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Paedophile Alan Jones took bribes off Qantas now he accuses Qantas CEO Alan Joyce of taking bribes off the Wagner family "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by []


A Bill of Rights for Australia, Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On September 18, 2014, citizens of Australia rally to protest the dawn raids of Muslim homes by police in Lakemba, NSW

by Mary W Maxwell

Some say Australia needs a Bill of Rights. Gumshoe hereby invites any reader to propose a right. Our journalistic staff (if you could call it that) seems to be in a jocular mood at the moment (no reason given), so we dont forbid you to send a jocular offering. Still, serious ones would be especially appreciated.

For historical purposes, I am going to list, below, the United States rights never mind the apparent lull in their enforcement nowadays. These ten rights went into the US Con as amendments thereto. For an amendment to get in, three-fourths of the states must ratif...


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NASA says Clear Human Fingerprints on Global Water Shortage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Before (Year 2000); After (Year 2017)

NASA Study of Increasingly Dire Global Water Shortages Finds Clear Human Fingerprints

From an Article by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, May 17, 2018

PHOTO: The Aral Sea, seen in a NASA satellite image, in year 2000 on the left versus 2017 on the right. (Modis/Terra/NASA)

With a first-of-its-kind satellite study, NASA scientists have identified more than 30 parts of the globe where the depletion of freshwater has been most dramatic, largely due to human activity and the climate crisis.

Parts of India, the Middle East, Australia, the Arctic, Antarctica, and California were among the places pointed out in the new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, as areas where an overuse of groundwater resources from irrigation, agricultural, and industry projects, as well as the loss of glaciers and ice sheets, have led to water shortages.

NASA has identified more than 30 hotspots where freshwater is in particular danger.

The findings showed a clear human fingerprint on the drying out of the earth, the authors of the report told the Guardian.

Aside from the warming planets effect on rapidly melting polar ice, the extraction of water from rivers like those that feed into the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for the purposes of farming and industrial use, have resulted in dramatic losses of freshwater.

Over-extraction has been especially problematic in parts of India and China, according to the study, causing a rapid decline in the availability of water despite normal rainfall levels.

The fact that extractions already exceed recharge during normal precipitation does not bode well for the availability of groundwater during future droughts, wrote the studys authors.

This report is a warning and an insight into a future threat, Jonathan Farr of the charity WaterAid told The Guardian. We need to ensure that investment in water keeps pace with industrialization and farming. Governments need to get to grips with this.

The worst-affected regions were uninhabited parts of the globe like Antarctica where 10 percent of the icy continents glaciers are now in retreat, according to a study published last month.


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Yogyakarta: Urgent Solidarity Call for Detained Anarchist Brian Valentino "IndyWatch Feed National"

18 May Since the day of his arrest, May 1st until May 16th 2018, our comrade Brian Valentino who were beaten and tortured have been denied of his rights for legal advocate or lawyer. Ever since he was arrested its already 15 days of interogation without the company of a lawyer or advocate.The police or the legal aid havent gave us a clear reason about this, therefore we are not sure that whether the police or the legal advocate who refuse to help him.

To be clear, we received information from Brian Valentinos dad who have just visited him after a week and he make sure that Brian was the only arrestees who havent given any legal aid for 15 days since arrest.

Therefore we urge to the comrades national and international to strengthen solidarity with Brian Valentino, our dear anarchist friend, who have been refused of his rights for legal aid. We are not limiting the solidarity, it can be legal or whatever. But for donation to the family and defendants:

Donation: BRI 5175-01-001-257-503 (Ilona)

Or communicate this to the local Indonesian embassy. By any means necessary

Anarchist Black Cross/Anti-Authoritarian Solidarity Yogyakarta, Indonesia.



All you need to know about the Iran nuclear deal - from the friendly folk at Hizb ut-Tahrir "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julie Bishop doesn't like President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear "deal". Neither does Hizb ut-Tahrir. Strange company ole Jules keeps. Q&A: Trumps Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal Below is a Question that was sent through to the Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir, our eminent scholar Ata Bin Khalil Abu...


In which the pond relegates nattering "Ned" to the specialist late Saturdee arvo slot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The pond is disappointed with the reptiles this weekend. 

The dog botherer disappeared up his own fundament on Hindmarsh Island yet agai, and while Polonius attracted a pleasing response,  it wasn't his best effort.

Even worse, nattering "Ned" went off the deep end, going on and endlessly on, until the pond began to suspect another agenda and it was so tedious it had to be relegated to the late Saturdee arvo slot, where only a few passing specialists and insomniacs would use it for a right and fitting purpose noiselessly dropping their tablets to the floor as sleep set in

You see, there's a simple, pragmatic, one-line explanation of why a referendum on 44 is a waste of time and money. This is its chance of getting passed

Ah Melbourne, how the pond misses your winters though something about their bitter chill and tedious days trapped inside Mario's reminds the pond of nattering "Ned" ...

Yes, yes, and the pond understands it will have to wade through an interminable amount of...


St Kilda Art Crawl Weekend of Art and Culture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Kilda Arts Community Incorporated is excited to be launching the 2nd St Kilda Art Crawl at the Vineyard in Acland Street on Thursday 24 of May at 6pm. On the weekend of 25, 26 & 27 May, over 32 local venues including art galleries, pop up galleries and studios, are joining forces to showcase []


Punchinello Pop-Up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artist Tommy Langra exhibiting at Punchinello Pop-Up 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 10am 6pm St Kilda Art Crawl May 25, 26 & 27 Download Map Tommy Langra will be working and exhibiting at Punchinello Pop-Up everyday during the St Kilda Crawl from 10 6pm at 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda


Dino Damiani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artist Dino Damiani exhibiting at HQ Gallery St Kilda Art Crawl May  25, 26 & 27 Download Map    


The Guardian Is A Lapdog To Power. Theresa May Thinks Its 1984. And Other Reasons I Write For New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson joins the #MAYhem, to explain why she writes for Australias most stubborn independent media outlet.

If the parlous state of Western media was ever on full display, it has been lately. From sanitising massacres of Palestinian protesters to bolstering the silencing of Julian Assange, the media has some serious charges to answer.

In the UK, faced with gaping holes in their narratives during recent weeks, major media outlets went into melt-down over journalists, academics and others departing from the official scripts on Syria and the Salisbury poisoning. The desperate, dogged defence by media institutions of their own fragile groupthink has been remarkable to behold.

During a BBC interview on the alleged Douma attacks, for instance, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, advocated seeking accurate information before taking military action, whether in Syria or elsewhere. Despite the obvious prudence of his suggestion, the BBC presenter interviewing Lord West took umbrage at his stance. She found it inadvisable to say such things so publically.

West had gently pointed out that terrorist-embedded sources, such as those supplying intelligence on Douma, are not the most reliable. He added that when he was Chief of Defence Intelligence himself, he had been put under huge pressure politically to lie about the UKs bombing campaign in Bosnia, alluding to the dangers of politicised intelligence.

Casualties at Douma last month, from the ongoing Syrian civil war.

With US president Donald Trump citing discredited Israeli intelligence as a basis for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear de...


Grin and Beer it at Lona "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The San Sebastian inspired bar and eatery, Lona, is celebrating good beer week with some awesome flight specials. So PSA to all the beer lovers out there, this ones for you! Okay, so it might not be a flight to Barcelona or Santiago, but it is certainly a flight including the very best beers paired []


The Weekend Quiz May 19-20, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Question 1:

In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:

(a) higher the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

The answer is Option (c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

Option (b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down might have attracted your attention given that it correctly associates higher demand for bonds will lower yields.

You then may have been led by your understanding of the fundamental principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) that include the fact that government spending provides the net financial assets (bank reserves) and fiscal deficits put downward pressure on interest rates (with no accompanying central bank operations), which is contrary to the myths that appear in macroeconomic textbooks about crowding out.

But of-course, the central bank sets the short-term interest rate based on its policy aspirations and conducts the necessary liquidity management operations to ensure the actual short-term market interest rate is consistent with the desired policy rate. That doesnt mean the central bank has a free rein.

It has to either offer a return on reserves equivalent to the policy rate or sell government bonds if it is to maintain a positive target rate. The penalty for not borrowing is that the interest rate will fall to the bottom of the corridor prevailing in the country which may be zero if the central bank does not offer a return on reserves.

This situation arises because the central bank essentially lacks control over the quantity of reserves in the system.

So the correct answer is that movements in p...


The must read articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed"

Find them here at Property Update.

By the way, have you signed up for this year's Wealth Retreat yet?

It's coming up soon at Gold Coast - I can't wait!


Video Friday: Andy Rubin on Robotics, Dynamic Exoskeleton, and Two Robot Heads "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube

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

ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
Dynamic Walking Conference  May 21-24, 2018  Pensacola, Fla., USA
RoboCup 2018  June 18-22, 2018  Montreal, Canada
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand
ICARM 2018  July 18-20, 2018  Singapore
ICMA 2018  August 5-8, 2018  Changchun, China
SSRR 2018  August 6-8, 2018  Philadelphia, Pa., USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesnt disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Sons 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMinis butt-cam.

