IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary was generated at Australian News IndyWatch.

Saturday, 20 January


Limelight at Castlemaine Gaol Summer Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 19th Jan, 7.30pm 10.00pm, Old Castlemaine Gaol

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Friday, 05 January


Religious Protections Enquiry What will you learn if submissions are kept secret? "IndyWatch Feed"

By Terence Mills Were going to have a public enquiry headed up by Philip Ruddock into religious freedoms and religious protections. Submissions are called for from all sectors of our community and based upon the findings of the Expert Panel and their report to government, we can anticipate that legislative change may follow: thats how

The post Religious Protections Enquiry What will you learn if submissions are kept secret? appeared first on The AIM Network.


New Dawn 166 (January-February 2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Golden Age of Social Engineering; Poisoned Planet & the Depopulation Agenda; Will Humanity Be Obsolete in Elites Future World of Cyborgs & A.I.?; Demographics & Destiny: Civilisation has been Down this Road Before; The Goddess in the Machine: Restoring Intuition in a Left Brain Dominant Techno World


Exclusive and rare interview with Christina Mac Phearson owner of "IndyWatch Feed"


Shellenberg, Michael Messiah

One of Christinas many memes

For all our followers here on, I would like to present you with two interviews from our authors.

Firstly, here is a recent and rare audio podcast with Christina MacPhearson (AKA Noel Wauchomp), our blog founder. In the podcast she mentions how she started her activism and progressed onto blogging nuclear information. She also discusses the situation in her home Australia, Fukushima as well as a range of other topics.

Lonnie Clark interiew with Christina Mac Phearson 2 Jan 2017

While I am doing this post i thought to add an interview with 2 co authors of the blog for any new subs.  Herve Courtois who has been covering much of the Fukushima news here on I (Shaun McGee aka arclight2011) will add an information packed podcast interview that I did with Herve here;

Published on 2 Aug 2015

In the second

View original post 241 more words


Viola.AI, the A.I Blockchain Marketplace for Love partners with Matchmaking Institute to bring thousands of trained dating experts from 46 countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Worlds First Blockchain-based Dating & Relationship Project Announces Major Partnership

The Worlds First A.I-driven marketplace, Viola.AI is happy to announce the exciting and strategic partnership with Matchmaking Institute to bring aboard thousands of certified matchmakers and dating experts from over 46 countries from around the world onto the platforms ecosystem.

Matchmaking Institute, based in New York, is the only state-licensed matchmaking school in the world which has certified thousands of matchmakers who then continued to start and thrive in their own matchmaking businesses.

One of the key features of Viola.AI is Community Crowd Wisdom. Viola.AI works with its community to generate dating and relationship content for every user based on their relationship stage. Through this collaboration with Matchmaking Institute, users can gain access to the matchmaking experts and professionals to ask questions, recommendations and even request for their service, wherever they are in the world.

This partnership has enormous benefits for both Viola.AI and Matchmaking Institute. With the vast experience and knowledge from the matchmakers, the community of Viola.AI will grow tremendously. While the matchmakers can interact and communicate with singles who need help and advice on their dating journey directly. Having thousands of matchmakers and relationship experts from over 46 countries also enable them to offer their relevant dating services to the users in the same country.


Through the interaction and knowledge exchange between users and the certified matchmakers brought in by Matchmaking Institute, Viola.AI will learn from the best and highest rated answers and reward the users and matchmakers with VIOLA tokens for their efforts and wisdom.

This will be the first time that Matchmaking Institute collaborates on an ICO project.

CEO & Co-Founder of Viola.AI Violet Lim said, I am very excited to share this partnership with Lisa and Matchmaking Institute. Being the first Asian to be certified by the Matchmaking Institute, my certification by the institute gave me a strong foundation that set me on this journey to start my dating company Lunch Actually 13 years ago. I am confident that this partnership, along with the network of ma...


Summer Specials "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Through December 2017 & January 2018, 3CR continues to broadcast great radio with plenty of radical content. Theres plenty of reasons to stay tuned to 3CR over the Summer period from shorts, features, documentaries, music specials to highlights from 2017, 3CR is sure to bring you a feast of radical radio.

Check out the changes to our regular programming and info on our special features here.


Aussie Bloke Returns To Car And Finds F*&ken Scary Note "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You know, its hardly ever good news to find a note left on your car. Whether its some filthy b*****d letting you know theyve dinged it, some whinging b*****d having a whinge or some parking inspecting b*****d fining you for your shoddy parking, you just dont want a note left on your car

But there are of course exceptions. 

Perhaps someones witnessed Dennis Hopper hooking your car up to a bomb thatll go off as soon as you drop under 50kms an hour, or perhaps theyre letting you know that a red-bellied black snake has slithered up your tyre and into your engine. 

Either way, youre probably going to want to know.

How would you react to that? Credit: Michael Garbutt/Facebook

How would you react to that? Credit: Michael Garbutt/Facebook

So you can bet Sydney bloke, Michael Garbutt, was expecting the worst when he saw the note on his car. If it were me, Id already be looking for dents before Id even read it. So when he actually read the note, you can imagine his next move.

Yep, he popped the bonnet. Lo and behold, the snake, a rather sizeable specimen from the looks of it, was snuggled up in the warmth of his engine block. Now, heres one for the mechanics among you: is it possible for a snake to get inside the car itself from there? Youd sh** broken glass if you were driving along and a snake crawled out of the air-con wouldnt you?



Why extremely unlikely climate events matter "IndyWatch Feed"

Ive just been advised that my latest article The importance of extremely unlikely events: Tail risk and the costs of climate change has come out online in The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. For those who can use it, the DOI is 10.1111/1467-8489.12238. For everyone else, heres a link to a pre-publication version. The main points are

* The IPCC convention is to use the phrase extremely unlikely to refer to outcomes (in particular, values of climate sensitivity) in the range of 05 per cent.
* Most of the risks against which we act to protect and insure ourselves (for example, car crashes, premature death in any given year) are extremely unlikely by this definition
* Around half, or even more, of the expected welfare loss from climate change arises from the worst-case 5 per cent of high values for climate sensitivity.

Nothing really startling here, but its the other side of the coin to the contrarian suggestion that since theres a 5 per cent probability that global warming will turn out not to be a problem, we should do nothing.


The days of peaceful protest in Palestine may soon be over "IndyWatch Feed"

The days of peaceful protest in Palestine may soon be overDr Ibraham Natil says the current wave of peaceful protest by Palestinians is at risk of becoming militant unless certain steps are taken. read now...


PERTH Man (22) charged after elderly man injured in attempted robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Man (22) charged after elderly man injured in attempted robbery .

January 05, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 22-year-old man from Kelmscott has been charged with attempted aggravated robbery and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. MORE: Police hunt gunman involved in Kenwick shooting MORE: Family of six escapes Oakford house fire MORE: City Beach burglars make most of the facilities .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


PERTH Victoria Park elderly man attacked for gold necklace as he shopped "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

snip .

Victoria Park elderly man attacked for gold necklace as he shopped .

January 05, 2018 at 11:41AM .

but as a result of the altercation the elderly man fell to the ground and received several injuries. He was transferred to Royal Perth Hospital to be treated. Police have charged the 22-year-old Kelmscott man with attempted aggravated robbery. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth

PERTH Carlisle man (40) charged with murder following the death of Margaret Indich "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Carlisle man (40) charged with murder following the death of Margaret Indich .

January 05, 2018 at 04:09PM .

a residence on Hardey Road in Cloverdale about 7:50pm. Ms Indich was found with serious injuries and taken to Royal Perth Hospital where she later died. A 40-year-old partner, from Carlisle, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday, January 6. .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

South Sudan Denies Truce Violation After Troika Condemnation
South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei (File photo Samir Bol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

January 2, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudan government Tuesday denied violating the cessation of hostilities brokered by the IGAD mediators, saying its cabinet had approved the agreement and directed the army to comply.

The Information minister and the government spokesman told the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation that the practice of apportioning blames was encouraging violations.

When two people go to court, one of them gets charged and the other gets the answer. Not all of them get punished. What those involved in monitoring the ceasefire do encourages the continuation of violations. You cannot punish all. The violator has to be identified and made to account. The council of ministers after the return of the delegation from Addis Ababa approved the cessation of hostilities agreement and the cabinet gave directive through the ministry of defence and other relevant institutions to comply with the directive, explained Minister Michael Makuei Lueth.

The government spokesperson blamed the armed opposition forces for having been responsible for violations in a number of places in the country, pointing to recent developments in Equatoria region, Bahr el Ghazal region specifically the incident in which humanitarian workers were abducted and Southern Leer and Koch County in unity region as well as in areas of Akobo.

The so called rebels of Riek Machar have never violated any ceasefire and instead of holding them to account for these clear violates, those who are charged with the monitoring and report these violations continue to make their reports calling on the parties to stop. This is not correct and this kind of reporting is the one that is encouraging continuous violation by the rebels, said Lueth.

His comments follow a statement released by members of the Troika countries - Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States - condemning the violation of the ceasefire agreement.

The three countries condemned through a joint statement on Tuesday the violations of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities signed in Addis Ababa o...


The Weekend Quiz January 6-7, 2017 "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. A rising fiscal deficit indicates an expansionary shift in government policy and the challenge is to ensure the nominal demand stimulus does not exceed the real capacity of the economy to respond by increasing real output.

2. The imposition of taxes by the national government creates unemployment, other things equal.

3. The automatic stabilisers work in a counter-cyclical fashion and ensure that the government fiscal balance returns to its appropriate level following a recession.



At What Point do we reach Euphoria in the Equity Markets? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



John Templeton has said Bull markets are born in pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell. If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.

My question is.. at what point do we reach euphoria in the equity markets?

ANSWER: Our Energy Models are designed to ascertain that dimension of a market. Naturally, everyone responds to whatever the last event is in recent memory. Therefore, the 2007-2009 Crash lives on in their experience so that means they will be skeptical of new highs. We have witnessed that with analysts constantly calling for every new high would be the last. They keep trying to forecast the last event because they missed that one as well.

The only way to approach this is from a quantitative viewpoint. Human opinion will inevitably be wrong no matter who it is. How the market responds to our Energy Models is critical for long-term forecasting. Look at the chart for 1929. Here you see that there is a huge spike in energy which peaked in February 1929. The market rallied to new highs but note that the Energy Models...


Climate Change Is the an OMG Event? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1709 Deep Freeze


QUESTION: Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?


ANSWER: We are looking at an unbelievable decline in the energy output of the sun which appears to be the most rapid decline in nearly 10,000 years. The Global Warming crowd may be setting society up for mass famine and death because they are deliberately point everyone in the opposite direction to get their portion of the $1 billion grants. Natural disasters are the most disastrous when the energy output of the sun declines. There has been a fatal interaction of ecological, agricultural, economic, and political factors that seem to be setting the stage for at least a repeat of what is known as the Great Famine of 1315-1317. The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis set in motion the great economic collapse that began during the fourteenth century. In our arrogance, we seem to believe we have conquered every aspect of the planet and many argue we can even alter the climate of the planet.

The collapse from the Medieval Warm period was rapid, but also deadly. When the climate turned down, what followed was suddenly bitter cold winters and drenching rains which then froze. Europe had expanded as society always does in warm periods. Study have shown that desert rodent populations of many species tend to fluctuate synchronously owing to pulses of primary production and seed availability during rainy years, and reduced seed production during droughts (PLOS 2013).



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.95 AUD


Jason Goodman, Charles Ortel and Michael Smith - Video here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeff Brooks A magnificent Tour de Force Michael. Your tireless work suddenly takes a tidal shift in recognition, so congratulations. As an aside, I always pegged Alexander Downer as a simple a well born buffoon. As the American's say, born on 3rd base and thought he hit the homer. But...


EP 231: Best of 2017 Pt 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Part 2 of our 2017 highlights special includes some of our favourite sets from 2017 featuring In Each Hand A Cutlass, Budd, I Heart Hiroshima, The Go-Betweens, Red Riders, Even, The Ocean Party, Clowns, The Dollar Bill Murrays, Grenadiers, FOAM and...


