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Sunday, 18 February


Review: EPIDEMIC Americas Trade in Child Rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lori Handrahan, PhD

5 Stars Compelling Overview of Government-Approved Child Abuse

I am a Commissioner on the treaty-mandated Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.  I was not able to get the Commission to drop the Sex word because it is too limiting. Child abuse includes not only kidnapping and slavery and sex as well as physical abuse, but also torture, ritual murder, casual murder, and the harvesting of child blood, bone marrow, and body parts. This is the first book I have found that does three things:

01 Paints a compelling picture of how pervasive child rape and abuse are across the USA.

02 Makes it crystal clear that all of this is approved by the government (local to national).

03 Repeatedly makes the point that we have failed to document all of these instances there is a massive cover-up of the known facts and a deliberate attempt, led by the FBI (in my view) to not collect the data, not process the data, not publish the data.

Since this is precisely what the Commission I am serving intends to do, starting with the USA and the Commonwealth countries, among whom Australia is second only to England for its judicial and political pedophiles in number, I gladly recommend this book to every citizen with a conscience who wants to understand that at root, the government is quite fine with pervasive child abuse.

The author does superbly in making the case that child abuse including not only the rape of children (including bestiality I speculate that my Marine Corps returned from Afghanistan with both a taste for children, and dogs trained in Afghanistan to rape children for brutal voyeurism) but the broad sharing of child pornography including brutality and murder (snuffing), starting with new-born babies as the new new thing, is prevalent across all elements of the US national security community as well as down into local law enforcement and particularly including police chiefs and sitting judges, some of whom have been caught masturbating to child pornography being watched in the middle of an adult murder trial.

I dont make this stuff up. Pages 52-53 of this book are missing, I believe deliberately, those appear to be the pages that discuss the authors marriage, her discovery that her husband was raping her child, and the pathos of a US judicial system that would not bring him to justice.

Among highlights of the book, which is carefully documents at a post-PhD level...

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Barnaby Joyce attempts to blackmail Australia. Time for a #MeToo campaign in politics? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barnaby Joyces attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was not just an attack on him and the Liberal Party but also an attack on the stability of Australias federal government. In the 2 minute speech Barnaby Joyce made on Friday (16/2/18) the issue went from an individuals affair and fraud scandal to an issue that could []


Looking for someone to go sarging with. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I don't know if PUA community is a thing here in Cairns. I just started learning game. Hit me up.

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URGENT: Support the Wombat crossing in Hill Street, please! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Residents may recall that our City Council undertook to implement improvements on Hill Street in this current financial year.  These improvements were listed on this previous blog post.

As part of this implementation, Council has now advertised the trial Wombat crossing, on the north side of the Pine Street roundabout (from the pharmacy towards the school), for any public comment.  This is the advert (and apologies for the very late notice on this):

As you can see, responses are due in by Monday 19 February.  My understanding is that this means by close of business on that date, but this may be wrong (can anyone confirm this?).  Anyhow, best to get your response in ASAP.

Responses can be emailed to, marked to the attention of the Manager Traffic Engineering.  You could provide a copy to the General Manager, Nick Heath, to make certain of your message getting through:

Here are some thoughts you could use in your response:



Boiling Point 13th February; eternal youth and space travel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


On Tonights episode Alex and Kirsten sat down to talk about the power of naked mole rats and the future of space travel

Naked mole rats? The new fountain of youth

The fountain of eternal youth is harboured within the naked mole rat. An unusual place to find eternal youth. However, a naked mole rats risk of dying is 1 in 10,000.  According to Rochelle Buffenstein, naked mole rats defy the mathematical Gompertz law. There is no associated risk of dying as a naked mole rat ages. Suggesting, this pink skinned rodent is ageless; however, naked mole rats may not be ageless, it is suggested, their ageing process may occur later in life. Although, these rodents have the youth and immortality we strive for, with active DNA repair, high chaperones levels and, often, low to no cancer present. Naked mole rats youth and immortality has caused an outbreak of jealousy among human beings.

A car floating in space? Tesla, the future of space travel

A Tesla Roadster with Starman at the steering wheel launched into space on February 6th.  This is the latest development from SpaceX. Falcon Heavy, the powerful rocket delivering the car or payload into orbit via composite fairing, may change the future of tourism. Trips to Mars and the moon are the new destination for those hit by the travel bug. With 27 Merlin engines and 22,819 kilonewtons of liftoff thrust, there is understandable buzz from this powerful rock...


In response to Jacqueline Maley "IndyWatch Feed"

After reading this piece by Jacqueline Maley titled The Barnaby Joyce affair: when men make abysmal choices women pay the price, Im more than a little exercised. Yes, it is true that Joyces lover, Vikki Campion, may well find herself unemployable whilst Joyce seems (at this moment, who knows about the next) relatively secure in

The post In response to Jacqueline Maley appeared first on The AIM Network.


In which the reptiles do a Daily Mail ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond is much amused by, and hugely enjoying, the reptiles' paywall activities of late ...

Take this story, holding up the gold bar as a ransom demand  ...

Google it and you end up with this ...

Click on it, and you hit the paywall ...

That's right, the reptiles are paywalling a report that they lifted from the New Yorker ... as if it's impossible to click on the story at source ...

The pond happens to pay money to the New Yorker for access, but as it is, it's currently outside the paywall here ... and what an entertaining read it is too ... and if it ducks behind the paywall again, why not pay to access that source? The database of back catalogue stories is extensive and easy to search ...

Foolish, foolish reptiles ... they started off with a ransom demand, and here's the pond promoting a different brand ...


Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents.

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders Loc...


The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the wage share in GDP remains constant.

The answer is True.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:


so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that. But in a sense, this macroeconomic price level doesnt exist but represents some abstract measure of the general movement in all prices in the economy.......


In response to Jacqueline Maley. "IndyWatch Feed"

After reading this piece by Jacqueline Maley titled The Barnaby Joyce affair: when men make abysmal choices women pay the price, Im more than a little exercised. Yes, it is true that Joyces lover, Vikki Campion, may well find herself unemployable whilst Joyce seems (at this moment, who knows about the next) relatively secure in []


Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugeesCompelled by human rights and a desire to teach his son valuable life lessons, Adam Richards will make his second trek from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Story by Chris Mordd Richards. read now...


Real Estate v Quantitative Easing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
I just finished your new NYSE Boom/Busty report. This is excellent work and as always extremely fascinating. Thank you for continuing to share these profound views with us.
My question relates to your view that we are looking at a complete collapse of Quantitative Easing and that will likely see a massive capital flight to the dollar and the major safe haven will be EQUITIES. In the context of this possibility, are you able to comment on how this may relate to Real Estate. Your ECM seems to be calling for Real Estate to top out and structurally fall in 2032. Is it not possible that with the collapse of QE and potentially economies that we will see more negative rates in the short end and with the government powers to seize assets in bank accounts, would it not be prudent to have zero cash in hand and hence we see a massive capital flight to Real Estate too? Or will the collapse of QE lead to significantly higher rates across the curve and hence blow all leveraged exposure sky high?

Many thanks as always,


ANSWER: The problem with real estate has been that its value depends upon lending. This was what the government did as part of the New Deal by creating 30-year mortgages. This was a scheme to get prices up by extending the period people could pay off the loan. Typically, the duration was 5 years previously.

The collapse in Quantitative Easing will have the effect of causing rates to rise on the long-term. However, there will be a shift toward private assets and this will help to a large extent. However, keep in mind that many institutions will be trapped and unable to shift to private assets. Many boards will not understand the shift and still believe, wrongly, that unsecured government debt is best.

Prices of real estate will decline in proportion to the decline in mortgage availability. We are already witnessing banks beginning to withdraw from lending on real estate.

I have provided the guide-posts for what is to come...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.35 AUD


Sitrep "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was travelling for most of Thursday, was picked up at the last of 3 airports for the day and then whisked away and out of wifi range. I now have permission to identify my host. Former WA Police Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine - the man who was responsible for...


Update on Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection "IndyWatch Feed"

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project seems hellbent on keeping this matter in the family the family being itself and a small group of local supporters in the sites already volunteering.

So, it could be a bit of a spanner in the works, for the Australian Senate to be having a Committee of Inquiry into the process. That seems to be inviting outsiders to have a say on the subject of transporting radioactive trash, particularly spent nuclear fuel rod trash 2000 km across Australia, to sit in above ground canisters temporarily near Kimba, South Australia.

Who are the Committee members?  We dont know.  When will it report back?  Thats on August 14th, which might be too late the site selection might have been made by then.

Anyway, people can send in Submissions by April 3rd, and I urge you to do so.

Four pro nuclear submissions are already published on the Senate Committee site.

These submissions come from:

  • Denise Carpenter   member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committees role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.
  • Ian Carpenter is an enthusiastic member of  the Hawker Economic Working Group set up t0 investigate how local people at Barndioota, near Hawker and Quorn, 330km north of Adelaide could benefit if radioactive waste is stored there.
  • Chelsea Haywood
  •  Janice Alex McInnis

    I have skimmed through the...


Screen Themes: Get Out vs Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri "IndyWatch Feed"

Screen Themes: Get Out vs Three Billboards Outside Epping, MissouriAs Oscar time approaches, entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out two of the best picture nominees. read now...