[ TC Sessions Robotics ]

Playground founder and CEO Andy Rubin...


Trump to Nominate Admiral Harry Harris as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

40-year Navy veteran oversees the U.S. Pacific Command Harry Harris is nominated as Trump-Kim summit approaches
Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command.Photographer: Issei Kato/AFP via Getty Images

President Donald Trump moved to fill a key gap in his foreign policy team by picking Admiral Harry Harris to be his nominee for ambassador to South Korea, just weeks before a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

While the White House had earlier this year signaled that Harris the head of U.S. Pacific Command would be the American envoy to Australia, that changed after Mike Pompeo was chosen to became secretary of state.

Pompeo has led U.S. outreach to North Korea, traveling twice to Pyongyang in recent weeks, but South Korea has played a key role in bringing the two sides together and the lack of an ambassador in Seoul with close ties to the Trump administration was cited as a vulnerability for the U.S.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.

In a statement Friday, the White House cited Harris for being a proven naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership, and geopolitical expertise in the Indo-Pacific region. The 40-year military veteran was born in Japan and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1978, according to his official biography.

In an interview on Fox News in November, Harris described North Korea as the most immediate threat to the U.S. Citing comments that continue to be used by White House officials, Harris said the ultimate American goal in dealing with Kim Jong Uns regime is one seeking complete, verifiable, and permanent denuclearization of the peninsula. I believe that diplomacy has to be the main battery, but that is diplomacy backed by a credible military power.

But referring to fears that tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could lead to a catastrophic conflict, Harris told participants at a Chamber of Commerce event in Hawaii earlier this year that it was his job to imagine the unimaginable, according to a repor...


Unveiling sexual harassment against women in Iran "IndyWatch Feed"

Unveiling sexual harassment against women in IranIranian women are suffering at the hands of men every day. Johanna Higgs discusses with them their reality and urgent need for a solution. read now...


Trump is Right, This is Bigger Than Watergate "IndyWatch Feed"

Some things are so unintentionally ironic that they defy simple description. Let me give you Exhibit A.

If there was an informant on the Trump campaign, that informant presumably gathered some incriminating evidence. Following this informants leads could indeed lead to a scandal more serious than Watergate. But thats obviously not what the president meant to convey when he wrote that tweet.

What he was suggesting is that he was a victim of a crime more serious than the 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Headquarters, which was then located in the Watergate complex. The government was spying on his campaign.

And, its true that it would a problem if the government was in the habit of embedding informers in the campaigns of people who are challenging them or their partys power. David Frum has a pretty concise response to this line of thinking.

I think Frum gets right to the heart of this issue here. From all the evidence weve seen so far, it looks like the FBI did not go looking into the Trump campaigns Russian connections until after they were tipped off by the Australians that there was a problem. Specifically, the Australians told the FBI that George Papadopoulos knew the Russians had thousands of hacked emails that would be damaging to Hillary Clintons campaign long before any of those emails were released to the public.

That caused them to investigate. And when they started to investigate, they noticed Russian connections everywhere they looked. We know the bigger names on the list, like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Carter Page, but there many more connections. There were people...


Devils & Details: Tune in now "IndyWatch Feed"

As promised, click the image below to tune in.

Interesting to get Colgo's view on how the Irish housing bubble played out.


Australian government protecting paedophiles and not victims "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here is another example of how the people in government protect criminals and not their victims;

Will you hold the County Court (of Victoria) judge responsible if the paedophile rapes your daughter?


Can Cryptocurrencies Survive? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Do you think Bitcoin can survive? Or has it been a passing fad?


ANSWER: Bitcoin rose because 70% of the miners were in China. It was NOT simply because energy was cheap. Bitcoin became the LEADING means of money laundering and movement of cash out of China, circumventing their rule of law and currency controls. So do not think for one minute that Bitcoin rose because it was really a wonderful idea. It was a means to get money out of China when you could not wire money out. In Australia, they have adopted the slogan that CASH IS FOR CRIMINALS. They will do the same to cryptocurrencies. All they need to do is declare a law that it is illegal for a business to accept cryptocurrency under the excuse that it is money laundering. You just killed the entire industry. The government has the army, tanks, and the guns. Until the army is willing to turn against the hand that feeds them, you cannot stand with cryptocurrency and claim some magical right to suppress government. You need the power grid!

Video streaming today is because of the online porn industry (I wont post a picture of that).  They needed to sell their product and they invented video streaming. It has since expanded to everything. Blockchain can be used in many other contexts just a video streaming was not restricted to just porn.


ABC star Annabel Crabb not happy about the view from her Royal Wedding hotel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The ABC does not have enough money to cover Australian news in Gosford, Geelong, Parramatta etal ... but does have enough money to splurge on tabloid wedding coverage that every other network also provides. The lack of self-awareness is simply staggering. G C (@GrayConnolly) May 17, 2018


President (and citizen) Trump with some reasonable questions for the FBI on CLINTON crooks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why isnt disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe being investigated for the $700,000 Crooked Hillary Democrats in Virginia, led by Clinton best friend Terry M (under FBI investigation that they killed) gave to McCabes wife in her run for office? Then dropped case on Clinton! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May...


End Forced Organ Harvesting: An Interview With DAFOHs Sophia Bryskine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An exhibition of actual human corpses thats currently being shown at the Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall is causing public outrage. Real Bodies: The Exhibition features the display of 20 cadavers and over 200 human organs preserved through plastination in China. Critics of the exhibition are calling for its closure, as they hold grave concerns

The post End Forced Organ Harvesting: An Interview With DAFOHs Sophia Bryskine appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


In which the pond suffers through an extended bout of Dame Slapping ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Is it just the pond imagining it, or are the reptiles getting more and more verbose?

Put it another way, how many times can a single woman be held up as emblematic of all that's wrong with the corporate world,  and how many times can the reptiles do this while absolutely ignoring all the men involved in the assorted banking royal commission scandals?

Put it another way, how many times can Dame Slap bitch slap women before she tires of the sport?

It goes without saying that the reptiles and Dame Slap have a kind of energiser bunny capacity, which quickly induces exhaustion in the pond

Oh fuck, there she goes again, only this time instead of donning the MAGA cap, she's going super hero, as if the world can be reduced to the mind set of a Marvel comic, or even worse, a movie based on a dozen Marvel comics ...

Oh fuck, how long must it go on, the persecution and the suffering and the martyrdom, before we get to the proper target?



UN Votes to Investigate Israel for Gaza Mass Shootings "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Stunning Rebuke, UN Votes To Investigate Israel For Gaza Mass Shootings

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:00

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) just issued a stunning rebuke to Israel, voting through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry... to investigate all alleged violations and abuses... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018," while the UN human rights chief slammed Israel's "wholly disproportionate response."

The UN's top human rights body passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions.

The two HRC members in opposition were the United States and Australia (the UK abstained), with Israel condemning the vote, which was proposed by a group of countries including Pakistan. Both the US and Israel criticized the resolution's language for failing to mention Hamas the militant group ruling over Gaza which Israel blames for the scores of civilians killed during the 'Great March of Return' protests.

Image via Business Recorder

On Monday 60 Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli live fire as protesters approached the border fence area. The following day U.N. leadership issued a scathing critique of Israel's actions, with the U.N.'s human rights commissioner identifying women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders as among the dead. "We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday," said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Though the U.N. commissioner acknowledged the Palestinians' attempt to break down and damage the fence that separates Gaza and Israel, he added that this did "not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunit...


Budget Boost Will Not Reduce Court Backlogs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal Government delivered a mixed-bag of good and bad news for the Australian court system last week. It announced an $80m boost to court resources, but many believe the amount is not enough to sufficiently ease the burden the court system is currently under, which has created enormous backlogs particularly in our family

The post Budget Boost Will Not Reduce Court Backlogs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


New Music Through Old Ears: Post Eurovision Childish Monkeys "IndyWatch Feed"

New Music Through Old Ears: Post Eurovision Childish MonkeysEntertainment editor John Turnbull looks at Arctic Monkeys, Post Malone, near-megastar Childish Gambino and Eurovisions festive weirdness. read now...


Jennifer Aniston Stars As First Lesbian President Of The United States "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jennifer Aniston is set to play the role of first lesbian president of the United States. While other actresses such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, Robin Wright in House of Cards and Bellamy Young in Scandal have played the part of fictional commander-in-chief, none of them had a first lady at their side. Netflix has ...

The post Jennifer Aniston Stars As First Lesbian President Of The United States appeared first on QNews Magazine.


3CR Radio Interveiw with Fran Murrell after her trip to the Phillipines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

3CR INTRO: Last month over 80 delegates, farmers, scientists and development workers from the Asia Pacific region joined peasant farmers in the Philippines for a 5-day conference with the aim of stopping the introduction of so-called Golden Rice, which is a genetically modified organism, which the proponents claim will significantly address hunger and vitamin A deficiency.


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HSBC Goes All-In on Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed"

Today, I want you to imagine your daily commute as a brisk 10-minute walk.

Just down the road is a fresh food market too.