EP 230: Best of 2017 Pt 1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Part 1 of our 2017 highlights special includes some of our favourite sets from 2017 featuring Sweater Curse, Some Jerks, Shrapnel, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Hownowmer, Hoodoo Gurus, The Drones, The Peep Tempel, RVG, Empat Lima, Verge Collection and The Laurels.



Man On Vacation Helps Wild Orca Reunite With His Family "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Ben Waru went on vacation with his family and friend to Papamoa Beach, New Zealand, he never expected to help save a life. But when his family noticed something strange in the water, Warus day took an unlikely turn.

We were taking our kids for a morning walk along the beach towards the Papamoa Beach Surf Club, Waru told The Dodo. My wife, Verity Waru, first noticed a fin in the water when we approached the beach, and we then noticed two more fins, which we believed to be pilot whales.

They went to have a closer look, and saw that the fins didnt belong to pilot whales, but three wild orcas.

Credit: Verity Waru

The seawater churned with the animals movement the orcas were chasing stingrays close to the shore, probably to try and eat them. Then one of the orcas got stuck on the shallow bottom.

At first, Waru wasnt sure if or how they could help the orca, but they saw that he was struggling and needed help. 

While its usually a mistake to push beached animals back into the water healthy whales and dolphins dont wash up very often, so you should always call in an expert to check for underlying illnesses Waru and his family had seen how this orca got stuck, so it was clear he just needed a little push.

Credit: Verity Waru

We werent sure we could help get the whale back to its siblings, [who] were circling a bit further out in the ocean, but we knew that we had to give it a go, Waru said.

Waru, his friend Dan Jackson, a couple other beachgoers and even a dog leapt into the water to help the whale, while Warus wife filmed the rescue effort from the shore.

The orca twitched when I first touched it, Waru said. I thought that this was probably the first time that it had been touched by a human. For it t...


Thank Folk Its Friday 5th January "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The Gum Ball announced its first round of artists for 2017 including Hat Fitz and Cara, Terra Lightfoot, Coda Chroma and many more. Details here David Rawlings released the video for his track Cumberland Gap. Details here Folk music legend []


Carbon monoxide leak kills teen, sickens 41 others in New Jersey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dozens of people were forced out of their apartments into blizzard conditions in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, as a carbon monoxide leak poisoned at least 41 people and killed a teenager. A 13-year-old girl is dead and three of her relatives are in critical condition Thursday evening, following the poisonous gas leak in a 12-unit apartment building, WNBC reported. A total of 41 people were treated, including 27 police officers, about 20 percent of the police force, according to WNBC. Many of the exposure victims were children, according to WABC. Kids were reportedly seen fainting, as emergency responders set up a triage outside the residential building.


Antonin Scalia "IndyWatch Feed"

Antonin Scalia was an associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Although Spartacus is not a legal scholar or lawyer (recall prior disclosure about being able to see his reflection in a mirror), Spartacus considers the late Justice Scalia was on of the best Supreme Court judges ever.

Nominated to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, Justice Scalia also holds a special place in Spartacus heart because it was Scalias words that inspired Spartacus to write (to the extent that what he produces is actually writing).

In response to an interviewer question about whether he ever penned a reply letter to a newspaper or other hostile correspondence, Scalia replied that he has written many letters in response; and then binned them all. That, for Spartacus, was the invitation to put finger to keyboard.  Many years of Spartacus written rants also went into the bin.

Justice Scalia unexpectedly died in February 2016 and his replacement to the US Supreme Court was a political battle of the highest order. It could be argued that the battle to replace Justice Scalia contributed in some way to the election of President Donald Trump.

Upon his death, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland as his replacement. And so commenced a 12 month battle for the control of the US Supreme Court.

The US Constitution requires that Supreme Court Justices (and many other roles) be nominated by the President and confirmed by the US Sentate. The majority leader of the Senate then as now was Senator Mitch McConnell. Senator McConnell refused to even allow a hearing to consider the nomination of Judge Garland on the basis that it was an election year and the 45th President, whomever it would be, should be allowed to nominate the successor to Justice Scalia, rather than the lame duck 44th President (Obama).

It was a high risk strategy given the then expectations of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

To cut a long story short, Judge Garland was not appointed and Judge Neil Gorsich was. Many commentators have suggested that the appointed of Gorsich to the US Supreme Court has possibly been the most important, most consequential and most lasting decision made President Trump. At least so far.

But back to Justice Scalia.

Over the...


Police cover-up migrant crime wave created by the people in government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
The people in government assure the consumers in Australia that the three arms of government function independently of each other, without bias or influence.

To remind the lay person, the three (allegedly) independent arms of government are:

1). Executive :- The Queen (U.K. Monarch) and NOT the unlawful paper entity the queen of Australia, Governor General

2). Parliament :- Ministers of Parliament, lawmakers

3). Judiciary :- Courts, police.

Let's take another important aspect that Australian case law should give the mass population the impression that no 'person' is above the law.

Very briefly;

The inception of police in Australia is that from a criminal element of society that being convicts, something no doubt our honest police force would rather the public not be aware of.

Tax slaves should also be aware that the police do not work for 'you' (the serfs) but rather the people in government, where the general population is literally the police force's enemy.



Crime stoppers says report reckless fire behaviour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With a state-wide Total Fire Ban declared for Victoria on Saturday January 6, 2018, Crime Stoppers Victoria is issuing an urgent warning to anyone considering contravening the fire restrictions- starting a bushfire is a crime.
The crime-fighting charity is urging Victorians to be on the lookout for anyone disobeying Total Fire Ban restrictions, including lighting fires in the open air or carrying out hot work such as welding or grinding.
Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes said that people who disobey the law are putting communities at risk.
A fire lit during a Total Fire Ban has potentially disastrous consequences, threatening homes, pets, stock, families, and loved ones, she said.
Total Fire Ban laws exist to keep Victorians safe. People that choose to ignore them are putting our communities at risk, so we urge anyone with information about illegal or reckless fire activity to please report it to Crime Stoppers.
Your report will help to protect your local community from fire and could potentially save lives.
Penalties for causing a bushfire include up to 15 years imprisonment or fines of over $36,000. The maximum penalty for arson resulting in death is 25 years imprisonment.
People who know of reckless or deliberate behaviour that could lead to a bushfire are urged to report to Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 or at You dont have to give your name, and all reports are completely confidential.
To read about restrictions during days of Total Fire Ban, visit
In an emergency, or if you see smoke or flames, contact 000.

The post Crime stoppers says report reckless fire behaviour appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Reports - FBI launches new Clinton Foundation "pay-to-play" corruption investigation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill. FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started,...


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlands.

My 7-year-old daughter would like to go to a yoga class but I can't seem to find any in the northern suburbs.

If you know of a kids yoga class nearish to Thornbury please send me a text on 0405 321 148.

Thanks, Eliza.


Le Relais de la Valle - French - Noumea, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We mention to a local that we were visiting Relais de Valee this evening. Her response is to rub her belly as her eyes bulge with a silent oooohhhh." Nomea's Relais de Vallee is probably the closest to what we perceived as French cooking when we grew up - rich, heavy, creamy. This is a family run restaurant and a family favourite of ours, we refer to it as 'the sauce restaurant'. See our


Frydenberg falling short in his attempts to defray regulatory-induced energy costs "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian broke a story about dissension in the Coalition ranks regarding the in principle decision, announced by Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, to allow Australian firms to acquit their carbon dioxide emission obligations by buying overseas credits. 

Mr Frydenberg said this merely advanced a decision to consider these measures taken when Tony Abbott was at the helm.  And when Mr Abbott and others denounced the option of overseas emissions purchases, which will, of course, be either totally bogus or downright fraudulent, Minister Frydenberg made a smart-alec comment: It is worth noting that Mr Abbotts position on international permits is closer to the Greens than that of Australias big employers.

Perhaps Minister Frydenberg was simply trying to claim a continuity of support for what he saw as the least-worst option available to him, but bagging his former leader made him appear to be undermining a rival to his likely and widely mooted ambition of becoming the next leader of the Liberal Party.

Faced by the reverence of Mr Turnbull, and his departmental head, Martin Parkinson, for wind and solar energy, the Frydenberg strategy has been to ensure the costs of the policy are fully understood, including requiring the inherent unreliability of renewable plant is recognised by forcing those contracting to buy it also to buy a firming contract as insurance for when it is unavailable.  This feeds into the National Energy Guarantee, which will allegedly provide us reliable energy at $110-115 per MWh (a little over twice the pr...


MACKAY GT Mustang stolen: Woman charged over $60K theft from dealer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 05:59PM ,

GT Mustang stolen: Woman charged over $60K theft from dealer

January 04, 2018 at 05:59PM ,

She will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court this morning. Police are urging anyone who has information relating to the stolen cars current whereabouts to contact police via Policelink on 131 444. Do not approach or attempt to intercept the car yourself. If you have information which may otherwise assist

, ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld , ,

Filed under: Uncategorized


MACKAY Two left covered in blood after violent Moranbah fight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 05, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

Two left covered in blood after violent Moranbah fight

January 05, 2018 at 10:45AM ,

Two men will face Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. Moranbah Police and the Moranbah Liquor Accord stand united in tackling alcohol fuelled violence in Moranbahs licensed premises and those individuals involved in such offending will be sent to court and will be banned from entering

, ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld , ,

Filed under: Uncategorized


Where Does Nihilism Come From? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We talk about values a lot, and we know they do something, but we have little idea how.

Metis as subak. The traditional Balinese irrigation system for rice farmers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of these are lost, he predicts terrible consequences: widespread apathy or violent, fanatical attempts to reclaim a sense of purpose, or perhaps both. We talk about values a lot, and we know they do something, but we have little idea how. Compounding this is uncertainty over their loss. Nihilism is not a choice or intellectual commitment, but a thing that comes upon you. As Nietzsche put it in 1885: Nihilism stands at the door. Whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?

Part of the answer comes from understanding how values connect to knowledge and action. In Seeing Like a State (1998), the political scientist James C Scott classifies knowledge in two ways: epistemic knowledge, which can be quantified, theorised and transmitted in abstract, and metis (from the classical Greek), which concerns knowledge gained from practical experience, such as personal relationships, traditions, habits and psychological states. Metis governs local experience:...


BHP Billiton and Vales sludge still harming Brazil "IndyWatch Feed"

The story of the collapse of Brazil's Fundo dam scares me.


Christmas 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A sustainable Christmas: a different take on zero waste gift giving, homemade bon bons and tables made from recycled pallets.


In which the pond scores a prattling Polonius EXCLUSIVE ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The year having started off with a bang, and the reptiles being inclined to dullness this Friday, the pond had an attack of almost incomprehensible remorse for overlooking prattling Polonius's summary of the past year.

Oh sure, the pond featured the Polonial splashes for the piece, but the google splash was enticing ...

As a reptile blog of record, could the pond omit a reference to Polonius's impeccable summary?

What's the point of the gravy without the Trump-phobic meat?

Now all this is very well and deplorable and shocking but then Polonius focussed his laser-sharp eye on the dreadful treatment dished out to the wonderful Donald ...

No, it wasn't...


Shares to Keep Firing in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Dow broke 25,000 points in US trading over night (our time). Thats another record for the history books. 2018 is sure getting off to a nice start.

The USA isnt alone here. Over in the UK, the FTSE 100 just hit an all time high, and Japanese stocks are at level not seen in 27 years.

Its easy to say the Aussie market will be up today, too. But the US gave a strong lead in the previous session and the ASX did basically nothing yesterday once we got to the close.

So lets see. Apparently January has been the third worst month over the last decade in Australia, and the worst for US stocks.

Its very easy to buy when theres good news everywhere. However, that can often bite back.

After all, weve had a bit of a run up into this already

Banking royal commission doesnt faze US investors

Back in early December I made the case for a Christmas rally in Aussie stocks.

That wasnt going out on much of a limb historically December has been a winner in Australia.

The good news is that largely played out. The Aussie market has continue to nudge up, if not exactly shooting the lights out.

