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Tuesday, 19 September


Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.



A further note on Avi Yeminis fascist and neo-Nazi friends "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yeah well anyway, I thought I might just note in passing some of Avi Yeminis fanbase among the extreme-right. To begin with, unhappy with the media reportage of his hate rally on Sunday, Avi instead recommends everybody read the report Continue reading

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If My Stepmother IS In Fact Dead- That Means My Dads Hospice Records are Accessible

Because my 1/2 sister- which she really isnt- doesnt have the AUTHORITY to keep me from them. Interesting piece of info they let go of last night.

Oh- and being part of being left out of the will- if you look at Nebraska law- I could have EASILY sued and won- as the FIRST FAMILY has a greater claim to their parents money than the SECOND (or in this case- THIRD- although my dad didnt have any children in his first marriage). So if I had WANTED to sue- I could easily have. But who wants BLOOD MONEY?


The same-sex survey is not anonymous "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We have just received our survey form and on the ballot itself there is a bar code and the bar code is different for my wifes ballot and mine. So far as I can tell, how I vote will be known to someone at the ABS, and perhaps to many many others. The accompanying letter does not give me confidence:

Your response is confidential, by law. It cannot be connected to you. The ABS will destroy all information after the survey is collected.

My assumption was that I would get two envelopes, the first to put my absolutely untraceable ballot into, and then the second to put the first envelope into that I would mail off. That way, my ballot would arrive at the ABS, someone would check on the first ballot that I am a registered voter and, having done so, throw the second envelope unopened into the pile with all the other ballots. It is these second envelopes that would be opened and my vote counted only then. That way, no one could possibly know how I voted, either before, during or after.

This way, I cannot tell who will know how I voted nor how that information might be used.


Review: Common People by Tony Birch "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Share this Post Tony Birchs latest collection of stories is full of hard lives lived along side-tracks, on back-roads, in cobbled bluestone allies and laneways. The scenarios will be familiar to anybody who has endured life beyond a Boundary street. Birchs characters are outsiders, misfits, the crooked and routinely outcast, the too regularly disregarded and vulnerable. There is no wankery, ...


Ladakhi Woman Writes Rebuttal to Those Fuelling Communal Passions in Her Name "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nobody asked me my view as if I dont matter in this game of misogyny played in my name.

A lunar new year celebration organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Organisation in 2014. Credit: Twitter/Richen Tundup

A lunar new year celebration organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Organisation in 2014. Credit: Twitter/Richen Tundup

While communal passions were fuelled against the entire Muslim community, which had nothing to do with my personal decision, no one wanted to check the facts. Nobody asked me my view as if I dont matter in this game of misogyny played in my name. I have also watched with a lot of anguish and pain how the media has been selectively highlighting the issue through the prism of their own bias, without caring for my opinion, she writes.

Describing itself as a welfare group, the LBA maintains that it works towards safeguarding the interests of a...


Nicolaas Jouwe: Cucu, Tete Benci Manusia Papua dengan Ego Besar, tetapi Miskin Pemikirannya untuk Masa Depan Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Selama seminggu penuh, tepat Bulan Mei, tahun 2000, telah berlangsung Kuliah Khusus dengan topik, "Sejarah dan Arah Papua Merdeka" di Den Haag, Negeri Belanda. Ruang kuliahnya ialah ruang tamu dari Rumah mantan gerilyawan TEPENAL Alez Derey, dan dosen yang memberikan kuliah ialah Prof. OPM Nicolaas Jouwe. Mahasiswanya hanya satu orang, bernama Capt. TPN/OPM Amunggut Tabi.

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The Vomit Inducing Moment Vet Pops Dozens Of Maggots Out Of Dogs Skin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

All right, consider this a warning. Todays video is pretty definitely bloody gross. Creepy crawly gross. Infected wound gross. Shaved dog gross.

Theres no official word on where this video originated, but its pretty f*****g horrifying.

If youve ever seen the chest-burster in Alien, all you need to do now is picture dozens of those only theyre not science-fiction monsters, theyre real life maggots and theyre bursting out of a dog as a vet squeezes them out of its skin.

Personally, my stomachs pretty bloody soft, but after watching it, I dont think Im eating that leftover macaroni and cheese thats in the fridge. So I tested the theory, and the fiance started gagging and wretching. So yeah, theres that.

Doesn't look too bad... (Credit: YouTube/Dong Nguyen Phuong)

Doesnt look too bad (Credit: YouTube/Dong Nguyen Phuong)

For those of you looking to stock up on information for future trivia nights in questionable establishments, the infection is called Myiasis and its well known in tropical and subtropical areas.

A little bit of pressure...(Credit: YouTube/Dong Nguyuen Phuong)

A little bit of pressure(Credit: YouTube/Dong Nguyuen Phuong)

Anyway, points to the vet in the video who calmly extracts well, its more like he pops them out the little b*****ds and then offers them to the dogs owner...


Programming languages and publicly available source code at BOM "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Follow up sent to Bureau of Meteorology by Fraser Tweedale on September 19, 2017.
Partially successful.
Thank you for your efforts in discharging the essence of my request to the extent possible. I withdraw my formal request. Yours sincerely, Fras...


Let. Gen. Amunggut Tabi: Penghalang Utama dan Pertama Papua Merdeka ialah Ego Aktivis Papua Merdeka "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP). Lieutenant-General Amunggut Tabi menjawab pertanyaan Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) terkait pesan singkat yang disampaikan ke redaksi PMNews beberapa waktu lalu terkait ULMWP, pejuang Papua Merrdeka, dan tokoh ULMWP. PMNews menanyakan "Mengapa Gen. Wenda fokus kepada ego dan mematikan ego dalam kaitannya dengan Papua Merdeka daam

Let. Gen. Amunggut Tabi: Penghalang Utama dan Pertama Papua Merdeka ialah Ego Aktivis Papua Merdeka was originally published on

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Bobbie Houston Instagram: HAPPY (AUSSIE) BIRTHDAY to my/our gorgeous son @joelhouston those eyes tell it all. Love you darling. Mum!! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUEEN BOOBIE OF HELL$ONG: HAPPY (AUSSIE) BIRTHDAY to my/our gorgeous son @joelhouston those eyes tell it all. Love you darling. Mum!! ...


Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit:

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit:

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!



After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover Theyve Been Too Critical Of Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Journalism is in crisis. After some much-needed self-examination, however, reporters are finally beginning to figure out why many Americans are souring on their industry: Theyve been too critical of the Democratic Party.

The trend was evident in 2016, when media outlets decided to focus on Hillary Clintons corruption, favor trading, and subsequent cover-up attempts. As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who? What? When? Where? Why? And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Partys candidate or not?