The air is clean and clear.

Theres just one snag

You have to walk by streets coated with horse manure.

This was the reality of anyone living in the 19th century.

Some 20 million foals trundled up and down the streets of North America and Europe alone.

A gallon of urine and 50 pounds of manure a single stallion could produce that in a days work.

The stench must have been unbearable. To say nothing of diseases spread by flies bred in horse dung.

Thankfully, its not something you have to deal with today.

Heres why

The family car revolutionised our daily commute and grocery run. And its made cities much larger than one with a transport system built on horses ever could.

But not every outcome has been positive.

Cars eliminated methane emissions in cities, but they introduced ozone-ripping carbon monoxide. And car accidents replaced injuries from bucking and kicking horses.

But it does show that disruption rarely unfolds without complication.

No matter where it happens, or on what scale, change always produces winners and losers.

Often times, it is both necessary and welcome.

But its rarely inevitable.

In hindsight, its easy to assume the transition from horses to cars took place overnight and that it was met with broad approval. But that couldnt be further from the truth.

In fact, this process played out over the course of half a century, introducing as many problems at it solved.

After all, nothing takes place in a vacuum. Its impossible to upend industries without destroying the livelihood of both people and businesses.

Road sweepers, carriage drivers and breeders suddenly found themselves out of work as the horse was displaced.

But it also paved the way for the biggest explosion of urban development in human history.

Now, some 120 years following the four-wheeled takeover, we find ourselves at another inflection point.

This fight promises to be fiercer than any before it. But, unlike the automobile, its unlikely this challenger will need 50 years to displace its competitor.

In fact, just this week, it landed the first blow

Blockchain goes mainstream

A landmark event took place this week that could overhaul the financial industry as we know it....


The Coming Massive Commodity Rally "IndyWatch Feed"

Earlier this year Goldman Sachs had sent a report out to its high-net-worth clients indicating that it was the best time to own commodities in at least 15 years, if not decades.

This view from Goldman was based on three forces coming together at the same time:

  1. Economies around the world are growing in unison (good for commodity demand);
  2. The world is borrowing more money, which means more to spend (again, good for commodity demand); and
  3. Inflation is on the rise (again, good for commodity demand).

You may not love Goldman Sachs, but their research is definitely worth paying attention to.

Then, just a short time later, the notoriously secretive hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones had suddenly become rather chatty. His main message detailed a very bullish view on commodity prices.

Jones view is based on a belief that the recent big tax cut is a mistake. His issue with the tax cut is timing it coming nine years into an economic expansion. Jones believes the tax cut is going to be the spark that finally sets off the inflation fire.

I see his point there are a lot of inflationary forces at work here. This tax cut, on top of a decade of ultra-low interest rates, on top of years quantitative easing, on top of a spending bill.

The bottom line for Jones is that nothing performs better in an inflationary environment than commodities.

And in April, another very smart investor reported that they think commodities are going to perform exceptionally well. At some point we may need to conclude that these proven investors are onto something.

This time around the investor is DoubleLine Capitals Jeffrey Gundlach.

Gundlach doesnt just think commodities are going to do pretty well from here; he thinks commodity prices are on the verge of exploding higher. Gundlach isnt looking for a 30% rise; he expects commodities as a group to go up 100%, 200% or even 400%!

That is a bold call.

As to why (always the important part) Gundlach is so bullish on commodities, the investing heavyweight hits on a few factors that are similar to what we heard previously from Goldman and Jones.

Those factors include:

  • Continuing growth in global economic activity;
  • The Trump tax cut, which will boost economic growth;
  • The incredibly easy money policies from the European Central Bank; and
  • A continued weakening of the US dollar.

In addition to putting together the fundamental case behind rising c...


Gallery 7- Opening Night Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

25 May 2018 5pm 9pm

Gallery 7

7/13 Lawson Street Byron Bay

Come and celebrate the opening of the newest, biggest & tiniest Art Gallery in Byron Bay!

Representing renowned local artists Craig Parnaby, Mike Chavez, Andrew Hmelnitsky and from Sydney town, the beautiful Samantha Robinson.

Drinks kick off at 5pm. Sponsored by the brewing champions of the area, Pickled Pig Brewery.

Bring your friends, spread the word, see you there.

For more details visit Gallery 7 Facebook page or website.

The post Gallery 7- Opening Night Party appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


To May 19 nuclear and climate news Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

International politics teeters about over the Iran nuclear deal. Plans falter for nuclear summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un. Trump will decimate North Korea unless Kim agrees to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

Pro nuclear propaganda becomes more sophisticated and subtle. National Geographic now a stooge for the International New Nukeslobby

Scientists warn that worst-case climate change scenario could be more extreme than previously thought.  Climate change is heading for a major wipeout of the worlds insect species.


Labor prepared to strengthen environmental protections, as grass roots members demand.

ACT brings forward zero emissions target to 2045.

Australias nuclear propagandist Ben Heard wrote a paper rubbishing renewable energys potential:...


Australian government increases pressure for nuclear waste dump (will the Senate Inquiry be irrelevant?) "IndyWatch Feed"

Make peace by defying SA nuclear dump Michele Madigan 17 May 2018

As Aboriginal elder and justice campaigner Kevin Buzzacott has said: If we cant make peace for the country, and look after the country whats the good of us?

Sunday 29 April 2018 marked the second anniversary for many such South Australian peacemakers. It was on that date in 2016, at 2.30am, that Adnyamathanha Elder Aunty Enice Marsh heard the news that the federal government had chosen the Flinders Ranges to be the top of the list site of the proposed national nuclear dump.

Incredulous at hearing this on the 8am news, I rang Aunty Enice. Im sitting here trying to eat my weetbix and keep my thoughts calm, she said. But do you know what I was thinking? Colonisation is again attacking the First Nations people and poisoning their land.

For her colleague, Regina McKenzie, it was like getting news of a death: death to a 60,000-year cultural heritage.

Since then, South Australia...


Friends of Edgar's Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,

Before you know it, we are at it again! Planting event number two for 2018 unfolds this weekend, Sunday, May 20th.

We are planting at the Silurian cliff area, west side of the creek. For those who know the last remaining woody weed section close to the old Greening Australia and Department of Justice revegetation sites, it has got a whole lot smaller recently and we will be beginning the next phase of its transition to indigenous flora. 

The forecast is relatively good given the last week or so, 15 degrees with a low chance of not much rain (for the weather nerds like me, 30% chance of 0 - 0.4mm of rain - really, a small chance of not much as I said). 

Details for the event are as follows:



Scientists refute Ben Heards paper opposing reneweable energy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...


Friends of Coburg Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear members, friends and those who came along to the Dead of Night Tour.

The latest newsletter from the Friends of Coburg Cemetery, Buried Treasures #12, has now been published.

If you would like a copy emailed or posted to you, please let us know. 

We will have printed copies for anyone who comes to the professional photo shoot on Saturday 26th May (see the note on page 1 to find out what this is about).

Kind Regards,

Friends of Coburg Cemetery, Inc.
PO Box 329 Carlton South, 3053


Shed Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Finally cleaning out our shipping container! 

Lots of kids stuff, books, clothing, homewares, building materials and more. 

Priced cheap to go.

This Sunday 20th. 

10am to 2pm.

32 Outlook Rd Coburg North (opposite basketball centre/cricket oval playground).


Stamp Launch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hey everyone,

Me and my band are having a launch to release our debut EP 'In A Whale' and we'd love for you to come!




Busting the pro thorium nuclear spin "IndyWatch Feed"

Should Australia consider thorium nuclear power?  The Conversation Nigel Marks,  Associate Professor of Physics, Curtin University   March 2, 2015   .. a growing community of devotees has sprung up around an alternative nuclear fuel: thorium. But is it right for Australia?

Today, advocates of thorium typically point to a variety of advantages over uranium. These include fail-safe reactor operation, because most thorium reactor designs are incapable of an explosion or meltdown, as was seen at Chernobyl or Fukushima. Another is resistance to weapons proliferation, because thorium reactors create byproducts that make the fuel unsuitable for use in nuclear weapons.Other advantages include greater abundance of natural reserves of thorium, less radioactive waste and higher utilisation of fuel in thorium reactors. Thorium is often cast as good nuclear, while uranium gets to carry the can as bad nuclear.

Not so different

While compelling at first glance, the details reveal a somewhat more murky picture. The...


MACKAY 7 News Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Senate climate report is a warning for Australias military "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change warning for Australias military    Former defence chief Admiral Chris Barrie, who led Australian forces until 2002, says a new Senate committee report on the security risks of climate change must be taken seriously. SBS World News, By James Elton-Pym  , 18 May 18 


UNESCO concerned at TAS Gov rezoning wilderness areas to allow development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tasmania is blessed with beautiful and intact landscapes and excellent protection of much of the state. World Heritage Areas and national parks have long been coveted by developers and these attempts to open up parks to commercial interests have been resisted with varying degrees of success over the years.

Under the current very pro development Liberal government in Tasmania there are no end of proposals for private developments in national parks and other parts of the conservation network (check here for a current list).