Can the rally keep going? Im not smart enough to tell you whats going to happen next week, but over time, for sure.

It depends largely on the banks and big miners mostly. Both look to have potential upside.

One bit of news today shows why, and I doubt if anyone else will point it out to you.

The Commonwealth Bank has just raised US$1.25 billion in the American credit markets. Its a 30 year bond with a very low spread above the US Treasury bond rate.

That sounds like a mouthful. Think of it like this: cheap money!

You might recall last month I pointed out fellow big four bank nab raised a similar mountain of cash in the US at cheap rates too toward the end of the year.

This lower cost of funds can be passed on to Australian borrowers. And it appears to be happening right in front of us. Home loan rates have fallen to their lowest level since 1956, according to one report.

Thats one cost front for the banks are getting a tailwind on.

Other expenses are getting the chop too

Housing and commodity prices showing strength

Last Friday came the news that the banks have been aggressively shutting down branches in regional areas. Nothing looks likely to stop this trend. Thats another cost going down.

A third is this. Staff cuts could be as high as 20,000 jobs across the big four, according to th...


Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings Legendary American fiddler Darol Anger and his collective The Republic of Strings have just hit the country and is about to head out on tour starting in Brisbane and then heading down through New South Wales. Angers Republic of Strings for the tour will be []


I Now Feel Free and Can Live My Life. Australian Commission Gives Voice to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV) Australias Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was always certain to stir controversy, particularly with regard to the Catholic Church, and it did just that when it delivered its  final report on 15 December 2017.

The Royal Commission came about because of, as the report explains, the sexual and other abuse of children in institutional settings, and the reluctance of those institutions involved to address this problem. Its five years of hearings had already revealed widespread criminality, cover-ups and systemic failures across a wide range of both religious and other organisations.

According to the final report, the commission, which cost 500 million Australian dollars (380 million US dollars), was contacted by 16,953 people covered by its terms of reference, heard from 7,981 survivors of child sexual abuse in 8,013 private sessions, received 1,344 written accounts, referred 2,562 matters to police and made 409 recommendations.

For many people, its real achievement has been to air the voices of individual survivors who in many cases have waited decades to be heard. A total of 3,956 survivor Narratives are on the commission website with this warning: This story is about child sexual abuse. It may contain graphic descriptions and strong language, and may be confronting and disturbing.

It has also published a book, Message to Australia, containing handwritten messages from survivors to be kept at the National Library of Australia. They can be viewed online. These are just three of the 1,054:

I now feel free and can live my life.

Please be kind to children. Dont tell lies. Always tell the truth if children are hurt like me.



Federal Government May Increase Alcohol Tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Malcolm Turnbull was all ears when the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) recently proposed increasing taxes on alcohol, arguing this would reduce alcohol consumption and associated problems. The plan would likely result in higher prices for drinks at licensed venues and help fill federal government coffers, but will it actually achieve its stated

The post Federal Government May Increase Alcohol Tax appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Economic theory and junk science "IndyWatch Feed"

You may have heard me mention once or twice before that Keynesian economics is junk science, but just in case you missed it I am going to mention it again. What has brought all this to mind is reading the front page story in The Oz in the context of the booming economy in the US. In The Oz we have this: Bill shock as standard of living slumps. In the United States we have this: US private sector added 250,000 jobs in Dec, vs estimate of 190,000: ADP. It also mentions that the report helped send the Dow to break the 25,000 mark for the first time. Of course, here in Australia we have something else instead:

Australians have endured their longest period of falling living standards in more than a quarter of a century as growth in costs outstripped earnings for the fifth consecutive quarter, leaving households worse off than they were six years ago.

The moronic focus on public spending to lift our economies is such dead stupidity, but even more dead stupidity is that economists continue with Y=C+I+G as the mantra of macroeconomic thought. I have just been sent my copyedited article that will be published in June: Making Sense of Classical Theory. It is an attempt to remind others that there was not only an economic theory before the publication of The General Theory in 1936, but that theory was vastly superior to the theory that disfigures our economic textbooks today.

As it happens, I have just been re-reading the third edition of my Free Market Economics. There is, unfortunately, nothing like it. Perfectly clear and as easy to read as a blog post but entirely framed around classical economic theory. The economics of John Stuart Mill, the greatest economist who has ever lived, recast for the 21st century. If you dont want to buy it yourself, just get your library to buy a copy.

The reality remains that our living standards will continue to descend if those who make policy continue to believe that public expenditures like the Snowy Mountain Project Mark II will make the economy grow. It will, in exactly the same way as the NBN.


Nauru government threatens to evict mentally ill child "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nauruan government officials, along with a Canstruct supervisor, this morning, (Friday, 5 January) have said that the Nauru police will forcibly evict a 14-year-old mentally-ill child and her family from the medical facilities at RPC 1.

The police are expected to return to RPC 1 at 2.00pm Nauru time.

The Nepalese family will be forced back to the tents and shocking conditions of the detention area of Nauru, RPC 3, where the child has previously attempted suicide. RPC 3 is not a safe environment and there will be no provision in the detention area to provide medical supervision of the child.

Doctors, who ordered that the child be placed in RPC 1 for medical supervision last December, say they have no power to prevent Border Force and the Nauru government evicting the family.

Despite some changes to medication in the last couple of months, there has been no improvement in the childs condition.

Border Force has the power to prevent this official form of child abuse, but it is complicit in the on-going mistreatment of the family, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, Canstruct has also been revealed as a willing accomplice.

We are calling on Minister Dutton to intervene urgently to ensure this vulnerable family is not evicted and is not deprived of the assistance they need. There is an immediate risk to the child but the stress of dealing with the daughters illness is taking a toll on the health of the whole family.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Nauru government threatens to evict mentally ill child appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


Gold Coast To Get New Gay Venue This Month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Gold Coast gay nightclub MPs is set to relaunch after an extensive revamp later this month. The venue, located on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise, is re-opening with new owners who promise a non-judgemental atmosphere and entertainment from DJs and Queensland drag queens including Tina Bikki, Vanille Foldher, Alexis Diamond (pictured) and Coco Verdose. ...

The post Gold Coast To Get New Gay Venue This Month appeared first on QNEWS.


Happy New Year, gang! Turnbull and Dutton's horror start to 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Happy New Year, gang! Turnbull and Dutton's horror start to 2018Forget Dutton's scares about gangs on the streets of Melbourne, writes managing editor Dave Donovan, the thing we should be really frightened of is his Government. read now...


TONY BACKHOUSE Rehearsing for Heaven "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Acappella Workshop at Byron Region Community College in Mullumbimby on Saturday January 13, 1 4pm

New Zealand native TONY BACKHOUSE founded Sydneys foremost a cappella gospel choir, Cafe of the Gate of Salvation in 1986. He arranged, composed and still writes music for the choir he directed for 21 years. He also founded the Honeybees choir and sung with the reclusive male a cappella group the Heavenly Light Quartet since 1996.

Tony has run over 2000 vocal workshops on 4 continents, for the public, festivals, schools, churches, organisations and corporate training events. He continues to record and arrange vocals with artists around the world, and lead tours to black churches and choirs in the USA bi-annually.

He returns to Australia in January to teach at his 19th Summersong Music Camp, and inspire singers of all levels in his infamously fun and uplifting workshop.

Admission from 12:40; no bookings necessary; cash payment on arrival $35, or $30 for Summersong graduates.

The post TONY BACKHOUSE Rehearsing for Heaven appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Reef bleaching five times more frequent now than in the 1980s, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coral bleaching has accelerated to a clip at which established reefs can no longer keep up, reports a team of scientists Thursday in the journal Science. Severe bleaching can blot out the color of huge sections of reefs and lead to the death of the constituent corals, destabilizing entire ecosystems. Its a phenomenon thats now happening to tropical reefs five times more frequently than it did just a few decades ago, said Terry Hughes, an ecologist at James Cook University in Australia and the studys lead author, in a statement. Previously, once every two to three decades was typical, and usually only at local scales; now, its occurring every six years. Before the 1980s, mass bleaching of corals was unheard of, even during strong El Nio conditions, Hughes added, but now repeated bouts of regional-scale bleaching and mass mortality of corals has become the new normal around the world as temperatures continue to rise. A little goby perches on bleached coral at the height of the 2016 bleaching event, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef. Photo and caption by Greg Torda. Rising air temperatures, due in large part to the greenhouse gases emitted by human activity, have led to warmer oceans. Now, Hughes and his colleagues have shown that the dangers of bleaching have escalated over that relatively short amount of time by pulling together temperature data and recorded bleaching from across the tropics. The climate has warmed rapidly in the past 50 years, first making El Nios dangerous for corals,


Government and Transport Technology "IndyWatch Feed"

Further to Spartacus rant the other day about the pathway to the elimination of cash, consider the evolution of self driving cars.

Lets us not fool ourselves. Self driving cars are coming.  Dont believe Spartacus. Listen to Bob Lutz, a former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors and also former senior executive with Ford, Chrysler, BMW and Opel. According to Mr Lutz:

The end state will be the fully autonomous module with no capability for the driver to exercise command. You will call for it, it will arrive at your location, youll get in, input your destination and go to the freeway.

We are not there yet, but it is not a matter of technology.  The technology is pretty much here already.  What is not yet developed is the social and regulatory architecture.

Consider for example a car hurtling along when a young child runs out in front. There is not sufficient time or space for the car to stop and its only options are either to hit the child or to swerve away and hit another car killing its occupants. What should the driver do?

With a human driver, given the limited time to decide, the driver will revert to instinct or reflex and the outcome would have a randomness to it.  But with self driving cars, the cars computer would be programmed to make pre-determined assessments. The cars response could be random or the cars response would be to preserve other drivers on the road or to preserve the child.  The self driving cars computer may even have an algorithm that estimates the age of the road runner and may have different options depending on the age of runner.  These decisions would need to be decided and coded in advance. And the legislative and insurance architecture would need to be in sync.

But consider if all the cars on the road were self driving. In the scenario above, the car could swerve away from the child and the other car will synchronously swerve away too, thus protecting everyone. But that synchronization could only happen if both cars are self driving.

And so it will be argued that it is safer for everyone if no-one drives and so for this and other reasons governments will outlaw human driving. Fewer accidents. Less traffic because of speed and navigation optimisation across cars.

So now with every single payment and receipt being tracked and logged because of the elimination of cash, most every single movement will be tra...


Nude sunbathers at Bruns beach cop $500 fines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Heads Beach looking south along the 10-kilometre expanse to Byron Bay. Photo Cristina Sharratt

A Byron shire woman and her friend were shocked to be fined $500 each after police confronted them as they sat naked sunbathing in an isolated part of Brunswick Heads beach recently.

The two friends told Echonetdaily they were just doing what theyd been doing for years: sunbathing in an area south of the dog-exercise area of Brunswick Heads beach in the middle of December, well away from where people swim or surf.

We didnt see the police patrol coming, they stopped their four-wheel drive and asked for our ID then told us it was illegal to be naked on that beach, the woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, said.

They said we would be fined for offensive behaviour in a public place, but we see the $500 fine as much more offensive, its a lot of money for a misdemeanour.

The two said they would pay the fine but wanted to warn others who frequent the beach and also swim or sunbathe naked of the hefty fine they could face.

Well have to pay it, theres no point fighting it, but we want to make others aware of the issue, one said.

They said nude bathing or sunbathing in that area was very normal for Brunswick, its part of what people here do.

I have been doing this every day for five years, my friend for ten years.

I thought I was safe well away from Tyagarah Beach [the shires official clothes-optional beach] where the voyeurs and perverts tend to go, its one of the reasons I dont go there, as I just feel safer in this spot, well away from people, she said.


The post Nude sunbathers at Bruns beach cop $500 fines appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Lismore to consider four rescission motions next Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

An extraordinary meeting of the Lismore City Council next Tuesday will consider four rescission motions lodged following the final  council meeting of last year.

Artists impression of the ski jump that was rejected by the Ballina Shire Council.