So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jay Jarvis. There was too much reporting going on, they argue. Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently. Who is at fault for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown. And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

There is plenty of data available on this question. Its difficult to believe this now, but at one point a number of top media outlets considered the first-ever FBI investigation of a major presidential candidate in the history of the republic to be somewhat newsworthy. So they proceeded to cover the candidates many lies, her purging of somewhere around 30,000 pieces of evidence, and the FBIs shes-so-freaking-guilty-but-not-guilty verdict. And when authorities uncovered a computer that should have been in the possession of the FBI but was instead accessible to the sex-addicted husband of a top Hillary aide, they reported that, as well. This should have all been ignored.

On numerous occasions during her book tour, Clinton argued that the press didnt do its job which is to say, help her get elected. Considering the sycophantic coverage afforded her and her for...


After My Husbands Death, Im Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors. Our vocabulary falters in the face of death.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Jake. It took me about a year to come up with something that felt like it made sense of what I was feeling.

In the weeks after Jake died, letters and cards flooded in from friends and strangers alike. With each cards arrival, Id edge open the envelope in a stunned sort of sadness. I sat over the rough-hewn, wooden dining room table wed picked out together just months before he died, cross-legged and pregnant, poring over sometimes dozens of notes a day.

And with every envelope, Id have a glimmer of hope, that somehow, someway, this one would have an answer inside. I knew at the time it was irrational, but I couldnt stop. The hope was too tantalizing. Maybe this was the onethis card would explain everything! This letter would give me the reason our lives had been so utterly shattered in an instant. But the fact is those words, no matter how well-meaning and wise, couldnt tell me that. Even Scripture could only reassure, not really explain in the way humans want but cant have.

The reasons for Jakes death are not apparent. Luckily, the reasons for continuing to live are. But I searched for a way to say what I was feeling.

I love the idea of the divine spark. It crosses a lot of cultures and religions, the idea that you carry a bit of the Creator inside you, that it animates your life.

Jakes life always brings to mind a spark and then some. Jakes soul, to me, was a bonfire. He was here and he was in your face and he was warm and bright. He roared with enthusiasm at the beginning, even the hope of something new, sometimes a little too much. His glow was infectious, throwing sparks into the night air, silhouetted against a dark sky before they landed on everyone in his vicinity. He mellowed to embers as the night wore on, usually over a glass of bourbon or a beer.

I lived seven years of my life looking into a bonfire. I warmed my hands and found comfort in its flame. There were times when I damn near burnt myself or got a giant waft of smoke at exactly the wrong time.  Because thats life. And thats fire. Its not all smores and sweetness.

Everyone whos loved someone knows that light and warmth. Everyone whos lost someone knows the feeling when it goes dark and cold one day.

When that happens at any time, its jarring. When it happens without warning, even more.

The light went out. This fire Id stood next to for seven years just went out, like a flood light on a switch. Boom. Imagine staring into a fire, and then suddenly turning 180 degrees to survey the woods behind you. I couldnt see. I was standing in what otherwise was my life, and I...


What American Schools Should And Should Not Learn From China "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We Americans have tried many things to improve U.S. education outcomes, including out-spending many nations. Yet, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which ranks global education systems by assessing 15-year-old students reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years, American students end up in the middle of the pack with little improvement year after year.

Students from East Asia, such as Singapore, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dominate the top 10 in all three subjects, especially on math and science (theres an ongoing debate whether the PISA result is rigged). Since the East Asia region is dominated by people with Chinese-style education systems, does this mean Chinese schools are superior to American schools?

Some people think so. Since Amy Chua published her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, many Americans look to Chinese culture for answers to save American education. Lenora Chu, an American who lived in China with two children, took it a step further. In her recent book and an accompanying essay that appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal, she argues that what American students need are Chinese schools.

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

When I went through the K-12 education system in China, teachers always expected each one of us to give our best effort. They never talked about learning being fun. Instead, they emphasized the merit of hard work. Thus, they do not dumb down the content to ensure that kids at the bottom of the class understand. Instead, they did everything they could to ensure the content was challenging even for the best in the class. They instill the belief in every student that anyone who works hard and devotes enough time will eventually get it.

Chinese teachers set high expectations for their students partly because a teachers compensation is closely tied to his or her students academic performance. While in America teachers unions have repeatedly repelled or undermined efforts to implement performance-based compensation for teachers, Chinese teachers accept such a compensation structure as a no-brainer. Good Chinese teachers receive handsome performance bonuses and special allowances. They are also highly sought-after by private tutoring companies, which offer to double or triple teachers incomes outside their regular school hours.

Chinese parents also set high expectations for students. My parents ma...


UFO books by Australian authors "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I was asked recently for a listing of UFO books by Australian authors. So, here it is. If any blog readers know of others, I would appreciate an email to in order that I may amend this list. Images are courtesy of Amazon Books, unless otherwise credited.

1965. "Flying Saucers Over Australia." James Holledge.

1967. "Flying Saucers Where Do They Come From?" Richard Tambling.

1969. "UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere." Michael Hervey.

1976. "UFOs: The American Scene." Michael Hervey.
1978. "UFOs: A Scientific Enigma." David Seargent.

1981. "UFOs: The Image Hypothesis." Keith Basterfield.



More Great Photos of the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Departing Rockhampton Airport Monday "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As we posted below, on Monday 18 September, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers - before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii as "Reach 468".



Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Moving Scenes at Rockhampton Airport as RSAF KC-135R '752' Takes Deceased Singapore Armed Force's Soldier Home "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to Singapore.

As reported below on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, the KC-135R Stratotanker '752' touched down at Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 18 September as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.


The Largest Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are Melting Faster "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

From an Article by Benjamin Storrow, E & E News, September 13, 2017

WIND RIVER RANGE, Wyo. Here at the roof of the Continental Divide, one of the Rocky Mountains largest glaciers is in retreat.

A new world is emerging in the wake of the receding ice. In a vast, glacially carved basin, where towering spires of granite dominate the skyline, a small colony of stunted Engelmann spruce has taken up residence in a pile of rocky debris, some 500 feet above the tree line. Bees flit among the yellow mountain asters dotting the boulder field at the glaciers base. Grass grows along a stream where there was, until recently, only snow and ice.

Its a different place today, Darran Wells, an outdoor education professor at Central Wyoming College, observed from a research camp near the base of the Dinwoody Glacier on a recent evening. A regular visitor to the glacier over the last two decades, Wells offered a succinct take on its evolution over his nightly meal, a dehydrated serving of shepards potato stew with beef.

Every year, more grass, less snow, he said.

The largest concentration of glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains are melting, unseen, in this remote corner of Wyoming. More than 100 glaciers cover about 10,000 acres in the Wind River Range, according to a recent study by researchers at Portland State University. No American mountain range outside Alaska and Washington is covered in more ice.

The Wind River glaciers remain some of the least understood ice sheets in North America. Researchers dont have a firm grasp on the amount of water locked away in the alpine ice, and estimates of how much they contribute to local streams vary widely.

Answering those questions requires penetrating a rugged wilderness nearly the size of Rhode Island and climbing to elevations between 11,000 feet and 13,800 feet, where the glaciers hug the crest of the Continental Divide.

Today, a growing number of scientists are pushing into the backcountry to understand these icy reservoirs. Their concern: The Wind River glaciers are retreating just when Wyoming needs them most.

