, or during the deepest of meditation.

Alpha Waves (8 to 12 Hz): When we are awake, however, we are not fully conscious of what is happening around us, such as during a daydream, we are often experiencing Alpha Waves. These also have been witnessed during times of meditation.

Beta Waves (12 to 30 Hz): This is the bandwidth at which our brainwaves regularly operate at during times of consciousness. This is also the state at which depression and anxiety are most common.

Gamma Waves (25 to 100 Hz): The highest level of consciousness, we only enter into this bandwidth during times of intense thoughts and processing, or when we have obtained a higher state of consciousness.

In understanding these various classifications, and the associations with each, we are able to piece together the ways in which our brainwaves influence our thoughts, feelings and emotio...

19:46

New order "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Slowdown

More evidence of an orderly slowdown in the housing market, with new home sales following approvals higher again in recent months. 

The November 2017 figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) showed that new homes sales were a moderate 6 per cent below where they were a year ago, following a record run through this cycle.

Building approvals remained relatively flat from a year earlier, as analysed here previously

Source: HIA

Victoria has been the strongest of the main markets for new home sales, and Western Australia the weakest (partly in response to more restrictive policies for first homebuyers).

The HIA expects new home sales to cool further in 2018.

Fundamentals balanced

As for the other market fundamentals, they have generally been strengthening.

While dwelling commencements ease, immigration increased by 27 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a very strong +245,500, largely focused on Sydney and Melbourne.

Much of the increase in recent times relates to temporary visas.

Partly for that reason, internal migration trends are at least as important.

Meanwhile trend employment growth hit the highest level ever recorded this month at +371,000, helping New South Wales return to full employment already, as the other states im...

19:34

5 Science Experiments That Show An Intelligent Consciousness Permeates Our Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since the dawn of self-awareness, both spiritual and scientific minds have pondered similar questions to our existence: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here and where are we going?

While most teachers within the worlds religions would disagree to the specific answers to these questions, there is a reoccuring theme that presents itselfour universe is not simply a colliding ground of dead matter and scientific chance, but rather it is a vast, interconnected ocean of intelligence. We often hear this theory mentioned as the great oneness, source, god, and the list goes on.

Within the field of quantum mechanics, physicists, too, have opened their eyes to the possibilities of a conscious, vibratory field that permeates the Universe. In his best-selling book, The Source Field Investigationsauthor David Wilcock proposes the question, could all space, time, energy, matter, biological life, and consciousness in the Universe be the product of a source field? He references a number of curious experiments conducted by scientists over the last century which add credence to his theory, and by the end of the book it is difficult to refute the existence of what he names the Source Field.

Below are five experiments explored in The Source Field Investigations that aim to prove the existence of an interconnected consciousness that pervades the Universe.   

1) Dr. Cleve Backster discovers plants perceive threats and have extra-sensory perception.

Cleveland Backster was a researcher and interrogation specialist for the CIA who served as director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. Backster developed the first numerical standardized evaluation of the polygraph chart and went on to study and promote the technology extensively.

Dr. Cleveland Backster: Henry Groskinsky/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Backster performing one of his experiments.

On February 2, 1966, Backster&...

19:33

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.

19:00

Scientist Who Discovered Gluten Sensitivity Now Claims it Never Existed "IndyWatch Feed National"






  Great science.  The real take home is that we must avoid exposure to Roundup in our bread at least.  Organic is a good start but most of us will still use commercial breads in some form.  worse the politicians are loath to force labeling.  It is not difficult to test every batch of flour as i am sure the Chinese are now doing.
I would become very rigorous regarding this chemical.  Not least because Monsanto has blatantly lied about this for decades and i am sure they knew.
Fortunately most of us seem to still tolerate some exposure.  The same was true for smoking.  It may simply take a long time to present and you could be long dead for other reasons..
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Scientist Who Discovered Gluten Sensitivity Now Claims it Never Existed

November 13, 2017

http://econewsmedia.org/2017/11/13/scientist-discovered-gluten-sensitivity-now-claims-never-existed/ 

More than 18 million people are said to have some intolerance to gluten, the sticky protein that can be found in breads, barley, and other wheat products. But how scientifically grounded is this sudden wave of large-scale gluten intolerance?

As it turns out, it may not be gluten that is triggering health problems, but a reaction to agrochemicals being used in the harvesting of wheat.

So we have to ask: Is Monsantos glyphosate the true cause of sensitivity to glutenous foods?

Gluten is a protein composite that acts as a glue for bread, holding it together and giving it that fluffy, chewy texture that people enjoy. It is also used as a chewy meat substitute called seitan, widely used by vegetarians and vegans. Although some experts believe that only 1 percent of Americans have Celiac Disease, the auto-immune disorder that results in gluten intolerance, 18 percent of adults now reportedly regularly purchase gluten-free foods and ...

18:54

Frantastic news? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Fran Unsworth 

So James Harding's replacement as the BBC's new Director of News and Current Affairs will be Francesca Unsworth. 

What do we know about Fran (besides what we can read on Wikipedia)? 

Well, she's a longstanding BBC insider and presently Director of the World Service, and, according to Guido Fawkes, has a "strong grasp of the impartiality rules". 

That latter bit sounds good, but...

She's also been the chair of the 'independent' BBC Media Action charity - and that's the charity, you may recall, which became controversial for its EU funding and its actions in apparently advancing EU priorities.

I'm not sure that anyone's ever quite got to the bottom of that yet, and it still smells bad to me.

She was (is?) also a board member (as per her BBC Declaration of Personal Interests) on the EU's world-embracing Erasmus Mundus progr...

18:50

Australian Abuse Report Calls for End to Sanctity of Confession "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commissioner Andrew Murray, commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Justice Peter McClellan, Justice Jennifer Coates, commissioner Bob Atkinson and commissioner Helen Milroy at the final sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney, Australia, December 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Commissioner Andrew Murray, commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Justice Peter McClellan, Justice Jennifer Coates, commissioner Bob Atkinson and commissioner Helen Milroy at the final sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney, Australia, December 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse during confession...

18:03

List of Deep Underground Military Bases Located in the United States "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recap: Above and Below Ground threats to Americans

D.U.M.B.s
Deep Underground Military Bases in the united States


99% of these bases have already been destroyed by the Alliance. - OD

The world's most prominent researcher on Underground Military Facilities, Richard Sauder, Ph.D, told of an interesting story in his book Hidden In Plain Site:

As it happens, after giving a public talk a couple of years ago I was approached by a man who had been a uniformed member of the United States Navy. We chatted for a while and when he mentioned that he had spent some time at China Lake my ears perked up. I asked him if there was an underground facility at China Lake. He said that indeed there is, and that it is impressively large and deep. I asked him if he had ever been in it, and he said that he had, though not to the deepest levels. I asked him how deep the deepest part extended. He looked at me soberly and said very quietly, It goes one mile deep. I then asked him what the underground base contains. He replied, Weapons. I responded, What sort of weaponry? And he answered without pausing, Weapons more powerful than nuclear weapons.

Underground Bases listed by State

ARIZONA

1. Fort Huachuca. 3150 N 1100 1948 W, saucer base below, intelligence training above, mind-control included, too.

2. Gates Pass Base

Read More:

http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-recap-above-and-below-ground-threats.html

16:06

Bitcoin = Money, Commodity, or Shares? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your article on Bitcoin. I found it fascinating that defining what it is changes everything. You did not actually say what you thought it was, money, stock, or a commodity. Curious as to what you would classify Bitcoin as.

All the best

ANSWER: The definitions I presented are from the government perspective of taxation. They will naturally define it to be whatever produces the great tax for themselves.

Economically speaking, anything that can be exchanged to facilitate a barter transaction becomes a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE. That really can be anything. It has been food, sheepskins, seashells, cattle, bronze, silver, gold, or a derivative of something as paper money began.

Pictured here is a bronze ingot of the Minoan society, It is cast in the form of a sheepskin. This reflects the transition from sheepskin to the Bronze Age. Above is a Roman ingot with the picture of a bull, which also reflects that this was a transition for cattle that was money previously.

Cryptocurrency is the next transition from tangible items being used for money...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.35 AUD
Converter

15:45

Australia: PM Turnbulls Future at Stake in Crucial Sydney By-Election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia December 5, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Credit: Reuters

Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia December 5, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is hoping to regain his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership.

The election campaign in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Bennelong has been bitterly fought between the centre-right governments candidate, former tennis star John Alexander and the Labor oppositions Kristina Keneally, a...

15:04

The F Word Address "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was honoured to deliver the F Word Address at the Wheeler Centre this year. This is the speech as I wrote it but I spoke without notes so the actual delivery might have been slightly different. Its a longish (10 to 15 minute read).

Podcast is available on The Wheeler Centre website


I think many of you know that I am going to be talking quite a lot about mens violence against women. Obviously if it gets too much and you want to leave please dont hesitate to do so. But thats not always as easy as it sounds, so if you want to just tune out, think about something else or read something on your phone for a bit, please do. Theres going to be a lot of people tweeting so no one will notice. And if you need to talk or ask for help, you should. No one should ever feel shame about the feelings this stuff can provoke. Shame belongs only to perpetrators.

As Santilla said I am a journalist. I found some research a few weeks back that says journalists are among the least valued professions in Australia, we come just above politicians and priests.

I think thats fair, weve earned it and we earned it the same way priests and politicians did. Weve lost sight of our purpose.

One of the best descriptions Ive heard of the purpose of journalism is that it exists to describe society to itself, and we do this by finding things out and telling people about what weve found.

It sounds simple, it should be simple but it appears that it isnt. And people know. When we are describing a society that is not what people know to be true, they stop trusting us. I think this, in the simplest terms, is why people have lost faith in journalism.

Theres many different ways weve done this, politics and economics are the obvious ones, but my particular area is how women are described in the media. We are half the population and less than 30 percent of the news reported about our population.

The MEAA produced a report in 2016 on women in media. Its a bleak picture of a profession rife with discrimination, bullying, harassment and underrepresentation.

Only 30 percent of content acros...

13:59

Change requires courage: We need all Australians to walk with us "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week I appeared on #QandA as one of the questioners to the Prime Minister regarding the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He sought to defend his dismissal of a proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament by relying on the fact we already have Indigenous MPs in Parliament.

13:11

Give A Man a Fish. "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know the saying:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

I hate fishing. Hate it with a passion.

When I was a kid, my dad took me and my older twin brothers to Alexandria, Minnesota. My great aunt Jo lived on Lake Latoka there. She owned a large pontoon boat and had a lot of old dude friends who liked to fish. She made fruit punch slushies, filled up ice cream pails with it, and sent me, my brothers, the old dudes, and my dad off to the lake.

We caught 109 fish that afternoon. I remember running from one full hook to the next, taking off fish and throwing them in the water basket. It was an exhilarating time.

The next year, my dad took the three of us to a lake in St. James, Minnesota. That is the exact opposite direction of the northern city of Alexandria, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Down there, the lakes are shallow, green, smell like toilets from hell, and give you the runs just for walking past. We had no boat and stood on the dock. There was no wind and it was 98 degrees, with high humidity.

We caught a frog and a bicycle.

On the way home, I asked my dad a very important question that would change the course of my life:

Was our success last year in Alexandria what most fishing trips are like, or is it closer to the misery of St. James?

Dad, not knowing that he was about to give a young gentleman an enormous distaste for an absolutely pointless and boring activity, answered as honestly as every fisherperson should answer:

St. James is the norm.

That was it for me. I never fished again on purpose.

 

12:28

A stretch and then flash! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Have just spent a pleasant morning watching Rainbow Bee-eaters in the Sandon bush.

This female alighted briefly above the nest site, performed a couple of stretches and then was gone in a flash into the tunnel to resume incubating.

Rainbow Bee-eater (female), Sandon State Forest, 16th December 2017

11:33

Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who Will Survive Trump's Storm? Here's the Answer (VIDEO) | trumps | Government Government Corruption Multimedia Trump

This week we examine and analyze deep questions about who will survive the storm that is now upon us. This, of course refers to President Trumps storm which is playing out against the deep state criminals, pedophiles and traitors. 

As this now fully unleashed second American revolution progresses into 2018 who can you trust and why? What are the essential factors that will determine peoples identity to either side- that meaning the globalists versus the nationals, the deep state cabal and its funded groups versus the Patriots who love America, Conservatives and people who still cherish cultural and religious moral values. 

The definitive line is now drawn in the sand and today we discuss some of the details of this divide and what it means for you and I. We also discuss the alternative media, the notion of being a truther and the importance of understanding what all of this means.

The post Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Sleuth Journal.

11:23

This Years Flu Shot Admittedly Only 10% Effective but the Propaganda Says Get it Anyway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Doctors are anticipating a particularly bad year of flu as the same strain which struck Australia earlier this year is set to hit the U.S. According to the Daily Mail, over 370 deaths have occurred this year as a result of the flu, but vaccinations are proving to be largely ineffective against the virus.

Every year scientists attempt to predict which strain of influenza will become the most virulent in order to create vaccines which protect as many people as possible from the flu. If they guess the wrong strain it could result in a 0% effectiveness rate where if they guess correctly the effectiveness rate could be upwards of 60% or higher.

This flu season strain H3N2 is predicted to hit the U.S., which has been the deadliest throughout the past decade. However, this years vaccines are proving only to be about 10% effective against the virus. To put that in perspective statistically, in 2011 it was recorded that out of the 2.7% of people estimated to be affected by influenza each year, vaccinations were only able to drop that number down to 1.2%.

This 60% effectiveness rate was actually touted as a huge success by vaccine manufacturers, but it also meant that the remaining 98.5% of people who either werent granted immunity from the vaccine or never got it at all had no benefit from the shot whatsoever. Now that the new vaccine has only a 10% effectiveness rate, the amount of people who can potentially benefit from getting vaccinated for the flu falls from roughly 3 in 200 people to less than 1 in 300.