The items subject to the motions were the Lismore Square Shopping Centre $90 million expansion;whether to proceed with negotiations over an Olympic Ski Jump facility; a special business rate variation; and an extra 20 races each year at the Lismore Greyhound Racing track.

This undated handout photo released by Animals Australia & Animal Liberation Qld. on February 17, 2015 shows a still image taken from video of a greyhound chasing a live-baited possum at a greyhound training facility at an unnamed location in Victoria state. (AAP)

Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise joined with Cr Eddie Lloyd in lodging the rescission motions against the ski jump, the shopping centre expansion and the greyhound racing.

The special business rate variation motion was for the council to apply to the NSW Independent Pricing & Regulator Tribunal (IPART) for a permanent Business Special Rate Variation (SRV) at a rate pegged level of $120,000 per annum, commencing 1 July 2018.

Crs Greg Bennet, Nancy Casson and Adam Guise lodged the rescission motion to reverse the decision to proceed.

At the end of the final meeting last year, on...


Tracking The Seven Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last year I had an idea to photograph the stars one morning and noticed a clump of stars to the north. 

My partner saw this picture Id taken and identified them as the Peliedes.

She later directed me to an article that discussed how in various parts of the world these were known for being a group of women (sometimes a mother with daughters) fleeing the Orion group of stars, viewed in places as a man but elsewhere as a bear.

It was fascinating to learn a similar story seemed to be told all around the world about the same cluster of stars. This Nexus article argued the story appeared in Denisovan societies, which places it very early in human migration around the world.

So when the National Museum of Australia started promoting their Songlines exhibition, I was curious to learn how various Australian Aboriginal groups shared similar stories.

The exhibition builds on the stories from the lands of the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra peoples, which cover three deserts in an area of 600,000sq km.

The story of the Seven Sisters fleeing a shape-shifting male character varies in different parts of the continent but there is a unifying theme in recognising the threat men pose for women and girls.

In some versions the male Wati Nyiru tries to ingratiate himself to the women but is unable to control his lustful impulses. For example, in one telling the penis has other ideas and tries to interest the women by pretending to be a carpet python so they will eat him.

Other parts of the story vary in the details of which waterholes the women dug in their travels, or where the water course becomes hidden. In this way the story serves to instruct on how to survive in the outback....


The Next Great Bull Market in Gold Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed"

A new, long-term, secular bull market in gold has begun.

This new trend will take gold past US$1,400 per ounce by the end of 2018, past US$4,000 per ounce by 2020 (if not sooner) and ultimately to US$10,000 per ounce or higher by the mid-2020s.

This bull market actually began on Dec. 17, 2015, when the dollar price of gold sank to $1,051 per ounce. This new bull market was two years old last weekend.

Thats OK.

Bull markets begin slowly, almost unnoticed in the gloom of the prior bear market. The biggest gains often come after a few years when the crowd catches on and the price action gains momentum.

This new bull market in gold is the real deal and should last until 2028 or beyond.

The moves so far have been relatively small compared with whats ahead.

This is the perfect time to make your allocation to physical gold, gold mining shares and gold royalty companies or streamers.

The last secular bull market began on Aug. 25, 1999.

The 19992011 bull market represented a 655% gain over the starting price, easily outpacing stocks, bonds, emerging markets and other competing asset classes.

September 2011 marked the start of a brutal four-year bear market, with gold finally bottoming at $1,051 per ounce. Unfortunately, that bear market included a lot of head fakes and bear traps along the way.

Buying the dips was a consistently losing strategy as gold continued its downward trajectory after every brief rally. The pain continued until December 2015.

Now heres the good news: The bear market in gold is officially over.

Whats my evidence for this claim?

The most important piece of evidence that the next great bull market in gold has begun is the technical behaviour of the prior bear market itself.

Over many decades, commodities rallies have exhibited 50% retracements (bear markets) before resuming their long-term upward trends based on the slow, steady devaluation of the fiat currency in which the commodities are priced.

A 50% retracement of that 12-year rally means a decline of $824 per ounce (i.e., 50% of the $1,648-per-ounce gain), which would put gold at $1,076 per ounce.

Guess where gold bottomed?

It bottomed at US$1,051 per ounce, within 2% of the 50% retracement target. That decline is an almost perfect technical retracement.

By itself, this pattern proves nothing without additional confirmatory evidence. This is why we did not...


Report reveals failure to provide K72.9mil oil and gas receipts "IndyWatch Feed"

The National aka The Loggers Times | January 3, 2018

Bank of PNG has failed to produce receipts for oil and gas development levy and royalty payments totalling K72.9 million, according to a report.
Those receipts were for payments made by ExxonMobil PNG Limited to the government in 2016, said a 2017 report produced by the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI). The payments were K62.2 million for development levy and K10.7 million for royalty payments.
At the time the report was published, Bank of PNG had not provided the independent administrator of the report with confirmation of the receipt. The report includes payments done by Oil Search Ltd and ExxonMobil PNG LNG.
Oil Search pays development levy and royalties to the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) by cheque while ExxonMobil pays the levy and royalties to Bank of PNG via electronic transfer and sends remittances advices to DPE, said the report.
ExxonMobil PNG said they have been directed by the Government to this payment method.
The DPE only provided receipts for Oil Search payments of K7.4 million in development levy and K26.3 million in royalty. These payments have been 95 per cent reconciled.
The 2016 report by the PNG...


Guru Gobind Singh "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Guru Gobind Singh Ji was the 10th Sikh Guru of Nanak. He was born at Patna, Bihar, India, on December 22, 1666. His birthday sometimes falls either in December or January or even both months in the Gregorian calendar. The annual celebration of the Gurus birthday is based on the Nanakshahi calendar. In January o ... Read more...


FixedIt: Violent man is not the victim here "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to the Sunshine Coast Daily, a man who breached a domestic violence order and took another womans car without permission or a licence has paid dearly by being given a $900 fine and a two month sentence to be served concurrently with sentences for other crimes.

He was not charged with holding a baby. Holding a baby is not a criminal offence. Breaching a DVO, driving without a licence and unlawful use of a vehicle are, however, criminal offences.

On November 8 when he first saw his son who was born while he was in custody he was hit with an overwhelming desire to hold him.

The father approached the pair and asked to hold the child, with the mother initially refusing before allowing him a few minutes.

When she asked for the child back he said, I dont have to give him back, but complied when the mother began to call the police.

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

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

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99


Tsarnaev Trial a Lecture in Watertown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Dee McLachlan

I am more than pleased to announce that Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB, will give a lecture in the library about the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on January 23, 2018 at 6pm. The lecture will be livestreamed at starting at 6 EST (which is Wednesday at 10am Sydney time). It will also be archived later at Youtube.

The lecture is a free community event. The library is located at 123 Main St, Watertown, Massachusetts. Check the librarys website,, for snow cancellations.

Mary is an amicus curiae in the appeals of the case, US v Tsarnaev. Her amicus brief includes the affidavit filed by Jahars aunt, Maret Tsarnaeva. (which was already in the Court file). Paul Craig Roberts first publicized the affidavit...


Speed breeding LED technique grows food six times faster than conventional farming "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Speed breeding was initially explored by NASA over a decade ago as a means to enhance food production during space missions where efficiency is critical and every square inch counts. Scientists at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and the John Innes Centre, continued the project, picking up from where NASA left off.

A welcomed solution to our growing food problems.


The Bottlers and The Go Sets Submissions for the Salty Dog Cruise Competition 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Flogging Molly This April folk-punk giants Flogging Molly will be hitting the high seas for their annual Salty Dog Cruise. The cruise will feature some of the biggest names in punk music aboard The Norwegian Sky and Flogging Molly are giving artists a chance to join them by uploading a video to []


Holy Fuck, Carol Tavris: Sexual Assault Apologetics "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[CONTENT WARNING: Graphic discussion of sexual assault]

Forgive the repetition, but its worth hammering home.

So if youre arguing #MeToo is a moral panic, youre forced to argue that sexual assault isnt as common as most people think, or isnt as bad, or (in the extreme) nonexistent.

Thats the task before Carol Tavris. It wont be easy, but shes also a trained psychologist with decades of experience, so she should be up to it. Lets walk over her arguments.

Other People Say Its A Moral Panic

She mentions three specific people who agree with the moral panic label: JoAnn Wypijewski, Claire Berlinski, and Leonore Tiefer. The first two are journalists with no scientific background that I can find. Tiefer does have a psychology PhD and specialized in clinical psychology, though, so shes on par with Tavris. None of these people carry credentials in the study of abuse. None offer citations to the literature. Tiefer engages in the same binary thinking and sweeping generalizations as Tavris, in fact. As quoted by the latter:

Theres a rush to judgment. A conflation of all offenses. An underlying truth about the lasting effects of shame. Little room for complexity. Some bastards getting their long overdue due. Lots of lawyers looking for cases and money. Lots of institutions needing to cover their asses for money/legal reasons. Opportunists galore with axes to grind.

To her credit, Tiefers contribution sounds like private correspondence, not really intended to defend her views in the public sphere. But that means it also does little to bolster Tavris case.

But Maybe Its Not a Panic?

What, exactly, are the goals here? The answer is clear in the case of hotel housekeepers, fast-food workers, and immigrant women who are routinely subjected to disgusting sexual harassment and who rarely have recourse to pr...


Yoga enthusiasts raise funds at Byron pink ribbon event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than 70 men, women and children took part in the fundraiser. (supplied)

More than 70 yoga enthusiasts raised almost $1000 by wearing pink at a special class held at the Byron Yoga Retreat recently.

The annual event was held to raise awareness of womens cancers, and funds for research and support services.

Some of the people taking part in the pink ribbon event. (supplied)

Yoga teacher Bec Isaacs was inspired to run the event in memory of her Aunt Cathie, who passed away after a 10 year struggle with cancer, and was overjoyed with the communitys response to the class.

Thank you! Because of you we raised $946.00 which will go directly towards breast and gynaecological cancer research, support and prevention programs. Together we are stronger! I love you all, Ms Isaacs said.

Cancer Council NSW has contributed more than $4.5 million towards research for breast and gynaecological cancers since 2015, and this would not be achievable without incredible supporters like the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre, said Hannah Brooks, Cancer Council NSW Community Relations Coordinator.

Anyone wanting to hold a fundraising event should visit

The post Yoga enthusiasts raise funds at Byron pink ribbon event appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Hemp farming tips follow legal medical-cannabis exports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An information day for farmers keen on farming hemp for its medical, food and industrial uses to be held in Nimbin early next month comes as the federal government moved this week to allow the export of cannabis-based medicines.

The open education day on Hemp Farming for Renewable Economies, is being held on Friday, 3 February, at Cecil Street, Nimbin, from 10am-4pm (follow the balloons).

An organiser said the day aimed to educate and promote industrial, medical and food products grown from hemp and other useful plants.

If its mined and made from fossil fuels, it can be grown by farmers and made from hemp!  the promotional poster says.

The federal government has high hopes for the emerging medical-cannabis industry, but some are sceptical, saying access to medicinal cannabis has been made too difficult with government red tape and researchers in Australia are well behind the rest of the world on legislation.

A Nimbin hemp producer says claims by the federal governbment that allowing such exports would lead be an economic boom to Australia were overblown.

Andrew Kasavilas, a longtime advocate for medical marijuana, told media that the claim by minister Greg Hunt that Australia could become a major exporter of medical cannabis was over-reaching.

Mr Kasavilas said there were only a few companies in the world owning a legal source of cannabis, approved for scientific and medical research under international drug conventions.

Theres a bottleneck at the very top all around the world, where researchers are in need of a lawful source of cannabis to do any kind of research so they can do clinical trials.

Its unpacking 80 years of propaganda, thats the tricky part, he told the ABC.

The cannabis expert was referring to the war on drugs which lumped all drugs evil, including recreational marijuana used by millions worldwide.

Just on Monday, California began selling recreational marijuana in whats seen as a milestone in the mainstreaming of the popular herb.

Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours, and store owners said they had stocked up in expectation of huge demand.

California is the sixth state to allow sales of recreational marijuana, and as the most populous US state, its been a boost to mainstreaming marijuana.