THE INFLUENCE OF THE MOON "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Astrology is where the universe points to our own reality
Steven Forrest
January 2018 was an exceptional month exploring the beauty of the full moon twice.  If you had a chance to walk out to see the night sky, perhaps you were at the beach or a park, and you looked up to only witness the beauty and the power of the moon, then at some level you felt a transformation inside.
The moon represents our feminine energy, reminding us to continuously tap into that which needs nurturing or expressing in the most wild, graceful and emotional way. The moon, She is our closet celestial neighbour, smaller than the sun. She waxes and wanes (to go stronger and weaker), constantly allowing the tides of our planet and ourselves to pull and push what needs to be revealed to us.
Why does She have a powerful impact on us? Well, for many thousands of years, our ancestors have studied the moon through observation. They had no distractions, such as light, wifi, smart phones, and masses of populations, only small communities that would look at the night sky as if it was a canvas revealing something cryptic and magical to us. During these times, they recorded the phases of the moon, such as the 28-day cycle and noticing the impact it had on our emotions, psyche, reproductive system and crops.
Those precious moments of studying the phases of the moon we learned of its power. And today, She has the same influence on us. We can find it difficult at times, to tap into her subtle pull and pushes because, most of us are busy and disconnected from the universe. Were living in crowded cities, working way too hard, jumping in and out of relationships like a ping pong ball, and not spending enough time with ourselves to notice the subtle or powerful impacts She has on us.
The moon is dark, and needs the suns light to shine. And in the same way, she reflects that light to reveal our deepest emotions and psyche, depending if she is waxing or waning and which zodiac sign she is travelling through on the ecliptic track of the cosmos. She represents our unconscious desires and the underlying causes behind our actions and responses to the world. She dives deep into our subconscious and reveals to us own buried, hidden emotions such as jealousy, hatred, pain, struggles, insecurities and mos...


Overland 229 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jacinda Woodhead (editor), Overland 229 (Summer 2017)

overland229My blog post about Overland 228 ended with a lament that I had lost my copy before I could finish reading it. To my surprise and delight, a couple of days after my blog post went up, I received a replacement copy in the mail with a friendly note from Jacinda Woodhead. I dont know what pleased me more, the kindness of the gift or the fact that someone on Overlands staff had read my post all the way through. (I realise just now that I didnt write to thank her. Better late than never: Thank you, Jacinda, especially for the chance to read Jennifer Mills conversation with Peter Carey.)

Theres lots of good stuff in issue 229, but Im travelling and have to be brief. So heres a list of things I found particularly wonderful:

  •  Indefatigable Wings by Allan Drew, which argues the case for the continuing influence John Milton, of Paradise Lost fame, the argument didnt convince me, but its refreshing.
  • Napalm, guns & underwear, in which Aotaroan / New Zealander Mic...


Free Toys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Two sets of stacking toys, free.  

One wooden, one plastique. 

Together or separate. 

Tahti 0430 127 204.



Gardening Course "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I wanted to let you all know that we are offering our first comprehensive gardening course at West Brunswick Community Garden.

Please share and spread the word with anyone you feel might be interested, we're feeling really excited about this and hope to help lots of people build confidence around growing their own food and we'll learn a lot that we can use to make future courses even better.

If you're on Facebook, here's the event which you can also share.
The course, starting in March, will run over 16 weeks, with 8 sessions of 2 hours. Each session will focus on a different part of creating good gardening practices. Our trainer Elspeth Brock (yay Elspeth!) is a well-known educator, horticulturalist and permaculture practitioner.

The sessions will cover:
  • soil prep, good planting practices and planning
  • seed raising and propagation
  • companion planting and layering
  • watering, weeding, layering, mulching, staking, liquid feeding and all the little things
  • compost and creating ongoing good soil
  • pest control and management
  • harvesting
  • cooking, rejuvenating beds, ongoing planting, rotation cropping 
Best of all as this is our introductory course we are offering the whole course, 8 sessions, for $80! Places are limited, we only have a few left and we want to fill them up to make the most of this. ...


Tropical Cyclone 10S (Kelvin) to make landfall over Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Tropical Cyclone 10S has formed just off the coast of northern Western Australia on February 16, 2018. The cyclone, still named Tropical Low 1 (17U) by BOM and soon to be internationally known as Kelvin, is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall...... Read more


Legend Says This Is Going To Send The Price Of Gold Surging Above $2,000 "IndyWatch Feed"

Legend Says This Is Going To Send The Price Of Gold Surging Above $2,000 from King World News With stock markets trading higher and the US dollar attempting to stabilize, today a legend in the business sent King World News a powerful...

The post Legend Says This Is Going To Send The Price Of Gold Surging Above $2,000 appeared first on The Daily Coin.


In which Polonius saves the day and turns the pond away from Barners into the path of righteousness ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh how they snidely sniggered ... oh how they chortled with calumnious joy ... actual documentary evidence discovered and recorded by the pond ...

Realising the vast extent of the conspiracy - aye Jim lad, it's off to hellfire and damnation for you, and lickety-split too - the pond immediately put in call to brave Catholic warrior, prattling Polonius, who routinely looks like the prune and bran diet isn't working ...

Thank the long absent lord for prattling Polonius.

At last a chance to take a stand against the Barners situation, at last a chance to smite mightily the wretched Fairfaxians and the vile cardigan wearers at the ABC, all heathens and heretics and socialists and destined to an eternity of hellfire for their secularist, sectarian ways ...

Remember when it comes to defending the tykes, Polonius is the pond's man ...

Now there's an important point, just there in that google splash. It's not just the Catholics that accumulate wealth compulsively, the Jews do it too ...

The bloody Jews! They probably...


New blog "IndyWatch Feed"

This blog is defunct.

Im now blogging on policy, politics, and data viz at and on Australian football at

Thanks for reading.


The truth bomb that terrifies Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed"

There is mass outrage today at the news that Turnbull has pressured the ABC to take down and censor parts of an article by Emma Alberici which analysed how little tax some of Australias largest companies pay. This story reeks of a scandalous government intervention in a publicly owned free press. But this isnt the

The post The truth bomb that terrifies Turnbull appeared first on The AIM Network.


Waterloo Injustices: An Interview with Indigenous Social Justice Associations Ken Canning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 31-year-old Aboriginal man fell from the 13th floor of an apartment block in Sydneys Waterloo on February 7. The man slipped from the balcony of the residence, as he was trying to evade Redfern police officers who were attempting to gain access to the apartment. Father-of-three, Patrick Fisher was at his girlfriends place, when

The post Waterloo Injustices: An Interview with Indigenous Social Justice Associations Ken Canning appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Military now a Gay Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Although this paper by Ray Starmann is directed to the US Army, it mirrors the Australian ADF. 

The new military replacing the Anzacs has been sealed with a kiss and hand shakes replacing combat capabilities expected of any defence force basic requirement to defend their country. 

This article pulls no punches and quotes it as it is today in our Armed Forces and replace US Army with Australian Defence Force for that is what we have protecting this nation.


 In the Army, Its Death by a Thousand PC Cuts

By Ray Starmann

The warrior culture in the US Army is dying every day, in a hideously slow death by a thousand lacerations of social engineering, diversity and political correctness lunacy, abated by senior army leaders who are too gutless to raise even a finger in protest.

From Green Beret training standards lower than ROTC camp in the 80s to Mommy Rangers, lactation memos, pregnancy simulators during physical training and a parade of cadets in red high heels, its more than apparent that this isnt your fathers army anymore.

Heck, it isnt even your older brothers army anymore.

The Army, like the rest of the military is evolving into a farce, a Potemkin Village built on lies, hidd...


PERTH Legal employee steals $1.9 million, including from deceased estates "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Legal employee steals $1.9 million, including from deceased estates .

February 17, 2018 at 08:52AM .

Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged the 45-year-old woman with nine counts of stealing as a servant and shes due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. Originally published as WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this by .



PERTH Woman stole $1.9m from Perth law firm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman stole $1.9m from Perth law firm .

February 16, 2018 at 07:22PM .

the money from a solicitors trust account, including funds held for distribution to deceased estates, between 2013 and 2017. Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged the 45-year-old woman with nine counts of stealing as a servant and shes due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. .


PERTH Perth lawyer accused of stealing $1.9m from solicitors trust account "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth lawyer accused of stealing $1.9m from solicitors trust account .

February 16, 2018 at 06:03PM .

and 2017 while working for a city law firm. The money, which included funds held for distribution to deceased estates, had been held in trust for clients of the law firm. The woman has been charged with nine counts of stealing as a servant and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court next month. .



PERTH Woman alleged to have stolen $1.9 million from Perth law firm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman alleged to have stolen $1.9 million from Perth law firm .

February 16, 2018 at 05:52PM .

than $1.9 million dollars from a solicitors trust account. The money, which included funds held for distribution to deceased estates, had been held in trust for clients of the law firm. The woman is facing nine counts of stealing as a servant, and is expected to front Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. .



Reflections As I Come to the End "IndyWatch Feed National"

I figure I am reaching the end of my life as this DEW weapon is wearing down my body. That is what it does as it fucks with the nervous system- causing strokes and heart attacks. Or at least that is what the patents our government has on these things detail. I am wearing down- and there is no way around it.

So today I went through the collection of pics I have that have been taken throughout my life and I experienced a sincere appreciation for the life I have had.

The difference between Doug Mesner, Michael Aquino, and myself is that I havent lived my life hiding in the shadows. I havent needed a million aliases- I havent had to hide who I am by living a life full of lies- in fact I realized that this is why this group is so jealous and threatened by me.

And they are. It explains the YouTube channels designed to trash me- and the myriad of articles Mesner and his sad little group have written about me- for what would be the point otherwise? It is pretty obvious they are both threatened and jealous of me.

The truth is however that it has made me feel sorry for them- like it did my sister Cindy. One night- after our mom had died- she left at 3 am in the middle of a raging snow storm the night before our moms memorial. The reason why was because I had expressed how sorry for her I felt.

She spent her life telling these outrageous lies about herself and I pointed out how difficult it must have been for her to have any self respect and how all her lies prevented her from appreciating the truth about herself and her life. And more so how sad that must have been for her.

The same is true for Doug Mesner and Michael Aquino- for no matter how many times you tell a lie- or how loud you tell it- or how many people you convince- it NEVER becomes truth. The ONLY thing it does is make you a deceptive liar.

And when you wear one mask for yourself and another for others- which they ALL do- the result is always that you lose sight of the truth of who you really are- and worse- how can you have any REAL self respect knowing you have to hide yourself in such a way from others.

