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Monday, 12 February


The Late Late Movie: Pontecorvo Battle of Algiers 1966 "IndyWatch Feed"

Looks at the French attempt to keep their colony.A conflict that shook France to its core.



The foreseeable future in the US belongs to fossil fuels. "IndyWatch Feed"

Of course if you want power that is less reliable and more expensive, take the Australian road. Courtesy of Jo Nova these are the numbers crunched by the American Energy Information Agency (EIA).

According to their best estimates (and even their worst estimates) thirty years from now, the main energy source for the US is natural gas and fossil fuels. Renewables grow from 5% to 14%, but coal, nukes, hydro stays about the same.


World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


February 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

711 BC Emperor Jimmu, Japanese emperor, was born (d. 585 DC).

1322 The central tower of Ely Cathedral fell on the night of 12th-13th.

1462 The Treaty of Westminster was finalised between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles.

1503 Disfida di Barletta challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.

1542  Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VII , was executed for adultery.

1575 Henry III of France was crowned at Rheims and married Louise de Lorraine-Vaudmont on the same day.

1633 Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.

1668 Spain recognised Portugal as an independent nation.

1689 William and Mary were proclaimed co-rulers of England.

1692 Massacre of Glencoe: About 78 Macdonalds at were killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.

1728 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon, was born (d. 1793).

1743 Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist, was born (d. 1820).

1766  Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist and scholar, was born (d. 1834).

1815 The Cambridge Union Society was founded.




The Expanding Threat from Washington"s Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The threat to world peace from expanding US military operations and nuclear development is increasing day by day. The New Cold War emphasis on massive destruction has brought the world closer to Doomsday.



Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

February 12, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the "Quad"). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijing's activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.

For India's part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.

China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quad's containment policy, including measures to place India in check.

Beijing's Pakistan to Washington's India  

Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistan's Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Railways and roads provide China with access to the Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.

CPEC also includes a gas pipeline fro...


Anyone new to Cairns wanna hang out? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Yo so I just moved to cairns last week and walked around a bit, but would really like some new friends. Bored as hell.

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Why "Russian Meddling" is a Trojan Horse "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Bourgeois incredulity that Donald Trump still has supporters could be seen by an inquisitive Left through a lens of class struggle. Yes, his effective supporters are rich, just as the national Democrats are the term for this is plutocracy.




Would American "Foreign Policy" Please Stand Up So That We May See You! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The old notion of competitive policy-making, converging towards an agreed US national consensus, seems to be over. The outcome is from out of a jostling mix, just what is.


Enzology : The history of New Zealands most iconic band Split Enz E01 "IndyWatch Feed" to night and over succeeding nights

The ten-part radio series features new interviews with band members:

Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Miles Golding, Mike Chunn, Geoff Chunn, Wally Wilkinson, Robert Gillies, Eddie Rayner, Noel Crombie, Paul Crowther, Mal Green, Nigel Griggs, Neil Finn and the late Paul Hester.

Plus, Split Enz record producers and managers:

Barry Coburn, Dave Russell, Mike Gudinski, Phil Manzanera, Nathan Brenner, David Tickle & Hugh Padgham.

Enzology features excerpts from all the hits and numerous album tracks, plus previously unreleased demos, live recordings and studio out-takes gathered from the band members personal archives and elsewhere.
Radio New Zealand would like to thank the members and management of Split Enz, Warner Music and Mushroom Music Publishing for making the Enzology podcast possible.

Enzology The Story Of Split Enz was produced and presented by Jeremy Ansell for RNZ National, a Network of Radio New Zealand.

The history of New Zealands most iconic band Split Enz


Australia Day, Invasion Day or Possession Day? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

What a great way to celebrate the beginning of Martial law (something the mainstream media has not mentioned yet) on this continent by wrapping it up in a  'consumer' friendly "Australia Day" slogan where it's celebrated with barby and beer in hand by the herd population, where the (very learned) legal community should know otherwise.

Some people even refer to the 26th of January as Invasion Day, marking the arrival of the convicts from the First Fleet.

Let's not worry about the 'other' 26th day of January the one of 1808, which was the one of the Rum Rebellion.

The 26th of January may not be that important as people make it out to be, where another action occurred approx 8 years earlier where no spot light has be put on it.

 "The history of New South Wales as a British possession commenced on 28th April 1770, when Captain Cook accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, landed at Kurnell on the southern shore of Botany Bay, and took possession of the country in the name of King George the Third"

as seen in screen capture below from the book;
New South Wales the Mother State of Australia, which was issued by "THE INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT" by authority of the government of the state of New South Wales.

SO how did this taking "possession" occur?

1). Was there any bartering with the people of many 'nations' who already were living on the land?
2). Was there the "meeting of the minds" for an agreement of some sort?
3). Was it just plain and simply taken or in criminal law, stolen?

Now that would not be very honourable if it was stolen would it?

We asked the Australian people's most popular read news site the Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun publication to comment on this in an email but no response was given, see screen capture of email sent to Herald Sun



Why Democrats Are Obsessed with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The issue of Russias alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has intensified an already deep and bitter partisan divide. Democrats and the broader progressive community argue that a hostile nation worked to defeat Hillary Clinton and install a president that Moscow could influence, perhaps even control.


MACKAY Drink driver caught without mandatory interlock blames judge "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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RNZ Nights: Hangry, mastige and hazzle "IndyWatch Feed"

This item from 31 January looked at how English is changing. More than 1000 new words have just been included in the OED.

This was an interesting item and well worth a listen


Pizzagate Rabbithole: Who Feeds The Pigs? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Food for thought: You may never eat sausage again after this. By Professor Doom A recent suicide leads me to write again of things besides higher education, and seeing as its Friday, lets have a little thought experiment: Mark Salling committed suicide and his cause of death was asphyxia by hanging, coroners report reveals This []

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You may have to reconsider your reality, Scott "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When Scott Morrison was asked how he could regain voters interest and trust, he replied Just by being direct and honest about how you see things, not sugar-coat things and just be as real as you can be. Well, yes, that would be good, Scott. But apparently, as real as Scott can be, is to

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Alleged Singapore fraud using NZ Name and reputation "IndyWatch Feed"

Some hours ago when Adam could not sleep he came across a post on a Singapore blog which was about an alleged scam where someone was claiming to sell fresh, high quality NZ meat to Singapore customers, but actually delivering inferior, often rotten product, which quite possibly did not come from NZ. Adam reblogged the post.

Adam finds this very concerning. The alleged scam is using the name New Zealand Fresh and supplying it is said grossly inferior product.

This is in a country where NZ has close relations and has invested over many years to build a strong reputation for our products. Indeed, many years ago when Adam worked there some hotels used Australian meat in the coffee shop and NZ meat and shellfish in the fine dining establishment.

Furthermore, given the problems some NZ businesses eg Fonterra have had with quality issues in recent years Adam would expect our High Commission in Singapore to be aggressively seeking to deal with this issue.

Adam would suggest that our meat exporters should be very concerned.

In particular ANZCO who are closely involved in a high end grill restaurant Wakanui Bar & Grill promoting premium NZ meat to Singapore diners, many of whom travel widely and may possibly become ambassadors for NZ product. Plus of course increasing our meat exports to Singapore.

It would be interesting to know what if any actions are underway from NZ authorities? Furthermore, are any NZ media aware of the issues? Are ANZCO aware of this/

Adam will try and find out more.


Full Relaxation Mode "IndyWatch Feed"

Could this possibly be your blog host?




365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Time for a playdate? the email said.

Its not an invitation adults routinely receive and the world would be a happier place if we did.

I accepted and met two friends this afternoon.

We chatted, we laughed, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and Im grateful for that.




James Bulger killers today "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So, apparently these photos are of James Bulger's killers from the late 2000's.

Jon Venables (top)

Robert Thompson (bottom)



Citizen Science conference hears about air pollution in NW NSW mining towns "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A Citizen Science group based in Maules Creek, near Narrabri, has been in Adelaide presenting at the national Australian Citizen Science Conference about the air pollution problems in coal mine affected communities in the NorthWest.

The Leard Forest Research Node has conducted dust monitoring in the vicinity of Maules Creek coal mine and Boggabri township, concluding that the current self-reporting by Whitehaven Coal does not reflect the lived experience of residents who experience excessive dust from open cut coal mines and uncovered coal train wagons.

Like other environmental groups, the LFRN has been critical of the high number of negative dust readings reported by Whitehaven Coal at its Maules Creek monitoring station, sometimes being up to 30% according to LFRN researcher Ms Amelie Vanderstock who last year won the University Medal for Science at the University of Sydney for her work on mine dust pollution in the Maules Creek-Boggabri area.

My research revealed that more dust was deposited on the leaves of tomato plants along a 12 km transect closer to the Maules Creek, than was deposited further from the mine, she said. Yet Whitehaven argues that the dust is coming towards the mine from farms, forest and the outback.

Another controversial aspect of Maules Creek mine reporting is the very high number of negative dust readings, which the NSW EPA appears to condone.

The excuse for this high number of negative readings is that the air is too clean and causes the equipment to malfunction, said Ms Vanderstock. However the number of negative values at Shenhuas Breeza proposed mine where there is currently no mine is less than half of that at Maules Creek. Obviously the air too clean theory requires further investigation

The 24-hour average PM10 concentrations self-reported by the company are often significantly low. Looking at all the monitoring data collected by the EPA in 45 locations around NSW, there are very few 24-hour average PM10 concentrations as low as Maules Creek, even in agricultural regions that have no open cut coal mines, said Ms Vanderstock.