Around half the US states have legalised medical cannabis.

Canada will also soon follow suit with recreational use of cannabis and in July, licensed cannabis stores there are set to boom.

Uruguay has led the charge to legalise cannabis in South America and has been a global model for overturning a law which has been socia...


Hamlet to be or not to be. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


In a world that is not always kind to animals, sometimes it is, and that is the story of Hamlet.  With his blood-curdling screams piercing the ears and heart of a kindly neighbour, Hamlet desperately and valiantly fought to fend off his attacker.  But he was proving no match for the mastiff who thrashed his head and cinched his bite even harder on the young pigs fear- ridden body.  The lifeless little lamb nearby, an earlier victim, told of the intent of dog.  As Hamlets old scars were to soon tell this was not the first time he had been attacked; however, it would surely have been his last.  Putting his own safety aside, Hamlets saviour leapt into action and over the neighbouring fence.  By some miracle they were able to weaken the grasp of the dog, freeing Hamlet.  With the immediate threat to his life no more, Hamlet still was a long way from harm.  His saviours courage did not end there; one more thing was needed to save Hamlet, and that was to get him to safety.  Negotiating his release, Hamlet was soon in our care, albeit, in the lateness of a Sunday evening.


Our first sighting of Hamlet was of the poor fellow buried in a pile of straw in the back of the horse float that had ferried him to Edgars Mission.  Nervously he then stood, his body shaking and bleeding, as the little man pleadingly looked our way.  Bathing his wounds and making him comfortable, our concern turned to the several pieces of tattered flesh that were once his ear.  It was as if his ear had been placed in a shredder and we knew that no amount of skilful surgery was going to be able to repair it.  The next day Hamlet arrived home from the vet minus his right ear, which had been amputated, replaced by many stitches and a drainage tube.



News Flash for Jack Lew: The US Government is Already Broke "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Garrison) Former US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is bothered by the recently passed tax reform package, The Hill reports. His problem? It is leaving us broke. How, he wonders, are we going to pay for the deficit caused by the tax cut?

Lew headed the Treasury Department under US president Barack Obama, from early 2013 until the inauguration of Donald Trump last January. This means he would have been involved in budgeting for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I dont recall Lew complaining, at least in those terms, about 2014s $485 billion deficit. Or 2015s $438 billion deficit. Or 2016s $585 billion deficit. Or 2017s $666 billion deficit. Thats more than $2 trillion added to the national debt more than one tenth of the debt as accrued over more than 200 years, in just four years with Jack Lew running the federal cash register. In fact, I distinctly recall Jack Lew raising the roof every time Congress hesitated for even a minute before  voting increases in his borrowing power.

As I write this, the national debt stands at more than $20.5 trillion, and per the presidents 2018 budget request, the US government continues to spend money at a rate of about $7.8 million per minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week about $850,000 more dollars per minute than it raises with taxes.

When Jack Lew refers to us and we, he  wants every American to assume responsibility for a fair share of that debt. Currently, such a share would come to nearly $63,000 per US citizen.

But we didnt borrow that money. A few hundred politicians did. Yes, they claim that we are their co-signers.  But I dont recall offering to cover their bar tabs. Do you?

As far as broke is concerned, the US government hit that point, and then some, long ago. It is bankrupt. Its accrued debt is greater than the US GDP. That is, the US government owes more money than is produced in goods and services in the US in an entire year. If every last one of us was taxed at 100%, it wouldnt pay off that debt.

Nobody of sound mind expects the debt to ever be paid off. The holders of US government bonds are those who hope to make a killing before the carriage turns back into a pumpkin and (to mix metaphors) to find a chair just before the music stops. They just want the US government to take as much as it can, for as long as it can, out of our hides before the scheme collapses and the United States becomes Greece.

Vis a vis paying for the deficit caused by the tax cut, Mr. Lew, the answer is simple: Reduce spending to match revenues, just like every responsible household in the country does. No, that isnt going to happen. Politicians of Mr. Le...


Its no charademeet Ada, Elsie and Charade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Sheep are believed to be amongst the first animals domesticated by humans, around 11,000 years ago, although most certainly predating them are our canine friends, who began domesticating we humans over 20,000 years ago. The history of domesticated sheep (Ovis aries) goes back to the wild mouflon (Ovis orientalis) of ancient Mesopotamia, who much more resembled a goat than todays modern breeds of sheep. Being relatively small in size, and having a lack of aggression, early sexual maturity, a social nature and high reproductive rates, these hapless animals were ripe for the pickings of taming and living with humans. Initially kept for meat, milk and skins, woolly breeds began to be developed around 6000 BC in Iran. Along with this development came a duty of care, which sadly we humans have not always upheld. Now almost totally reliant upon human care,* sheep sadly and often needlessly suffer painfully and die due to neglect.


Such could well have been the case for our newest ovine pals: Ada, Elsie and Charade. The first two sweet (albeit terrified of humans) ewes were brought to our attention by park rangers, who spied the woolly mammoths in their patch. Whilst the sheep had roamed this rocky terrain for some time, their unkempt and overgrown fleece threatened to weigh them down. Our daring rescue of this unappreciative duo spanned over a week, taking in temperature extremes that most certainly took their toll on the rescuers, if not the sheep. Now in our care, the girls have been shorn, hoof-trimmed, drenched and vaccinated.



Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller cities and towns can tap into that "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller cities and towns can tap into that

File 20171207 31525 34dwwj.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Yes, its a beautiful part of the world, but what sets Ballyhoura apart is the deliberate focus on a warm, local welcome.
stephendotcarter/flickr, CC BY

Elizabeth Turenko, Griffith University and Karine Dupr, Griffith University

Big cities and places with internationally renowned attractions have long been the most popular tourist destinations. Even today, Chinese tour companies in Australia, for instance, mostly focus on the biggest cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and landmarks like Uluru. But modern tourism is starting to take a slightly different path, regional travel, which creates economic benefits for towns and also leaves tourists with a better impression of a country.

Unpublished research undertaken by one of us (Elizabeth Turenko) while working as a tour leader in Ukraine in 2013-2014 confirmed this. Feedback from guests travelling on a group tour to Europe showed 80% preferred to visit well-known large cities,....


Aussie scientists solve malaria mystery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

Australian scientists have taken a key step towards developing a vaccine against malaria, after solving a mystery about how parasites carrying the life-threatening disease infect the human body.

Researchers have spent decades trying to come up with a vaccine to fight malaria, which is spread to millions of people each year by mosquitoes carrying infected parasites that get injected into the human bloodstream via mozzie bites.
Now a major international study led by a group of Melbourne-based scientists has discovered how to stop one of the most deadly malaria parasites Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) in its tracks.
A research team led by scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research found that P.vivax infects humans by latching on to a type of protein that carries iron to young red blood cells, according to the study published in the prestigious journal Science on Friday.
Once the scientists made that breakthrough in understanding how the parasite enters blood cells, they developed antibodies to stop the whole process.
Lead researcher Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham described the findings from the three-year study as quite significant because working out how to stop the parasite entering blood cells may help pave the way for a vaccine to alleviate P.vivax, the most common malaria parasite in countries outside Africa.
One of the biggest mysteries has been that P.vivax only invades your young red blood cells, she told AAP.
People observed this in the 1930s but no one actually understood how it could do it molecularly. What this study does is uncover that mystery.
The next step for the scientists is to carry out more tests on the effectiveness of the antibodies, but clinical trials could be another decade away.
We are building a case for the next vaccine candidate against P.vivax infection, Assoc Prof Tham said.
Prof Thams study also involved scientists from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University as well as others from the US, Britain, New Zealand, Thailand, Brazil and Germany.
Their breakthrough comes after scientists at Queenslands Griffith Universit...


FixedIt: Women going jogging are not the problem "IndyWatch Feed Allstate" reported that a man attacked a 43 year old woman in a Gold Coast park on Boxing Day. They forgot to mention the man in the headline but did report that police are warning women to take responsibility for predatory men who lurk in the park searching for women to attack.

Heres another approach: Men be warned! Theres a dangerous predator on in the park behind Castello Circuit, Varsity Lakes so stay home until hes caught. If you refuse to stay home we will immediately assume you are out looking for trouble and judge you accordingly.

Could you imagine the reaction?

Men are never held to account for other mens violence. The very idea that we should hold all men responsible for some mens violence would be greeted with rage and derision. But when women are told to take responsibility for the violence committed by men, its just common sense and women who ignore such warnings are being stupid and asking for trouble.

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

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

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99


Road strategy fails to save lives: expert "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A road safety expert says a national plan to save lives has failed and will fall significantly short of a conservative 10-year target to cut Australias road toll.

The National Road Safety Strategy in 2010 set out to reduce death and serious injuries on Australias roads aiming to cut the total number by 30 per cent by 2020.

But co-chair of a review of the strategy and chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma committee Dr John Crozier says the nation wont make that target.

His comments came after a horror holiday season on Australias roads in which 28 people lost their lives in NSW alone.

Its a tragedy this Christmas to see repeated the toll in terms of lives lost and serious injury on our roads, (a) significant uptick in that, Dr Crozier told ABC Radio on Friday.

We will probably be in breach by at least 10 per cent of that very, very conservative target that was set back in 2010.

The inquiry into the progress of the strategy is due to release its final report in April.

The post Road strategy fails to save lives: expert appeared first on Echonetdaily.


10 lucky turkeys: the greatest gift "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Whilst not quite the Christmas gift I had imagined, the early morning call to advise that our Christmas presents were at the front gate set me off with a spring in my step, excited anticipation in my heart and a whisper of sleep in my eye. With the sun still thinking about making her ascent, and through the fading moonlight, two very large boxes greeted me. As I stared quizzically at them, my attention was diverted by the sound of tyres crunching gravel as a car sped off down the road and ten glorious, chirping baby turkeys came into my world.

Soon each one of them was lifted from the box, weighed, feet soaked in disinfectant, bodies sprayed for parasites and a kiss bestowed on each of their fuzzy, sweet headsand I was yet again reminded of just how much I love turkeys. While their warm bodies with their soft feathers warmed my heart, the sight of the crippled stumps of their feet that once held their toes made me want to weep. How could we? How could our society allow for such a painful disfigurement of baby animals, which only added to the woes, their tiny beaks having been seared off when they were just days old.


Over the coming days, we would introduce the turkeys to many things: sunshine, watermelon, a new home for two of the dear babies and, needless to say, kindness. While at first the turkeys feverishly huddled together, with backs hunched and little interest in the world, this persona soon gave way to curious, forthright and confident birds, whose sole aim was to explore every inch of their new world, determining which parts were edible and which parts demanded climbing (the later being quickly identified as peoples laps). Turkeys really are an animal who needs to be met to be fully appreciated. Their wide-eyed wonder, gentle innocence and proud dignity are certain to leave you in no doubt they are so much more than the centrepiece of a Christmas feast. One of my greatest regrets in life is not having met a turkey sooner, as I am sure both the turkey and I wou...


SOTT FOCUS: Everyone Is Putin's Agent! Poroshenko and Saakashvili Each Accuse the Other of Colluding with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Infamous tie-eater, wanted criminal, ex-leader of Georgia, ex-leader of Odessa region in Ukraine, current figurehead for the "Ukrainian opposition" and all-around sorry excuse for a human being Mikheil Saakashvili is currently undergoing some legal trouble in Kiev. His Ukrainian citizenship was revoked back in December, prompting a series of self-preservation-inspired publicity stunts after he re-entered Ukraine and promised to stay. Since then, he has been taken into custody, rescued, questioned and released on numerous occasions. He and his supporters have called for Poroshenko's impeachment because of his corruption - Saakashvili says he's ready to become Ukraine's next prime minister. And just yesterday Saakashvili stunned the world by revealing the man behind all his current troubles: Vlad "The Man" Putin himself. At the hearing, prosecutors sought to have Saakashvili placed under house arrest after he refused to answer questions from the SBU (Ukraine's security service). After refusing to speak, he revealed the dark hand of Putin to the media, accusing President Poroshenko of colluding with Putin to manufacture the charges against him. What charges? That Saakashvili himself is an agent of Putin! What a tangled web of Russian agents we have here. Arch Russia-hater Mikheil Saakashvili accuses his arch enemy Poroshenko of being a Putin tool. Arch Russia-hater Poroshenko in turn is accusing Saakashvili of being a Putin tool. It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Talk about slap stick comedy! Just a couple weeks ago, famous Russian phone pranksters "Vovan and Lexus" rang up Poroshenko pretending to be calling from the Georgian special services. In their conversation, Poroshenko told them, "We found the connection between Mikheil Saakashvili and Russian special services. They financed him. We caught them red-handed."