Judging by the way the are- the way my sister Cindy was- the end result is you become bitter and hateful- distrusting all those around you as you distrust yourself. Inevitably you spend your life hurting and betraying all those around you- blaming everyone for the misery and falsehood your life has become as you have lost the ability to trust the very person you need to trust. Yourself.

I have lived out in the open- for better or worse. And more than that- as I come to the end- I have been able to see myself as I really am- flaws and all. Something they and their group will never achieve. I am grateful for this life and the things I have learned- and no matter what they do- w...


Did Chemical Weapons and W80 Nuclear Warheads Sneak Out of Atlanta During Blackout? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A CAL cargo plane and a screenshot from the LACHS site (overview tab). LACHS is owned by CAL Cargo Airlines.

by G5

CAL Cargo Airlines, based at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, began operations in June 1976, with two 747-200Fs leased from El Al.

In 1997 CAL purchased LACHS (Liege Airport Cargo Handling Services) Terminal which CAL operates as a Hub. Now jointly with Airlines Belgium and its owner ASL Ireland Airlines.

In early 1999 CAL received Israeli Government Licences for particular types of freight.

From 2007 it operates three known airc...


2017 2018 the the trends in nuclear construction "IndyWatch Feed"

A year in review: the trends in nuclear construction By DAN BRIGHTMORE Feb 12, 2018 


Glaciers and gender "IndyWatch Feed"

While Steve Kates is showing some very interesting science with the photo of an atom, there has been some more profound science (from 2016) conducted at the University of Oregon. I will let the abstract speak for itself

Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

One of the authors, Mark Carey, explains in a video the inspiration for this seminal research. Perhaps the ARC can fund further research into this important topic?


Defiant Joyce calls Turnbulls bluff in #Bonkgate soap opera "IndyWatch Feed"

Defiant Joyce calls Turnbulls bluff in #Bonkgate soap operaThe explosive confrontation between PM Turnbull and his deputy, Joyce, is not entirely without precedent. But, as political editor Dr Martin Hirst writes, the comparison is not one Fizza or the Beetrooter will enjoy. read now...


Disadvantages of thorium reactors "IndyWatch Feed"

High start-up costs: Huge investments are needed for thorium nuclear power reactor, as it requires significant amount of testing, analysis and licensing work. Also, there is uncertainty over returns on the investments in these reactors. For utilities, this factor can weigh on the decisions to go ahead with plans to deploy the reactors. The reactors also involve high fuel fabrication and reprocessing costs.

High melting point of thorium oxide: As melting point of thorium oxide is much higher compared to that of uranium oxide, high temperatures are needed to make high density ThO2 and ThO2based mixed oxide fuels. The fuel in nuclear fission reactors is usually based on the metal oxide.

Emission of gamma rays: Presence of Uranium-232 in irradiated thorium or thorium based fuels in large amounts is one of the major disadvantages of thorium nuclear power reactors. It can result in significant emissions of gamma rays.


Britains nuclear test veterans to be DNA tested "IndyWatch Feed"

DNA tests for UKs nuclear bomb veterans 16 February 2018 



Shameless: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

AEMC blasted for not providing robust signals for demand response technologies clearly the smartest, cleanest and cheapest option to solve many energy issues, but not one favoured by generators.

via Shameless: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried RenewEconomy


Labor MP calls for climate change action #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #TorresStrait jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed"

Queensland Labor MP Cynthia Lui has called for action on climate change during her maiden speech. Queensland Labor MP Cynthia Lui has called for more to be done about climate change in an emotional maiden speech to Queensland parliament. Ms Lui is the first Torres Strait Islander to sit as an MP in any Australian []

via Labor MP calls for climate change action #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #TorresStrait jpratt27


No fix required: The Daily Telegraph gets it right "IndyWatch Feed National"

So heres a thing. The Daily Telegraph reported on Barry Bennells conviction on 43 charges of sexually abusing children.

The headline put him at the front of the sentence, made no mention of career fame or success, correctly identified his crimes as abuse and rape, and implicitly praised victims for speaking out. I might make a minor quibble about calling it sexual abuse rather than sex abuse but other than that, its pretty much exactly the headline youd want on this story.

The article itself described the abuse accurately without being salacious and gave plenty of space to the victims experiences in their own words. It described the grooming process as part of the crime and put the blame for all of it exactly where it belongs: with the perpetrator. There was not even the slightest touch of but he was such a nice guy commentary, no lauding him as a football hero and it finished by giving context of ongoing abuse allegations in British soccer.

In an ideal world this kind of reporting would never need to exist, but while these crimes are still occurring this is exactly how they should be reported.

Hopefully this is a sign of change and well see this kind of reporting much more often, even when the victims are not men and boys.

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What conservative triumph looks like "IndyWatch Feed"

Conservatives within the Coalition should be enjoying their moment of triumph. They have negated a supposedly progressive Prime Minister and tethered him to the unpopular and disastrous policies of his conservative predecessor. They have cast off all but two of those pesky state governments, with their namby-pamby health and education and human services, and have command of the high ground of the federal government. They stand poised to deliver tax cuts, to hold forth against Aboriginal claims through the Uluru Statement, and for welfare crackdowns.

This is the moment Australia's conservatives worked so hard for so long to achieve. Why, then, is everything crumbling around them? Could it be that what Donald Horne called "second-rate people" are part of our defences against tyranny?

The press gallery started the year by trumpeting a 1% rise in polls as "a strong start to the year" for the government, and we now see why that was not merely wrong but fundamentally stupid. It simply had no basis in fact. It was wishful thinking masquerading as analysis.

There Can Be Only One

Turnbull and Joyce have been at one another's throats for a week now, and today it came out into the open.

Malcolm Turnbull is the first Prime Minister since Gorton and McMahon whose parents were not married before and throughout his childhood. Keepers of the sacred flame of Leather Jacket Malcolm, closet liberal, overlook and cannot reconcile his absolutely fustilarian attitudes toward marriage and adultery. It may explain why his approach to the same-sex marriage debate convinced both sides he wasn't with either. The amendments to the ministerial code are in line with that aspect of the man: if you ever wanted an authentic response from Turnbull's heart to a public policy issue, that will have to do.

Barnaby Joyce has rallied his party around him (see below) and acts like he's invincible. In 2009, Joyce's lower-key predecessor Warren Truss helped sink Turnbull's first term as Liberal leader when he all but declared he wouldn't work with him. Joyce is trying to reprise that when he called Turnbull "inept", but the stakes in government are higher than they were back then. He has reached the stage where Nobody Tells Him What To Do, what the Greeks called hubris - and you don't need a classical education to know what comes next.

From time to time the Nationals have to stand up to the Liberals to protect their distinct identity, and to assert the interests of rural constituents. This is not one of those times. Any National who dies in a ditch defending Joyce - come to think of it, they seem awfully quiet at time of writing - gets nothing from this government. Even Christensen has retreated into the arms of his white supremacist buddies than defend the man who stuck his neck out for him.

Joyce is the minister in...


FixedIt: There is no such thing as child sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court.

The Australian chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

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

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

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

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

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by de...


FixedIt: Its not child sex its child rape "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal" reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court. chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

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

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

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

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

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children,....


Offspring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seems one of my favourite local pairs of Wedge-tailed Eagles has raised one youngster this season.

The offspring was seen perched with its parents in a distant dead tree to the north of Cemetery Road during the week. The pale head, shawl and upper parts of juvenile and immature birds sets them apart from the adults which become much darker with age. Click here for a more expansive image of the juvenile coming in to land.

Wedge-tailed Eagles, Cemetery Road Newstead, 15th February 2018


AWPA West Papua update January -17 Feb 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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                                       Summary of events in West Papua for January  -17 February 2018

Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders summit
The 21st Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders summit was held in Port Moresby from 10th to 15th February. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua  (ULMWP) which has observer status at the MSG attended the meeting. The ULMWP lobbied hard for full membership of the MSG. However, the Leaders of the MSG countries referred the West Papuan application for full membership to its secretariat for processing. Prime Minister Peter ONeill, and chair of the MSG said the leaders of Melanesia have approved new criteria guidelines for observers, associate members and full members to the sub-regional grouping.

EMTV  (15 Feb.) reported that t...


Barnaby Joyce, religious freedom and moral outrage "IndyWatch Feed"

The implosion of Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyces political career, amid the growing scandal over his adulterous relationship with a female staffer comes at a fortuitous time. The Religious Freedom Review, an inquiry set up to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion, has just closed

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Market Talk- February 16th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Most of Asia are closed due to holidays and so it was left to Japan to reflect Wall Streets strength. The Nikkei closed with a positive return of 1.2% for the day. The news that BOJ Governor Kuroda, is to sit for another term was taken as positive news as he supports continued easing. We saw strong gains in utilities with TEPCO and Chubu Electric Power Company closing +4.4% and +6.5% respectively. TOPIX also helped sentiment with a 1% gain on the day. However, much of the talk surrounded the continued Yen strength as it hit near six-month highs. The Australian ASX was the only other core market open and that closed small down. Having opened at the days highs and spent most of the day in positive territory, it was the final hour that prices traded heavy resulting in a small (-0.1%) loss. SENSEX lost around -0.9% in todays trading as long liquidation and the Trade deficit continues to weigh on markets.

Reflecting Asias performance we saw positive momentum all across European core indices. Again, the CAC and IBEX were the stars of the core registering a 1.2% and 1.3% gains in todays trading. The DAX and UKs FTSE both around +0.8% but will be interesting to see the press over the weekend after May and Merkel meeting in Germany today. BREXIT will dominate headlines for sure and has been talked in Europe as one of the reasons the US Dollar has benefited in todays trading. All this as we have seen largely mixed earnings reports, but ahead of a long weekend in the US also much is being revaluated. Worth keeping an eye on Allianz next week. They reported a 22% decline in net numbers for Q417 blaming the US Dollar and US tax changes for affecting results.