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11:02

Report: Jho Low, gang welcomed 2013 in two countries on the same night "IndyWatch Feed National"

Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low, and his entourage, ushered in 2013 twice in Sydney and then Las Vegas, a report in The Australian said today. Citing a report first published by whistleblower website The Sarawak Report on social media posts of the party, The Australian said it painted a picture of excess, including gambling []

09:45

7 Things You Value As An Old Soul "IndyWatch Feed National"

As an old soul, you stand out more than others. You just dont seem to fit in and there is nothing wrong with that.

That being said, some people just cant quite pinpoint what it is that makes them different. If you believe you may be an old soul but arent quite sure this should help you. All old souls value the following things, and if you value these things you are an old soul.

An old soul is a person whose soul has already lived many lives. You have already been here time and time again and gained great wisdom. You are quite intelligent and often act wise beyond your years.

7 Things Old Souls Value:

1. Growth

You know growth is important for all of us. No matter how old we are we never stop growing. This is something we all have to accept. Growth is just a part of life and a big part at that.

2. Freedom

You like to be able to do the things you want to do. You have been through this life more than enough times to know that freedom is important. Without freedom we are nothing.

3. Alone Time

You need time to reflect and unwind. As an old soul, you are much more introverted than others. You have already lived through the stages most people are stuck in. Three or more lives ago you may have been a party animal, who knows.

4. Knowledge

You are constantly learning new things and figuring out answers to questions you never thought would be answered. Knowledge is the key to everything. Without knowledge where would we all be?

5. Truth

You do not lie and do not let those who lie remain in your life. You are honest and truthful and expect nothing less from others. Telling the truth is not hard and you are more than aware of that.

6. The Bigger Picture

You are always working towards something else. The bigger picture never leaves your mind. You have a plan and know your purpose.

7. Family

You are quite family oriented because you have seen what it is like to be away from those who care. You would do anything for those closest to you and they know that. Family is something you hold to a very high standard.

Old souls are some of the most amazing people in the world, if you happen to be one remember that you should always be true to yourself. Things are falling into place and you are going to be the only one still standing tall in the end....

09:06

FixedIt Shes a woman and a person, not her job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 reported that Rashid Mohamed Abuuh was convicted on several charges over raping a woman in Canberra last year.

Her job is not the most important thing to know about her. She is a woman and a person before she is her job. Dehumanising rape victims is abhorrent.

Sex work is dangerous, but not because the people who do such work are working with toxic chemicals or high risk machinery, its because they are working with men. The men who put sex workers in danger are the ones who believe they are easy prey, theyre bad women and they are therefore acceptable vessels for male violence. The belief is utterly false and should not be given any credence.

No one can buy the right to rape someone.

 

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


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08:51

Glowing Fireballs & Mushroom Clouds: Declassified Footage Shows Cold War US Nuclear Tests (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed National"

nuclear tests

Newly declassified footage of US nuclear tests has been published online, showing dramatic fireballs and mushroom clouds from experiments conducted between 1945 and 1962.

The 62 videos were released by the Lawrence Livermore National Library in California on Thursday.

Weve received a lot of demand for these videos and the public has a right to see this footage, LLNL nuclear weapon physicist Gregg Spriggs said. Not only are we preserving history, but were getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.

Each of the tests were captured by some 50 cameras, providing different vantage points and backup in the event of a camera malfunction.

The common thread between these films is that they contain a great deal of quality scientific data, data that can never be reproduced, the release says.

Preserving the videos required the expertise of rare film expert Jim Moye, particularly as some were suffering from physical decay. His job was to prep and clean the film before scanning it with a customized Hollywood film scanner.

The preservation of the films will now allow scientists to better understand the yield (amount of energy released) of each test, and to provide more accurate data for those who are responsible for certifying the nuclear stockpile every year.

Its been 25 years since the last nuclear test, and computer simulations have become our virtual test ground. But those simulations are only as good as the data theyre based on. Accurate data is what enables us to ensure the stockpile remains safe, secure and effective without having to return to testing, Spriggs said.

The videos published on Thursday include the Harlem event, a 1.2 megaton test that took place 13,645 feet (4,158 meters) over the Christmas Island area of the Pacific on June 12, 1962. The Turk event of March 1955, which took place 508 feet above the desert floor of a Nevada test site, is also included in the released footage.

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08:50

How to join the fight to save your way of life "IndyWatch Feed National"



1) Our local MP is corrupt & there is no point in contacting him 2) you say nothing about the gun owners in Australia being fractured. They all have their preferences & don't give a damn about others shooters/gun owners. So long as we are not backing each other, then we are fighting a lost cause 3) you mention nothing about demanding stronger penalties for gun crimes, we should be shouting this from the roof tops. We are not ALL good blokes, there are criminals amongst us & they need to be rooted out & given heavy sentences, not just a slap on the wrist & put back on the streets. This is what the government wants!!! 4) I gave up on the SSAA a long time ago, they are all for themselves & stuff you if you don't do what you are told. Not a hope in hell of me being a member again, never!
Keith.

08:42

FixedIt Murderers belong in headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

News.com.au reported that a man shot and killed his estranged wife at Penn State campus.

The man also killed himself so there wont be a trial, but police told the media he lured his ex wife out of her workplace and shot her in the car park.

State Police Lt Eric Hermick was quoted as saying I know theres often panic about college campuses and talk about active shooters, but thats not the situation, he said. It appears to be some type of domestic violence issue here.

But somehow the man who killed a woman he once claimed to love wasnt in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

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

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

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


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

Suicide Call Back Service
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Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
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08:32

Fascism? Surely Not. "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Vaughan Famularo for the Saker blog Recently, Australia held a plebiscite for the legalisation of Gay Marriage which passed in the affirmative by a reasonable majority of the population.

08:18

Episode-2133- Expert Council Q&A for 12-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on herbal medicine, cooking, radios, knife making, websites, law enforcement, investing, rocket mass heaters and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The uses for wild lettuce extract Doc Bones Getting pectin to do its thing when making jam Erica Strauss GMRS radio for back up comms Tim Glance Choosing the right steel for a knife Patrick Roehrman Finding the right word press theme Nicole Sauce Dealing with LEOs that escalate vs deescalate Dan  Ohmann Could we be looking at a major market correction John Pugliano More on rocket mass heaters Paul Wheaton Thoughts on accusations and the court of public opinion Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 82 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Tim Glances Recommended GMRS Radio Gear Recommendations Browning Antenna Antenna Mount Base Antenna Hand Held Radio Midland Mobile Radio Rock and Roll Christmas George Thorogood & The Destroyers Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on th........

08:00

December 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1791 - Whalers Matilda and Mary Ann arrived at Sydney from the "Coast to the south" (Illawarra).

1807 - John Macarthur was arrested on a second warrant, and granted bail. Upon his commitment for trial before the Criminal Court, he demanded payment of a 15-year old debt from Judge-Advocate Atkins.

1811 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie set in motion the move of the settlement at Port Dalrymple back to the George Town site on Outer Cove from York Town. He renamed the locality York Cove.

1817 - Colonial architect Francis Greenway was given a conditional pardon.
1824 Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell arrived in the area the Aborigines call Corayo (Corio)

 on a bay called Jillong (Geelong)

1826 - Joshua John Moore is recorded as the first European landowner in the area known as the Limestone Plains. In 1824 he took out a ticket-of-occupation for 2000 acres on what is to become the site of Canberra. In 1825 he obtained permission to purchase 1000 acres of unoccupied land, but does not exercise his option to purchase until 16 December 1826 when he writes:
"The land I wish to purchase is situate at Canbery on the E. bank of the river which waters Limestone Plains, above its junction with the Murrumbeeja [sic], adjoining the grant of Mr Robert Campbell snr."He had already built huts and stockyards on the ridge where the Canberra Community Hospital now stands and enclosed thirty acres (12 ha) for cultivation.


1845 - Thomas Mitchell departed Orange, New South Wales, in search of a great river flowing to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

1860 Burke, Wills, Gray and King strolled off from Cooper's Creek in the general direction of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Will you tell them or shall I ...?

1876 - British Government agrees to send a Military Engineer to Australia to advise on its defences.

1888 - Melbourne's Princes Bridge was opened.


1900 - Bushfires ravaged Benalla and Wangaratta, Vic.

1903 After 8 years the great drought broke in most states of mainland Oz.
Which was seen as a sign from heaven when women were allowed to vote in Oz in federal elections for the first time.

1903 - Held in Victoria on this day was Australia's second federal election and the first (worldwide) in which women have the right to vote and the opportunity to stand for national Parliament.Vida Goldstein, Nellie Martel and Mary Ann Bentley stood for the Senate. Selina Siggins stood f...

07:28

Record high immigration to Sydney & Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Immigration ramps up

The natural increase in Australia's population slowed a bit over the 2017 financial year as the number of deaths increased. 

However net immigration from overseas boomed by +27 per cent from +193,000 to 245,500, so you can comprehensively chalk that one up as a good call for this blog page (a year ago much of the idle talk of was population growth dropping because of a slowing economy). 

Australia is the planet's sixth largest country so this isn't such a big deal in itself, but the concentration of the immigration will raise a few eyebrows, as we shall see below. 


Over the financial year Australia's population grew by +388,100 or +1.6 per cent to 24.6 million by the end of June 2017. 


The Aussie population will pass the 25 million landmark in 2018.

The MEL-SYD magnet

Net overseas migration into the two most populous states rose to the highest level on record. 

New South Wales (+98,600) and Victoria (+86,800) accounted for the great bulk of immigration, with new arrivals overwhelmingly clustering into the capital cities of Greater Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Immigration into Queensland is also picking up the pace, from a cyclical nadir of +18,300 over t...

07:24

How the Disappearance of an Indigenous Activist Sparked an Uprising in Argentina "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the past three months, an unsettling question has riled Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado, the indigenous rights activist disappeared under murky circumstances after a protest? The tragic answer took 78 days to establish. Santiago Maldonado, 28, was last seen on August 1 at the Pu-Lof indigenous community in Chubut, Patagonia. An artisan and organizer from El Bolsn, he traveled to support the Mapuche's struggle. Dwellers of the Patagonia region, which abuts Argentina and Chile, [...]

06:44

Hey, maybe Trump will nominate me for a federal judgeship "IndyWatch Feed National"

After seeing this video of one of Donald Trumps nominations for a lifetime position as a federal judge in the US District Court, I feel that I am just as qualified as him. He failed to satisfactorily answer a single question of law posed to him by Republican senator John Kennedy of Louisiana. Trump has been nominating extreme ideologues to the federal bench, many of whom have been deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association. The sad thing is that the Republican senators have confirmed many of them.

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It should be noted that Kennedy is one of the most conservative members of the senate.

06:32

Catholic Church In Australia Links Celibacy To Child Sex Abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mandatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, according to a newly released report. In the landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse said that some church [...]

05:53

LGBTQ center behind complaint filed against Laurier University TA Lindsay Shepherd "IndyWatch Feed National"

'We're not there to do any deep-dive critical thinking' There have been a few outstanding questions since graduate student Lindsay Shepherd was investigated and threatened with discipline for exposing her undergraduate communications students to a televised debate on gender-neutral pronouns. Chief among them: Who filed the complaint against her? The answer could determine whether Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University broke its own rules to investigate her. Thanks to a lengthy and eye-opening Maclean's feature, we now know: It wasn't technically a student. Specifically, it was campus LGBTQ office acting on a tip from a student: Toby Finlay, an administrator at the Rainbow Centre, wouldn't share the specifics of the conversation due to confidentiality reasons, but adds: "It was through us that they made the complaint that led to the situation that blew up in the media."

05:30

PR: Cedex Transforming Diamonds into a Tradeable Asset "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cedex Tradable Diamonds

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

There are well established markets for trading the vast majority of commodities that are significant to the global economy. This includes everything from oil to gold to even soybeans. But there is one major commodity for which that isnt true diamonds.

Thats finally going to change in 2018 with the launch of CEDEX, a decentralized diamond exchange that will transform diamonds into a tradable asset.

Diamonds have been a steady store of value throughout modern history, similarly to gold and other precious metals. The problem is that very few people have access to the diamond market. This is primarily a consequence of three factors specific to the diamond industry: lack of transparency, lack of liquidity, and lack of standardization.

By solving all three of these issues, CEDEX has built a bridge that will connect the diamond industry to innovative financial markets. Before discussing that solution, though, its important to understand the problems.

First is the lack of transparency. How can you determine what any given diamond is worth? Unless youre an expert, the answer is that you have to take it to a professional appraiser. The appraiser will then evaluate the diamond and try to gauge its true worth, a somewhat subjective process that may be inconsistent from one appraiser to the next. As a consequence, there isnt clear and transparent pricing for diamonds and general investors cant purchase them with any confidence.

Even if the lack of transparency were solved, investors would face another serious problem lack of liquidity. While diamonds are a durable good, they are mainly sold to end customers in a one-sided transaction. As a result, diamond owners cant expect to resell their diamonds for anything close to fair market value. In fact, diamonds are usually resold at a loss of 30% 50%. This leaves no incentive for general investors to even consider diamonds.

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05:06

Can't be repeated enough: Former Facebook executive warns 'you are being programmed' "IndyWatch Feed National"

A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook's vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business on 10 November in which he described feeling "tremendous guilt' in helping the company attract two billion users. His comments echoed remarks by Sean Parker, one of the early pioneers of Facebook, who spoke on 8 November, saying the social network provided "a dopamine hit and a social validation feedback loop, that exploited a vulnerability in human psychology." However, coverage this week has seen thousands responding to Palihaptiya's words. "We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," he told the audience.

05:01

Trumps Judicial Nominee Shows No Knowledge of Basic Legal Terms in Hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The testimony of one of President Donald Trumps latest judicial nominees went viral Thursday after the potential future U.S. District Court judge was shown to have no knowledge of basic legal terms and little experience in law.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Federal Election Commissioner Matthew Spencer Petersen if he had ever tried a criminal or civil case or a case in a state or federal court, finally questioning whether he had even taken a deposition without supervision from a more senior attorneythe answers to all of which were no.

Petersen also appeared to be unfamiliar with legal rules dictating court procedures and several examples of legal terminology.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) posted about Petersens testimony on Twitter, expressing shock at his flimsy qualifications for an appointment as a federal judge.