Extreme climate, here we come.. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As this blog starts attracting climate deniers, climate change is causing havoc all over the planet.  Hardly surprising really, because adding more energy (heat in this case) to a dynamic system like the planets climate was always going to cause more and more energetic results and extremes..

cold storm bombWhile North America is about to experience a cold weather bomb, with atmospheric pressure predicted to drop to 962hPa which if it happened in the tropics would almost certainly cause an upgrade of cyclone/hurricane classifications resulting in sea level surges, flooding, 100km/h winds and temperatures dropping as low as -40C.

From climate reality project dot org.

The US East Coast is experiencing an old-fashioned winter, with plenty of cold weather and some heavy snowfall in certain places. Listening to climate contrarians like President Donald Trump, you might think this constitutes the death knell for concern over human-caused climate change.

Yet, what we were witnessing play out is in fact very much consistent with o...


In which the pond must confess to musing about a very disappointing Friday ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Say what? Sharri of the Terror is on a break and they send in some second eleven person to scribble about social media for the zillionth time?

Is it any wonder that tending to the reptiles makes the pond stupid, anxious and unhappy?

Desperate on a Friday, the pond went looking for more reliable loonery, but it wasn't any better over at the Speccie...

Musings? As soon as the pond reads something like "New Year's musings", it's plunged back into a 1950s void of quaintness, antimacassars and the aspidistra on the what-not ...

Oh sure there was Giles Auty, deep in his dotage and still fighting the cultural wars, and plucky Kev delivering a diaphoretic, diuretic, diarrhetic diary set in Dharamsala ... 

But what could be done with bon mots like this, as Kev celebrated a taxpayer-funded junket?

Or this?


Estonian Enterprises Will Use the Ethereum Blockchain-Based TIME Token "IndyWatch Feed"

From left to right: the Head of the G-Global Business Portal Denis Tsyro, the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Hanon Barabaner, Secretary-General of the Centre Party, Member of Parliament Mikhail Korb, ChronoBank Chief Executive Officer Sergei Sergienko

In the Parliament of Estonia, Mikhail Korb, a Member of Parliament and the Secretary-General of the Centre Party of Estonia held the meeting with Sergei Sergienko, the owner of the Australian project ChronoBank, Denis Tsyro, the Head of the international organization G-Global Business Portal and Hanon Barabaner, the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists.

The meeting led to the signing of a cooperation agreement between the G-Global Business Portal and ChronoBank. Parties agreed on the development of joint activities in the direction of human resources management during the digitalization of the real sector of the Estonian economy.

Consulting marketplace G-Global Business Portal is an auxiliary tool for digitalizing enterprises in Estonia. Digitalization implies the transition of the economy to new formats using cryptocurrency.

ChronoBank is ready to provide an alternative to traditional financial systems a new generation of time-based currency utilizing the latest developments in blockchain technology.

TIME token is linked to average hourly wages, is inflation-proof and have next to zero volatility. It is possible now to tokenize labor the most tradeable resource in the real economy. Blockchain technology is the key to discovering new employment opportunities.

The use of the TIME token at enterprises will ensure a stable evaluation of the productivity of a person during working hours. The ChronoBank system can measure the real efficiency of the employee and inform the employer about the usefulness of the employee for an enterprise.

Denis Tsyro, the Head of the G-Global Business Portal platform, will integrate ChronoBanks systems into the consulting marketplace.

The meeting was attended by Boris Berkovs, the Board Member of the TokenEst, who also expressed a desire to take part in the tokenization of enterprises of the real sector of the economy and offered his platform for ICO placement in Estonia.

After implementation of the G-Global Business Portal in Estonia, it will be scaled to other countries.

G-Global Business Portal has an agreement on the promotion of the consulting marketplace in Kazakhstan.

The post Estonian Enterprises Will Use the Ethereum Blockchain-Based TIME Token appeared first on NewsBTC.


Perth turns another corner "IndyWatch Feed"


Quite a bit of talk this week about Sydney property prices correcting in 2018.

Maybe in some of the western and south-western markets it's already happened quite a bit, but I'm not all that convinced that we'll see anything too dramatic in the prime location markets.

Time will tell, I guess. 

We'll get the latest jobs vacancies figures next week, but at the last count the ABS reported vacancies in New South Wales exploding to by far the highest level ever recorded for any state or territory. 

With a Sydney unemployment rate already in a multi-year decline towards 4 per cent, it's not as though we'll be seeing too many forced sellers this year. 

Listings always decline in December, of course, but SQM Research's stock figures may just have hinted at the first signs of Sydney vendors pulling up the ladder, with listings suddenly dropping 15 per cent lower from a month earlier. 

Over the past year listings declined in Melbourne (again), a gradually improving Perth, and an incredibly tight Hobart market, where listings have nosedived 28.4 per cent lower. 

Listings wer...


Clearing Out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Book sale!
Massive book clear out.  4 boxes of children'ss books; 1 box of adults books.  All for sale 50c to $1 each.  Boxes to be in front of 48 Connolly Avenue Coburg this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Free Decor Tellfresh plastic container lids!
We seemed to have accumulated a large range of lids without the matching bottoms.  Feel free to take any to match up with your supply if you need.  Box will be out with the book sale.



FixedIt: It wasnt a city or a house charged with her murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported that 26 year old Junior Fayiah Carlos was arrested and charged with the murder of a 19 year old woman, but they forgot to mention his existence in the headline.

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

We see dozens of headlines every day. In social media feeds and scrolling through news site home pages but we only click through to read the details of a very small percentage of them. The information we pick up from the headlines we see but dont notice still goes into our ideas about the world and what happens in it.

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

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

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

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

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm...


January 5 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1688 - Billy Boy Dampier waded ashore after seeing some Aboriginal people walking there but, alas and alack, their BFF was not meant to be as the Indigenous people weren't impressed with these chaps and they left in a hurry.

1697 - Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh named the Swan River (Perth) Swartte Swaane Drift..or in English Swan River.

Vlamingh's second in command, Gerritt Collaert landed a party near Cable Station Beach. They then strolled through dense bushland up a coastal peak known as Buckland Hill. From this lofty perch Collaert spotted a nearby river.
Which was populated with not the usual garden variety white swans but BLACK swans. That put the wind up the lads so Willem took this as an inspired sign from whoever and named the waterway Swan River.
1798 - Victoria's Westernport Bay was tripped over by some white fellers, and was named by George Bass.

1802 - Explorer Matthew Flinders eyeballed the Stirling Range

1819 - John Thomas Bigge was commissioned by Colonial Secretary Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl of Bathurst to inquire into conditions in New South Wales and the administration of the colony.

1825 - The first issue of Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper finally gave newsagents a reason for being.

1833 - First issue of Perth Gazette, forerunner of todays West Australian.

1837 - South Australia's first police officer, William Williams, reported for duty on Kangaroo Island for 30 per year.And the poor bugger hasn't seen a pay-rise for 50 years now!

1837 - Sir John Franklin arrived in Hobart, Tas, to take up his appointment as Governor of Tasmania.

1841 - Joseph Orton, Wesleyan Methodist missionary, observed in letters to the General Secreteries (the ordained ministers responsible for Aboriginal Missions) on this day the destruction of Indigenous food supplies and the violence between different Aboriginal groups forced onto one anothers land by the Christian Heathens who are enriching themselves on the spoil of the dispossessed and wallowing in the blood of their victims.
To the last he championed the case of the Aboriginals, conferring with the protectors, protesting against the travesties of justice he witnessed in court, and preparing reports to send to England.

1853 - Hobart Municipal Council met for the first time.

1855 - Aboriginal warrior and leader Dundalli, a resistance fighter for over a decade, was executed in Brisbane outside what is now Brisban...


Lonely Love and a Beautiful Lesson from Anne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A few days ago, we received this heartfelt and moving letter from a Unknowncountry subscriber who lives a lonely life. He had read Anne's diary from last Valentine's Day and had a burning question about it, crucially important to his life and his soul. Anne answered that question, I believe, and did it in a lovely, elegant and soul-changing way. So I am very pleased that our correspondent has allowed me to print his letter as an insight. As seems always to be the case with our subtle, brilliant teacher, the insight she gave him emerges out of her own life. When she was a little girl, she was unloved by her father and of course wanted very much to be loved. But until she found me, she was not really loved at all.

read more


Holiday reading Till Times Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England 1694-2013 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kynaston book cover

Over the Christmas and New Year break, I finishing reading Till Times Last Sand, British historian David Kynastons masterful history of the Bank of England, covering its first 320 years since its establishment in 1694, when incidentally it became the second central bank in the world, as Swedens was established over two decades earlier. Hat tip to Nicholas Gruen who tweeted on central banks recently:

The book covers the banks origin as the banker to the British Government and its evolution into a great engine of state, as Adam Smith described it. During its long history, the bank has helped the British Government finance its budget in peace and wartime, and it also helped finance colonial development, including that of Queenslands in the 19th century. The book tells the story of, among other pivotal events, the banks nationalisation in 1946, its experiments with monetarism in the 1970s and 1980s, its eventual independence to fight inflation on its on terms, and its controversial response to the financial crisis. It is a comprehensive history, with a wealth of fascinating information including, for example, the attempted shooting in 1903 of Bank Secretary Kenneth Grahame, who later wrote The Wind in t...


Hugh Fitzgerald: A Question for the Pope, and Waiting for an Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Church Militant, some new Catholics have put a question for Pope Francis that we devoutly hope he will answer: A group of ex-Muslim converts to Catholicism are criticizing Pope Francis approach to Islam. In an open letter to the Holy Father recently published online, the former Muslims say the popes teaching on Islam as []


Leongatha legend takes first place in Cape triathlon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The overall winner (long course) of the Dune to Dune Triathlon at Cape Paterson last Sunday was Amanda Wilson of Leongatha. Photo courtesy of Paul Landells.

Brett Franklin crosses the line to win the Dune to Dune short course triathlon at Cape Paterson last Sunday, December 31.

THERE must be something in the water at Leongatha that creates incredible sports stars.
And what a fantastic result it was on Sunday morning for Amanda Wilson, who grew up in the small town, and took home gold in the long course at the Cape Paterson Dune2Dune triathlon.
Finishing the course 53 seconds ahead of second place Paul Taylor, Amanda smashed through the course organised by the Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club in an impressive 1:53:32.
She averaged a pace of 2.37 minutes per kilometre, including blitzing through the water in a time of 16.21.
The swim was a bit like a washing machine out there, she said.
There were strong rips in the water, with officials deciding to shorten the course for the safety of participants.
Although it all died down immediately after the race, it was a tough start to the morning.
Still, Amanda soared through the course with the fastest first lap run time of 11.39.
My aim was to have a more controlled bike ride and a faster run so Im happy with how I went.
Running past the finish line, Amanda received a loud applause and plenty of hugs.
One of the founding members of the Bass Coast Triathlon Club, Deb Rielly, cheered Amanda on as she entered the crowd of smiles.
Youre a champion, Deb yelled into the microphone.
The triathlons always good fun for Amanda, who loves to push herself to always go further.
I didnt expect to beat all the guys, Amanda said after the race.
But Ive train...


Easily deceived "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ive witnessed juvenile cuckoos of all local species being fed by their parents on a few occasions over the years, but this is the first time Ive managed to snap some decent images.

