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Thursday, 21 September

04:45

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is indolent (adj) 1. (a) Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy. (b) Conducive to inactivity or laziness. 2. (a) Causing little or no pain. (b) Slow to heal, grow, or develop. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1660s, causing no pain, painless, from French indolent (16th century) or directly []

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04:30

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 14 A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

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04:30

Human rights abuses needs national & community approach "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DespairSYDNEY NAM | The Borgen Project | Edited extracts

SEATTLE - While Papua New Guinea has enjoyed the benefits of economic improvement due to extractive industries, more than 40% of its population of more than seven million live in poverty.

The state of human rights in PNG is severely lacking and includes government corruption, abuse of female rights, inhumane conditions for asylum seekers, police brutality, lack of minority rights and prosecution for sexual orientation and gender identity,.

Police abuse is rampant. Between 2007 and 2014, a total of 1,600 complaints regarding police brutality were logged by the internal affairs directorate. The government has yet to release how many of these cases resulted in judicial proceedings.

Since 2014, the anti-corruption directorate has held a warrant for the arrest of prime minister ONeill, but a court order still prevents the police from arresting him. As a result, in June 2016, police shot at University of Papua New Guinea students for peacefully protesting government corruption. Over 30 people were injured.

The United Nations has not overlooked such violations of human rights. In May 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a 687-page report critical of PNGs government and its authoritarian actions.

Police aggression and abuse have also been highly gendered, with PNG remaining one of the worst countries in the world for its rates of family and sexual violence. The normalisation of these actions has prevented aggressive prosecution of perpetrators or prosecution of these men by police.

The government has failed to rally legislative or judicial action against gender-based corruption and coercion. Violent groups of people have attacked individuals for alleged acts of witchcraft. The severe violation of human rights in PNG requires serious action but proves difficult because of cultural complexities.

Undoubtedly, there is no simple solution to changing dysfunctional cultural and national norms. The approach towards fighting against governmental corruption and gender-based violence, among many other human rights issues, requires national and community-level strategies.

02:53

Journalist Killed While Covering Violent Clashes in Tripura "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The police has reportedly taken four members of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura into custody in relation to Santanu Bhowmiks death.

Santanu Bhowmick. Credit: Facebook

Santanu Bhowmick. Credit: Facebook

New Delhi: A journalist working for a local channel, Din Raat, was fatally attacked today while covering a clash between the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the ruling CPI(M)s tribal wing, Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP), in western Tripuras Mandai area, about 25 km from the state capital Agartala.

According to police, the journalist, Santanu Bhowmik, 28, was covering the road blockade called by the IPFT at Mandai when he was hit from behind and abducted. Police later found him with serious stab injuries and rushed him to the Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital in Agartala, where he was declared brought dead.

Since September 19, as many as ten places in Khowai and West Tripura districts, including Mandai, have been under curfew after witnessing violent clashes between the two political outfits. According to media reports, as many as 60 TRUGP cadres were injured by IPFT members on September 19 in about 12 places in these districts.

Reports said police had to resort to baton charge in Mandai on September 20 to disperse a mob which assembled there, violating the Section 144 of the Criminal Penal Code which has bee...

02:32

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Auckland Islands, M5.1 Cook Strait, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....... Read more

02:22

Muslim and Hindu Clerics Pitch for Temple and Mosque at Disputed Ayodhya Site "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hindu, Shia and Sunni religious leaders were present at the event held in Ayodhya on Wednesday.

At the communal harmony conference. Credit: Arshad Afzal Khan

At the communal harmony conference. Credit: Arshad Afzaal Khan

Faizabad/Ayodhya: Even as the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sanghs Muslim organisation, held an event to pave the way for the construction of a Ram Mandir on the Babri Masjid site, a different way forward emerged from a communal harmony conference held in Ayodhya on Wednesday that saw the participation of senior clerics from both communities.

Clerics at the conference were in favour of solving the Ram Janambhoomi/Babri Masjid dispute through negotiations.

Convenor of the conference Mahant Janmajay Sharan, chief of the Bara Sthan Janki Ghat temple, said, To solve the issue of the Ram Janambhoomi, the senior clerics of both Shia and Sunni communities gathered here. The conference was attended by senior Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and Maulana Fazal E. Mannan, the imam of Tile Wali Masjid of Lucknow.

The formula which I am trying to adopt is a peaceful negotiated settlement of this Ayodhya issue. The Ram Mandir should be built on the site of the Babri Masjid, and the mosque should be constructed a few yards away from the temple but in the same premises, he added.

Jawwad said that groups must...

01:58

What Explains the Recent Bump in Indias Inflation? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While food, housing and petroleum inflation all played a role, a SBI research report also notes that the inflationary impact of GST may have been slightly more than what was expected.

The initial effect of GST has indeed been slightly inflationary. Credit: Reuters

The initial effect of GST has indeed been slightly inflationary. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The goods and services tax (GST) regime and a rise in food and housing prices have pushed Indias consumer price inflation to a five-month high in August 2017.

Over the last five months, CPI (consumer price index) inflation has touched a high of 3.36% in August, compared to 2.17% in July 2017 and 2.47% in August 2016.

According to a market note put out by SBI research, the 190 basis points jump in headline CPI inflation over the last two months can be attributed to food (151...

01:54

Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Episode 121: Make in India and Unemployment "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Vinod Dua discusses Make in India and technology transfer agreements, and job losses due to the economic slowdown.

The post Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Episode 121: Make in India and Unemployment appeared first on The Wire.

01:51

Misleading comments on the carrying capacity of US agricultural land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

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I have recently become aware of social media discussions supporting misleading interpretations of the 2016 study Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios by Peters, et al., which was published in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene in July 2016.

As I reported in my article, Livestock chief gets it wrong on the vegan diet, the purpose of the study was to compare, firstly, per capita land requirements and secondly, potential carrying capacity as measured by the number of people fed.

The study found that the vegan diet was the most efficient of the ten diet scenarios studied, in that it required the least amount of land per person fed.

The studys key findings are summarised in this chart:

Figure 1: Carrying capacity of US agricultural land: Ten...

01:35

Australia's Securities Watchdog Might Run Its Own Blockchain Nodes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia's securities markets regulator is weighing the use of blockchain as part of broader data strategy.

01:27

Right Now as ever "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Join Adrian, Paul and Happy for 2hrs of relief from the non stop madness. We are joined by Australian author Oli Doyle you can find his work on I tunes as pod casts The truth can be painful make this you Wednesday relief website: www.olidoyle.com

01:10

Funds for Freedom "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Independent Guhan will be joining a delegation from Guam that is heading to the UN to testify before the Fourth Committee in the first week of October. We are seeking funds to help cover the costs for this trip. If you are able please donate at our Go Fund Me Page "Funds for Freedom."

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Hfa Adai!

Every October, the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) meets to discuss the status of the worlds 17 remaining Non-Self Governing Territories, including Guam. This is the one opportunity the people of Guam have every year to directly address the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly.

This year, the General Assembly will vote on a resolution that includes powerful and important language about the continued colonization and militarization of Guam and the direct impediments to the CHamoru peoples right to self-determination.

Guam's governor has also requested a UN visiting mission to assess the status of self-determination on Guam, and to push for the decolonization of the island.

Independent Guhan wants to send a delegation of CHamorus to testify before the Fourth Committee in support of the language in the resolution, as well as urge the UN to send a visiting mission. The delegates will also meet with representatives from member states to encourage them to take action for Guam, especially in light of the recent threat from North Korea to bomb our home(is)land.

With your help and contribution, you will be supporting the CHamoru delegation with the following:

-Airfare (from Guam and the Bay Area to New York)
-Food
-Housing
-Transportation
-Report-back events
-Creation of Educational materials

Saina ma'se for supporting our work towards an independent Guhan!!


~Kerri Ann Borja
Organizational Development Committee Co-Chair,
Independent Guhan

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 brigade of extreme activists?

As I logged into TMR the other week, an interesting little strip came across the top of my admin bar (not visible to the public). Needless to say, I didnt put it there, didnt ask for it to be put there and have absolutely no idea how to remove it. I also have no clue as to when it will be removed by the folks at WordPress.

As for homosexual marriage, TMRs position is simple: I couldnt give less of a damn. In fact, you can go and marry your goat for all I care and call it whatever you want. Goodness knows I will. If two people want to call themselves married and can find a church or other religious institution to sanction their ceremony, then they should go for it. In fact, go and set up the church of goat-love if you must.

Just think: if the government allowed this, it would facilitate:

  • society giving the appropriate weight to marriages and the churches which sanction them.

Heterosexual and homosexual people could then go and get married to their hearts content, while goat lovers would probably still be frowned upon. Probably.

Why do we need the governments involvement in sanctioning marriages? Is it really necessary?

The government should have no business whatsoever in sanctioning, endorsing or categorising peoples private relationships heterosexual, homosexual or otherwise. Just call any relationship between two unrelated, adult human beings statutory relationships and keep the rest as is when it comes to children, asset division and carnal knowledge of animals being illegal.

From there, it should be left to churches and other religious institutions to sanction whatever marriages they choose and for people to live their own lives as they please without the government getting in the way or the LGTBI lobby rubbing everyones noses in its dep...

00:51

FBI Seeks to Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

from Its Going Down

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

[Earth First! Newswire editors note: The FBI appears to have taken a special interest in North Carolina activists lately. See this article and the articles it links to for more information.]

00:50

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:

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00:46

Cashless Welfare Card: a denizen of Mount Olympus pontificates on the ignorant masses below "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


This was Dr Jeremy Sammut (left) from the Centre for Independent Studies giving his views on the ignorant underclass, Friday, 8 September 2017:

Its a libertarian fantasy that the problem of welfare dependence can be addressed without using the power of the state to compel responsible personal behaviour.

State compulsion, for example, is essential to enforce mutual obligation requirements and force the unemployed to actively seek a job, instead of continuing to loaf on the dole.

My research on the nations child protection crisis has sharply revealed the social damage wreaked by unrestricted welfare and parental bad behaviour among an underclass of dysfunctional families.

I therefore have no problem with the idea that welfare recipients could be compelled to take better care of children by being forced to spend their benefits on food and other essentials, rather than on drink, drugs, and gambling.

This is how we should view the debate about the federal governments plan to expand the trial of the cashless welfare card as a means of addressing the intergenerational transfer of dysfunction and dependence within families.

In philosophical terms, the cashless welfare card is an example of ...

00:45

Singing the heavens, singing the land, singing the lore, singing the people and their history - weaving memory "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


And those of us whose forebears stumbled off a handful of British boats in 1788 are still trying and often failing to understand this rich, enduring culture.......

The Monthly, September 2017:

Epic of Gilgamesh is Googles answer to what is the oldest known literature. Unknown scribes in the city of Ur picked the poem out in cuneiform letters some 4500 years ago. These clay tablets preserved an older oral tradition, but that part of the story is usually left out. Instead, the Mesopotamian epic fits easily into that cartoonish diagram of the Ascent of Man, where civilisation means writing, a sequence of metals and a procession of capitals: Memphis, Babylon, Athens, Rome.

Compare this lineage to the ceremonial songs of Aboriginal Australia. Their absolute vintage is unknowable, but the best estimates run to at least 12,000 years old. At this distance in time, the study of literature needs not just linguists but geologists. There are songlines that accurately describe landscape features (like now-disappeared islands) from the end of the Pleistocene epoch. Their provenance may stretch even further back, all the way into the last ice age. They are also alive. The last person to hear Epic of Gilgamesh declaimed in her native culture died millennia ago. Songlines that may have been born 30,000 years ago are being sung right now.

Read the full article here.

00:43

Melbourne: Rival groups face off as police test new anti-mask laws "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.

00:39

What If the North Korean Crisis is in the Bag Already? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

438592What if North Korea is being cut off from world markets to shore up big mining businesses in the west? As crazy as this sounds, one was of explaining the crazy logic and policy moves from Pyongyang is to think outside the box. In a geopolitical world where nothing is as it seems, anything is possible. Could Kim Jong-un just be playing his role in a game of good cop bad cop?

What if scenarios can tell us a lot about todays foreign policy strategies. So, what if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes periodic calls from some 007 Spectre character? Its not hard to imagine a sinister figure calling to give the order, Okay Kim, stir up the chickens with some more rocketry like we discussed. Yes, like I said, its a crazy world. But there is some circumstantial evidence if we look into markets.

An article about North Koreas untapped mineral wealth on MENAFN caught my eye this morning. The piece entitled The $10 Trillion Resource North Korea Cant Tap reminded me of something my Dutch research colleague, Holger Eekhof brought to my attention some months ago. Enter a man named Hans Werner Truppel, a German business man convicted in German courts for attempting to provide aluminum tubes to North for the countrys nuclear program back in 2003. This Seattle Times story lays out the voyage of the French cargo ship Ville de Virgo, and black-market business of supplying strategic materials and weapons to North Korea. The story uncloaked a CIA operator named Truppel, owner of a tiny German export company called Optronic, in a village about 85 miles northwest of Munich. Author Mike Chinoy also outlined the clandestine effort to build up North Koreas nuclear capability in his book Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, but his account frames US and European intelligence communities as the good guy investigators in the case. But this notion was manufactured subterfuge and only for plausible deniability if the US Senate should get involved.

When I asked Eekhof about the connection in between Truppel, the North Koreans, and the US agencies, he pointed out that Truppels wife Elisabeth had managed Optronic while he was in the German prison. Eekhof also pointed me in the direction of Optronics current operations, supplyi...

00:38

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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00:30

Ethnic Fermented Foods Help Preserve Some Bacteria and Fungi "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The technique involved help keep alive important bacteria and fungi found in Indias northeast, and which would otherwise disappear with time.

Marcha (left) and thiat. Credit: doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11609-y

Marcha (left) and thiat. Credit: doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11609-y

Monika Kundu Srivastava writes for India Science Wire.