The US started the session climbing around 200 points but was hit upon the indictment news. The headline and news conference initially cost the rally around 250 points which took us into negative territory. Guess many will spend their time on Twitter watching for updates. However, even within the final 30 minutes of the weeks trading, we tested both sides of that range yet again. The long weekend, continued uncertainty and the Weekly technical level took their toll on settlement prices as we drifted back to almost unchanged on the day. NASDAQ finished...


Dads Everywhere: We Need to Talk About Your 20-Minute Poop Breaks "IndyWatch Feed National"

MOTHERS: KEEP READING Theres a nationwide possibly global problem frustrating moms every and it needs to be addressed. Meet Elle Beattie, an Australian award-winning radio producer and mother of 1-year-old baby boy, Lang. Now more than ever, she is your fellow mom-in-arms whos spearheading the problem and has gone viral doing so! Elle... View Article

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February 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed"

Today is the Fornacalia in Ancient Rome; the festival of ovens, bread and the oven goddess, Fornax, who taught us how to bake that yummy goodness that is bread.

1788 -  Rev. Johnson celebrated the first Communion in the colony. The service was held in Lieutenant Ralph Clark's tent, borrowed for the occasion. The event was recorded by Clark in his journal.
'I will keep this Table also as long as I live for it is the first Table that ever the Lords Supper was eat of in this country'

1788 - Lord Howe Island was innocently sitting in the ocean, soaking up the sun when Lieutenant Henry Ball (wonder what his mates called him? Ballsy Hal? Hank le Billiard? Crystal Ball Gypsy Harry?) tripped over it whilst commanding the ship HMAS Supply en route to that popular holiday resort Norfolk Island and promptly named it after some bloke.

1802 - Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, flinging names for all the features willy nilly on this day.
Pt Whidbey / Whidbey Isles were named after a friend of Flinders, the Master-Attendant at Sheerness, England.

1802 - French Explorer Nicholas Baudin was an equally busy bloke tossing titles all over the shop on this day.

1802 - Fortescue Bay was named Dolomieu Bay by Baudin after Deodat Guy Silvain Tancrede Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801), French mineralogist.

1802 - Cape Hauy was named after Ren Just Hay (1743-1822). French mineralogist, born at St. Just, in the department of Oise, educated at the colleges of Navarre and Lemoine, became a teacher at the latter and turned to natural history. He founded the science of crystallography.

1802 - Waterfall Bay was named Monge Bay by Baudin, 17.2.1802, after Gaspar Comte de Peluse Monge (1746-1818), French mathematician.

1802 - Forestier Peninsula named after Henry Verdean Forestier (1755-1806), French Minister for the Navy and administration.

1802 - Cape Surville was named after Louis Charles de Hautefort, Marquis de Surville (1658-1721), French Admiral.

1802 - Greenly Island was named by Flinders after Elizabeth Greenly of Titley Court, the lady to whom Sir Isaac Coffin was engaged. They were married in 1811 and Sir Isaac Coffin assumed the name and arms of Greenly as his wife didn't like the idea of being known as Lady Coffin.

1802 - Avoid Bay was thus dubbed by Flinders from its being exposed to the dangerous southern winds and there are rocks and breakers on each side of the entrance."

1803 - Cape Wilberforce was titled by Matthew Flinders on this day who named it after the Reformer, William Wilberforce.

1803 - The Bromby Islands were named by explorer Flinders on this day after Rev John Bromby of Hull who officiated in the marriage of Flinders to Anne Chappell.



In which Rome falls and Visigoths and Huns roam Peel street, and even venture over to Westies ... "IndyWatch Feed"


The pond's exhausted; the poor reptiles look exhausted too, what with the unceasing, unrelenting uproar in the herpetarium ...

Was it only yesterday that Shanners was hinting at war?

Only a day and the war has come ...


No one deserves to die on our roads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


No one deserves to die on our roads. No one deserves to lay for two days, unable to rise, slowly succumbing to their agonising injuries. But this is exactly what happened to Valentina.

Scroll down now for what you can do to help.

Just earlier this week, on Monday February 12, a truck carrying 370 sheep rolled over near Ballarat. Of the animals onboard, its estimated 170 died instantly, with many suffering horrific injuries.

Two days later, as Australians were celebrating whats come to be known as the day of love, one ewe was discovered 100 metres from the crash site. One of her back legs had been torn from her body, but she had bravely run as far as she could. She was alive when she was found, the air thick with flies and the smell of death, her fear-filled eyes searching helplessly for a way to escape from the humans who had arrived to help her. They named her Valentina.

It speaks volumes to the lack of consideration and respect afforded these animals, that Valentina was found, not by the appropriate authorities or the livestock company involved, but rather concerned members of the public, who at their own expense, travelled to the scene to assist. It is totally unacceptable that accidents such as these have been declared cleared by government bodies, yet injured animals have remained to suffer horrific and ongoing pain and others unaccounted for.

Every single sheep has a story, every single death a tragedy. Weve been here beforebut has anything changed?

Back in 2012, a transport truck rolled over on the Western Ring Road, of the 400 sheep onboard, only one would come out alive.* She would come to be known as the unsinkable Molly Brown, who now resides at Edgars Mission.

Since then, there have been numerous incidents and little has changed as the losses from livestock accidents remain over represented in all freight movements.** In past few weeks alone, weve seen three trucks crash and hundreds of sheep, chickens and cows perish.

How can this be allowed to go on? Were appalled that every accident is followed by the same response, with no regulatory action, and the needless suffering continues.

What you can do

For Valentina and all the animals who endure such lonely, grim fates, please help us. Either copy and send the sample email below, or please write your own. Alternatively, please call 136186 and raise your concerns.

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Malcolm Turnbulls overreach exposes the PM to his enemies "IndyWatch Feed"

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Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"And so it turns out that not only is Barnaby Joyce a shocking hypocrite, he's also a repulsive cliche."  [Journalist Clementine Ford describing Australian Deputy Prime Minister and MP for New England Barnaby Joyce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2018]

Barnaby Joyce has a history of screwing over women.  [Journalist Kasey Edwards writing about Australias deputy prime minister in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018]

"During the 2016 presidential campaign and into the White House, Trump and his aides have defended a male aide accused of domestic violence, a male Senate candidate accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teens and a male campaign manager accused of assaulting a reporter. In each case, Trump and his top staffers used strikingly similar language to defend the accused, noting that he had denied it, defending his integrity and casting doubt on the women's claims."  [Journalist Ryan Teague Beckwith writing in Time magazine, 8 February 2018]


Shopping for change in Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TELL them its going to be a Church of Scientology!
Korumburras cycle fitter extraordinaire, John Kennedy, would like a dollar for the number of times hes been asked what hes doing with the old Parrys Gifts store, Poppys Place, or going way back, the popular Coles Emporium store, which held legendary status back in the day.
Ive heard some pretty way-out suggestions, but its not going to be a Church of Scientology, no, but something is happening and I think it will be good for the town.
The works renovating the old retail premises has revealed some classic period features including a beautiful timber floor and other design elements inside and out.
Were considering setting the place up for a variety of stallholders and staging two to three markets a week, said John.
Weve already had a lot of interest.
John says fresh produce and an organic style caf were among the ideas but he could also see the place used as an entertainment venue for music and films, while also providing the town with a meeting place.
We hope to get underway later in March.
Mr Kennedy had earlier offered the building to the shire as a temporary home for the library and other council and community services but acknowledged the shire was a fair way away from deciding where it wanted to located its temporary home.
It would have been a good central location but weve moved on from that now, Mr Kennedy said.
For now though, there remains some mystery about what the shop will be used for except to say there are plans for it to open soon!

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Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Boston Dynamics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

Awww, a SpotMini using its face-arm to help a buddy...adorable!

Now, its starting to get a bit frustrating that every new Boston Dynamics video makes the Internet blow up with OMG-ROBOTS-ARE-GOING-TO-KILL-US  headlines and tweets. Perhaps Boston Dynamics could release some behind-the-scenes footage (or outtakes!) to show whats going on here? Theres an appearance of autonomy, and if its actually autonomous, BD should say so, but if its remote controlled by a human, they should make that clear. A bit more context for thes...


Better to kick banks while they are up "IndyWatch Feed"

NOW that the banking Royal Commission is under way, it is a good time to reflect on the Australian financial system over the past decade and be grateful that we are kicking the banks while they are up, not down. Far better to have obscenely profitable banks than grotesquely bankrupt ones.

The popular mythology is that Australia was saved from the Great Recession of 2008 by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan following Treasury advice to increase public spending and to get cash into peoples hands.

But that is only part of the story. Remember, the US Government did a similar thing, pushing $700 billion into the economy, but it did not save the US from recession. Similarly with Britain.

Rudd did the correct thing. It was a necessary thing to save us from recession, but of itself not sufficient. He was able to hand out the cash easily because the Howard Government had not totally squandered the proceeds of the mining boom on tax breaks for the well-off.

But more importantly, the real genesis of Australia dodging the recession was Paul Keating as Treasurer and Prime Minister bucking the US trend of permitting laissez-faire capitalism to capture the banking and financial system.

He made it clear he would not accept takeovers or mergers among the big four banks the four pillars. He also insisted on liquidity measures to help ensure the banks would stay afloat in the case of high defaults or a run.

Importantly, the banks went along with it. And the regulators, the Reserve Bank and the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, while not perfect, at least kept their eyes on the ball and the banks under scrutiny to ensure they had sufficient liquidity.

In the US, on the other hand, Republicans and Democrats laid the groundwork for a financially deadly cocktail the removal of regulation, as sought by Republicans, and the easing of credit vetting of the poor so they could get into the housing market, as sought by the Democrats.

This in turn led to the creation of a lot of sub-prime mortgages, no-doc loans and NINJA (No Income No Job) loans. The marketers got paid commissions on these so sold as many as possible and in 2005 started writing mortgages with enticing very low interest rates for the first two years before the real rate cut in.