But Petersen is only the latest of Trumps judicial nominees to draw attention for their lack of eligibility. Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged the Trump administration to withdraw its nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer, nominated to district courts in Alabama and Texas, respectively.

As Axios reported, Trump has set a record for the most circuit court judges confirmed in his first year in office, with 12 confirmationsbut on social media, critics suggested the president is placing quantityand cronyismover quality in his nominating process. Petersen served on the FEC alongside White House Counsel Don McGahn, who now oversees the presidents judicial nominations.

05:00

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the last thing I'll be writing for Strong Towns in 2017. I want to take the opportunity to thank you, our readers, for being part of our conversation. Since I published my first column back in 2008, this forum has been an intellectual exploration for me. It's overwhelming at times to ponder just how many people look to Strong Towns for explanations and answers today, but for me, it's always been about the disciplined act of putting thoughts in writing, sharing them and then learning from the interactions that follow. 

I've learned more from this process in nine years than I ever learned from my undergraduate and graduate programs. That's largely because of you; all the thoughtful feedback and heartfelt reactions and intelligent conversation. In the cesspool that often is online dialogue, we have developed a shiny outpost of civility and thoughtfulness. That's you, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. 

I've been talking about the essence of the following piece  that poor neighborhoods subsidize affluent neighborhoods in the American development pattern  during the Curbside Chat for some time now. Some people struggle with it, but I share this information towards the end of the conversation and, by that point, it's just another shocking fact in a long list of them throughout the Curbside Chat. I was finally prompted to write it down, however, and this piece is the result. 

I think there were two reasons why I was hesitant, and kind of remain so. First, by itself, the suggestion that poor neighborhoods subsidize wealthy neighborhoods is so counter-intuitive  even to those who advocate for the impoverished  that it's really hard to believe. During the Curbside Chat presentation, I have over an hour of setup working up to this point. And it's one point of many. Here, in a ~1,000 word piece, I don't get the opportunity to provide that context. As a stand-alone piece, I worried the challenging and provocative nature of the claim would stretch our credibility. It certainly will for some.

I also have a lot of you who are pushing  I would go so far as to say demanding  that Strong Towns center its advocacy around the social justice narratives of our day. Not only is this not my language (I would be an inauthentic poser if I pretended it was) it's not the prism through which I view my work or the world in general. That being said, I'm glad that some people do view things through that prism, I don't oppose them and I'm happy to welcome them into our conversation. I think we have a lot to offer each other and, indeed, since starting Strong Towns, I feel like I've learned a lot and changed my understanding on many things. All of this is a process.

With that said, I am proud of this piece, originally published in January, and the reaction it received when it was fi...

04:30

Artists Protest Australian Museums Deal with Security Firm that Allegedly Abused Asylum-Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

<i>Love Story</i>, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)Love Story, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)

Earlier this week, the South African artist Candice Breitz changed the title of one of her works to protest that the Australian museum hosting it hired a security firm that allegedly abused refugees at detention centers. Her action and accompanying statement have moved other artists to join in the protest.

The work in question, a video in which actors including Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recite the stories of refugees, is featured in the inaugural NGV Triennial, which opened today at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The works original title was Love Story; due to the NGVs contract with Wilson Security a company whose human rights abuses at Australias offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru came to light in August 2016 Breitz has retitled it Wilson Must Go. In a statement posted on Facebook (and included in...

04:19

Gabon ivory smuggling arrests "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gabon Initiatives

Fabrice Mikomba,
December 14, 2017

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for photo.

MEKAMBO: The small municipality of Mekambo was the scene of an operation of
the DGR last Sunday. The elements of this special brigade seized three
alleged ivory traffickers.

Bernard Nolo, Landry Mouamouele, and Jean-Benoit Akono, three Gabonese,
were arrested in possession of four ivory tusks in eight pieces.

Informed that a transaction concerning trophies of a fully protected
species was to take place in the capital of the Zadie department, the
elements of the DGR, assisted by agents of the Water and Forest
Administration and a lawyer of the NGO Conservation Justice, left Makokou
the provincial capital to reach the small town located more than two
hundred kilometers away.

Arriving at the scene, they would quickly deploy in the city, carrying out
checks in buildings and vehicles. It is indeed by carrying out these
controls that they would encounter the traffickers who were preparing their
loot for sale.

The appointed Nolo Bernard and Jean Benoit Akono indicated they had picked
up the ivories in the Matsiedie River in the forest before they had brought
them to the previously selected place where Mouamouele Landry already was,
in order to sell them.

They were then all taken to the offices of the DGR in Makokou.

They will now have to face justice to answer to the facts of detention,
transport, and marketing trophies of a fully protected species as
stipulated in the Forest Code in its articles 272, 274 and 275.

https://www.gaboninitiatives.com/nouvelle-arrestation-trafiquants-ivoire-mekambo/

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04:02

White Cops: The Height of Racial Resentment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers will surely continue to plow the 2016 U.S. presidential election looking for answers to Donald Trumps victory for decades to come. What we know now, though, is that racial resentment played a prominent role in the equation. Michael Tesler has shown, for instance, that white racial resentment was more tightly linked to [support for Trump] than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively even after controlling for party and ideology. And Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel have found that racial attitudes towards blacks and immigration are the key factors associated with support for Trump.

If white voters are racially resentful and if their resentments remain consequential for their selections at the ballot box, we might wish to understand who among the white population in the U.S. evinces the most racially resentful and racially conservative attitudes and why. Some recent sociological work has examined this question and found at least one primary suspect: white police officers.

White individuals throughout the country continue to compose a large share of law enforcement positions. They also continue to murder unarmed black citizens at a disproportionate rate as well. Yet, despite these instances, 70% of whites believe those police departments do an excellent/good job holding police officers accountable when they engage in misconduct, compared with 31% of blacks; 75% of whites believe those police officers do an excellent/good of treating racial and ethnic minorities equally, compared with 35% of blacks; and, finally, 44% of whites believe that blacks fatal encounters with police are isolated incidents, compared with 18% of blacks.

While decades of sociological research betray the general sentiments of many white citizens, white law enforcement officers continue to maintain even more racially resentful and racially conservative sets of beliefs than white citizens writ large. Racial resentment is indeed a bit different than outright racist views, but only a permutation of them.

In new research published by sociology professor Ryan LeCount, racial resentment is simply understood as the belief that black citizens are unfairly advantaged relative to whites. In his research, LeCount examined the extent of racial resentment among white police officers in comparison with white citizens, in addition to the extent to which w...

04:00

Love of Porn! Sexual Anarchy! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frothy fanatic Kevin Swanson has the answer as to why the people of Alabama failed Roy Moore so miserably porn!

Swanson, who interviewed Moore on his program earlier this year, told his audience that Alabama was among the states where people spent the most time on the website Pornhub in 2016, which lead him to conclude that it was no coincidence that Moore lost because that state probably has significant sexual problems, especially since Doug Jones is so in favor of sexual perversion, transgenderism and homosexuality. Evidently, the state of Alabama must have a problem with sexuality. Its obvious.

Somehow or another, this wasnt any sort of a problem when you thought Moore was going to win. Doug Jones is so in favour of people. People who come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and genders. Mr. Jones has the radical notion that they are all human, and deserving of the same rights automatically consigned to the straight white male person contingent. It is true that the people of Alabama did, in the end, have a problem with sexuality. Specifically, they had a problem with Roy Moores sexuality. Its interesting how that troubled people enough to get out and rock the vote, but it doesnt seem to trouble you at all, Mr. Swanson.

Unless there is a spiritual awakening, Swanson added, I think these conservative states are going to become liberal in their moral values within another five, 10, or 20 years. If the fathers are doing pornography, the kids are going to turn into homosexuals. The fathers will hide their sin and the children will come out of the closet with it.

People will come out of the closet whether or not their parents might indulge in porn. That would be because sexual orientation is not caused by, or swayed by porn. Of course, youre the idiot who thinks Disney movies will turn a whole generation of sprogs gay. (Frozen). Swanson also thinks that the death penalty is appropriate for queer folk.

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03:42

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: The Christian Zionism Connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump announced on 6 December that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most notable about his speech was not what he said, or how he said it, but the presence and demeanor of vice-president Mike Pence. Though an element almost entirely missing from the reams of analysis following Trumps statement, Pences beliefs do much to explain Trumps motivation.

Washingtons declaration of Jerusalem to be Israels capital has provoked sharp criticism across the world, most strongly in the Middle East where 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for East Jerusalem to be accepted as the capital of a Palestinian state. This may count for little in Trumps White House, though there might be slightly more concern over the attitudes of the European Union in general and France in particular. Even Britain under Theresa May added its pennyworth.

The strong worldwide condemnation of a statement with little obvious benefit raises the question: why did Trump go so far at this time? Some pointed to his repeated backing for Israel during the presidential campaign in 2016 and the need to deliver to his core domestic base. In turn, this leads to a further question: why would this base be especially supportive of the Jerusalem policy? The answers almost certainly lie in one particular element of evangelical Christianity, most commonly known as Christian Zionism, and one of its most fervent supporters, vice-president Mike Pence.

To talk about the power of the Jewish lobby in the United States is actually misleading when the more correctly described Israel lobby wields far more electoral power thanks to its reinforcement by Christian Zionists. They number tens of millions of voters compared with the far smaller American Jewish population who, in any case, will tend more often to vote for the Democratic Party.

Nearly a third of Americans, around 100 million people, lean towards evangelical Christianity and of these perhaps a third embrace the Christian Zionist perspective. This is passionate in its support for Israel. Two of the most powerful groups that link with the pro-Israel lobby are Christians United for Israel and the International Christian Embassy.

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03:23

Andreas Antonopoulos Warns of Bitcoin Bubble "IndyWatch Feed National"

Were well-used to members of central banks, and government expressing concerns about Bitcoin. However, whats much rarer is one of our own using that pesky B word. Revered Bitcoin proponent Andreas Antonopoulos has joined the likes of Jamie Dimon and Janet Yellen in deeming the worlds hottest digital currency a bubble.

The Australian Financial Review report that the Bitcoin and blockchain guru warned that the rise in price weve seen so far in 2017 was not the result of genuine adoption and usage but rather people hoping to emulate the parabolic gains early advocates of crypto have seen:

What were seeing is a straightforward grassroots bubble driven by speculation and greed.

He also cautioned investors who he feels are essentially throwing money at a technological innovation they know nothing about. This makes it even more dangerous, and Antonopoulos feels that those who dont properly understand what they are getting themselves into are taking on a serious amount of risk.

The concern coming from a Bitcoin proponent should certainly worry those invested in the space more than that of central bankers many of who are essentially clueless about cryptocurrency themselves. Andreas Antonopoulos has dedicated much of the lifespan of Bitcoin advocating its use, and its game-changing properties in the world of finance. Hes spoken many times about cryptocurrencys potential to completely destroy central bankers ability to dominate the planet by controlling the cash were all dependent on. Hes even authored two of the spaces most popular books, Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money.

Rather than pursue wealth, Antonopoulos instead favoured spreading awareness. Hes been something of a digital nomad for the last few years, appearing at events around the globe where he has selflessly championed Bitcoin. Despite his time in the space, until recently, he hadnt enjoyed the same financial success as many early adopters. This prompted an attack on Antonopoulos by fellow long-time advocate Roger Ver. He publicly poor shamed his fellow crypto-pioneer which prompted the wider community to donate almost $2 million to Antonopoulos as a sort of communal thank you to a man who has done so much to spread Bitcoin awareness.

The Australian Finance Review went on to state that Antonopoulos warned that the influx of users seeking fast gains on their investments was causing Bitcoin to not perform as it was designed:

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03:22

'Wheel estate': Americans living in vehicles and working temporary jobs increasing as traditional housing becoming unaffordable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Millions of Americans are wrestling with the impossibility of a traditional middle-class existence. In homes across the country, kitchen tables are strewn with unpaid bills. Lights burn late into the night. The same calculations get performed again and again, through exhaustion and sometimes tears. Wages minus grocery receipts. Minus medical bills. Minus credit card debt. Minus utility fees. Minus student loan and car payments. Minus the biggest expense of all: rent. Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles In the widening gap between credits and debits hangs a question: which bits of this life are you willing to give up, so you can keep on living? During three years of research for my book, Nomadland: Surviving America in The Twenty-First Century, I spent time with hundreds of people who had arrived at the same answer. They gave up traditional housing and moved into "wheel estate": RVs, travel trailers, vans, pickup campers, even a salvaged Prius and other sedans. For many, sacrificing some material comforts had allowed them to survive, while reclaiming a small measure of freedom and autonomy. But that didn't mean life on the road was easy.

03:21

Uneffingbelievable. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sheldon Whitehouse: MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrumps US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he cant answer a single one. Hoo-boy.

Hoo-boy does not begin to cover this. At all. I wanted to reach right through the screen, and space-time, to insist on answering the questions with a yes or no. Absolutely no other words allowed. Im a 60 year old artist in rural nDakota, and I know what a motion in limine is, because Law & Order. So, do I get to be a judge?

Then theres just the waste. The waste of time. The waste of money. The waste of brain cells in indulging this farce.

Via Twitter.

03:21

Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fundraising Update

Some generous donations from Australia and the UK in the wee hours of this morning boosted our total to $48,435 from 205 donors as of 7 am today (Dec 15). This means that we are in very good shape to reach $50,000 by midnight tonight which will trigger another $2,000 from a super angel pledge.

But we cant stop there. Our mini-goal for Christmas Eve is $120,000, so we are going to need a lot of miracles before then.

So please make a donation today large or small and become a member of the FAN team for 2018 and help rid the world of fluoridation.

You can follow our progress on our homepage  www.FluorideALERT.org (masthead #1) for the totals.

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How to Donate:

You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network, and mail to:

FAN
c/o Connett
104 Walnut Street
Binghamton, New York 13905
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Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims

Does your child have moderate or severe dental fluorosis from excessive fluoride in drinking water or fluoride supplements?  If your childs teeth have been damaged due to fluoride exposure you may have legal rights.  Chris Nidel and the lawyers at the Washington, D.C. law firm Nidel & Nace are investigating claims against water companies and supplement manufacturers for injuries caused by ingesting excessive fluoride and for their failing to warn of its negative impacts, such as dental fluorosis.