New Delhi: Fermented foods from jalebi to dosa are common across India. Scientists are now focusing on them because they also harbour a diverse array of microbes.

A study of starters that are used to prepare ethnic fermented foods in Sikkim and Meghalaya has revealed that they have rich microbial diversity. The study was undertaken to find out the types of bacteria and fungi present in two traditionally prepared starters: marcha and thiat, used to ferment a variety of starchy substances and produce a sweet alcoholic beverage that popular in the two northeastern states.

Marcha...

00:18

The Demise of Civic Journalism: Australias Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Featured image: Senator Nick Xenophon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with

00:16

La La Land: Morgan Freeman and Hollywood demand that Trump 'tell us the truth' about "Russian election interference" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman appeared in a political video published Monday, in which he demanded President Donald Trump speak directly to the American people about the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While insisting that the Kremlin's election interference is "no movie script," Morgan said, "we need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth." Comment: Trump already did tell the truth. That Morgan Freeman and many others don't accept the answer is the problem. They can't help but continue to hate on Trump (and Russia) and believe the lies told to them by the incredibly propagandistic and deceptive US media. "We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, 'My fellow Americans. During this past election, we cam under attack by the Russian government," Freeman demands Trump to say, adding, 'I've called on Congress and out intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.'"

00:09

Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel Agree to Forge Europes No. 2 Steelmaker "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Heinrich Hiesinger, chief executive of ThyssenKrupp AG arrives for a news conference in Essen, Germany, September 20, 2017, on the Thyssenkrupp and Indian peer Tata Steel preliminary agreement to combine their European steel operations. Credit: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay

Essen, Germany: Germanys Thyssenkrupp and Indias Tata Steel agreed on Wednesday to merge their European steel operations in a preliminary deal that would create the continents No.2 steelmaker after ArcelorMittal.

The deal will not involve any cash, Tata Steel said, adding that both groups would contribute debt and liabilities to achieve an equal shareholding and remain long-term investors.

The companies say they need to consolidate to address overcapacity in the European steel market, which faces cheap imports from China and elsewhere, subdued demand for construction and inefficient legacy plants.

We want to avoid our steel team restructuring itself to death, Thyssenkrupp CEO Heinrich Hiesinger told reporters, noting its steel operations would face deeper restructuring needs if they remained part of the group.

No one is able to solve the structural issues in Europe alone. We all suffer from overcapacity and that means that everyone is making the same restructuring efforts, Hiesinger told broadcaster n-tv.

Thyssenkrupp shares rose 3.2%, boosted by hopes that the joint venture will also ease the burden on its balance sheet, which will be freed from 4 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in mostly pension liabilities.

Tata Steel shares r...

00:08

Reliance Plans Major Expansion at Worlds Largest Oil Refinery Complex "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Reliance may expand the capacity at its dual refinery complex in Jamnagar in Gujarat by 30 million tonnes a year to 100 million tonnes per year.

A woman walks past a poster of Reliance Industries installed outside the venue of the company's annual general meeting in Mumbai June 7, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash/File Photo

A woman walks past a poster of Reliance Industries installed outside the venue of the companys annual general meeting in Mumbai June 7, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash/File Photo

Mumbai/New Delhi: The Reliance Industries, operator of the worlds largest refining complex, is considering expanding its oil processing capacity by over 40 percent by 2030, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Reliance may expand the capacity at its dual refinery complex in Jamnagar in Gujarat by 30 million tonnes a year to 100 million tonnes per year, ac...

00:05

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

By Jon Rappoport

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must protect the children. Public safety overrides parents raising their own children and making the important decisions.

Get it? See the picture?...

00:00

Is Delhi Polices Special Cell Using an Al-Qaeda Recruiter as a Pawn to Vilify Rohingya in India? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The charges levelled against the British citizen of Bangladeshi origin by the Delhi polices special cell raise grave doubts about the agencys intentions.

Saimum Rahman. Courtesy: CAGE

Saimum Rahman. Courtesy: CAGE

The arrest of Samiun Rahman, a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, in East Delhi on September 17, came a day before the government in New Delhi told the Supreme Court that the 40,000 Rohingya refugees in its territory constitute a national security threat. The government had submitted its plea in a sealed envelope to the court, so it is not definite whether Rahmans case is included in the list of evidence. Media reports have described him as al-Qaedas key recruiter, although some other reports have been circumspect to name him only as a suspected al-Qaeda militant.

Twenty-eight-year-old Rahman, whose family is still in London, had previously been arrested in Dhaka in September 2014. That time, the Banglade...

Wednesday, 20 September

23:57

Kazakhstan: Children in Hijabs Barred From Schools "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The management of educational affairs in the town of Zhanaozen, in western Kazakhstan, plans to sue the parents of 60 pupils. Girls are unable to attend classes because they wear Islamic dress in violation of the school rules, RFE/RLs Kazakhstan service, Radio Azattyk, has reported.

The childrens parents maintain that as of September 1, schools in Zhanaozen have not been allowing their children to go to classes because they wear headscarves. They have called the school policy a violation of their religious freedoms.

The head of the educational department in Zhanaozen, Tattimbet Zhumagaliyev, said that schools are simply executing orders from the Education Ministry about uniforms. Zhumagaliyev said it is not just girls in hijabs that have been reprimanded, but also students in mini-skirts and with painted fingernails.

But parents say that their children are complying by wearing school uniforms, but just that they are also adding another element in line with their faith.

The issue will now be decided in the courts.

Similar occurrences have taken place in other educational establishments since rules were adopted in October last year to ban the wearing of religious attributes as a way of combating Islamic extremism.

Elsewhere, in the city of Aktobe, a local resident, Guljanat Berdibayeva, whose daughter was not allowed in school in her Islamic clothing, has filed a complaint with the General Prosecutors Office and the presidential administration. Berdibayeva said her aim is to seek the repeal of dictates that she feels discriminate against the children of devout Muslims.

Prosecutors in Aktobe have said they are looking into the matter to see if her complaints have any grounds.

23:53

Bega Valley: Fluoridation vote deferred as opponents make fresh plea "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Council has chosen to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate its water supplies after hearing passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery at the council meeting Wednesday.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them before the matter came back to council.

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. Council received a total of 332 valid submissions and of these 86 per cent were against fluoridation. This represents about one per cent of the 29,000 people, to whom council supplies water.

The 14 per cent that supported fluoridation mostly cited dental health benefits. Submissions against fluoridation cited a number of reasons including fluoride being toxic, being against mass medication, being against forced medication, not believing that fluoride reduces tooth decay and not wanting chemicals added to drinking water.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938047/fluoridation-vote-deferred-as-opponents-make-fresh-plea/?cs=509

23:51

Recent Polling On The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The national ABS postal "survey" on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage in Australia is now in its second week.  A number of pieces of polling have been published or alluded to since my last general polling update, but what do they really tell us about the outcome and how reliable are they?  At this stage there is still much that we do not know.  It is too early to be certain Yes has it in the bag, but the widespread narrative that support for Yes is crashing rapidly and that this is another Trump or Brexit coming is so far not that well supported by the evidence.

Public Polling: Ipsos

Firstly, the public polling.  Last week saw an Ipsos poll which buoyed some worried Yes supporters with a 70-26 Yes response, one of the highest Yes votes ever recorded in a poll in Australia.  Indeed, as far as I'm aware, this score has only been exceeded in a few commissioned polls and one Morgan-SMS (a suspect polling method) which did not use an undecided option.  The Ipsos also found a 70% Yes response among the 65% of voters who rated themselves as certain to vote, and found a gender gap with 72% of women and 59% of men saying they were certain to vote.

However, I am treating these Ipsos figures with a lot of caution.  Firstly we know that Ipsos greatly overestimates the Green vote compared to other pollsters and compared to election results, and Green voters very strongly support same-sex marriage.  Although that's probably only worth a point or two on the headline figure for same-sex marriage, it could be a concern if whatever causes Ipsos to over-poll the Green vote also might cause them to over-poll the left end of the Liberal base.  Some evidence for the latter concern might be suspected in the perpetually strong results for Malcolm Turnbull in Ipsos compared to other polls.

The second issue is whether Ipsos, as the only national pollster still using exclusively live-interview phone polling, is affected by "social desirability bias".  When talking to another person on the phone, voters may be more reluctant to say they oppose same-sex marriage, since they may be concerned about offending the interviewer.  When clicking boxes on a computer survey, or pressing numbers on a robo-poll, these issues don't arise.  Some overseas studies (mainly American) have found live phone polling more prone to desirability bias than other polling methods, while some haven't, and some have even challenged whether it's a thing in polls at all, but I don't recommend assuming that it isn't.  A spectacular difference that may have been down to this was that between the phone polls and the online polls in the Brexit vote.  The phone polls had large leads for Yes until ve...

23:30

If Only Durga Could Slay the Asura of Politicking "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This years controversy around West Bengal polices order about idol immersion after Durga puja, on Muharram, was uncalled for, because the state has, through decades, celebrated different festivals at the same time.

A man decorates an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga at a pandal, a temporary platform, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata September 25, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

I grew up in a respectable middle class South Calcutta (as it was called then) neighbourhood defined by Harish Mukherjee Road and the very well known SSKM Hospital. The big crossing near our ancestral home had a gurudwara and a mosque facing each other across a wide road.

Plus, police traffic restrictions willed that all immersion processions after any kind of Hi...

23:25

The loneliness of the election hoarding "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Every three years the institution of the election poster gives us an object lesson in psychogeography, remaking the country into red zones, blue zones, contested zones. A sign erected on a private fence or put up at ones window makes an uncomplicated political statement: this is a Tory household, a Labour household, a Green household; the sum of many such statements can mark an entire town or

23:22

Kannada Author Loses Plea Against Ban on Her Book, SC Dismisses It Without Reasoned Order "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Karnataka government had banned Mate Mahadevis book Basava Vachana Deepthi in 1998, two years after its publication.

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: In a surprising denouement, the Supreme Court bench of Justices S. A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao, on Wednesday, dismissed Mate Mahadevis appeal against the ban on the sale and circulation of her book, Basava Vachana Deepthi, without a reasoned order.

We are deliberately not giving a reasoned order, said the bench, while abruptly concluding the hearing of the case this afternoon.

Today, the bench heard senior counsel, Basava Prabhu S. Patil, representing the state of Karnataka, the respondent and the advocate representing Mate Mahadevi, Naveen R. Nath.

Patil, while explaining the interplay between Sections 95 and 96 of the CrPC, told the bench that the intention of the author has to be inferred from the nature of publication. He said that it is fallacious to mathematically equate Sections 95 and 96 of CrPC with Section 295A Indian Penal Code.

Relying on case law, he argued that the offence under Section 295A need not be proved, as a prerequisite for action under Sections 95 and 96 CrPC. The government have an opinion, he said, and the remedy for the author and the publisher is before the three-judge bench of the high court which can test its validity.

Comparing this with the...

23:21

Australia Ends Double Taxation of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bitcoin and other cryptos are no longer double taxed in Australia

23:17

Trump is right on refugee reforms "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

For years I have advocated a new refugee system in which refugees would be resettled in those countries nearest to their home countries, not only geographically but in culture, religion and living standard. The resettlement would be financed through a fund paid into by the wealthier nations.

The advantages of such a system is that it would cut the numbers of those claiming to be refugees (as there would be no incentive for economic migrants to claim to be refugees) and it would also allow most easily for assimilation, both for the refugees themselves as well as the host nation.

Donald Trump gave a speech recently to the United Nations in which he advocated similar reforms:

We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process. For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.

Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach. For decades the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.

We have learned that over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are born overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

Here is footage of President Trump addressing the U.N. on this issue:

23:00

Is the Congress Crawling Out of Its Self-Imposed Shell? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Between university elections, Rahul Gandhis speech in Berkeley and the BJPs defensive attitude, it seems as though the grand old party may be re-emerging as a political alternative.

NSUI members celebrating after students' union election results were announced in Gauhati university. Credit: NSUI/Twitter

NSUI members celebrating after students union election results were announced in Gauhati university. Credit: NSUI/Twitter

Is the Congress re-emerging from its own shadows to challenge the BJPs stronghold over Indian politics? Is everything alright within the BJPs rank and file, especially at a time when the Narendra Modi government is facing criticism from various corners? Or is the growing public concern over issues such as rising prices and the surging unemployment rate pushing the saffron party to rethink its tactics? These are some of the questions which political observers have been asking of late. With the 2019 general elections only a year and a half away, these questions are difficult to ignore.

Three separate but interconnected developments in the second week of September signal that political equations in the country may well be in a state of transition.

Rejection of ABVP in...

23:00

What Amit Shahs Testimony in the Maya Kodnani Trial Means "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss Amit Shahs testimony in defence of Maya Kodnani, and the 2002 riots.

Siddharth Vardarajan: Welcome to this Facebook live video at The Wire with Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra. Mittas is arguably one of the most comprehensive books to emerge out of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. It is unique because it comes at the end of the process of investigation and prosecution and is essentially a critique of the special investigative teams efforts in probing the Gujarat violence in general, and in particular the manner in which it discharged its duty on the task of ascertaining whether the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, along with 60 plus other political and state officials, had a case to answer for when it came to their alleged complicity in the 2002 violence.

The immediate peg for our discussion is the testimony that Amit Shah, the BJP president, gave on September 18 in the trial court for the Naroda Gam massacre case. This was testimony he was asked to give as a defence witness for Maya Kodnani who, at the time of 2002 massacre, was simply a BJP leader. She was elevated to cabinet by Narendra Modi in 2007. Even though there were allegations in the previous five years of her involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre for which she has since been convicted and Naroda Gam, Modi took her in and she resigned only after she was convicted by the trial court in the Naroda Patiya massacre for playing a central role in directing the mobs and being part of the conspiracy to massacre over 90 people. She was sent to jail and she is out on bail right now. The issue at hand is her alleged involvement in the Naroda Gam case. She had earlier complained to the court that she had been unable to reach Amit Shah, and finally Shah was summoned and then he appeared. There he corroborated her claim, that at two moments in the morning, around 8 to half past 8 and at 11 am, Amit Shah corroborated her claim that she was in the first instance in the assembly building and in the second instance in the hospital with her. Some eyewitnesses say she was at Naroda Gam around those times. So Manoj, start by giving us your assessment  about the significance of Shahs testimony in the context of what she has been saying and in the context of the Naroda Gam case itself.