If you havent had proximity to these glaciers,....



SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Speaking at an event in Sydney, Ms Berejiklian described same-sex marriage as a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

The position has put her at odds with her Armenian Apostolic Church, which claims same-sex marriage would pave the way for radical gay sex education programs to be taught in schools.

Ms Berejiklian, who was born in Australia to Armenian immigrants, is a regular attender of church events and has been to several this year.

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NSW Premier Ms Berejilkian, a single women, who I dont think is a lesbian more an old-maid workaholic says same-sex marriage is a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

So Ms Gladys (quaint old-fashioned name for an old-fashioned gal) Berejilkian has decided:

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

2. same sex marriage is one of the most important human rights issues in our time.

Bravo Gladys Why dont you try reading the Holy Bible your Armenian Church believes in yes, the Holy Bible which expressly forbids homosexuality and lesbianism.

Gladys havent you read Romans chapter one, Revelation 22 and Leviticus?

Gladys havent you understood Genesis 1-3 and how God created male and female to form a family and populate the earth?

Gladys have you swallowed the rainbow pill so bad that the same-sex marriage delusion has gone straight to your head, and now you can no longer see Biblical truths?

ABC News Australia

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey

19 September 2017



Public Solicitor robbed at his home "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The family of Public Solicitor Jimmy Wala Tamate was held at gun point by five armed criminals at their five mile resident in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon.
The criminals drove into the residential area in a white Toyota Harrier just after Mr. Tamate arrived from work and held him and his family at gun point.

They took his personnel items from his vehicle including a mobile phone, tablet,bank cards, keys to the Public Solicitors office and some court files.

Also a cash of K1000 was taken from his father's bag who was sitting outside the house.
They attempted to steal Mr. Tamate's vehicle but they were unable to reverse it.
They fled the scene as soon as the neighborhood came to assist.
Police were alerted but failed to turn up at the scene.
The family was traumatized of what has transpired.

Mr. Tamate says he will lay a formal complaint today as well as bringing the matter to the attention of the Police Commissioner as to why there was no police presence when the robbery was reported. FM100/PNG Today


China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Why do you say China will replace the West when their government is still the communist party?

ANSWER: China is no more communist than Donald Trump. There is a cycle of life through which we all pass including governments. China revolted against communism. The government may retain that name, but they are no communist in that sense of the word.

I have explained before that Russian communism was concerned about what you thought where as China adopted the tall poppy policy. If Stalin thought you would be a threat to his power you were killed. In China, you could think what you wanted provided you did not step up publicly.

China is not at the same place in the cycle of life as we see in Europe and America. Therefore, China is on the rise and will replace the West which is burdened with socialism they cannot possibly afford.  China learned its lessons and is moving forward despite the name of the government party.

If things got worse in the West, I would apply to China for political asylums.

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It is only a matter of time now before cryptocurrencies become completely mainstream. Bitcoin is far more advanced when compared to other cryptocurrencies., an online bitcoin-purchasing platform, is looking to be at the very front of this shift towards a crypto-economy. Bitcoin is a secure and private way to hold money while also guaranteeing Continue reading expanding outside of EU by adding POLi payment method for New Zealand and Australian customers

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Is there a bigger pack of fools anywhere on the planet? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

And here I am referring to virtually the whole of the entertainment industry.

Televisions glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing The Handmaids Tale with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America.

The glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles the first under the administration of President Donald Trump was widely expected to have a strongly political flavor, and host Stephen Colbert set the tone in his opening monologue.

However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you cant deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way, he said.

All the late night shows, obviously, House of Cards, the new season of American Horror Story.'

Hulus The Handmaids Tale and HBO miniseries Big Little Lies were the big winners, with five statuettes each.

Big Little Lies cast members Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard all took home Emmys, along with director Jean-Marc Vallee. It also won outstanding limited series.

The Handmaids Tale, Hulus acclaimed series based on the 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, won awards for writing and directing as well as the biggest prize of the night outstanding drama series.

Ann Dowd, picking up her first Emmy at age 61 for her portrayal of brutal instructor Aunt Lydia, spoke of how her award was a dream while outstanding lead actress Elisabeth Moss turned the air blue with an expletive-strewn acceptance speech.

That was the clean version, Moss joked backstage after the show, describing the opportunity

I was just trying to remember everybody, and you do have a weird out of body experience.

Atwood, 77, said One takeaway would be never believe it can never happen here which was one of the premises that I used for the book. And, as Ive often said, nothing went into the book that people hadnt done.

As it happens, I read The Handmaids Tale when it came out and was astonished by how moronic it was. I used to read everything she wrote since we are almost of the same generation, both from Toronto and we used to catch up occasionally when we were living in Vancouver back in my hippy day in the 70s. If you liked the book and then the show, you are now officially classified as dull witted, stupid, and fantastically ignorant of everything that matters. It was, in fact, the last thing of hers I ever read so have been free of her idiocies for more than two decades. How do people take such things seriously?


America May Push Iran into Becoming the Next Nuclear Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Its no secret that the Trump administration is busily building a case to have the United States repudiate the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran. Even when the president grudgingly conceded that Tehran was complying with the explicit terms of the accord, he groused that Iranian leaders were violating the spirit of the document...


Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Answers Jamie Dimons Bitcoin Criticism "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne responds to Dimons criticism, recalls traditional banking fears.


Win a double gold pass to this years Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.

Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.

Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.

This year, Australian Music Week has also launched The AMW / 301 Music Prize a new award designed to help kick start an emerging artists career, proudly supported by AMW, 301 Studios, MGM, The Right Profile, APRA, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer, AU Review, Leadbelly and Hi Fi Days Festival.

With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.

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Korea Solution Needs US to Sign a Peace Treaty "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Germany and France have backed the stance of Russia and China for negotiations to avert the Korea crisis. South Korea and Japan also seem to be amenable to recent calls by Russian President Vladimir Putin for exclusively diplomatic efforts. Any other option in the alarming standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program portends disaster. 


Support the Bloomington ABC Anarchist Prisoner War Fund "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Donate here:

Since October 2015, Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross has been providing consistent  monthly funds to anarchist prisoners throughout the United States via our Anarchist Prisoner War Fund. We are now asking for help keeping this project going strong into the future.

We have specifically chosen comrades who were receiving very little money or support from the outside, who have no familial support, or who were otherwise in need of monetary aid. These funds have been essential when some comrades did stints in solitary due to activities surrounding the September 9th prison strike, aiding their survival in the most oppressive conditions. We also emphasize support for rebellious prisoners who have maintained the struggle behind the walls. We want to make it clear to our comrades in prison and those taking action on the outside that they can continue to struggle without fear of abandonment if they are caught.