There are many troubling question marks about the companys self-reporting. The community has taken matters into its own hands and is now obtaining answers via the independent community science we do at Leard Forest Research Node, said Ms Vanderstock.

Keynote Speaker at the conference was the Australian Chief Sc...


Princeton Professor Asks If The N-Word Can Be Protected Speech . . . Students Walk Out and Protest To University "IndyWatch Feed"

The oppression of thought and speec underway in so many places today is extremely concerning


220px-Princeton_shield.svgPrinceton Professor Lawrence Rosen is facing protests after various students accused him racist language in a recent class.  What is different about this controversy is that the class was on racist language and oppressive symbolism. In an effort to discuss the limits of free speech, Rosen used the n-word and asked if it is protected speech.  Some students answered that question by walking out and protesting to the university.  It is concerning that even a discussion of this word in a relevant class is now viewed as worthy of discipline by some faculty and students.  This controversy is occurring after more schools have banned Huckleberry Finn due to the use of the n-word.  

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In The Case Of The FISA Memos, Transparency Is National Security "IndyWatch Feed"

The arguments here make a lot of sense, especially given the selective leaking that has occurred so far


downloadBelow is my column on the ongoing controversy over the majority and minority memos from the House Intelligence Committee. President Donald Trump has sent the Democratic memo which is much longer and detailed back to the Committee for revisions. He accused of the Democrats of intentionally loading up the memos with classified information to argue that the White House was withholding embarrassing information.  This column below argues for disclosure of not just as much of these memos as possible but underlying material.

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Tasmania 2018: More Internal Polling Games "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The 2018 Tasmanian state election is three weeks away, but still we have had no neutral public polling in the state for over two months.  In contrast, by this stage in 2014 we had had a recent public EMRS, a recent public ReachTEL, and also a Liberal-commissioned ReachTEL of which detailed results were released.  All we've had this year is a dribble of internal polling snippets and one commissioned seat sample by the Australia Institute.

This makes it rather hard to tell what's going on.  The Hodgman Liberal Government, which appeared to be asleep or in a holding pattern for most of 2017, has been quick out of the blocks with a large number of policy announcements covering most (perhaps even almost all) of the many issues in play at this election.  Insiders claim what they're doing (especially claiming there could be a return to a Labor-Green government) is working.  Could it be a repeat of 2006, when a seemingly ailing government that was widely considered doomed to lose its majority in fact surged through the campaign and ended up winning very easily?  While there are some differences between 2006 and 2018 in polling terms (especially the severe volatility of the late 2005 polls) majority government is a major issue for some voters, and a party that can establish that only it can win in majority has an important advantage.

In the absence of a public poll, we are seeing a high level of reporting of party internal polls in the media.  In general, parties only release internal polling to the extent it suits their purposes, but whether it suits a party to say it is winning easily, winning narrowly, trailing narrowly or losing hopelessly all depends on the scenario.

Before I go any further, a comment about the language journalists use in reporting internal polls parties have given them.  It is common to see party polling described as "leaked".  But a poll isn't leaked if someone on the inside has given it to a reporter with the tacit approval of the party's campaign team or leadership, and if indeed the option of feeding it to the media was part of the plan all along.  Both parties in Tasmania have a long history of releasing internal polling whenever it suits them, and this is several times commoner than unwanted releases of party polling information.  Leaks are the stuff the commissioners of sensitive information don't want the public to know.

In this election, the internal-polling strategy is pretty simple.  Each party wants to release results that "show" that it, and better still only it, can win majority government.   What's been interesting is that so far we have seen just the Liberals supplying quite a lot of detailed data that supposedly shows them either capable of winning a majority or actually set to do so.

We have no...


PM O'Neill Calls on Disrespectful Madang MP Kramer to Serve with Dignity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister,Peter ONeill  has called on the new Member for Madang, Bryan Kramer , to learn to behave in the manner expected by his constituents, and not engage in slanderous and illegal behavior.

The ongoing commentary by the Member for Madang, publishing unsubstantiated conversations with other Members of Parliament is disrespectful, misleading and actionable in court, the Prime Minister said.

Personal attacks and insults against Leaders, with claimed one-sided private conversations, are bandied about on social media.

These are just shallow social media outbursts that only serve personal politics, and lack any policy platform.

The Prime Minister has noted concerns that have been expressed at the mental capacity and stability of the member in his new position, and called for relevant authorities to look into his behavior.

As these comments are also slanderous, it is appropriate that the Ombudsman Commission look into the Members conduct.

NICTA, as the agency tasked with dealing with cybercrimes and the misuse of telecommunications services, must be proactive in dealing with these issues and undertake their own investigations.

This behaviour is unbecoming and bizarre, particularly for the new member who is yet to prove his worth in the Parliament.

The people of Madang elected him to help develop the district and deliver services for the people, but in his six months in office he has nothing to show.

Nothing has been delivered and no concrete plans have been made for the coming years in this term of Parliament.

This member recently launched a so called political party, the Alliance with much fanfare that has also resulted in nothing.

He is a very frustrated man with ambitions beyond his ability.

He has never held a decent job, and now he is taking on the rightful opposition to try and take over the alternative government.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Now to find an example; hmm


Gubbertushed buck-toothed; having large, projecting teeth.

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Dollarbird launches into feeding flurry "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Watch out, insects, here I come!

Young Dollarbird sets off after aerial prey. Bird was one of four in feeding flurry with several other species near Townsville Common gate yesterday.

All the Dollarbirds showed the dull plumage of immaturity, with more colour to come before they head off to Papua New Guinea about April.

Fiendishly difficult trying for flight pictures as the birds zigzgged the sky chasing their invisible (to me) food. One fuzzy image from hundreds of shutter clicks.



Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 1) The bomb and the bin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 1) The bomb and the bin40 years on from the Sydney Hilton bombing, Dr John Jiggens examines the evidence, frame-ups and conspiracy theories.  read now...


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Alexa in the house "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It's hard to believe I got an Echo before an Apple Homepod, but I did. The Echo is now sitting in our kitchen, where I would never dare put a Homepod. I've had a Bose bluetooth speaker in the kitchen for a couple of years now and it's given sterling service. But it's getting old, the charging brick has fallen apart, (I shudder to think how much it would cost to replace that sucker) and the whole unit looks like crap. Over the years it's picked up a second skin of cooking grease, microscopic organic debris, oily particulates. You know, kitchen crap. It looks awful.

There is no way I want to drop $500 on a piece of Sir Jony Ive's handiwork in that environment.

The Echo, however... meh.

It's a fraction of the price, a literal fraction, about 1/5 I think, and it's not going to look any better once it's been exposed to a couple of weeks worth of cooking, but it's not going to break my heart either. Also, to be honest, the Echo is likely to be a lot more useful in the kitchen. The Homepod's inability to settle multiple timers has already been noted by most reviewers, as has Siri's constrained functionality compared to Alexa (and Google's eponymous AI). I think that misreads the purpose of Homepod, which is a mid-range premium speaker first, and a smart speaker a distant second.

Still, it creates an opening for Alexa. I've had her parked on the kitchen bench for a few days now and I'm getting used to the syntax and constraints native to Amazon's lady in a can. Because Alexa's APIs were opened up to developers immediately, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of 'skills' she can learn that are completely beyond Siri and probably Google.

I've taken to asking her for the surf report from Bondi every day.

Not having listened to the radio anywhere but the car for nearly a decade, I found myself listening to news bulletins again to start the day, because it's such a simple matter to ask Alexa to bring you up to speed. There are cocktail recipes, bus and ferry timetable information, cooking suggestions, podcast players, dictionaries, weather reports, all sorts of useful shit. It's a device focused on very broad but low-level functionality. That makes it a perfect fit for the kitchen. Or maybe just a very good fit. I don't find Alexa to be any more intelligent or responsive than Siri. There were some hilarious misfires when asking her to play music from an Internet radio service. (It's better now I've picked up an Amazon Music subscription on a free trial for three months).

I suspect the functionality will also greatly improve when Amazon Prime launches locally, and the Beast of Bezos starts competing with Coles and Woolworths for the food delivery m...


Ministers to investigate sex scandal cover-up by charities,amid claims officials brushed off child abuse allegations "IndyWatch Feed"


From the UK Telegraph

Ministers have launched an investigation into claims that foreign aid officials brushed off allegations of child abuse committed by aid workers.

Priti Patel, who ran the department until November, writes in the Telegraph that the Oxfam prostitution scandal is only the tip of the iceberg but that her own officials had dismissed her concerns when she raised them.

Oxfam, one of the worlds largest charities, is facing mounting criticism over its handling of sex allegations, but has denied it tried to cover up the use of prostitutes by workers who were supposed to be helping victims of a major earthquake in Haiti in 2011.

There were further revelations when claims made:-

Oxfam also risked a new row when it insisted that it had not told Dfid officials about the use of the local prostitutes because they were not beneficiaries of the charitys support.

An Oxfam source said: Donors like Dfid would have wanted to know that this wasnt a case of exchanging sex for aid.

Finally note these statistics:-

Separately it also emerged that more than 120 workers employed by Britains leading charities have been accused of sexual abuse in the last year alone.

According to figures compiled by charities on sexual harassment in Britain and abroad, Oxfam recorded 87 incidents in 2017, Save the Children recorded 31, Christian Aid 2, while the British Red Cross reported a small number of cases.

All four charities receive money from the Department for International Development.