I was alerted to this juvenile Pallid Cuckoo by its incessant begging calls and it wasnt long before the hosts arrived to feed it. It appears this one has been reared by Brown-headed Honeyeaters with at least two adults appearing every few minutes with a bill full of insects to satisfy the greedy cuckoo. The nature of the deception is extraordinary when you consider the massive size difference between the parasite and the host.

Pallid Cuckoo (juvenile), Rise and Shine, 3rd January 2018


1) Kontras demands solution on perceived persecution of civilians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Morning Star badge embroils West Papuan activist
3) The Free West Papua Campaign in 2017.

1) Kontras demands solution on perceived persecution of civilians
Jakarta | Thu, January 4, 2018 | 07:28 pm
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has called on the government to speed up the legal process of two persecution cases allegedly committed by military and police officers against civilians in Maluku and Papua.
On Thursday, Kontras said it had assisted in the legal process of the cases involving La Gode in Taliabu, South Maluku, and Isak in Kimaam, Merauke in Papua. Both were reportedly tortured to death by security officers.
In La Godes case, the police have named 10 people as suspects but they have not yet revealed who they are, whether they have been detained and which law they have been charged with, said the commissions coordinator, Yati Andriyani.


Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan: After Latest FBI Leak to Press, Its Time For AG Sessions To Go "IndyWatch Feed"

Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) say its time for AG Jeff Sessions to go as evidenced by the latest FBI leak to The New York Times.

In a scathing op-ed in the Washington Examiner, both GOP Reps. and members of the Freedom Caucus, Meadows and Jordan called for AG Sessions to be replaced.

The GOP Reps. said all of President Trumps accomplishments continue to be masked because of Trump-Russia collusion headlines dominating news cycles day in and day out.

After nearly 6 investigations and millions of dollars thrown at Muellers liberal dream team of Obama/Hillary donors, there is not one scintilla of Russian collusion evidence yet the farce continues.

This entire Russia investigation is Jeff Sessions fault. He caved to pressure like a coward and recused himself from the Russia investigation because he met with Russian Amb Kislyak (gasp). CNN recently walked back their fake news story and admitted then-Senator Sessions did nothing wrong when he met with the Russian ambassador.

The GOP Reps. then ripped into the New York Times Papadopoulos Bombshell which of course unraveled within hours of publication.

Even with the complete dearth of evidence Congressional hearings have produced, the narrative machine continues to mobilize. Last week, the New York Times published an article using four current and former anonymous intelligence officials to suggest that George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign volunteer, was a driving factor who triggered the FBIs spying on the Trump campaign. These anonymous sources claim that Papadopoulos, during a night of drinking at a bar in Europe, tipped off Australian diplomats about Russian collusion efforts, which ultimately led to the FBI opening an investigation.

Meadows and Jordan asked 5 questions that shred the claims made in that NY Times article:

Question 1: If George Papadopoulos was central to the FBIs investigation of the Trump campaign, why did th...


Pastor Brian Houston and Hillsong Church control the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Executive "IndyWatch Feed National"


frank houston1122_vision b










Australian Christian Churches should remove and ex-communicate Brian Houston and Hillsong for corruption and not preaching and adhering to Assemblies of God doctrines "IndyWatch Feed National"




Australian Christian Churches (ACC) pastors and members should remove Hillsong Church from being part of the ACC movement.

The Australian Christian Churches was known as the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until Pastor Brian Houston renamed it in 2007.

The ACC is a Pentecostal movement and Hillsong isnt Pentecostal in any way.

None of the core Pentecostal doctrines of the great International Assemblies of God Movement, of which the ACC is a part, are practiced at Hillsong Church.



Day to Day Politics: Did you miss it? "IndyWatch Feed"

Friday 5 January 2018 I know the people who read this blog are ardent political followers otherwise they wouldnt do so. However, have you ever considered just how much information actually passes you by? I am in the habit of placing the stuff I havent had time to digest in my to read box with

The post Day to Day Politics: Did you miss it? appeared first on The AIM Network.


Large ancient impact event discovered in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet's surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered. Now, glassy remains believed to have come from the strike suggest the asteroid hit southeast Asia as our close ancestors walked the Earth. "This impact event is the youngest of this size during human evolution with likely worldwide effects," says Mario Trieloff, a geochemist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany not involved in the research. Large impacts can disrupt Earth's climate by spewing dirt and soot high into the atmosphere, where it can block sunlight for months or even years. Putative remains from this impact have been found before. Researchers have recovered chunks of glassy debris known as tektites across Asia, Australia, and Antarctica, and their distribution pattern suggests the asteroid struck Southeast Asia: The largest tektites-weighing more than 20 kilograms and presumably ejected the shortest distances from the impact-have been found there.


Global Warfare: Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran . "IndyWatch Feed"

We are in some spiders web of evilsome great big plan

In total, there are 255,065 US military personnel deployed Worldwide.

Recent news reports point to a so-called secret plan to destroy and destabilize Iran, the first step of which is a color revolution.

The fact of the matter is that these not so secret plans to wage war on Iran have been on the drawing board of the Pentagon since the mid-nineties.

The medium-term strategic objective is to target Iran and neutralize Irans allies, through gunboat diplomacy. The longer-term military objective is to directly target China and Russia.

While Iran is the immediate target, military deployment is by no means limited to the Middle East and Central Asia. A global military agenda has been formulated.

The deployment of coalition troops and advanced weapons systems by the US, NATO, and its partners are occurring simultaneously in all major regions of the World.

The actions of the US military off the coast of North Korea in 2010, including the conduct of war games, are part of a global design.

Escalation is part of the military agenda.

While Iran is the next target together with Syria and Lebanon, this strategic military deployment also threatens North Korea, China, and Russia.

The United and its NATO Allies are behind it All

Since 2005, the US and its allies, including Americas NATO partners and Israel, have been involved in the extensive deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems.

The air defense systems of the US, NATO member countries, and Israel are fully integrated.

This is a coordinated endeavor of the Pentagon, NATO, Israels Defense Force (IDF), with the active military involvement of several non-NATO partner countries including the frontline Arab states (members of NATOs Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative), Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, among others.

NATO consists of 28 NATO member states, another 21 countries are members of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

The Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative include ten Arab countries plus Israel.)

The roles of Egypt, the Gulf states and Saudi Arab...


Ancient South American carnivorous marsupial relatives, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

30 Decamber 2017

Thylacosmilus is an extinct genus of saber-toothed metatherian that inhabited South America from the Late Miocene to Pliocene epochs.

Though Thylacosmilus is one of several predatory mammal genera typically called saber-toothed cats, it was not a felid placentalian, but a sparassodont, a group closely related to marsupials, and only superficially resembled other saber-toothed mammals due to convergent evolution.

Remains of this animal have been found primarily in Catamarca, Entre Ros, and La Pampa Provinces in northern Argentina.

Thylacosmilus was described and named by Elmer S. Riggs in 1933. He named two species, T. atrox and T. lentis.

Thylacosmilus had large, saber-like canines. The roots of these canines grew throughout the animals life, growing in an arc up the maxilla and above the orbits. Its cervical vertebrae were very strong and to some extent resembled the vertebrae of Machairodontinae.

Body mass estimates of Thylacosmilus suggest this animal weighed between 80 to 120 kilograms (180 to 260 lb), and one estimate suggesting up to 150 kg (330 lb), about the same size as a modern jaguar.

From Proceedings of the Royal Society B:

Diversity and disparity of sparassodonts (Metatheria) reveal non-analogue nature of ancient South American mammalian carnivore guilds

3 January 2018


This study investigates whether terrestrial mammalian carnivore guilds of ancient South America, which developed in relative isolation, were similar to those of other continents....


Liberal Mainstream Media Suddenly Praising TrumpBecause He Wants War with Iran "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Analysis The same mainstream media whos been lambasting President Donald Trump since he was sworn in last year has now taken to supporting him. Why, exactly, are these agencies whove made up countless fake news stories about the president now supporting him, you ask? Well, the short of the answer is war.

All mainstream media is beholden to the establishment and all those in the establishment are beholden to the military-industrial complex. As a result, the presidents newfound support from the NY TimesCNN, and the Washington Post should come as no surprise.

Leading the way in their support of Trumps stance on Iran was WaPo in a piece on New Years day, which echoed the sentiments of Trump. Instead of calling him a moron or making fun of his latest series of irrational Tweets, WaPo agreed with Trumps process.

Claiming that the current Iranian regime will paint the protesters as foreign agentswhich they have already doneWaPo even provided Trump a recommendation of not remaining silent but to ensure that U.S. statements of support are broadly multilateral and are backed with more practical steps.

Caring not about saving face and sticking to their guns of hatred toward Donald Trump, the NY Times then published a piece on Tuesday praising the presidents saber-rattling toward the Iranian regime. In an aptly titled op-ed, Trump Is Right, This Time, About Iran, Roger Cohen, the international affairs and diplomacy writer for the Times, praised Trump and confessed that he actually retweeted the presidents threat to Iran.

Cohen wrote, I have a New Years confession: I retweeted President Trump with approval, not something I had expected to do, especially on the subject of Iran. But Trump has been right to get behind the brave Iranian protest...


Letter From Israel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Since April of 2014, a US government website provides data comparing psychiatric hospitals based on quality and satisfaction indicators. Patients and their families need facts to help them make informed decisions about medical care, and choosing the right psychiatric hospital is an important decision to make, says a government official.

Here in Israel we are afraid twice: we are afraid to not be well, but in many cases we are even more afraid of the place where we will have to receive medical treatment, because we are assigned to only one hospital according to our address. No freedom of choice and we cant decide where we would like to be hospitalized. We return again and again to the same hospital, as if we were captured prisoners.

On September 10, 2012, the Government of Israel ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is a non-discrimination protocol honoring the right to autonomy and the freedom to choose for oneself. What contradicts these principles more than a situation in which a person is forced to receive treatment time after time in the last place on earth he wants to be, where the mere thought of it turns his stomach, intensifies his anxieties, and deteriorates his mental state?

I also experienced these things on my own flesh.

My address assigned me to the notorious hospital Abrabanel in Bat-Yam. In light of past experience when I was 17 and lucky enough to be in the youth open ward, but heard a lot about the horror of the adults wards, my family and I knew that I had better not get hospitalized there. In order to bypass the regional arrangement, I went with a friend to the Interior Ministry, and I changed my place of residence to another city. After that, my brother took me to the mental health center that accompanied my new address. I had already gone through almost all the admission procedure, but then the doctor asked my brother to wait for me outside because she was interested in talking to me alone. The next thing I remember is that my brother told me: Dahlia, we have to go from here. I cried, But why? At that point I already felt that I had reached a place of refuge, a safe place where they would take good care of me. My brother answered: Because you told the doctor that you lived in Tel Aviv.

I knew well what that meant. Even though I was psychotic, I was not completely detached from reality because I am pretty strong at my base. But when I was 10 years old, my father a Holocaust survivor committed suicide with a gunshot to his head in my presence, and this trauma completely changed the course of my life.

I spent one month in Abrabanel. The sun was burning on the roof of asbestos. We were five sweating girls in a small room full of beds, with no...


Trump talks of overthrowing Iran and suddenly the mainstream media loves him "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trump is experiencing newfound praise by the liberal mainstream media because he is finally showing them his loyalty to the military-industrial complex and its desire for war. The same mainstream media who's been lambasting President Donald Trump since he was sworn in last year has now taken to supporting him. Why, exactly, are these agencies who've made up countless fake news stories about the president now supporting him, you ask? Well, the short of the answer is war. All mainstream media is beholden to the establishment and all those in the establishment are beholden to the military-industrial complex. As a result, the president's newfound support from the NY Times, CNN, and the Washington Post should come as no surprise. Comment: Iran Protests Through the Prism of Geopolitics


Vaccines and Autism: Important New Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The mainstream media and the medical establishment have claimed for years this connection has been debunkedwill they now listen to some new science? Action Alert!

Dr. Chris Exley, a leading researcher on aluminum, recently published a study finding that autistic children have up to ten times more aluminum in their brains that what is considered safe in adults.

Exley and his fellow researchers speculate that autistic children may have genetic changes that causes aluminum to accumulate in the brain, whereas other childrens systems are able to remove the toxic metal.