Currently, we provide $40 each month to five anarchist prisoners:

  • Michael Kimble, a gay, Black anarchist and long-time prison rebel imprisoned for the self-defense killing of a racist homophobe.
  • Sean Swain, an anarchist prison rebel in Ohio.
  • Eric King, an anarchist doing 10 years for attempting to firebomb a Congressmans office in solidarity with the Ferguson rebellion.
  • Jennifer Gann, an anarchist trans woman and long-time prison rebel in California.
  • Andy H., a local anarchist comrade in prison for assaulting a cop.
  • In addition, we have sent substantial amounts of money to other comrades and projects on a temporary basis: Casey Brezik, the Cleveland 4, Marius Mason, prison rebels facing repression for organizing and revolt, an anarchist social space in Malaysia in need of repairs after a fire, and imprisoned fighters of other social struggles.

Thus far, we have raised this ourselves through fundraising, e...


Love and Loss in the Time of Lynching "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While most people expend their rage against hate crimes with a simple but what can we do?, through the Karwan-e-Mohabbat, Harsh Mander has provided a response to the rising brutalities against the Muslim community.

Karwan e mohabbat

Harsh Mander sits in front of the bus in dharna at Behror, Rajasthan. Credit: Sanket Jadia

Agni Bhaskar was as fiery as his first name. We gazed up at him from where we were sitting on the floor as the tall, wild-eyed 41-year-old held the mic in his left hand, his right hand in ceaseless motion to emphasise every point. He recounted how upper caste men attacked his Chamar community with knives and swords, and burned their homes in Shabbirpur village in Western Uttar Pradesh on May 5. Before this, the two groups had no conflict.

We were at the Ravi Das temple, where the battle began after Dalits decided to erect a statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on a nearly six-feet-high platform. Ambedkars hands should be by his side, said the representatives of the Thakur community, who didnt want to pass under Ambedkars raised right arm that would, when placed on the platform, point to the road in front of the temple. And dont place the statue on the platform, they added. Things escalated rapidly and during the attack, which lasted five hours while the police looked away, the idol of the 15th century Bhakti saint in the temple was...


The New Elite"s Silly Virtue-Signaling Consumption "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Todays ascendant class, which emerged in the late 1970s and burgeoned in the 1990s, has been called the educated elite, the cosmopolitan class, the new establishment, the creative class, the meritocratic elite, the exam-passing class, the metropolitan class, the new face of wealth, the labor market elite, the new upper class, the bourgeois bohemians, the anywheres. This no-longer-so-new economic, cultural, and social formation has been lauded, denounced, and dispassionately scrutinized. And these conflicting endeavors have, surprisingly, yielded a definitional consensus. 


Cryptogamic crust "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Among the trees of Matong State Forest is cryptogamic crust.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The SSM 'vote' is a statistic that will be sold by the ABS "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

With all the racket about the YES or NO 'vote' on Same Sex Marriage, many people have lost focus on the documentation that is provided to them.

First of all it is NOT a 'vote' but rather an indication whether you support homosexuals marrying.

Secondly it goes to a business called the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which will then SELL your data to whoever wants those 'statistics'.

Don't forget the ABS sold 'your' census data for $41,000,000.

You have been fooled into 'voting' where you are conducting an action in business / commerce / trade, albeit for free, and for profit to the ABS.

Corporation:$$$, People:$000.00

Thank you for your 'business', dumbos!!! !!! !!!



Anti-Assad Nations Say No to Syria Reconstruction Until Political Process on Track "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

(L-R) French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al Safadi meet at a ministerial discussion on Syria during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

(L-R) French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Qatari Foreign Minister Moh...


Gallup: 71% of Americans are "Dissatisfied with the Way the Nation Is Being Governed" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Gallup poll headlined on September 17th, Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed, and reported that 71% said they were Dissatisfied and that 28% said they were Satisfied, with the U.S. Government. The question, as it had been posed, was On the whole, would you say you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed?


Can Gadkari Clean up the Ganga by 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nitin Gadkari needs more than a silver bullet to meet the deadline of cleaning up the Ganga which remains one of Modis showpiece schemes.

Gadkari has little understanding of rivers and has shown no willingness to work with a team of experts who have some understanding of river morphology. Credit: PTI

Gadkari has little understanding of rivers and has shown no willingness to work with a team of experts who have some understanding of river morphology. Credit: PTI

Will Nitin Gadkari, the new minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, be able to deliver in his promise to rejuvenate the dying Ganga river prior to the next general elections especially when his predecessor Uma Bharti had made little progress during the last three years in achieving this Herculean task?

Gadkari has little understanding of rivers and has shown no willingness to work with a team of experts who have some understanding of river morphology and how the rivers delta, wetland and surrounding bio-diversity form an integral part of the rivers ecosystem.

In 2014, when Bharti was given the Ganga rejuvenation portfolio, one of her first steps was to hold a high-profile Ganga Manthan where stakeholder...


New Evidence Reveals Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project have issued a report regarding new evidence of ongoing corruption and scientific misconduct at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The article New Evidence Reveals Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


Post US Led Budget Slash, UN Peacekeepers Told to Do More With Less "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File photo: A peacekeeper serving in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and a Congolese soldier stand guard as residents gather following recent demonstrations in Beni in North Kivu province, Congo on October 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kenny Katombe/File Photo

File photo: A peacekeeper serving in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) an...


A rare outbreak of unanimity on PFI "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Im doing some work on privatisation and wanted to look at recent UK experience with the Private Finance Initiative. So, I Googled for PFI in the last year (as Google personalizes searches, your mileage may vary). The result is a surprising degree of unanimity. Across the political spectrum, there is agreement that

* PFI is a disaster, enriching private firms at the expense of the public
* The other side is (mostly) to blame

Excluding some references to an Indian political group and some data sources, the top hits are, in order:

PFI is bankrupting Britain (Guardian)

Private firms poised to make another 1bn(Guardian)

Hundreds of schools held hostage over PFI contracts (Telegraph)

Costly legacy of Labours PFI shambles (Daily Mail)

Tories accused of double standards for promoting PFI (Financial Times)

NHS leaking millions in PFI contracts (BBC)


Save money on energy efficient product buy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Over 22 Violent Anti-Communist Protesters Detained by Indonesian Police "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Police use a water cannon to disperse a crowd gathered outside the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation during an anti-communist protest in Jakarta, Indonesia. Credit: Reuters

Police use a water cannon to disperse a crowd gathered outside the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation during an anti-communist protest in Jakarta, Indonesia. Credit: Reuters

Jakarta:Indonesian authorities detained 22 people late on Monday after a violent mob clashed with police at an anti-communist protest in the capital Jakarta.

President Joko Widodos government has tried to redress a bloody 1965 anti-communist purge, one of the darkest periods in the countrys history, but tensions remain over the purge in which an estimated 500,000 people were killed.

The public cannot take the law into their own hands, they must defer to law enforcement apparatus, Widodo said in a statement issued after the clashes.

Communism is banned in Indonesia and any sympathisers are regarded with a deep suspicion and hostility, especially by nationalists and Islamists.

Five police were injured in the clashes when a mob of around 200 gathered outside the Legal Aid Foundation in central Jakarta, which had held a seminar on the 1965 killings at the weekend.