These allegations are horrendous, but it may lead to further disclosure




Raymond Crake - fraudster who bodgied up $500K in WA workplace reform funding - now in Bali with GoFundMe campaign "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake appears to be a piece of work. He was recently convicted in Western Australia over a $230,000 false invoicing fraud. The judge said Crake's conduct "involved significant corruption and large amounts of money - the corruption was very high". Now he's popped up in Bali...


David Bidstrup: Will pumped hydro save us? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Two reports in the Adelaide Advertiser caught my eye. One was headlined Hydro to keep our electricity pumping and the other concerned another billionaire who wants to save us Gupta pledges to fix SAs energy debacle.  At least he was right in describing it as a debacle.

The hydro article lists five proposed pumped hydro schemes and lists capacity and output for each, but fails to mention how much water might be needed and that the schemes are nett users of electricity rather than generators.

Mr Gupta says he will install one gigawatt of dispatchable renewable energy which will power his Whyalla steelworks and have a bit left over for the rest of us. The articles confuse power with energy; the reporters constantly claim we use MW. Clearly they have no idea what they are talking about. The critical question is how long Mr Guptas one gigawatt will produce electricity for.

It is interesting that there are two mutually exclusive terms used; renewable and dispatchable.

I thought I would analyse the 5 hydro proposals to see how much they can provide as a percentage of average daily consumption, how much electricity they need to re-fill the dams and how much water is needed to run them.

The following analysis is based on a head difference of 150 metres. This is a bit generous but I do not have access to enough detailed topography. Remember, Mt Lofty is only 711 metres high and it is the second highest peak in SA.

The table below lists the 5 schemes and shows installed capacity, water flow required in cubic metres per second, stated output in MWh, the time each needs to operate to achieve that output and the total quantity of water in Megalitres for that time period.

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Scheme Capacity


Water flow


Output MWh  Hours Total water, Megalitres
Goat Hill 230 174 1,840 8 5,000
Baroota 200 162


Tough gig(abyte) for telecommunications consumers in regional SA "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Monday, 12 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has today released its latest Cost of Living Update which shows that South Australians in regional areas are not getting the full benefits of the digital revolution.
While expenditure on telecommunications in regional areas is less than Adelaide, regional consumers are getting around 30% less value for money.


Electric shock: South Australians spend more on telecommunications than on their power bills "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Monday, 12 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has today released its latest Cost of Living Update which shows that South Australians spend more on telecommunications than on electricity - and that like electricity costs, the cost of telecommunications hit those on the lowest incomes hardest. 
The SACOSS report, which is based on the official ABS Household Expenditure Survey data, shows that while telecommunications prices have been decreasing (unlike electricity!), telecommunications expenditure has increased with higher demand as government, businesses and culture all increasingly move online.


Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

b8a1e23be78edd2c61c1a8491c6dd75The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the Quad). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijings activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.

For Indias part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.

China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quads containment policy, including measures to place India in check.

Beijings Pakistan to Washingtons India  

Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistans Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Railways and roads provide China with access to the Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.
CPEC also includes a gas pipeline from Gwadar to Nawabshah which will eventually enable gas imports from Iran.

Beyond CPEC, China is also building power plants across Pakistan, developing stronger ties between various Chinese and Pakistani industries and institutions and developing closer Chinese-Pakistani military ties.

Chinese-Pakistani military tie...


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD


Letter to the QLD Premier there should be no extinguishment of Native Title "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"




On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to

The QLD Premier,

The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy


The W&J Council received its most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.

W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).




Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed"

Does hardship make a person stronger? If so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If not, what makes a person stronger? Discuss:

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Australia the best place in the world for white collar criminals, eg politicians? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Words spoken have got nothing on loud actions, apparently so much so that there is even a saying for it, or maybe a meme or seventeen.

Apparently also every single person is equal in the eyes of law, or so they tell the masses, but again reality is a different story.

If a member of the tax slave population is accused by Centrelink that the person has defrauded taxpayer's funds then the alleged amount must be returned promptly, where if it is not returned, cash is then taken out of that person's account or assets taken, or even the person is incarcerated.

The 'building' (in reference to Australia's Parliament in Canberra) knew of the affair between Barnaby Joyce and his girlfriend, Ms. Vikki Campion for quite some time and tried to keep a lid on it, where this matter now became public knowledge.

While some people may think that getting your 'girlfriend' pregnant is a bit of a bugger, it's a bit worse when your wife did not know about it.

So much for being 'faithful', and an understanding of Commonwealth law, the Marriage Act of 1960.

During this matter it was also revealed that Mr. Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce, Ms Vikki Campion and others including Australia's Prime Minister Mr. Malcolm Bligh Turnbull  were involved in fraudulent activity, in ripping off tax payer funds for various a...


Beachies Facing Huge Bills "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Waikawa rates may soar by $1500 under draft 20-year plan By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod Residents of Waikawa Beach have been told their rates could increase by $1500 annually if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with a scheme to provide water and waste water essential infrastructure. Historically, septic tanks and a combination of bore water []


Octavius Hadfield On Screen "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Rangatira every inch of him. Maori tribute to Octavius Hadfield Production beginning shortly! By Roger Childs Octavius Hadfield, was the son of a rich English merchant, and he came to New Zealand in 1839 as a missionary aged 25. His life to that time had been dogged by illness, and it was uncertain how []


Comedy Corner: Non PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed"

What do you get when you cross PM Jacinda Ardern with James Dean? A rebel without a clue Jesus once said He who lives by the sword will die by the sword He was a carpenter that died by being nailed to a piece of wood, so he might have had a point. I have []

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North Korea and the modern media "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Winter Olympics are upon us, not usually of much interest in Australia given that we had experienced global warming well before anyone else. But it was nevertheless brought to my attention by this article in the Campus Review: Former North Korean students, in humanising suffering, tighten diplomatic ties. Not one-eyed at all, specially given the grievance expressed against South Koreans who dont appear to be as sympathetic to the plight of North Koreans as you might wish, but certainly an article with more sense than you get in the American mainstream media. From Instapundit.


Ben Shapiro tweets:

As they say at David Horowitzs Front Page Website, Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out. The DNC-MSM are really going out of their way to drop the mask this weekend.

UPDATE: Speaking of Stelter, as Michael Malice, the author of Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il tweets, Reminder that CNN was more hostile to an American citize...


Solomons Police in Western Province calls for a fight against domestic violence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

With an increase recorded in the cases of domestic violence in the Western Provincial capital of Gizo over the past two months, police in the Province have called for a fight against this crime that is affecting women and children in the province.

Provincial Police Commander, Western Province, Chief Superintendent, Mathias Lenialu says, Statistics recorded by my officers for Gizo town alone reveal that during December 2017, ten (10) cases of domestic violence were reported while in January 2018, fourteen (14) cases were recorded. Any increase in such crime as domestic violence though small is one case too many. This should be of great concern to all stakeholders.

For our part as a stakeholder, police in the Western Province is increasing its efforts in conducting awareness talks in as many communities and public locations as possible about the detrimental effects of family violence on our women and children. We are also continuing to explain the Family Protection Act and how the Act can be used to protect the victim survivor of domestic violence, says PPC Lenialu.

He adds: I want to appeal to everyone, including other stakeholders like non-government organisations, churches and community leaders to join forces with the police and fight against this terrible crime. Anyone found breaching the Family Protection Act will be dealt with accordingly. Press Release


Solomon Islands Police in Western Province arrest two suspects during raid on black market outlets "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solomon Islands Police at Munda in the Western Province have arrested two suspects following a raid on black market outlets on 9 February 2018 after allegations of illegal selling of alcohol at several locations in the township.

Police confiscated a total of 30 cartons of alcohol which included a variety of beers and whiskey and cola.

Two suspects including a female have been charged with illegal sale of alcohol and released awaiting a date for their appearance in court.

I wish to thank members of the community in Munda for coming forward with information that led to the successful raid. This illegal sale of alcohol has been carried out in family homes and have caused disturbance within the Munda community over the past several months, says Provincial Police Commander, Western Province, Chief Superintendent, Mathias Lenialu.

PPC Lenialu adds: The easy access to alcohol such as from black market outlets has resulted in fighting, stealing, family violence and common nuisance within the Munda township.

Chief Superintendent Lenialu says, Munda is one of the best tourism destinations in the Western Province and it has the soon to be completed Munda international airport. Tourists will only visit our islands if there is guarantee that there is law and order.

I want to thank my officers in Munda for this successful raid and members of the community for providing information to police. I want to encourage other members of the community to come forward and report such illegal activities so that our families can live in peace without threat of crime, says PPC Lenialu.


Paul Gray: We cannot wait another decade to take meaningful action "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Share this Post Dr Paul Gray is a Wiradjuri man and Executive Leader of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat), the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in NSW. Prior to working at AbSec, Paul worked in various roles with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He was an inaugural ...


Burqa Banned in Australian Court "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the big lies of the Islamophilia brigade is the endlessly parroted line that Islam respects the laws of Western countries. This is rank baloney halal, naturally. Islam respects no laws but sharia the laws of Allah. According to Islam, the laws of the West are in fact blasphemy because they place []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gubbertushed buck-toothed; having large, projecting teeth.


Interviewing Pink Floyds Roger Waters about Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).

The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Full video is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11, about the evening:

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.

Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.

Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.

In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).

During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.

Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig.