These were on-sold to the banks and financial houses.

Then the newly freed banks entered the bond and derivative markets. They created new bonds by collecting bunches of sub-prime mortgages. The ratings agencies, Moodies and Standard &...


APRadio Harry and Mike Oz Chat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mike HoltMike Holt and Harry Palmer present this weeks Oz Chat segment discussing The Spy Network of Australia covering from Echelon back in 1990s to pine gap and the fiasco we uncover on a regular basis involving the spooks and their clown princes in your parliament dishing out bulldust how they are protecting you and your family from the bad guys when they cannot protect their own back yards.

Mike is in hospital for an operation and will not be broadcasting next week but will be back soon.

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Day to Day Politics: When two egos butt heads. "IndyWatch Feed"

Saturday 17 February 2018 What a week it was in Australian politics. And to finish it off the Prime Minister gave the Deputy Prime Minister and the Parliament a lecture in private and public sexual morality. Something for which no one has an ownership of other than the standard society itself sets. Sexual morality is

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Taylor-made failing of local democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Adriana Taylor, Huon Valley Council Commissioner ie, one-person Huon Valley Council sat mostly in silence at the Huon Valley Rate Payers and Residents Association candidates forum at Huon Town Hall on Tuesday evening. But then she stood up and said something incredible: that local councillors were unnecessary The second point was the issue of local democracy: a single person deciding the fate of the controversial project instead of nine councillors. Again, this was blithely dismissed. Taylors jaunty logic, such that it was, was that she would simply abide by the advice of the council planning department. As this, in her view, was simply what responsible councillors should do, she saw no difference in one person making this decision instead of nine democratically-elected councillors. Trouble is, she was wrong again. Good councillors will interrogate a proposal, ask for more information, reject some assertions, seek clarification in short, do everything they can to assess, analyse and consider a proposal to ensure that its in the best interests of the local area


84% of Tasmanians want donations disclosed before the election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New polling ( HERE ) released yesterday by The Australia Institute Tasmania shows that voters want all parties to disclose the donations they have received before people go to the polls on March 3rd


Australia: I mean to take as many of them down as I can Muslim teen planned maximum fire jihad massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

His jihad group wanted to kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law. Do Australian authorities ever stop to ponder where young Muslims keep getting the idea that this is a good thing to do? Do authorities in any non-Muslim country? Do they really think that showering money on Tamim Khaja and []


US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China | marines-to-china | Military Pentagon Special Interests US News

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon may send a combat marine expeditionary force to deter growing Chinese influence while drawing down Middle East force levels.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan declined to elaborate, saying (t)he Department of Defense continually evaluates how we employ our forces throughout the globe but it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing planning.

Defense Priorities analyst/retired army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis/believes the move plays directly into the concerns and the fears of North Korea that were actually preparing for an attack, adding:

Effective diplomacy (with China) cant take place if you have a hammer hanging over the head of your negotiating partner.

He supports drawing down US forces in the Middle East, calling the region a money pit and blood pitwith no (US) gain.

US forces should be brought home, not sent to East Asia where they could potentially be used in a ground war there that would be even more catastrophic.

Marine expeditionary forces include about 2,200 combat troops, operating from amphibious assault ships with their own warplanes, tanks and other heavy weapons.

Washington already has about 50,000 troops in Japan, another 30,000 in South Korea, 40,000 in Hawaii, thousands in Guam, along with smaller numbers in Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and elsewhere regionally.

With scores of ships, nuclear-powered submarines, warplanes, and 20,000 sailors, Americas Yokosuka, Japan-based Seventh Fleet is the US navys largest deployed sea force.

The Trump administrations National Defense Strategy prioritizes countering Russia and China. According to the WSJ, bolstering Americas East Asia marine force aims to persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.

According to Commandant of the Marine Corp General Robert Neller, the National Defense Strategy and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, adding:



Census Bureau to Count Prisoners Home as Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the Counter-Terror Experts Hyping Russian Threats and Undermining Our Civil Liberties (Trevin)

Max Blumenthal takes a look under the hood of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the go-to pundits for mainstream reporters seeking expert opinions on Russian online meddling. ASD was cited by the New York Times as its source for the assertion that the widely popular #taketheknee Twitter hashtag that promoted NFL protests against racial injustice was, in fact, a Russian influence campaign spawned by Kremlin operatives.

How Australia Fought Mass Shootings (Reader Steve)

Australia reformed its gun laws after a mass shooting 20 years ago, drastically reducing gun violence. Could similar laws work in the US?

Admiral Warns US Must Prepare for Possibility of War With China (Jimmy)

The author writes, The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.

Merkels Slow and Silent Decline (Dan)

Many look at Germany as the lynchpin that holds the European Union together. This position of power, dependent on German domestic stability in the form of Angela Merkel, is on increasingly shaky ground.

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Adjunct professor failed student for saying Australia is a country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Southern New Hampshire University fired an adjunct professor who insisted Australia isn't a country and gave an "F" on an assignment to a perplexed student who said that it is, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. Lauren Keane, the school's assistant vice president of communications, told the paper that a BuzzFeed story about the interaction between the professor and online student Ashley Arnold of Idaho was true. Arnold - a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom - compared social media use in the United States to Australia for a class assignment, but the professor penalized Arnold in several sections, which resulted in a failing grade. And the prof's main issue? Arnold wrote that Australia is a country.


I Often Get Asked What People Can Do- Here is My Suggestion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pray that love finds its way into their hearts.

Prayer has power- and it works. And these people are motivated by the lack of love they feel for others- let alone for themselves.

No one who has love in their hearts act the way they do and say what they say. It doesnt work that way. And it is impossible to combat anger, strife, and hatred effectively with more anger, strife, and hate.

Those who hurt children- or anyone for that matter- do so because of a lack of power within themselves. Sex abuse is not about sex but power- they are seeking power outside themselves by trying to take it from others.

The Word requires us to love- despite everything. That esp. Includes those who would work at nothing but our destruction. What they are doing never works- which is why they go from one person to the next- because their sense of power is never fullfilled.

They are not to be hated but rather we should feel pity for them- as they will never reach a point of fulfillment. They need love most of all.

So when wondering what to do- pray that love finds their hearts and minds that opens their eyes. We are commanded to follow the Word- and that Word is love- and it was commanded without any exceptions- so pray for those who hate, as it is the best gift you can give to God- to them- and most importantly- yourself.


1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Study finds catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors

This is the first complete genome from one of the most significant disease events in human history, he said.

The results showed the strains from the plague victims were distinct from those involved in the Black Death, the later pandemic which killed an estimated 60% of the European population.

The Justinianic strains appear to be an evolutionary dead end when compared with modern strains, and most likely originated from Asia and then spread to Europe along trade routes such as the Silk Road.

Associate professor Jeremy Austin, from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA said the study was an important insight into the evolution of an infectious disease.

It certainly tells us that these catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once, and then lurk around waiting for an opportunity to reappear they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors, he said.

Which makes it very much harder to predict when theyre going to happen next, and how they evolve and therefore how you might prevent them happening.

 A plague victims tooth from which DNA was extracted. Photograph: McMaster University, Canada

Allen Cheng, associate professor at Monash Universitys Infectious Diseases Epidemiology unit, said the Lancet study was fascinating.

This is a great example of what can be done with all this new sequencing technology, he said.

Theres a whole field of paleo-phylogeny, going back into history and trying to work out the origin of diseases.

It also illustrates a really interesting point: really dangerous bugs like plague that kill their hosts, arent very evolutionarily successful. And thats a pattern we see with a lot of

Holmes said one of the objectives of the researchers from the McMaster, Northern Arizona and Sydney universities was to determine why the Justinianic plague was so severe.

Plague is still around today in parts of the world, and is associated with much lower death rates than it was in the past, he said.

Was there something about...


Carnival Security Tries to Cover-Up Ship Brawl "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carnival Legend BrawlA video of a brawl on the Carnival Legend shows Carnival security officers and other security personnel kicking passengers while they are on the floor. Carnival officers are also shown trying to prevent other passengers from videotaping the violence.  

The video, which was taken by a passenger and aired by Australia's 3AW693 Talk Radio, is circulating on social media. It shows as many as six officers and a equal number of personnel wearing dark colored shirts with "SECURITY" on the back fighting with unruly passengers on the Carnival Legend

The news article also states that passengers reported that ship security staff attempted to "censor the situation." A father who received a telephone call from his son on the ship said that "the security came in and took his phone, and deleted a lot of images from his phone.

We have reported on many such ship brawls, which have primarily occurred on the Carnival brand of ships over the years. 

This latest incident occurs just a few days after a violent brawl on the P&O Pacific Explorer

We first wrote about the problem of violence on cruise ships back in 2009 in Cruise Ship Brawls - A Problem that Will Get Bigger with Bigger Ships, where we covered a "mini-rampage" on the P&O cruise ship Ventura and a brawl involving Carnival passengers who punched, scratched and bit it out with police in Antigua. The following year, we covered another violent brawl on another Carnival ship in More Carnival Legend BrawlCruise Ship Violence - A Drunken Brawl On Carnival's Dream. We also wrote about this problem in Another Brawl Breaks Out on a Carnival Fun Ship. YouTube is filled with videotapes of violence on Carnival ships.

The problem arises when the "wider audience" (a term coined by Carn.........


The first atom ever to have had its picture taken "IndyWatch Feed"

My before bed reading the last few weeks has been Lucretiuss De Rerum Natura which is a philosophical tract written around around 2000 years ago, whose arguments are based on the absolute assumption that everything in the universe is made up of atoms. Very radical in his time, and a belief that did not become part of our scientific understanding until the eighteenth century. FWIW my favourite book of the present century is The Swerve. No book has impressed on me, to speak in cliches, that everything changes and nothing lasts forever. Absolutely nothing about the world we are in and nothing we know about it will survive. And what The Swerve is about is how the last remaining copy of De Natura in the world was rediscovered in 1417. And then goes on to describe the world then in the context of the world when the Roman Empire was at its peak, and of course, with our world in the picture as well.