Protesters threw rocks and water bottles and police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowd, according to media.

Activists called for authorities...



Turkey Starts Trial of 30 Newspaper Staff for Links to Coup Attempt "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Police officers carry security barriers in front of the Zaman newspaper headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey March 6, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Police officers carry security barriers in front of the Zaman newspaper headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey March 6, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Istanbul: Thirty journalists and newspaper executives from a Turkish newspaper which was shut down last year went on trial on Monday, facing life sentences over charges that they had links to a failed coup attempt.

The former employees of the Zaman newspaper are charged with membership of an armed terror organization and attempting to overthrow the government, parliament and the constitutional order through their links to cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Zaman was affiliated with Gulen, the US-based cleric and former ally of President Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen is blamed by Ankara for instigating the failed July 2016 coup, but denies any involvement.

Zaman was first seized by the Turkish government in March 2016, months before the coup attempt, and...


Syria Investigator Del Ponte Quits UN Inquiry Commission "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Carla del Ponte speaks during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 8, 2016. Credit:Reuters/Pierre Albouy/Files

Carla del Ponte speaks during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 8, 2016. Credit:Reuters/Pierre Albouy/Files

Geneva: Veteran prosecutor Carla del Ponte signed off from the UN Syria investigation on Monday by criticising the UN Security Council and telling Syrias ambassador his government had used chemical weapons.

The former Swiss attorney general, who went on to prosecute war crimes in Rwanda and former Yugos...


No Evidence to Link London Attack Directly to Militant Groups: US Sources "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A London Underground sign is seen behind a locked gate, in central London December 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters

A London Underground sign is seen behind a locked gate, in central London December 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters

London: British police and spy agencies have not found evidence that last weeks attack on a London commuter train was ordered or organised by a recognised militant group, according to US and British government sources familiar with the investigation.

Counter-terrorism officers have arrested two men after a crude homemade bomb sent flames shooting through a packed carriage at west Londons Parsons Green underground station during the Friday morning rush hour, injuring 30 people although it apparently failed to detonate fully.

Following the attack, Amaq, the news agency of the ISIS militant group, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

On Monday, five US and British government sources said it was possible that the attack was somehow inspired by ISIS via its extensive arr...


Move To The Rear Of The Power Station, Drink From The Renewable Kool-Aid "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In the debate over keeping the Liddle Power Station open, the numbers just dont add up. But probably not the numbers youre thinking. Geoff Russell explains.

According to Guy Rundle, writing last week on, we could build a socially distributed [clean]energy system (whatever that is), in a decade.

The Germans are the prototypical renewable energy zealots and they figure theyll manage about 80 per cent of their electricity from renewables by 2050. Which is 50 years after they passed their Renewable Energy Sources Act back in 2000.

Perhaps Angela Merkel could dispatch some renewable energy gurus to sit at Guys feet and learn. But perhaps renewable energy engineers are intrinsically non-dispatchable and will just have to wait for a favourable wind before visiting.

Having read Guys article, I went back to check his references, numbers, evidence. But apparently, this too is non-dispatchable, so Ill need to wait until the sun comes out from behind its cloud and illuminates Guys reasoning.


Did anybody hear Alan Finkel on the ABC Science Show recently? Among a panel of pretty gung-ho renewable advocates, Finkel stood out by robustly urging caution and concern for the finer details and massive complexity of our energy system. His metaphor was that changing the global energy system was like turning not just the biggest supertanker youve ever seen, but like turning a tanker 1,000 times bigger than anything youve ever seen.

So lets look at turning not the whole system, but just one little coal plant; the Liddell power station.

Liddell is a 2,000 megawatt (MW) coal fired power station. So it will deliver 2,000MW whenever you want. This is what dispatchable means; whenever you want. So you can get 2,000MW on windless evenings when solar and wind are producing nothing. You can get 2,000MW in the chilly pre-dawn of any morning when the roasters of coffee beans are preparing for the morning rush.

Before making grand claims about turning the entire Australian energy supertanker in a decade, Guy could first explain how to replace Liddell in 5 years?

Australias Nyngan solar farm is currently our largest, at 102MW. Is that 5 percent the size of Liddell? Would building 20 do the job?



Pakistan Opposition Claims Momentum for 2018 Despite Election Loss "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Opposition leader Imran Khan speaks to supporters during a celebration rally after the Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, Pakistan July 30, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Opposition leader Imran Khan speaks to supporters during a celebration rally after the Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 30, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Lahore, Pakistan: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khans party said on Monday it had built momentum in a by-election for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifs parliamentary seat, despite finishing second, but the biggest inr...


PERTH Man charged over Perth stabbing after allegedly telling police of the attack "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

snip .

Man charged over Perth stabbing after allegedly telling police of the attack .

September 19, 2017 at 04:45PM .

to do grievous bodily harm that unlawfully wounds another and attempted armed robbery. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .


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

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Police charge man over obscene acts in Perths Western Suburbs .

September 18, 2017 at 06:37PM .

The Dianella man was charged with committing seven counts of committing an obscene act in public. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court .


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Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 

The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 

Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.


Hindi Speakers Out of the Heartland "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Extracts from Is That Even a Country, Sir!

There are no AC compartments, stipends or OB vans accompanying these two just their curiosity and their reading leading them on in northeast India. Credit: Wikipedia

There are no AC compartments, stipends or OB vans accompanying these two just their curiosity and their reading leading them on in northeast India. Credit: Wikipedia

Two journalists, Anil Yadav and Anhes Shashwat, decided to travel to the Northeast after the massacre of Hindi speakers in Assam just before the 2000 elections there. They had dreams of glory, of uncovering what was really happening, and travelled across Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Manipur by bus, tractor and any other transport they could find. Written in Hindi, and now translated into English, Is That Even a Country, Sir! is a view from down under.

There are no AC compartments, stipends or OB vans accompanying these two just their curiosity and their reading leading them on.

The Wire reproduces extracts by Yadav that give the flavour of the uncertainty they started the journey with and the reality they faced.

I found that the imposing Mustachio who overbearing...


As States Create Land Banks for Private Investors, Conflicts Erupt Across India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

State governments are building land banks, using both private and common lands, to attract investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, but at the cost of peoples rights.

The wall that the Odisha government is building around a 1,700 hectare piece of land on Nuagaon villages periphery to mark the inclusion of the land in the state governments land bank, thereby restricting locals access to an area where they have traditionally harvested betel leaves, rice and fish. In July 2017, villagers filed a petition against the walls construction; this picture was filed as part of the petition.

The wall that the Odisha government is building around a 1,700 hectare piece of land on Nuagaon villages periphery to mark the inclusion of the land in the state governments land bank, thereby restricting locals access to an area where they have traditionally harvested betel leaves, rice and fish. In July 2017, villagers filed a petition against the walls construction; this picture was filed as part of the petition.

In June this year, about a hundred people from Nuagaon village near Indias east coast marched towards a wall that the Odisha government is building around a 1,700 hectare piece of land on the villages periphery. The wall would mar...