Contact: Attorney Chris Nidel  chris@nidellaw.com...

03:17

F.A.N. Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some generous donations from Australia and the UK in the wee hours of this morning boosted our total to $48,435 from 205 donors as of 7 am today (Dec 15). This means that we are in very good shape to reach $50,000 by midnight tonight which will trigger another $2,000 from a super angel pledge.

But we can't stop there. Our mini-goal for Christmas Eve is $120,000, so we are going to need a lot of miracles before then. 

So please make a donation today large or small and become a member of the FAN team for 2018 and help rid the world of fluoridation.

You can follow our progress on our homepage www.FluorideALERT.org (masthead #1) for the totals.

How to Donate: 
You can make a donation at our...

02:45

Quirky New Felt Storybook Characters by Cat Rabbit "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Textile artist Cat Rabbit (previously) continues to produce a variety of croissant-headed spindly-legged felt creatures, all made by hand in her Melbourne studio. Many of the pieces seen here are special commissions, and several characters also make appearances in storybooks called Soft Stories, a collaboration with Isobel Knowles. You can see more Cat Rabbit goodness on Etsy and in her shop. (via Lustik)

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01:35

The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense.  Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised.  The origin is always elsewhere.

Australias politicians represent this more starkly than most.  Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they become the servants of different masters once in office.  Whether it is the large party machines that often back them, drawing and quartering their individuality, or a powerful lobby that threatens and cajoles them, the Australian politician is at the mercy of various earthly and often nasty powers.  The one judge of the matter, the public, is left out.

The fall of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who had become a distraction of such proportion as to drive opposition leader Bill Shorten potty, constitutes the first conspicuous casualty of this dilemma: that of the bought politician. But it all seemed so convenient, and easy.

Today, after much reflection, concluded Dastyari, Ive decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is not to return to the Senate in 2018.  His Labor values had told him like a high gospel power that his continued presence in the party room had detracted from the pursuit of Labors mission.

Dastyari had certainly bumbled and bungled his way into a corner so narrow that no tomfoolery could extricate him.  Excuses that had been made in the past (oh, cheeky Sam; or what a lark) had run out of steam.

The list of grievances against him had become a lengthy one. Over a year ago, it was revealed that he permitted a company owned by Huang Xiangmo, with claimed links to the Chinese communist party, to foot a legal bill for his office.  Such a donation, as it was termed, saw him resign from the front bench.  (It is worth noting that Huang had donated generously to the Liberal Party as well a far from negligible $50,000 to the Victorian branch in November 2014.)

Then came the revelation, scenting of a targeted intelligence leak, that the senator had been cautionary to the billionaire prior to a meeting: leave the phones behind, he suggested, as they were surely surveillance targets.

But of all such detractions and transgressions, an umbrella theme of sorts had emerged. Dastyari was to be crucified for being too close to a power that is both boon and bugbear for Australia. His behaviour had revealed a dark future, one of Chinese influence edging out US suasion.  In Australia, this has assumed something of a binary idiocy, the either or of allegi...

00:13

Will #Lebanon Become a Petroleum-Rich Country? Is this a Good Thing? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lebanons cabinet was celebrating yesterday the passing of the petroleum decree and our Energy & Oil Minister announced afterwards that Lebanon will start exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast in 2019. Obviously this is big news and Lebanon becoming an oil rich country could prove to be a game-changer for the economy and the country as a whole but were assuming here that a competent and transparent governing body is handling the matter.

I was watching Kalamenass yesterday where the hot topic at hand was the passing of the oil & gas decree and it was clear that no one still has all the answers on the decree passed, the companies in question, the offers, the terms etc .. and that transparency remains a key component to making this work. While one of the three guests was very pessimistic, for valid reasons, about the outcome of such a decree, the two other guests were quite optimistic but raised concerns as well.

Is becoming an oil & gas rich country a good thing?

It suffices to google oil & gas rich countries to find out that corruption is a huge problem in many oil-rich countries and is central in explaining why these countries perform badly in terms of socio-economic development. Even worse, an NYtimes post stated that while every nation wants to strike oil, yet after it happens, nearly every nation is worse off for it. It may seem paradoxical, but finding a hole in the ground that spouts money can be one of the worst things that can happen to a country. Oil or gas-dependent countries eventually become among the most economically troubled and most conflict-ridden ones in the world, in reference to the resource curse phenomenon, with few exceptions of course.

Just in case you dont know what the resource curse is, it is also known as the paradox of plenty and refers to the paradox that countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources. This is mainly due to governments mismanagement, corruption, instability and other factors.

This being said, and given the high levels of corruption and staggering incompetence found at all levels of government, I am not that optimistic about the prospects of Lebanon becoming an oil-rich country given that transparency...

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23:29

How Christmas Baptizes Norse Mythology Into Powerful Christian Archetypes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every Christmas we all take a tree that otherwise doesnt die and we kill it. Then we place it inside our homes and cover it with a bunch of chintzy nonsense. As Jim Gaffigan says, this sounds like the actions of a drunk man.

In his Christmas tree bit, a wife wonders why theres a pine tree in the living room, and Jim answers with slurred speech saying that theyre gonna decorate it, for Jesus. Indeed, that is exactly why we have Christmas trees: Not drunk people, but Jesus the Messiah.

The Christmas tree is a perfect symbol of Christian theology. It depicts the complete good news of Christ. But to see this we need to understand what the tree means and where it comes from. Lets look at the trees origins. That begins with Norse mythology.

The Tree Upon Which the World Hangs

Norse mythology centers upon a tree. This is not exactly novel. Trees are sacred in almost every culture and religion to varying degrees. This makes sense for several reasons: trees represent immortality because they can live for thousands upon thousands of years. They also are often a source of life either by their fruit or the shade they provide, or because humans have learned how to craft almost anything from their flesh.

But the tree at the center of Norse mythology is unique. It is called Yggdrasil. Modern people tend to think of and depict it as a gigantic ash tree where the nine realms of gods, elves, dwarfs, etc. sit in the branches and roots. Ancient Norse people wouldve probably seen these renditions and known what was meant, but to them the tree didnt actually exist in that way at all. Yggdrasil was existence itself. The world itself was the tree.

By world, I dont mean earth. Earth was a realmMidgard, or, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it, middle earth. Our realm of Midgard was small within the world of this cosmic tree.

The cosmic tree was most clearly seen and understood only after the sun went down. Then the universe is laid bare before mans eyes. In a world without city lights, the naked eye can see the universe of stars that surrounds us in shocking detail. Billions of stars explode across the night sky like a Jackson Pollock painting.

In the middle of all that splendor was the Bifrost, what we call the Milky Way. Weve discovered this white path through the night sky is actually an arm of our spiral galaxy. But to the Norse the Bifrost was a bridge between Asgard and Midgard. Asgard was the home of the Aesir, the greatest Norse gods, Odin of course being their chief.

So what does Yggdrasil mean? It is often translated as Odins horse. But that is actually a theological interpretation of the true meaning of the word. The word literally means The Awesome Ones Gallows. To say it is Odins horse is therefore not false.

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23:12

The Antifascists (2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary film The Antifascists has now had a public release on YouTube. It is highly-recommended watching. See also : antifascism on film (February 21, 2017) /// The Far Right and Antifa, Making Contact [podcast], December 13, 2017 /// The Continue reading

23:12

Interstate Banking & Changes to the Federal Reserve "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: 

Hi Marty,

You say, The one-size-fits-all policy of central banks with regard to interest rates pits East v West in both Canada and the United States. Farmers, oil producers, and miners are forced to pay higher interest rates when their economies are declining because of speculative booms in Toronto or New York.

I can see how regional Central Banks could have supplied different stimulus in different regions back in the time of the Feds formation when the mediums of communication were not what they are today, but how would that work now. With the ability, today to borrow money electronically from where ever it is cheapest, wouldnt people in the high-interest regions simply borrow in the regions where the money was cheapest defeating that strategy?

Regards,

F

ANSWER: About 70% of small business are routinely turned down for business loans. The small farmers, miners, and oil producers cannot simply borrow from the cheapest source. I myself always found banks calling me asking if wanted to borrow money when things were great and I never needed it. If you are watching your business model decline, nobody will lend to a ship taking on even a little water. There is a huge difference between a consumer loan on credit cards and a small business.

Consumers already pay interest rates set by a bank which are usually covering various regions. It is true, after the collapse of 9,000 banks with the Great Depression, thereafter banks were prohibited from Interstate Banking. Indeed, Interstate Banking allowing banks across state lines became widespread in the mid-1980s, when state legislatures passed legislation that allowed bank holding companies to acquire out-of-state banks on a reciprocal basis with other states. I had been on the board of a regional bank in the early 1980s. After Interstate Banking was allowed, a New York bank came down and put in a bid for Capital State Bank. It was sold and everyone cashed-in on their shares.

The main point is that there remain regional lending problems. The banks will lend to a market that is booming and will shun away from the regions in trouble. Today, a major bank in New York goes down and it impacts the entire country thanks to Interstate Banking.

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23:11

Parliament House of Lords Dental Health: Children:Written question - HL3911 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Q Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: ChildrenHL3911

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.


A Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Public Health Englands Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.
Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)



Who would believe them after their involvement  in the Southampton fluoridation scheme debacle.

This video shows how they manipulate reviews if they don't agree with the findings. Now a bit old as SHA's no longer exist. It's the council who have to ask for a feasibility study.



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22:41

MACKAY SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car

December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

It will be alleged the man returned a reading of .207% more than four times the legal limit. He was served with a notice to appear for driving under the influence of liquor and will front Mackay Magistrates Court on January 18. Mackay Police will aim crack down on drink drivers this weekend after a horror

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MACKAY Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend

December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matter heard on January 15, 2018. Being caught drink driving by the police is not the worst possible outcome causing an injury or worse to another motorist, passenger or yourself as a result of drink driving is the worst possible outcome.

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MACKAY Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash

December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

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20:13

North Korea Is Not Just a Nuclear Problem but Also a Complex Security Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington and Seoul need to engage with Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow to explore how a deal can be worked out.

It may be too late to reverse North Koreas nuclear status. Credit: Reuters

Anyone who claims to have an answer to North Koreas nuclear problem has been misinformed. A premeditated nuclear attack is unlikely from any side. Rather, the risk of war lies in the possibility of miscommunication, misperception and miscalculation that could see the cycle of provocation and escalation spin out of control.

The Korean War ended in 1953 with a ceasefire but not peace agreement. The 38th parallel is heavily militarised, barbed wire-fenced, mined and patrolled. Over six decades of demonising, isolating and sanctioning, the Kim dynasty-led regime has perpetuated a stalemate at escalating levels of insecurity. North Korea conducts another nuclear test, possibly more powerful than before. Or a longer-range missile test. US and UN impose additional or tougher sanctions. US and North Korea exchange more threats. The stalemate continues, but with heightened sense of insecurity on all sides.

North Koreas ambition to acquire an intercontinental nuclearised capability has had four components, three of which have been realised. First, it has been making bombs. According to revised US intelligence assessments, it may have as many as 60 bombs. Second, test...

20:07

Israel PM faces new questions in graft probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses hundreds of right-wing activists who gathered in Tel Aviv on August 9, 2017 in a show of support for him against persistent corruption allegations

JERUSALEM (AFP)  

Fraud squad detectives questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem residence on Friday, the seventh time in a nearly year-long corruption probe, reports said.

Public radio and two privately-owned TV channels said that investigators arrived at the house shortly before 9:00 am (0700 GMT).

Police policy is not to comment until the days questioning has been completed.

The radio said an investigation into suspicions Netanyahu received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian tycoon James Packer, was nearing completion.

This is likely to be his last interrogation, on the gifts case, it said.

After that the police intend to wrap up the case within a short time.

The Maariv newspaper reported that detectives believed they had sufficient evidence to pass the file to the state prosecutor.

The police are still deliberating whether to attribute to Netanyahu the offence of bribe-taking or receiving benefits, Maariv said.

The prime minister was first questioned on January 2.

Investigations are expected to continue in a second case in which police suspect that Netanyahu sought a secret pact for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

The alleged scheme, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive favourable coverage in return for helping curb Yediots competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and says he has been the target of a smear campaign by political opponents.


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20:00

Parents Reveal Being Hit and Bit by Aggressive Autistic Sons and Daughters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carly and John Sutherland at the legislature in Halifax, November 30, 2017

by Mary W Maxwell

The Age of Autism website has been running for many years. Two of its main these are the search for pharmaceutical responsibility for autism, and helpful support for families.

One seldom hears the worst of the worst at that particular website, although you can read between the lines when a Dad says In all these years we have never once gone to a restaurant as a family.

However, on December 8, 2017, ageofautism.com published Violent Aggression and Autism: The Hidden Shame, Secret, Cover Up. Rather than printing it here I will print...

19:55

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17"
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com 

"Looks like the GOP finally defeated its own candidate for Senator in the Alabama Special Election. The GOP could not stop Moore in the primary after spending $32 million, but it teamed up with Democrats and got Moore defeated. Moore is not conceding, and plenty of people are saying there was voter fraud. Its a long shot that Moore could force a recount, but even so, a last minute court decision in Alabama allowed paper ballots to be destroyed after a winner was declared. Some say that will make a recount next to impossible. Congratulations Mitch McConnell, you got a Democrat elected in a 60/40 Red state.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is being charged with running a totally biased investigation against Donald Trump by members of Congress. Some say he should be fired. There is still no evidence of Russian collusion but plenty of evidence that the same people that exonerated Hillary Clinton for multiple crimes are now going after Donald Trump. I am referring to the DOJ and FBI investigators. On top of that, the Justice Department will not answer questions that it used a totally false so-called dossier bought an...

19:01

14 of the Most Dangerous Roads in the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adrenaline is so strong that none of us understands it. Jerry Lewis

When you are told to close your eyes and picture a road trip, you are probably envisioning coffee stops and upbeat music while cruising down an endless highway. There is, however, a whole different side to road trips if youre looking for your next opportunity for an adrenaline rush. Trade in your reasonable speed limits and highway road stops for hairpin bends, trips through war zones and dramatic mountain drops with these fascinating destinations.