This is being resisted strongly by many in the Tasmanian community and it is now being criticised internationally.

Ellen Coulter, writing for the ABC reports that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has raised concerns about Tasmanias wilderness areas being rezoned for tourism developments and called on the State Government to speed up a Tourism Master Plan requested in 2015.

Conservationists said a recent UNESCO document highlighted serious risks to Tasmanias wilderness brand.

In the document, the committee also raised concerns about the State Governments rezoning of some wilderness areas to allow for tourism opportunities and wider aircraft access.

The report refers to areas being changed from wilderness to remote recreation, which the Wilderness Societys Vica Bayley understands refers to new self-reliant recreation zones.

Mr Bayley said rezoning had occurred near Lake Malbena, in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, where a luxury standing camp has been proposed.

Also down the Overland Track and indeed at Lake Rodway, at Cradle Mountain, he said.

It seems that the Government here has been called out the World Heritage Committee has identified that this switch is of concern and theyre urging for it to be fixed.

This risks our reputation, it risks our credibility on the international stage and it sends a signal of contempt.

In response, Tasmanian Greens have urged the state government to put a halt on tourism proposal assessments until a Tourism Master Plan was in place.



Climate change is a clear and present danger to Australias security Senate report "IndyWatch Feed"

Senate report: climate change is a clear and present danger to Australias security, The Conversation,  Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland, May 18, 2018  

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade yesterday presented its report on the national security implications of climate change.

The report makes several findings and recommendations, noting at the outset that climate change has a range of important security implications, both domestically and internationally.

Tellingly, none of the expert submissions questioned the rationale for this inquiry, nor the claim that climate change challenges Australian national security.

The report concludes that:

the consensus from the evidence (is) that climate change is exacerbating threats and risks to Australias national security.

Significantly, it also notes that climate change threatens both state and human security in the Australian context. Here are some of the key security implications.

Sea-level rises and natural disasters are key challenges

The report emphasises the risks posed by rising sea levels and a...


Warning of ecological Armageddon after dramatic plunge in insect numbers "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn
Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections ,
Guardian, Damian CarringtonEnvironment editor @dpcarrington Fri 18 May 2018 

Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis.

Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the sc...


Women leaders come together to fight climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

18 MAY 2018
Climate change affects everyone, but certain demographics and groups are at greater risk. One such demographic is women, who are more likely than men to feel the negative consequences of a warming planet.

This fact was one of the primary reasons for the Climate Leaders Summit: Women Kicking it on Climate, which was hosted on 16 and 17 May by Catherine McKenna, Canadas Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

I am privileged to work with so many fearless women who are climate leaders, said McKenna on why she organized the summit. We know women and girls are particularly at risk when it comes to climate change, and yet women are also at the forefront of bold climate leadership around the world. Together, women are turning ideas into solutions.

The event brought together female climate leaders from around the world, with representatives from the public, private, academic and civil society sectors. The group focused on topics such as improving collaboration to find solutions to climate change, female empowerment and ensuring that women are represented in global conversations surrounding the environment.

As scientists have begun to understand the effects of climate change, it has become apparen...


Theme announced for  30th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Childrens Day 2018 Announcement 

Melbourne, Australia:
SNAICC is delighted to announce the theme for
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day for 2018 is
SNAICC Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years

Our children are the youngest people from the longest living culture in the world,
with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Our children are growing up strong with connection to family, community and country.
Our children are the centre of our families and the heart of our communities.
They are our future and the carriers of our story.

This year, we invite communities to take a walk down memory lane,
as we revisit some of the highlights of the last 30 years. We look back
on the empowering protest movements instigated by community that had led
to the establishment of the first Childrens Day on 4 August 1988.

We look back at all of the amazing moments weve shared with our children over the years,
and how were watching them grow into leaders.

We look back to see what weve achieved, and decide where we want to go
from here to create a better future for our children.

If you have celebrated Childrens Day at any time during the past 30 years,
we would love to hear from you.

Read How to get involved in Childrens Day 2018:


Senate report recognises climate risk, but fails to draw obvious conclusions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Senate report acknowledges the huge risks of climate change and the threat to intelligent life. But it needs to do more than that.

via Senate report recognises climate risk, but fails to draw obvious conclusions RenewEconomy


Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.

via Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy


The Beauty Myth 3.0 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you want to be beautiful by todays beauty industry standards, youd better be prepared to part with some cash, writes Helen Barcham.

Every work morning, as I wait to board my bus from Parramatta station to the Western Sydney University campus, I find myself meditating on the in-your-face advertisement plastered on the window of the beauty clinic across the street.

The advertisement is not remarkable in the context of todays advertising culture, but it is nevertheless alluring. It features several attractive, happy and confident-seeming women (and one man) alongside the text, Whats your You Ness?

This image exemplifies beautifully the paradox of todays beauty industry.

The clinic promises to respect and amplify womens youness which they define as what makes you, well you. And yet, this promise is sold to women through a smorgasbord of products and services that, paradoxically, orient womens bodies and psyches towards embodying the cultural beauty ideal.

According to its website, the clinic promises to hit reverse on sagging skin through skin tightening treatments; leave others to guess about ones age through cosmetic injectables; and promises women theyll be ready at a moments notice through laser hair removal. Ultimately, the promotion of these beauty regimes tells us that youthful or youth-like, thin and hairless bodies are the cultural ideal to which women should aspire. Youness, then, is a false economy, re-routed to sameness.


Pain and Suffering is the Price to Pay for Looking and Feeling Good

In order to acquire the happiness and confidence of the models in the advertisements, women are, ironically, first required to endure pain and suffering in the form of endless laser treatments, surgical needles, chemical peels, injections, and take-home creams, among other body work.

Pain and suffering, we are told in todays therapeutic society, is a necessary requirement of actively looking after oneself. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain.

This suffering is no mere coincidence or by-product, but a politically organised normalising apparatus, strategically pressed u...


A List of Facts Concerning Myself Trying to Get My Family Investigated for Child Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed National"

This group that is all over talking dirt on me- using minute clips of longer videos of mine in order to distort what I am saying- who all are anonymous and trollish in their attacks- will do whatever they can to prevent people from listening to me- so let me break down what I have said for the past 16 years

1). My parents where involved with child abductions and trafficking- which was part of a much bigger group in Omaha commonly referred to as the Franklin Scandal.

2). Despite my myriad of efforts these past 16 years- publishing a book, maintaining a blog, and doing countless interviews and videos- including a documentary- my parents have never been looked at- despite going to the police, filing reports with the FBI, contacting every media outlet I could think of, as well as our Dept of Justice.

3). Throughout all of this- I have been constantly hounded by Satanist Doug Meaner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves- with 100 of 1000s of comments on Amazon on books such as Sybil Exposed and 22 Faces- not to mention my own- Rabbit Hole: A Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivors Story, as well as a myriad of articles, YouTube videos, and a UK website- all of whom are done by aliases or anonymous posters.

4). In the 80s, allegations of ritual abuse and child rape came out in the US, the UK, and Australia simultaneously at the time their was no Internet. Doug Mesner has spent his entire career discrediting this despite the UK getting busted for covering up theirs. Their allegations however were never investigated due to their public officials claiming the allegations were historic and not valid to spend any time and money investigating although tons of money, time, and effort was spent discrediting them at the time.

5). My dad told his Methodist Hospital hospice Dr.s and nurses about his activities trying to come clean.

6). My oldest sister Cindy Hester was murdered by her husband and oldest daughter three weeks after our dad died. She told HER Dr.s and nurses about her fears- prompting adult protective services to go into their house right beforehand but her murder was never investigated since her husband Ralph Hester was City Manager of Lynn Haven, Florida- where they lived.

7). My sister Cindys children are openly working with Doug Mesner making claims against since I have been trying to get them investigated- along with my half sister Christina Marie Shurter/ Blumpkin- working hard to keep anyone from looking into what I have been trying to get investigated . Anyone who looks into Ralph Hesters career will find he changed jobs A LOT from Milaca MN to all over Florida due to his behavior and that of his familys.

8). My older brother Stephen Westley Shurter was the second photographer of child porn with regards to Franklin Credit th...


A Royal Wedding "IndyWatch Feed"

I cannot understand the obsession / fascination and media coverage of this Royal wedding. The ABC its budget apparently cut to the bone  has sent Annabel Crabb and Jeremy Fernandez to London to join existing ABC reporters based in the UK (Steve Cannane, James Glenday and Lisa Millar). So five journalists from the ABC to cover this Royal wedding. In response to questions about such a large contingent, the ABC said (through its media contact Sally Jackson)

The royal wedding is of national and international significance, and as the national broadcaster the ABC is uniquely positioned to provide quality, distinctive coverage that localises the event for all Australians. ABC audiences expect more than simply a live feed and news reports of such a major event. Co-hosts Annabel Crabb and Jeremy Fernandez will enrich our coverage by providing in-depth and insightful commentary that informs, engages and entertains our audiences. All travel and accommodation falls within ABC guidelines.

Strange, given the ABCs preference for a Republic.