Manoj Mitta: As you said this is something that happened rather belatedly and since it is in the run up to the Gujarat elections, it has raised eyebrows. It trigg...

23:00

Photo Essay: Batla House Beyond 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Yes, Batla House is a ghetto. But it is also so much more than that.

A morning scene from Bhatla House. Credit: Nabeela Paniyath/The Wire

A morning scene from Batla House. Credit: Nabeela Paniyath/The Wire

The cityscape is made up of countless neighbourhoods which share physical proximity but are separated along countless lines. How do we differentiate one neighbourhood from another? What makes some spaces the dark underbelly while some the poster images of a city? Questions like these had kept me awake in my hometown in Kannur, but more so, when I moved to Delhi a year ago.

I had only heard of Batla House through a report in a Malayalam local newspaper. I was a high school student and I remember feeling a tinge of fear after reading the stories about the encounter. Living in Kerala, it somehow felt alien to me at that time. Little did I know that this alien neighbourhood would one day become an integral part of my life.

Having just enrolled in Jamia Millia Islamia for my post graduation, my friends and I decided to search for an apartment to stay. It was no coincidence that we found one in Batla House. Getting used to a new city was a painful process and everywhere I went, I felt like an unwelcomed guest. My perception of this neighbourhood too was no different from what the mainstream media had propagated. The long, twisting curves of the congested road somehow resembled a dark snake. The rickshaws, the autos and the cars were like the scales on its skin, each glued to the other. I feared that someday all of it would ram into each other. But to my relief, everything managed to co-exist in orderly chaos.

Slowly,...

22:48

fonr newsletter #4 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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22:39

Noida Police Cremates Manipuri Youth Without Informing Family "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Suspecting foul play, Pravish Chanams family has demanded a thorough CBI investigation into his disappearance, death and cremation.

A vigil in the memory of Pravish Chanam at Delhi University. Credit: Facebook/Manipur Times

A vigil in the memory of Pravish Chanam at Delhi University. Credit: Facebook/Manipur Times

New Delhi: A Manipuri youth, who had been missing since September 8 night from Greater Noida, was found to have been cremated by the local police three days later without informing his family members, even though the family had filed a missing persons report on September 9.

While three policemen have been suspended for failing to inform the control room about the missing persons report filed at the police station, the death 22-year-old Pravish Chanam under mysterious circumstances, followed by the cremation of his body in a hurry, has created huge outrage in the state.

A candle light protest was also held in the arts faculty of Delhi University on September 15 by the Manipur Students Association Delhi and others seeking justice for Pravish.

According to his brother, Ravi Kant Chanam, Pravish came to Delhi from Hyderabad on September 7 and stayed with a friend in Safdarjang Enclave. He went to attend a music concert in Greater Noida on the night of September 8. Ravi said Pravish was accompanied by his friend and two others to the concert. However, around 9:30 pm he went missing from the venue, following which the friend informed Ravi brother about it.

On not finding him till the next morning, a miss...

22:35

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wednesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:33

Kurdistan and the Veil of Lies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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With the Kurdish referendum vote upcoming, a few things are clear, clear as mud as the saying goes. After all, everyone loves the Kurds, the warmest kindest people on earth. Is this why the Turks are slaughtering them or why Baghdad is in an uproar or why, when we take the clock back a bit, American President George Herbert Walker Bush allowed a defeated Saddam Hussein to gas 30,000 Kurds to death with tacit American approval?

Maybe it isnt the Kurdish people themselves, but something else. We are going to take a look at the upcoming vote and those involved behind the scenes. We begin.

The Kurdish referendum is, perhaps, the single misreported and misrepresented event in recent times. To the fake news consumer, the Kurdish people are looking for a government of their own, no longer under rule by Bagdad. This of course is true, although steeped in alternative facts, spin and conjecture. In reality, the scam of the century is going on.

Lets jump right into it and not waste any time. The new Kurdish nation will be a jack of all trades for the clients who have operated the Kurdish people like hand puppets through their oligarchical leadership. Yes, we are talking huge Swiss bank accounts and many years of affiliations with Israeli, American, Turkish and Saudi intelligence agencies.

The Kurdish people themselves, perhaps among the most decent and forgiving people on earth, hold down some of the most valuable real estate on earth. They sit on or near huge oil and gas reserves, pipeline routes and, perhaps more importantly, could be formed into a snake-like nation stretching from near the Mediterranean in Syria, across that nation, though Iraq and into Iran to the Caspian Sea.

The Kurds, who wish only for their diaspora, spread across the globe, to return home to safety and stability, will find themselves again in the soup. You see, there would have been no ISIS in Iraq without the deal cut between the Saddams former Baathists, the army built by General Petraeus, combined with Saudi cash, CIA training and an army of Israeli advisors.

The hotels of Erbil, and excellent hotels they are, no longer the lonely Erbil International of a decade ago, have now for years played home to the ISR (Intelligence/Reconnaissance and Surveillance) teams that made ISIS a force to recon with.

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22:31

September 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

455 Emperor Avitus entered Rome with a Gallic army and consolidated his power.

1217 Livonian Crusade: The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu and Livonian leader Kaupo were killed in Battle of St. Matthews Day.

1411 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne, was born (d. 1460).

1745 Battle of Prestonpans: A Hanoverian army under the command of Sir John Cope was defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

1756 John Macadam, Scottish engineer and road-builder, was born (d. 1836).

1792 The National Convention declared France a republic and abolished the monarchy.

1827  Joseph Smith, Jr. was reportedly visited by the angel Moroni, who gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Smith has translated into The Book of Mormon.

1834 Betty Guard and her children were rescued from Ngati Ruanui (who had held them captive in Taranaki since April) by troops from HMSAlligatorand Isabella.

Rescue of <em>Harriet</em> survivors begins

1860   In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeated Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao.

1866  H. G. Wells, English writer, was born (d. 1946).

1874  Gustav Holst, English composer, was born (d. 1934).

1897  The Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus editorial was published in the New York Sun.

1898...

22:26

Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee on National Radioactive Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Details on how to apply are at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.         Media Contact: 0438 619 987

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility:
Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee

Nominations have opened for the Kimba Consultative Committee. The Committee will give the community the opportunity to have their say about a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The formation of the Kimba Consultative Committee is an important next step in the Phase Two consultation and technical assessment process, which is now underway in the Kimba area.

Most of Australias current and future waste stream is linked to the production of nuclear medicines that, on average, one in two Australians will need in their lifetime.

The waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country, and after landowners volunteered two sites and the community was found to be supportive, Kimba is being considered as the location for the facility where that waste will be consolidated and managed. Barndioota is the other site currently under consideration.

The Committee will ideally be made up of community members with a variety of views on the project, and include business owners, direct neighbours, local government and other stakeholders.

It will meet regularly during consultation as an information sharing source between the Government and Kimba community, providing a forum for:

  • Advice and input into areas that affect the community in relation to the project;
  • Advice on the suitability of proposed projects under the Community Benefit Package;
  • Consulting on, and being informed of, the outcomes of field and technical investigation work;
  • Advice on engagement activities undertaken with neighbouring landowners, key stakeholders and the general public;
  • Helping to identify the key social and community values to be considered in the evaluation of the sites; and
  • Assisting in communicating and disseminating information to the broader community.

Bruce McCleary, General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce, confirmed the details today.

This Committee is a key conduit between the community and the Government, and will reflect the successful model already in place at Barndioota, said McCleary.

There are a number of jobs, business opportunities and community benefits that would come alongside the facility, and this Committee will provide advice to help shape those aspects...

22:12

Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jon...

22:02

A Song For The Times. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Its the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming Let me out 

Under Pressure - David Bowie/Queen


Video courtesy of YouTube


This posting exclusive to Bowalley Road.

21:59

Cuba Reacts to Trumps Comments, Voices Strong Protest in UN Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Havana: Cuba on Tuesday slammed US President Donald Trumps latest comments about the island as disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling, while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed US diplomats in Havana.

The sharply worded Foreign Ministry statement came after US and Cuban delegations met in Washington to discuss bilateral relations, the first such high-level meeting between the Cold War foes since Trump took office in January.

Their meeting took place on the sam...

21:50

Horrific Moment Chinese Man Sprinkles His Pubes On The Head Of Sleeping Woman "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ah, the good old rake. Doesnt that bring back memories of high school days and filthy little grots plucking a few loose pubes and sprinkling them on unsuspecting victims? Thankfully, grown-ups dont have to worry about that sort of sh** happening to them.

Credit: YouTube/LiveLeak

Credit: YouTube/LiveLeak

No adult could be that messed up. Unless of course youre on this unnamed train, foolishly sleeping to pass the time and the grubby old prick from the video below happens to sit next to you. Trust me, that is something you dont want happening.

As the video shows, hes quite openly fishing around inside his pants, not worried in the slightest about the consequences of anyone seeing him and thinking hes having a bloody pull on public transport.

Credit: YouTube/LiveLeak

Credit: YouTube/LiveLeak

Then his hand emerges. Wait a minute, whats he found there. Just look at him inspect it. Whats he thinking? Hmm, a grey one; Do I keep it? Nah, better get rid of it before I get home to the wife and she calls me old grey-balls again. But what am I going to do with it?

And then he just casually flicks it on sleeping beauty beside him. Its completely nonchalant too the dirty b*****d. And look at the way he just makes out like hes combing his hair with his fingers. Talk about a hairy train-ride.

21:44

13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...

21:43

Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...

21:40

A Female Jogger Dubbed The Mad Pooper Is Terrorizing Colorado Springs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We love a sh***y story here at Ozzyman, and this story from the States is definitely number 2 on my list of favourite stories this week! It seems that the town of Colorado Springs has got itself a phantom pooper.  Wait, not even a phantom pooper; a blatant pooper.

That's the turd one this week. Credit: KRTV 11

Thats the turd one this week. Credit: KKTV 11

Have a go at the video at the bottom of the page.

The lovely woman, who the local wankers have dubbed the Mad Pooper, has made a habit of popping a squat and busting a grumpy right on innocent peoples front lawns.  Yep, just like that.  Stop for a breather, drop your underoos and pinch off a loaf, cut some rope, drop the kids off at the pool and drop the property value.

Seriously though, what a filthy bugger!  There are literally dunnies across the street.  Crikey, if youre really that desperate just knock on the front door and ask to come and make an offering to the porcelain Buddha.  But crafting a fudge pop right there in the front yard just isnt OK.  In fact its sh**.

It reminds me of a time when I was walking to the bus stop back in my uni days. Im walking along, minding my own business, smelling fresh turd in the air and watching where I put my feet when I see a young whippersnapper dragging his mum outside to show her, what hed done.  The little prick had dropped a swamp pie right there on a traffic island in the middle of the road.

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21:40

This is how civil wars start "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As I write this, Spanish police are raiding Catalan government offices and arresting government officials in an effort to prevent Catalans from voting in a referendum on independence:

Spanish police officers have raided three Catalan regional government departments and arrested 12 senior officials as Madrid steps up its battle to stop an independence referendum being held in less than two weeks time.

On Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the regional government said Guardia Civil officers were searching the Barcelona offices of the presidency and the ministries of economic affairs and foreign relations.

He also confirmed that Josep Maria Jov, the secretary general of economic affairs and an aide to the Catalan vice-president, was among those detained apparently in connection with the launch of web pages related to the referendum. Catalan ministers are due to hold an emergency meeting.


They've also attacked the Catalan domain name registry in an effort to censor pro-referendum sites, and seized polling materials. The message is clear: Spain's government (the ideological and literal descendents of Franco's fascists) is willing to use force to prevent Catalans from deciding their own future. Its both grossly undemocratic and horrificly stupid. At best, forbidding Catalans from voting invites the Catalan government to unilaterally declare independence. And at worst, using force means its only a matter of time before someone, either the Catalan government or just the 70% of Catalans who want to decide this democraticly, decides to defend themselves with force. And what happens then?

Spain is supposed to be a modern state, committed to democratic ideals. It is part of the European Union, which is similarly committed to democracy. The idea that such a state should behave in this manner is as absurd as it is obscene.

Questions like this should not be resolved by force. They should be resolved democraticly. Let Catalans vote! And if they vote for independence after today, then Spain only has itself to blame.

21:35

Mysterious Eyeless Sea Creature With Razor Sharp Teeth Washes Up After Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The deep, deep ocean; some wankers think its beautiful, some wankers think its horrifying, some wankers think its the last unexplored frontier of our existence. To an extent all of these wankers are right. Weve got a rough idea of whats down there: mostly freaky looking predators that look like the kind of thing youd see in bad Call of Cthulhu fan fiction, but we dont really know in any detail.

Of course, we do sometimes get some partially decomposed horror thrown up on our beaches after a big bloody storm. And thats exactly whats happened in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Have a geez at this bloody thing!

Credit: Preeti Desai

Credit: Preeti Desai

I mentioned bad Call of Cthulhu fiction before; well, this creepy little bugger looks like the kind of creature one of Lovecrafts deep ones would keep as a pet. No eyes, razor sharp teeth, rictus snarl and a long cylindrical body that makes it look like a cross between a sea serpent and Ursula the sea-witchs dildo.

Does Ursula the sea-witch need lube or does the slime on this thing do the job? Credit: Preeti Desai

Does Ursula the sea-witch need lube or d...