About Thom Yorke he said:

Thom Yorke said that Ken Roach and I were throwing mud at him. No we werent. We were trying to engage him. I had a long email exchange with Thom Yorke and in the end he said thats it Im giving up the music business, you have finally convinced me. He was just bein...


Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others. But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern. Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, family and conservative values, and the whole thing becomes indigestible. Australian politics is awash with

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ABC Radio National interview on Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

My film Disaster Capitalism, with director Thor Neureiter and co-producers Media Stockade, is screening publicly soon.

Last weekend I was interviewed by Hugh Riminton on Australias ABC Radio National Sunday Extra program about it:

When war or disaster strikes, we assume our aid contributions are life-saving, or at the very least will help rebuild countries and shattered communities. But some say trade works better than aid. Antony Loewenstein spent six years examining nations that have been pulled apart by conflict and disaster, and hes produced Disaster Capitalism, a documentary currently being shown on limited release.


The Prime Minister responds to the letter we published 10am today "IndyWatch Feed"

Below is Jacinda Arderns response in full to the moving letter we published 10 am this morning with the headline, Dear Prime Minister.

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The new invasion of the Northern Territory (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Part Eight of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. Evaluated over time, the Intervention did not succeed. However, evaluation of its progress is not an easy task. Impartial data are difficult to find and there is a mass of complex and conflicting information. What follows

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Which jackpot exactly? "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacindas beau and father of her unborn child, Clarke Gayford says hes always been attracted to ambitious women but reckons hes hit the jackpot with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  He doesnt enlighten us as to which jackpot Jacinda has presented him with, this is left to our imagination. This week over 200 employees at Perpetual []

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Peter Fitzsimons backs Kim Beazley as Her Majesty's Governor for Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Peter Fitzsimons and mate - opposed to a constitutional monarchy, unless it comes with a free house and car package Kim Beazley backed by Peter FitzSimons to be new governor or WA Kim Beazley during the WA Labor Launch at Perth Arena. 19 FEBRUARY 2017 Picture: Danella Bevis The West...


Dungeon and Dragons group? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all, so before I left Melbourne last week to live here permanently I played a game of D&D with some friends, and it was hella fun.

Just wondering if there are any D&D groups here that wouldn't mind a noob joining in? Or maybe start one of our own?

Bit about me:

  • 23 year old male

  • mixed as fuck

  • social drinker

  • Pretty chill

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The bond vigilantes saddle up their Shetland ponies apparently "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last week (February 8, 2018), we witnessed the US Senate spectacle with Rand Paul embarrassing himself with his lack of economic knowledge but also embarrassing both major parties the Republicans for their gross hypocrisy and the Democrats for their gross idiocy. The Congressional Record of Pauls speech (starting S817) is a classic. Also, last week, the stables were stirring apparently, as the bond vigilantes were strapping on their saddles and getting ready to make the US government suffer for its so-called fiscal ill discipline. These characters apparently emerge out of the darkness of fiscal profligacy to defend our interests and force the government to run surpluses. Fantasy stuff all round. In fact, Rand Paul should resign and get a job he is more suited for (which would be?) and the bond vigilantes should make sure their Shetland ponies are not to wild for them. These bond traders play this elaborate game of bluff and pretend they have the power over the government. In fact, they are mendicants queuing up for their daily dollop of corporate welfare and the government could play them out of the game anytime it chose to. The problem is that the bluff works because governments are captive to the neoliberal nonsense that my professsion preaches.

Before addressing the vigilantes, consider the ravings of Rand Paul, which allow us to articulate key Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) principles.

1. Paul said among other things:

The reason I am here tonight is to put people on the spot. I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who ask: How come you were against President Obamas deficits, and then how come you are for Republican deficits? Isnt that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty? If you were against President Obamas deficits and now you are for the Republican deficits, isnt that the very definition of hypocrisy?

Answer to both questions: YES.

That was quick. No discussion is required.

2. Then he said:

Dont you remember when Republicans howled to high heaven that President Obama was spending us into the gutter, spending us into oblivion? Now the Republicans are doing the same thing.

No, they are not. Obamas stimulus saved jobs as well as lined the pockets of the rich. The current stimulus is just lining the pockets of the rich.

Gutter? Which gutter was that? I thought the US economy grew out of the GFC on the back of the stimulus.

Oblivion? Which oblivion is that?

3. Channelling George W. Bush, Paul said:



The Media Just Love To Promote People They Claim To Hate "IndyWatch Feed"

Satire is one of the most potent weapons writers can wield. Satire hits right at the heart of affairs and makes the most powerful look silly. This is why, for instance, bards were sacred in many cultures: even the mighty were afraid of being made fun of. Despite their delusions, the current crop of late-night []

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A new years resolve "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As we venture into this new year, we enter the next phase of the LNP Governments plan to reverse the social order of our nation. We make no mistake to see the intention of right-wing ideology is not to appease, but to conquer and control economic, social and political policy direction of our country by

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Turnbull lemmings in gushing press release - "NBN continues to deliver" - What? Shit-house, expensive, sluggish service. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Why do they endorse this disaster? What a stupid strategy. Turnbull owns this now - he could have and should have walked away from it. Every day we fail to reverse course costs us dearly. NBN Co Limited continues to deliver, with strong half year results MC 08/18 Senator the...


Sampling Sampology "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Amidst his DJ Australian Tour, Sampology stops by to chat vinyls, touring and Brisbane.

Starting off his career as a producer with an ear for sampling records, he has come full circle, finding the perfect balance sampling new sounds, field recordings and live instrumentation. Whether played by himself or his peers that hes invited into his home studio to collaborate, the method has been central to Sampologys evolution as an artist and purveyor of new music and emerging local talent.

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Beyond startups: supporting Australian videogame culture "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Australian game industrys reaction to the government response has been primarily one of frustration. While many senate inquiries receive no response at all, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have never shown interest in supporting Australian videogame developers, the response nevertheless disappointed a burgeoning industry that has long struggled for recognition.


thoughts on ethical fashion "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


I wear the Danny Dress by zino ama (gifted) / Poet wears Pippa Dress by fabrik / Marigold wears Tortoise and the Hare cap, Printebebe smock and Wattle Bloomers

I dont think we can ignore the fact that fast fashion is an exploitive and environmentally detrimental business. Statistics show that were buying and subsequently discarding more clothes than ever before.

Australians throw away six tonnes of clothing every ten minutes. Once in landfill, fabrics like polyester and lycra (hello, activewear!) can take up to 200 years to decompose, releasing harmful methane gas in the process. Entire waterways in Asia are blue because of the excess dye leaching from denim manufacturers. These fast fashion clothes are made by underpaid labourers who work in awful conditions. There is a multitude of ethical and environmental problems with this scenario. It is, most definitely, an eco-crisis.

Social media has worked wonders for prompting transparency in the fashion industry. Hence Ive been reading up on everything #ethicalfashion of late, a natural progression from my research on single-use plastic and food waste.

And so here I am, more intent than ever to purchase #clothingwithaconscience, take care of every item in my wardrobe and ultimately lessen my fas...


MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 12th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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The man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. He allegedly broke into the home in eye-me-oh on Saturday night assaulting the occupant and threatening him with a knife. A Mackay man corners councilors over the lack of a swimming enclosure at Bucasia Beach. The man questioning

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MACKAY Whipped partner with soiled underwear "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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A BLACKS Beach man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a deplorable assault against his former partner and a neighbour who intervened to help her while he was on parole. John Rex Palmer, 34, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, contravening a domestic violence order

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Kimchi snacks? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Following on from the last couple of posts, I googled "Kimchi snacks" and they exist!


In which the pond gets distracted from pie in the sky and dinkum Oz coal by Tamworth's heartbreak kid ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The reptiles were at it again today ...

Uh huh, please, some more of that pie in the sky on the bye and bye ... as noted by one panel in a Wilcox cartoon dedicated to reasonable people wanting to get out of there (here until it moves off the magic faraway tree).

The slow trickle of warm urine down the pond's leg is always a most peculiar pleasure ...

Well there's more of that at billy's blog here ... but the pond must move on, because there's other Trumpian news afoot in reptile land this day ...

Won't someone think of the coal?





BARRISTER GOES BERSERK! Elite Melbourne lawyer under police investigation over alleged homophobic rage at cabaret club "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

EXCLUSIVE: A high-profile Melbourne barrister and member of the Victorian Bar, Peter H Clarke, is currently under police investigation while a restraining order has also been sought against the lawyer following an alleged homophobic assault last December, a day before new laws were enacted in Australia allowing gay people to get married. As well as

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A Post from Vanguard Military School "IndyWatch Feed"

  Guest Post: Not being a trained teacher is the biggest asset I have brought to Vanguard.  Before putting my heart and soul into creating Vanguard Military School I spent 12 years working for my families privately owned PTE.  A PTE that specialised in helping young people who had left school with little or no []

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Hope for a handful, but further limbo and despair for more than 1800 still left behind on Nauru/Manus "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

After nearly five years of fear, violence and limbo, 22 refugees yesterday left Nauru to fly to safety in the United States as part of the US refugee resettlement deal. However, over 1800 people - including 150 children - are still languishing in desperate and dangerous conditions across Manus and Nauru, a situation the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

The tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesnt end the suffering of those left behind. Its great that these 22 people will tomorrow wake up in freedom and safety. But over 1800 others will awake to the same painful limbo that has confronted them every morning for the last four and a half years, said Mr Webb.

These 22 people deserve their freedom and safety. But so do the 1800 others still languishing in limbo.