Check out 14 of the most dangerous roads across the globe:

#1 Hana, Hawaii

This incredibly narrow and scenic road located on the island of Maui is a high-risk location for landslides, which means that its often closed to travellers.

Source: Mashable

 

#2 Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

Designed to allow clearance for even the largest of ships, this trip would resemble a rollercoaster more than a trip over a mere bridge.

Source: Metro

 

#3 Eyre Highway, Australia

Unlike the other roads on the list, this road isnt dangerous due to incredible heights or risks of landslides, however, it is responsible for an incredibly high number of accidents. Why? It is so monotonous that drivers regularly fall asleep.

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19:00

There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"





First, the meme that all that damage is caused by temperature change is rubbish and an exercise in misdirection.  The most probable cause is agricultural run off which has been heavy in nitrogen for the past several generations.  As well that run off will be in the surface waters most likely to affect reefs.

The switch out to organic agriculture will  allow these reefs to completely reverse and stage a total recovery.
 
In the meantime we have this nonsense to put up with in order to hide the true culprit..


There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef 

Australian scientists see a way back from the mass bleaching events brought on by climate change.
Jackie Flynn MogensenNov. 28, 2017 2:00 PM 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/11/there-may-be-just-enough-healthy-coral-left-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef/# 

The Great Barrier Reef is called great for a reason. As the worlds largest reef system, its half the size of Texas, home to about 10 percent of the oceans fish species, and generates billions of tourism dollars annually. Plus, its damn beau...

18:52

Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression appeared first on It's Going Down.

Early this morning, we came to court ready to face criminal charges for feeding the homeless without a permit. Many people came out and we shared food, clothes, and hygiene supplies right in front of the courthouse.

City representatives refused to show up. They were too ashamed to even face us in their own court. The bogus charge was dismissed without so much as a hearing. This confirms that the crackdown was never about the law, it has always been nothing more than a campaign of intimidation designed to bully homeless people and those who aid them. Already, officials are researching other ordinances they can use to repress us.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

We are outraged that the City is trying to avoid this issue. Officials must answer for persecuting us, but they know they cant. They can hide from a court case, but they cant hide from the poor people who face constant harassment by their cops. They cant hide from the homeless people who they evicted from the Peachtree & Pine shelter. The City wants to pretend they are the solution to poverty and homelessness in Atlanta, but they are the cause.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

18:38

Australia resists efforts to ban nuclear weapons, and Australian Prime Minister snubs ICAN Nobel Peace Prize win, "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Instead of congratulating ICAN on its Nobel Peace Prize, Australia is resisting efforts to ban the bomb , The Conversation, Ramesh Thakur,
Professor of International Relations, Australian National University December 14, 2017 
Earlier this week in Oslo, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was officially givento the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a global campaign that was launched in Melbourne in 2007.

ICAN lobbied to establish a special UN working group on nuclear disarmament, campaigned for the UN General Assemblys December 2016 resolution to launch negotiations on a prohibition treaty, and was an active presence at the UN conference that negotiated the treaty.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull failed to congratulate the Australian faces of ICAN, addin...

18:27

SOTT FOCUS: Putin Schools Journalists and Western Politicians in Annual Q&A Marathon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual marathon press conference today. Over 1,600 journalists were accredited for the event, which ended up lasting just under four hours. The entire ritual just demonstrates how far Russia still has to go before it becomes a full-fledged Western democracy. In a real democracy, leaders only take pre-approved soft-ball questions from a select group of hand-picked journalists and then read their answers from teleprompters. Tough or unexpected questions are either ignored or given a pat answer devoid of any real information. After 20 minutes or so, that's a wrap. Under no circumstances are leaders to field countless questions from a range of sources, and extemporaneously provide detailed answers on a wide range of subjects. Sound about right? Actually, the reason Western leaders don't do such things is because they're simply incapable of it. They don't have a command of all the facts and figures. They know their 'policy positions' are just slogans and sound bites made up for public consumption, so their answers are never in-depth or backed up by anything of substance. And they know the justification for the 'party line' is based on a foundation of deceit and lies, so they can't give adequate space for facts or other points of view. When you're following a script, you can't be spontaneous. Putin, on the other hand, can do so because he's something all his Western 'colleagues' are not: a real leader. What follows are some of the highlights of today's Q&A. Check back for updates as they come. Here's the full video, if you have 4 hours to spare:

18:26

CEFC passes 1GW big solar milestone, after backing two new projects RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

CEFC notches up 1 gigawatt of big solar investment across Australia, after committing another $207m to two new projects in Victoria and Queensland.

via CEFC passes 1GW big solar milestone, after backing two new projects RenewEconomy


18:22

NNTT Tennant Creek Pastoral Lease "IndyWatch Feed National"


National Native Title Tribunal File DC2017/003 available here entered on the Register 24/11/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment A - Map of Area available here
Schedule A - Native Title Claim Group Description available here

 
This claim is interesting in the amount of detail provided in the Claim Group Description. Searches of the CIFHS web site will produce a large amount of information about those mentioned in the Claim Group list plus further information on other descendants.

17:48

Substratum answers censorship call "IndyWatch Feed National"

Web censorship is on the rise, according to research by Freedom on the Net, two-thirds of all internet users live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family is subject to censorship. The World Economic Forum reported that global internet freedom declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year, 2017 is likely to be even worse.

Internet freedom in the US was dealt a huge blow yesterday when the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind regulations governing companies that provide broadband services to consumers. This essentially gives broadband providers in the US the power to control what they serve to their customers, and more importantly what they block.

These net neutrality regulations were originally introduced by the Democrats under the previous administration. Trumps administration evidently does not approve of a free and unfettered internet so has decided to unravel the regulations that gave net neutrality lawfulness. The rules prevented internet service providers from blocking content, throttling access speeds and enforcing paid prioritization upon their customers. Once through US broad band companies would have a green light to discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic according to one Democrat on the FCC panel. Top ISPs such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Charter and CenturyLink will have more freedom to control what they allow their users to see on the internet. According to Wikipedia these top five US providers have almost 80 million subscribers combined.

As America moves to join many of the Middle Eastern and Asian nations that regularly and actively censor the internet we need to look towards the blockchain for a solution. It just so happens that a recent ICO provides a token that does just that.

Substratum provides a method of serving decentralized web content via a range of operating systems and browsers without the need for technical knowledge of crypto currencies and blockchains. Their websites states:

Information wants to be free, not locked down by censorship or net neutrality laws. Substratum provides tools anyone can use to help keep the internet accessible through decentralization. We support an equal, fair, and open internet.

By installing a Substratum node participants will get rewarded with the crypto currency for serving content to others living in countries that filter the web. Traders reacted to the news quickly and SUB price jumped from $0.36 to a record top of $0.50 within a couple of hours. A small correction brought prices back down to $0.40 but they soon began to ratchet....

17:18

MEDIA RELEASE 15/12 | PNG SUPREME COURT RULES MAJOR VICTORY TO MANUS ASYLUM SEEKERS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE  PNG SUPREME COURT RULES MAJOR VICTORY TO MANUS ASYLUM SEEKERS  The full bench of the PNG Supreme Court today (Friday) finally handed a ruling formally finding that the human rights of all those sent to Manus Island have been breached.  The victory comes after almost two years of deliberate attempts(...)

17:06

Credlin: Give us a debate and vote on Australias population - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities. This article was first published on Macrobusiness at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/12/peta-credlin-give-us-national-debate-vote-australias-population/ on December 15 2017.

By Leith van Onselen

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities:


Last night, Ms Credlin delivered a detailed monologue on Sky News calling for immigration levels to be normalised back to their historical average, as well as demanding that our federal politicians give Australians a national debate and vote on Australias future population size.

While the whole video is well worth watching, heres a few key quotes:

Overcrowded streets, busy roads, nowhere to park, over development, unaffordable housing, cramped schools, and in the words of many locals, far too many highrises. These were the concerns raised today [in Bennelong], and they are all code for population growth

What I can...

17:00

PERTH Lloyd Rayney wins epic defamation fight against WA Government over Corryn Rayneys death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lloyd Rayney wins epic defamation fight against WA Government over Corryn Rayneys death .

December 15, 2017 at 12:01PM .

Lloyd Rayney was not in court for the judgment because he was representing a client in the nearby Perth Magistrates Court, where he left without making any comment. Lloyd Rayney in a blue suit walks in front of a cafe as media crews film Photo: Lloyd Rayney was not present in the court to hear his

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/lloyd-rayney-defamation-verdict-handed-down/9259958&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGRZYB-wtvVMIjpsKCoKm0F14BMZw

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

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16:23

Have cryptoassets created $0.5 trillion in social value? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vitalik Buterin poses that question, do read his whole storm. Here are the last three tweets:

How many Venezuelans have actually been protected by us from hyperinflation?

How much actual usage of micropayment channels is there actually in reality?

The answer to all of these questions is definitely not zero, and in some cases its quite significant. But not enough to say its $0.5T levels of significant. Not enough.

Let me set aside the question of enabling grey or black market activities, and let us put aside the bubbly component of these assets, which may or may not be real.  Id like to focus on the underlying fundamentals.

Furthermore, crypto-assets have not consumed half a trillion in social costs, though Id like to see the electricity bill.  So mine is the concrete question: insofar as crypto-assets have served as hedges and stores of value, is that social value or just a private return at some offsetting rent-seeking-based social cost?

Stores of value

Lets say I build a warehouse and store some furniture in it, because I am moving and I dont want to throw out the sofa but need to keep it somewhere for a month.  The gains from storing that furniture can be captured by standard cost-benefit methods, and few would doubt that is a legitimate private and also social efficiency.  I am carrying sitting capacity into the future.

With crypto-assets, I am carrying wealth more generally into the future.  The person who most wants that payoff structure for the wealth carry will end up owning the crypto-asset.

Do I hold and carry forward that wealth at the expense of other people?  Is creating a crypto-asset, in welfare terms, a bit like being a counterfeiter and thus rent-transferring and wasteful?  Or is it more like storing a sofa while moving house?

Or is the crypto-asset more like an insurance contract, and thus again wealth-enhancing?  I see it as performing a mix of the store of value and insurance functions.

If the crypto-asset is rent-seeking (the electricity cost aside), exactly whose purchasing power is diminished?  Presumably the Bitcoin and Ether millionaires spend more of their money and drive prices up for others.  But it seems that is a pecuniary externality, not a real social cost of the kind that would justify a judgment of socially wasteful rent-seeking.

Maybe it makes more sense to view the crypto-assets as a new kind of insurance contract: if some of my othe...

16:23

Project Leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

16:09

Australia gives Parking Ticket to Man in His Own Driveway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once upon a time, police aspired to protect society. Today, police, in general, are more interested in harassing the public to raise money for the government. In Australia, a man was given a parking ticket in his own driveway. The incident has gone viral in Australia and the government claims his car partially blocked the sidewalk.

I had friends who were police decades ago. Something has changed. They were never vindictive and nasty. Today, you literally take you like in your hands just being pulled over by a cop. Every encounter I have had that never ended with any ticket I have found the police starts with an attitude and the assumption everyone is up to something.

16:00

Ready Set Go Learning Pathways in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Have you just left school and not sure what to do next? Have you been unemployed or out of the job scene for a while and want to explore employment options?  Come and be supported to create long and short term goals around work and/or study, explore career pathways and get skilled over 5 weeks.  More details here.

16:00

Donald Trump federal judge nominee is asked basic legal questions and cant answer a single one "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of Donald Trumps nominees to become a federal judge has failed to answer a string of basic questions about law. Matthew Spencer Petersen admitted he was unfamiliar with several common legal terms during questioning by Republican Senator John Kennedy at a hearing earlier this week. 

He told the hearing: My background is not in litigation. I understand the challenge ahead of me if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge. I understand that the path that many successful district court judges have taken has been a different one than I have taken.

15:56

Focus on Opportunity to Win in Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hear that noise? Thats the rumble of Australians talking. Thats because theres more of us every passing day.

Australias net migration is booming, according to the latest statistics. In the 12 months to July, we saw 245,400 people move here.

Apparently, those kinds of heady numbers havent been since 2009.

New South Wales and Victoria are taking the bulk of them.

If you take any pride in Australias record run without a recession and healthy GDP growth, you can mostly pin it down to these arrivals.

Australias economy grows because we keep stuffing more people in it.

Its not because were a hotbed of innovation and productivity.

It keeps the bankers and property developers happy.

It means plenty of fresh meat up for grabs. The sharks come out when theres blood in the water.

The Australian Financial Review reports that massive US private equity firm Blackstone is preparing to launch its own home lending arm out here.

It will service the market the banks are being forced to shun for regulatory reasons.

Think foreign buyers, Aussies with offshore income, and property investors that dont pass the conventional metrics and barriers.

More credit is bullish for the economy

China to keep Aussie tourism booming for years

We can say the same thing about Chinese tourists. China is on track to overtake New Zealand as our number one market as early as next month.

This will be one of the biggest growth markets worldwide for years.

I cannot imagine what the classic European cities will look like in a few years.

Theyre already strained with the hordes of Americans, Australians and all the rest as they are now.

What happens when we add in a middle class bigger than that of the US?

No wonder hedge fund veteran Jim Rogers says the best thing you can do for your children is to teach them Mandarin.

There were about 1.2 million Chinese visitors to Australia in 2016. That number is expected to triple by 2026.

One stock to keep an eye on here is AuMake International Ltd [ASX:AU8].

It runs a network of stores full of Aussie goods that Chinese tourists and the daigou shoppers can stock up on.

Think infant formula, vitamins, milk power, hone and wool products. Youve no doubt heard about these trends bef...

15:51

Basic 1st Aid Courses and Legal Workshops in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Were excited to be delivering an array of new courses and workshops in 2018.  We will be running 2 1st aid workshops Caring for Kids and another one on Snake and Spider Bites.  Local Solicitor, Trent McGregor will be back to tell us more about Making Wills, Powers of Attorneys and later in the year we will learn more about our rights around last wishes and funerals.   More here.