21:31

Jill Hennessy Pushes Failed & Dangerous Flu Vaccines Onto Children "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australias chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

21:22

Trumps Tough Talk Opens Door for Macrons Diplomacy at UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting on

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting on Housing First in Toulouse, southern France, September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

UN: French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of Donald Trump at the UN on Tuesday, a position that could enable him to play the honest broker in international conflicts.

A few hours after the US president pugnaciously defended his unilateralist America First doctrine and launched scathing verbal attacks on North Korea and Iran, Macron took to the same stage to advance a diametrically opposed stance.

Multilateralism is the most efficient way to face global challenges. It is the realization of a vision of the world that protects us, Macron said in his first address to the UN annual gatherin...

21:21

US Will Totally Destroy North Korea If Threatened, Vows Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) is introduced by Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. on July 22, 2017. Credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump (L) is introduced by Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, US on July 22, 2017. Credit: Reuters

UN: US President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to totally destroy th...

21:20

Fighter Pilot Draws Massive 56 Kilometre D*ck In The Sky "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When it comes to male humour, theres one thing that never gets old and never goes out of fashion.

The dick joke. Variations on the dick joke come in many forms and theyre all funny all the time.

All right, think back to school, how often did ya grab your mates Maths book when he wasnt looking, flick ahead to a clean page, draw a good old fashioned dick and balls and then eagerly wait for him to stumble across your hastily drawn schlong in a couple of lessons time?

Credit: Superbad

Credit: Superbad

What about the penis game? Have you ever just randomly yelled PENIS at the top of your lungs at an unexpected time? If so, youve played the penis game.

If those dont float your boats, how many of you get home to your girlfriends and wives and then show them in many different ways that yes, you have wedding tackle? Just think of the options: squashing it against the shower screen, spinning it like a helicopter, doing star jumps naked so it flops like a fish or pulling any puppetry of the penis tricks you can master without sending yourself to hospital.

Tell me that doesn't make you crack even a little smile. Credit: Pinterest

Tell me that doesnt make you crack even a little smile. Credit: Pinterest

Dicks are funny.

Tha...

21:11

Teachers, Students Approach Delhi HC as JNU Disbands Sexual Harassment Watchdog Body "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Credit: PTI

Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A section of JNU teachers and students today approached the Delhi high court challenging the varsity administrations decision on disbanding the Gender Sensitisation Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) and forming the ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) instead.

The administration had in its 269th Executive Council meeting held yesterday ordered for dissolution of the GSCASH, an independent body.

Ever since the administration announced the decision in a circular that was issued a week ago by the registrar, the students and teachers were up in arms against the move.

The circular had also ordered for putting on hold polls for electing student representatives to GSCASH.

However, the petitioners, three teachers and three students professor Madhu Sahni, professor Rajat Dutta, professor Hemant Adlakha, and Ritika Kar, Rituraj Sharma, and Sonam Goyal today approached the Delhi high court by filing a writ petition with the help of a legal team led by Indira Jaising, senior advocate, Supreme Court.

The petitioners have sought quashing of the office orders super seeding the GSCASH by the ICC and the registrars circular putting elections to GSCASH on hold, JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said in...

21:10

Could a Pest of the Honey Industry Clean up Plastic Waste? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In 12 hours, 100 wax moth caterpillars had reduced a mass of plastic by 92 milligrams, the fastest plastic degradation process known so far.

Wax moth caterpillars in a Petri dish. Credit: Csar Hernndez/CSIC

Wax moth caterpillars in a Petri dish. Credit: Csar Hernndez/CSIC

Update (September 20, 2017): Three scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, say the study doesnt show clinching evidence that wax moths digested polyethylene and excreted ethylene glycol. They point out the original study did not have adequate controls to rule out other influencing factors. They followed the same protocol but rubbed egg yolk and ground pork on polyethylene film instead of mashed moth caterpillars. Under the infrared spectrometer, fats and oils from these products clinging to the film gave similar readings as the original study. However, they dont rule out the possibility that the worms may be digesting plastic. Much more rigorous experiments are needed to prove it. This was published in the same journal, Current Biology, on August 7, 2017.

May 1, 2017: Federica Bertocchini, a molecular biologist from the University of Cantabria, Spain, tends bees in her spare time. Several months ago, when she took her honeycomb panels out of storage, they were infested with the caterpillars of the honeyco...

21:06

Rare White Giraffes Spotted In The Kenyan Jungle "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Good old Africa.

Its one of the few places with tonnes and tonnes of wildlife that doesnt just rival our own here in Ozzyland, but beats it hands down. Theyve got all the really cool sh** in Africa. Lions, hippos, zebras, meerkats, warthogs, rhinos and one of the most striking creatures of them all, the giraffe.

Credit: Cater News Agency

Credit: Caters News Agency

And thats why were here today. Rangers in Kenyas Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy have captured footage of two white giraffes a mother and her calf.

Credit: Cater News Agency

Credit: Caters News Agency

These two gorgeous creatures suffer from a genetic disorder called Leucism. Its not quite the same thing as albinism, but its only a bees dick away from it. Essentially, its not just melanin these two are missing from their genetic makeup, its multiple types of pigment.

Credit:

Credit: Caters News Agency

In the way of all things, there had been rumours of two white giraffes in the conservancy but it wasnt until recently that rangers got the b*****ds on film.

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20:58

In Bihar, Rs 389-Crore Dam Collapses Hours Before Inauguration By CM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A canal wall broke up after being forcefully hit by the Ganga river waters when the pump was switched on for a trial run yesterday at of the dam.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Credit: PTI

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Credit: PTI

Bhagalpur/Patna: In a major embarrassment for the Bihar government, the inauguration of the Rs 389.31 crore Ganga pump canal scheme by the chief minister today was cancelled after a canal wall collapsed and the gushing waters inundated parts of a township.

The wall broke up after being forcefully hit by the Ganga river waters when the pump was switched on for a trial run yesterday at Bateshwarsthan in Bhagalpur district.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was scheduled to inaugurate the canal scheme, which was aimed at providing irrigation facilities in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand.

The water gushed into Kahalgaon and inundated areas in NTPC township as well some civil areas including the residence of the Kahalgaon civil judge and the sub-judge.

The proposed programme of the chief minister at Bhagalpur today has been cancelled due to technical reasons, an official statement said in Patna yesterday.

Advertisements were inserted in newspapers yesterday about the inauguration of the project by the chief minister in the presence of water resources and irrigation minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and local Congress MLA Sadanand Singh.

RJD workers burnt an effigy of Kumar and Lallan in Bhagalpur, al...

20:51

Madras High Court Extends Stay on TN Assembly Floor Test "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File Photo/DMK working president M.K. Stalin addressed the partys MLAs in Chennai on Tuesday, a day before the Madras HC hearing on the partys plea on a floor test in Tamil Nadu assembly. Photo Credit: PTI

File Photo/DMK working president M.K. Stalin addressed the partys MLAs in Chennai on Tuesday, a day before the Madras HC hearing on the partys plea on a floor test in Tamil Nadu assembly. Photo Credit: PTI

Chennai: The Madras high court today extended its stay order on a floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly till further directions.

Justice M. Duraiswamy gave the order while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs belonging to the T.T.V. Dhinakaran camp by the assembly speaker P. Dhanapal on Monday. There was also no stay on the disqualification of the MLAs.

The judge had on September 14 ordered there will be no floor test till today.

The judge also directed that no poll notification be issued for the 18 assembly seats falling vacant due to disqualification of the dissident MLAs.

Eight of the 18 MLAs had moved the court yesterday, challenging the action against them under the anti-defection law.

The dissident MLAs condemned the speakers order as unauthorised and illegal in their individual petitions.

The petitio...

20:48

Myanmars Hindu Refugees Hope for Shelter in Modis India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: A Hindu family is seen at a shelter near Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar September 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer/File Photo

A Hindu family is seen at a shelter near Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar September 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer/File Photo

Kutupalong, Bangladesh/New Delhi: Caught in the crossfire between Myanmars military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring India.

Nearly 500 are sheltered in a cleared-out chicken farm in a Hindu hamlet in Bangladeshs southeast, a couple of miles from where most of the 421,000 Rohingya Muslims who have also fled violence in Myanmar since August 25th are living in makeshift camps.

The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmars restive Rakhine State, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh....

20:45

Whatever Happened to America? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When I was born America was a nation. Today it is a diversity country in which various segments divided by race, gender, and sexual preference, preach hate toward other segments. Currently white heterosexual males are losing in the hate game, but once hate is unleashed it can turn on any and every one...

20:43

The persistence of (belief in) socialism "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I find the persistence of belief in socialism surprising (an example here), particularly given that Venezuela and North Korea both, in their different ways, display, yet again, the disastrous results in poverty, human misery and tyranny of actually existing socialism: that is, state domination of the economy. The lesson of Venezuela is, if anything, even stronger, as it is an example of the democratic path to socialism.

Now, it is possible that by socialism such folk mean something other than a state-run and dominated economy, but if they do, they need to pick a different term because that is what, socialism, in practice, means. Trying to get it to mean something else this late in its history is not practical. And using socialism as a placeholder term for some unspecified system of common ownership is empty moral self-indulgence parading as political commitment.

Recently, I had drinks with a very well-read friend who grew up in the Soviet Union and so has some lived insights into this. He made two very cogent points:

(1) What other language of justice-inspired of major social change is there? There remain all sorts of reasons to be morally repelled by aspects of contemporary society: what is the alternative political vision for a post-capitalist society? If there isnt any, then socialism wins by default, as it has no effective competitor in the moral marketplace.

(2) For the Left, history is not the past, its the future. For folk like my friend and I, history is what happened in the past, from which we can learn and draw lessons. For the Left, history is what is going to happen, it is what has an arc that bends towards justice while the past is something to be judged, censored and transcended.

(As an aside, it is a nice illustration of a wider tendency for secular appropriation of religious ideas that Barack Obama liked quoting Martin Luther King who was quoting Theodore Parker on the arc of history bending towards justice, but turned what was a kingdom of God religious point into a very different secular claim.)

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20:30

marigold fable | a birth story "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On one of our final days in Bali last year I was preparing to have a massage and wondered why the masseuse didnt want me lying on my front. But you have baby, she said, gesturing to my belly. No, I replied. She looked perplexed but let me lie down and as I looked through the hole in the massage table I saw a ring of marigolds around an Om symbol and, for the very first time, felt a presence within me.

There she was.

Two whole weeks later a pregnancy test confirmed what that intuitive Balinese woman already knew.

For someone who has preached the importance of faith in the body and power in the mind to hundreds of pregnant women over the years, I journeyed towards Marigolds birth anxious and fearful.

My previous birth, with Percy, was positive but, at times, traumatic. He was born healthy and I recovered quickly and without complications. And yet for the first six months of his life I soothed a very traumatised baby who would only settle in my arms and whimpered like he was scared. I didnt discuss it much at the time because I simply thought I had an unsettled baby. But in retrospect we were both recovering from a frightening experience; one that he would soon forget and one that stayed at the forefront of my mind.

I opted to birth at the local hospital as opposed to the low-risk birth centre I had previously chosen. I knew that I would feel more grounded and secure if medical back-up was close by. Instead of requesting a particular midwife I made the conscious decision to let the universe decide for me it felt like the right thing to do.

At 11weeks I answered the phone and heard Sues voice. And there she was, delivered to me, and just what I needed.

She asked about my previous birth and listened to me wail as all the fear that lay just below the surface bubbled up and overpermission to release. So began a conversation that would continue throughout my pregnancy and right up to the day before birth; my fear soothed by considered and encouraging words.

Apart from low iron levels, I relished in a smooth, enjoyable pregnancy. My belly continued to grow as I went about mothering three children and as the weeks ticked by I reminded myself to savour it allthis would be my last pregnancy and I didnt want to wish it away.

On Mothers Day I had the most vivid dream...

20:30

West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

From Dateline Pacific, 4:03 am on 18 September 2017 The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says its decolonisation aspirations are focussed on action at the United Nations. The Coalition is one of the key groups within the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which is pushing for internationally-facilitated negotiation with Indonesia over Papua's political

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20:30

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per gallon. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. He...

20:22

The News is a Social Construct. It is Used to Program You. "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If all the "alternative" media ever does is report on "the news" (as decided by the MSM), then aren't they just unwitting participants in the mockingbird media system? Join James for this heady thought for the day as he dissects the idea of "the news" and talks about the real value of an outlet like The Corbett Report.

20:15

Ban on Kaspersky Software: Hypocrisy of US Internet Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On September 18, the US Senate voted to ban the use of products from the Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab by the federal government, citing national security risk. The vote was included as an amendment to an annual defense policy spending bill approved by the Senate on the same day. The measure pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has strong support in the House of Representatives, which also must vote on a defense spending bill. The legislation bars the use of Kaspersky Lab software in government civilian and military agencies.

20:14

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It was never spectacular, but the Australian mediascape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act. In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum. The foggy deception being

The post The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal appeared first on The AIM Network.

20:07

Railways Announces Special Trains, Employee Bonus for Festive Season "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

About 9,500 extra coaches will be added on 306 existing train services for Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to accommodate more passengers. Credit: PTI

About 9,500 extra coaches will be added on 306 existing train services for Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to accommodate more passengers. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Gearing up for the festive season, the Indian Railways will press close to 4,000 special trains into service for the extra rush during Durga Puja, Deepawali and Chhat festivals.

There will be no sale of platform tickets during the festival period at certain busy stations, in order to regulate rush at platform till October 30.

In addition, about 9,500 extra coaches will be added on 306 existing train services for Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to accommodate more passengers.

However, passengers will have to pay about 30% extra for availing these special trains to reach their destinations during the festival.

Last year, the railways had run about 3,800 special trains to facilitate passengers movement during the festival, said a senior railway ministry official.

While some special trains have already been pressed into service since September 15, more such services are being readied and will continue till October 30.