This is the fourth group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, which has been dogged by delays, confusion and travel bans and resentment from US President Donald Trump.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. It is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind,

Earlier this year, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island.

More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painful chapter in their lives does not end - until every single man, woman and child tormented on Nauru and Manus for the last four years is finally safe. Over 1800 innocent people - 150 children - have had four and a half years of their lives ripped away from them. It is the Australian Governments responsibility to ensure they have a future, said Mr Webb.

Background: approximate numbers

Number of people left in PNG according to today's numbers
Approximately 742 people  

Number of people left in Nauru according to today's numbers
Approximately 1,048 people


PM O'Neill urges Papua New Guineans to buy PNG Made products "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime  Minister Peter ONeill is encouraging Papua New Guineans to buy products that are made locally in the country.  He wants them to spend their money on locally produced goods and food rather than imports.
ONeill told parliament last week that Papua New Guinea needed investments to replace imported products and one thing to make this happen is for citizens to prefer buying PNG made or produced.
We as a country cannot continue to depend on imports in the long term, he said.
This is not healthy for us and thats why the Government is emphasising on investments in the country to replace our imports and one of this is the production of Ilimo Milk just outside Port Moresby. ONeill said at Ilimo Dairy Farm outside Port Moresby at 14-Mile along Sogeri Road was a testament of the Governments emphasis to encourage local production.
Some people think we are not able to produce milk here in the country when we first launched this project with the Israel company, he said.
But now you see, they are producing fresh milk and is already on the shelves in stores and supermarkets.
Now you will realise that the price of the imported milk will go down.
Where were they in the first place for not reducing their price?
I am encouraging our citizens to buy locally produced milk and other products that are produced locally so we grow our local industries within the country to create employment opportunities and venture into producing other products that we now depend only from imports.
ONeill said the Government would continue to encourage investments in the country to replace imports and that was why priority was given to the agriculture sector in the 2018 Budget.


Milwaukee Health Commissioner Attacked for Statement About Vaccine Safety "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dr. Patricia McManus on local radio show Milwaukee

Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia McManus appeared on a local radio show in Milwaukee recently. Image from Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin Facebook Page.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Dr. Patricia McManus, the executive director of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, was recently named as the Interim Health Commissioner of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by an overwhelming majority of the City Council. The vote was 13 to 1 in her favor.

She replaced former Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker in mid-January, who was apparently forced to resign because the Milwaukee Health Department allegedly failed to ensure adequate notification of thousands of families whose children tested positive for elevated lead levels in their blood.

The City Council had rejected Mayor Tom Barretts choice to serve as Interim Health Commissioner and chose Dr. McManus instead.

Dr. Patricia McManus has served for almost 30 years as the director of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, and holds bachelor and masters degrees in Nursing, as well as a Ph.D in Urban Studies Health Systems.

When asked why she was taking the job as Interim Health Commissioner she reportedly stated:

I love what I do at the Black Health Coalition. I listen to my community too, they asked me to do this.

Im not taking a loyalty oath to [Mayor Barrett] or to the council. Its to the community, thats how I see myself. (Source.)

However, af...


Bill Shorten's Kevin Rudd moment - promises to close Manus and Nauru - report from Clifton Hill Labor (Batman) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bill Shorten promises Nauru and manus detention centres will be closed under a Labor government. #ged4batman #BatmanVotes Clifton Hill Labor (@CliftonHillALP) February 11, 2018





Ciobo's Crocodile Dundee ad hides dark truth of wildlife mismanagement "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ciobo's Crocodile Dundee ad hides dark truth of wildlife mismanagementThe Turnbull Government's failed policies, which are bringing wildlife to the brink of extinction, are ignored in its latest star-studded tourism campaign. read now...


Elephant Sessions Announce Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Elephant Sessions Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions are heading our way for festival season and theyve just announced a bunch of headline shows while theyre in the country. Known for the high energy shows and ability to blend traditional and modern indie-folk sounds, Elephant Sessions are gearing up to be []


Vale Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie AC, OBE - Wallaby skipper, Lord Mayor of Sydney and old school gentleman "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman. He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar. 1/2 Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February...


Milwaukee Health Commissioner Attacked for Statement About Vaccine Safety "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dr. Patricia McManus on local radio show Milwaukee

Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia McManus appeared on a local radio show in Milwaukee recently. Image from Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin Facebook Page.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Dr. Patricia McManus, the executive director of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, was recently named as the Interim Health Commissioner of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by an overwhelming majority of the City Council. The vote was 13 to 1 in her favor.

She replaced former Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker in mid-January, who was apparently forced to resign because the Milwaukee Health Department allegedly failed to ensure adequate notification of thousands of families whose children tested positive for elevated lead levels in their blood.

The City Council had rejected Mayor Tom Barretts choice to serve as Interim Health Commissioner and chose Dr. McManus instead.

Dr. Patricia McManus has served for almost 30 years as the director of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, and holds bachelor and masters degrees in Nursing, as well as a Ph.D in Urban Studies Health Systems.

When asked why she was taking the job as Interim Health Commissioner she reportedly stated:

I love what I do at the Black Health Coalition. I listen to my community too, they asked me to do this.

Im not taking a loyalty oath to [Mayor Barrett] or to the council. Its to the community, thats how I see myself. (Source.)

However, after...



Learn to make shoes day #1 "IndyWatch Feed"

Last weeks post was about men and their hobbies, so it seems only fair that this week I should fess up to my hobby. I love shoes. Love love love them. And while Im no threat to Imelda Marcos, and I dont even come close to having the equivalent number of shoes that hubby has []

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Kevin Rudd (still no Order of Australia) on the Jihad just launched by the Government of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Kevin "self-confessed-global-genius" Rudd has been kind enough to offer us some guidance today. By the way, have you noticed he doesn't have an AC and Julia Gillard does have an AC? How did that happen Kevin? Does it annoy you mate?


PNG on track to host APEC Leaders in November this year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 

Papua New Guinea is on track to deliver the APEC Leaders Summit in November this year.

The assurance was conveyed to Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Senior Officials by PNGs Ambassador for APEC, Ivan Pomaleu in Port Moresby on Sunday.

Ambassador Pomaleu provided an update to MSG senior officials at the end of their two day preparatory meeting in the lead up the 21st MSG Leaders Summit on Wednesday.

He said hosting APEC, considered the worlds largest gathering of 21 powerful economies in the Asia Pacific Rim nations, is a massive logistical and security undertaking for Papua New Guinea.

We will be hosting four Senior Officials Meeting, multiple stakeholders meeting, six ministerial and one Leaders Summit. At the same time, we will be chairing 15 committees and Working Groups, said Ambassador Pomaleu.

The first of these series of Senior Officials meeting begins on 24 Feb-09 March.

In total, in the lead up to the 12-18 November APEC Leaders Summit, PNG will host 78 meetings, an average of eight meetings per week at four key hotels in Port Moresby Stanley Hotel, Laguna, Lamana and Gateway.

When questioned on the involvement of MSG and Pacific Leaders at this important global meeting in the Pacific, Ambassador Pomaleu assured that Prime Minister Peter ONeill has promised to invite Pacific Leaders.

The invitation to MSG and Pacific Leaders is at the prerogative of the Prime Minister. It is normal for the Prime Minister to invite leaders from within the sub-region to be part of the conversation at APEC.

The PNG Prime Minister has not wavered from his intention. We are working on that and the invitation will be made at the appropriate time, said the PNG APEC Ambassador and Chair of the APEC Senior Officials Meeting.
In response, MSG countries have welcomed PNGs intention to invite leaders to the APEC Summit in November and offered to assist Papua New Guinea, if the need arises.

Solomon Islands stands ready to help wherever it can and look forward to engaging with PNG and the world leaders at APEC, said Peter Kenilorea, Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

We your brothers from Melanesia are grateful to PNG for bringing the world to the Pacific and we are looking forward to...


West Papuan leader appeals for support on eve of Summit "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The following message has been sent to the people of PNG, by Benny Wenda, who chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Next week there is going to be an important summit in Port Moresby. This should also be of interest in Australia, because our nation has been involved in the situation in West Papua, and because the Melanesian peoples are our close neighbours. Our government should stop supporting the Indonesian occupation.

As Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and on behalf of your Melanesian brothers and sisters just across the border, I am appealing to all activists and solidarity groups in PNG for your urgent help.

The ULMWP will be representing our people at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit taking place in Port Moresby next week and seeking full Membership for West Papua. The time is right to see the Melanesian community welcome their brothers and sisters in West Papua as equals and we need you to raise your voices in solidarity to ensure our message is heard.

The West Papuan people continue to suffer brutality at the hands of our oppressors daily. International experts are in agreement that what is taking place is nothing less than a genocide against indigenous Papuans. Without intervention, our people will not only soon be a minority, they will also be in very real danger of being wiped out entirely. I urge you to join with us as Melanesians to do everything in your power to stand up for the survival of West Papuans, for the children of the next generation, before its too late.

The MSG has long been founded on the principles of advocating for the right to self-determination of all Melanesians and pioneered support for our brothers and sisters in Kanaky to have their voices heard in an independence referendum. We call on them now to also acknowledge the political aspirations of the West Papuan people, who have, in vast numbers expressed their will for self-determination and assistance from the international community, via their petition to the United Nations. Our people risked their lives to add their names and to have their cry for freedom heard. Please hear this cry and rise up with us- your brothers and sisters need your help and are relying on the compassion of the people of PNG, and our Melanesian family.