Kerala College Magazine Asked to Remove Over-Politicised References "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The principal and staff editor wanted words like Dalit, beef and fascism removed from the annual student magazine of the Government Arts and Science College, Nadapuram.

The Government Arts and Science College, Nadapuram campus. Credit: University Facebook page

The Government Arts and Science College, Nadapuram campus. Credit: University Facebook page

New Delhi: A college magazine in Kerala has reportedly been asked to remove certain over-politicised references which includes the words Dalit, beef and fascism.

According to a report in The Hindu, the 2016-17 edition of Imirichalu, Choodanthiri, Poyachalu, the annual magazine of Government Arts and Science College, Nadapuram, has drawn the ire of college authorities. The principal of the college reportedly said he was not against political ideas, but social and political criticism that crosses the limits.

Favas M., an editorial committee member, told The Hindu that the magazine was divided into three parts based on the three words in its name. It was the Imirichalu section, which means frustration and talked about contemporary politics, that the administration had a problem with. Students were asked to remove an interview with MLA V.T. Balram because the question...


Womens Suffrage Day: 19 September "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Let not babies, the wash tub or even dinner, prevent women from going. Franchise activist, Amey Daldy, encouraging women to vote in 1893 Votes for women By Roger Childs 124 years ago women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. We were the first country to pass such a law, however in the US []



Canada - Moncton City Council Says No To Fluoridated Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

After months of consultation, Moncton City Council is rejecting the advice of many health organizations and keeping fluoride out of municipal water.
Councillor Paulette Theriault said as a grandmother, she was not comfortable with her grandchildren drinking water with fluoride in it.

New Brunswick Dental Society Vice President Dr. Suzanne Drapeau McNally had a fiery response.
"If they're serious, we want decay to stop, so let's talk and not put the blame on someone else," says Dr. Drapeau McNally. "I'm gonna be a grandmother just like Paulette Theriault, and those kids, it is safe for them to have fluoride."
Dr. Nicole Brien is a dentist specializing in children, and she is also disappointed in the decision.
"I have seen a difference since the fluoride has been removed from the water, and not just the number of cavities I see, but also in how quickly the teeth deteriorate," says Dr. Brien.
Dr. Drapeau McNally questioned whether the City was truly serious about improving the dental health of residents.
"Well, do something about it," says exclaims. "[Council] has been saving $125,000 per year, this is five years, where has this money gone, or what have you done to help?"
Mayor Dawn Arnold said without knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that fluoride was harmless she couldn't support adding it back into the municipal water supply.

The motion to keep the status quo and leave fluoride out of municipal drinking water was passed 7 - 3 with Councillor Paul Pellerin absent.

Councillors Susan Edgett, Rob McKee, and Greg Turner voted to reintroduce fluoride, while Councillors Paulette Theriault, Shawn Crossman, Pierre Boudreau, Blair Lawrence, Charles Leger, and Bryan Butler, as well as Mayor Dawn Arnold all voted to keep fluoride out.


Poll: Davis leads Harawira easily "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

According to a Newshub/Reid Research poll  Hone Harawira isnt close to winning back his Te Tai Tokerau seat off Kelvin Davis. Kelvin Davis (Labour) 67.4% Hone Harawira (Mana) 30.3% Godfrey Rudolf (Green) 2.3% Davis got 43.90% in the 2014 election to Harawiras 40.53, with the Maori Party candidate getting 11.65% and an independent getting 2.05%. []


14 Scientifically Proven Ways to Become Less Miserable, Starting Now "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

True happiness in life is something that we all hope to accomplish, although the definition of happiness differs from person to person. For some, it may refer to happiness in their career, for others happiness at home. Ultimately, however, each of us would like to experience happiness in our day to day lives.

Source: Spiked

There are two types of happiness that we may experience in our lives, that which we have no control over and that which we can promote and improve upon. Some of us experience happiness relative to the seasons and the weather, with conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while others are impacted by events in their life outside of their control. There are, however, a number of ways we can invite positive energies and happiness into our lives on a daily basis.

Try these 14 strategies to improve the happiness in your life:

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

It is okay to admit that you dont have the answers to every situation in life. It isnt reasonable to believe that you will know everything, you are, after all, only human. Rather than trying to handle everything on your own embrace the fact that you may know someone who is able to help provide you with the knowledge and experience that you require. Reach out to friends/family and ask for help, you cant expect people to know you need their assistance if you dont tell them.

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

If there is one thing that is psychologically holding you back from experiencing happiness in your life, it is yourself! If you allow yourself to dwell on feelings of guilt, remorse and self-doubt then you are denying yourself the opportunity to experience the more positive moments. Instead, let go of the past, focus on the present and welcome the feelings of joy that will come from it. Tell yourself that you are allowed to be happy!



At UN, China Stands by Myanmar on Rohingya Issue "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres prior to their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres prior to their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Beijing: China supports efforts by the Myanmar government to protect its national security and opposes recent violent attacks in the countrys Rakhine State, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres.

The military response to insurgent attacks in the western region of Myanmar last month sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, escaping what the UN has branded ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting.

Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims. Her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the process had to be discussed.

Wang to...


A Deep Dive Into the Conspiracy Theory That Governments Are Controlling Us with Fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Is flouride in our water the biggest public health cover-up of our times, or just "truthers" having a rant? Wake up, sheeple!

On the World Wide Web, there are few black holes more enticing to fall down than the great fluoride conspiracy. Some would call it the ramblings of paranoid truth gurus who spend too much time maintaining their dreads and making YouTube videos about Atlantis. Others insist that it's the largest mass control experiment of our times.

Where does the truth lie in an argument taken up by both sides with near religious conviction? It's almost impossible to decipher. Perhaps it's somewhere between the two.

The idea, in a nutshell, is that governments put fluoride in our water supply in order to negatively affect huge populations, for their own financial gains. That fluoride is actually a strong tranquilliser in disguise. That the US want their citizens to be zombies. That Kellogg's, Nestle, Crest and other food companies known as "The Fluoride Mafia" are all in on it. That fluoride dumping is secretly wrapped up in Illuminati interests.

If you dig into why water fluoridation began, you find a convoluted, suspicious mess. According to the conspiracy theory, the name of the company with the biggest profit to be made from water fluoridation was ALCOA. The ALCOA Company had an unlimited supply of toxic waste a byproduct of aluminium, AKA fluoride. At their lab, an ALCOA-sponsored biochemist did a test on rats that showed cavities were reduced with the fluoridated water and concluded that: "The case should be regarded as proved." In this historic moment in 1939, so the story goes, the first public proposal that the US should fluoridate its water supplies wasn't made by a doctor or a dentist, but an industry scientist working for a company that was also threatened by fluoride damage claims.

Another part of the theory is that, during the Second World War, industrial fluoride pollution increased because of the production and extensive use of ALCOA aluminium in aircraft manufacturing. It was after the Second World War that many governments began to put fluoride in our water supplies to protect people against cavities. Coincidence!?