I can imagine why the marriage of the heir apparent would be a matter of heightened interest. Thus the marriage of Elizabeth to Phillip; of Charles to Dianna and of William to Kate.

But can anyone remember such a fuss for a marriage of someone 6th in line to the throne? The marriages of Anne, Andrew and Edward (Elizabeth IIs other children) were notable for their dysfunction and short duration rather than being major events.

The enthusiasm for a Royal wedding by those who claim to be Republicans shows that there is unlikely to be a Republic in Australia anytime soon. If a Referendum was held in the USA they would probably ditch Donald Trump as head of State and install Elizabeth II.


May 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.

1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."

1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.

1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.

1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Gossip, ladies!
Shipping intelligence galore!

1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.

1837 -  Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.

1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.

1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street.  His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.

1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.

1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.

1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.

1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.

1915 - Lance Corporal Albert Jacka won the first VC awarded to an Aussie for the action at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli.

1915 - John Simpson (Kirkpatrick), better known as The Man With The Donkey, was killed.After risking his life so many times to bring wounded to safety with the help of his do...


Royalty comes and goes, it's never a part of the Australian identity "IndyWatch Feed"

Royalty comes and goes, it's never a part of the Australian identityThe royal wedding is all over the Australian news, but the excitement and monarchy always fade away, writes history editor Dr Glenn Davies. read now...


2018 Byron Writers Festival Key Dates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2018 Byron Writers Festival announcements are just around the corner. Be sure to save these dates and jump online to score your tickets to regional Australias most popular literary festival.

Mark your calendar For further information and tickets, visit

24 May
Early Bird 3-Day passes members pre-sale: $233. Conditions apply*
Available until sold out.

30 May
First guest announcement and Early Bird 3-Day passes general release: $268
Available until sold out.

13 June
Full program announcement & all general release tickets, including 3-Day passes, 1-Day passes and separately ticketed Workshops and Feature Events.

3-Day General, $299
3-Day Members, $254
1-Day General, $132
1-Day Members, $111
Sundays Kids Big Day Out, $40 (1 child and 1 accompanying adult)
Sunday Locals tickets, $80. Supported by Harcourts Byron Bay, conditions apply**

Feature Event ticket prices range from free to $35
Workshop ticket prices range from $60 (half day) to $120 (full day), with Member discounts available.

30 July 2 August

3-5 August
Festival Weekend!

All tickets are subject to booking fees.
*Must join as a Member by 23 May
**Available to residents of the Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. Tickets are only available from the festival office, and purchasers will need to present proof of address (maximum two tickets per person).

The post 2018 Byron Writers Festival Key Dates appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


If Israel Was A School Shooter There Would Be A Moral Debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

After Gaza, its not enough to simply denounce politicians moral bankruptcy, writes Nick Riemer.

Israels killing of at least 60 Palestinians at the Gaza boundary fence on Monday defied the 24-hour news cycle and stayed firmly in the headlines most of the week. For good reason: on its own, Mondays death toll constituted over half of the one hundred and eleven people gunned down since the March of Return protests began on March 30.

Altogether, a staggering 12,733 people have been injured in the protests, including 3,569 victims of live gunfire. In striking evidence of the levels of falsification which Israels public relations attain, an Israeli diplomat claimed that every single protester killed on Monday was a terrorist. Far from all being terrorists, these protesters werent even all protesting: one was an eight month-old baby, others were children. In any case, as this footage shows, the IDF can shoot Palestinians just for standing around, or for running away from the border fence, not for approaching it.

The numbers we hear about Gaza are stunning, but they can also risk anaesthetising us to the horror of the pathological, calculated blood-bath we have been witnessing.

Pathological, too, has been official reaction in this country. Until Mond...


Three tourists confirmed as first global cases of 'super gonorrhoea' after unprotected sex in Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three tourists are the first global cases of a new strain of 'super-gonorrhoea' which is resistant to antibiotics, a new report has warned. Two Australians and the British man picked up the sexually-transmitted disease (STD) while having unprotected sex in south-east Asia. The Brit's case came to light earlier this year, when Public Health England confirmed he had been infected, before later revealing he had been successfully treated. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report, published this month, confirmed that two more tourists, both from Australia, picked up the infection.


In which the pond stays loyal to prattling Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The reptiles did their very best to draw attention to another bout of ABC bashing, this time by their notorious resident humbug, but alas, the leftist twitterati decided to do a little trolling

How anyone could ROFL about prattling Polonius must remain a mystery, because, yes, it was our man Polonius having his usual weekly go at the ABC.

Apparently Polonius hadn't read our Henry explaining the tremendous solace the wedding of the century would bring to Australia, and so thought it wrong that the ABC should act like a televisual network and send its tizziest to London to send the ditzy soma home

The leftie twitterati thought otherwise

What a dullard killjoy putz our Polonius is, such a remarkable pedant, but as the pond doesn't want to go there again, it's time to turn to Polonius's serious column this day



Royal wedding: Why some people are sick of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "IndyWatch Feed National"

How stupid are people watching the filthy rich live out their self-serving lives? Christos Aristidou

Australia should become a Republic as soon as possible, so we can forget about the British Monarchy and their pompous, entitled, inbred members once and for all.

ABC News Australia

Royal wedding: Why some people are sick of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

19 May 208

It feels like the whole world has Royal fever as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for a lavish (and televised) wedding.

Yet theres a sizeable group of you who just want to scream, Oh my God, who the hell CARES!?

We as...


Black-chinned Honeyeater, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Painted Buttonquail at Amamoor Creek Road reported by Greg Roberts on 18-05-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2 Black-chinned, pair + 20-odd Red-tailed, 4 Painted Buttonquail + fresh Black-breasted Bquail platelets Further info:


Camping at Amamoor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We camped for 3 nights at Cedar Grove, Amamoor State Forest. Amamoor has become something of a favourite, this being our fourth camp there. A Platypus showing closely at Amama picnic area on the way in was a good start.

Amamoor Creek
We had clear, cool weather with plenty of birds about. Paradise Riflebird was calling sporadically and a pair fed regularly close to our camp. Regent Bowerbird and Satin Bowerbird in small numbers occasionally came into the camping ground to feed. Russet-tailed Thrush was calling commonly but didn't show.



PERTH Perth trucking company fined over workplace deaths "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth trucking company fined over workplace deaths .

May 18, 2018 at 12:26PM .

The company was fined at the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment, thus causing the .



A Step Towards Health Freedom in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Consumers Down Under will have access to more information about alternative medicines.

A bill was recently approved in Australia that loosens some of the regulations governing advertising claims made by producers of alternative and complementary products. The Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 creates a list of permitted indications which can be used in advertising without having to jump through the bureaucratic hoops previously required. Crucially, the list includes indications supported by traditional evidence. Australian lawmakers also rejected amendments to the bill that would have slapped natural products with a disclaimersimilar to what the FTC now requires for homeopathic products in the USthat would have read: This traditional indication is not in accordance with modern medical knowledge and there is no scientific evidence that this product is effective.

Were glad Australians have fought back efforts to restrict the information available to consumers about natural medicine. Take action to protect free speech in the US by supporting two Citizens Petitions for health claims about cranberries helping with urinary tract infections and vitamin Ds role in preventing preterm births.


A beginners guide to the Wings platform and its WINGS coin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wings is a platform that allows crowdfunded projects, primarily Initial Coin Offerings ( ICOs), to have their ideas evaluated by an online community to determine feasibility. The users of the Wings platform can make forecasts about various aspects of submitted []

The post A beginners guide to the Wings platform and its WINGS coin appeared first on The Global Mail.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marenica Adds to Namibias Uranium Portfolio
Southern Times
By Esmarie Swanepoel

Perth ASX-listed uranium company Marenica Energy has struck a deal with fellow listed Metals Australia to acquire the Mile 72 uranium project in Namibia.

Under the terms of the agreement, Marenica will pay A$30,000 (US$22,512) in cash and a preferential dividend of 1 percent of gross production from the project.

We are excited about the acquisition of Mile 72 as we build a portfolio of uranium assets at the bottom of the uranium price cycle, assets in which our proprietary U-pgrade process is expected to add significant value, said Marenica MD, Murray Hill.

Mile 72 has been underexplored for calcrete uranium mineralisation and presents a great opportunity for the company to potentially delineate a high-grade resource, in a world-class uranium province.

Hill pointed out that the mineralisation at Mile 72 was very similar to the Marenica uranium project, as well as the Langer Heinrich project and the Tumas deposits, all in Namibia.

Past test work on these projects has confirmed the amenability of U-pgrade, and indicated that the process could potentially reduce development costs by about 50 percent and the operating costs by about 50 percent.

Metals Australia director Gino DAnna meanwhile said that the divestment of the Mile 72 project was in line with the change in the companys strategy to position itself to become a developer of key commodities for the growing lithium-ion battery and energy storage markets.

Marenica Energy already holds other uranium projects in Namibia and is well positioned to continue the exploration of the project. Furthermore, Marenica has developed a proprietary technology for processing of surficial uranium deposits. Consequently, Marenica is also more favourably positioned to undertake the development of any uranium deposits that may be discovered.

The agreement is subject to obtaining any regulatory approvals that will be required in Australia and Namibia.


Cholera Vaccine Not As Effective As Claimed, Heres the Real Reason Disease Went Down "IndyWatch Feed National"

cholera vaccine

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Additionally, the cholera attack rate of the nonvaccinated group was overestimated. 

It has long been known that clean water and sanitation lead to better health among the human population. However, vaccine nazis have for just as long attempted to deny the correlation and argue that the increase standards of public health were due to vaccines. Among unbiased researchers, however, that perception cannot help but go unchallenged.

SEE: Biotech Wants To Experiment On Aussies GMO Cholera Vax

In 2016, a number of researchers wrote to The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to question the effectiveness of the oral cholera vaccine deployed in Haiti. To be clear, the researchers were not questioning the safety of the vaccine or vaccines in general but that the effectiveness of the vaccine had been overestimated by previous research teams.

Their argument was that the vaccine was tested alongside increased sanitation practices, possibly over-inflating the success rate of the shot. They argued that the vaccine should have been tested and evaluated by itself.


Her Majesty hosts reception for The Victoria Cross Association & George Cross Association "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Great to see Australia's surviving Victoria Cross winners with Her Majesty, Queen of Australia.


The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks. These robots soar by fluttering tiny wings because they are too small to use propellers, like those seen on their larger drone cousins. Small size is advantageous: These robots are cheap to make and can easily slip into tight places that are inaccessible to big drones.

But current flying robo-insects are still tethered to the ground. The electronics they need to power and control their wings are too heavy for these miniature robots to carry.

Now, engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps. This might be one small flap for a robot, but its one giant leap for robot-kind. The team will present its findings May 23 at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia.


Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


All Chilean bishops resign in child abuse scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

Vatican Defends Appointing Chilean Bishop Accused of Hiding Abuse

31 March 2015

The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse. Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the citys cathedral. The appointment outraged some parishioners, national legislators and abuse victims who said Barros had protected one of the nations most notorious pedophiles and asked Pope Francis to rescind it. Critics in Chile say Barros was aware of and helped cover up abuse by Father Fernando Karadima, 84, who was a mentor to a number of younger priests, including Barros.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

All Chilean bishops offer resignation due to abuse scandal

All 34 Chilean bishops have submitted their resignation to Pope Francis. They resign because of the abuse scandal within the Catholic Church...

Friday, 18 May


Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some lies are so big, many people cant accept the fact that theyre lies. Their minds are boggled. No, they say, that couldnt be. But yes, that could be, and is.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment.

The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of the problem.

So Ill get to the core.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. The CDC and other experts have admitted the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate.

Why is it a dud?

Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year. Therefore, no protection against the flu.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017-2018 flaw.

It would be the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

Are you ready? The majority of flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs, a method of vaccine development thats been used for 70 years.

Hello? Anyone home?

Seventy years. The same problem.

The same low effectiveness problem.

Thats a page-one story with a giant headline. Thats the lead item on the nightly news. Thats a pounding investigative series about the lunatic promotion of a massively ineffectivebut universally promotedvaccine going back decades and decades.

But it isnt a giant headline. It isnt an investigation. Its a here-today-gone-tomorrow piece. Thats all.



TABLE-S.Korea's April LNG imports up 38.5 pct y/y "IndyWatch Feed"

 SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's imports of liquefied natural gas
rose 38.5 percent to 3.2 million tonnes in April from a year earlier, according
to customs data released on Tuesday.
Details are as follows:
(In tonnes/ in $mmBtu)
April 2018 April 2017
Qatar 927,250/ $9.63 651,412/ $8.63
Australia 448,145/ $9.51 486,502/ $7.98
Oman 358,856/$10.82 432,344/ $8.53
Malaysia 354,175/ $8.75 177,046/ $8.20
Indonesia 314,857/ $7.92 188,602/ $5.32
Russia 259,336/ $9.02 191,648/ $7.05
Peru 235,830/ $9.68 -
United States 207,252/ $7.86 64,359/ $6.10

Angola 66,451/ $9.56 -
Brunei - 66,583/ $7.92
Guinea - 65,054/ $6.01

TOTAL 3,217,152/ $9.32 2,323,549/ $7.88

Details of the January to April imports are as follows:

(In tonnes/ in $mmBtu)
January-April 2018 January-April 2017
Qatar 5,319,250/ $9.39 4,221,948/ $8.22
Australia 2,559,715/ $9.96 2,673,610/ $8.18
United States 1,668,211/ $9.17 235,794/ $8.25
Oman 1,555,465/ $9.91 1,915,286/ $8.33
Malaysia 1,353,226/ $8.66 1,038,777/ $7.42
Indonesia 1,127,346/ $7.86 1,155,817/ $6.95
Russia 831,761/ $8.94 766,372/ $6.93
Peru 433,419/$10.04 270,661/ $8.74
Brunei 323,843/ $8.92 491,328/ $7.91
France 247,187/$10.75 -
Netherlands 132,182/$10.27 -
Nigeria 132,120/ $8.01 379,343/ $7.23
Angola 129,639/ $9.92 131,278/ $8.41
Spain 68,488/$11.26 -
Trinidad Tobago 64,630/ $9.91 110,579/ $8.22


Money for Blood is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Economist: For years [Barzin Bahardoust] has been trying to pay Canadians for their blood plasmathe viscous straw-coloured liquid in blood that has remarkable therapeutic powers. When his firm, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), tried to open clinics in Ontario in 2014, a campaign by local activists led to a ban by the provincial government on paid plasma collection. Undeterred, he tried another province, Albertawhich also banned the practice last year. Then, on April 26th, when CPR announced a planned centre in British Columbia, its government said it too was considering similar legislation. CPR has managed to open two centres, in far-flung Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Even these have faced opposition.

The global demand for plasma is growing, and cannot be met through altruistic donations alone. Global plasma exports were worth $126bn in 2016more than exports of aeroplanes.

Only countries that pay for plasma are self-sufficient in it. (Italy, where donors are given time off work, is close to self-sufficiency.) Half of Americas plasma is shipped to Europe20m contributions-worth. Canada imports 80% of its plasma products from America. Australia imports 40% of its plasma products, too.

Its a very odd ethical policy that leads Canadian provinces to ban paying Canadians for plasma but then import paid plasma from the United States. I am one of the signatories (along with Al Roth, Vernon Smith and Gerald Dworkin among others) of a letter that argues for the efficiency and ethics of allowing compensation for blood plasma donation. The Economist riffs of this letter in a very good op-ed:


2018 Human Rights Dinner keynote address by Behrouz Boochani "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear distinguished guests, fighters for freedom and supporters of justice. Greetings to you all. I would like to acknowledge everyone and thank you for attending tonight.

This is a wonderful opportunity. It gives me great pleasure to communicate with you from Manus Island and present at this event.

I wish to extend a special thank you to Daniel Webb and the Human Rights Law Centre for giving me this valuable opportunity.

The situation on Manus Island and Nauru over the past five years should be no secret to anyone.

The aim of my talk tonight is to add a new dimension to the debates pertaining to punishment, debasement and dehumanisation of individuals held within these sites.

I will not repeat how Australian politicians have inflicted pain and suffering on the innocent refugees locked up in these prisons. The incarceration of people seeking asylum, in particular the children on Nauru, is remarkably cruel and has been exposed in many compelling ways. 

All of the documentation, witness testimonies and other evidence that have been discussed and published until now have proven conclusively that innocent people have been enduring extraordinary forms of physical, emotional and psychological torment. The fact that ten people have lost their lives on Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island since 2013 is a despicable crime that needs to be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

No one can ignore the fact that people have been killed and thousands of lives destroyed as a result of political power plays.

The use of exile as a political tactic against vulnerable refugees is based on the construction of two concepts: national security and the national interest.

Without a doubt, Australian governments have enacted an extensive propaganda campaign which centres on a perverse account of these two notions. What should be a debate about people about human beings, about children and families has been deliberately poisoned to become a debate about borders and security. As a result, the governments playing this game have been able to manipulate and dictate the majority of public opinion, they have been able to strengthen their support base and galvanise others in support of their policies.

Both Labor and Liberal governments have accrued enormous political profit by using this tactic. Creating a false sense of national security by treating innocent victims of war and persecution as a security threat, and saying it is in the national interest to use any means to keep us out.

But how is it in the national interest to undermine Australias international reputation with these policies? And spend almost $9 billion to do it?

The fact is, Manus Island and Nauru are pivotal...


British Propaganda and DisinformationAn Imperial and Colonial Tradition "IndyWatch Feed National"

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition



When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers.

In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American cousins and Britains Commonwealth partners from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia in the dark art of spreading falsehoods as truths. Recently, the world has witnessed such MI-6 subterfuge in news stories alleging that Russia carried out a novichok nerve agent attack against a Russian migr and his daughter in Salisbury, England. This propaganda barrage was quickly followed by yet another the latest in a series of similar fabrications alleging the Syrian government attacked civilians in Douma, outside of Damascus, with chemical weapons.

It should come as no surprise that American news networks rely on British correspondents stationed in northern Syria and Beirut as their primary sources. MI-6 has...


PERTH Huge fine over WA concrete panels deaths "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Huge fine over WA concrete panels deaths .

May 18, 2018 at 01:45PM .

The fine totalled $160,000 plus $2,200 costs in the Perth Magistrates Court. The two other parties have pleaded not guilty and the cases will be heard .



Cable car catch-up "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Not everyone notices when I post links to updates on the sidebar, so for those who read from the top, just a very quick note that I have updated my old article on polling on the proposed kunanyi/Mt Wellington Cable Car following the release of two new polls by groups opposed to the project.

I thought I'd highlight this with a note at the top because I'm actually mildly annoyed about it.  Up til now it has only been the prospective developers of the cable car through time who have engaged in the usual silly commissioned-poll games involving misleading polls with biased preambles.

Now it's both sides.

If you respect the mountain, you should also respect the facts.


Thousands of companies to take action under Australia's anti-slavery law "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian government said it would introduce its Modern Slavery Act to parliament by mid-2018.


Cash is king: The fall of Malaysias disgraced first couple "IndyWatch Feed"

With his scandal-tainted career and her reputation as greedy and domineering, Malaysias disgraced former first couple look set to have their names etched in the countrys history books as synonyms for the corruption of power.

AFP/File / by Dan Martin | Former prime minister Najib Razak (C) and his wife Rosmah Mansor were seen as out of touch with ordinary Malaysians

Seemingly secure just a week ago, Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor face a tightening noose as a new government that unexpectedly won elections last week ramps up investigations into allegations of graft and excess that have hung over the pair for years.

The fast-moving developments are a stunning comeuppance for a couple that have towered over Malaysia for a decade but ultimately were brought down by greed and hubris.

The bland patrician son of one of Malaysias founding fathers, Najib, now 64, had been groomed for the prime ministers post from young.

He took over in 2009 but was widely viewed in Malaysia as being heavily influenced by Rosmah, who is two years his senior.

Najib headed the once-invincible ruling coalition that had held power for six decades, but the couple were never embraced by large numbers of ordinary Malaysians.

The UK-educated Najib was seen by many as an aloof elitist with little understanding of Malaysias common citizenry, a perception accentuated by frequent tone-deak gaffes and policies such as the 2015 introduction of a sales tax unpopular with the poor and now set to be eliminated.

Rosmah, meanwhile, has been a constant lightning rod for critics due to her imperious manner and elaborately coiffed mane of hair, which she once complained cost her 1,200 ringgit ($300) per house-call from stylists. Malaysias minimum monthly wage at the time was 900 ringgit.

That and similar episodes caused her to be reviled in a multi-cultural country where most of the population are modest-living Muslims.

Handbag fetish

Opponents would leak flight plans allegedly tracking Rosmahs shopping jaunts aboard government planes to Rome, the US and Australia.

Her luxurious tastes included numerous reports of jewellery purchases costing tens of millions of dollars and a vast collection of designer handbags that has earned comparisons to the famed shoe collection of Imelda Marcos, wife of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Rosmahs bag fetish was back in the spotlight on Friday, with officials saying they had seized dozens of high-end Hermes and Louis Vuitton bags, cash, and jewels as p...


The Weekend Quiz May 19-20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:

2. A sovereign government does not have to issue debt to match any spending above taxation. But the more public debt it voluntarily issues the more difficult it is for banks to attract deposits to initiate loans from.

3. When an external deficit and public deficit coincide, there must be a private sector deficit.



Business Insider Australia - behind the scenes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney podcast

Down to Sydney today, to record with Business Insider.

Here's a 30-second look 'behind the scenes' at Business Insider Australia.

David Scutt gets ready to record one of the most popular podcasts in Australian business circles, Devils & Details

Recorded in one take, thanks to Rick S, the sound guy.

Ready to record with Editor-in-Chief, Paul 'Colgo' Colgan.

Always great fun to catch up with these guys and talk f...


1) Ambaidiru, The coffee pioneer in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Freeport McMoRan boss arrives at energy ministry for undisclosed meeting
1) Ambaidiru, The coffee pioneer in Papua
admin17 May 2018



Landscape From Far, Far Away "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Visited Phil Henderson's fun exhibition Tyranny and Distance - Landscape From Far, Far Away at the Griffith Regional Theatre


Zimbabwe Mnangagwas Daughter, Grace Mugabe Sucked into Illicit Ivory Trade Court Case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Voice of AmericaMay 14, 2018

FILE - Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, addresses party supporters at a ZANU PF rally in Chinhoyi in this July 29, 2017
FILE Zimbabwes first lady, Grace Mugabe, addresses party supporters at a ZANU PF rally in Chinhoyi in this July 29, 2017

Two ivory dealers have appeared in court facing charges of illegally selling unregistered ivory products in a case which has sucked in former first lady Grace Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwas child, Tariro.

State prosecutor Francis Mukumbiri told the court that Faricken Madzinga and Tafadzwa Madzinga were arrested while attempting to sell ivory worth thousands of dollars to an Australian, Adrian Steirn.

The accuseds attorney Gift Mtisi asked the court to avail some documents showing that Steirn was a journalist, who was allowed to work in Zimbabwe under certain conditions.

Mtisi also wants the state to compel Econet Wireless to release mobile phone conversations linking Steirn to the alleged crime.

He al...


Carol Ann Duffys Feminine Gospels "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carol Ann Duffy, Feminine Gospels (2002, Picador 2017)

gospels.jpgThis book is on the curriculum in UK schools, and that is definitely a good thing: its wholehearted focus on female experience is a welcome corrective to the existing gender imbalance. The surreal, shaggy-dog story form of most of the poems a shopping woman accumulates huge quantities of stuff, goes broke and eventually metamorphoses into a shop; a character named Beauty becomes a series of celebrated women, from Helen of Troy to Diana Spencer; one girls unstoppable giggling in class infects the whole school, leading eventually to the school closing its doors as all its teachers leave to follow their dreams provides plenty of scope for classroom dissection and discussion. And theres much joy to be had in the way the words sound and work on the page.

Id better give a warning to any students who stumble on my blog looking for help with an assignment. Im a seventy-something man from Australia who likes to read and to write something about everything I read. I would probably fail the A Levels.

Ill stick to my rules and single out just one poem. There is handful of wonderful, memorable and readily memorisable lyrics at the end of the book, of which I especially liked the love poem White Writing and the elegiac Death and the Moon. But the...


The youth mental health crisis in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent figures suggest a dramatic increase in the number of young people and children presenting at hospital Emergency Departments for self-harm, stress and anxiety, mood, behavioural and emotional disorders. In New South Wales, Emergency Departments saw a 27 per cent increase in the number of 10-19 year olds who needed help with suicidal thoughts, self-harm

The post The youth mental health crisis in Australia appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


The tale of three BAASS field investigations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


There are some, who are saying, that although they accept the fact that Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) received a contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)  regarding the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program, there is no mention of UFOs or UAPs in that solicitation/contract. The contract was granted sometime after the solicitation closing date of 5 September 2008.

As early as 13 September 2008 Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies was advertising jobs which are directly related to the AAWSA. I have identified at least four individuals who were employed as investigators (one as "senior investigator/Team Leader;" (employed January 2009) ; two as "field investigators; (one from January 2009 the other from May 2009); and one as "investigator/security officer" (from June 2009.)

I explored the Internet looking for some evidence that these field investigators for BAASS actually conducted UFO investigations.

Taking a step back

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) after negotiations with Robert Bigelow and BAASS, entered into a joint contract to work together. There were two main results arising from this. Firstly, that BAASS was given access to the MUFON CMS UFO reports database; and secondly that MUFON formed their STAR group. An individual named Richard Lang acted as the STAR Team Manager between February 2009 and January 2010.

In a 6 March 2011 blog post Lang provided detailed information about the relationship between BAASS and MUFON.

"The STAR Team Impact Project (SIP) was a MUFON project funded in part by Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) where MUFON was subcontracted to provide information from the CMS data base (website) and witness reports related to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) directly to BAASS."

"BAASS investigators were given full access ( password and user ID) to the CMS database, in all cases where the witness answered "Yes" to the "third party release question" BAASS personnel and investigators could see all case information in CMS including witness contact information."

"MUFON also provided data to BAASS about significant events that were reported in CMS."

In short, BAASS were able to monitor almost all of the reports being received by MUFON CMS; had access to witness contact details, and could undertake their own investigations into any of the cases which they deemed of interest to them.

So, to cr...


MACKAY Drugs and weapons seized Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY May 18, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

Drugs and weapons seized Mackay

May 18, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

He is to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court next month. A 55-year-old woman was issued with a notice to appear for the offences of possession of

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In which the pond goes there, thanks to Henry ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond hadn't wanted to go there

Indeed, the pond had determined it wouldn't go there under any circumstance

No wild horse, nothing, could drag the pond there.

And yet, there was sweet Henry, and he went there, and he'd been blessed by the sainted Lobbecke.

Of course the pond had to go there.

But what to do about this treachery, this breach of a sacred trust not to go there?

Best slip it out on a late Friday arvo, as the Minister said to a press release about another NSW government disaster and financial blow-out

Come on Henry, do your royal thing ...

The pond was incredibly moved at the sight of good old Henry being moved by all the pomp and pageantry.

Carnivals will never go out of fashion so long as people yearn for clowns. What was it Bill said?

Thus comes the English with full power upon us; 
And more than carefully it us concerns 
To answer royally in our defences. 
Therefore the reptile Dukes of Oz, 
Of Bromancer and of Oreos, shall make forth, 
And you, Prince nattering Ned, with all swift dispatch, 
To line and new repair our towns...


Victims expendable in CTP proposals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE political equation is clear. On one hand, every year nearly everyone pays rego and third-party and mentally puts it down as a government-imposed charge. On the other hand, only a few hundred in the ACT and a few thousand nationally are injured seriously enough in road crashes to warrant a compensation claim. And thus, to dilute the blame for the former, the rights of the latter are made expendable. It is happening in the ACT. It has already happened in other jurisdictions.

The application of the political equation goes back a long way, as costs and damages rose and the compulsory third-party insurance premiums went up.

As far back as the 1960s, then Victorian Premier Henry Bolte capped damages in response to increased premiums. One of my siblings, then aged six, got paltry damages for life-altering injuries. The legislation was later repealed.

This week, the president of the ACT Bar Association, Ken Archer, wrote about the citizens jury process that recommended radical changes to the ACTs system that would abolish common-law damages, institute caps, and impose injury thresholds below which a person could not get any damages.

Archers damning dissection in the latest ACT Bar Bulletin should remove any confidence that the citizens jury process used in this instance was applied in any fair or rational way. It was utterly skewed towards a pre-determined outcome. Leaving the system as is, or just making minor modifications was not an option.

Some jurors complained that they did not have enough time. People in industries linked to the issues particularly law and insurance were excluded. About 70 of the 6000 people invited to join the jury agreed to do so. In short, the very people who might shed light on the matter were excluded. Instead, the jurors were advised by government-selected experts.

The Government, in an extraordinary abdication of its fundamental role in a democracy, said beforehand that it would accept whatever the jury proposed.

This was part of its election promise to deliver deliberative democracy. What is wrong with ordinary democracy, one might ask. Small wonder people have little faith in the system.

Getting a few volunteer non-experts to decide such a complex matter as compensation for vehicle injury legal, medical, actuarial, technological without at least being able to access their own independent advice, seems like utter folly.

The jury and the government-appointed experts came up with the new and imprecise concept of whole person impairment. Payments for most will cut out after five years.

Drastically meddling with injured peoples rights just because the ACTs premiums are about $100 higher than the national average is very poor policy.



Armenia's velvet revolution and the political power of social media "IndyWatch Feed"

Armenia's velvet revolution and the political power of social mediaPashinyans rise to power in Armenia provides Australians a powerful case study of social versus mainstream media, writes Arthur Marusevich. read now...


Unspoken an event to stimulate thinking about end of life: FREE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Statistics prove that 100% of us are going to die, so lets get down and talk about it in a fun filled and friendly environment! Unspoken what will become []

The post Unspoken an event to stimulate thinking about end of life: FREE appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Iconic Sydney Rock Venues and the Artists Who Loved Them "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Taking a look at Sydney rock venues and the bands that loved them, Sydney has a tempestuous relationship with live music.

Sydney is a difficult beast. We have spawned and destroyed some of the best and most iconic venues in the country. The old guard of Newtown Social Club FKA the Sandringham, The Annandale, The Hopetoun have all fallen over due to what could be generally ascribed to general gentrification, or more specifically pinpointed at things like pernicious licensing issues, cantankerous neighbours and lacklustre love for the arts surrounding our legislation to protect our venues.

At the same time, rock music and Sydney is a story that is both historical, surviving and contemporary.


Halfwait are releasing their debut album The Official on June 8th. Click here for more info.


Project Administrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

CIRCA  Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia


Tweed Council to engage community over hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artists impression of the proposed Tweed Hospital on selected site. Image from A Current Affair.

The choice of site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital has divided the community and raised questions over transparency, a lack of community consultation, and the fragmentation of state significant farmland.

Members of Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital From State Significant Farmland have highlighted a range of issues with the selected site.

Aside from their key claim that the site is state significant farmland, they point out that it is under a flight path which would limit use of emergency helicopters, and that road congestion would have a negative impact on Kingscliff residents and businesses.

Recognising the significant objections to both the site and process of site selection Health Infrastructure NSW, who are in charge of the development, have now responded to Tweed Councils request for a reference group to consider site options for the new hospital.

Speaking to Echonetdaily Mayor Katie Milne said The state government have invited the council to join the Health Infrastructure NSW reference group, and for council staff to provide technical advice.

We were really hoping to get some community members on the reference group but the state government havent offered that. Therefore, at council last night we voted to accept the offer and all councillors have accepted the invitation to join the group.

Council to engage in community consultation

In a bid to address the lack of direct community involvement in the reference group, Tweed Council have called for expressions of interest from the community to establish a community reference group.

This will allow councillors to get information from the community in relation to community preferences and to work through the very complex questions about the various hospital sites wit the community, Cr Milne said.


Meanwhile, Local Nationals member for Tweed, Geoff Provest ha...


Cosy Festival this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival is shaping up as one of this years hottest events in South Gippsland. Kicking off this Saturday at 10am with a demonstration by tea []

The post Cosy Festival this weekend  appeared first on Foster Community Online.


We RISE eX-detainees including Palestinian eX-detainees highly condemn the recent attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza strip by Israel. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Genocidal acts are being carried out daily, inside and outside the borders of Gaza by Israel and it is not a hidden matter; it is out there for people to witness. So far, over 40 Palestinians have been killed in the recent massacre with 2000 others injured.

We are not going to sit back and talk about how can this happen? or violations of human rights law. We find such discussions practically worthless, meaningless and short-sighted because there is no such thing called human rights in occupied territories. If there is one we wouldnt have been treated as worthless humans. We stand against the massacre of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation by Israel.

We dont need sympathy, we need accountability and reparations. We should not forget thousands of Palestinians have been refugees for over 50 years and barred from returning to their homeland or even a durable resettlement solution by UNHCR.

We send our deepest condolences to our community who are the victims of the Israeli governments murderous actions, conducted repeatedly in front of your eyes.

RISE eX-detainees



An honour to serve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOR Foster intensive care paramedic John Barrie being awarded the Ho Chi Minh City Badge was something astonishing not least of all because he received an award when his []

The post An honour to serve appeared first on Foster Community Online.


CFA applauds motorists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TOORA CFA Captain Mark Hurst said motorists needed to be applauded for observing new laws during a gas leak at a Toora service station on Thursday, May 10 from about []

The post CFA applauds motorists appeared first on Foster Community Online.


CAFNEC End of Financial Year Appeal 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are you in a position to make an End of Financial Year contribution to CAFNEC?

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and directly support CAFNECs grass roots environmental advocacy in the region.

With your support, we can continue to push for greater conservation and protection of the regions remarkable environment, as we have done for 37 years. 

Weve had another massive year at CAFNEC with action on land clearing, biodiversity issues, plastics and more. We hope with your continued generosity this end of financial year, we can go up and beyond again. 

Make a donation by credit card using the form to the right of the page and your tax receipt will be emailed to you. 

Thank you so much for your support! 

The post CAFNEC End of Financial Year Appeal 2018 appeared first on CAFNEC.


Slacking off "IndyWatch Feed"

Unemployment levitates

So much slack still around in the labour market.

The number of unemployed persons is actually rising in 6 of 8 jurisdictions. 

Still thinking that the next move in interest rates could yet be down, with inflation and wages growth failing to ignite. 

Have a great weekend all! 


Janette Thomas on the biased community consultationon Barndioota nuclear dump plan, seismic and flooding dangers "IndyWatch Feed"

Janette Thomas Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No 36)

My name is Janette Thomas, resident of Quorn since 2003. My submission is written to explain the adverse effects of The Federal Government Nuclear Waste Dump siting selection process on my local community, my family and myself. I am deeply concerned that a nuclear waste facility is being considered for a site near Hawker on the Hookina flood plain.

Terms of Reference:

a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines:

The Barndioota shortlisting site was publicly announced in November 2015. It was also mentioned in the November 2015 Community Newsletter of the Flinders Ranges Council by our Mayor in his Mayors Message stating The first Council knew of this was calls seeking information from media outlets.

Attachment 1 FRC Community Newsletter, November 2015

In December 2015, The Department of Innovation, Industry and Science (DIIS) held information drop-in sessions in both Hawker and Quorn. It is not known how many residents availed themselves of this opportunity to learn more, however it is stated in the Mayors Message that only a few residents visited them to find out more about the proposal. I did take the opportunity to go and see what was being displayed, and spoke to the DIIS representatives. I voiced my concerns strongly, however it did not appear that there were any notes taken just an attempt by the representatives to rebut any of the issues t...

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