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21st MSG Leaders Summit set to go in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Port Moresby,PNG 

Preparations are in earnest in Port Moresby to welcome Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders for their 21st biennial summit on Wednesday (14 February).

Senior officials from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the FLNKS in New Caledonia met over the weekend ahead of the Leaders Summit to finalise issues to go before MSG Leaders for their decision.

The Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Saturday and Sunday will kick-start a series of meeting in the lead up to the 21st biennial session, which has the theme, Strengthening Trade and Sustainable Development for an Inclusive Melanesia.

Speaking to PACNEWS, MSG Secretariat Director General, Ambassador Amena Yauvoli said Senior Officials meeting discussed policies, work programme and budget for the coming two years.

These policy issues will require the endorsement of Foreign Ministers as well as Leaders. On Sunday senior officials will discuss the 2018 Work Programme and Budget.

Today, Foreign Ministers will convene to endorse reports that will form the agenda of the Leaders meeting on Wednesday.

We will be reporting to Leaders on the reform status of the Secretariat as mandated by the Governing Council in December 2016. Also a number of reports will be presented to the Leaders. These include the report on PNGs 2017 National Elections, report on Arms Trade Treaty, report on the MSG inshore fisheries and an update on membership guidelines, said Ambassador Yauvoli.

He said the criteria for Observers and Associate Members and New Membership Guidelines will be tabled directly to the Leaders on Wednesday for their consideration.

The decision for new membership is solely the prerogative of Leaders and will be discussed on Wednesday, said the MSG Director General.

A key event will be the traditional hand-over of the MSG chairmanship to the host country Papua New Guinea from Solomon Islands.

A traditional handing over ceremony will be held on Tuesday evening at the Sir John Guise Stadium to mark the official hand-over of the MSG leadership between the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Rick Houenipwela to his Papua New Guinea counterpart, Peter ONeill.

Ambassador Yauvoli is confident of a strong leadership from Papua New Guinea as it takes over the helm of the sub-regional organisation in the co...


Close the Gap Reset Urgently Required "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

Were just two years off the halfway mark of the nationally agreed target of closing the health equality gap by 2030, yet the Federal Government is taking us backwards. Only three of seven targets is considered on track, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child mortality is slipping backwards.

Thats why we were in Canberra last week joining our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners in calling for a reset of the close the gap approach.
Close the Gap 10 Year Review Launch: Left, Tom Calma Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner speaking. Right, The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader listening with June Oscar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and others.

We told the PM that he had effectively abandoned the closing the gap strateg...


"A lottery" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

That's how UK immigration staff are describing their refugee decision-making process:

The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews are rushed, biased and resolved by cut and paste decisions by overworked Home Office staff, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.

Former staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh, even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and employing intimidation tactics during interviews.

As a result, the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery, depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum.


Its just a lottery, said another. Because if youve got a caseworker who was particularly refusal-minded and was determined to catch you out then youre going to have a hard time There was one particular guy who had a reputation for never granting anything. He kind of took pride in that as well. On the one occasion when he did grant someone, I think someone brought him in a cake.

It is difficult to see how this meets the requirements of international law, let alone administrative law requirements of fairness and reasonableness. But I guess if its dificult for people to get lawyers, then those requirements mean nothing in practice, and can be ignored.

Further on, the article talks about staff being required to process 225 applications a year - a rate which leaves them no time to properly read the cases, let alone make a good decision. Its reminiscent of the dystopian computer game Papers, Please, rather than the sort of thing you expect to happen in a civilised and functioning country. But I guess where refugees are concerned, the UK hasn't been civilised for quite some time, if indeed it ever was.

I'd like to think that New Zealand does a better job than this, but we've had the same budgetry pressures that the UK has had. Maybe its worth someone sending some pokey OIA requests about staff numbers, caseload, and expected work rates?


Dont praise Najib just yet, says See "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Sarawak state government should stop singing praises of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when nothing material and definite with regards Sarawaks autonomous rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and devolution of power to Sarawak is delivered from Putrajaya, or they may risk []


See to CM: Dont praise Najib yet, the ship is still in the dock at Putrajaya "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Sarawak state government should stop singing praises for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when nothing material and definite with regards Sarawaks autonomous rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and devolution of power to Sarawak is delivered from Putrajaya, or they may risk []


Researchers discover off-switch to inflammation machine at the root of our chronic diseases "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Summary: Researchers discover what may be the key to stopping uncontrolled inflammation and the damage it causes in a multitude of chronic diseases. [This article first appeared on the website Author: Brady Hartman. ]

A discovery by researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) could be the key to stopping the damage caused by uncontrolled inflammation in a range of chronic diseases including Alzheimers and liver disease.

Queensland scientists have uncovered how an inflammation process automatically switches off in healthy cells, and are now investigating ways to stop it when it runs amok. The finding may lead to a way to turn off chronic low-grade inflammation without interfering with the bodys natural defenses against infection.


Were on the same side, Ambiga tells #UndiRosak "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Former Bersih 2.0 chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told #UndiRosak proponents today that they were similar to those who wanted a change of government. However, Ambiga said that it was still voting which would bring about real change. We are actually on the same side. We are not on the opposing side because you decide the []




Tax Question for the Prime Minister and the Treasurer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Dear Prime Minister and Treasurer,

Can you please explain to us simple voters, why is it that a general company tax decrease will stimulate economic activity, job creation and wage increases, but a bank tax increase will also stimulate economic activity, job creation and wage increases?

How can a tax increase (bank tax) have the same effect as a tax decrease (company tax)?  Are not banks companies?  Are not the businesses that banks lend to and will pass on the tax to also companies?

Spartacus is very confused.

Can you please explain?

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Mordaunt slams charities shielding sex offenders "IndyWatch Feed"

The Times reports:-

More than 120 workers for Britains leading charities were accused of sexual abuse in the past year alone, fuelling fears that paedophiles are targeting overseas aid organisations.

As new figures emerged revealing the extent of the crisis, Priti Patel, the former international development secretary, warned predatory paedophiles had been allowed to exploit the aid sector.

Last night her successor, Penny Mordaunt, threatened to withdraw funding from Oxfam and any other organisation that has safeguarding issues. She condemned the horrific behaviour of some Oxfam staff and said it was utterly despicable that allegations of abuse persisted in the aid sector.

Mordaunt expected charities to co-operate fully with . . . authorities, and we will cease to fund any organisation that does not.

Well if major UK charities are involved in this, does the rot stop there?

Many New Zealanders wok for the same charities in the countries concerned.


How much is free speech and free expression worth "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

How much is free speech and free expression worth?  USD$17,000 apparently.

It seems that charging university associations for the cost of security is an increasingly common phenomenon.  Its not just a University of Sydney thing or an Australian thing.

Yes the University of Sydney charged the Conservative Club a security fee to protect them from the individuals trying to stop the gathering.

Yes the University of Washington charged the College Republicans $17,000 for a similar security fee.

Yes the Victorian Policy charged the promoters of the Milo Yianopoulos performance for security.

Its not exactly clear where or when this practice started, but there is a clear asymmetry in its application.

Were the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance charged for public security during their performance.  See the police in the picture?  Who paid for that?

It cannot be that expression is only free, free from security charges, if you are of the left.

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New paper examines Japans push for stronger intellectual property provisions "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

12 February 2018: The latest round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement have just concluded in Jakarta. Japan, the second largest exporter of intellectual property in the world, is leading the push for extended intellectual property protections. However Japan is facing resistance from India and some other members who are concerned about the impact that it would have on access to affordable medicines.

Dr Belinda Townsend (ANU), Dr Deborah Gleeson (La Trobe University) and Dr Ruth Lopert (George Washington University) have co-authored a timely new paper, Japans emerging role in the global pharmaceutical intellectual property regime: a tale of two trade agreements, which discusses how and why Japan has fought to increase intellectual property protections in the RCEP and TPP. The paper is summarised here.

Japan has been supportive of increased IP protections since at least 2013. The leaked draft text of the November 2013 TPP agreement proves Japan was supportive of the United States efforts to extend several IP provisions back then, and then pushed for the provisions to be replicated in the RCEP. The latest leaked version of the RCEP show many of these dangerous provisions remain. These provisions include extended patent terms, and mandatory minimum periods which ban companies seeking to sell generic medicines from relying on clinical trial data used by the original developer of medicines.

As some intellectual property provisions are among those temporarily suspended from the rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for TPP (CPTPP), pending the return of the US to the agreement, it is possible that extending IP measures in RCEP will now be more difficult.


Prisoners with disabilities are neglected and abused in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


This article sent in from Human Rights Watch (7 February 2018), provides a glimpse of the mistreatment of disabled people locked up in Australias prison system.

People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 93-page report, I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia, examines how prisoners with disabilities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, are at serious risk of bullying, harassment, violence, and abuse from fellow prisoners and staff. Prisoners with psychosocial disabilities mental health conditions or cognitive disabilities, can spend days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years, locked up alone in detention or safety units.

State and federal governments should end the use of solitary confinement for prisoners with disabilities, ensure that appropriate services are available to meet their needs, and more effectively screen prisoners for disabilities as they enter prison.

Being locked up in prison in Australia can be extraordinarily stressful for anyone, but is particularly traumatic for prisoners with disabilities, said Kriti Sharma, disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. The services to support a prisoner with a disability just arent there. And worse, having a disability puts you at high risk of violence and abuse.

Human Rights Watch investigate...