15:42

Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in State's west "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-west of Tibooburra.

A team from the UNSW Sydney Wild Deserts project made the unexpected discovery during recent scientific monitoring.

UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts ecologist Dr Rebecca West, said it was particularly exciting to find a Crest-tailed Mulgara alive for the first time in NSW.

The Crest-tailed Mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats and foxes.
The species weighs around 150 grams and has pale blonde fur and a thick tail with a distinctive black crest, Dr West said.

"The discovery comes at a great time," said UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts project co-ordinator Reece Pedler.

Next year we are due to begin introduced predator and rabbit eradication from a large area, which will no doubt help the Mulgara, Mr Pedler said.

The Wild Deserts project is contributing to the NSW Governments Saving our Species conservation program (SOS), said National Parks and wildlife Service area manager Jaymie Norris. The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park. Rabbits, cats and foxes will be eradicated from two 20-square-kilometre fenced exclosures in Sturt National Park, before locally extinct mammals are reintroduced."

"Reintroduced native mammal species will include greater bilby, burrowing bettong, western quoll and western barred bandicoot, Mr Norris said.

The Wild Deserts project is a partnership between UNSW and Ecological Horizons, in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Wild Deserts has been contracted by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to restore and promote desert...

15:41

Aluminium non-toxic Etching Printmaking Course in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Image by Jane Rusden

Back by popular demand, Jane Rusden will be tutoring this fantastic printmaking course in partnership with Community House and Castlemaine Press early 2018.  This one booked out last year so get in early!  More Details here.

15:26

Australia ratifies torture prevention treaty, but must accept scrutiny of offshore facilities on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government has ratified an important UN torture prevention treaty. The Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) is a mechanism established to prevent cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in places of detention.

Ratification of the OPCAT will enable the Commonwealth Ombudsman to establish a network of independent inspectors who will have unprecedented access to prisons and some other places of detention. But the impact will be limited by the Australian Governments denial of these obligations to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru. 

"The announcement is an important step in the right direction because governments have maintained an out of sight, out of mind approach to prisons for too long," said Ruth Barson, HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy.

"Abuse thrives behind closed doors. While independent scrutiny of prisons is essential to expose current abuses, such as prolonged solitary confinement and degrading strip searches, the onus will be on governments to implement the inspectors' recommendations and put an end to mistreatment."

As part of ratification, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture will undertake periodic visits of Australian detention facilities. Ms Barson said international scrutiny is important to ensure Australian governments commit to stopping cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment both in word and deed. 

"Exposing mistreatment is one thing, but stopping it is another. Deaths in custody and Don Dale type abuse are what happen when governments fail to heed the advice of experts and instead turn a blind eye to mistreatment," said Ms Barson. 

When announcing its intention to ratify OPCAT in February the Australian Government made clear that it will not accept any obligations for transparency, oversight or monitoring to extend to its offshore facilities on Manus and Nauru, where 2000 refugees have been held for the last four and a half years. 

Daniel Webb, HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, said the Australian Government cant just pick and choose which facilities its happy to have scrutinised.

"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if our Government can just decide to keep its deepest darkest sites of misery and suffering deliberately shielded from scrutiny," said Mr Webb.

Mr Webb said the timing of the ratification  coming just ahead of Australia formally commencing its term on the Human Rights Council  showed that the Australian Government recognised the need to improve its own human rights performance prior to taking up a seat on the worlds highest human rights authority. 

"Our Government knows it needs to get its house in order if it wants to command respect and cred...

15:13

After liberalism: a response to Safe White Spaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been recent noise around whiteness in the arts in Australia, Melbourne in particular, due in part to Andy Butlers article Safe White Spaces. Some of us have been talking about this for some time, but now it feels different, on account of the voices being heard and the opinions being seriously considered. This might be the demographic reckoning that is starting to happen as a consequence of the end of the White Australia Policy.

14:44

Learn French 3 Levels coming up in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

3 different levels of French Classes to accommodate all our new and old french students!  Theyre popular classes so secure your spot! If youre unsure about whether youre an absolute beginner, wanting to brush up on what you know or youre a bit more advanced feel free to get in touch. Courses starting Feb 5th.  More here.

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14:39

McCain eyes exit from Senate amid 'stress' from growing Trump dossier scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator's fragile health. It is not clear whether McCain plans to outright retire from the Senate or simply focus on his Stage IV cancer treatments away from Washington, D.C. but many GOP insiders believe McCain's last days in the Senate are close. Likely, McCain will not return after the Christmas break, many folks have privately confided. McCain has been away for the Senate all week, missing votes and debate about a number of topics including tax cuts. This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.

14:37

Across Borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

I moved to Edinburgh after university. Before that, I had efficiently drilled myself down into a hole: wallowing about and wondering why I hadnt felt fulfilled by graduating, by achieving something.

When I finished university, I didnt feel like I had gained a degree; I felt like I had just suddenly lost university. The thing that I had centred my life around had been taken away, and I needed a new axis to spin around. Time to begin a new life.

I tried throwing myself into a relationship, abandoning one sinking ship for another. Unfortunately, relationships require an equilibrium, not some rudderless vagabond looking for someone to orbit around. What I did have was a sticker in my passport that would let me live in the UK for two years. Move to Edinburgh, gravitate in that direction, build your life around that for a while, I thought

Edinburgh is a city of hills, its bends and bows covered up by cobblestones, its closes and alleys infested with pubs. There was something energising about the deadline of this life here you get two years here in Edinburgh. Youre free of everything outside of this city: no career, no expectations, no past regrets, no future stresses youre just in Edinburgh, and that is good enough.

What is Christian up to?
Hes in Edinburgh.
Good enough.

Because my life didnt reach beyond the citys grips, it made everything simpler. Earn some money to live, to travel, make some friends, enjoy yourself, dont feel guilty for existing without a motive. It was calming not living too far ahead of myself.

I fell in love in Edinburgh. I didnt need to fall in love; it wasnt on a checklist, it just approached me. I was able to experience it rather than try and just impose it on someone. Suddenly, that two years in Edinburgh didnt feel freeing as it had before: it was a countdown to a different life.

Shes from Mexico. A ball of positivity, she could talk troubled waters into smooth sailing.

Weve lived in four different countries in the two years since leaving Scotland: all the experiences and opportunities weve been granted during which have been incredible, and the ability to share them with someone I truly love and fucking cherish is magical. But these worldwide experiences come as a byproduct of a larger goal to be able to start a life somewhere together. To be able to find one place in which we can exist, not jumping from pla...

14:00

Cartoon science - Global warming will weaken winds in the Northern Hemisphere, but speed them up downunder! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now they tell us! Climate warming to weaken wind power in northern hemisphere, increase in Australia: study After building 341,000 wind turbines, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, now climate modelers reveal that winds will decrease in the Northern Hemisphere! Warming temperatures caused by climate change are set to weaken wind energy in the northern hemisphere, a study shows, lessening the amount of wind power produced for wind farms. However the southern hemisphere would see a boost in wind, which could potentially turn north-eastern Australia into an attractive investment for energy companies. Rush, invest your money now. The theory called polar amplification has the success rate of a coin toss. Buy a wind farm in NE Australia! Luckily wind speeds are not also influenced by cloud cover, jet streams, oceans currents, forest growth, atmospheric tides, solar factors, magnetic fields, ozone levels, cosmic rays, or butterflies. Otherwise this study might be inadequate, uninformed guesswork being used to inform investment decisions!Key points: Atmosphere instability which creates wind changing in northern hemisphere North-east Australia could become an attractive investment for energy companies At present there is only one operational wind farm in Queensland

13:46

Christmas Wrap for MAINfm 21/12/17 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

   Mainfm Christmas  



Thursday 21 December 6-7 pm Taproom (free drink vouchers given out on the night)

From 7.30 pm, the last trivia for the year, MC Doug Falconer  (think Rockwiz)

I hope you can all come along and celebrate 2017
we got a grant for a Station Manager and obtained a permanent broadcasting licence (not bad!!)


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13:15

Why Your Intuition May Be the Highest Form of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Our intuition develops when we are babies, long before are indoctrinated into Newtonian physics which largely prohibits us from understanding the quantum world. Ironically, one of our first intellectual abilities intuition may be one of the greatest forms of intelligence we will ever experience in a grown-up world.

In the quantum world, there are no positions nor speed. These are classical, mechanical terms for a world that doesnt really exist. Yet, as tiny babies we understand how things work without having a clear grasp of certain intellectual realities.

Psychologists Susan Hespos from Northwestern University, and Renee Baillargeon of University of Illinois found that this physical intuition kicks in as early as two and a half months, and other scientists think that intuition is probably present from birth.

Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, argues that intuition is less about suddenly knowing the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded, but even if we have intuition even at birth, one could argue that we have yet to develop the intellectual capacity to learn which information can be discarded.

Yet innate notions, plus elaborations born from watching and interacting with the world, add up to a sort of nave physics that we all grasp before having a single physics lesson.

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13:00

In which the pond reverts to TGIF form and shares lunch with Terrorist Sharri ... "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Ah Ballarat by dawn's early light ...

By golly the burghers were cashed up after the gold rush days and spent a little bit on the y'artz, with the Art Gallery offering some fine examples for a regional gallery ... 

But enough of the pond's memories of its tour, because duty calls, and the pond decided to trudge back to see what Sharri of the Terror was up to this day ...



Malware's a goer? Malware's hot to trot? Malware's shuffling the deck and producing winners?

Well it seems only fair - after this morning's epic Stoning - to look at the glass half full, to take in the bright side of life ...

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12:52

Thank Folk Its Friday 15th December "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Victorian acoustic duo Slim Dime released their new video That Ole Train. Details here Americana duo Carpenter Caswell released their new video Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty. Details here Ruby Boots released her brand new single Dont Talk About []

12:52

FIVE reasons why you should support RISEs New Years Appeal 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dear Supporter,

This month RISE is launching our New Years Appeal for 2018. Your support will allow us to continue challenging the harmful and xenophobic refugee policies and discourses which surround eX-detainees, refugees and asylum seekers and pervade social and political spheres both locally and globally. We rely heavily on public donations to ensure that we are able to continue meeting the needs of our members, and assisting those who fall through the cracks of the system.

FIVE reasons why you should support RISEs New Years Appeal

RISE projects and campaigns are entirely run and developed by eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees.
RISE does not accept federal or state government funding.
RISE runs 18 projects throughout the year, and so far, over 3000 eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees have registered as members.
We work on long term structural changes which support the freedom of refugees and their self-determination process.
We run national and international refugee rights campaigns, publications and actions without any support from philanthropists or donors.
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12:20

ALBUM REVIEW: Gretta Ziller Queen Of Boomtown "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Its been a long time coming but Melbournes Gretta Ziller has finally released her debut solo album, the followup to her Hells Half Acre EP from 2014. The good news is that it exceeds the expectations she set up with that fine EP, digging deeper and taking her songwriting and singing to some impressive and Continue reading

11:54

Things that Couldn't Happen--But DID! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. John Alexander returns to Dreamland with mind-opening stories of his adventures into the unknown. Formerly head of the US Army's famed non-lethal weapons program, John has traveled the world in search of answers to the mysteries of such things as mediumship, out-of-body movement and near death experiences.

11:54

The World Bank will stop fossil fuel financing after 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Patrick Caughill, (Futurism 13 December 2017) responds to the decision just made by the World Bank to divest from the fossil fuel industry. This is a significant win by campaigners trying to bring about change and a recognition that fossil fuels is a dying industry.

In a move sure to be celebrated by opponents of fossil fuel-based energy, the World Bank has just made a huge announcement at the One Planet summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The bank, which provides loans to developing countries to foster economic growth, announced on December 12 that it will no longer offer financial support for oil and gas exploration after 2019.

During the summit, the bank released a statement saying it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, citing a need to change in a rapidly changing world.

In 2015, the bank previously vowed to have 28 percent of its portfolio dedicated to climate action by 2020. The banks latest statement on fossil fuel financing suggests that it is on course to achieve that goal.

This is yet another blow to the fossil fuel energy industry, and a seemingly significant win for environmental advocates.

The economics surrounding the energy sector are increasingly making it more attractive for entities to switch to renewable energy.

Across the world, it has become cheaper to build new renewable energy installations than to operate and maintain existing coal power plants.

The World Banks plan does lay out a caveat for exceptional circumstances, saying that they will consider financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries Paris Agreement commitments.

The Paris agreement is a major factor in the decision.

The One Earth summit was planned on the two-year anniversary of the historic agreement, which was looking uncertain after the President of the United States, one of the major financial and influential member nations, decided to withdraw.

Even so, the agreement looks to be thriving, even in the US, which may reach the goals laid out in Paris against all odds.

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11:44

Meet the Organisers (Part 2) Anna Boddenberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meet organiser and board member Anna Boddenberg, including what she is looking forward to coming up in Earthworker!

11:19

Webb Dock battle is a front line in a bigger war to reshape Australian workplaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As the battle on Melbournes Webb dock over rights at work continues, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has released a report, which shows that the company calling the shots, has a record of using methods that have embroiled it in industrial disputes around the world.

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is operating at Webb Dock, through its subsidiary, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

Paddy Crumlin, the President of the ITF said, ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, which has led to protracted disputes and protests around the world, to the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) terminal at Webb Dock.

ICTSIs insistence on bringing its anti-worker business model to Australia is being met with the resistance you would expect from workers unions, politicians and the local community with an industrial dispute on the cusp of entering its third week with no end in sight.

No matter where you look across ICTSIs global network, there is industrial trouble because the company insists on running an anti-worker, union busting agenda, and no-one wants that at the expense of decent pay, conditions and job security.

Weve seen ongoing dramas in Madagascar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and the cancer has now spread to Australia. Everyone is awake to ICTSIs destructive ways and wont cop it anymore.

Paddy Crumlin added that VICT publicly alleged that it was illegal for them to employ this worker and that his application for a MSIC card was rejected twice. VICTs claims are categorically false and this worker was granted a MSIC card on the 8th of December.