As for atoms, we now assume their existence even though no one has seen one, at least not until now. We also assumethere are between 10^78 to 10^82 atoms in the known, observable universe. In laymans terms, that works out to between ten quadrillion vigintillion and one-hundred thousand quadrillion vigintillion atoms. Or to help with the numbers there are approximately 7 x 10^27 atoms in the average human body. And everyone of these was there at the Big Bang or maybe it was only the number of particles that were there, or whatever. But there they were. The mystery of existence will never be known.

And each of these atoms, as again I understand it, has a scale of size so that if we were inside St Peters in Rome, a speck of dust floating in the air would represent the size of the nucleus of an atom relative to the size of the atom represented by the cathedral. How is this possible?

So up above we have a picture of an atom taken just the other day: How a Student Photographed a Single Atom With a Store-Bought Camera. The entire picture is not, of course, the atom, but somewhere between those pointy metallic tubes and along the black line between them there is a tiny dot of a white speck. That is also not the atom, its the light from an array of surrounding lasers being re-emitted by an atom....

Friday, 16 February


Historic landmark mansion sold $52.5m suspected offshore Chinese buyer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A historic Melbourne mansion that was once Victorias Government House and the home to governors has changed hands for $52.5 million, smashing the states residential price record.

Art dealer Rod Menzies has sold Stonington mansion at 336 Glenferrie Road in the prestigious southeastern suburb of Malvern, public records show.

The buyer is listed as the company JJH & Co, which is directed by Xiao Cao, who in media reports today was suggested to be an accountant representing an undisclosed party.

Mr Menzies has been contacted for comment. Former Marshall White agent Sean Cussell is understood to have sold the home and declined to comment when contacted by The Australian.

Prestige real estate agents in the citys leafy southeast raised eyebrows at the size of the deal, suggesting the buyer was an offshore Chinese purchaser who had also bought the Noorilim Estate in regional Victoria although a caveat or title documents have yet to be lodged.

The grand Malvern home, built in 1890, was bought by Mr Menzies for $17.5 million in 2008, records show.

Stonington became the home of Victorias governor in 1901 before being purchased by the state in 1928 and served as the states Government House until 1931. It has also been a girls school, hospital and teachers college.

The price paid is substantially higher than the last Victorian record, where mystery Chinese buyer Qi Yang placed a caveat on former Mirvac...


Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival is officially less than one week away, and weve still only scratched the surface of whats happening!! Sit back, grab a coffee or beer, and lets take a deeper look into some of this years evening events!

Peter Crawford Exhibition
Presented by Fallen Broken Street
Wednesday 21st Feb 6-9pm
A Spot Of Genius
(7 Marvell street, Byron Bay)

Photos by legendary Photographer & Surfer Peter Crawford. See rare and some of the most popular and iconic images from surfings early 70s and 80s period. Hosted by one of Peters two sons, photographer and FallenBrokenStreet founder, Justin Crawford.

Byron Bay Surf Festival, 22-25 Feb. For further information visit

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Museum of Love & Protest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was quite a crowd tonight in Sydney at the National Art School. As part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for 2018, currently underway, theres a terrific exhibition called, The Museum of Love & Protest, which commemorates forty-years since the first ever Mardi Gras. These are some of my favourite photographs from []


Janelle Mones Visual Album Dirty Computer Looks Like A Stunning Odyssey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The trailer for Dirty Computer is here, featuring Tessa Thompson, flying cars, and sexy clubs we probably cant (and maybe dont want to) get into.

What: The visual album Dirty Computer

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From Gibraltar to Australia: How Countries Approach ICOs "IndyWatch Feed"

With the boom in ICOs over the last year or so, there has been an increased need for regulation, however, with no global standard, different countries are taking different approaches. #INFOGRAPHICS



Theres nothing more charming than a country romance ...

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Many Photos as Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF Calls into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday 15 February, Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF was spotted resting on the Western General Aviation (GA) Apron (WGA) at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Archerfield.


If you have good ratings you can do whatever you please just ask Donald Trump, Don Burke and Barnaby Joyce. "IndyWatch Feed"

When Malcolm Turnbull made his bizarre bonking ban pronouncement on Thursday, he did Barnaby Joyce an enormous favour.  A favour which Joyce is obviously too stupid to recognise. All of a sudden, the conversation has moved from a man abusing his position for personal gain back to people falling in love. Putting aside the expectations

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Australian venomous spiders, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video says about itself:

Australian hospitals are in desperate need of live funnel web spiders to make anti-venom. Spider expert Stacey Denovan shows the safest way to catch them.

From San Diego State University in the USA:

Worlds most venomous spiders are actually cousins

Study finds the deadly Australian funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders are more closely related than previously thought

February 15, 2018

Two groups of highly venomous spiders might be seeing more of each other at family reunions. A new study led by San Diego State University biologist Marshal Hedin has found that two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The findings could help in the development of novel antivenoms, as well as point to new forms of insecticides.

The spiders in question are those from the families Atracinae and Actinopodidae and include Australian funnel-web spiders and eastern Australian mouse spiders, respectively. One member of Atracinae, Atrax robustus, is considered by many to be the most venomous spider in the world.

A reasonable number of people get bitten every year, but basically nobody dies from it anymore because of the wide availability of antivenom, Hedin said.

Historically, the spiders were thought to have diverged from a common ancestor more than 200 million years ago and therefore were only distantly related. Based on their anatomy and other traits, funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders closely resemble other species of spiders known to be distantly related. Yet based on their highly similar venom the same antivenom can treat bites from both Atricinae and Actinopodidae many biologists suspected these spider groups might be more closely related than previously thought.

The funnel-webs always were an uncomfortable fit in their taxonomic place, Hedin said. I could see the writing on the wall.

So he and colleagues, with help from biologists in New Zealand and Argentina, collected new spiders from both branches throughout Australia, sought out museum specimens...


Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.



Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...


Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's been some week!

I had an excruciatingly painful cracked tooth and a filling done, the humidity has been off the charts in Brisbane, but we got some good stuff done as well. 

In the end, there wasn'tmuch time left for sifting through the week's news.

Fortunately the must read pieces are summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the image below).

Subscribe for the free newsletter while you're there too. 


Fast Europe Open: UK retail sales, Czech Republic GDP "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Financial Times (FT)

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Alice Woodhouse in Hong Kong 0800 GMT, February 16, 2018

Beware the pollutants in your bathroom cabinet.

Volatile chemicals from everyday consumer items such as cleaning products, aerosols and even perfumes now rival vehicle emissions as a cause of air pollution.

A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached the surprising conclusion after assessing the source of chemicals that reacted in the air to form fine particles and other lung-damaging pollutants in the US city of Los Angeles.

As transportation gets cleaner, those other sources become more and more important, said Brian McDonald, the project leader. The stuff we use in our everyday lives can impact air pollution.

In markets, Japanese stocks rallied as the rebound in global equities showed little sign of slowing following the sharp sell off last week. The Topix was 1.2 per cent higher although Australias S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent. Markets in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for the lunar new year.

Meanwhile, the dollar resumed its downward trajectory with the dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of peers, falling 0.3 per cent to 88.305, a three-year low. The yen strengthened further to 105.75, a 15-month high.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open 0.5 per cent higher, while the S&P 500 is set to open up 0.2 per cent.

Corporate earnings and updates for Friday include Air France, EDF, Danone, Renault and Allianz. The economic calendar believes three is the magic number (all times London):

08.00: Czech Republic Q4 gross domestic product
08.20: European Central Banks Benoit Coeure speaks in Macedonia
09.30: UK retail sales


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Czech Republic

The economy had a strong showing in 2017: Growth picked up pace in three consecutive quarters, and indicators suggest the momentum carried over into the....


So far, 4 pro nuclear Submissions to Senate Committee on nuclear waste dump selection. "IndyWatch Feed"

My advice to those writing submissions is to take your time, and do it properly.


I have skimmed through the 4 submissions already published, and they are pretty crummy, repetitive pro nuclear stuff   all emphasising that the writer thinks that the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump is really a matter for the local, not the wider, community


The writers are: Denise Carpenter, Ian Carpenter, Chelsea Haywood and Janice Alex McInnis


Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan "IndyWatch Feed"

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.


Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...


heatwave (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

summer heat, humidity hems us in and we are hostage


The dissident right and the race thing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The blogger Zman provides a very useful summary of the dissident right:

If you were trying to reduce the main points of the Dissident Right with a few bullet points, it would be:

  • The people in charge have dangerous fantasies about the future of society and the nature of man
  • The mass media is just propaganda for those fantasies and can never be taken at face value
  • Race is real, ethnicity is real and evolution is real. In the main, humans prefer to live with their own kind. Diversity leads to conflict.

There is a more to it, but those are the three main items that come up over and over among writers in the Dissident Right. The people in charge, of course, dispute these and consider them to be ignorant, paranoid and immoral. Question the browning of America and youre a dumb racist. Notice that mass media often looks like a coordinated public relations campaign and youre branded as a paranoid. Of course, anyone mentioning the realities of race and sex is the branded a Nazi or white supremacist.

A useful summary, because pithy summaries of positions from the inside are almost always a helpful addition to understanding and debate. One of the ways, for example, you can tell that much academic writing about neoliberalism is worthless is the lack of forensic analysis of what alleged neoliberals write.

Pithy summaries tend not to be the places for nuance. But what I found useful in Zmans summary is it pinpointed for me why I read a lot of dissident right stuff but do not identify with it.

I read a lot of it in part because they often are willing to consider facts and concerns which conflict with the progressivist piety display politics that dominate so much of the media and elsewhere (and help provide strong coordinating effects). Also because I do think said politics include some dangerous fantasies about the future of society and human nature. And because I do think that ethnicity is real and evolution is real.