While tickets will be made available online, there will be the option to buy them from counters as well. There will be more ticket counters at railway stations to handle rush.

In order to keep the touts at...

20:01

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

20:00

Eight Decades Later, the Original Mahalaya Still Unites Bengalis in Communion "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Many attempts have been made to modernise the Mahalaya, but Bengalis still retain their love for the first one recorded for Akashvani in 1932.

Durga Puja in Kolkata

Durga Puja in Kolkata

Note: This article was first published October 14, 2015 and is being republished on September 20, 2017.

Remakes of the story of Mahishasura Mardini, or the Mahalaya programme as it is popularly and universally known to all Bengalis, have bombed with the audience and the Bengali remains hungry for the original opera on radio, for age cannot wither nor custom stale its infinite appeal. The men who made it Birendra...

19:57

Fireworks tonight? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Maybe somewhere around the PCYC.

Anyone know what's going on?

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19:50

The Future of Work in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Im really excited to be on a panel at the University of Tasmania in a few weeks on The Future of Work in Tasmania! Its a free event, and there are refreshments! Come along! You can learn more, and register, on the UTAS website.

19:47

Australia: stop being blindly aligned with nuclear weapons nations: sign the treaty! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. New Matilda, By Rewena Mahesh on September 19, 2017 A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isnt one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains.

On July 7, a global treaty was adopted at the UN General Assembly to prohibit nuclear weapons. This treaty now sets precedence for a powerful norm that will change the course of history by helping promote disarmament and preventing further proliferation.

This treaty closes a large international law gap, by prohibiting states from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons once ratified by 50 states.

That will happen tomorrow, on the 20th of September.

Despite an overwhelming 122 countries endorsing the treaty, strongly and actively supported by hundreds of civic society organizations including the World Medical Association, Medical Association for Prevention of War, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, nine member countries that possess nuclear weapons and most NATO allies boycotted the agreement.

Shamefully, one of those countries absent from negotiations and which played a role in boycotting the treaty is Australia. We fall under the nuclear protection of the USA.

While Australia, possesses no nuclear weapons, it is a major producer and supplier of uranium used in the production of nuclear arsenals for the US and British military and most recently Russia, China and India.

Australia has had a long history with nuclear testing, hosting the British in the 1950s and 60s to conduct 12 major nuclear tests which dispersed radiation across much of the continent. In particular site workers and Aboriginal communities nearby have been suffering the consequences of radiation, seen in high rates of cancer with very little compensation, and a lack of capacity to use traditional land due to contamination.

As a result of Australia hosting the US military and intelligence facilities, such as Pine Gap near Alice Springs, we are offered protection in the face of a nuclear threat, under the extended nuclear deterrence, and thus consider nuclear weapons to be legitimate, useful and necessary despite their devastating and catastrophic effects..

Given the current volatile....

19:45

Western Contempt for China Turns to Panic "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Not since the British garrison at Singapore surrendered to Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita in 1942 has Western opinion of an Asian power changed so fast. When Chinas 2015 stock market bubble popped, prevailing Western opinion held that Chinas economic boom would flame out in a debt crisis comparable to Americas subprime disaster of 2008 or the near collapse of Europes southern tier in 2013.

19:43

Nuclear lobby bringing top USA nuclear spruiker Michael Shellenberger to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Michael Shellenberger  will visit Australia in November to promote a rethink on nuclear at a minerals industry conference.

A radioactive wolf in green clothing: Dissecting the latest pro-nuclear spin https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/a-radioactive-wolf-in-green-clothing-dissecting-the-latest-pro-nuclear-spin,10735

 Noel Wauchope 20 September 2017,  Michael Shellenberger is a nuclear salesman posing as a new generation environmentalist with unsubstantiated energy solutions, writes Noel Wauchope.

LAST WEEK, The Australian excelled itself in uncritically regurgitating nuclear lobby propaganda in the...

19:41

An Australian to be proud of Dr Tilman Ruff "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Whats your alternative? CommonSpace talks to anti-nuclear expert Dr Tilman Ruff Ahead of the UN signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, CommonSpace discusses disarmament with Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Dr Tilman Ruff

THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS was passed by the United Nations in July after being voted for by 122 countries, making it the first legally-binding international agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons.

This historic development came about amid heavy opposition from the nuclear-armed states and rising tensions between the United States of America and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, who have warned that recent sanctions will only accelerate the North Korean nuclear programme.

On 20 September, the ban treaty will be open for signature at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Once the treaty is ratified by at least 50 countries, it should come into force within 90 days.

One among many of the anti-nuclear activists who brought the treaty to this point was Dr Tilman Ruff, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which collectively received a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts towards disarmament in 1985, and founding member of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Following his...

19:39

Rural South Australia could end up with the curse of stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Robyn Wood, Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 Sept 17

Greg of FLAG has a letter to the editor in todays Advertiser for those who can get around the paywall

On the charge

HEA...

19:37

Mexico earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The extent of damage and the death toll from thodays 7.1 earthquake in Mexico wont become clear for a day or two, but it looks very bad, with widespread damage reported and over 200 deaths recorded so far. With many collapsed buildings it will get worse. Guardian:  At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits []

19:37

Trumps first United Nations appearance was not well received "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Trumps First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker, Slate, 19 Sept 17  But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this? By Fred Kaplan  President Trump got off to an underwhelming start at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday morning. He sat on a panel flanked by various diplomats, including Ambassador Nikki Haley, who introduced him before he delivered some brief remarks, and it would be charitable to describe the welcoming applause as light.

Then came the clunker. Haley had told the assembled that the new American president sees tremendous potential in the U.N.a cold enough slap at an organization thats been around for 72 years and, for all its flaws, has accomplished quite a bit. But Trump followed that dig with a face-splash of ice water, saying that the real potential he saw was right across the streeta reference to one of his East Side real-estate projectsand noted that the U.N.s presence was what gave it such potential.

ts so typical of Trump to view the rest of the world, even the official assembly of the worlds leaders, as a footnote to the saga of his own wealth.

Trumps remarks, which he read from notes, were brief and inc...

19:36

Australia VERY QUIETLY signs up to help develop new nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

How is it that Dr Adi Paterson of ANSTO signed up to this, in advance of Parliamentary approval, and that the whole thing can be done without any proper public consultation? Australian tax-payers are now to be supporting the development of these new dreams of nuclear power  advanced nuclear reactors that exist now only as blueprints, and will be expensive, require government funding, and will not be commercially operational for many decades, if ever.
Surely it is time for a thorough inquiry into ANSTOs funding and finances. The New Generation nuclear reactors are controversial, to say the least. They are in fact, part of the global nuclear lobbys push to save itself  its future being threatened by its dire economics, and by its connection to the nuclear weapons industry.
The Australian media is regularly used to promote ANSTOs nuclear reactor as having as its purpose medical research  and medical isotopes saving lives despite the fact that non nuclear production of these isotopes can be, and is, being done.  The reality is that ANSTO is part of the global nuclear...

19:35

BHP supports climate change action is at odds with Minerals Council "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

But dont lets forget that BHP is a big member of the nuclear industry   which claims (incorrectly), that nuclear power is  clean energy, and the solution to climate change

 

BHP considering Minerals Council exit over lobby groups climate policies

Key points:

  • BHP under pressure to quit lobby groups that dont support clean energy target
  • Activist group backed by big investors including ANZ, AMP, Australian Super, Blackrock
  • Board considering move before next months AGM

BHP announced it would review its membership of all industry associations, and publish the findings, by the end of this year.

The review comes hot on the tail of a demand by activist shareholders that the miner sever ties with the council, which successfully advocated for the abolition of the carbon price and is currently lobbying the Federal Government to reject a clean energy target.

We are aware that some civil society and other organisations believe that, where an industry body advocates for a position which does not align with our own, we should cease to be a member of that in...

19:33

Most Britons would not be happy living near mini nuclear power stations "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Guardian 18th Sept 2017 Most Britons would not be happy living near the mini nuclear power stations that Rolls-Royce and several other international companies want to build in the UK, a survey has found.

The government has promised the developers of small modular reactors a slice of a 250m funding pot in a race to position the UK as the place where the first generation of the power stations should be built.

Polling by YouGov, however, believed to be the first survey of public attitudes towards the plants, found that 62% of people would be unhappy living within five miles of one.

The poll, commissioned by the climate change charity 10:10, found that only 24% would be unhappy living near an onshore windfarm, which the Conservative party has stymied with tougher planning rules. The figure fell to 17% for community-owned windfarms.

Ellie Roberts, a campaigner at 10:10, said:
These results show just how wildly out of step with public opinion UK energy policy has become. Most small modular reactors (SMRs) would generate less than a tenth of the power the projected Hinkley Point C will provide, but are backed by industry as a cheaper option to big nuclear plants and an opportunity for British firms to be first in a new technology. Harry Holt, the president of nuclear at Rolls-Royce, said: With demand for energy set to rise in the near future, in part due to
the growing popularity of electric cars, we believe that a UK SMR programme is a vital addition to our national infrastructure....

19:32

Donald Trump at the UN threatens to totally destroy North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Donald Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea in UN speech
President castigates a small group of rogue regimes
Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States, Guardian, 
Julian Borger 20 Sept 17, Donald Trump has threatened to totally destroy North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on righteous countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

In an address heavy with echoes of George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests....

19:31

Trump Using Campaign, RNC Funds to Pay Legal Bills From Russia Probe: Sources "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

U.S. President Donald Trump at a luncheon hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump at a luncheon hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

New York:  US President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the US election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Following Reuters exclusive report on Tuesday, CNN reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) paid in August more than $230,000 to cover some of Trumps legal fees related to the probe.

RNC spokesperson Cassie Smedile confirmed to Reuters t...

19:27

MORE MEDIA CRAP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see the media are running a shock horror story (stoked along by Professor Jane Kelsey ... surprise, surprise) about the propriety of officials from MFAT attending a scheduled meeting of officials from the eleven countries still keen on developing a regional tree-trade agreement following the withdrawal on the United States from the TPPA.

It may be news to the media but the world doesn't stop for a country having an election and neither it should.    This is a meeting off officials for c*********s.     Their mandate is to develop a pathway forward.     It will be up to the incoming government to decide whether or not they want to travel the road ... remembering of course that Socialist Cindy is on record as saying she fully supports free trade ... cough, cough, snort.

The media is as shallow as a birdbath in much of their reporting.   If they were consistent in their thinking in respect of an election hiatus then they would be arguing that New Zealand should not be signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which opens for signature in New York today ... fact is New Zealand was a major player in developing the Treaty and will be one of the first countries to sign up to it ... today ... as it should.


19:21

MEDIA RELEASE 20/09| FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later. This is good news for(...)

19:20

What do you do for a crust? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Among the trees of Matong State Forest are areas with cryptogamic crust.

This is a specialised community of cyanobacteria, mosses, and lichens.

It works to improve soil stability, as well as offering increased resistance to wind and water erosion.

Crusts are often a feature of arid and semi-arid areas, where their sponge-y texture might also catch seed from nearby plants.

They have adapted to severe growing conditions but can easily be disturbed.

Disruption of the crusts brings decreased organism diversity, soil nutrients and stability.

Full recovery of crust from disturbance is a slow process, particularly for mosses and lichens.

Visual recovery can be complete in as little as one to five years, given average climate conditions.

However, recovering crust thickness can take up to 50 years, and mosses and lichens can take up to 250 years to recover.

19:15

What to Make of Hillary's "What Happened" Book Tour "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The American Democratic Party Presidential nominee for the 2016 US Presidential Election Hillary Clinton has given her insider account and perspective on the historic 2016 American Presidential Election and her loss as the Democrats candidate against the Republican Party candidate of Donald Trump. Mrs. Clinton was the first and only American woman nominated by a major American political party to stand and run for President of the United States...

19:14

Putting the blame where it belongs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

19:04

Undermining Adani with the Melbourne Climate Choir "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same. Jeannie Marsh

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19:01

Waiting For The Moment The Demolition of Building 7 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Building 7 Seconds from free-fall

By Dee McLachlan

A Gumshoe reader, Jaz, has sent us what seems to be unreported background audio, from a video that has been viewed over 146,000 times. He was supposed to have a meeting in Manhattan on 9/11, but his work called to changed the venue. He describes the moment the first tower fell, and that he knew the world would never be the same.

The video (below) is noted as the Westside Highway CBS Camera Angle and seems to run continuous...

19:00

Dear Minister: Maybe an Indian Didnt Fly the First Plane but He Definitely Tried "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The point of teaching ancient technology, such as it is, is to inculcate the spirit of perseverance and entrepreneurship instead of fixating on giving the world successes.

Satya Pal Singh. Credit: PTI

Satya Pal Singh. Credit: PTI

Success is a strange thing. It is one moment in a long and arduous journey of enterprise. It is Sachin Tendulkars 100th century alone but not the 99 centuries that came before. It is Thomas Edison & co.s famous incandescent lightbulb and not the 6,000+ attempts that came before in search of the right materials. Success is a brief flaring up of the candle of perseverance before it settles back down and keeps glowing. To put it out after that moment maybe fair to the flare, but its not fair to the candle.

When Satya Pal Singh, the minister of state for human resource development, says that engineers must be taught the story of an Indian who flew an airplane eight years before the Wright brothers feat, he is blowing his nose over that candle. Singh is blinkered by his lust for Indian supremacy so much so that he is fixated on an Indian, a Mumbaikar, flying an airplane in 1895 an event that may not have happened and ignores the en...

18:56

Debt Rattle September 20 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Edward Hopper Automat 1927   Australia: A Delusional, Stuffed, Basket Case, Bubble, Third World Economy (MB) With QT On The Way, This Market Is Headed For A Brick Wall (Boockvar) Where Deutsche Bank Thinks The Next Financial Crises Could Happen (CNBC) Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin (HowMuch) MPs

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18:45

Indias Billionaire Raj Era: Time to Reform Personal Income Tax "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is puzzling that Indias political parties, which swear by the motto of poverty alleviation, have yet to properly implement any system of progressive personal income taxation.