Currently, about 372 million people (around 5.7 percent of the world's population) receive artificially fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including....


ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


19th September 2017

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Board of Directors acknowledges that ethnic and multicultural LGBTI people exist in our culturally diverse communities; that they are our friends and our family members, and that LGBTI people, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face even more layers of discrimination.

ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef says, The ECCV Board of Directors and members have long understood discrimination, as many of us and our families have experienced discrimination on the basis of our ethnicity, skin colour, faith and language.  

The ECCV Board of Directors endorses The YES Alliance which is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that support a YES vote in the upcoming postal vote for marriage equality.

The Chair emphasises on behalf of the ECCV Board of Directors that as descendants of migrants who came to Australia in search for better opportunities and freedoms, we expect our whole community to be treated fairly in all aspects of civil law, including civil marriage law; this expectation embraces the fair and equal treatment of our culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTI friends and family.  

Eddie Micallef encourages our culturally diverse community to consider the values that brings together our harmonious and respectful society with a shared sense of belonging, acceptance and contribution.

The ECCV Board of Directors supports Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) in calling on ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria and in Australia to consider voting yes to marriage equality.

ECCV will attend the official launch of The YES Alliance at the Victorian Parliament House on Wednesday 20th September, 2017 from 1pm. All are welcome to attend the launch and join ECCV in demonstrating support for human rights and removing discrimination for the benefit of all Victorians.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer via / 0422 480 319


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Climate debate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

ndrew BaileyWWF has organised an election climate debate, starting tonight at 7 pm. We know its 100% possible to unlock a safe climate future for all New Zealanders. Climate action is bigger than politics  but its election season right now. Will political parties come together to set a course for a 100% renewable energy, zero carbon future? Or will climate []


Government Anti-Gun Campaign. Punish the gun owner. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Two attempted home invasions in the same area. A Father uses an unloaded rifle to scare away a man who has a knife & a chunk of wood to use as a club. The Police can shoot someone who confronts them in this way, but this Father had his firearms confiscated, all of his firearms! Now who's side do you think the police & the government are on?
It is against the law in Australia to purchase or carry anything that is for self defence. That is bad enough, but when a Father uses what he has to hand to protect his family & then gets persecuted for doing so, well that is beyond the pail!

Farmers gun licence under review after confronting intruder with unloaded rifle

Border farmer has guns taken after confronting man armed with a knife at his home

Father fears justice system stacked against victims after guns confiscated


What Can the Politically Correct Far Left Learn from Carl Jung? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

The following excerpt is from the opening chapters of "Aion" by the great Carl G. Jung. It is recommended reading for anyone who has not spent considerable time studying the shadow and doing shadow work - particularly young adults on the far-left politically correct (PC) "social justice warrior" end of the spectrum (and for the far right, for that matter) who believe vehemently that anyone with a different point of view to theirs is a "fascist," "oppressor," or "homophobe," etc. (depending on context, but ultimately morally wrong and reprehensible) - and thus lash out accordingly.

The article What Can the Politically Correct Far Left Learn from Carl Jung? appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


Bangladesh PM Says Expects No Help From Trump on Refugees Fleeing Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed speaks with a reporter during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

Bangladeshs Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed speaks with a reporter during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

New York: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US President Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made it clear how he feels about refugees.



In Myanmar, India Has Got the Diplomatic Plot All Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

New Delhi has to find ways to pressure the Myanmar authorities to create a safe atmosphere for the Rohingya.

Narendra Modi and Aung San Suu Kyi on Modi's recent trip to Myanmar. Credit: Twitter/Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi and Aung San Suu Kyi on Modis recent trip to Myanmar. Credit: Twitter/Narendra Modi

Indias stumbling response to the humanitarian and political crisis brewing in Myanmars Rakhine State should remind one of the distinction that the historian E.H. Carr made between the intellectual and the bureaucrat. The bureaucrat, Carr wrote, was driven by precedent, instinct, [and] the feel for the right thing. In contrast, the intellectual argued inner consciousness should motivate the acts of nation-states. That distinction was probably relevant in the backdrop of the two great wars of the 20th century, which pointed to a mismatch between how some elites wanted the world to be and what the world actually was. It is more difficult for a government today to claim that realpolitik requires it to dismiss human rights violations abroad with a wink and a nudge. In fact, what was once seen as the remit of woolly-headed intellectuals should figure centrally in Indias cold calculus of power projection in South Asia it is in New Delhis interest to promote pluralistic ethos and norms in its neighbourhood, so that its governments, businesses and peoples are all invested in a common understanding of well being.

Yet it is surprising that Indian diplomacy, in response to the flight of the Rohingya from Myanmar, has once again stuck to its worn an...


Same to you mate! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

With certain publications, you know what you are getting.  You usually know well before you read them.  There are seldom surprises with the ideas or the agenda.  That does not mean that they should not be read.  It also does not mean that what is written is always right or always wrong or not funny.  Think the Sydney Morning Herald.  Think the Guardian.

Think also Front Page magazine which describes itself as a Project of the David Horowitz Freedom Centre:

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is best seen as a School of Political Warfare. The Centers mission is to defend free societies which are under attack from enemies within and without, both secular and religious. The Centers focus and the Schools curriculum have two agendas:

1. Identify the enemy and understand his nature
2. Devise ways to attack and neutralize him

Writing last week on Hillary Clintons new book, What Happened, David Greenfield wrote some classics:

Three creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches and Clintons.


But while Democrats wish Hillary Clinton would go away, she embodies todays left better than anyone.  Hillary was Americas First Crybully: the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, Hands up, dont shoot and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.

If I could do only one thing in my remaining days, I would correct Greenfield.  Four creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches, Clintons and that irritating fellow from Queensland who now lives in New York.

The same to you mate!  Shake your own sauce bottle!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glases as he speaks to....


Tax teachers to tackle tail of failures? "IndyWatch Feed"

An intriguing post from Ele, she uses teaching to draw a parrell with Labours water tax. It is intriguing and broadly Adam agrees. The imagery is excellent.


Why dont we tax teachers and use the money to tackle the tail of kids who fail at school?

That wouldnt be fair, there are many reasons for children failing, you cant hold all teachers responsible.

There are many reasons for the degradation of water quality, but you say its fair to tax all irrigators to clean it up. You could use the money for professional development for teachers who arent performing.

Thats ridiculous, you couldnt take money from good teachers to upskill the bad. its not their responsibility, thats up to principals or the ministry.

But Labour plans to take money from all irrigators and use some to bring poor performers up to standard even though regional councils already have the powers to make them comply.