The Turnbull Government should show leadership and help the NT Government replace the notorious Don Dale youth prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Northern Territory Government today announced it will close Don Dale the youth prison renowned for the systemic abuse and mistreatment of Territory children.

Shahleena Musk, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the closure couldnt come soon enough and urged the Turnbull Government to help fund the creation of safe, home-like facilities built for children.

Were talking about kids at the crossroads. We need to do all we can to help them get their lives back on track. It is well and truly time we closed the dark chapter of Don Dale. But to do this we need both the NT and Turnbull Governments to do everything they can to ensure no child is ever consigned to such a brutal environment again, said Ms Musk.

A Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was held last year following the ABCs Four Corners revelations of children at the Don Dale youth prison being hooded and tied to chairs, stripped naked and tear-gassed.

In its response last week, the Turnbull Government failed to provide the national leadership and funding required to fix all states and territories broken youth justice systems.

Rather than passing the buck, Prime Minister Turnbull should support the Northern Territory to do what actually works to help rebuild children's lives. Were talking about small, home like facilities close to families and communities - facilities that help children develop and thrive. The Turnbull Government needs to put its money where its mouth is, said Ms Musk. 

The recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children are relevant to all states and territories because they detail how to prevent abuses and modernise youth justice systems so that they serve a positive purpose by helping children to succeed in life.

We owe it to the kids that were abused to get this right and make sure history is not repeated. All states and territories should be following the NT's lead by closing their super-max youth jails and replace them with small age-appropriate facilities. The only thing more horrifying than the abuses we saw in Don Dale would be a failure by governments across Australia to do everything they could to ensure these atrocities never happened again, said Ms Musk.


For interviews or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Donald Trump, democracy and the changed climate of thought "IndyWatch Feed"

Donald Trump, democracy and the changed climate of thoughtTrump is not a fascist like Hitler and Mussolini, because he has no ideology at all but he is well on his way to becoming a dictator like them all the same, writes Noel Wauchope. read now...


Malcolms Cunning Stunt And Barnabys Stunning Press Conference! "IndyWatch Feed"

What can I say? I mean What can I say? While many in the Liberal Party have been referring to members of Barnabys party by the abbreviation Nats,  Mr Turnbull doesnt seem to have noticed that theyve changed their name in the 1970s and are no longer the Country Party. Malcolm announces that ministers in

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Sexual Despotism: Malcolm Turnbulls Bonking Ban "IndyWatch Feed"

Its all the rage at the moment, stirring the halls of power in certain countries, and satisfying some sense of puritanical virtue. Bonking is off the cards for politicians at least in certain contexts, and some states. In Australia, the issue of the Deputy Prime Ministers relationship with an ex-staffer whilst married persists in

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What could you do with $5? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Click here to view the embedded video.

With $5 you could buy a soy latte, your favourite chocolate or put it towards the weekly shop. But we have a plan to get your $5 doing great things for animals.

Say hello to Five Dollar Friday. We need your help, well, your $5, every Friday so we can meet the growing vet expenses of our 450-plus residents and all those who finds sanctuary here at Edgars Mission. Last year alone, our vet bills reached $249,728.

How does Five Dollar Friday work? We need 20 people to sign up to giving $5 every Friday throughout the rest of 2018 to reach our fundraising goal of last years vet bills.

Giving every animal who find sanctuary at Edgars Mission the very best chance at a long and happy life is our promise to them and to you, our supporters, but we simply cant do it without you. The number of animals who need us continues to grow, as do our vet costs.

Where does your money go? Directly to the animals who find refuge at Edgars Mission. You can see it at work in the progress Steady Eddie has made with his daily vitamin B injection, from barley able to walk to official tour guide. Saturday is only able to cruise around in her cart because she gets weekly laser treatments and daily physio. Miles is the only sheep we know of being treated for epilepsy in Australia, which is managed through twice daily medication. In Piggy Paradise, Max and Burpy have daily medication and Max gets laser once a week.

Watch the seeds of your kindness grow by joining us on Facebook every Friday for a special #FiveDollarFriday post, where well keep you updated on some of the treatments.


Croc shooter fined $10,000 by a Gaia magistrate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A reader has offered a reward for the identities of the rats who dobbed in the croc shooter. Cairnsnews suggests Mr Orchard should not pay this extortion to a Marxist government which places animal lives ahead of humans.

KAP State Leader and member for Traeger Robbie Katter has pledged to make the first donation to the Go Fund Me page of the Rockhampton man fined $10,000 for shooting a crocodile.

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The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the profit share in GDP remains constant.

2. The expansionary impact of deficit spending on aggregate demand is lower when the government matches the deficit with debt-issuance because then excess reserves are drained and the purchasing power is taken out of the monetary system.

3. A government is choosing between a tax cut that will reduce tax revenue at the current level of national income by $x (that is, increase private domestic disposable income by $x) and a public spending increase of $x. Which policy option will have the greater initial impact on aggregate spending?



Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)


Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.


Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.


The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.


Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.


Their drive to amplify this feeli...


National Parks at risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, Since 1967, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has looked after our National Parks, their precious wildlife, worked for the conservation of native and threatened species, educated generations of school [more]

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Ryde City Council investments in renewables "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, As an historian I am pleased to see that our Liberal Councillors in Ryde have such respect for the nineteenth century, and its [more]

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Strong in the arms "IndyWatch Feed"

There seems to be a kind of continuity in this latest mainstream media (MSM) Sgt Schultz plea over the Barnaby Joyce whole kit n caboodle when they say in a plaintive squeal; I know nuffink! which, considering social medias eye-rolling acceptance of THAT reality, they suddenly now seem to be all over the situation

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Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.30 AUD


Win with TWT: Winchester film passes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten TWT readers can win double passes to the new supernatural horror film Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22, courtesy of independent [more]

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Chimpanzees throwing feces "IndyWatch Feed"

The following is from Jane Goodall Institute of Canada:

In their natural habitat, when chimpanzees become angry, they often stand up, wave their arms, and throw branches or rocks anything nearby that they can get their hands on. When chimps are removed from the wild and kept in captivity, they experience stress and agitation, which can cause them to react in the same way by throwing things. Captive chimpanzees are deprived of the diverse objects they would find in nature, and the most readily available projectile is feces. Since they also tend to get a pretty strong reaction from people when they do throw it, their behaviour is reinforced and likely to be repeated.

What better explanation of what is going on in Canberra.  What a disgrace.

Whilst the Prime Ministers political management skills are, how do they say in French, crap, it is gob smacking that the person who created the mess is upset at the way the cleaner has tried to clean the mess.  Yes, the cleaner did a lousy job, but the cleaner did not make the mess.

And much like the person on the Labor back-bench who has admitted they are a dual citizen in breech of (a plain text reading of) the constitution, the problem is that these people think they are more important than the institutions they are there to represent.

I will leave the final work to the Senator from the great State of Victoria.

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All about Februarys Feature Artists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Kurilpa Poets February Feature Artists are.. SIMON KINDT POSEIDON/the sharks This month former Speedpoet maestro, the esteemed Simon Kindt will be presenting his latest poetic/conceptual performance piece for your delectation and delight. The show entitled Poseidon // the sharks Continue reading


whats the point of even having staff? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 8 January 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Appealing Debt?: 
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

The debt claim happened in the middle of an exam period, and no job.

It resulted in my partner and I splitting up and I was forced to move back to QLD and live at home with my Dad.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

It was very anxiety inducing and they aren't very efficient at processing these claims so they come out of nowhere at the most unexpected time.

I really don't understand why they have a 1 shoe size fits all approach, if you don't fill a certain criterium to x value, they are unable to use discretion or common sense when trying to understand your concerns.
Which makes me wonder why they don't just replace every...


#BarnabyJoyce does not own #NewEngland: @burgewords comments on #auspolbarnaby "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The man who once had a home base at Tamworth, but now seems to belong nowhere. AS I approached the polling station at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall on by-election day in December 2017, I suspected Barnaby Joyce would put in an early appearance. If Mr Joyce was going to cover New England glad-handing and holding babies, finishing in triumph at Tamworth, hed have to start early in this town at the far reaches of the electorate that had recently been stripped of its sitting member.  Despite being a local boy, Mr Joyce had been found by the High Court to be a dual citizen of New Zealand and dumped from parliament under the []

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Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name



Supermax Prisons: Doing More Harm Than Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Supermax prisons are the most secure and highly monitored form of incarceration there is. These super-maximum security facilities are designed to house the worst of the worst: your mass killers, top-level gangsters, gang rapists and, more so these days, terrorists. A judge doesnt sentence an offender to a supermax facility. Either an inmate has been

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Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...


The North Korean Olympic thaw- unwise to treat this with cynicism "IndyWatch Feed"

The West risks missing a chance at peace if it continues to treat North Koreas change of heart with cynicism  Could it be that Trumps bombast over the airwaves cut through in Pyongyang in a way that conventional diplomacy had failed to do? The Independent UK, Mary Dejevsky  @IndyVoices 16 Feb 18

The mixed messages about the North Korean skaters, however, highlighted or so it seemed to me something else: a reluctance on the part of the foreign policy establishment, including the media, to look good news in the face, especially when it has not been expected.

How long ago was it in fact, a bare six weeks that Kim Jong-un and the US President were trading very public, very macho, insults, culminating in Donald Trumps memorable boast that his nuclear button was much bigger and more powerful than Kims and, what is more, my button works.

Even the most hardened pessimist would have to admit that between then and now there has been something of a mood swing. Less than three weeks after the big button exchange, North Korea suddenly acted on overtures in Kims New Year address to broach talks with the South, and even participated in the Olympics. The IOC delayed its deadline for entries, permitted North Koreas participation, and the next thing we knew was that North and South were concocting a joint ice hockey team, the Norths nonagenarian de facto head of state was on his way to Seoul, and Kim announced that his sister his sister would be going to the opening ceremony, too.

Far from haili...