Researchers examined the brains of five autistic donors and found some of the highest levels of aluminum ever measured in brain tissue.

The study size is small, so more research needs to be done to evaluate whether aluminum in vaccines is contributing to the explosion of childhood development disorders. Through the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children was diagnosed with autism; today that number has ballooned to one in 150 children.

The natural health community has been sounding the alarm about aluminum and other dangerous, untested vaccine adjuvants for years. This research should signal government agencies to launch more testing immediately. State legislators should also be aware of this new research so exemptions to vaccines are preserved.

Action Alert! Write to the FDA and your state legislators, urging more study of aluminum adjuvants and advocating for the preservation of vaccine exemptions. Please send your message immediately.



What UIDAI Needs To Clarify After the Latest Aadhaar Data Leak "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In light of the Aadhaar data breach, there are several questions that need to be answered by UIDAI and its enrollment partners.

The UIDAI calls the whole incident a misuse of a search facility that is intended for the purpose of grievance redressal. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Poor information security standards with the Unique Identification Authority of Indias (UIDAI) enrollment infrastructure led to news of a massive data breach on Thursday.

But what exactly happened? As of Thursday evening, we have two reports and the UIDAIs response, all with varying levels of detail. The most basic picture appears to be that an unknown number of UIDAI enrollment partners were illegally selling the personal and private data of millions of Indians who had signed up for an Aadhaar number. The Tribune alleges that access to the whole Aadhaar database, in the form of a digital search facility, was up for grabs for as little as Rs 500.

Beyond this basic picture, there is little detail as to the extent of this problem. Who exactly should be punished? What should be done now to prevent future breaches? The Wire breaks it down.

What portal or service was used to access the search facility?

This isnt clear at the moment. The Tribune describes the search facility where if the Aadha...


Australia: Adani Activists Stop Coal Train Before Being Arrested "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Andrew Backhouse / reposted on Popular Resistance

ACTIVISTS have halted a train carrying hundreds of tonnes of coal headed for the Abbott Point Coal Terminal.

Anti-Adani protest group Front Line Action on Coal reported two activists climbed on top of a coal train and hung a banner across a 15-metre-long carriage.

After over three hours occupying the coal train, Anna Hush and Gareth Davies were arrested at 10aam.

Anna Hush said: I am stopping this coal train today because I believe coal has no place in our future. The destruction of land and water for corporate profit is deeply exploitative, and ecologically devastating

Another of the climate activists, environmental consultant Gareth Davies said: Adani is just one part of this struggle if this rail line is built, there are a whole bunch of companies ready to begin mining the Galilee Basin. The results will be a catastrophe for the global climate, and will be the final nail in the coffin for the Great Barrier Reef

The action, which started about 6.30am, led to the stoppage of the train. Its unclear how much economic damage the protest will cause.

Anna Hush, a student from New South Wales, was one of the activists involved.

A banner hung across a coal train bound for the Abbott Point Coal Terminal. Photo: Front Line Action on Coal

A banner hung across a coal train bound for the Abbott Point Coal Terminal. Photo: Front Line Action on Coal

I am stopping this coal train today because I believe coal has no place in our future, she said.

The destruction of land and water for corporate profit is deeply exploitative, and ecologically devastating.

Front Line Action on Coal has...


Five things you may have missed from Nasrallahs interview "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


When will the Syrian war end? Are the protests in Iran serious? How much does Hezbollah's secretary-general earn? Nasrallah offers answers


Shark Attacks in Australia: setting the record straight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Saturday 23 December 2017 Liberal MP for Kooyong and Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Fydenberg penned a media release claiming big bad sharks were about to overwhelm his home state, Western Australia.

The shark in question is the Great WhiteCarcharodon carcharias, classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and currently protected as vulnerable and migratory in the Australian EEZ and state waters under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Federal Minister Frydenberg home for the parliamentary break is of course playing local WA politics during the silly season - having forgotten or ignored the fact that the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Recovery Plan falls within his ministerial portfolio.

However, it does appear hard for many other politicians to accept that,...


Climate denialists discuss suing a company for NOT increasing pollution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are times when one wonders just how crazy the people associated with The Heartland Institute can get then this sentence pops up a 6-page email from the Institutes CEO Jim Bast to its Director of Communications Jim Lakely:

sue a company for not increasing CO2 emissions, force a court to consider the evidence on CO2 benefits.

The October 2017 email exchange can be read at

A list of people on The Heartland Institutes mailing list who would be receiving such suggestions, courtesy of DeSmog Blog:

Heartland Institute's Climate Scientists Mailing List
Heartland Institute's Climate Economists Mailing List 


MACKAY More than 320g of ice seized by police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 05:30PM ,

More than 320g of ice seized by police

January 04, 2018 at 05:30PM ,

Arnold Di Carlo, 41, of Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a series of drug charges yesterday . He was denied bail and remanded in custody. He will face court again on March 7. Two others will face charges at a later date. Snr Sgt Tucker said it was a significant seizure, especially for Mackay.

, ,

user1ouenvdy crimeviewqld , ,

Filed under: Uncategorized

Thursday, 04 January


86 stars get official names "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 December 2017 video is called International Astronomical Union approves 86 new star names from around the world.

By Mariah Quintanilla, 9:00am, January 2, 2018:

86 stars get official names

Choices reflect international community

In December, astronomers and space enthusiasts received an early present: 86 newly official star names.

Such designations are often derived from Arabic, Greek or Latin origins. But the new monikers also draw inspiration from ancient mythologies and historical star names from indigenous cultures around the world, including in China, Australia and southern Africa. The star names were officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union, which oversees the naming of objects in space, and announced on December 11. Here are some of the names we thought shined the brightest.


Constellation: Scorpius
According to South African lore, the indigenous Khoikhoi people nicknamed the pair of stars just before the end of the scorpions tail xami di mura, meaning eyes of the lion.


Constellation: Draco
Fafnir is a dwarf from Norse mythology who became a dragon to guard his treasure. He was slain by the hero Sigurd.


Constellation: Scorpius
Pipirima is named for a pair of fraternal twins, the boy Pipiri and his sister Rehua, from a Tahitian legend. When their parents didnt share a meal of fish one night, the two kids ran away. As the parents came closer to finding them, the twins climbed onto the back of a passing stag beetle and were carried into the sky.


Constellation: Ursa Major
Chalawan, a villainous crocodile king from a Thai folktale, lived in an underwater cave. A man named Krai Thong fell in love with one of Chalawans two wives and killed the crocodile king.


Constellation: Eridanus
Ran, a Norse goddess of the sea, created peril by capturing sailors in her net.


Constellation: Canis Major
In stories from Australias aboriginal people, Unurgunite has two wives, which are represented by stars on either side of the named star. Whe...


Screenings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Screenwave International Film Festival

  • Wed, Jan 10, 201810:00 AM  Thu, Jan 25, 201811:00 AM
  • Jetty Theatre (map)

There will be two screenings of The Last Goldfish in Bellingen and in Coffs Harbour.

Thu 18 Jan at 2:30 PM  Jetty Memorial Theatre

Fri 19 Jan at 3:30 PM Bellingen Memorial Hall


Source: Screenings

Filed under: nellibellingen ...


Winter light and lines in Bendigo2017. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Winter light and lines in Bendigo



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


For Sale - Chest of Drawers $50

Sturdy chest of drawers - mix of solid timber and veneer.

All drawers have easy slide and solid timber front. 

Measurements: 54cm depth, 93cm width, 113cm height.

Pick up in West Preston. All drawers can be removed for easier transport, however still a heavy piece. 

Please contact Laura on 0401 482 188 if you're interested. 



PERTH Drunk man kicked off Perth plane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

snip .

Drunk man kicked off Perth plane .

January 04, 2018 at 07:00PM .

A man has been removed from a Brisbane-bound flight and charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and trespass after he refused to leave Perth Airport. The 45-year-old was escorted off a plane on Wednesday after airport staff notified Australian Federal Police (AFP) about a disturbance. Police say .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


PERTH Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged .

January 04, 2018 at 05:18PM .

During this peak holiday travel season, with many families travelling, the AFP is urging people to consider their alcohol intake, consider their fellow travellers and consider if their behaviour is appropriate. The man was bailed and will next appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on January 23. .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Water Watch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello all,

Happy New Year!!

Our first 2018 Edgars Creek water testing will be this Sunday 7th January.

Near where the old footbridge was.

9:00 am.

I hope to see some of you there.




U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture "IndyWatch Feed National"



SEOUL (Reuters) The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Koreas peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs.

No automatic alt text available.


In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with U.S. ally South Korea and could send a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South in February.

Kim also warned that he would push ahead with mass producing nuclear warheads, pursuing a weapons program in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

In response, Seoul on Tuesday proposed high-level talks at a border village and on Wednesday, the two Koreas reopened a border hotline that had been closed since February 2016.

We must keep our expectations at the appropriate level, the chief of United States Forces Korea (USFK), Vincent Brooks, was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying in an address to a university in Seoul.

 Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses
Kim Jong-un shows new style, January 1, 2018. Reuters photo

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged a series of bellicose comments in recent months, raising alarm across the world, with Trump at times dismissing the prospect of a diplomatic solution to a crisis in which North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Trump has mocked Kim as Little Rocket Man and again ridiculed him on Twitter this week, raising some eyebrows at home.

Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but....


Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

witch hunt.jpg Share

By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British 'Left' has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the anti witch-hunt labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over anti-Semitism.

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greensteins political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage by now, we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.  

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Gr...


The Carpark Next Door "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've been fiddling with this today in between help to install (sigh) a dud hat water system. Try again tomorrow. I had to invent the cars a bit as noone's next door in over the summer holiday


A view from the Junkyard Gallery porch/studio


Ex-British PM Tony Blair ups calls for Labour to back Brexit U-turn "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Former UK Prime Minister Blair has warned British voters time is running out to stop Brexit. An overwhelming majority of Labour members although not their leaders or many voters share his wish for a Brexit reversal.

A bumper stickers shows the letters GB inside the European flag (Getty Images/M. Cardy)

Tony Blairs evaluation of the opposition Labour Partys Brexit strategy was set out in an article published on Thursday on his Institute for Global Change website in which he called for the party to join the fight to keep the UK from leaving the European Union.

Blair said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to have his cake and eat it on Brexit.

Read more: UK to abide by EU rules in Brexit transition, with no voice

Labours position is confusing, Blair said, adding it would be far better if the Labour Party made the case that leaving isnt and never was the answer.

Make Brexit the Tory [ruling, Conservative Party] Brexit, Blair said. Make them own it 100 percent. If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the Single Market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour.


How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social movem...


Obama was not the real problem; it was the citizenry who elected him "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This absolutely brilliant quote from the former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus a spot on description of the US voters and the US Media: 

The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.

It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.

Since Trump was elected, Obama has set up a 30,000 strong mob of malcontents to destabilise Trump by creating a shadow government

It would be easy to attribute this brilliant expose of the US public to the Queensland voters who supported the Marxists of Queensland Labor at the November election, albeit with a good deal of voting fraud thrown in.

from Vote Australia, formerly called Australians for Honest Elections



2017: the Top 5 "IndyWatch Feed"

We can all agree that politically, 2017 was a boring year: 365 days of nothing but the monotony of watching a woeful government led by a spineless prime minister simply meandering aimlessly along. After the Abbott years, maybe we all needed the rest! In its five years of publishing political articles, those most popular have

The post 2017: the Top 5 appeared first on The AIM Network.


Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Above : Patriot Blue & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Continue reading


Australia to Allow Medicinal Cannabis Exports to Capture Lucrative Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Medical cannabis crop in Australia (Representative image). Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Sydney: Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.

Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively small, as recreational use remains illegal. But the government hopes domestic medicinal use, legalised last year, and exports will rapidly boost production.

Our goal is very clear: to give farmers and producers the best shot at being the worlds number one exporter of medicinal cannabis, health minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Melbourne.

Shares in the more than a dozen Australian...

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary was generated at Australian News IndyWatch.

Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog