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Monday, 18 September


Australian Government's Violent LBGT Agenda? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We're NOT into meme's, but hey WTH...

You know they saying....

So, surely with the application of simple mathematics, the good peeps should be able to comment at least a couple (non married, of course, ESPECIALLY with the amendment to the Marriage Act of 1961) of thousand words....


Editorial The LGTBI Waffen Never Sleeps "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Is it just me, or do you get the feeling that were being followed by the LGTBI lobby and its



PERTH Police charge man over obscene acts in Perths Western Suburbs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Police charge man over obscene acts in Perths Western Suburbs .

September 18, 2017 at 06:37PM .

POLICE have charged a 35-year-old man with committing a series of obscene acts in Perths western suburbs between June and September. The man .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth



China Communist Party Complains About Fabricated Twitter Account Sarcastic comments about the Communist Party are unbearable "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

BEIJING The youth wing of Chinas ruling Communist Party on Monday said it had complained to social network Twitter about a fake account set up in its name that has tweeted sarcastic comments about the Communist Party.

China blocks Twitter and other Western sites, such as Facebook and Google, but that has not stopped some state media and government departments from setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts in Chinese and English as they seek to expand their global footprint.

In a brief statement on its Weibo account, Chinas answer to Twitter, the Youth League labeled the @ComYouthLeague Twitter account completely fabricated, saying it had asked for it to be handled. The statement did not elaborate.

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It displayed a screenshot of the account with the phrase fake goods stamped across it in Chinese.

A second picture showed the Youth Leagues official social media accounts, including those on Weibo and WeChat. It did not include any foreign social media sites.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The account the Youth League labeled as fake sent its first tweet on Sept. 12, and has sent 10 tweets to date.

One linked to an article on the official Xinhua news agency about a Chinese being detained for selling VPN services that help people skirt internet curbs and asked why people needed to do this, if China had such a wonderful internet culture.

It is not clear who set up the account, but it calls itself the Youth Le...


Wilful Defaults Surge Past Rs 1 Lakh Crore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Over the last five years, wilful defaults have risen by over Rs 84,000 crore, according to data put out by credit rating agencies.

SBI's headquarters in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters

SBIs headquarters in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Wilful defaults by Indian borrowers where a borrower has the capacity to repay the loan but has still missed repayment obligations have touched Rs 1,09,594 core as of March 2017.

According to a report in The Indian Express, which cites data from credit information agency TransUnion CIBIL, wilful defaults rose from Rs 74,694 crore in March 2016 to nearly Rs 1.1 lakh crore a year later.

Over the last five years, wilful d...


Look to the future, Learn from the past - PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Flag raising ceremony on Saturday attracted hundreds with provincial and national flags including face paints in red, black and gold to mark the 42nd Independence Day.

The people turned up as early as 5am to witness the flag raising ceremony at the Independence Hill in Port Moresby. Disciplinary forces, girl guides and boy scouts including students braved the early morning to welcome the guest speaker Prime Minister Peter ONeil and other guests.

At the flag raising ceremony, Prime Minister Peter ONeil told Papua New Guineans to focus on the future and what they can do to play a part in the development of the nation both as individuals and in the communities.
At the same time, we must continue to strengthen National institutions to
better work with the regions in the delivery of core Government servicesPM ONeill said.
Our Government will continue to empower the provinces and the districts to make more informed decisions at the local level. We will maintain our focus on representing the interests of our people, our business community, and our economy around the world, he said. PNGFM/PNG Today


US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

September 18, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not "the more the merrier." Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2.

Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal.

America Reneged After the Cold War 

One of several treaties singed during the later stages of the Cold War included the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT). It limited anti-ballistic missile systems to two per country. The reasoning was to hinder anti-missile technology development and leave nuclear-armed nations open to retaliatory attacks should they initiate a nuclear first strike.

The treaty helped further enhance the concept of "mutually assured destruction" (MAD).  After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states upheld the treaty with the United States until 2001 when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it.

The White House in an official statement regarding America's withdrawal from the treaty, would state:
...the United States and Russia face new threats to their security. Principal among these threats are weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means wielded by terrorists and rogue states. A number of such states are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United States and its friends and allies. The United States must defend its homeland, its forces and its friends and allies against these threats. We must develop and deploy the means to deter and protect against them, including through limited missile defense of our territory.
However, the United States would spend the next decade and a half, not developing anti-missile systems aimed at stopping non-existent weapons of mass destruction launched from "rogue states," it...


PNG LNG Kumuls set for trial matches "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG LNG Kumuls will be travelling to Fiji after the annual Prime Ministers 13 match for their tri- series against the Fiji Batis and Australian Kangaroos on the 14th of October 2017, according to PNG Rugby Football League CEO Reatau Rau.

Mr Rau said it is one of the international engagements of the PNG LNG Kumuls. He said this will be the only trial game for them leading up to the World Cup challenge by the end of October. The format will be new where the teams will be playing against each other for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile plans are in place to put an U20 team for the SP Hunters into the Intrust Super Cup competition in 2019.

Mr Rau said all current teams in the Intrust Super Cup already have U20 teams except for the SP Hunters who are yet to field an U20 team. He said PNGRFL have finalised all information to put a Hunters U20 team by 2019.
He added that 2018, they will try to renegotiate the 5 years contract for the Hunters, which will be a big task. They will also be negotiations with the Queensland Rugby League in 2018 to field an U20 team in the Intrust Super Cup competition. PNGFM/PNG Today


The Trans Brigade Is Heartlessly Weaponizing Children And Ignoring The Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ill never forget the first time I heard of warlords such as Ugandas Joseph Kony turning little boys into killer soldiers and little girls into sex slaves. My heart ached at the thought. It still does. It seemed like a horrible war movie, but it was real, with real children as casualties.

War is always horrible, but in some sad cases it is necessary. But to the greatest degree possible, children should be shielded from violent conflicts. They should never be forced to kill or do violence. Innocent, impressionable children are malleable. They can be molded into persons of deep character, guided by transcendent principles. Or they can be turned into weapons, as Kony and many other evil men have done.

Apart from movies, were unlikely to find anyone in America turning young boys into bullet-firing, lethal fighters. But we dont have to look too far to find adults using children as pawnsas weaponsin the culture war.

Manipulated for Propaganda Tools

At first, the LGBTQ craze focused on adults, but adherents have increasingly sought not only to include and recruit kids in their movement, but now to use them as their frontline combatants. For example, eight-year-old Nemis Golden, born a boy, routinely performs on stage before packed, cheering audiences as the mini drag queen Lactatia. Nemiss mother not only encourages his performances, she even helps him dress and apply his wig and makeup. The crowds not only cheer at his performances, they also laud him as a brave young role model.

But it isnt just practitioners of the LGBTQ lifestyle who portray as heroes little ones who claim to be transgender. We see in ever-increasing number of stories like the following:

Those stories generally paint a rosy view of happy, well-adjusted transgender children. But those pictures are typically snapshots, not full-length movies. Yes, Im happy, the little one answers as he or she is aided in and rewarded for indulging in transgender fantasies. Those rosy answers are pretty common in act one of the movie, but I usually hear from transgenders in act two, when theyre no longer so hap...


Taylor Swifts Terrible Look What You Made Me Do Is Perfect For America "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Taylor Swifts latest single, Look What You Made Me Do, is awful, which makes it the perfect song for America right now. It even coincides nicely with Hillary Clintons book blaming everyone but herself for her loss. Swifts atonal chanting about revenge and blaming others for what we do perfectly fits our current politics and culture.

Look what you made me do. It is an excuse as old as human wrongdoing. In the Bible, it is part of the first excuse for the first sin. In Eden, God confronts Adam for breaking the only commandment in the world, he blames his wife, and, implicitly, God, answering that he sinned because of the woman whom you gave to be with me. I sinned because of her and, God, she came from you, so look what you made me do.

Yet by its very language this rationale for injustice betrays a consciousness of guilt. Yes, what I did was wrong, but somehow its not my faultits yours. Guilt is admitted, but then transferred. The words are those of an adulterer, or a wife-beater or an addict looking to blame those they hurt. Its your fault I hit you/cheated on you/am using. Look what you made me do.

Our Society Has Turned Into One Big Blame Game

As bad as Swifts song is, it captures the American zeitgeist. Our culture and politics are deteriorating, and as partisans of each side hit new lows, they blame each other for their bad behavior. Consider this Kurt Schlichter screed at Townhall, in which he urges conservatives to abandon the rule of law to eventually save it, or something.

His plan wasnt very clear on how that works, except for his clichd fantasies, My plan is to cause the left so much pain by applying their new rules to them that they give up trying to grind their Birkenstocks into our faces forever. This isnt political hardball or a real plan for conservative success, its political revenge porn in which the main character grinds his Crocs into lefty faces while whispering Look what you made me do.

Trumps core supporters are enthralled by this mantra of revenge, even (or especially) within the GOP. As he reneges on major campaign promises and capitulates to Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, theyre still looking to blame someone else for their foolish choice to nominate him. Its the fault of an establishment that had to be taught a lesson. It was because of Jeb Bush, or Paul Ryan, or Mitch McConnell. Even as President Trump looks to sell out his base on his signature issue of immigration, Sean Hannity is deploying this excus...



Turkey Faces Threats for Inking Landmark Arms Deal with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at an altitude of up to 30 km.


RSL boss let son use presidential suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - all on the RSL credit card "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

How could anyone do this to his own, particularly to veterans. Throw the book at him. He's lucky not to be fragged. Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe allowed son to use Presidential Suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - paid for by RSL Former NSW RSL president Don...


Deplorable Ignorance and Indifference of Most Americans "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people on the planet mostly know-nothings about domestic and geopolitical issues mattering most.


Why do People Self-Harm? You Asked Heres the Answer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In this piece for The Guardian, Jay Watts explores the social and societal factors that often lead to self-harm and explains how psychiatric labeling can exacerbate self-harm.

Self-harm is also often the result of a clash between an ideal image and ones self-image. For example, if a teenager feels that they have to do brilliantly at school to get into a top university for Mum and Dad, not achieving that 10th A* can feel like a shattering blow crystallising long-held beliefs that they are not good enough. Early caregiving has a crucial function in ensuring kids develop a good-enough self-image that can withstand the bumps and bruises of life. However, the likelihood that an acceptable sense of self will collapse is also a function of the ideals of society at any given time, hence the current epidemic of self-harm.

A neoliberal culture that pits kids against one another at an ever earlier age, digital culture, and a hypersexualised environment that privileges certain body-ideals all serve to increase the likelihood of a catastrophic gulf between the ideal and actual self-image. Discrimination is also a huge trigger behind the startling rates of self-harm in LGBT communities. Societal hatred of difference gets drip fed into individuals whatever their conscious beliefs, and enacted on their own body.


Gen. TRWP Mathias Wenda: Berduka Cita atas Meninggalnya Penggagas Bendera Bintang Kejora Nicolaas Jouwe "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tenrtara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP), General TRWP Mathias Wenda dengan ini menyatakan BERDUKA CITA SEDALAM-DALAMNYA atas wafatnya tokoh penggagas Bendera Bintang Kejora dan penggagas Negara Republik West Papua, Nicolaas Jouwe pada tanggal 16 September 2017 Segenap perwira, pasukan dan rakyat bangsa Papua, yang berjuang untuk kemerdekaan West Papua di seluruh

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Flags, Symbols, and Statues Resurgent As Globalism Declines "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the forces of globalism retreat after numerous defeats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and other nations, there is a resurgent popularity in national, historical, and cultural symbols...


Corruption under Malcolm Turnbull: Going for the all-time world record "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(Image via @GetUpAustralia)

Alan Austin

Also Read: Corruption rife in Turnbulls Australia aided by corrupt mass media

The Turnbull Government keeps finding fresh ways to rort Australias institutions to privilege its MPs and rich backers.  Read More


An Open Letter to Mitcham Council "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

An open letter to the Mayor and Elected Members of MitchamCity Council. 

My name is Elizabeth Close and I am a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from the APY Lands in Central Australia. I have lived in Blackwood for the last decade. I am a professional Aboriginal Artist in fact Ive just completed a mural for The Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure at the Blackwood Railway Station. Im also somewhat of an annoyance I have written extensively about issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and have worked tirelessly for Aboriginal rights. 

I wish to draw your attention to the article written in the Hills Messenger dated September 13. Specifically, comments by the Mayor. In it, it says that Social advocacy around Australia Day was absolutely not an issue for local government. And that he was very happy with current Australia Day celebrations in Mitcham Council. This is abhorrent. Only through a lens of white privilege can the Mayor make statements like this. 

The immense harm that these celebrations cause to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Mitcham Council and nation-wide is overwhelming. Its also very clearly, not something that affects Mr Spear and therefore not something hes motivated to change. But Mr Spear, Mitcham Council is not just made up of Middle Aged, wealthy, white men like you. I would argue that the wellbeing of your community IS the role of local government to concern itself with. Moreover, addressing the harm caused by the actions of local government in celebrating this date is similarly, the role of local government to address. You also represent me as an Aboriginal woman even if you (and I) like it or not. I wonder if your view of what local government should concern itself with would change if it were your community of rich white men that were affected? 

This harms us. There is tangible harm caused to our community to see wider Australia celebrate a day that very clearly is not a day for all Australians. It actively excludes us. You are actively celebrating the end of our way of life as we knew it. You are celebrating genocide. You are celebrating rape. You are celebrating theft of land. You are celebrating the forced removal of children one of whom was my grandmother. 
You are celebrating the erausure of 60,000 years of culture, language, art, song and dance. 
When you say that youre very happy with current celebrations what you are actually saying is that you have absolutely no concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You have a blatant disregard for our wellbeing. And that hurts. 

You and your elected members are there to represent ALL residents of Mitcham Council. 
I urge all elected members to represent all of us even the ones...


Australian Nationalist Found Guilty of Opposing Islamization "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Blair Cottrell is an Australian political activist, carpenter, and the leader of The United Patriots Front.

Blair joins us to discuss his legal battles, the Islamization of Australia, antifa, and much more. Read More


Snowden Issues Warning Do Not Use Googles Messaging App Under Any Circumstances "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Unless you want law enforcement to be able to trawl all your communications, dont under any circumstances use Googles newest messaging app, Allo, Edward Snowden just warned.

What is #Allo? A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request, the whistleblower advised in a tweet.

Google had earlier claimed it would include end-to-end encryption, storing messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, similar to its prospective primary competitor, WhatsApp. However, the company announced drastic anti-privacy changes on Wednesday the very day it rolled out the app.

When users remember to begin a conversation in Incognito Mode, as can be done for Google searches, their conversations wont be stored indefinitely, as it still provides end-to-end encryption. But conversations not expressly begun that way will be stored forever, where they would be available for any law enforcement body requesting the information.

As Snowden pointed out, anyone thinking it would be difficult for police or, say, the Department of Homeland Security, or National Security Agency to get their hands on these communications should think otherwise.

In 2015, the Guardian reported this April, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) the secret court ostensibly overseeing domestic spying, which rules on the validity of requests by the FBI and other agencies to gain access to peoples data did not turn down a single request of nearly 1,500.

The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the National Security Agency and FBI for authority to intercept communications, including email and phone calls, according to a Justice Department memo [] The court did not reject any of the applications in whole or in part, the memo said, according to the Guardian.

Included with Allo, users receive an extra helping of Big Brother features like Smart Reply and Google Assistant. While the latter answers questions and helps you search for things directly in your chat, as RT reports, the former employs artificial intelligence in order to predict answers to make responding as simple as pressing a button.

However, therein lies part of the privacy concern that convenience comes with an asterisk in bold.

How does Allo plan on predicting your every word and witty emoji,....


New Cabinet in Peru, Vice President Aaroz to Be Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) poses with newly sworn-in ministers after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) poses with newly sworn-in ministers after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.

Perus President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) poses with newly sworn-in ministers after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.

Lima: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski made Vice President Mercedes Araoz his new prime minister in a cabinet shuffle on Sunday that won praise from the opposition a sign his year-old government will likely avoid a fresh standoff with Congress.

Kuczynski also swore in Deputy Economy Minister Claudia Cooper as his new finance minister and replaced his justice, education, health and housing ministers.

The new, more socially conservative cabinet sparked criticism from Kuczynskis centrist and leftist supporters that he had caved into the right-wing party Popular Force, which has an absolute majority in Congress.

But opposition lawmakers said they welcomed the change.

I wish success to Meche (Mercedes Araoz) and the new cabinet, Luis Galarreta, the he...


Former Diplomat Fears War on Horizon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Japans postwar foreign policy has not been awash with Henry Kissingers persons of status who can secretly or privately negotiate major policy changes with hostile regimes. But if Japan was to have one such person it would be Hitoshi Tanaka, a former deputy foreign minister and the man who secretly negotiated a breakthrough in relations with North Korea, operating through a mysterious Mr. X whom he met repeatedly at secret locations, mainly in China.


US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

1020587779When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2.

Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal.

America Reneged After the Cold War 

One of several treaties singed during the later stages of the Cold War included the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT). It limited anti-ballistic missile systems to two per country. The reasoning was to hinder anti-missile technology development and leave nuclear-armed nations open to retaliatory attacks should they initiate a nuclear first strike.

The treaty helped further enhance the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD).  After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states upheld the treaty with the United States until 2001 when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it.

The White House in an official statement regarding Americas withdrawal from the treaty, would state:

the United States and Russia face new threats to their security. Principal among these threats are weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means wielded by terrorists and rogue states. A number of such states are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United States and its friends and allies. The United States must defend its homeland, its forces and its friends and allies against these threats. We must develop and deploy the means to deter and protect against them, including through limited missile defense of our territory.

However, the United States would spend the next decade and a half, not developing anti-missile systems aimed at stopping non-existent weapons of mass destruction launched from rogue states,...



How the West was Lost "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We have to remark on what identifies the evidence of a great empire or a remarkable civilisation and when we do cite such evidence, we invariably point to the ruins of great works, great architecture, great civic constructions. In short, all those incontrovertible examples of material achievement. And sure, such civic constructs are

The post How the West was Lost appeared first on The AIM Network.



Rohingya in India Illegal, a National Security Threat, Modi Government Says in Court Affidavit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Centres affidavit also says that the matter of deportation is best left to the central governments discretion.

A family from the Rohingya community is pictured inside their shack at a camp in Delhi, India August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton/File photo

A family from the Rohingya community is pictured inside their shack at a camp in Delhi, India August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton/File photo

New Delhi: In an affidavit filed by the Union home ministry in the Supreme Court on the deportation of Rohingya refugees, the Centre has said the decision on whether or not refugees are allowed to settle in the country is best left to the executive. It has also called the Rohingya people living in India illegal.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the Centre said,...


Eastern Ethiopia Clashes Leave 50 Dead, 50,000 Displaced "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File photo: Several dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in clashes with the police and anti-government protesters in Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters / Tiksa NegeriFile photo: Several dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in clashes with the police and anti-government protesters in Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters / Tiksa Negeri

File photo: Several dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in clashes with the police and antigovernment protesters in Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters / Tiksa Negeri

Addis Ababa: Clashes along the border of Ethiopias Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in.

Spokesmen from the two regions told regional news outlets earlier this week that at least 50 people were killed. Each side blames the other.

Lema Megersa, president of Oromiya province, told local journalists on Sunday: It is not just deaths that occurred. More than 50,000 people were displaced from their homes.

Those responsible should also be held to account, he added. He did not give a death toll.

The area has been plagued by sporadic clashes for decades. A referendum held in 2004 to determine the status of disputed settlements failed to ease tensions.



Honeypreet Insan Tops Polices Wanted List on Panchkula Violence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File image of Honeypreet Insan. Credit: PTI

File image of Honeypreet Insan. Credit: PTI

Chandigarh: Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chiefs adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan tops the list of 43 persons wanted by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that followed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhs conviction in a rape case.

Earlier, a lookout notice was issued against Honeypreet Insan and Dera spokesman Aditya Insan, whose name also figures in the wanted list.

The photos of 43 persons on the wanted list have been posted on the official web portal of Haryana Police, the police said today.

Earlier, Haryana police had requested the general public and media to send videos or photographs of the violence that rocked Panchkula on August 25th.

Police said they had received several photos and videos so far, out of which 43 persons were identified and their photos uploaded in connection with the incidents of violence in Panchkula, which left 35 dead. Six persons also died in incidents of violence in Sirsa.

Panchkula Police Commissioner A.S. Chawla said the general public has been requested to come forward and share any information which they may have about the accused. The identity of those giving information leading to their arrest will be kept a secret, he said.

Honeypreet is the only woman in the wanted list. Most of the other accused are youths and some of them can be seen carrying lathis in their hands.
The wanted list begins with photos of Honeypreet and Aditya, police said.

Haryana Police...


Jean-Claude Juncker in denial and somewhat delusional "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last week (September 13, 2017), the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, presented his State of the Union Address 2017 in Strasbourg before the European Parliament. My only query arising from the speech was which Member State has left, given that the President began his speech by thanking the 27 leaders of our Member States (joke). He opened by saying how unity among the Member States had showed that Europe can deliver for its citizens when and where it matters. I wonder which Planet he was referring to. I thought Europe was on the Mother Earth and it certainly hasnt been delivering for its citizens, if the usual measures are considered. Junckers speech just continues what I considered to be Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale, which was the subtitle of my 2015 book Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale. It is amazing that the denial continues after 10 years and that guys like Juncker can still command an audience and a salary.

In heaping praise on his own regime, the EU President said:

We are now in the fifth year of an economic recovery that finally reaches every single Member State.

Growth in the European Union has outstripped that of the United States over the last two years. It now stands above 2% for the Union as a whole and at 2.2% for the euro area.

That statement is true. But the US reached the pre-GFC peak after only 15 quarters whereas it took 27 quarters (3 more years) before the EU28 reached the pre-GFC level and 30 quarters for the Eurozone Member States (taken together).

So the lost output due to the crisis was much higher for the European Union (especially the Eurozone) than it was for the US.

Other nations such as Australia never had a recession because it introduced a large discretionary fiscal stimulus early on in the crisis and held it for long enough to maintain overall growth.

The next graph shows the path of real GDP in the Euro19 Member States from March 1995 to December 2016 (indexed to 100 at the March-quarter 2008 the peak before the GFC).

The simulated line is based on extrapolating out the actual growth path from 1995 to the December-quarter 2007 using the average quarterly growth rate over the period.

Despite the Presidents claims, actual real GDP is only 4.1 per cent higher than it was in the March-quarter 2008 for the Eurozone as a whole.

A comparable figure for the US is 12.7 per cent; for the UK, 9.1 per cent; Norway 11.4 per cent; and Australia 23.7 per cent.

That makes the Eurozones growth look shocking and it has been.



Name-Place-Animal-Thing: Of Productivity and LSD "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week: What psychological studies and micro-dosing on LSD tell us about productivity, creativity and work culture.

Name-Place-Animal-Thing. Credit: Vishnupriya Rajgarhia

Productivity is an M-shaped curve

A Monday seems as good a time as any to ask how do you make yourself feel motivated and productive? In Darwin was a slacker and you should be too, author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang questions the wisdom of the 80-hour work week by examining the working habits and schedules of prolific scientists like Charles Darwin and authors like Charles Dickens. Why scientists in particular? Pang explains, Scientists accomplishments the number of articles and books they write, the awards they win, the rate at which their works are cited are well-documented and easy to measure and compare. As a result, their legacies are often easier to determine than those of bus...



SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in August.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  

Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn is finally over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 



Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from Anthony Donovan on Vimeo.

Please let you Representatives from city to state to nation know that they need to turn around and listen and take a stand to save the planet, and civilization. Tell them we need our tax money to answer the tremendous challenges before us, not annihilation. It is time. The nuclear arguments are all disarmed, when you look into it.
Thank you for watching and sharing this. Join any of the wonderful organizations gathering together for this, our childrens lives and planet. Onward Together.

Thank you.


ps. When you hear the lead nation of these murderous devices say they want no nukes but need verification, just know thats exactly how theyve denied and delayed every major attempt along the way over decades. We can do verification. But for nuclear weapon states, its come to mean, We keep ours, and modernize, and we need to be sure no one else gets them.

You will hear the NWSs say we must have a step by step process. All good, but they have denied or forgotten all the legitimate worthy steps taken over the past 50 years and more.

Yu will hear them saying this Treaty interferes with years of diplomatic efforts and other vital treaties. simply not true. the NWS have maintained a stalemate and have not lived up to the obligations nor made sincere disarmament moves for decades. Its time to get facts out and start the process of protecting life.

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The Long and Short of Indias Bullet Train "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From ruling out competitive bidding to fighting against low-cost airlines, there are many economic factors that will determine the success of the project.

Chinese HSR technology is just as good as Japans but also cheaper. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: India could have saved as much as $3.2 billion on construction of  the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train system if it had invited bids instead of awarding the project to Japan on a nomination basis. At least, that is what emerges from a cost comparison with similar high-speed rail (HSR) projects built in other countries in recent years.

According to the World Bank that analysed cost structure of HSR projects built in different countries in recent years, rail infrastructure accounts for 82% of the total project cost (excluding land, rolling stock and interest during construction).

The cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project is estimated at $17 billion (Rs 1.1 lakh crore). Based on that, the construction cost of rail infrastructure of the project works out to $27.44 million per km.

In comparison, the average cost of constructing infrastructure for 350 km per hour bullet trains in China is $17-21 million per km. Even if we take the highest figure of $21 million per km in China for comparison, the cost estimate of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project is still at least $3.2 billion higher, though comparable to similar infrastructures built in Europe.



Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

No matter what was the US initial goal in Syria, the plans have ended up in failure. Two investigative documents have emerged stating that the United States have been supplying arms and ammunitions purchased from several Eastern European countries to terrorist groups in Syria under the guise to fight the Islamic State (IS). The weapons included AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, mortars, and other weapons and ammunition purchased in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. The supplies did not result in victories.


Allahabad University Withdraws Permission for Literary Event After Pressure From HRD Ministry "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The day-long Liberty Festival was to be held at the university to discuss theatre, poetry and songs celebrating the idea of the constitution.

University of Allahabad. Credit: YouTube

University of Allahabad. Credit: YouTube

New Delhi: After Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT Madras and Jamia Milia Islamia University canceled events on the campus hosting controversial speakers, the University of Allahabad today withdrew permission to hold an event to celebrate Indias constitution. The day-long Liberty Festival to discuss theatre, poetry and songs celebrating the idea of the constitution, was granted permission to be held in the senate hall by the vice-chancellor (VC) on September 13, who also agreed to be the chief guest. However, permission was withdrawn three days later.

Among the invitees to the event were sociologist Satish Deshpande, actor Maya Rao, singer Sonam Kalra and womens rights activist Abha Bhaiyya.

However, in an open letter to the VC, joint action committee representative Manish Sharma said that they will continue to hold the event in the front lawns of the venue, knowing very well that they may be attacked by forces intending to shut us down...


Britains Boris Johnson Faces Backseat Driving Charge on Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Britain's State Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Lancaster house in London, September 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannah McKay

Britains State Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Lancaster house in London, September 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannah McKay

London: Britains foreign minister Boris Johnson was accused by cabinet colleagues on Sunday of backseat driving on Brexit after setting out his own vision of the countrys future outside the European Union.

Only days before Prime Minister Theresa May is due to speak in Italy about Britains planned EU departure, Johnson on Saturday published a 4,300-word newspaper article that roamed well beyond his ministerial brief and, in some cases, the approach set out by the government.

Interior minister Amber Rudd said it was absolutely fine for the foreign secretary to intervene publicly but that she did not want him managing the Brexit process.

What weve got is Theresa May managing that process, shes driving the car, Rudd told the BBCs Andrew Marr on Sunday.

Asked if Johnson was backseat driving, she replied: Yes, you could call it backseat driving, absolu...



In IPL, Most Teams Are Struggling to Knock it Out of the Stadium "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While a few have burned out, the top franchises have not yet been able to knock off their accumulated debt.

The IPL trophy during the player auction in Bangalore in February 2017. Courtesy: IPL

The IPL trophy during the player auction in Bangalore in February 2017. Courtesy: IPL

New Delhi: In the worlds richest sports leagues, water is supposed to turn into wine for franchise teams within the first four or five years. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), this happens only in theory.

While broadcasting and media rights has fetched the Board of of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) an unprecedented Rs 16,374 crore over a period of five years, the balance sheets of the top five franchises continue to be in deep red even after nine years.

Publicly available statements of accounts of most teams show that they owe debt and liabilities not only towards but banks but also their sister concerns.

According to details submitted to the Registrar of Companies (ROC), Shahrukh Khans Kolkata Knight Riders, which won the IPL in 2014, has largely performed the best. It declared a debt liability of Rs 27.5 crore for the year...


Nothing new under the sun "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On the tidal wave unleashed in the Reformation after Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Catholic church. Described by Roger Kimball in a review of Jacques Barzuns book Dawn to Decadence.

And what a tidal wave:
Manners are flouted and customs broken. Foul language and direct insult become normal, in keeping with the rest of the excitement buildings defaced, images destroyed, shops looted. Printed sheets pass from hand to hand and are read with delight or outrage Listen to this! Angry debates multiply about things long since settled: talk of free love, of priests marrying and monks breaking their vows, of property and wives in common, of sweeping out all evils, all corruption, all at onceall things for a new and blissful life on earth .
Voices grow shrill, parties form and adopt names or are tagged with them in derision and contempt. Again and again comes the shock of broken friendships, broken families. As time goes on, betraying the cause is an incessant charge, and there are indeed turncoats.


Australia - Bega councils water fluoridation referral raises ire "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Council looks likely to wash its hands of the water fluoridation debate when it meets this week.
As per recommendations in Wednesdays meeting agenda, it is believed councillors will refer the decision on whether to fluoridate Bega Valley water supplies to NSW Health.
However, by doing so council will, in effect, be giving the go ahead to fluoridate as the state government department has been strongly encouraging BVSC to fluoridate two of its four supplies.
There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra.
Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.
The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period...............


Tamil Nadu Speaker Disqualifies 18 AIADMK Rebel MLAs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The MLAs were disqualified under schedule 10 of the constitution which speaks about the anti-defection law.

AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran. Credit: PTI

Chennai: Cracking the whip, Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P. Dhanapal today disqualified 18 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to removed party leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran.

The action against the 18 MLAs, who had revolted against chief minister K. Palaniswami last month, was taken under anti-defection and disqualification rules of 1986 formed in accordance with the tenth schedule of the constitution, said a statement from assembly secretary K. Bhoopathy.

The MLAs who have been disqualified with effect from today are Thangatamilselvan, R. Murugan, Mariappan Kennedy, K. Kathirkamu, C. Jayanthi Padmanabhan, P. Palaniappan, V. Senthil Balaji, S. Muthiah, P. Vetrivel, N.G. Parthiban, M. Kothandapani, T.A. Elumalai, M. Rengasamy, R. Thangadurai, R. Balasubramani, S.G. Subramanian, R. Sundarraj and K. Uma Maheswari.

The said MLAs, besides another, had on August 22 met the Tamil Nadu governor C.H. Vidyasagar and conveyed that they had lost confidence in Palaniswami, who is facing a challenge from Dhinakaran.

One of the dissident MLAs, SKT Jakkaiyan, had later switched camps to support Palaniswami.

These MLAs had since been demanding the removal of chief minister.

The August 22 meeting had come a day after the formal merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

Earlier, chief government whip S. Rajendran had urged the speaker to disqualify the said MLAs for anti-party activities&...


Yothu Yindi, The Herd, and Baker Boy are playing a one-off Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A triple-header of Aussie talent is set to take over Sydneys Enmore Theatre in January, when Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, The Herd, and Baker Boy unite to perform one phenomenal show.

Coming along for the ride will be critically-acclaimed Aussie hip-hop group The Herd. Despite not having released an album since 2011s Future Shade, The Herd are still going strong, with some members of the group, such as Urthboy, having released solo records in recent times. For this performance, The Herd are set to be joined by Nooky & Radical Son, who will aid the group in delivering a blistering set full of old and new hits.

Rounding out the evenings entertainment will be Baker Boy, who has had a banner year, having taken out triple j Uneartheds 2017 NIMA competition, and having scored an array of wins at the NT Song of the Year awards in July. A rising star of the Aussie music scene, Baker Boy is set to be in fine company when he takes the stage with this lineup of Aussie legends.

Tickets to Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Projects Enmore Theatre show go on sale at 9am, on September 21. So make sure you get in early to secure your ticker for what will truly be a unique experience of Aussie music from the past, present, and future.

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

(With The Herd & Baker Boy)

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW




Why Do Geckos Need Tails? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When leopard geckos walk on the desert sands of Gujarat and Rajasthan, their fat tails swing from side to side without touching the ground. If they lose their tails, do they change the way they walk?

A leopard gecko. Credit: Timothy Higham

A leopard gecko. Credit: Timothy Higham

Animals do the most amazing things. Read about them in this series by Janaki Lenin.

Peacocks flaunt their ornamental trains to win over mates. Monitor lizards use their long flat-sided tails as a whip against assailants. Kangaroos use theirs as a fifth leg. Cats tails act like counterweights when the animals jump, while snow leopards keep their noses warm on cold nights by burying their faces in them. Many snakes, chameleons and New World primates use their prehensile tails as belays while climbing trees. And how could fish, crocodiles, lizards and marine mammals swim without their propelling tails? Geckos may rely on their tails a great deal more than other animals: like the proverbial cat, they gain many lives.

The thick tails of leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) store fat. When a predator is in hot pursuit, they snap off their tails on the run. This voluntary severing is called autotomy. Even as the twitching severed extremities keeps the pursuer occupied, the lizards escape. The sacrifice of a body part comes at a cost. For one thing, the geckos...


Narendra Modis Gift to the Nation Is Set to Submerge Lakhs of People "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Water is still not reaching those who need it, while people are being forced to give up their homes and livelihoods linked to the Narmada.

Protestors at the jalsatyagraha in Chhota Barda village. Courtesy: Narmada Bachao Andolan

Protestors at the jalsatyagraha in Chhota Barda village. Courtesy: Narmada Bachao Andolan

All preparations had to be complete prior to the function in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a dam to the nation on his birthday on Sunday (September 17). The Sardar Sarovar dam was lit up and 2,00,000 people (comprising farmers, fishers, potters, pastoralists, Dalits and small enterprise holders) had to be submerged for the Narmada Mahotsav (and Modis birthday) to be a success. For this, water was diverted into the Sardar Sarovar reservoir from unfilled dams, raising water levels to 129.64 metres and beginning the inundation of 191 villages and one township in Madhya Pradesh. The 30 sluice gates at the dam site have also been closed since June 17 this year, allowing water to fill the reservoir.



Interview 1300 Jeffrey Tucker Reveals the Future Bit by Bit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3=""][/audio]Jeffrey Tucker of joins James to talk about his book, Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World. We discuss how "the market" is about cooperation and discovery, and how revolutionary technology is now making the state and all of its functions and functionaries obsolete.


Maya Kodnani Wasnt in Naroda Gam on Day of Riot, Amit Shah Tells Court "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8:30 am. From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there.

Amit Shah. Credit: PTI

Amit Shah. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah today appeared before a special SIT court here as a defence witness for former BJP Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani in the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case.

Shah told the Ahmedabad court that Kodnani was present at the Gujarat assembly during the Naroda Gam riot on February 28, 2002. They then met at the Sola Civil Hospital, the BJP chief said. Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8:30 am. From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there, Indian Express quoted him as saying. He added that they were both escorted to their respective cars at the hospital.

Shahs deposition lasted 40 minutes, the newspaper reported. His deposition was before Judge P.B. Desai, who had last Tuesday summoned him in response to an application filed by Kodnani. The court had allowed Kodnanis plea to summon Shah and some others as witnesses in her defence in April this year.

On the day of the Naroda Gam riot near Ahmedabad, Kodani said she had visited the Sola Civil Hospital after attending the legislative assembly session and was not present at the spot where the violen...


Iran Nuclear Deal Faces Tough Test at UN Amidst Criticism from Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. Credit:Reuters/Caren Firouz/File Photo

Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. Credit:Reuters/Caren Firouz/File Photo

UN: The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the UN this week as Europeans try to persuade a skeptical Trump administration to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional rival.

US President Donald Trump, who must...



Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.


Hurricane Maria Seen Strengthening Into a Major Hurricane "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Army soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company gather on a beach as they await transport on a Navy landing craft while evacuating in advance of Hurricane Maria, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Army soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company gather on a beach as they await transport on a Navy landing craft while evacuati...


Post UN Sanctions Curbing Supply, North Korean Fuel Prices Soar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: A car drives past residential buildings in Pyongyang April 11, 2012. Credit:Reuters/Bobby Yip/File Photo

A car drives past residential buildings in Pyongyang, April 11, 2012. Credit:Reuters/Bobby Yip/File Photo

Gasoline and diesel prices rose sharply in North Korea after its sixth nuclear test and as the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions capping fuel supply, market data analysed by Reuters on Monday showed.

The Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on September 11 banning exports of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North and capping the annual supply of refined petroleum products at two million barrels and crude at its current levels.

The price of gasoline sold by private dealers in the capital Pyongyang and northern border cities of Sinuiju and Hyesan spiked to $2.51 per kg as of September 13, up 45.1% from $1.73 per kg on September 5, according to Reuters analysis of data compiled by the Daily NK website.

The website is run by...


1969: The "Nearly-But-Not-Quite" Election. "IndyWatch Feed"

Labour Nearly Did This: It didnt really seem possible that Labour could have lost. Its 1969 campaign had broken new ground in terms of media sophistication. Labours theme-song Make Things Happen had topped the local charts, and its television commercial, put together by a hungry young ad-man called Bob Harvey, was slicker than anything New Zealand voters had hitherto encountered.

WEVE GOT IT! Was the triumphant (if incautious) assertion of the supposedly neutral Professor Bob Chapman on the night of the 1969 nearly-but-not-quite general election. The worthy professor should perhaps be forgiven for his premature psephological ejaculation. He had marked down the electorate of Eden as the seat Labour was bound to take if it was on-course to becoming the government. On the night, Labours candidate, the distinguished New Zealand historian, Professor Keith Sinclair, had taken it. Chapman, whose Labour sympathies were well known to his colleagues (if not to the television audience) had waited nine long years to see the National Government of Keith Holyoake defeated. And, half-way through the election-night telecast, it seemed as though his political patience was being rewarded. That Keith Sinclair was also Chapmans good friend and colleague, merely slapped a good-sized dollop of icing on the cake.

By the end of the telecast, however, the story had changed. Sinclairs narrow election-night majority notwithstanding, Labour had fallen four seats short of the 43 needed to win. An industrial dispute involving a ship called the Wainui culminating in a march up Queen Street by the communist-dominated Seafarers Union had cost the Labour leader, Norman Kirk, the Auckland seats hed needed (and confidently expected) to secure the prime-ministers job. Even Eden, after the counting of Special Votes, reverted to Nationals John Rae by the wafer-thin margin of 67 votes.

It didnt really seem possible that Labour could have lost. Its campaign had broken new ground in terms of media sophistication. Labours theme-song Make Things Happen had topped the local charts, a...


US army tanks arrive in Poland as Russia starts military drills on its border "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The United States has sent new troops and tanks into Poland and at the same time,  Russia has started war games with Belarus called Zapad 2017.

American military presence in Poland has been there constantly for years and it is there to press on Russias border. The new presence includes the addition of 87 M1 Abrams tanks, 103 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 18 Paladin self-propelled Howitzers, and other trucks and equipment, according to the U.S. European Command (EUCOM).

The response has been to encircle Russia with troops and missiles. Russia has reacted. And this scenario has not changed under Donald Trumps administration.

Both the American presence in Poland and the Russian war games come at a time of heightened tensions between the two nations, over not only the dispute over the Crimea, but also   differences over Syria, north Korea and other global issues and this is what makes it more dangerous.

The large-scale American led NATO presence in the countries bordering Russias borders, has created one of the worlds gravest hot spots, which threatens to engulf the world in as new war and places a range of former Soviet republics into a state of dependency, creates interference in their internal politics into, fashioning them to serve American strategic interests. It also  involves a faceoff between the worlds two most heavily nuclear armed powers.

Zapad 2017 is a continuation of military exercises that has taken place every four years, since they were begun by Russian leader Vladimir Putin in 2009. NATO sources claim that  this this time around, there are more than 12,000 troops involved, the mandatory cutting of point. This is where Russia after is supposed to inform the American dominated NATO about the details.  There is no independent verification of this and Russia vehemently denies it.

Displaying the thinking on the other side, US Army Lt General Ben Hodges, the commander of Army forces in Europe has described the war games as a Trojan horse.

However, recent NATO war games involved 25,000 troops in Eastern Europe, practicing war with Russia, which Russia accused of being a threat to its national security.

Tension on Russias....


How many from the press gallery know what a cow looks like? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How out of touch are political journalists with farming? "Good to get a few reporters here so they can see what a dairy cow looks like" says fed farmers' Lloyd standing under Morrinsville Mega Cow Gia Garrick (@giaisonline) September 18, 2017 Media also told we have "unconscious bias" and there is hope we []


Introducing "The Defendant Day Care Centres"!!!!!!!!!!! With the NSW Supreme Court tick of approval! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I think my mum and dad sent me to a Convent School because they were pretty confident the nuns were good people who'd set a good example. Isn't that what we want from the people into whose care we entrust our children? Apparently not. The NSW Office of the Children's...




Russias S-400s Will Protect Turkey From A Kurdish Air Force "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Its very unlikely that Turkey would risk its relations with the US to buy Russian anti-aircraft missiles just to guard against non-existent threat.

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Advance voting well ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Advance voting in the first week totals 445,350 which is well ahead of last election. Daily totals for 2017 are approximate only and may be subject to change. Date 2017 General Election 2014 General Election 2011 General Election Wed-Sat 49,497 18,818 11 September 39,643 22,234 8,893 12 September 48,545 22,846 8,845 13 September 66,535 23,950 []


Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith Universitys Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). []

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Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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ONeill Urges Papua New Guineans To Unite "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



Prime Minister Peter ONeill has called on all Papua New Guineans to get behind the countrys sports teams as they continue to strengthen the values of the country all over the world.

In his address to the nation at Independence Hill over the weekend, ONeill also encouraged all Papua New Guineans to welcome international visitors who will be here for the Rugby League World Cup in a months time.

In the next week our Hunters will play in the Grand Final in Queensland, and after our PNG Mozzies won the Aussie Rules International Cup in Victoria and in the coming months we will host overseas teams in the Rugby League World Cup, he said.

This is what we must be proud of. I hope all Papua New Guineans will get behind our team and also welcome our visitors to our country.

Papua New Guineans must get behind all our sportsmen and women, who are continuing to strengthen the values of our country, ONeill said.

Our Government and our people must continue to invest in community development programs and in sports so that we encourage healthy living and strengthen community values.

He said that the Government will continue to strengthen sports in PNG so that the countrys sportsmen and women can have the opportunity to show case and strengthen the value of their cultures and to maintain good sportsmanship. ONeill said he wants Papua New Guinea to be a hub for sports development in the Pacific region.
And when it comes to sports development in the Pacific its very important for us that we take it at every level, he said.

Filed under: AFL PNG, Development, Government, Information, Sports Tagged: Development, Government, Instrust Super Cup, PNG Kumuls, PNG Mozzies...


South-East Oz Part 2: NSW Riverina "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Superb Parrot
We had a Pink Cockatoo in the camping ground on our last morning at Lake Cargelligo (see following post) and two more at the treatment works, where Swamp Harrier and Spotted Harrier also showed. We headed south through the NSW Riverina to the rice town of Leeton, known as a birding hotspot, for a 2-night stay at the showgrounds.

Superb Parrot pair
It wasn't long before the first Superb Parrots flew overhead and I was soon enjoying close encounters with several birds of this aptly named species on the well-wooded golf course adjoining the showgrounds.



Unwinding the renewable energy scam "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have an article in the online Spectator which addresses measures in place to correct the economic fall out now manifestly evident from green energy policies.

Escaping the renewable energy subsidy trap

It concludes

Whatever the fall-out one thing is certain: no politician will ever be called into account for retailing the now discredited renewable energy nirvana. Thats just the way things are.

The wasted expenditure involved in renewable subsidies can never be recouped; it represents a permanent and irretrievable reduction in national wealth and living standards.

Above all, in transforming the worlds most competitive electricity supply industry into one of the worlds most expensive systems it has brought about a deindustrialisation that will have a lasting effect.


Cobargo Folk Festival Announces First Headliners for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle Wait, were talking about 2018 festivals already? Where has this year gone! The Cobargo Folk Festival, held in the NSW south coast village of Cobargo, has already revealed a bunch of their headliners for next years event. Australian folk music legends Eric Bogle (above) and Neil Murray head up the []


Can Our Model Forecast Private Companies & Industries? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


QUESTION: Hello. I am a business consultant working for a global consulting company and have a client that is in the transportation sector that would benefit from your research. I have been advising the client with regard to their business and IT strategy, however would also like to introduce them to Armstrong and possibly subscribe to your services.

A few questions first:
1) Are your models customizable to facilitate forecasting of domestic fuels consumption?
2) If yes, what is required to initiate a discussion around this type of service?
3) Would it be possible to speak to a person regarding your standard services and any custom modeling?
Kind Regards,

ANSWER: Yes. We are re-instituting on the Institutional Level the ability to input even the sales of any company and the model will then provide the full forecast with timing and price projections. Therefore, it can be tailored to any company and industry.


Where has the Outflows from the US$ Gone for the Past Year? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Re: Am i certain about the Strong Dollar?

Hi Marty, great blog posts and response. I think after reading this blog posts, the question on everyones mind is, what is causing the outflow of capital from the USD? And where is capital concentrating in right now? Is it the Euro? The Bunds? Gold?
And when do you see the outflow will stop and reverse?
Thank you
ANSWER: There has been outflows to Emerging Market debt by pension funds in the States for the past year. They have been trying to compensate for the lower interest rate returns by going more risky. We have been call on this issue more than once.
Then there has been the expectation that the ECB will end QE and Europe will boom. We can see that the DAX for the past year has risen in dollar terms. We have seen a tremendous outflow into the European share markets, but not so much into the debt issues.
Gold has been minimal because that is the retail side, not a target for institutional money. They need income, not storage fees. They will participate in gold stocks, but not stockpile bullion.


The 5 Factors Behind Capital Flows "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Well from myself and your family we thank you for sticking with us in this time as you have mentioned you could be doing other thing for yourself but like a brother you are sticking with us even when you know we will rise and repeat most likely, but in the same but different we hold hope for humanity. My question is can we get a large movement in confidence in currency without any major move in the physical instrument. Can the US dollar not have a hard drop before going back up on the basis that the confidence was effected more than the instrument it does not look like a linear relationship but more ying and yang where the ratio can be anywhere at any time but together are complete.Thanks Brother
Peace Out
ANSWER: The driving forces behind capital flows center upon CONFIDENCE that manifests within five critical areas. Each area provides one major component which in turn has subdivisions. The 1987 Crash in the stock market took place because the G5 kept saying they wanted the dollar down by 40% to help trade. The morons failed to realize that if you lower the dollar by 40% to make you exports cheap to sell more, you simultaneously cheapen all assets. The Japanese had bought 33% of the US National Debt to try to easy trade friction, but then faced with a 40% loss on currency, they sold. This inexperience of those in government is just beyound contemplation. What the Plaza Accord was doing was trying to lower the value of the dollar to reduce the cost of Am...


Mary Singletons Book Launch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Was that really me?  Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singletons memoir. The session is on ~ Sunday September 24th  ~ at 2.30 pm  ~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room  ~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu      An eventful life: from Island Bay to the Kalahari []


Canadian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Hello Marty. I so appreciate your blog and Socrates, which is helping me steer through these crazy markets. Im a Canadian taking care of all my familys investment accounts, and knowing whats coming down the road, Im very concerned Im going to take a misstep, especially with my childrens accounts. I havent been doing this long enough to have experienced a monetary crisis anywhere. What I cant get my head wrapped around is what to do longer term from the Canadian perspective. We all have both USD and CAD funds in our accounts. I plan to increase the USD portion while the CAD is down. Im also buying US investments in CAD (unhedged) to catch the rise in currency. But when the USD peaks and the crash and burn begins, my assumption is Canada has a boom in metals commodities while oil crashes due to lack of demand and we also go into recession due to lack of exports to the US and so lower employment. So what is a Canadians smart move when the USD peakscash out our USD investments and turn back to CAD and invest in commodities, etc. or would I be better off staying in the USD and buying inverse etfs and commodity stocks/etfs that arent available on the TSX? Just trying to get a handle on what ultimately happens to Canada in all this. Thanks so much for any insight you may have on this topic.

ANSWER: We are in the staging process right now and that means we must push everything to the limit. In the case of the C$, that major point rema...


Good on ya Bill, I wouldnt go either "IndyWatch Feed"

After decades of insults it is little wonder that politicians dont want to go to Waitangi any longer. Earlier this year Bill English refused to go, and now he says he is unlikely to ever go again. Bill English says hes unlikely to return to Waitangi for Waitangi Day if National is re-elected. In February, []

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The Middle East: Two Different Political Approaches "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

885544Recently, the most debated topics in the United States have been the disastrous aftereffects of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the plain inability of the current administration to actually help Americans in their trouble. But suddenly, another topic has appeared which has affected not only Americans, but the whole world. Donald Trump has unexpectedly become politically mature, and has started talking about the true patrons of terrorism in the Middle East.

As always, the President of the United States categorically stated at a joint press conference with the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, that the current conflict between the Persian Gulf and Qatar arouse because a number of countries in the region have been actively financing terrorist organizations: The problems with Qatar began because of the massive financing of terrorism by a number of countries. This must be stopped. The Emir of Kuwait added that a diplomatic solution to the problem does exist, and it will be found, when the countries sit down at the negotiation table. As is well known, in early June this year, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped all communications with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

In other words, Donald Trump has only now come to know what the world has already known for a long time. The world media has repeatedly written that the carnage in Syria is taking place only because Qatar and other conservative Persian Gulf regimes finance and militarily support terrorists. It is enough to visit any mosque in these states to see the big caskets inscribed with the appeal to render Help to our Brothers Abroad. And every Muslim believes it is his duty to at least leave any banknote there. However, we should not delude ourselves: the main contributors to the terrorists are the so-called public funds and state structures. This huge amount of money buys American weapons, American uniforms, and decent amounts in US dollars are given as salaries to the terrorists. As it is said, all the conditions have been created to tear up the Syrian Arab Republic. For example, the press of these Arab countries does not consider the people who are sowing death and destruction on ancient Syrian land as terrorists because they are fighting against the legitimately-elected President Bashar al-Assad.

It is beyond doubt that the same fate was expecting the Syrian people had not Russia and its Military S...


Linkin Park Frontman Chester Benningtons Wife Shares Heartbreaking Last Video "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Chester Benningtons widow Talinda has taken to Twitter to raise awareness of depression and the reasons why it is such a tough condition to live with. Those with loved ones suffering from the mental illness knows that it has many sides despite the lows being the most commonly perceived by the wider community.

The Linkin Park frontman took his own life in July. He had been greatly distressed and saddened by the passing of his close friend Chris Cornell. Coupled with his depression, this proved to be too much for Bennington who was survived by his wife and family.

Credit: Rolling Stone

Credit: Rolling Stone

Talinda and her remaining family have found courage in light of reading messages of support from Chesters fans. This courage has extended to raising community awareness and support for those suffering from depression. The Twitter hashtag #fuckdepression rings truly through thousands of messages. When probed as to how the tag came about, Talinda told Sixx Sense:

One of those sleepless nights, I was on Twitter and reading through hundreds of condolences to myself and my children. I started to notice that fans were saying they were hurting, and they didnt know what to do. It weighed heavily on my heart because their words were comforting me. I just thought to myself, what if we could just talk to each other?

Credit: E!

Credit: E!

Mike started #MakeChesterProud, which I thought was awesome, trying to spread positivity, so I tagged that. Somebody on Twitter said, Im so sick of being depressed all my life, [fuck] depression. I read that, and I just heard Chester, because he was always saying the F-word.



"Two Tough Questions: A Lesson in Perspective" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"Two Tough Questions:  A Lesson in Perspective"
by Living Life Fully

"Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already (three deaf, two blind, one mentally retarded) and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before moving down to the answer of this one.

Question 2: It is time to elect a new world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.


K55m For Tari Airport Facelift "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Government is giving Tari Airport a major facelift with K55 million already earmarked and an agreement signed last week.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Hela Provincial Government and National Airports Corporation last Friday.

Hela Governor Philip Undialu said the project will include fencing, terminal building construction, and runway sealing.

He said work will start in March, next year, and the tender will be out next week to comply with Asia Development Bank standards bidding criteria.

I am so proud and the Hela provincial government stands ready to partner in this project. I want to thank the ONeill Government and NAC for the K55 million injection into to upgrading the Tari Airport, Mr Undialu said.

NAC managing director Richard Yopo raised concerns that there some developments by private and government infrastructures which he wanted to be sorted out with the NAC before the actual construction.

We understand the Tari-Pori district building is there and so we can go into commercial arrangements with the district, he said.

NAC has spoken to PNG Power and had already written to Curtain Brothers to vacate premises and to allow the redevelopment to proceed.

Provincial Administrator William Bando has assured the NAC that the provincial government with meet with the concerned stakeholders and make sure the development will eventuate.

This little airport has played a very key role in delivering the PNG LNG Project. It is therefore an immediate priority for the Airport to get the facelift it deserves, Mr Bando said.

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Marriage Equality Postal Survey Safeguards Fact Sheet "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The postal survey on marriage equality is now underway. New laws have been put in place to try to ensure respectful debate. Here's what you need to know about how they impact you.

The Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 provides safeguards in advertising, broadcasting, campaigning and communications for the Australian Marriage Postal Survey campaign.

What are safeguards and why do we need them?

  1. Ensure public communications are clearly authorised (so people know who they are communicating with and whether that person is legitimate).
  2. Introduce protections against hate speech during the postal survey based on someones views on the survey because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or religious conviction.
  3. Prevent undue influence through bribery, threats or misleading or deceptive publications.
  4. Allow the expression of free and informed views and prevent misleading and deceptive information from affecting a persons survey response.

The survey safeguards will be in effect from 14 September 2017 until 15 November 2017.

Click here to download the fact sheet, which outlines what the safeguards mean for supporters of marriage equality and people working on the campaign, including:

  • authorisations for printed materials and other communications,
  • fines and offences,
  • responsibilities as a broadcaster,
  • how to make a complaint, and
  • where to find more information

Download the fact sheet here.


Ibrahims face court over drug ring "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

riends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47 who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8 in a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai. The pair will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Friends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8, will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)


Michael Ibrahim, the youngest brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, will face a Sydney court in November with other co-accused over their alleged involvement in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy.

He and older brother Fadi Ibrahim, 43, were arrested in Dubai about six weeks ago and arrived in Sydney on Sunday night after being extradited.

Also returning to Sydney under police escort were Mustapha Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, arrested alongside the brothers on August 8 during a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai that resulted in 18 people being charged.

The Ibrahims and Dib were netted as part of Operation Veyda, while Jomaa, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, was arrested as part of Operation Astatine.

Michael Ibrahim, 39, and Dib are charged with conspiring to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, and attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

If convicted they could face life imprisonment.

The pair did not appear at Central Local Court on Monday where their lawyers did not apply for bail.

They are due to face th...


After Cops Stole His Cash for Selling Unlawful Hot Dogs, The Internet Gave Him $70,000 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

Berkeley, CA Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.

The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $70,000.

The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:

The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.

On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justified the theft of the hot dog vendors money.

While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation, Biddy said. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.

According to NBC 5, UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.

Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.

Whether or not the money in the mans wallet was from selling unlicensed hot dogs remains to be answered. However, that was apparently of no importance to UC police officer Sean Aranas who found it necessary to confiscate it all.

Yes, s...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Katrizper  a very strong gale or storm wind.

Filed under: language Tagged: katrizper


Media company protects its staff from flamboyant gay man with the wrong opinions "IndyWatch Feed"

Imagine a Media organisation that has interviewed dictators and dangerous gang members but that draws the line at its studio being used to interview a flamboyant gay man with the wrong opinions. This is truly what our world is coming to. Conservative views are now seen as dangerous and diversity of opinion is no longer valued. []

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Exim bank approves K350m PMIZ loan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The China Exim Bank have agreed to fund the new plan for the governments multi-million Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project with a US$152million (K350million) loan.
The loan is concessional and will be repaid by government when the project is operational and generates returns.
This was announced by the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Wera Mori in a statement he issued yesterday.
Mr Mori said the initial Financial Investment Decision (FID) by the Exim Bank was stalled by the lengthy court battle with the Madang Environmental groups.
The initial Financial Investment Decision (FID) by the EXIM Bank of China was stalled by the lengthy court battle with Madang Environmental NGOs, resulting in the withholding of funds that had been earmarked for its development. However, the minister said traction was made on the project under the leadership of his predecessor now Planning Minister Richard Maru.
Under Mr Maru, the PMIZ was redesigned to cater for all the communities and to hall larger ships into the new wharf.
Further for the redesigning and renegotiation of the FID with the EXIM Bank of China, Mr Mori said.
Mr Mori said he would be calling for a general forum to gauge the views of all impacted stakeholders to gauge their views which will be captured in a supplementary Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
He said given the disruptions the project had suffered, this was his initiative for a way forward to discourage any further delays and wastage of resources.
The PMIZ project must be delivered under my leadership without any further delays, the minister stressed.

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Right wing think tank experts with no teaching experience dictate Coalition education policy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It was with absolute horror that I read today of a supposed expert report recommending that Year 1 students face standardised testing in numeracy and literacy. Education Minister Simon Birmingham released a report by an expert advisory panel on Monday, led by Jennifer Buckingham, which recommends a national literacy and numeracy check for year 1

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The Genuine Article in Australian Politics "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian. It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party and contender for the Prime Ministership of Australia, was nursing

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Kelvins crim mates from Australia still committing crimes when they come back here "IndyWatch Feed"

The Aussies dont want these scumbags, but they are Kiwi criminals. They have been extradited back here and Kelvin Davis has grandstanded about their plight, hugging them like Michael Jackson clinging to a small boy. A Newshub exclusive report reveals that Australias crackdown on Kiwi criminals has seen almost 40 percent commit an offence after []

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.80 AUD


Gordi Hosts The Bridge: a birthday playlist with some of Sydneys finest "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

  • Gordi :: The Bridge - Guest Host - August 29, 2017

As part of our monthly artist takeover series, Lachlan Wyllie handed over our Sydney music show, The Bridge to Singer-songwriter Gordi to play some local tracks. On the same day the station celebrated its 14th birthday, the folktronica artist selected an eclectic mix of of indie and electronic music, including two tracks off her recently released album Resevoir. Although the resulting playlist is a far cry from her early influences she admits her first records were Linkin Park and Wheatus jams it still features a ton of local talent, including Gang of Youths, Middle Kids, Alex Cameron, Mansionair, and more.

Check out the playlist below, and listen to the full show above.


Gordi Myriad

Gang of Youths Say Yes to Life

Middle Kids Never Start

Little May Home

Alex Cameron ft. Angel Olsen Strangers Kiss

Anatole ft. Olafurs Arnalds Like Deep Water

Willaris K. Alchemy

Mark Harding Say It Too

Julia Jacklin Dont Let the Kids Win

Kirin J. Callanan S.A.D.

Mansionair Easier

Gordi ft. S. Carey Im Done

For all the details on Gordis new album, visit her website.


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What is Copywriting? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is a question people ask me all the time. The answer is simple. Copywriting is persuasion in print. Its a form of writing that leads someone to a desired way of thinking. Most of the time, its to a buy Now button. But once you understand the foundations of copywriting, the possibilities are limitless.



When the Bad Bank Turns Prime "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

If you could only watch one stock this week, Im going to suggest you make it Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group [ASX:CYB].

Its the UK bank that was spun out of NAB a while back. All its operations are in the UK, but its listed here on the ASX too.

The stock was on track to really start running last year, before it ran into a wall called Brexit. Its still picking itself up off the floor. And events might be turning back in its favour.

Heres why we care. The Bank of England is getting jumpy about inflation. Previously, the central planners were saying not to expect a rate increase in the UK until 2019.

Now theyre changing their tune. Their warning rates might rise faster than the market was pricing in. The pound rose and UK government bonds sold off late last week.

A rate rise might be as soon as November. But how far and how fast? I guess well find out soon enough.

A rising rate environment would be good for CYB, all things being equal, because it should expand the net interest margin it earns on loans.

Thats the wider backdrop. But what is the bank saying?

Record applications happening here

I looked at CYBs most recent trading update to find out. The bank is saying trading is coming in line with its expectations.

Its seeing solid mortgage growth, and received a record number of applications in the third quarter. Costs are under control. Capital position looks OK.

CYB is a small player in the UK market. The bigger British banks are probably worth a look too, if you comfortable holding international shares.

In August, the jobless rate in the UK fell to 4.4% the lowest since 1975.

Inflation is getting a little too hot for comfort over there, as noted. Its certainly eating any pay gains the average worker is getting. The consequence seems predictable.

The average Brit will look to property and shares to get ahead financially. They will do it with borrowed money and pump it into the asset markets. I expect we will see a higher UK index and higher UK property values from this.

I could be wrong, of course. The uncertainties around Brexit are still swirling all over the place.

But it cant be all bad. Just look at whats happening in Ireland

Something like a quarter of Irish imports come from the UK. Theres strong trade links between these two, despite their differing setups with Europe.

So Ireland is a way of viewing the UK through a different lens.

Ireland is travelling so well that the bad bank, set up after the 2008 crisis, is n...


A plebiscite for every issue "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The argument that is made with the most passion is the one that says that the rights of minorities should not be the subject of a popular vote. This seems reasonable, but it rather misunderstands the nature of rights in a society like Australia. Here, rights are not to be found in the Constitution. They are not inherent in the human being; nor are they bestowed by the gods. Rather, rights are accumulated over time. At particular moment in history some section of the population will decide that, for example, women should have the right to vote, or own property.


Its going to be a short election night "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Advance voting has really taken off this year, with enormous numbers exercising their right to vote early, parties campaigning specifically for advance votes, and queues at some advance polling booths. As of Sunday, 445,000 people had advance voted - more than did so in the whole 2011 election. The number of advance votes look like it will easily surpass the 2014 election as well - but by how many?

Looking at the Electoral Commission's graphs, there's a rough pattern. In 2011, roughly 70,000 people had advance voted a week out from the election, versus a final tally of 334,000. In 2014, the week out number was 179,000 versus a final tally of 717,000. So, the final number is somewhere between 4 and 5 times the week out figure. Applying the lower estimate to Friday's tally of 312,000 gives an estimate of roughly 1.25 million advance votes - or about half the total expected to be cast. And it could be even higher.

Those votes are counted early, starting on election afternoon, and announced shortly after the polls close on election night. Which means that from pretty much the moment the election specials start, we're going to already know the rough shape of the result, and have an idea which of the rival polling houses' models is correct. And with fewer votes to count, the rest of the results should be counted much quicker, giving us a final result much earlier. In other words, unless something goes catastrophically wrong somewhere, it is going to be a very short election night.



Centipede in midnight bed - should one leg it? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

What to do when Scary Thing turns up in bed with you after midnight? Grab it inside fistful of sheet and reach for the bedlight, mumbling 'Bloody Geckos (Asian House variety) and reach inside sheet ready to hurl intruder back outside.

Ouch, intruder bitey. Fling on to carpet and see many legs in motion. Upturned microwave bowl stops runaway Giant Centipede - all 46 legs, two of them adapted as venomous black fangs (on show above) - in tracks. Pop into fridge. Return to sleep. Take pictures as Mr Scary warms up later in morn. Return to leaf litter under back hedge.


How the Pentagon Tried to Cure the US of Its Vietnam Syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After footage from the USs first living room war shocked the public, the government would clamp down on media coverage of future military conflicts.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in this August 20, 2015 file photo. Credit: Reuters

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in this August 20, 2015 file photo. Credit: Reuters

In August 1965, Morley Safer, a reporter for CBS News, accompanied a unit of US marines on a search-and-destroy mission to the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne. Using cigarette lighters and a flamethrower, the troops proceeded to burn down 150 houses, wound three women, kill one child and take four men prisoner. Safer and his crew caught it all on film. The military command later claimed th...


Respected journalist (we have so few) embarasses himself "IndyWatch Feed"

(Normally) Investigative journalist Martin van Beynen predicts: Im sticking with my earlier prediction that Labour will get more party votes than National. Im even more convinced having interviewed Jacinda Ardern. However, as she points out, the result will ride on turnout. If the young and the strugglers get their backsides into gear and bother to []

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Direct Action Re-Considered: An Appeal for Left Unity "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Denis Bright invites more evaluation of the positive roles played by direct action in the progressive political movement. Are contemporary and now more diverse direct action campaigns carrying the baton from an earlier generation as proposed creative pictorial mosaic from The Westender Online?  In this personal perspective, let me raise the possibilities of greater Left

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Corruption between resources, energy and government is real "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is an urgent need for a cleanup in the relationship between the energy industry, government and the bureaucracy. Mounting evidence points towards an improper association that is feeding  corruption, as the industry offers inducements to open the way the benefit of the major shareholders.

To an extent, it is already clear that there exists a network of payments mainly going into the Coalition parties. Payments that often  arrive by  circuit, designed to prevent disclosure under Australias existing and inadequate disclosure laws and there is good reason to believe that donations to political parties and other types of payments are significant enough to ensure that policy is effectively written in the boardrooms and then rubber stamped in parliament by willing politicians.

Nothing shows this more clearly than Australias energy policy and the containment of the debate over where to go from here. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and the experience of changing weather patterns, it remains that government keeps on refusing to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions.

One suggestion that is often made  is that there is an ideological block, keeping the politicians locked into the religion of free market. After all, we have constantly been reminded that only the forces of demand and supply, unhindered by government interference, will provide the answers.

The truth is that they dont believe this any more than anyone else does. The best proof is that they have put into place a truckload of measures that bring government into the centre of regulation and control, not for the purpose of ensuring the needs of society are met, when these do not coincide with the corporations bottom line, but to assist them to expand their activities and guarantee a certain level of profitability. Their opposition is not to government intervention. Its just to certain kinds on intervention.

From the corporate viewpoint, paying for service makes good business sense, when the opportunity exists.

A good reason to suspect why the industry is currently enjoying so much support is that is has been paying for the service.

Two controversies have begun to untangle the web more than anything else and they are the Adani project in Queensland and events around fracking industry.

How is this help being given? By establishing generous funds to help with new proje...


Where Are the Large-Bodied Waterbirds of the Wetlands? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A majority of the waterbird population occurs in wetlands not conserved under law. New research makes a case for the prevention of illegal hunting in such areas.

A painted stork at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan. Credit: sankaracs/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

A painted stork at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan. Credit: sankaracs/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Vrushal Pendharkar is a writer at IndiaBioScience.

Mughals hunted waterbirds for game and pot. The British continued the tradition and indulged in hunting them mainly for sport. Some of the most extravagant British hunting expeditions saw them shoot thousands of waterbirds and tens of tigers in a span of few days.

Although India banned hunting under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, hunting continues illegally. In a recent, and first of its kind, study, researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, and the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mysuru, documented the intensity of hunting and its impacts on waterbirds. The study found that hunters kille...


Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

Aryz x China 2016 from Germn Rigol on Vimeo.

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Sea Buckthorn Comes to the Rescue of Mountain Villages in Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sea buckthorn is a medicine for at least 70 diseases and has been used by villagers for centuries.

A handful of harvested sea buckthorn berries. Credit: Flickr

A handful of harvested sea buckthorn berries. Credit: Flickr

Last year, Behram Baig left his job at a large corporation in Karachi and moved back home to the Passu valley to start a new life: promoting the use of sea buckthorn. Baig wanted to tell people about the plants multiple health benefits and inspire others to make a living from it.

Sea buckthorn is a deciduous shrub found across Europe and Asia. It produces small orange berries once a year, which are turned into pastes, liquids and oils for a variety of uses. Traditionally, the plant is used as medicine for blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, ulcers, hepatitis, digestion and healing skin damage such as burns, rashes, cuts and sunburn. Women also use it as make up or sun block.

Baig grew up in a small mountainous village on the banks of the Hunza River near the Pakistan-China border. He moved to Karachi to study in the early 1990s and worked in marketing and security. He became interested in the healing properties of sea buckthorn berries after using them to control his blood pressure, and was struck by the idea of promoting its use as a way to earn a living.

I was earning a good wage from my job [in Karachi], but I have got more satisfaction from working at a community level for the promotion of natural resources, says Baig.

After arriving back to his home village of Passu, Baig joined others who were already collecting sea buckthorn to make...


In which the pond celebrates the exceptional climate science skills of that masterly Order of Lenin sleuth, the Major Mitchell ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

While it's well-known that Major Mitchell is Australia's foremost Order of Lenin hunter - he can find them when others just shrug and give up - it's a less celebrated fact that he's one of the world's greatest climate scientists.

Perhaps it's his innate, unassuming modesty. Perhaps it's because the lizard Oz is full of great climate scientists, with many of them making remarkable contributions to the science, with the immortal Moorice at the head of the pack. Devotees of the reptiles will know that Moorice's calm, studied analyses have befuddled the hysterics and led to all sorts of alarmist headlines ...


The pond realises that some will stake a claim for the immense significance of the Bolter's field work. No banal desk work for him - the Bolter has gone from the Arctic to the Antarctic to the Siberian fields of *methane to the melting glaciers of Greenland to discover definitive evidence that this tommy rot climate hysteria must stop ...

The Bolt...


Visa And Passport Services On Hold "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Visa and passport services by freelance agents have been suspended pending finalisation of a policy to regulate them.
This was announced by the Immigration and Border Security Minister Petrus Thomas who said that the deferment comes at a time when several changes will be made over the next few weeks to improve detection of fraud and abuse in migration services.
It will also put in place a system to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.
I have directed acting Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha to immediately suspend the services of all freelance agents dealing with visa and passports and put in a place a policy to regulate agents. This is to deal with fraudulent applications being facilitated by freelance agents, Mr Thomas said.
We are also putting a payment system for collection of migration service fees for the Authority to start directly collecting fees by January 1, 2018. This is to improve revenue collection, client service in creating a one stop shop process and counter fraudulent receipts that are provided to us.
A directive has also been given to review all APEC Business Travel Card holders to deal with abuses of the card by foreigners that use this privilege of the APEC card to gain employment in the country the minister said.
Also in progress is a submission that will go to Cabinet to review the taskforce dealing with unlawful foreigners, they will be working with other law enforcement agencies to conduct spot checks around the country and take appropriate actions against unlawful foreign nationals.
Mr Thomas said that the SME moratorium that came into place last month has also assisted in identifying key positions for foreign workers in the SME businesses for visas to be issued.
The consultation process with relevant agencies is ongoing and we will also work with other key agencies to establish a Foreign Review Committee to vet investors that are coming into PNG to do business and invest in reserved activities, he said.

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Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association Americana fans rejoice Australia is about to get its very own Americana Honours Night this October. The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the []



Climate Change Means Ruin to South Asias Poor. India Could Make It Worse "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All embankments along the India-Nepal border are controlled by India, which means that during a cross-border flood, one side will drain itself by drowning the other.

An aerial view of Motihari district, Bihar, during the floods. Credit: PTI

An aerial view of Motihari district, Bihar, during the floods. Credit: PTI

Subina Shrestha is a journalist based in Kathmandu.

Every monsoon the rains unleash landslides in the Himalayan foothills and floods in the plains, sweeping away families in a fury of loose mud and water. The poorest of the poor are always the worst affected. Their earth and bamboo houses are swallowed by the water as the people try to save whatever they can. The roads become a refuge for people and cattle. Blue and orange tarps appear for shelter, rigged to trees and bamboo poles. Slightly putrid rice is dried on the tarmac, along with clothes and mattresses.

Then the wait for relief begins.

Everyone scrambles when it arrives, and there is never enough. A few weeks later, the nation forgets the floods. The wider world never have noticed. The villagers eventually clear the mud from their homes and wipe them clean. Then the men of each family go to find work as labourers in the Gulf. The cycle of poverty and migration keeps the country going.

This year, like Irma and Harvey, and possibly Jose in the United States, South Asia saw unprecedented weather. The clouds over Assam in India and along the foothills of Nepal just stayed put and dumped a record amount of water, day after d...


World Hunger Is on the Rise Again "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A UN report it reveals that in 2016 the number of chronically undernourished people in the world is estimated to have increased to 815 million, up from 777 million in 2015, although still down from about 900 million in 2000.

Children drink from a tap during recess at a UNICEF supported primary school inside Bukasi internally displaced people's camp, in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria. Credit: UNICEF

Children drink from a tap during recess at a UNICEF supported primary school inside Bukasi internally displaced peoples camp, in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria. Credit: UNICEF

Rome: Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed.

Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak, on 15 September warned the first-ever UN report measuring progress on meeting new international goals pegged to eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030. After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11% of the global population, says a new edition of the annual report on world food security and nutrition.

At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are t...


United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport as "Reach 468" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The large military jet action at Rockhampton Airport continued on Sunday 17 September with United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 touching down from Darwin as "Reach 468".  It had arrived into Darwin from U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport in Thailand the previous day.



YES appears in sky after Vote NO complaint rejected "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook


The electoral watchdog has received complaints about marriage survey no case skywriting over Sydney on the weekend not being properly authorised.

But soon after it announced it would allow the practice a Vote Yes response appeared in the sky.

A campaigner against same-sex marriage commissioned a pilot to write Vote No.

The skywriting, which was not organised by the key no case group Coalition for Marriage, attracted much discussion social media, and the website from which it was crowdfunded was inundated with comments.

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

The Australian Electoral Commission has received a number of complaints regarding the skywriting.

But an AEC spokesman told AAP on Monday the safeguards laws passed by parliament did not apply to this type of communication.

It is only material that is capable of containing authorisation details that is regulated by the Act, the spokesman said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is encouraging a yes vote, told reporters people were entitled to express their views.

If you want people to respect your point of view youve got to be prepared to respect theirs, Mr Turnbull said.

The Coalition for Marriage updated its website over the weekend to comply with the need for authorisation under the safeguards laws, but wont face any penalty.

As the legislation only came into operation late last we...


A mathematician warns "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Coalitions pro-coal policy likely a vote loser; optional voting in plebiscite helps Yes, The Conversation, Adrian Beaumont  Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of MelbourneSeptember 16, 2017  Recently the Coalition and its media supporters have condemned the SA and Victorian Labor governments for allowing coal-fired power plants to close. The Coalition is trying to extend the life of the Liddell power plant in NSW, and is considering building a new coal-fired power plant. This is an attempt to portray Labor as the party of intermittent, unreliable and costly power.

The Coalition has been in office for four years. In July 2014, they repealed the carbon price that Labor had introduced. Many people would now ask why energy prices have kept increasing in the three years since this repeal. In a mid-August Essential poll, 59% thought they were paying a lot more for electricity and gas than two or three years ago.

In February, 45% in an Essential poll said that recent blackouts were mainly due to failures of the energy market, 19% blamed privatisation and just 16% blamed renewables.

In mid-August an Essential poll gave the Coalition a net -34 rating on providing affordable and reliable energy, their worst score from a list of 12 issues. In last weeks Essential, 49% blamed private power companies most for rising energy prices, 22% blamed the Turnbull government, 9% environmentalists and 5% renewable energy companies.

People who blame private power companies are more likely to trust Labor than the Coalition to get tough, given the Coalitions pro-business reputation. [lots of figures given here]

As a result of the Coalitions pro-coal policy, some Abbott supporters could return, possibly boosting the Coalitions primary vote at the expense of One Nation and Others. However, respondent allocated preferences are currently more friendly to the Coalition than the previous election method, and this could change. The Coalition risks losing more centrist voters to Labor.

In some parts of the country, such as NSWs Hunter Valley, coal is important to the local economy, and the Coalition is likely to benefit. In most of the country, being pro-coal is likely....

To Malcolm Turnbulls government, climate change is a joke "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Coalition MPs giggle, cackle, smirk and laugh in Parliament over climate change, Independent Australia , Simon Black 16 September 2017 Many of our current crop of conservative politicians laugh like naughty children whenever climate change is brought up. This cant be how the world ends 

NERO NEVER FIDDLED while Rome burned.

It is a popular myth, but its simply not true there were no fiddles back in Roman times.

Nero is, however, reported to have sung a song about the sacking of Troy while watching as 70 per cent of Rome was swallowed by flames in a single blistering gulp.

Some of our current crop of politicians have gone one better they now laugh like small children whenever climate change is brought up.

This week, the conservative side of politics continued what seems to be the running gag of climate change for the during a motion by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling for recognition of Australias climate scientists.

Whish-Wilson told the floor and later posted on social media, that it was the angriest I have ever been in the Senate as he watched members of the house openly mock climate scientists.

Liberal Senator James McGrath stood to read what appeared to be his partys talking points in a deadpan monotone stopping a number of times to smirk and chuckle.

Leader of the Australian Conservatives Party, Cory Bernardi, rose to make a point of order, informing the house that it was, in fact, he who had been raucously laughing.

Presumably, he was concerned the people who voted him in would be upset if he wasnt earning his base pay of $199,040 a year by chuckling his way through Senate motions.

Nice work if you can get it.

Its part of a trend in Australian politics for conservatives to openly mock, laugh and ridicule climate change, even as the Great Barrier Reef bleaches and dies, even as we notch up record hot year after record hot year, even as....


Sean Spicer makes Emmys appearance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has made a surprise appearance on the podium at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles during host Stephen Colberts opening monologue.

Spicer wheeled a podium onstage as part of a gag set up by Colbert who had taken aim at his industry peers and US President Donald Trump over Emmys ratings.

Spicer, referencing the controversy over ratings from Trumps inauguration, declared Sundays audience the biggest audience to win an Emmys period both in person and around the world!

Colbert, meanwhile, got plenty of digs in at Spicers former boss referencing Trumps expressed disappointment last year at not having ever won an Emmy for The Apprentice.

Because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote, Colbert said.

Where do I find the courage to tell that joke in this room?

John Lithgow was the first winner at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards for his role as Winston Churchill in Netflixs The Crown.

Australias Judy Davis missed out on the Emmy for her role as legendary gossip columnist Hedder Hopper in FEUD: Bette and Joan.

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Vacationing in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

So, I see that you guys a new thread like this often, so sorry for the repetition... Anyways this is my first actual vacation and first time out of the U.S. A few things that I've already planned on doing while I down there is skydiving over the reef, scuba diving, going through the kuranda, hot air ballon ride, and surfing. Is there anything I should add, any places I should check out, bars or restaurants that are a must?

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This is what you should not do, so let that be a lesson to you "IndyWatch Feed"

In politics avoiding potentially embarrassing situations can be the difference between being seen as a serious political figure and a laughing stock. An ill-timed photo or one deliberately staged by the photographer to poke fun at a politician can damage their reputation. [] Similarly, best not pose for photographs prone in long grass, walk any []

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Modern English Poetry Is Made Possible by This 13th Century Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.

The Knight from the Ellesmere Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales. Credit: Wikipedia

The Knight from the Ellesmere Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

In the 13th century, English poetry changed dramatically. There were no battles, no pamphleteering, or Ezra Pound-style polemics, and no warring factions. Yet by the end of the century, a poetic revolution had taken place. Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.

In the Middle Ages, three major languages were spoken and written in England: Latin, French, and English. English was the least prestigious but, like the others, it had a thriving literary tradition. Before c1200, there was only one way to write poetry in English, known today as alliterative verse. This is the form of poetry used in Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and approximately 300 other poems.

The alliterative metre is a very strange metre, at least by modern measures. The more we learn about it, the stranger it seems. The number of stresses matters, but it isnt consistent from verse to verse. The number of syllables matters, too, but it isnt consistent, either. Whats more, the metre changed quite a bit from the earliest examples, i...


Its Crash Intervention Time for Suresh Prabhu "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

India aims to double the value of exports to $900 billion by 2019. Given sluggish global demand and our own export slump, there is no way that this objective can be achieved.

Credit: PTI

There are immediate steps, short-term measures and a medium-term agenda that Prabhu must embark upon. Credit: PTI

Indias newly appointed commerce and industry minister, Suresh Prabhu, has his task cut out.

While he has little time to firm-up Indias positions in various bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the forthcoming Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation members is his biggest challenge is to revive our exports and associated sectors for large-scale job creation.

Upon assuming office, Prabhu adroitly said: [e]xports to GDP ratio has to rise So we are at a crash intervention sort of a thing. We are trying to work out what has to be done to promote exports in a shortest possible time which includes issues coming up because of the Goods and Services Tax.

He is right, as no country in the world has experienced healthy growth over a sustained...


Trade Agreements To Push PNG Economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PNG must identify countries that are interested in its products and immediately commence discussions and signing of trade agreements.
This was the push from the Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa at the opening of the First Pacific Seafood and Technology Exposition on Tuesday. Mr Basa said steps which have already been undertaken by the National Fisheries Authority to consider the establishment of a Fisheries Trade Lobby group comprising government sector representatives was a step in the right direction and must be treated as a matter of urgency.
He said the expo which had the backing of the ONeill government was in line with the vision of the Pacific leaders calls for a regional roadmap for sustainable fisheries adding that the region could not afford to sit back and wait for opportunities.
We must be able to have seafood products packed properly and be able to compete in the world market, Mr Basa said.
In doing so, our SMEs will be able to get better returns for their products in turn generating spinoffs and other opportunities not just in PNG but throughout the region. He urged also that given the demand all over the world for seafood and marine products from the Pacific particularly in processed and packaged forming partnerships would be key between the SMEs and processors.
He said this is because it would be able to meet market demand adding such an arrangement would ensure transfer of skills.

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Canada and Mexico want ISDS in NAFTA, against their own national interests "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

September 18, 2017: Ambassadors from Canada and Mexico have told Politico that their governments want to keep  Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),  despite the fact that most NAFTA ISDS cases have been taken by US companies against their governments. In contrast, US negotiators are reportedly responding to strong US community opposition and may want to make ISDS optional in a revised NAFTA.

ISDS allows foreign investors to sue governments in an international tribunal if they can argue that a change in law at a local, state or national level has harmed their investment.

Canada wants to use as a model the ISDS chapter in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, which attempts to make the tribunal system more independent. The US Trump administration position is not yet public.  But US negotiators are reportedly considering an opt-in clause for each country. This is being opposed by US corporate interests that strongly support ISDS.

Many community groups in all three countries remain strongly opposed to the inclusion of ISDS in the NAFTA. Even if the tribunal system is changed, the issue of already powerful foreign investors being able to sue governments remains. ISDS should be scrapped not sweetened.


The Master of the Game "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Behind this charming and unfailing gracious persona lies a shrewd and unflinching calculative mind. A mind of a brilliant and accomplished political tactician the country has ever seen.

Peter Parre ONeill is the maker and breaker of political parties, a mover and a shaker of political will and even those whims of titanium craftily engineered by the seasoned and well-placed hands that many thought wouldnt stand the test of the boy from Ialibu/Pangias political ingenuity.

Born to Brian O'Neill, an Australian-born magistrate of partial Irish descent and local mother Awambo Yari, from Pangia Southern Highlands. In Parres veins run 'Kamari'- the blood of those destined for higher callings. O'Neill was educated at the Pangia Primary School, Ialibu High School, and Goroka High School. After leaving the school he was educated at the University of Papua New Guinea, graduating with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Commerce in 1986.

ONiell's tentacles are everywhere, woven into the woof and warp of every corridor of power. He speaks several languages fluently even his local vernacular, Imbonggu and Wiru with the perfection of a local raconteur. He is a charismatic man, with a brilliantly incisive mind and has a swarthy complexion. He has the face of a hawk, a predator.

When he chose to take the trouble, O'Neill can be extremely charming. He enjoys the challenge of figuring out what it is that people are really after, for it is rarely what it appeared to be. His analytical mind is always skeptical of surface truth, and as a consequence, he believes in nothing he is told and trusts no one. His motto is "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

If our Grand Chief Sir Michael is the father of our nation, Peter O'Neill is the epitome of Papua New Guineas modern-day politics. He perfected an imperfect system to continue a colorful reign. And now he is rightly on a path to re-write the countrys history as the longest serving Prime Minister.

He had already pulled through some of the smartest political coups, government formations and events of national and international grandeur with the ingenuity, grace, and ease that always make it look so simple like a childs play. This is the master at work. He just smashed the countrys oldest political party and made mincemeat out of it to state his governments crave for stability and long tenure....



Digicel PNG announces it will be swapping to the Huawei network in October "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Digicel  announced Thursday it will be swapping to the Huawei network in October.

The announcement was made by Digicel PNG chief executive officer Oliver Coughlan during the launch of Huaweis latest edition to its P-series, the P10, in Port Moresby.

These plans are a result of the partnership the Irish mobile company has forged with one of Chinas leading technology firms.

The upgrade could not be anymore timely as it comes at a time when Huawei is launching what Coughlan described as world class phones that will require world class networks.

It also comes at a time when Digicel marks its tenth year of existence in the country.

Speaking at the launch Mr Coughlan said: We will spend tens of billions in US dollars on the network expansion and network upgrade and we are in a lucky position.

Coughlan said Digicel had gone to the market with its plans in search of a partner that could not just best serve the companys needs but that of its customers.

The company had settled for Huawei given its track-record.

A partnership with Huawei meant we would offer our customers the most up to date technology that is available and it is not just up to date it is one that is so advanced because the company is so far ahead of the game, he said.

Coughlan said the plans would be rolled out in Port Moresby during the first week of October in Port Moresby assuring that all its corporate clients and partners would be kept informed of what the company is doing and what the changes will mean for the network.

What we are offering is the most technologically advanced network to our customers, for our partners in this country in the coming weeks and months and for us we are excited, he said.

It takes a lot of effort, a lot of challenge, lots of dollars and in swapping our network we will be building resilience in our network because we know that this is a tough country.

We are also spending money in the bandwidth we are looking forward to talking to our cable providers, we understand the top class phones need top class connectivity and top class net works so we are totally aligned with the Huawei vision, we have our own vision but we are delighted with the partnership we have formed most recently with Huawei..

Meanwhile, Huawei Technologies (PNG) has added another device to its P series.



Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary says issue of West Papua now gone beyond the region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The issue of West Papua self-determination and violations of human rights has now progressed beyond the Pacific, says Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary (PS) for the Prime Ministers Office, Johnny Koanapo.

He said the issue that had Vanuatu as its lone advocator for many years and then Solomon Islands during the last two years now has the support of six other countries of the region from Micronesia and Polynesia.

Koanapo briefed the media on how much work government has undertaken on the issue of West Papua.

I wish to say that the government has done a lot of work on the issue of West Papua since the Charlot Salwai government came in in 2016 and the issue remains high on governments international political agenda.

There are a lot of arguments that government has not done enough on the issue of West Papua, but when we look at the events that government through the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers have endorsed Vanuatus participation, there were many.

In March this year, the Council of Ministers under the leadership of Prime Minister Salwai, appointed Honorable Ronald Warsal (Minister of Justice and Community Services) to attend the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva and Koanapo went with him when Vanuatu delivered a statement on behalf of the Pacific Islands Coalition for West Papua.

May be, many people who have been dealing with the issue of West Papua, especially our former leaders like Barak Sope, Donald Kalpokas, the late Edward Natapei, Joe Natuman former Prime Minister now Deputy Prime Minister, have been walking with the people of West Papua for a very long time.

And when we look at the political backup the people of Vanuatu give to the colonised people of West Papua, theres only one country in the world that has been standing behind people who living under colonisation by Indonesia. That country is Vanuatu. Vanuatu is the only country in the Pacific that is standing behind the people of West Papua.

And then at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders summit held in 2015 in Honiara, at that time Solomon Islands government through Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare came on board. And then as PM Sogavare said to me when I represented government at that time when I was Director General of Foreign and also represented the country at the ministers level that the position or stand the government of Solomon Islands is taking is inspired by the position and stand the...


Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

  • Jennifer Loveless :: Picnic

Over the past few years Jennifer Loveless has been steadily building what is now a truly faithful Australian house & techno following.  Hailing from Toronto originally, she has become a staple across Melbourne clubs like Boney, Lounge and New Guernica and lines up each Monday for her show, Weatherall, on Melbournes Kiss FM (not to be associated with the Sydney station of the same name.). The radio hour highlights much of the variety we see in our national electronic music landscape and is a testament to the breadth of her musical interest.

Kali had her come through for a mix on Picnic ahead of a recent Sydney date and it is succinct, varied and pleasurable. Check out the tunes below.


NConduit MMO803
KB Project Feel It
Station to Station Bjorn Torske
Computer Liebe Kraftwerk
Freestyle Man On Vibes
Round One Im Your Brother (Quadrant Dub II)
Clara Intellecto Contact
Alex Danilov Midas Touch 
Helena Hauff c45p

Catch the full show with Kali here or tune in next time between 8pm-10 on Fridays for Picnic!

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Amazon: Good or Bad? "IndyWatch Feed"

Chances are, you already have an account with Amazon.  And youve bought at least something from them.  It was either well priced, or you didnt mind the extra because it was a way to get an item that was otherwise not accessible to you. But with Amazon moving in next door (Australia), we are likely []

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Complaint to ABC Chairman re airtime for state election candidates and population matters "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees." [...] "the Earth adds approx. 225,000 mouths to feed EVERY DAY. Australia adds approx. 1000 to its population each day. The implications of this are enormous, and yet it is very clear to me that the ABC soft pedals the matter. To be more specific, it is very common that, when an issue of national importance such as housing affordability comes up, there is very little mention of the influence population growth is having on the matter. The interviewers commonly host guests from the property industry to put their views, but people from such bodies as Sustainable Population Australia never seem to be asked to comment."

Mr Justin Milne
ABC Chairman
Box 9994
Sydney NSW 2001

Dear Chairman

I am writing to you instead of ABC Management because I lack confidence that the content of this letter will be taken seriously by that management. This lack of confidence is based on the fact that a complaint I lodged with the ABC in September 2015 was not answered until April of the following year, and then only after I wrote a personal letter to every member of the ABC Board.

There are 2 matters I wish to raise - firstly, ABC policy regarding airtime given to state election candidates. And secondly, ABC bias in relation to covering the issue of population growth in Australia.

Airtime given to election candidates

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees.

However, in the lead up to that campaign, Matt and Dave on 891 Adelaide chose to interview a selection of candidates for Fisher on their morning program. They comprised Liberal, Labour, G...


Death of the former Soviet office who averted World War 3 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I was just doing my job: Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77  17 Sep, 2017 A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to Stanislav Petrov, who never considered himself a hero. We look at the life of the man who saved the world.

Soviet officer saves world from Armageddon Cold War unknown facts 

A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist from Germany who helped the news of his heroism first reach a western audience nearly two decades ago.

On September 7, Schumacher, who kept in touch with Petrov in the intervening years, phoned him to wish him a happy birthday, but instead learned from Petrovs son, Dmitry, that the retired officer had died on May 19 in his home in a small town near Moscow.

On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov was on duty in charge of an early warning radar system in a bunker near Moscow, when just past midnight he saw the radar screen showing a single missile inbound from the United States and headed toward the Soviet Union.

When I first saw the alert message, I got up from my chair. All my subordinates were confused, so I started shouting orders at them to avoid panic. I knew my decision would have a lot of consequences, Petrov recalled of that fateful night in an interview with RT in 2010.

The siren went off for a second time. Giant blood-red letters appeared on our main screen, saying START. It said that four more missiles had been launched, he said. From the moment the warheads had taken off, there was only half an hour for the Kremlin to decid...


Greens policy will rack up the rents for tenants "IndyWatch Feed"

The Greens want to increase the rights of tenants: The Green Party want to extend the rights of renters by bringing in three-year standard tenancies and limiting rent increases to once a year. It said more than half the population was now renting and people deserved the same standards as those who owned a home. []

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US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley, favours the military option for North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

North Korea: UN has exhausted its options and America may hand issue to Pentagon, Nikki Haley says, ABC News 18 Sept 17  The US ambassador to the United Nations says the UN Security Council has run out of options to contain North Koreas nuclear program, adding Washington may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

Key points:

  • Ms Haley says if North Korea continues it will be destroyed
  • Donald Trump calls Kim Jong-un rocket man and praises sanctions effects
  • Security adviser HR McMaster says preparing a military option is becoming necessary

We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point, Nikki Haley told CNN, adding that she was perfectly happy to hand the North Korea issue over to Defence Secretary James Mattis.

As world leaders head to the United Nations headquarters in New York for the annual General Assembly meeting this week, Ms Haleys comments indicated the US was not backing down from its threat of military action against North Korea.

On Thursday, North Korea launched a missile over Japan into t...


Success of an international Treaty the ozone hole is healing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing The Conversation Andrew Klekociuk, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania, Paul Krummel, Research Group Leader, CSIRO September 15, 2017 This weekend marks the 30th birthday of the Montreal Protocol, often dubbed the worlds most successful environmental agreement. The treaty, signed on September 16, 1987, is slowly but surely reversing the damage caused to the ozone layer by industrial gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Each year, during the southern spring, a hole appears in the ozone layer above Antarctica. This is due to the extremely cold temperatures in the winter stratosphere (above 10km altitude) that allow byproducts of CFCsand related gases to be converted into forms that destroy ozone when the sunlight returns in spring.



New classification of climate risks brings in new categories catastrophic and unknown "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

New climate risk classification created to account for potential existential threats Researchers identify a one-in-20 chance of temperature increase causing catastrophic damage or worse by 2050

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories catastrophic and unknown to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity.

These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that could play out by centurys end, in a new study by Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and his former Scripps graduate student Yangyang Xu, now an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

The risk assessment stems from the objective stated in the 2015 Paris Agreement regarding climate change that society keep average global temperatures well below a 2C (3.6F) increase from what they were before the Industrial Revolution.

Even if that objective is met, a global temperature increase of 1.5C (2.7F) is still categorized as dangerous, meaning it could create substantial damage to human and natural systems. A temperature increase greater than 3C (5.4F) could lead to what the...


NO Vote attacked by radical YES thugs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A brilliant expose of the stand-over merchants out of control YES voters captured on video giving the NO vote a massive boost from concerned Australians. The audio has been substituted with captions to indentify the comments from the background screaming and chanting by the YES rabble.

Mirranda Devive wrote:
SO now we see why rainbow warriors didnt want a peoples vote on same-sex marriage.

It was because they knew wed see their true, intolerant colours.

Yes campaign HQ knows thuggery wont win over Middle Australia, but their foot-soldiers are revealing themselves as fascistic bullies who vilify and intimidate anyone who dares to disagree.

Last weeks abusive exhibition by same-sex marriage activists at Sydney University was the clearest example yet.

On Thursday, about 15 students, including members of the unis Catholic Society, set up an information table on the main campus thoroughfare with placards saying: Its OK to Say No.

They offered free kebabs and two large bowls of delicious Lebanese hummus made by one of their mothers.

It was the first time the No campaign has had a presence on campus where Marriage Equality stalls have featured almost every day this semester.

The idea was pretty much to give the No campaign perspective on campus, said 21-year-old IT student, Francis Tamer, one of the organisers.

The message was that its OK to vote No. We werent looking to convince people how to vote. Were just saying its OK to have your own opinion.

After an hour 40 to 60 activists arrived with a megaphone, led by Queer officers of the Students Representative Council, which has an annual budget of $1.7 million. Read her full story [HERE]


I Went Looking for Anime and Found Japan "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Have you ever felt like you knew a place without having been there? Ever come across a familiar scene in a foreign land that forced you to blink your eyes and double take?

My journey to my second home started when I sat my friend best friend down, breathed in deep and made an admission.

I like anime.

Okay, so it wasnt that dramatic. But for those who dont know, anime refers to Japanese cartoons that have a reputation for being oversexualised and overviolent. So for the longest time, I was ashamed of my taste and attempted to hide it, isolating myself from the normal conversation of the people around me.

Did you watch the newest episode of Glee?
How good is that One Direction song!
I just smiled in response. I wouldnt know.

I loved the intricate plotlines of anime, with its visual symbolism of literature and cinematic flourishes of film. I also loved how different the storytelling style is from the West, so when I came out as an otaku (anime enthusiast), I bone crunchingly embraced everything to do with it and its country of origin Japan.

In the anime community, this kind of person is derogatorily called a weeaboo: a lover of all things Japanese. But all the Pocky, green tea and ramen I could consume at home couldnt compare to actually travelling to Japan. Just like LA is seen as the dreamland of Western cinema, Japan is paradise to the otaku.

My dream first became a reality when I went around Japan on a school trip in year 12. As I sat on the plane, sparing no thoughts to the educational value of the trip intended by my subject, I prepared myself for the shining glory that would be finally getting to see in person what Id consumed for years through a diet of onsen, crowded trains and anime high school.

Theres a mythos amongst okatu: Japan, and especially Akihabara a district in Tokyo famed for being a manga and anime lovers pilgrimage are jokingly called Holy Sights. But, as is often inevitable, the fantasy of a place can be torn to shreds by its reality.

A few days into my first Japan trip, I realised my preconceptions about the country and its culture were maybe a little misguided thanks to the flourishes and fantasies of the anime artists; and perhaps a little part of me already knew that was going to be the case.

This realisation should have crus...


Too many cows "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Waikato's dairy farmers - the dirtiest in the country - are protesting in Morrinsville today to defend their "right" to keep pumping their shit into our rivers and their piss into our wells. Meanwhile, to get an idea of how obscene this is, farmers are just 1% of the population. They produce 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. And their cows use as much water as 60 million people:

Dairy farms in New Zealand use water equivalent to the combined populations of London, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro, experts say.


Fraser and Dewes, using Dairy NZ figures, said there were 12,000 dairy herds in New Zealand consuming 4.8b cubic metres of water.

An average person - based on figures from Wellington, although water use varies nationwide - uses around 80 cubic metres of water, meaning dairy farms alone use the equivalent of around 58.2 million people.

Almost all of the water is used by about 2000 farms, primarily in dry areas such as Canterbury and Otago.

And that's why our rivers are so dirty: because we have the equivalent of five global megalopolises sucking them dry, and spewing their shit back, untreated. And this massively disproportionate use of environmental resources is done by and for the benefit of a tiny clique of rural landowners, while fucking up and threatening the lives of the rest of us.

This has to stop. The number of cows has to decrease, and their water use needs to be reduced to a sustainable level. People running dairy farms in areas of the country like Canterbury where its just not environmentally sustainable need to switch to farming something else. Part of the solution to that is to cut the environmental subsidy and make farmers pay for their profiteering from a public resource. But as we've seen with the ETS, market mechanisms alone are insufficient. Ultimately, we need to regulate unsustainable dairying out of existence. And those persist in illegally pumping shit into our environment need to start going to jail for it.


NAI PALM "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Nai Palm, a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation.

She is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world. It is a world she has travelled many times over with her live band project Hiatus Kaiyote, who along with Nai Palm have become household names since they first began playing together in Melbourne in 2011.

Championed the world over by musical icons including ?uestlove, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and the late Prince, 2017 has seen Hiatus Kaiyotes album sampled on two of Hip-hops biggest releases, opening Drakes project More Life, and closing Kendrick Lamars album Damn.

This success has set the stage for Nai Palms first solo release Needle Paw.

Needle Paw is Nai Palms self-imposed challenge to explore the potential for immortality and timelessness within her music by stripping away the produced layers to focus on the element that is closest to the source of the human soul, the voice.

Compromised almost entirely of her guitar playing and vocal arrangements Needle Paw is the most honest glimpse into Nai Palms musical world. It is dreamlike, honest, beautifully transparent and reveals her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity.

I want to remind people that there are humans behind the music. Not just compression and reverb. The urgency for accuracy is not human. The exposed process is human, without the cheat codes.


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A little less conversationa little more action "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern keeps going on about having conversations. On becoming a republic: Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says its time New Zealand started having the conversation about New Zealand becoming a republic. I do think that we should start having the conversation. There are a lot of issues that need to be resolved on that path, []

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Anti Adani coal project- action is seriously hotting up in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Anti-Adani protesters promise week-long action against Queensland mine 16 September 2017 

By Sonia Kohlbacher Anti-Adani protesters are preparing for a week-long demonstration against the Indian mining giant in an attempt to stop initial works going ahead on its Carmichael coal mine.

Tycoon Gautam Adani last month announced the company would break ground on the $16.5 billion central Queensland mine in October.

Demonstrators from the Frontline Action on Coal and Reef Defenders groups were undergoing training on Saturday and Sunday ahead of a planned week-long protest kicking off at Yasso Point in Bowen on Sunday night.

Whitsunday tourism operator and farmer Paul Jukes will be among the protesters.

He said governments were prioritising the international mining behemoth over thousands of north Queensland business owners who relied on the Great Barrier Reef.

Deloitte Access Economics report released in June put the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion, more than twice that of t...


Independent Artist Of The Week: GAUCI "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sydney trio Gauci create seriously smooth Italo disco. Soaked in synth and charming melodies, its expertly produced with a refreshing post-punk twist.

The brains behind these nostalgic dance anthems are no strangers to Sydneys stages. Gauci is made up of siblings Antonia Gauci (Leftenent, Producer/Engineer) and David Gauci (Las Vagueness, Death Bells), with Felix Lush (Felix Lush, Publique) rounding out the dream team. Its likely this mix of musical backgrounds thats landed them with such a unique and infectious sound.

Gauci first graced us with their debut single Hurry in late 2016. Unlike its title suggests, they didnt quite rush to deliver us their next, but Taking Over was well worth the wait. From the very first moment the bongos kick in, you know youre in for a good time. The intricate layers slowly build to reveal Antonias heartfelt vocals, while the breezy guitars simmer below. Its an irresistible groove that you wont want to miss live.

They play the launch of Cobra Club on 19th September and theyll be supporting Wafia at OAF 29th September and Donny Benet at OAF on 19th October.

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Time for a new approach on the North Korean nuclear crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Some Analysts Say Time May Be Right For A Rethink On North Korean Nuclear Crisis, NPR, September 17, 2017, ANTHONY KUHN

North Korea test-launched another missile Friday that arced over northern Japan and into the Pacific, showing its progress toward being able to strike the U.S. and signaling its defiance of U.N. sanctions imposed after its sixth, and most recent, nuclear testearlier this month.

The world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the U.N., after the sanctions passed the Security Council on Monday. She added: If the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.

But some analysts believe that this approach to the North Korean nuclear crises is dangerously deluded.

A decade or so ago, it still may have been possible to use sanctions or the threat of military force to compel North Korea to give up its nuclear programs, argues Zhao Chu, an independent, Shanghai-based analyst, former soldier and former editor of World Outlook, a foreign affairs magazine.

But Zhao warns that the situation has now fundamentally changed, and that trying to fly through a window of opportunity that has already closed is a very bad idea. Pyongyang can hardly be expected to give up the nuclear ace in the hole that it worked so long to acquire.

Then again, perhaps the window of opportunity for military action was never open, argues Lyle Goldstein, an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. This is because the South Korean capital, Seoul was always so vulnerable to North Korean conventional artillery attacks, which could cause mass casualties.

Analysts say North Korea looked at the fate of other authoritarian regimes, particularly Libya under Moammar Gadhafi and Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and concluded that their lack of nuclear weapons left them vulnerable to being toppled by the U.S. and its allies.

Pyongyang now believes correctly or not that, by acquiring the ability to carry out a nuclear strike against the U.S., it has taken a crucial step toward assuring its own survival.

You could credit the Kim regime with taking regime change off the table, says the U.S. Naval War Colleges Goldstein.



Renowned author Tim Winton on how Malcolm Turnbull betrayed our ocean s "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

How Malcolm Turnbull has trashed the Liberal Party record and betrayed our oceans, SMH, Tim Winton , 17 Sept 17

Australians have always loved the ocean, but now, more importantly, we understand how vital the seas health is to the future of our island home.

In 2012, after an exhaustive scientific process and wide community consultation, Tony Burke declared a system of marine national parks, one of the biggest and best in the world, the most significant conservation gain in Australian history.

That took courage. Because it put science before politics, prudence ahead of expediency. And it was popular. But as soon as he came to power in 2013 Tony Abbott announced an immediate moratorium on these parks and instigated a review. The purpose was purely political. To delay implementation, corrode consensus and deny the science. A move straight out of the culture warriors playbook.

After decades of forward-thinking leaders, the nation had fallen into the hands of a man whose loyalties were only to the past. It was a low moment. But Abbotts reign was as brief as it was fruitless. It was a relief to see him replaced in 2015 by a man whod actually done things, who believed in the future. Malcolm Turnbull did not scorn science. He seemed to understand the value and fragility of our natural estate. So there was new hope the marine parks review would now be expedited and redirected towards real conservation outcomes. With coral reefs bleaching and miners pressing for even more coal ports and seabed to drill, the need for protection had only grown more urgent.

Well, that moment of promise is long gone. Turnbulls period in office has basically been a hostage drama. The bargain he made with powerbrokers rendered him captive to the partys most illiberal wing, and if his performance on climate, energy and marriage equality arent evidence enough, last months announcement that marine parks would be slashed beyond all recognition puts it beyond dispute.

The draft management plans recently released for consultation by Josh Frydenberg dont just signify the gutting of the national system, they represent the largest removal of protection for Australian wildlife in our history. What the government is proposing is a nihilistic act of vandalism. Forty  million hectares of sanctuary will be ripped from the estate. Thats like revoking every second national park on land. Under its new plan, 38 out of 44 marine parks will be open to trawling, gillnetting and longlining, 33 will be open to mining, and 42 exposed to the construction of pipelines. In total defiance of the scientific advice upon which the original system was designed, 16 marine parks will now have no sanctuary zones at all.



Takhar residents took to streets against armed men "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pajhwok Afghan News, October 2, 2006 -- Thousands of people on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the presence of armed commanders in the northern Takhar province. The protestors demanded of the government to reign in the commanders, who had recently distributed arms to their supporters in an effort to press the government for conceding them more perks and privileges.

HRW: Human Rights Protections Need Greater Priority "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

HRW, September 27, 2006 -- Warlords with records of war crimes and serious abuses during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, such as parliamentarians Abdul Rabb al Rasul Sayyaf and Burhanuddin Rabbani, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, and current Vice President Karim Khalili, have been allowed to hold and misuse positions of power, to the dismay of ordinary Afghans.

Top Afghan woman official killed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

BBC NEWS, September 25, 2006 -- Unidentified gunmen have killed a top women's affairs official in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, security officials say. Safia Amajan, head of the province's women's department, was leaving her home for work when a gunman on a motorcycle shot at her, police said.

Rights Watchdog Alarmed At Continuing 'Honor Killings' in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

RFE/RL, September 20, 2006 -- A UN-backed rights watchdog has expressed continuing concern over violence against women in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) released disturbing figures in mid-September on violence against women and girls, including dozens of cases of so-called honor killings.

Opium cultivation surges by 59% in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Financial Times, Sep.4, 2006: Afghanistan now produces 92 per cent (6,100 tons) of the worlds supply of opium used to make heroin. Afghanistans opium cultivation surged by 59 per cent this year largely as a result of a Taliban-led insurgency that is pushing the southern part of the country to the verge of collapse, the United Nations drugs agency chief said at the weekend.

Afghan orphans reshape their lives at RAWA orphanages "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

RAWA, Aug.22, 2006: One of the criteria for selecting the children and taking them to the orphanage is their economical and social status; therefore, most of them are orphans, victims of child labor and street children forced to beg. They have been exposed to very hostile and painful environments, polluted by drug mafia, armed gangs and religious extremism.

Man publicly executed in Helmand "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pajhwok Afghan News, Sep. 2, 2006: Taliban have publicly executed a man for his alleged involvement in a murder case in the Garmsir district of the southern Helmand province on Saturday.

Five Years Later, Afghanistan Still in Flames "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

ZNet, October 11, 2006 -- Transcript of a speech by RAWA member Zoya at a benefit for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), called "Breaking the Propaganda of Silence," organized by the Afghan Women's Mission on October 7, 2006. (download the audio files from our web site)


Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []


Taib: Formation of Malaysia highly beneficial to Sarawak "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The formation of Malaysia 54 years ago brought about many economic opportunities and fresh employment for the people of Sarawak which they had never enjoyed before, said Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud. He said through Malaysia, Sarawak, as a state with a very high number of ethnic groups, had also undergone an []


Mahathir congratulates Umno on Mat Taibs return "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has congratulated Umno on the return of Muhammad Muhammad Taib to the party, following the announcement by Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier today. Im very happy that Tan Sri Mat Taib, like a frog, has jumped back into Umno, he said in a video given to FMT. First, he []


Minister: Federal govt ensures transparency in Sabah, Sarawak rights "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The federal government will always ensure that every decision pertaining to the rights of Sabah and Sarawak is discussed in a transparent manner, including getting input from ministers of both states, says Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan. He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was concerned over the []

On Malaysia Day, PM urges Sabah, Sarawak to drop regional sentiments "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Najib Razak today urged Sabah and Sarawak to do away with their regional sentiments and assured the two east Malaysian states that they will get their rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 in due course. In his Malaysia Day speech here, Najib said negotiations by the Special Rights Cabinet committee will be done []


Dayaks of Malaysia and Indonesia seek informal seat in the UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF), an international organisation for indigenous people of Borneo, is seeking an informal seat in the United Nations (UN), said its chairman Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. He believes having such a privilege would provide the Dayak people of Borneo the necessary platform to highlight their issues to the world and ensure the []


London mission team finds documents on Sarawak in Migrated Archives "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Sarawak research mission team to London has obtained documents on the Continental Shelf, which confirm the ownership rights of the state to the natural resources on the seabed and in the subsoil of the continental shelf within the boundaries of Sarawak. Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had on July 1 announced that the state []


A Warisan government will ensure MA63 is fully implemented "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The only hope for Sabahans to get the rights stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 is by changing the government, and giving it a two-thirds majority in the Sabah Legislative Assembly, according to lawyer Mazliwati Abdul Malek. The Sandakan coordinator of Parti Warisan Sabahs MA63 bureau said the lethargic approach of the current state government, []

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