South Australia a global leader in clean energy: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) "IndyWatch Feed"

IEEFA: South Aust among world leaders in transition to wind, solar, ECO News, By David Twomey -February 14, 2018 


Olympics 2020: the nuclear terrorism threat for Japan "IndyWatch Feed"

Japan, IAEA agree to cooperate on Tokyo 2020 nuclear counterterrorism, Nikkei Asian Review, 16 Feb 18, VIENNA (Kyodo) The Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement on Thursday to work together to keep the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics safe from the threat of terrorism involving nuclear materials.
 According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the agreement includes measures to support IAEA experts participation in events relating to the Tokyo games, the exchange of information on nuclear security issues and the loan to Japan of equipment to detect radiation.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano observed the signing in Vienna before holding a meeting at which Kono said they agreed to flesh out cooperation in thwarting nuclear terrorism.

We want to thoroughly cooperate with the IAEA to make sure the Olympics are safe, Kono said at the outset of the meeting.....


A belated Recognition and a new policy (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed"

Part Nine of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. A belated Recognition and a new policy On 11 October 2007, in one last opportunistic electoral manoeuvre, Prime Minister Howard announced his support for The eight time: Constitutional Recognition for Indigenous Australians in a new preamble

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Frances nuclear giant EDF plans a whopping radioactive garbage pool "IndyWatch Feed"

EDF plans to build a giant nuclear garbage pool in Belleville-sur-Loire instead of stopping producing unmanageable waste! release of February 13, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the Reporterre site revealed the new EDF project. In view of the prolongation of the operation of nuclear reactors and to unclog the four basins of the La Hague plant where used fuel is stored, the electrical firm wants to build a giant new pool of deactivation near the Belleville plant -sur-Loire (Cher). We strongly condemn this imposed, dangerous and expensive project. Rather than create a new trash, EDF must turn off the tap and dry up the production of unmanageable radioactive waste!

In France, spent fuel is stored in deactivation pools for the time needed to cool them (between 3 and 5 years). If each nuclear power plant has its own pool adjoining the reactor building, the La Hague plant (Manche) hosts 4 pools in which are immersed more than 10,000 tons of spent fuel, representing a hundred reactor cores waiting for a improbable reprocessing. Supposedly temporary, storage in these pools has been going on for 40 years. Consequences: the pools are full and the space is running out. Instead of starting a decline in spent fuel stocks by stopping the production of electricity from nuclear power, EDF is stubborn and plans to build an additional pool in Belleville-sur-Loire. But the experience of La Hague shows that the use of these pools goes hand in hand with disproportionate risks.



Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed"

This is the list of the events organized in various countries and towns worldwide for the commemoration of the March 11 2011 beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ongoing for 7 years now. I will complete this list little by little by adding to this list any additional event about which the people will inform []

via Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

via Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy


New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon just going to be the norm, says home builder Metricon. Already, theyre putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

via New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy


IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, at cost, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

via IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy


Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Former Queensland police Sergeant Rick Flori has been found not guilty of misconduct in a trial by jury.

The charge against him chad come about, because in 2012 he had leaked footage of police officers bating up a handcuffed man at a Gold Coast police station basement. The department argued that Flori had been motivated by anger over being overlooked for a promotion.

He denied this in his defense, and was assisted in court by social justice advocate Renee Eaves.

But what about the man who was beaten? Apparently, this accounts for noting. One of the assaulters (Ben Lamb), who was clearly identified kicking the victim, was merely given a suspended dismissal. Basically, a slap on the wrist. Lamb was able to continue in his role as a Queensland police officer.

Anyone who has ever lived in the state knows that beatings are routine and have been so for a long time. For Indigenous Australians it is more frequent.

Flori hander over his footage to a journalist and the story became a significant media news, which cast spotlight on what is going on in the Queensland police force.

After this, Ben Flori left the police.

Whistle blowers need protection. When they pass on information about wrongdoing, they do us all a favour. In this case the use of unwarranted violence in the Queensland police force is something that needs to be cleaned up.

Instead of being punished, he should have received a commendation from the brass. That they chose to go after his hide, shows that the culture of cover up, closing the ranks and punishing the messenger  is rife, right to the top.

Ben Flori is made of different stuff. He witnessed something that was wrong, and he had the courage to do something about it. Without people like him, we would all be much worse off and

many people will appreciate his contribution.



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Gallery: FBi Presents The Internet at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here are some photos of Syd & co being talented and beautiful at The Internets show.

All photos by Sophie Hill.


In which the pond abandons the reptiles and goes in search of a TGIF laugh ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Fear not. The pond isn't going to take a look at scintillating Sharri doing over Barners one more time ...

There are a number of reasons. First the Terrorists have become very keen on a Times-style paywall, and the pond is inordinately pleased, and has taken this as a personal compliment. 

The reptiles have gone to all this trouble just to stop the pond, with its gnat-like number of hits?

Steady. It's easy to get swept up by delusions of grandeur and imagine that the reptiles have taken this stand as a direct riposte to the pond ... but the reality's a little more obvious, as noted a few days ago in Crikey ...

You'll have to access Crikey for that hot link and the rest of the story, but the point's obvious enough ... the reptiles are in a world of pain.

It's all the weirder then that still keeps on giving away the family jewels for free ... do the reptiles really think this bait and switch strategy is working?

And besides, the pond can only take so many bouts with Barners and the reptiles on any given day. 

It's worse than a Tamworth Paleo diet ... kill the 'roo, eat the lapin in a red wine sauce ...feast on Barners beef jerky ...



(Video) Mike Pence, a Snitch for Mueller -- Treason? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published on Jan 26, 2018

BREAKING: WATCH THE REPORT FIRST BEFORE COMMENTING! We have always been a fan of Mike & Karen Pence but over time, the words & actions of the Vice President have caused us to question his ultimate loyalty to our Commander in Chief. Become an InspoNews partner @ PATREON: SUPPORT InspoNews & DONATE - CLICK ON THIS LINK: (Square) This Special, in depth report concerning Mike pence is not a dark News, tabloid fabrication. Some black list news channels up here have falsely slandered Mike Pence with unfair innuendo with zero empirical evidence to back their sensational & salacious claims. But there is in reality, enough evidence to show duplicity in the hearts of the Pence's toward this President. Frankly, Donald J.Trump is the greatest President since the founding of this Republic. Our loyalty is to the US Constitution & President Trump alone - NOT Mike Pence. We believe he has leaked to Bob Mueller as well as to members of his team of GOP RINOs & DNC globalist legal hacks. Being an Islamic sympathizer, he was instrumental in convincing Rex Tillerson at State and others to allow for more Muslims to enter the US than ever before - even higher numbers than under the George Soros "Open Society" mandates of the Obama administration.He called President's Islam migration policy "dumb" & worked to get the thousands of Middle Eastern, Syrian Muslim men & ISIS "refugees" that Australia did not want - brought to the USA - against the President's desires. A VERY BAD DEAL for the safety of the american people. He betrayed the closest ally of the President & intelligence expert General Mike Flynn and along with Susan Rice & Bob Mueller, entrapped the nationalist General on a technicality, opening the door for Mueller to be picked by Rod Rosenstein. Andy McCabe, Hillary and Comey whole impeach Trump strategy was alway the " F Flynn and F Trump." MO. General Flynn -would have totally protected the President from any fake Mueller probe. He is a MAGA nationalist & loyalist in the DOD for the president. He had to be removed - so Mike Pence fired him on a mere "process" violation- failing to answer 2 questions on a security clearance form - totally by omission and mistake. Yet it was Mike Pence who thrust the knife into Flynn and this opened the door for the entire Mueller Investigation. Horrendous. Add to this Karen Pence's holier than thou and condescending private despising of Donald & Melania Trump & there was already a natural propensity to work privately...


Ode to the bin chicken "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ancient Egyptians venerated the ibis. Followers of ibis cults would visit temples and purchase mummified ibises for use in votive offerings. The ibis was a sacred bird associated with creation and fertility and knowledge and learning. The ibis cults became so wildly popular that priests began breeding and rearing the birds onsite, specially for mummification.


Our reserves are open for pillage "IndyWatch Feed"

The Reserves Act 1977 is meant to protect our environment, by placing some areas off-limits for development. Except, it turns out that it doesn't. Where a reserve is owned and managed by local government, they can apparently let it be dug up for an open-cast coal-mine:

One of several legal attempts to block a new coal mining venture on the West Coast has failed, but campaigners say the fight to stop the mine is far from finished.


Forest and Bird fought a separate legal campaign over an earlier decision by Buller District Council to allow the mining company access to its Water Conservation Reserve.

The council then rescinded that decision after being threatened with legal action from Forest and Bird.

Rangitira replied by challenging that reversal in the High Court.

That case has now produced a verdict, and it went against Forest and Bird and in favour of the mining company.

The court argued the original approval of access - granted under the Crown Minerals Act - had higher legal standing than the Reserves Act that Forest and Bird had relied on to block access.

This follows straightforwardly from s109 of the Reserves Act in combination with s22(2) of the Interpretation Act 1999. While local councils are required to have regard to the purpose for which land is held, it can be balanced against other considerations such as supposed economic benefit. Which, given the usual quality of local government decision-making and its propensity for capture by large donors and special interests, means open pillage.

As for fixing it, I'd suggest repealing s109. Does any MP want to bring a member's bill?

The full decision is here.


The Barnaby Affair: Are the Liberals up to making him go? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Barnaby Affair: Are the Liberals up to making him go?Tensions between the Liberals and Nationals over the Barnaby Joyce sex scandal have destabilised the Australian Government, writes Dr Lee Duffield, who says the historical record shows its nothing new. read now...


Gallery: FBi Presents Sylvan Esso at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After Woodes wrote Sylvan Esso a poem, and delivered it via Twitter, they decided to do a show together at Oxford Art Factory. Catch a glimpse of all the loveliness that went down.

Photos by Diabolique

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