ICTSI is deliberately running smokescreens and we need to focus on the facts. Management deceptively created the cause of this dispute. This dockworker was targeted for being a union delegate, and sacked after trying to raise legitimate concerns with management regarding the bullying and intimidation of workers.

It is the broken promises related to permanency and rates of pay, managements disregard for worker safety by attempting to override safety officers and experienced dockworkers, and the targeting of MUA members that led to this dispute.

Despite a great deal of disinformation being put through the media, the reality of this dispute is starting to get though. Proof of this is the growing community support for th...

10:41

IMO DSS INVITED HON UCHE ONYEAGUCHA BY 11AM 14 DEC. 2017 TO ANSWER TO ROCHAS PETITION "IndyWatch Feed National"

REASONS FOR HIS INVITATION 1. Hon Onyeagucha accused of opposing Rochas mindless and illegal destruction/demolition of private property without compensation. More

09:59

Accused Bourke St driver to face court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dimitrious Gargasoulas

A man charged over the deaths of six people during Melbournes Bourke Street rampage is due to face court.

Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 27, is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday for a committal mention.

The prosecution and his defence team are expected to advise the court how the case will proceed amid concerns about Gargasoulas fitness to stand trial.Gargasoulas is facing six counts of murder and 28 charges of attempted murder after a car mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne on January 20.

He is accused of driving through the Melbourne CBD, deliberately striking pedestrians around Bourke and Queen streets as the area teemed with lunchtime crowds, before he was shot and wounded by police.

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09:12

Think You Can Hide Capital Gains in Alt-Coins? Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those Bitcoin investors in the US who think theyre outsmarting the IRS by trading funds to other digital currencies rather than back to dollars could be in for a nasty surprise. Under GOP tax bill that is due to be voted upon next week, law makers will draw a distinction limiting like-kind exchanges to real estate.

Its been argued by some that using Bitcoin or any other digital currency to purchase a different crypto should be treated the same as a 1031 exchange. This allows taxpayers to exchange one type of asset to another without it being deemed a taxable event. Since the IRS considers Bitcoin as property rather than currency, it was thought that digital currencies could be considered as like assets.

Evan Fox, the tax manager at New York accounting firm Berdon gave his opinion on the matter to CNBC:

Some people think, Im taking my bitcoin, which the IRS has deemed to be property, swapping it for another property and doing it for investment reasons, so it sounds like it could be a 1031 exchange I think its a stretch.

However, under the new bill, any debate will be rendered moot. It explicitly limits 1031 exchanges to real estate. This gives an answer to all those accountancy professionals who have struggled to advise clients invested in Bitcoin and other cryptos because of the law lagging behind technological innovation.

For now, people cashing out or trading digital currencies in the States should beware. Other investments will often trigger the a brokerage to send a Form 1099 automatically which also goes directly to the IRS, alerting them to your trading. These forms are used to record losses and gains. However, its important to remember that the absence of such a document does not mean that taxes are not owed. This makes it necessary to self-report.

Its also worth noting that the IRS have up to three years to conduct an audit. It could be as late as 2020 that your 2017 tax return is brought into question. Fox warned that penalties and interest might face those who do not correctly report their cryptocurrency gains.

He summed up the situation pretty clearly for CNBCs readers considering risking not reporting crypto trading gains:

If you put money into the cryptocurrency space, and you decide to buy [another digital asset], and you one day monetize it and show up with a $2 million house, the IRS is not stupid.

The taxation expert concluded by suggesting that the number of returns this year...

08:54

Appointed Board Member: Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Engineers without Borders Australia

08:36

Opportunity Knocks and SophiaTX is Answering the Door "IndyWatch Feed National"

SophiaTX, considered the Ultimate Blockchain for Business, just entered the final round of a very successful Token Generation Event (Dec. 7 17), where they have already raised well over $11 Million USD. The unique, purpose-built blockchain platform and marketplace were designed from the ground up for the specific purpose of integrating enterprise applications such as ERP, SCM, and CRM systems into a collaborative environment across multiple enterprises and industries.

SophiaTX is ready to show off what it can do for businesses on a global scale. They just opened pre-registration for Early Adoption Program which will launch in early 2018. The program is aimed at both individuals (enterprise applications experts, consultants, and architects) and organizations.

The early adoption program offers exclusive, membership only access to SophiaTX technology, the use of a testnet platform, detailed use case description for implementation, and learning opportunities for businesses regardless the size small or large. Interested parties can subscribe to the early adoption program on the SophiaTX website. As a small sample of SophiaTX potential, the company has outlined a use case which they affirmed, by way of fully functional proof of concept.

 Blockchain E-invoice Data Exchange / One-to-One Document Exchange

Extensive research of todays business models and practices found that more than 90% of all invoices worldwide are still processed manually (via mail, print, email, and other manual methods) which consume valuable time, resources and increase the costs.

The volume for e-invoices will achieve at least 36 billion worldwide with annual growth rates of 10-20% by the end of 2017. The estimated size of the e-invoicing market is 3.3 Billion Euro for 2017, and is expected to grow to 16.1 Billion Euro in the year 2024.

The main problems with traditional e-invoicing is that it remains cumbersome in adoption, is relatively expensive to implement and is rather limited to a selected type of document. This is where blockchain technology offers faster adoption and a true, peer-to-peer information exchange of relatively unlimited types of documentation. said Jaroslav Kacina, SophiaTX CEO.

SophiaTX takes the process multiple steps further by inputting the e-invoice...

08:19

State Department walks back Tillerson's signal for talks with N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have to suspend weapons tests before talks could take place. "We're ready to talk anytime they'd like to talk," Tillerson said on Tuesday, during a question-and-answer session at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. "We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let's just meet." On Wednesday, Nauert said that Tillerson's comments were not an announcement of a shift in US policy. North Korea would have to suspend its weapons program before any talks could talk place, "and we certainly haven't seen that right now," she said. Tillerson had signaled that the Trump administration was ready to negotiate without demanding North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs. "It's not realistic to say we are only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program," he said. "They have too much invested in it."

08:00

December 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1807 - John Macarthur defied Atkins' arrest warrant over the Parramatta affair by giving a written refusal to comply to the issuing officer.

1810 - Shocked at the horrendous architectural styles of combining wattle and daub with tree houses Governor Lachlan Macquarie introduced a building code into the New South Wales colony.

1829 - Thomas Peel rocked up at the Swan River colony with 300 settlers. They were, however, too late to be eligible for the land grant for his colonisation scheme.

1852 - 1921 A lot of boring as batshit legal mumbo jumbo legislation was being twittered about the corridores of various parliaments throughout the Island of Oz.
I culled them to prevent you all from nodding off into your coffee.

1852 - Colonial Secretary Sir John Pakington authorises NSW Vic SA & Tas to draft new separate constitutions providing for an elected lower house and a nominated upper house.

1875 - A Bill in NSW Parliament granting married women the right to own property was rejected on the grounds that 'it would undo the God-founded institution of matrimony'.
Pfft!

1877 - Eleven year old Albert Thomas Burless had his leg severely bitten by a shark ( leg was later surgically amputated) whilst bathing at Peacock Point, Balmain, Sydney.

1882 - The first female union in the Land of Oz was formed when female tailoresses tossed their collective thimbles out the window and created The Victorian Tailoresses Union.

1891 - Rabbits were declared to be in plague proportions across Australia. Estimate of numbers was 100 per acre of outback Australia.

1897 - Laws were enacted in Queensland to prohibit Aboriginal people accessing liquor and opium. The 1897 Protection of Aborigines and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act was to affect Indigenous rights in Queensland for much of the 20th Century.

1900 - HMS Royal Arthur delivered the goods when it off-loaded the first Governor-General of Oz, Earl of Hopetoun, in Sydney.
Who proceeded to commit The Hopetoun Blunder and we shall never speak of this unfortunate event in his presence again.....
Hopetoun's error in calling on Lyne to form a government became known as the "Hopetoun Blunder", and it marked the beginning of what many historians consider to be his unsuccessful term as Governor-General.

1904 - The Arbitration Court established.
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07:06

Las Vegas Unsettling Details Emerge "IndyWatch Feed National"

We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the unfolding events in Las Vegas, a media critic of Wapo making fun of Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, new YouTube search policies and important unanswered questions.

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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07:00

Sharp and fuzzy "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

I checked on this Eastern Yellow Robin nest last evening just a single egg being incubated must be almost ready to hatch.

Eastern Yellow Robin on nest, Sandon State Forest, 14th December 2017

An unexpected surprise was coming across a few Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting nearby. Ill be back to track their progress over coming days.

06:53

Donald Trump would win another presidential election, says Joe Hockey "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trumps motorcade drives down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the inauguration ceremony

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06:24

Lobster With Pepsi Can Tattoo Embodies Fears About Ocean Waste: Here Are 5 More Examples "IndyWatch Feed National"

By , EcoWatch

Its safe to say that lobsters arent a budding new demographic for soda companies.

So why did a lobster recently caught in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, have part of a Pepsi logo tattooed on its claw?

Thats a question that baffled Karissa Lindstrand, the fisherman who spotted the uncanny image during a lobster haul, according to the Guardian. Lindstrand happens to drink up to a dozen Pepsi sodas a day, but she was struck by the images unusual dimensions.

It was pixelated, she told the Guardian, and far too big to be seen on a soda cantheoretically debunking claims that the lobster grew up in a can. Shes not the only one to question how the logo got there. Since the image went viral, its sparked a debate on how a lobster became an unwitting mascot of a soda giant, the Guardian noted.

Lindstrand, for example, thinks that ink from a piece of paper somehow fused to the lobsters claw.

One thing, however, is clear to everyoneplastic pollution in the worlds oceans has reached a crisis level.

Each year, an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

This pollution affects marine life in a number of ways,...

06:06

Googles Street View To Capture The Migration Of Millions Of Crabs On Christmas Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Every year, millions of crabs scuttle across Australias Christmas Island. They do so as part of their annual migration which can sometimes last up to 18 days. This year, the rarely-witnessed migration will be documented, thanks to Google and Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia.

As Mashable...

06:01

4 Surprising Reasons Cops Want Marijuana To Be Legalized "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On my first day visiting Reef Dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to chat with a former police chief and present-day security guard for the company. As a journalist, I couldnt help but ask what he and other guards thought about the long-waged War on Drugs in the United States. His answer both surprised and elated me.

As the unnamed veteran gave commands to his K9 partner, he explained that he and other police officers had long-concluded that the criminalization of marijuana is uncalled for. He said in his 15+ years on the police force, he never once saw a violent offense result from a user of marijuana.

Because of this, he said, cannabis in all of its forms needs to be decriminalized across the nation. We continued to talk about the various ways it could stimulate the economy, help heal peoples various ails, and, possibly, even contribute to a raising of consciousness.

The conversation was enlightening, to say the least. It confirmed my personal beliefs that most police officers arent the bad guys, as many Americans have come to believe. Rather, they are just attempting to do their job, which is outlined by the federal government....

05:49

Australian Government Announce 20 Year Prison Sentences For Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has announced mandatory prison sentences of 20 years for whistleblowers who disclose classified information to the public. The new law could see government and intelligence officials and even journalists face [...]

05:41

The Three Most Important Facts About Psychiatric Drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few days ago, psychologist and educator Michael Corrigan was a guest on my radio show and he brought up some questions about how to communicate with people about psychiatric drugs. Specifically, he asked, What are the three most important things for anyone to know about psychiatric drugs? Here is my answer:

Psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins. They poison the brain, injuring brain cells and causing severe biochemical imbalances and potential biological chaos. Because drug companies design them to cross the blood brain barrier and to impair specific neurotransmitter systems, every psychiatric drug is a potent neurotoxin. They cannot fix biochemical imbalances because there are no biochemical imbalances in the brains of troubled, suffering people; and more specifically because they are tailored in the lab to disrupt brain function and not to fix it. As neurotoxins, they are bad for the brain with the first dose. They can cause tragic harm, such as suicide and violence early in treatment, and tend to cause brain damage and apathy after longer exposure.

Psychiatric drugs work by harming your brain and mind (the brain-disabling principle). Like any form of brain injury, some psychiatric drugs can cause temporary highs; but all cause emotional blunting and loss of touch with oneself and others. They make people care less about their own lives and the lives others. They cause these effects by infiltrating the entire brain, diminishing the overall function, including in the super-sensitive basal ganglia, limbic system, temporal lobe and frontal lobe.

Psychiatric drugs will hide their harmful effects from you (medication spellbinding). Most people who use alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or narcotics are the last to know how much they are being harmed or harming others while under the influence. Some people insist these neurotoxins are helpful when the main long-term effect consists of diminished awareness, sensitivity or feeling. The same is especially true of psychiatric drugs, because drug companies tailor them to target and disrupt major neurotransmitter systems like dopamine and serotonin. People taking psychiatric drugs often underestimate the harm and overestimate any good effects. This is medication spellbinding.

These three principles of neuropharmacologyneurotoxicity, brain-disabling effects, and medication spellbindingare the starting point for understanding how psychiatric drugs actually affect the brain and mind, and why to avoid them, whenever possible.

To worsen the problem of exposure to psychiatric drugs, all of them can cause withdrawal symptoms. Some are frankly addictive, like the stimulants given to children for ADHD and the tranquilizers given for anxiety...

05:30

The Power of Growing Incrementally (a series) "IndyWatch Feed National"

At a recent Curbside Chat presentation, I had someone ask me who the critics of Strong Towns are. Who hears this compelling narrative and disagrees with it? It was a question meant to understand the social context in which our movement fits. Whose ox is gored? My answer touched a little bit on the resistance of professionals to ideas that threaten their livelihood as well as the natural resistance of people living on the outskirts of a community to believe the extent to which their lifestyle is subsidized.

Really, though, the major pushback we've experienced this year is around the issues of incrementalism. A core belief that our movement embodies is the need to work incrementally. The first four principles of a Strong Towns approach relate directly or indirectly to working incrementally. We say that a Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

I would simplify the tension down to this: If you think you are smart enough to know the answer, you don't like the constraint of working incrementally. If you think you are smart enough to have the right course of action figured out, you are not going to want someone telling you to take baby steps. If you have a grand vision for reshaping all that is wrong with the world and all you need is for the policy people and the funding people and those ignorant masses known as voters to wise up and support it, you're not going to be a big fan of the Strong Towns approach.