In India, the maximum marginal rate on personal income tax (statutory rate plus surcharge and cesses) has been steadily declining over the period 1970-2015. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

In India, the maximum marginal rate on personal income tax (statutory rate plus surcharge and cesses) has been steadily declining over the period 1970-2015. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel, in their new paper From British Raj to Billionaire Raj? have pointed out that the share of national income accruing to the top 1% income earners is...

18:44

Rohingya Muslims Trapped After Myanmar Violence, Told to Stay Put "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rohingya refugees are seen in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Rohingya refugees are seen in a camp in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Sittwe, Myanmar: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The Rohingya villagers said they wanted to leave but needed government protection from ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who had threatened to kill them.

They also said they were running short of food since August 25, when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks in Rakhine State, provoking a fierce crackdown by the Myanmar military.

At least 420,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a senior UN official has called a textbook example of ethnic cl...

18:42

A Free Speech Problem With Marriage Law Survey Safeguards "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Advance Summary

1. This article raises concerns about specific "hate speech" prohibitions in the Government's Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017.

2. This article argues that Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) place unreasonable constraints on free speech by making political opinions attributes that are protected from "vilification", contrary to the normal practice of anti-vilification laws.

3.The ability to express strong criticism of people who present offensive or unfactual opinions serves as an important deterrent against expressing such opinions in the first place.

4. Many aspects of the proposed Sections and the limited exemptions available are insufficiently clear to a lay reader and involve a novel area of Australian anti-discrimination law.

5. Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) should be amended so that they apply only to intimidation and threats and not to "vilification". 

6. If this does not occur, then the debate surrounding the postal survey is not an adequately and clearly free and fair environment for the frank exchange of opinions and criticism.



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Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about possible safeguards surrounding the conduct of the postal survey on same-sex marriage which is now starting.  I covered this in detail in a previous article Will "Hate Speech" Be Illegal In The "Plebiscite"?

The process of introducing these safeguards has come very late, partly because the pro-same-sex-marriage parties were unwilling to support legislation until the High Court challenges against the postal survey were completed.  As a result we have had weeks of unregulated campaigning, involving large quantities of often unauthorised and offensive material.

The good news is that, with a lot of the campaigning already over, the major parties have found belated common ground on a need to provide election-like protections (authorisation, misleading material surrounding the mechanics of "voting" etc) around the survey.  Moreover, they have managed to put tactical games aside and reach in-principle agreement on a need to go further than normal electoral law allows, and provide for some special short-term protections from intimidation, vilification and threats.  These protections are vaguely similar to those in anti-vilification laws in some states as discussed in the above-linked article.  The Bill to be introduced is here:...

18:42

Response From ABS to Marriage Law Postal Survey Questions "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On 16 August I sent the ABS a list of fourteen questions regarding the conduct of the Marriage Law Postal Survey, in particular regarding count quality assurance issues.  Some of the questions were answered in subsequent public debate.  The response below was received today, September 11, from Michael Wilson of ABS and is reproduced in full.  My questions as sent are in italics.  My thanks to the ABS for their detailed responses at this busy time.

I have added some comments of my own below the responses, and may add more later.



ABS Responses To Questions
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1. Will, as appears to be the case, survey responses be being processed and counted while the time window for submitting responses is still open?  
The survey responses will be data captured during the collection period, which is a common process for the ABS. The survey responses will not be finalised until after the 7th of November.

2. If yes to 1, what will happen if a respondent reports that their survey has been stolen (or that they did not receive a survey) after their vote has already been received and processed.  
If an eligible Australian reports that a form has been stolen, the ABS will mark the original barcode as invalid. The ABS will count the replacement form when it is returned, rather than the original form. The processing of valid and invalid forms will be conducted at the end of the collection period so there is no risk the survey return is already processed.

3. Will automatic character recognition be used to count survey responses?  
No. The ABS will use optical mark recognition not character recognition to identify Yes and No responses.  

4. If yes to 3, will there be manual verification (eg by checking images on a computer screen as done in the 2016 Senate election) that every survey response has been scanned correctly?
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18:40

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

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18:39

Video: Inequality is hurting Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 

As a society we need to acknowledge that inequality is growing in Australia and this is the first step towards doing something about it.  We need to decide on whether we want an Australia where the gap between the a few at the top and the rest of us is getting bigger, or one that values equality  and go for it.

Video from Australian unions

&

Inequality is Hurting Australia

Unions are critical in addressing inequality. Attacking unions makes inequality worse.

Posted by Australian Unions on Monday, September 18, 2017

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18:30

The Russian that saved the world RIP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77 BBC News

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18:30

Hurricane Maria Headed for St. Croix, Puerto Rico After Devastating Dominica "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hurricane Maria which bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica and Hurricane Jose (top) are both seen in the Atlantic Ocean in this NOAA's GOES East satellite image taken at 21:45 p.m. EDT on September 19, 2017 (0145 UTC, September 20, 2017). Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project/Handout via Reuters

Hurricane Maria which bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica and Hurricane Jose (top) both are seen in the Atlantic Ocean in this NOAAs GOES...

18:30

Hypersensitivity in Religious Matters Has to Be Discouraged Says Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The bench was hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book Basava Vachana Deepthi by scholar, mystic and writer Mate Mahadevi.

Rally demanding a separate religion for Lingayats in Bidar

Supreme Court (left), Rally demanding a separate religion for Lingayats in Bidar, Karnataka (right). Credit: PTI, Twitter/@SUMEETRAO5

New Delhi: In the course of hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book, Basava Vachana Deepthi, imposed by the Karnataka government in 1998, the Supreme Court bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao on Tuesday observed that hypersensitivity in religious matters has to be discouraged.

The bench was responding to an observation by the senior counsel for the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha an intervener in the case R. Basant. Defending the ban on the book, Basant argued that since India is a multi-plural faith society, the responsibility is on the state to prevent writings that have the potential to outrage religious feelings.

The appellant in the case, who is the author of the banned book, Mate Mahadevi, is a scholar, mystic, writer and the first woman Jagadguru of the Lingayat community installed in 1970. She is the head of Basava Dharma Peetha and has been seeking independent religious status for the Lingayat sect. She began writing vachanas  a form of didactic poetry. Mahadevi maintains that Lingayat is a religion by itself, free from Hindu doctrines.

Among her many books is Basava Tatva Darshana, on the life and teachings of Basava, a 12th century social re...

18:00

With the Post-GST Trend of Rising Prices, Has the Government Taken the Public for a Ride? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is awfully complex and has confused not only businesses and the public, but also the government.

Credit: Reuters

Have prices of goods and services risen because the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is faulty or because it was not designed properly? Eighteen percent GST is levied on the food in a restaurant. This has raised the cost of eating out. Is this what was intended in the original design of the GST? One of the benefits of the GST touted by the government was that prices would come down, but the opposite has happened. Prices of most services have also gone up as they are now taxed at 18% while they were charged 15% in the pre-GST regime. Hence, insurance, credit card charges, banking charges and so on have all risen.

Unfortunately, the wholesale price index (WPI) does not capture much of this price rise since services are not a part of this index and constitute 60% of the production in the economy. Consequently, the rise in prices of services is not reflected in the inflation index based on WPI. Since it is the prices of services that have risen the most in the last several years, inflation is being grossly underestimated. Why have the prices of services risen? Because the government has increased the tax on services from 12% to 15% and now to 18%. It is well known that when an indirect tax is raised on any good or service, it is passed on to the consumer by the producer.

Why were prices expected to come down under the GST?

The GST is supposed to eliminate the cascading effect of taxes. Cascading effect signifies the levy of a tax on a tax so that the effective rate of tax becomes higher than the rate of tax levied. For ex...

18:00

There should have been a sense of urgency to get out of there "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Troubling video filmed in Laos has shown construction workers fleeing for their lives after a dam overflowed upstream. The video uploaded to YouTube this week shows the panic at a construction site as a mass of brown water and trees overwhelm the banks of the Nam Ao River last Monday

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17:57

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

17:37

Shaman Dives Into Croc Infested Waters To Prove Supernatural Powers, Gets Eaten "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Crocodiles are big scary b*****ds, we all know that, but we also all know that if you stay out of their way theyre one of the easiest man-eating beasts to avoid. Simple fact: unless youre Steve Irwin (or his progeny), you shouldnt be anywhere near their water. Thats when crocodiles become lethal as f***.

Thats why its kinda hard to have any bloody sympathy for the shaman in this video. Hes not just hovering near the waters edge; hes in the water looking for the dead body of a young fella a crocodile dragged under the day before. Its noble, but bugger me sideways its about as smart as a bag of carrots.

Chanting as he tells the crocs they are his b*****s. Credit: YouTube/Liveleak

Chanting as he tells the crocs they are his b*****s. Credit: YouTube/Liveleak

The shaman, named Suprianto, claimed to have supernatural control over the crocodiliacs and reckoned they wouldnt hurt him. Now, in Indonesia theyve got salties. The biggest baddest ones in the crocodile world.

Theyre the same ones we have here in Ozzyland and they see mammals our size as a food source. Supriano may as well have just basted himself in ketchup before going in the water. As soon as he had his bad idea he wasnt just entering their territory, he was entering Destination F****d without the return flight booked.

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17:36

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

17:35

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

17:30

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found...

17:27

Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai Again, Air and Road Services Disrupted "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Flights were diverted with the main runway out of use and inter-city trains cancelled, stalling transport services in the commercial capital.

Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday. Photo Credit: PTI

Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday. Credit: PTI

Mumbai: Heavy rains pounded the city and suburbs for the second day today, disrupting flight operations at the Mumbai airport and delaying suburban train services in the financial capital.

According to an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations (BMC) disaster management cell, no untoward incident was reported after the incessant downpour.

Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region have been instructed to remain closed today in view of heavy rains.

Several parts of the metropolis, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall. However, no untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the city, he said.

The Mumbai Police has warned of a high tide at 12:03 pm and 6:04 pm today.

From 8:30 am yesterday to 5:30 am today, the Colaba observatory recorded 210 mm rain, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 303.7 mm rain in the period, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the deep sea, an IMD official said.

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17:24

Under Trump, Number of H-1B Visas Being Challenged Almost Doubles "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In addition to querying applications more often, the Donald Trump administration is targeting entry-level jobs offered to skilled foreigners.

FILE PHOTO: International passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review, in Dulles, Virginia, U.S., June 26, 2017. Credit: Reuters/James Lawler Duggan/Files

International passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administrations...

17:24

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and []

17:23

Elections Review: Highlands Region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Journalist Freddy Mou witnessed firsthand the volatile situation of elections in the Highlands.

This is his summary of elections in the Highlands.

The campaign period in the Highlands region is always a time to showcase the sort of leaders a tribe has.

This is when pigs, cows and other livestock are slaughtered, with celebrations after celebrations held at various campaign venues by candidates to try and lure voters.

As described by bishops and Diocesan Secretaries of the four Highlands Dioceses in their Annual Regional Secretaries Meeting earlier this year, elections in the region have never been free, fair and transparent.

The people of the region have suffered and many have been routinely denied services.

Only a minority have benefited while the common people struggle to make ends meet.

While elections in the Highlands is known for its fiesta, mandating a leader always involved violence and corrupt dealings, requiring more security.

Security personnel engaged for the elections were mainly focused on the Highlands.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, in a meeting with government departmental heads before the campaign period, said there were still issues in the Highlands which needed close attention.

He cautioned that for the past five years, provinces such as Southern Highlands witnessed peace but this did not mean there would be no threats or disruptions during the election period.

As reported, no election related violence occurred during the campaign period but a large sum of cash was involved.

Heading into and during polling, a lot of issues were raised by concerned candidates and supporters.

These involved the electoral roll update, polling venues and others.

Bulk voting and underage voting was also witnessed in some parts of the Highlands region.

Even though security personnel were present at the polling venues, nothing was done to stop such practices.

A candidate in the Goroka Open seat posted pictures on social media alleging that people were voting at will, without any control from the polling officials.

However, Provincial Election Manager Steven Kaupa brushed aside the allegations.

Kaupa, when a...

17:22

Its only another poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a good boost for Prime Minister Bill English as he heads into the final leaders debate:


Filed under: politics Tagged: Act, Bill English, Green Party, Jacinda Ardern, Labour Party, Maori Party, NZ First, NZ National Party, One News Colmar Brunton poll, TOP, Winston Peters ...

17:20

Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Going Soft on Military "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi gives a memorial speech for Aung Shwe, former chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, during his funeral in Yangon, Myanmar August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi gives a memorial speech for Aung Shwe, former chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, during his funeral in Yangon, Myanmar, August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Yangon: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.

Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine State, where conflict that began last mont...

17:19

Last debate, Ardern versus English "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last debate between Bill English and Jacinda Ardern will be on TVNZ 1 at 7 pm tonight. I think that Mike Hosking will be back running it after an illness ruled him out of the second debate. English was rocked by a bad poll result before that debate, but it has swung the other []

17:17

TAXCINDA ... STOP WHINGING "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ok, we know you're  behind in the polls and running scared (and yes I said 5 days is a long time in politics) but Bill English is entirely right in calling you out on your promise to raise taxes and your attempt to label that as fake news just makes you look silly.

Fact ... Labour has promised to repeal National's effective tax cuts due to take effect from 1 April 2018.

Fact ... Those cuts have received legislative approval.   They are part of the law of the land.

Fact ... were Labour to repeal that legislation they would be legislating for tax increases.

Slam dunk.

The delicious irony in all of this is that should Labour win and to repeal the legislation they would be relying on the votes of the Greens and/or Winston First who both voted for the cuts.   Their gymnastic contortions would be a sight to behold ... voting against your own legislation ... mind boggling.