Barry Soper has full blown #ArIDS proclaims Jacinda PM for life "IndyWatch Feed"

Barry Soper, Political Editor for Newstalk ZB (excuse Adam whilst he vomits) has clearly got full blown #ArIDS judging my his latest article (also known as fluff) in NZ Herald.

He has drunk of fairy dust laced cognac and become a sworn disciple of the Prime Mother, viz:-

in Waitangi where Ardern was held up as a peace icon, she had restored the day to one of celebration rather than commiseration.

And this:-

It shouldnt have come as any surprise to anyone then that she survived Waitangi not only unscathed but eulogised.

Eulogise definitions:-

praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about/over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, heap praise on, rhapsodize about/over, rave about/over, enthuse about/over, gush about/over, throw bouquets at, express delight over

Eulogised! FFS, What next Nobel Peace Prize?

At this rate Ardern will have a lock

If his article is in any way accurate, NZ Democracy is dead.


Disgraced judge Bernard Sakora resigns in latest move to avoid justice "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Disgraced Judge, Justice Sakora, has resigned to avoid facing court

Having seemingly already wriggled out of one corruption charge in the criminal courts, Justice Sakora has now resigned as a Judge [see story below] in order to close down formal misconduct investigations against him, by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, and a separate Leadership Code Tribunal, instigated by the Ombudsman Commission.

Sakoras criminal charge was in relation to his role in preventing the publication of the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Department of Finance which first revealed the role of Paul Paraka and his law firm in scamming millions of kina from the government. It is alleged Sakora received K100,000 from Paraka in return for granting the injunction. 

During the Finance Inquiry hearings, Sakora also granted an injunction to M...



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The epic Clinton scandals and cover-ups currently under investigation "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Its not just the story but the source that is remarkable. From The Sunday Guardian: How Obamas Hillary Clinton cover-ups destroyed DOJ and FBI. It starts:

The epic Clinton scandals and cover-ups currently under investigation in Washington will make Nixons Watergate and subsequent cover-up look like kindergarteners playing in a sandbox.

My columns over the past few years have detailed how Washington DC, under twenty-five years of neoliberalism and the iron-fisted rule of the Clinton/Obama regime, have corrupted and weaponised senior members of Washingtons most bureaucratic law enforcement and intelligence agencies to act against the law and against the principles of democracy. Making matters much worse, senior members of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency have been operating a shadow government, which is only accountable to the deep state.

The Obama/Clintons shadow government operatives will stop at nothing to cover up their crimes against democracy, including the destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice. Destruction of evidence has been a big theme throughout the Bill/Hillary Clinton era. Just take a look at scandals involving the missing emails, Benghazi, and the Clinton Foundation. Based on the recent announcement from the Department of Justice regarding the 50,000 missing texts written by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, it appears this trend is continuing. The announcement states, There was a problem with Strzok and Pages bureau-issued SamsungGalaxiesthat firmware upgrades and other technical issues deleted records of texts sent from not only their phones but many phones across the bureau. We regretfully report that these text messages were lost. This occurred during a crucial time in the Russia investigation that included Michael Flynns resignation due to lies about his Russian ties and FBI Director James Comeys firing.

But its only when you see stories like this in the NYT, WP, and on the American mainstream media will you know the jig is up. Meantime, its the largest conspiracy in history, involving the Democratic Party and everyone willing to tolerate, and indeed actively support, the descent of the United States into a one-party state, which includes a large number of nominally Republicans as well. And for furthe...


50 metre NBN tower proposed for Weyba Downs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Town hall meetings "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Dr Alphonse Gelu

This is a new concept that the Registry of Political Parties would like to roll out in 2018 and beyond. The concept is based on the idea of bringing politicians and party leaders especially to speak to the people in different locations in the country about themselves, their political party and the policies of their parties. The people will be given an opportunity to ask questions but more so see their Leaders in person. This concept is successfully done in countries like the United States however for us in Papua New Guinea this would be done to suit our own conditions.
The main objective of this concept is to bring our Leaders closer to the people, make our leaders more visible and in the process for our leaders to promote their political parties.
The Registry would be making invitations to Parliamentary Leaders of Political Parties and other Members of Parliament to join it to visit the different locations to take part in this initiative. The Registrar would be writing to each Parliamentary Leader of the 21 political parties in Parliament to take part...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Retiring from farming not simple Sally Rae:

Dont leave it too late.

Thats the message from Rhodes Donald, from Polson Higgs Wealth Management in Dunedin, who has completed a study of retired farming couples.

He advised other farming couples to begin the process at least five years before they thought was the right time.

Now that his work was written up, it was ready to be distributed to anyone that was interested and he also wanted to speak about it to groups. . . 

Government warning: Farmers ignore concerns about meat at their peril Madison Reidy:

Besieged by celebrity vegetarians, our agriculture industry is taking up the challenge of finding alternatives to old-style farmed meat. Madison Reidy investigates, in Part 2 of our three-week series.

Deep in the Rangitikei, Richard Morrison and his livestock seem safely tucked away from threats. But he, like all meat farmers, is being confronted by a laboratory-grown blight that he cannot fence out.

Bullish new companies are putting meat mimic products on supermarket shelves,  challenging one of New Zealands most valuable export industries and forcing farmers to rethink their future. The options are popularising a consumer movement away from slaughtered food, causing demand for beef and lamb to drop.

Owners of 150-year-old family farms like Morrisons are shaking in their gumboots, hoping the worlds red-meat cravings will continue. . . 

Anzco chairman named to replace Sir Graeme Harrison Brittany Pickett:

Kazuhiko (Sam) Misonou will take over as chairman of New Zealand food company Anzco Foods, replacing company founder Sir Graeme Harrison who is retiring from the board at the end of March.

Misonou joined the Anzco board in 2013 and brought with him international business experience. Previously he worked in beef processing and feedlot operations in Australia, ha...


View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: My view this drizzly morning. Camping at Motutara Farm (Barrons Farm) Whananaki. (Trying to find Winston). 8am looking eastish. Please put View From My Window in the subject line.  

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Lets not do this anti-TPPA meetings begin tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government is pushing ahead with the CPTPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). It is due to be signed by eleven countries in Chile in early March. Opposition to the TPPA has been has been much more muted now that Labour is in Government, and even the Greens continued opposition seems token. But anti-trade activist Jane Kelsey is []


In Defence of When I Was Overseas "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Youve just arrived back from the trip of a lifetime your skin is bronzed, your legs are hairy and your head is whirling with new ideas (and maybe a bit of residual coke from your time in Central America).

Jetlagged but still buzzing, you arrive at a party back home and all your friends are there. Youve barely opened your mouth to tell your story about the night you almost got arrested when a mate shuts you down.

Nobody cares, they deadpan. Youve been overseas, we get it. Flicking their ciggy, they continue to talk about how fucked up they got on the weekend.

Once you get around to uploading your photos to Facebook, comments are generally something along the lines of a sarcastic, Did you go to overseas or something? or a recycled joke such as, How can you tell if someones been to India? Dont worry, theyll tell you about it.

But Im revolting against this incessant travel-talk bashing and standing in solidarity with those who have found hope on a mountain in Nepal, enlightenment in a caf in Amsterdam or love on the top bunk of a squeaky hostel bed in Barcelona, and damn well want to talk about it.

If travel has been your life for the past few months, how can your friends expect you not to breathe a word about it, but rather, pretend you never left your incestuous suburb and that you actually care about whos fucking who, and how much the tobacco tax is eating into everyones Centrelink money?

It seems as though when our friends return from overseas, their stories of life-changing experiences are so far removed from our own mundane lives that we cant help but belittle them to make ourselves feel better.

Dont take this as an invitation to get up on a soap box wearing 20 hand-woven anklets from Nepal and wax lyrical about how much better the nightlife is in the UK and how much hotter the guys are in Italy. It may be true, but nobody likes a bragger. There is a difference between bragging and telling a story, however, and the issue here is that the latter often gets mistaken for the former.

Instead of taking our worldly friends down a notch every time they bring up something that happened outside of our small reality, cant we just be happy for them? (Even if they did come back with dreadlocks and pubic lice.)

We Aussies have a habit of cutting down anyone we might vaguely suspect of being a tall poppy. But instead of cutting our friends down wh...


Michelle Landry: Politician, Dinosaur, But Still Hip To The Groove Of The Youth Of Today "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Michelle Landry is a Nationals MP so, you know bit of a dinosaur. And like all Nationals MPs, some things really offend her, like the movement to #changethedate of Australia Day.

Reports the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin:

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry addressed media yesterday about the proposed change, calling the change absolute garbage.

People have celebrated Australia Day on the 26th of January for decades. We have celebrated as a nation and we want to continue to do this, Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry said at this stage she hadnt really spoken to a lot of the aboriginal groups about their opinion on the date.

Well thats a surprise although this wasnt.

We have got this survey online and we are encouraging people to get online and voice their opinion. Do they want Australia Day kept on the 26th? What date would they like Australia day to be on?

So, Landry as a politician elected to represent the views of her electorate is running a poll to get peoples genuine opinions on an issue after describing one perspective as absolute rubbish.

Once a dinosaur always a dinosaur but at least Landry is trying to evolve in all things social media.

Over the weekend, she became the only Nationals MP to weigh in on the record over the scandal engulfing Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and his affair with former Daily Tele journo Vicki Campion.

Landry was asked about the authenticity of a job Campion apparently won after being moved out of Joyces office. And what she offered up not only shows that shes still hip to the groove of the youth of today, mhomies, but its also quite possibly the quote of the year so far.