We experience this a lot when it comes to transit. Chuck, it's obvious we need this  [insert transit mega-project]  and it just can't be done incrementally. You clearly just don't get transit! The assertion is (1) here's what I see as obvious and (2) you must be dumb for not seeing it. Often times these people love our critique of highway mega-projects and then get really mad at us when we apply the same thinking to their pet project.

Another area of conflict is housing policy, particularly affordable housing. There is a mindset that suggests that affordable housing issues are a one-dimensional supply problem. Increase the supply and it solves the problem. If the only way we can increase the supply is to build towers on sites...

04:28

Ultra-Nationalists Crashed Documentary Festival in Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  This past weekend, a group of Russian ultra-nationalists threatened a documentary filmmaker at a Moscow film festival, disrupting the screening of her film, Flight of a Bullet, about the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Shot in August 2014, the film chronicles Ukraines volunteer military battalion, Aidar, which fought against Russia-backed separatists. Members of Aidar were reportedly responsible for arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and acts of torture during the war. The film doesnt hide this: it includes footage of Aidar fighters physically and verbally abusing a civilian they suspected of supporting the separatists.

The screenings were scheduled for December 9 and 10 as part of Artdocfest, a prominent documentary film festival in Moscow. The director, Beata Bubenec, told me that during the December 9 screening, three people approached her and the festival director, Vitaly Mansky, protesting that Aidar fighters had killed and abused pro-Russian civilians and screening a film about them in Russia was inappropriate. They warned a second screening would cause serious problems. Bubenec said that the men threatened her, so Mansky asked her not to attend the next day.

On December 10, when the screening began, several people jumped on the stage, screaming the film was fascist. Others, some in camouflage, sprayed pungent gas around the room. One person there told me that audience members were tearing up and covering their noses and mouths with scarves and handkerchiefs to protect against the powerful smell. Fearing that the gas could cause respiratory problems, the organizers stopped the screening and ordered an evacuation.

There were over 50 assailants. The police arrived and led them out of the room, but released most of them in the cinemas hallway and outside. As a well-known film critic noted, [police officers] look calmly at the camouflaged men wreaking havoc. According to media reports, police eventually detained...

04:09

Las Vegas police seek to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the massacre sealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

If there are no living defendants being investigated then why all of the secrecy?

(INTELLIHUB) The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the October 1 massacre sealed as news agencies and the general public demand answers.

Its unclear why the authorities want to keep those warrants hidden, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson reported. At least officially there are no living defendants being investigated in that case so it doesnt make a lot of sense.

Carlson plans to provide an update on the matter Friday on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

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03:57

Satellites images reveal Afghanistan's lost empires "IndyWatch Feed National"

For archaeologists, Afghanistan is virtually off-limits for fieldwork, as Taliban forces battle the Kabul government in far-flung provinces and security remains tenuous even in the capital. Yet U.S. and Afghan researchers are now finding thousands of never-before-cataloged ancient sites in the country, which for more than a millennium served as a crucial crossroads linking East and West. The discoveries promise to expand scholars' view of long-vanished empires while giving the battered nation a desperately needed chance to protect its trove of cultural heritage. In a collaboration funded by the U.S. Department of State, archaeologists are analyzing commercial satellite data, along with U.S. spy satellite and military drone images, which offer a fine-grained view of remote sites that are too dangerous for researchers to visit. At a meeting here last month of the American Schools of Oriental Research, team members said they have more than tripled the number of published archaeological features in Afghanistan, to more than 4500. The discoveries range from caravanserais, huge complexes designed to house travelers and built from the early centuries B.C.E. until the 19th century, to networks of ancient canals invisible from the ground. Meanwhile, octogenarian archaeologists are emerging from retirement to add information from decades-old fieldwork to the site inventory. "The capability to explore a relatively little known region efficiently and safely is really exciting," said David Thomas, an archaeologist at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, who has done remote sensing work in Afghanistan but is not a member of the mapping team. "I'd expect tens of thousands of archaeological sites to be discovered. Only when these sites are recorded can they be studied and protected."

03:09

"Power Is Not A Means; It Is An End..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.  
- George Orwell, "1984"

03:00

VIDEO: Putin Q&A 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those who missed it, here are all 3+ hours of Russian president Putins 2017 live Q&A with the words press. This year he took questions from Russian mainstream media, from opposition outlets such as Echo Moscow and from western media agencies. Whatever the shortcomings of the Russian political system may be, we have to remind ourselves that their head of state is prepared to spend several hours answering unscripted questions from potentially hostile journalists. None of our western leaders is prepared to undertake anything even approaching that amount of personal and political risk. Filed under: latest, multipolar world, Russia

02:53

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse
by TDB

The real story of online deception isnt about the Russians. Sure, the Russians certainly have their own programs to disrupt and steer online discourse. But how quickly the public has forgotten about the U.S. governments own internet troll program.

Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the Five Eyes alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australiabasically Oceania from 1984get together to spy on each others citizens. Thats how they cleverly get around laws against spying on their own citizens. The leaked documents included a presentation about how government agents should disrupt online discourse.
There is a lot of overlap between these tactics, and often more than one are used simultaneously. For example, there has been a big pu...

02:18

China summons Australias ambassador over influence row "IndyWatch Feed National"

China and Australia have traded claims of undue political influence and racial prejudice. Opposition politicians in Australia have accused Prime Minister Turnbull of jeopardizing the countrys biggest trade relationship.

Australian flag at China's Great Hall of People (Getty Images/F. Li)

Australias Ambassador to China was summoned to a meeting as the Foreign Affairs ministry, officials confirmed Thursday, following a diplomatic dispute in which Canberra accused Beijing of undue influence in Australian politics.

Australia recently began a crackdown on foreign donations to political causes. Announcing the measures, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China for its unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in his country.

Read moreAustralian publisher pulls book amid China backlash fears

Fears of Chinas influence were revived in recent weeks after it emerged that Senator Sam Dastyari, who had previously defended China in disputes over the South China Sea, had warned a Chinese businessman that his phone was being tapped by intelligence agencies. He was later forced to step down over his ties to Chinese officials.

Australien Politiker Sam Dastyari in Canberra (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)

Former Senator Sam Dastyari

Beijing then accused Turnbull of prejudice. The opposition Labor Party said that the government was showing anti-China bias that could jeopardize trade relations.

Turnbull responded by saying that the opposition was using the situation for leverage ahead of a key by-election on Sunday that will determine the prime ministers political future.

China accused Australia of raci.....

01:46

The Big Brother Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Meddling in Venezuela? (Jeff C.)

The State Department pays a think tank nearly $1 million to work with Venezuelan opposition.

We Need to Talk About Honduras (Dan)

Honduras recent presidential election has ended in violence. Security forces and protesters have continued to clash while the too-close-to-count result is still being debated. At the moment, 14 people have been reported killed. Now the US, which has long financially supported the incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez and his security forces, is at a crossroads.

Arizonas Private Border Wall Fail (Steve)

Arizona tried to build a private border wall through crowdfunding. It failed miserably.

Ajit Pais Cringe-worthy Promo Video on Net Neutrality Repeal (Jimmy)

The author writes, In a video with the conservative site Daily Callers Benny Johnson the dude who got fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarizing Yahoo Answers [FCC Chairman] Pai urged the country to understand that even if he succeeds in his plan to let ISPs strangle the rest of the internet to death, theyll let us continue to take selfies and other stupid bullsh**.

Mesmerizing, Mysterious Murmurations  (Milicent)

You should stop whatever you are doing and witness this phenomenon. Watch it, listen to it, open up and let it flow in and around you and carry you away.

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00:36

London Grenfell Tower disaster, after six months "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 June 20217 video from London, England is called Rania Ibrahims Snapchat/Facebook. Live from inside the Grenfell Tower London fire. WITH SUBTITLES.

By Ann Czernik in England:

Grenfell six months on we will remember them

Thursday 14th December 2014

With the great and the good attending a memorial service for Grenfell at St Pauls Cathedral today, ANN CZERNIK remembers the victims

OF all the stories about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, it is the social media post of the last moments of a young mother of two that returns to my thoughts repeatedly.

I do not know why Rania Ibrahim and her children died that day, trapped on the 24th floor of a poorly constructed London tower block with a single fire exit. One day, I hope that there will be answers to the many questions that Grenfell raises for our society.

On June 14 2017, the day of the fire, I awoke unusually early. The midsummer sun streamed through my bedroom window and, as I lay gazing up at the clear blue sky, there was no inkling of what was about to come.

Little did I know that, six months on, I would be writing about the death of a woman Id never met with pain in my heart and tears in my eyes.

That morning, I checked my phone as usual and found frantic messages from a friend living near the tower who had posted pictures of the inferno. I switched on the news and gasped at the scene playing across my screen.

It was 5am and all I could think was that the building had failed to contain an outbreak of fire as it should have done. It was the only explanation for a blaze of that magnitude. What was puzzling was the speed at which it developed.

In the weeks that followed, I, like many other journalists, worked on various aspects of the investigation in mai...

Thursday, 14 December

23:30

Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to Disappear "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Leader Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to Disappear

With the meteoric rise in the value of bitcoin this year and the media cacophony around it, its a surprise that not all world leaders have spoken about the subject yet. One political figure that we can now rest assure is keeping an eye on bitcoin is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Also Read: Israeli Regulator Wont Allow Bitcoin Firms to Be Included in Stock Indices

Israeli Leader Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to DisappearSitting down with reporters to an off the cuff Q&A at the Israeli parliaments diner, the PM was asked for his advice whether an individual should invest in bitcoin or not. He answered: So first of all, why cant you also sell money? Why not? Its the same. The reason you cant sell money is that you are very worried and want a mediating party to handle the risks. Prevent theft, all that stuff. Thats why banks exists. Are banks doomed to eventually disappear? The answer is yes! Should this be done tomorrow and shoul...

23:07

Free and Open Indo-Pacific Remains U.S. Goal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Economic Times

WASHINGTON: The US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its effort of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said amid Chinas increasing assertiveness in the region.

The US for long has been favouring a larger role for India in the Indo-Pacific region to pursue common interests in the strategically key area.

As part of the free and open Indo-Pacific, we have elevated our engagement with India, Tillerson said.

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Rex Tillerson

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Weve long had a trilateral relationship in the Indo- Pacific between Japan, Australia, and the US, and were now working towards whether this will become a quad relationship to include India because of the importance of Indias rising economy as well and I think shared national security concerns that we have with India, he said.

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On Americas relationship with China, he said the administration now have a very active mechanism in which it can put complex issues on the table.

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And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and Chinas building of structures, militarisation of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade, he said.

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China claims almost all of the South China Sea but Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the waterway.

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The Indo-Pacific includes South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
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As weve said to the Chinese, we hope we can find a way to freeze this particular activity. Whether we can reverse, it remains to seen. But it is not acceptable to us that these islands continue to be developed, and certainly not for military purposes, Tillerson said.
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In Southeast Asia, we put forth a policy here not too long ago of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and this was built on the back of some of our views about Chinas One Belt, One Road policy. Chinas One Belt, One Road, we understand, is a policy they have to continue their economic development, and our policies do not seek to contain Chinas economic development, Tillerson s...

23:07

Court Case Reveals DCs Metro Canceled All Religious Ads In Fear Of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

My November 30 article covering a lawsuit against Washington DCs transit system began: Keep the cash in Christmas. That was the message the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington received from the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority when the archdiocese attempted to buy ad space on Metro buses for its Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

In the lawsuit, the archdiocese argued that by refusing its ads, Metro violated the churchs First Amendment and due process rights, and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At the time, the archdioceses case seemed a pretty clear example of anti-religious animus and viewpoint discrimination. However, two happenings in the last week cast new light on Metros advertising guidelines that ban political and religious displays, and its use of those rules to reject the Catholic archdioceses Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

First, on Friday, when federal district court judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the archdiocese a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, she detailed the rationale underlying Metros decision to ban political and religious advertisements, writing:

The [Metro] Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications, and Marketing also averred that she heard from the Metro Transit Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that running certain issue-oriented ads could pose security risks on trains and buses. One of the factors that spurred [Metro] to close its advertising forum was the submission of an ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. Drawing the Prophet Mohammed is highly offensive to Muslims, and [Metro] was aware that the ad was drawn at a contest where two gunmen were killed in an attempt to prevent the event.

But why then also ban the Find The Perfect Gift campaign adan advertisement that does not disparage? From a legal perspective, the answer flows from First Amendment jurisprudence, which grants governmental officials the right to control access to a nonpublic or limited forum, such as advertisement displays on government property, based on the subject to be discussed as long as: the lines drawn are reasonable given the purpose of the forum involved, they do not favor one viewpoint over another, and they are consistently applied.

Had Metro opened the limited forum of bus advertisements to the subject of religion, it could not then discriminate based on the content of the proposed ad. In fact, the archdioceses strongest argument for reversal stems from Metro allowing advertisements t...

22:55

Bearded dragon in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

13 December 2017

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote finally catches one lizard he has always been after, the Bearded Dragon! One of Australias most iconic lizard species the Bearded Dragon is world-famous for its incredibly spiky appearance and popularity in the world of herpetology.


22:00

What To Say When Youre Asked What Is Your Current Salary? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are a few strategic ways to dodge (or kind of answer) the question without sounding shady or defensive.

Youve finally decided to take the leap and apply for that job that you really want. You made it through the interview stage, and so far you and the hiring manager are hitting it off. They seem interested in hiring you, but then the dreaded question comes: How much are you making in your current position?

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16:00

Australian Government Wants To Punish Whistleblowers And Journalists Who Leak Classified Documents With Up To 20 Years In Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

Whistleblowing stories have become something of a commonplace, as a stream of Techdirt posts attests. Some leaks offer massive revelations, like the documents released by Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden. Others are smaller scale, but expose unsuspected activities that powerful people were trying to keep in the shadows. Here, for example, is a recent leak published in the Guardian about big companies spying on law-abiding organizations that dare to disagree with them

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