Sorry Socialist Cindy ... your faux outrage doesn't wash and that's why you're 9% behind in the polls, down 7% in the same number of days. 

17:17

Farmers in Chhattisgarh, Punjab Allege Anti-Democratic Police Crackdown on Protests "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Several farmers and union leaders were arrested or detained ahead of a planned farmers protest in Chhattisgarh and Section 144 was imposed in three districts.

Farmers dump potatoes on a road in Mohali on Tuesday during a protest demanding a remunerative price for their crop. Credit: PTI

Farmers dump potatoes on a road in Mohali on Tuesday during a protest demanding a remunerative price for their crop. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh police on Tuesday took action against farmers who were planning to launch a three-day rally heading towards chief minister Raman Singhs house in Raipur. Several farmers and farmers leaders were arrested or detained, and Section 144 was imposed in Balod, Kabirdham and Rajnandgaon districts.

According to the Indian Express, government officials said they had inputs that the protest would turn into a law and order issue. The protestors, however, have said that democratic rights are being curtailed and demanded the immediate release of those taken to pri...

17:16

MEDIA RELEASE: COAL FOUND IN CALEY WETLANDS. ADANI CANT BE TRUSTED TO STOP POLLUTION "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.

Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.

ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.

It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.

The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.

The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.

The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.

I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.

Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.

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For more information or interviews please contact Gemma Freeman (AMCS) on 0412 505 405.

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17:10

Earthquake of 7.1 Magnitude Near Mexico City Leaves at Least 226 Dead "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Mexico city

A rescue worker motions for everybody to be quiet as they are searching for people under the rubble of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Claudia Daut

Mexico City: Rescue crews and citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.

The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico. It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in 1985.

Millions of people fled into the streets, where they weathered the violent shaking and desperately sought word about the welfare of family and friends.

Emergency personnel in Mexico City, a metropolitan region of about 20 million people, searched frantically with picks and shovels for survivors beneath the rubble of what the sprawling citys mayor calculated to be as many as 44 collapsed buildings, including at least one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said late on Tuesday more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighborhood of Coapa. Another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he said...

17:06

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

...

17:03

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

17:00

Investor committed to Sepik Plains Project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Via Loop PNG

20th September 2017

Israeli investor, Innovative Agro Industry, has assured the Government and the people of East Sepik of its commitment to invest and develop several agriculture and farming projects on the Sepik Plains.

 

Chief executive officer of the Innovative Agro Industry, Lior Crystal, was part of a delegation that flew over to the Sepik Plains on Monday, Sept 18, 2017.

 

Other parties on the aerial inspection were the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Bruce Davis, and the CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Kautu Boutua.

 

The delegation was led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, and Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru.

 

The delegation was given a birds-eye view of the proposed site of the chicken and grain project under the Sepik Economic Zone (SEZ).

Crystal described the Sepik Plains as a beautiful landmass sitting there, waiting for development.

 

I am here on behalf of the LR Group, Innovative Agro Industry, stating that we are committed to the development of this land. We are not only coming to develop, we are coming as an investor. We are putting our money where our mouth is, Crystal said.

 

The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg laying farm, broiler meat farm and grain production.

 

The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 


Filed under: Agreement, Agriculture, Business, Community, Development, Economy, Government, Growth, Information, Investment, land Tagged: Agriculture, Community Development, Development, Government,...

16:53

Doomsday This Saturday (2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It might be for Winston Peters if the people at Colmar Brunton are right.



It comes after an intense week of campaigning which saw Jacinda Ardern make a U-turn on tax.

12 MIN AGO

His party vote has plunged to just five percent and he won't hold Northland so there's every chance of a Winstonless gummint come Sunday.

I can't remember when the polls were so 'all over the place' but of course this one is CB not Reid Research and CB has consistently had Labour ahead.  Today they are a whopping nine points behind.

I haven't pushed this poll through the election thingy but it these results are borne out, then National and ACT may well have enough to scrape in on their own.  The Maori Party would be almost a cert to join in to keep Winston away from their precious Maori seats if he did make it.

This is why elections are such marvellous sport.

16:52

Give Peace a Chance is NOT Peace at Any Price "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It is hard to believe that LIQ was actually ever a general if he cannot see how fortunate we are that Donald Trump is President and not Hillary and no longer Obama. I particularly find it wonderful how invisible Obama has become since he has nothing to say about anything that would not make people on his own side wince at their stupidity. A cipher before and a cipher since, but alas, eight disastrous years as president in between. For a very good summary of what Trump said at the UN and why it matters, there is this which you can enjoy end to end. Much to choose from, but North Korea has almost disappeared from the news since the Democrats, and the left in general, have nothing constructive to add to the conversation, which is why the media have dropped this as a story. So let me focus here.

In particular, and in detail, Trump called out the rogue states of North Korea and Iran. He did not follow a script of pollysyllabic diplomatic enumerations of unacceptable activities. He reminded the UN members of Pyongyangs deadly abuse of American student Otto Warmbier. He talked about North Koreas kidnapping of a Japanese 13-year-old girl to enslave her as a language tutor for North Koreas spies. And he cited the assassination of the dictators brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport.

He caused a stir, and inspired plenty of headlines, with his comments:

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

Thats not bombast. Thats a pointed and useful warning to a totalitarian tyrant, who in contravention of nine UN sanctions resolutions and all basic decency has been threatening preemptive nuclear strikes on the U.S. and its allies, advertising the testing of hydrogen bombs and shooting intercontinental ballistic missiles over Japan. Lets hope Kim Jong Un takes it seriously, despite decades of U.S. compromise and retreat that led to this pass.

As for the derision implicit in the label Rocket Man, Id say that Trump in describing the murderous despot of North Korea displayed a distinct delicacy simply by avoiding the use of raw profanity from the UN podium. Would it have been better to deferentially describe Kim as the supreme leader of North Korea? Mockery has its uses in facing down despots. The confrontation here is of North Koreas making and the dangers have grown all the worse over the years for such nonconfrontational approaches as the nuclear deals of Presidents Bus...

16:51

Its all happening again. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In case you havent noticed, the US is about to start another war. Remember George W. Bush and the lead up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003? On that occasion it was a carefully calculated move, complete with lies about Saddam Husseins arsenal, fabricated intelligence delivered to the United Nations by then Secretary

The post Its all happening again. appeared first on The AIM Network.

16:51

ABS view on including 16 and 17 year olds in the Marriage Law Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Follow up sent to Australian Bureau of Statistics by Chris Gentle on September 20, 2017.
Partially successful.
I have not yet received an update on progress for my FOI request referred to Treasury by ABS. Could you update me on the progress of my request? Y...

16:45

Sambhal Police in Uttar Pradesh Invoke NSA Against Three for Cow Slaughter "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The three accused were arrested over the last two weeks following a police raid after a tip-off about alleged cow slaughter.

Men load a cow onto a truck in the Jantar Mantar area of New Delhi (Representational image). Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

New Delhi: Police personnel in Uttar Pradeshs Sambhal invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against three people, currently in Moradabad district jail, accused in a case filed under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act.

The three accused, identified as Qasim, Shahadat and Mesar, were arrested over the last two weeks, reported the Indian Express, while two other accused, Babu and Sharafat, who were arrested on August 12, were given bail soon after. The other three surrendered before the court.

After obtaining orders from the district magistrate, NSA was invoked against Qasim, Shahadat and Mesar on Monday, station officer of Baniather police station Praveen Kumar Solanki told the Indian Express. The superintendent of Moradabad district jail, Rizvi, confirmed that the order had been recei...

16:43

The Golden Solution to the Worlds Biggest Debt Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yesterday, we told you about a special report Nick Hubble has prepared on why gold is the perfect investment for any Australian right now.

Its called The AUSSIE Case for Gold. And you can get a sneak peek here.

Nick is the Editor of Jim Rickards Strategic Intelligence advisory here in Australia.

And while it seems people all over the planet have their heads firmly stuck in the bitcoin frenzyJim and Nick have been quietly investigating the REAL threat to the world economy.

Australia is a key part of it.

You can think of this report as the missing chapter of Jims bestseller, The New Case for Gold.

So, were releasing a special, 2017 limited print run package. Why? To help navigate your wealth through what Jim calls the next monetary reset.

This is something that could finally bring down the global eight-year-old bull market.

What could be the trigger?

As Jim explains below, one factor people still seem to ignore is ever-rising US national debt, which, as of today, is over US$20.1 trillion

The blame for this comes from the cost of major wars, the 2008 financial crisis, and a bevy of irresponsible government spending.

But, as much as we like to criticise government for being completely irresponsible with our money, the past is in the past.

What matters now is how we get out of this mess.

Thats why I want to share with you Jim Rickards latest take on the situation.

Read on below for the current state of the debt crisis, but, more importantly, a clever first step on how we can get out of it

The Golden Solution

Jim Rickards

Right now, the United States is officially $20 trillion in debt. Over half of that $20 trillion was added over the past decade.

And it looks like annual deficits will be at the trillion-dollar level sooner rather than later when projected spending is factored in.

Basically, the United States is going broke.

I dont say that to be hyperbolic. Im not looking to scare people or attract attention to myself. Its just an honest assessment, based on the numbers.

Now, a $20 trillion debt would be fine if we had a $50 trillion economy.

...

16:42

Better Regulatory Mechanism Needed For Pasca "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Co-operation between all stakeholders to put in place a better fiscal and regulatory mechanism for the the petroleum and mining industry, and the economy as a whole, is needed.

Papua New Guinea Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI) head of national secretariat Lucas Alkan said the countrys first off-shore gas project, the K1 billion Pasca Gas Field in Gulf, is set for first drilling in 2020.

Mr Alkan said changes in technology and the way people do business today are so swift, and the petroleum and mining industry have their own challenges and opportunities.

He said the country is in a very unique position to be a model country to set standards that other miners and explorers around the world can learn from. The Solwara 1 Project in New Ireland and the Pasca projects are case in point, Mr Alkan said.

We are of the view that the industry and the Government are living up to meeting immediate obligations and this must be further be strengthened to see better outcomes, Mr Alkan said.

If there needs to be finer tunning to certain legislations and policies, the timing is now right to make things happen. He said PNGEITI believes that with the offshore gas project in the Gulf province, the Department of Petroleum and Energy is on top of this in terms of policy and legislations to cater for this development.

We hope to see better outcomes from negotiations and discussions around setting up better fiscal and regulatory frameworks to lay solid foundations for similar projects in future.

We have world class technical expertise to make PNG a model mining and petroleum country that strictly upholds global best practices, whether it be in transparency or the overall approach taken in administering and regulating business in the mining and petroleum space.

There is a whole scheme of things we need to harmonize before the economy and the investors alike can enjoy the benefits of PNGs resource.

We at PNGEITI always stand ready to do our bit to promote accountability and transparency in the industry.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/better-regulatory-mechanism-needed-pasca/


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16:39

US Defence Firms Want Control Over Tech in Make In India Plan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Companies do not want to be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under the Make in India drive to build a military industrial base.

A U.S. naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

A US naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal, September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they wont have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby groups letter to Indias defence minister....

16:37

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

16:36

Ode to Machiavellis Discourses. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ode to Machiavellis Discourses of Titus Livy.

Yknow..I can sympathise with ol Machiavelli,
Seeing how things at this moment are not very
Agreeable..somewhat friable..ifn youll allow
And HE did avow to explain with a lengthy refrain
The deeper meanings of one : Titus Livius..THE man.

I have picked over his Discourses as one does pick,
Thread-bits from a new coat..or the currants, thick
From grannys fruit loaf..very nice..til she thanks
You with a rap of the wooden spoon, youll soon
Learn to pay close attention to such indelible rune..

And wonder, like he, whether such honour indeed,
Bestowed upon those ancients, and their seed be
But an impersonation of admired esteem,
Less ones smarts be seen as hollow sincerity, given as trope
To impertination so vain as to promenade that path again and again.and again?

Wisdom admired..but never imitated, even diluted, you may plea,
So that WE, who have gained this Earth and now lost our soul,
Given, on the whole, as fuel to the false god of intellectual flattery.
Assault and battery on lost integrity exchanged impressionably
For mutual back-slapping and the odd gold echidna.

I wouldnt be kidding yer if I was to say, with an underbreath ; Ole
That the measure of intellect today is, sadly, awry, Y,
Tis enough to make one cry..given what history has bequeathed
So each generation in turn could turn over a new leaf.
With so much, so ample that we have more than sample..its that simple.

For our civil laws are but decisions by ancient Jurisconsults,
That teacheth our present Jurisconsults systems by which to judge
A drudge with nought to follow but example and re-assemble
Forebears preamble on things socially medicinal, as an endocrine?
Should work out fine ..if we but listen, not descend to vicious hissing.

The biggest mistake being; not understanding history,
But make mystery of what we WILL NOT see..Is it just me?
Or is it thee who takes more pleasure from the infinite variety
Of incidents in this or that society and such scandalous pleasure
As your measure of understanding, rather than demanding

We take heed to the answers to those deeds, as if these
Times have changed the behaviour of men and then of women too
Its a shoo-in to see ; the Sun the Moon, the sea and thee
Have not changed their motions and power, hour on hour
From ancient times, Id avower and from such error; allora!

Id therefore call thee to hark to the wisdom of Titus Livy
And give ti...

16:34

1 News Colmar Brunton pre-election poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last 1 News Colmar Brunton poll before the election: National 46% (last week 40%, previous 39%) Labour 37% (last week 44%, previous 43%) Greens 8% (last week 7%, previous 5%) NZ First 5%  (last week 6%, previous 9%) TOP 2.0% rounded (last week 2.0%, previous 1.9%) Maori Party 1% rounded (last week 1.1%, previous []

16:31

Ode to Machiavellis Discourses. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ode to Machiavellis Discourses of Titus Livy.