My office has worked quite closely with Vikki (Campion). She did a lot for the Nationals, getting us more hands-on with the Facebook and the Twitter.

And for her part, Campion must be worth her weight in gold. Landry now has a whopping 76 followers on her the Twitter account, although shes apparently been unable to work out how to get the official Twitter blue tick thus far, despite being a member of parliament.



Shark Shield a contender for prestigious international award "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Surfer Tom Carroll with a Shark Shield-fitted board. Photo Shark Shield

A product for surfers developed by Australian company Shark Shield has been named a finalist in the Athletics, Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention category in the 2018 Edison Awards.

Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best in innovators and innovations, with the winners being announced at the 31st Annual Edison Awards held Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in New York City.

Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, Were thrilled to be recognised by such prestigious awards. Our FREEDOM+ Surf product is just the start of things to come for the brand. As we speak our product development team are working on a range of new products with the potential to protect an entire beach front through to a boating product and even hand-held devices for recreational ocean users.

Shark Shields FREEDOM+ Surf is made for surfers. The product was designed in partnership with World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and the surfboard manufacturer Ocean and Earth.

It features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, and the company says it can easily be transferred from board to board.

Light in weight, they say it offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance.

Established in 1987 and often described as the Oscars of Innovation, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best innovations and innovators.

All nominations were reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel.

The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organisations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

Shark Shield says its patented technology creates a three-dimensional electrical field which causes unbearable spasms in sharks sensitive receptors, causing them to turn away.


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Sex, Drugs and Ethics: My Experience with Hormonal Contraception "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Just relax. Spread your legs further.

Above me, fluorescent lights flickered, an epileptic nightmare. I felt sick. The smell of disinfectant clouded my thoughts and I could feel a lump forming in the back of my throat. I was lying on my back. Tears made tracks sideways across my temples as I bled into the thin paper lining that covered the examination table.

I felt the speculum twist inside me and the gynaecologist swam in my vision. I shut my eyes and let the darkness hold me.


There are three main types of hormonal contraception widely available to Australian women. These are the combined pill, hormonal implant (Implanon) and inter-uterine device. Each of these utilise synthetic hormones to stop the ovulation cycle of a woman and prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Reactions to hormonal birth control are unique to each of the women who use them. Many will find that these methods of control suit them perfectly. Others, however, wont be as fortunate.

The pill came first. Like many young Australians, I began taking the pill before I was sexually active. The combination of oestrogen and progesterone hormones is known to help relieve acne symptoms. I suffered an adverse reaction to the oestrogen levels, which gave me migraines and made me vomit. Every day. The acne didnt give a shit either like a bad smell, it stuck around.

When a friend experienced similar side effects on the Pill, her doctor later told her that he wouldnt ever consider another form of hormonal birth control for her again. My doctor wasnt so thoughtful.

I had an implanon next, more commonly known as the bar. An Implanon contains only the progesterone hormone at a higher dosage rate than the pill, and is usually used as an alternative for migraine sufferers. The bar is a sneaky arsehole though: blink, and your scales might just break.  Then youre depressed and youre not sure if its the progesterone or the extra 14 kilos youre packing. Then you lose your sex drive. Then youre just a fat piece of shit.

Or maybe you were a fat piece of shit all along. Who even knows? There comes a point when you lose all sense of reality and your sanity caves to the hormones.

Research suggests that the synthetic oestrogen and progesterone present in hormonal birth control potentially...


ONeill caught out telling lies over Ok Tedi Mine "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bryan Kramer MP | PNG Blogs | February 09, 2018 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill was caught lying and misleading Parliament during question time when it resumed its first session in 2018 on Tuesday.

ONeill was responding to a question raised by the Governor of Western Province, Toboi Yoto asking when his people would benefit from Oktedi Mine and when they would receive the share certificates.

Western Governor explained that since the ONeill Government took over the mine in September 2013 it had failed to transfer the share certificates representing 33% interest in the mine to the Western Province people. Further, still, they had yet to receive their dividends.

In response, ONeill claimed when his Government took over the mine from BHP, who at the time wanted to shut down the mine for not being profitable. He said the Government inherited a loss-making machine.

He confirmed his Government has yet to transfer 33% interest to the landowners, claiming it was because of stamp duties issue.

Member for Moresby North-Wes...


Worse than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So, it turns out that National's housing crisis is much worse than we thought, with an enormous hidden pool of homeless people exiled from state housing, massive undersupply, and long-term consequences for health and our society. And fixing it is going to be far more work and far more expensive than Labour imagined:

Eaqub said the new Government was actually lacking ambition in the area - they needed to double the number of state houses and build 500,000 homes over the next ten years instead of 100,000.

He said the Government's budget responsibility rules were an unnecessary straitjacket which could hold the Government back from properly addressing the crisis.

The Herald version has some even blunter language about this:
Eaqub said investment was needed in infrastructure and housing such as the KiwiBuild programme yet the Government was restricted because of the fiscal responsibility rules.

He said the infrastructure issue could be resolved by "borrowing s***loads of money" and only a "fiscal idiot" would not have been borrowing money in the current climate or over the past decade.

So basicly we're going to need long-term and very expensive reinvestment to fix National's infrastructure deficit. And while the government is doing that, National will spend the entire time screaming about debt and taxes. Because fundamentally, National doesn't care about housing and everyone having a roof over their heads - that was clear enough from their policies. What they care about is rich people not having to pay for anything. Just like the local government morons who whine perpetually about rates while letting their sewage systems, roading networks, and other public infrastructure decay.

But it has to be done. The report makes clear that failing to fix this will cost us in health costs, education costs, and significantly in superannuation costs. Not fixing it is dereliction of duty. The good news is that building state houses is an investment: you borrow money, and you get an asset, which then rises in value and delivers social and economic benefits (e.g. reduced health costs). Eaqub is right: when interest rates are low, it is mad not to do that (even National accepts this, at least when it comes to interest-free student loans). The big problem is going to be the capacity of the building sector to deliver a mass house-building programme. So the government is going to have to do a lot of work building the capacity to build. The good news is that having permanent work from the government will remove the boom-and-bust cycle from....


Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces Second Round of Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of The Collingwood Casanovas WA based music festival the Fairbridge Folk Festival have just revealed the second round of artists for their 2018 event. Joining the likes of The Lost Brothers, Perch Creek and Mama Kin Spender from their first announcement will be The Collingwood Casanovas (above), Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan []


Sick of being fooled by Herald fake news and click bait? I have a solution "IndyWatch Feed"

Are you sick of being fooled by the NZ Herald their fake news and click bait headlines? David Farrar is: So sick of half the articles on the Herald front page being about events in other countries, but with no indication in the headlines. It's just more clickbait. David Farrar (@dpfdpf) February 2, 2018 []

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NSW sharks leave beaches after tagging "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So-called smart drum lines are deployed on the beaches along Byron.

Eighty great white sharks have been caught and tagged over five months during a trial of drum lines on NSW coasts and researchers say most swim away from beaches as a result.

The sharks, which were up to four metres long, were caught after 10 drum lines were placed between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell along with Foster and Tuncurry.

The trial finishes on Tuesday, however drum lines on the far north coast will remain until a similar trial there finishes.

Across NSW 320 white, bull and tiger sharks have been tagged and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the trial has provided invaluable insight for scientists.

We want to make sure we are continually testing the science, trialling world-first technology, while keeping our local communities part of the conversation, he said in a statement.

The trial has shown animals can be caught and released with minimal negative impacts.

The movement of tagged sharks away from the coast after release reduces risk over the following days and weeks, the department said.

Satellite tag data has shown that they mostly move offshore after release for extended periods.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was pleased with the trial.

The new technology is saving lives, but also now we see evidence that its actually preventing or deterring sharks from even coming close to those areas, she told reporters in Sydney.

If we can protect the environment but more importantly protect lives, of course we will look at those opportunities.

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Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victorias largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.

Fairfax estimated the churchs Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.

The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the churchs compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.

These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Churchs wealth and their responses to survivors, Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.

The 600 survivors registered for our foundations services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.

The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.

The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.

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In Australia solar farm approvals and record rooftop installations expected to turbo-boost production "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australias solar power boom could almost double capacity in a year, analysts say

Solar farm approvals and record rooftop installations expected to turbo-boost production, Guardian,  Naaman Zhou, 11 Feb 18 

A record-breaking month of rooftop installations and a flood of large-scale solar farms could almost double Australias solar power capacity in a single year, industry analysts say.

A massive solar energy boom is being predicted for 2018, after an unprecedented number of industrial solar farms were approved by the New South Wales and Queensland governments last year.

Last month also became the biggest January on r...


Landowners and companies in new battle for Panguna mine, which triggered Bougainville Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PHOTO: Panguna landowners are arguing about which company should restart mining. (ABC News: Bethanie Harriman)

 Eric Tlozek | ABC News | 10 February 2018

The race to reopen one of the worlds biggest copper mines, Panguna, is dividing landowners and the wider community in Bougainville.

Key points:

  • Local leader Philip Miriori says activity at the Panguna mine would bring prosperity and better infrastructure to the community
  • Bougainvilles President says the Government is keen to restart the mine to boost its case for independence
  • Not all landowners around the mine are happy with the stalemate, or with RTGs push to leapfrog former operator BCL

Panguna was abandoned in 1989, after landowner dissatisfaction with the mine led to the Bougainville Crisis, an armed uprising against the Papua New Guinea Government in wh...

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