Yknow..I can sympathise with ol Machiavelli,
Seeing how things at this moment are not very
Agreeable..somewhat friable..ifn youll allow
And HE did avow to explain with a lengthy refrain
The deeper meanings of one : Titus Livius..THE man.

I have picked over his Discourses as one does pick,
Thread-bits from a new coat..or the currants, thick
From grannys fruit loaf..very nice..til she thanks
You with a rap of the wooden spoon, youll soon
Learn to pay close attention to such indelible rune..

And wonder, like he, whether such honour indeed,
Bestowed upon those ancients, and their seed be
But an impersonation of admired esteem,
Less ones smarts be seen as hollow sincerity, given as trope
To impertination so vain as to promenade that path again and againand again?

Wisdom admired..but never imitated, even diluted, you may plea,
So that WE, who have gained this Earth and now lost our soul,
Given, on the whole, as fuel to the false god of intellectual flattery.
Assault and battery on lost integrity exchanged impressionably
For mutual back-slapping and the odd gold echidna.

I wouldnt be kidding yer if I was to say, with an underbreath ; Ole
That the measure of intellect today is, sadly, awry, Y,
Tis enough to make one cry..given what history has bequeathed
So each generation in turn could turn over a new leaf.
With so much, so ample that we have more than sample..its that simple.

For our civil laws are but decisions by ancient Jurisconsults,
That teacheth our present Jurisconsults systems by which to judge
A drudge with nought to follow but example and re-assemble
Forebears preamble on things socially medicinal, as an endocrine?
Should work out fine ..if we but listen, not descend to vicious hissing.

The biggest mistake being; not understanding history,
But make mystery of what we WILL NOT see..Is it just me?
Or is it thee who takes more pleasure from the infinite variety
Of incidents in this or that society and such scandalous pleasure
As your measure of understanding, rather than demanding

We take heed to the answers to those deeds, as if these
Times have changed the behaviour of men and then of women too
Its a shoo-in to see ; the Sun the Moon, the sea and thee
Have not changed their motions and power, hour on hour
From ancient times, Id avower and from such error; allora!

Id therefore call thee to hark to the wisdom of Titus Livy
And give tim...

16:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:19

CBI Arrests BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal in Odisha Chit Fund Scam, Party Cries Foul "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Biswal, who the CBI had quizzed four times in the past, denied the charges levelled against him and said that his arrest was politically motivated.

After Biswal's arrest, the BJD cried foul and accused the Bhartiya Janata Party of using the CBI to intimidate its political opponents. Credit: PTI/Twitter

After Biswals arrest, the BJD cried foul and accused the Bhartiya Janata Party of using the CBI to intimidate its political opponents. Credit: PTI/Twitter

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Prabhat Biswal in connection with an allegedly dubious land deal with the kingpin of a Rs 500-crore chit fund scam in Odisha.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, officials said Biswal was arrested from his Cuttack residence early Tuesday morning over the land deal with Seashore Group chief Prashant Dash, accused of swindling more than Rs 500 crore from people through a pyramid scheme.

The legislator was remanded in CBI custody for five days by the special chief judicial magistrate, CBI, reported the Telegraph.

Several other MLAs and MPs of the ruling party were arrested earlier for their all...

16:18

Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

16:16

Alex The Astronaut Announces New EP and National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Alex The Astronaut Indie-folk singer-songwriter and current triple j darling Alex The Astronaut is everywhere at the moment, and with a new single, an EP on the way and a tour in the works her star is only set to continue rising. The new single is the queer positive Not Worth Hiding []

16:00

Labours bring out your dead campaign plan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It seems Labour and their coalition partner the Media party are now playing the sympathy card to bring out votes for Labour: A passionate Labour supporter died less than two weeks before voting opened, but his message has reached thousands. Rangiora community stalwart Peter Allen who suffered from motor neurone disease  died on August 30, []

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15:59

Are Uber Drivers in Bali an Endangered Species? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

300,000 rupiah, the taxi driver said, claiming that the ride home would be twice as much as what it cost to get there. Scooters whizzed past as we haggled on the side of the road.

300,000 is my final price.

I pulled out my phone and clicked on the Uber app. There were four cars in the area. The taxi driver peered over my shoulder, then took a hasty step back.

You cannot take Uber in this country! he shouted. Uber drivers get decapitated here.

My widened eyes exchanged anxious looks with the people I was travelling with. With shaking hands, and disinterested in watching our Uber driver potentially getting pounded, we began to negotiate a price with the taxi.

On the drive home, we noticed several worn out banners reading, NO UBER.

I later found out that our driver that night wasnt alone in his hatred for ride-hailing services.

In 2016, Balinese man Ida Kadek Anom was ambushed by a group of taxi drivers. Kadek was on his way to pick up his Uber customer when a mob stopped in front of his car and demanded he pay a fine of 375 000IDR ($37.50AUD). Kadek called his boss, who agreed to hand over the money, but as Kadek tried leaving the scene to collect it, he was chased down the road and beaten up until he needed to be hospitalised. His white Toyota minivan was then vandalised with bricks and sticks.

Competition ignited by technology has the market for conventional ride services hard. Ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Grab became a trend, taxi and private car drivers have found it difficult to make adequate earnings especially in Indonesia. A violent protest occurred in Jakarta, the countrys capital, in March 2016 that saw bus, car and scooter drivers rally against illegitimate driving services, claiming mobile apps like Uber and Grab werent registered as public transport. Their expression of anger rallied thousands of armed police, and in response, Indonesias ministry of transport...

15:47

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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15:39

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

15:34

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

15:33

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

...

15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

...

15:30

Bird of the Week: Rifleman ~ Titipounamu "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A little code breaker By Cushla  McGaughey Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species. Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way []

15:30

Nobody pays for water, so why are politicians and Media making you think otherwise? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Making farmers pay for the water they use is unfair, because nobody else pays for the water they use. Federated Farmers is repeating, nobody in New Zealand pays for water. No household, no farm, no hairdresser not even Coca Cola. All we pay for in New Zealand is the right to access the water []

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15:29

On the Military Activity of the Republic of Korea and its Allies "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

4523423423Against the background of the news on the military activity of the North, the untrained reader may have a misleading impression that the Republic of Korea is like an innocent schoolgirl whose throat is held at the edge of a knife by a North Korean hooligan, and that only an American military presence can save the Republic of Korea from imminent annihilation.

This is certainly not the case. But by how much is this not the case? Below, we shall examine both the modernization programmes of the South Korean armed forces and the number of military exercises undertaken in the spring and summer of 2017 in response to the North Korean provocations, apart from such high-profile ones as the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian or the Foal Eagle.

On March 22, the famous B-1B Lancer bomber took part in the joint South Korean-American military exercise, Foal Eagle. The bomber flew from the United States Andersen Air Force Base to Guam in the morning, and, together with F-15K and KF-16 fighter aircraft from the South Korean Air Force, conducted bombing exercises over the sea.

Later, two B-1B Lancers carried out a similar flight in July 2017 in response to the missile tests by Pyongyang, simulating the destruction of Pyongyangs missile and nuclear facilities. The DPRK immediately labeled the exercise a provocation that is bringing a nuclear war on the brink.

On April 20, the active phase of the regular South Korean-American air exercise, Max Thunder, which has been held since 2009, was put into motion. This event saw the participation of about a hundred aircraft of the Seventh Air Force of the United States and the South Korean Air Force, which included fighters, ground attack planes, bombers, transport aircraft, air reconnaissance aircraft, and others. In the course of the exercise, bombing was carried out using high-precision weapons and antiaircraft defense systems.  

On April 23, a US strike force, led by the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, launched a joint exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force near the Philippines. Earlier, in March, the navies of the two countries also conducted two joint exercises in the East China Sea.

On April 25, the headquarters of the Eighth United States Army began redeploying fr...

15:15

Govt Offers Rebate To Land Catches Onshore "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Government will work closely with the fishing industry to implement new policy initiatives announced by Prime Minister Peter ONeill last week.

Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Patrick Basa held a meeting with representatives from the fishing industry last week to assure them.
The initiatives announced by Mr ONeill included a rebate being offered to fishing companies so that they land their catches onshore to be processed.

The Government forecasts that this would prompt the existing processors to lift their capacity from about 30 percent to about 70 percent. This would create more jobs for Papua New Guineans, and ensure revenue and foreign exchange that is lost to countries like Philippines and Thailand are retained. But the companies say they have not seen the details of the rebates scheme, and are worried that its fast implementation would lead to them make financial losses, resulting in the closure of their business.

Chief among their concerns is the high cost of doing business in PNG, poor infrastructure, lack of adequate and reliable power supply, and high labour cost.
Minister Basa told the representatives that the government appreciates their concerns, and will work closely with them to ensure their concerns are accommodated and addressed. He told them the government was not against the companies, but working towards ensuring a greater return to its people for the harvest of their resource.

Minister Basa instructed the National Fisheries Authority to work with the industry representatives in the nest three months to develop a matrix on the way forward. He directed, among other things, for the NFA to identify the catches by fleets over the last 5 years in PNG and where these fish are landed or exported.

He directed that these data be clear on whether these catches are recorded as catches from Distant Fishing Nations, Locally based foreign flagged vessels, or PNG flagged vessels.

We need to know the exact volume of catches and by fleets. Further to that I want to also know the volume of catches by fleets that is landed in Bangkok and the Philippines, the Minister said.

With four processing plants already operating in Malahang Industrial Centre in Lae, and another two being planned, the government is pushing ahead to build a wharf dedicated to serve fishing companies.

That wharf is to be built in nearby Wagung...

15:03

Doomsday This Saturday? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Apparently some group of religious nutters in the United States have been given a preview of NZ's general election result on Saturday.

"If you have plans for Saturday, you may want to move them up a day. You see, several media outlets are reporting numerologist David Meade's prediction that this Saturday, September 23, marks the day that the world will end.......
.........The problem with almost all of the reporting, though, is that the news reports connect David Meade's doomsday predictions with a Biblical prophecy ministry named Unsealed. "

Apparently Winston Peters is some nasty character hiding behind the pseudonym 'Nibiru.'

15:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cureckitycoo  to coo like a dove; to flirt and canoodle with someone; one who gives caresses.


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15:00

Dirty Swiss money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva branch of UBS Group AG. The first 500-euro bills were discovered several months ago in a bathroom close to a bank vault containing hundreds of safe deposit boxes, according to []

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14:47

Lae Snax Tigers' Charlie Simon named Captain of PMs XIII to play Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Charlie Simon from Lae Snax Tigers will lead as skipper of the newly announced 18 men PMs 13 team that was named this morning in a ceremony witnessed by the Acting Sports Minister Charlie Raminai at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.
Acting Minister Charlie Raminai at the official team announcement urged the Stanley Tepend coached side "to take pride in the jersey they will wear this weekend against the Kangaroos and perform to their best for the country."
The team was announced by coach Stanley Tepend in front of the PNG Rugby Football League Board and major sponsor National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Chief Executive Officer Imelda Agon.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the annual match between Australia and PNG is aimed at driving social messages of Violence against Women and children and strengthens bilateral ties between both countries.
NGCB CEO Imelda Agon said they were happy to support and assist the PNG PMs 13 team host the annual match.

NGCB PNG Prime Ministers XIII team:

1.         Joe Joshua

2.         Brendon Gutono

3.         Stanford Talita

4.         Junior Rau

5.         Karo Kauna Jnr

6.         Jason Missian

7.         Charlie Simon

8.         Junior Rop

9.         Stanley Olo

10.       Dilbert Issac

11.       Tuvi Lepan

12.       Kato Ottio

13.       John Andy

14.       Sailas Gahuna

15.       William Mone

16.       Eddie Daffa

17.       Muka Peter Kulu

18.       Joshua Nani

Coach: Stanley Tepend

Team Management: Steven Nightingale, Roderick Puname, David Westley, Solomon Kulinasi, Leonard Tarum and Tim Rodgers.


14:42

Fast flying and youth combine to cause concussion "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

During the next few months many juvenile birds of prey begin dispersing to make their own way in the world and as these teenagers venture forth, mistakes are made that result in injuries.

Concussion seems to be a common thread as a result of flying and judgement errors or perhaps just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These high speed flyers then come into contact with both human and natural structures with a force that can have serious consequences. In just the last few weeks one of our specialist raptor carers in the south of the state has had two juvenile Boobook owls, a juvenile Nankeen kestrel and a female Brown falcon in care, all suffering concussion!

This spectacular adult female Brown Falcon, was one recent patient.

Rodney, saw her collide with a structure and fall to the ground so as he was working nearby he kept an eye on her to see if she would recover and take off.

After watching for some time and seeing her starting to be attacked by the local magpie flock and still unable to fly away he decided he had to intervene.

Normally we do not advise people to approach birds of prey as they can be large and feisty birds. In this instance the location was very remote and she was very docile as a result of the concussion, so Rodney was able to safely and gently contain the falcon. He then drove a considerable distance to meet up with Shelly our local, trained raptor carer.

Luckily for her x-rays, observation and flight checks cleared her of any injury and she appeared back to full strength so the decision was made to get her quickly back to the wild. At this time of year she may still have had chicks in a nest.

Although both sexes of this species share incubation of the eggs and both care for the young, it is the female who performs the bulk of these duties while the male supplies most of the food.

The long drive was made back to where she was rescued and after initially trying to exit from the rear of the cage, Shelly reports she was soon airborne and another of our special native raptors was successfully released.

These falcons are known to live for up to 18 years in the wild so we hope she has a second chance at a long life back in the wild.

14:38

Israel and Palestine: a journey through the Unholy Land "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Driving through the West Bank, you get the sense that the hope-turned-disappointment cycles of the failed, successive peace accords have been replaced by grim resignation to the reality of an implacable occupation and settlement project. All the trappings of occupation and land theft have only reinforced the incongruity of the Israeli settlements, not least of which is the prison-like fencing and barbed wire that encircle them.

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