And what about the teachers who are already doing everything they should, and spending their own money on further education. You cant expect them

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Women candidates in Papua New Guinea's 2017 general elections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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PM ONeill to Deliver PNG Country Statement at UN General Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill , will travel to the United States of America this week to present Papua New Guineas Country Statement to world leaders at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
In the lead-up to the UNGA meeting, Prime Minister ONeill will speak at an investment conference to promote investment opportunities in Papua New Guineas resources sector. PM ONeill will also meet with senior executives of ExxonMobil while transiting Dallas, Texas.
The opening of general debate at the United Nations provides an opportunity to share Papua New Guineas perspective on priority national, regional and global issues, the Prime Minster said prior to departure.
Through this process we also engage with partner countries to find common ground on matters of significance to our people.
As a developing country, Papua New Guinea carries a number of concerns on which we seek greater engagement with larger economies.
The plight of people who have been displaced by conflict or climate change, or by instability in the global economy, are all matters that have significant impact on developing countries.
We need stronger global governance on these and other equally important issues so that developing countries can continue to advance our economies and strengthen our communities.
While in New York for the United Nations meeting, the Prime Minister will address a business and investment conference with current and future investment partners in the Nations resources sector.
With the gradual improvement of energy prices, now is the time to invest in Papua New Guinea, and that is the key message I will take to leading resources companies.
The oil and gas sector in Papua New Guinea has enormous potential and we will continue to discuss operations with investment partners to expand investment and create more jobs.
While in the United States I will also take the opportunity to meet with senior executives of ExxonMobil.
The contribution that the PNG LNG project has made to our economy had been substantial.
I look forward to meeting with executives from ExxonMobil to hear their views on ongoing investment in Papua New Guinea.


Trump to Single out North Korea, Iran in First Place at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters /Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters /Kevin Lamarque

Senior White House officials said Trump would also target Irans nuclear program, single out Venezuela for criticism and refer to Islamist militants as losers, in his first appearance in the green-marbled UN General Assembly hall, where applause from world leaders is generally muted.

Trumps 10:30 a.m. (1430 GMT) speech will mark his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a US foreign policy that is aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises abroad.



Waima Schools Gets New Library "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



Waima elementary school, in Central province, had more reason to celebrate the countrys independence when it opened a new library funded by the Digicel PNG Foundation on Thursday, last week.


Waima elementary school has been rewarded with a library, under Digicel PNG Foundations reward program, for having looked after the previous double classroom investment and improved in certain education aspects.


To be assisted with a classroom, that is a blessing but to be assisted again with a library, that is a miracle! Waima elder Baki exclaimed.


Digicel Foundation CEO Beatrice Mahuru said the approach to investing and assisting communities remains a sustainable one.

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Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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FixedIt: Adults cant have sex with 14 year olds. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Since this article was published yesterday afternoon its generated hundreds of comments. Both the reporting and the judges comments have attracted opprobrium. As they should.

Its interesting that the ABC reported on a very similar case in Canberra last year, but had no difficulty clearly labelling that crime as rape.

Theres a couple of reasons the ABC might have chosen to report yesterdays case as sex rather than rape.

The main one would be that there is no offence of rape in the ACT criminal code. There are degrees of sexual assault and Section 92E of the ACT Crimes Act called sexual intercourse with young person with a maximum penalty of 17 years in jail if the child is under 10 years of age and 14 years if the child was under 16.

Sexual intercourse with a young person was the charge the Canberra man was convicted on, so it would not be completely accurate to report that he was convicted of rape.

Defamation might have been another concern, but it seems unlikely. Calling this man a rapist or describing his actions as rape is a realistic description and therefore not subject to a defamation claim.

Jason Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School said, from a defamation perspective, while rape might not reflect language used in ACT legislation, does it reflect the actions of what he did, so its substantially true. Defamation would not be an issue here.

So, while the ABC would have had to specify the charge, they were not legally obliged to describe his actions as sex. They could legally and accurately have called it rape.

The case last year where they did call it rape was very similar to this one. The charge was the same, the victim was 15 year...


Centre Proposes Replacing Rations For Women, Infants With Cash Transfers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Critics have said that cash transfers will not be able to ensure that people have access to the nutrition needed.

A labourer breastfeeds her child on the banks of the river Balason on Mother's Day on the outskirts of Siliguri in this May 10, 2009 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A labourer breastfeeds her child on the banks of the river Balason on Mothers Day on the outskirts of Siliguri in this May 10, 2009 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

New Delhi: The Ministry of Woman and Child Development has reportedly decided to move away from its policy of providing rations and nutritional supplements to pregnant and lactating women and other women, instead moving to a direct cash transfer.

According to the Indian Express, rations under the Integrated Child Development Services currently reach 6.5 crore beneficiaries 4.6 crore infants and 1.9 crore women. The supplementary nutrition provided under the scheme in the prenatal and neonatal stage for women and children is meant to prevent child and maternal mortality, child malnutrition and stunting of growth.

However, ministry officials told the newspaper that they have decided to move away from this model and instead provide ca...


Trump Urges Reform So UN Can Meet Full Potential "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) as they take part in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) as they take part in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

United Nations: US President Donald Trump criticised the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first ...


Yandina Wetlands surveys "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the sites value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here;

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11thand 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,



Actual Headlines Found On Mainstream "Fake News" Publications "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The following headlines were found on mainstream 'Fake News' outlets:

  • "Woman complains Hobby Lobbys raw cotton decor is racially insensitive "
  • "Toys R Us might file for bankruptcy right before everyone starts holiday shopping"
  • "St. Louis police investigate claim that officer called Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists"
  • "St. Louis seeks a new police chief; some chanting required"
  • "Armed LGBT student shot dead by Georgia police"
  • "Family Wants Answers After Georgia Tech Police Kill LGBTQ Campus Leader"
  • "Hundreds of Rohingya Villages in Flames"


New Zealand: One Pipeline Rupture Later "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Update: New Zealand Military Deploying for Fuel Transportation Update: Air New Zealand Restricting Ticket Sales, Cargo Reduced New Zealand is a funny place. It sort of pretends to be a modern, first world sort of place, when in actuality, its a hairs width away from infrastructure collapse at all times. Combine the shell-be-right []


Sushma Swaraj Holds Trilateral Talks With US, Japan Counterparts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj (L) and Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono (R) at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Indias Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj (L) and Japans Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro K...


Labours Chief of Staff doesnt believe in freedom of speech "IndyWatch Feed"

Nats seem pretty comfortable with pretty communist sign. If anyone at Labour event had a sign like this Id tell them to take it down. Neale Jones (@nealejones) September 18, 2017 The only thing that one can conclude is that former union bovver boy, Neale Jones, doesnt believe that people can attend a []

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When relations within government were sensible the US-Fed Accord Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have all that much time today to write this up and it is going to be one of those multi-part blogs given the depth of the historical literature I am digging into. So this is Part 1. The topic centres on an agreement between the US Federal Reserve System (the central bank federation in the US) and the US Treasury to peg the interest rate on government bonds in 1942. What the agreement demonstrated is that a central bank can always control yields on government bonds, which includes keeping them at zero (or even negative in the current case of Japan). What it demonstrates is that private bonds markets, no matter how much they might huff and puff about their own importance or at least the conservatives who are fan boys of the bond markets), the government always rules because of its currency monopoly

There is a rich set of documents now available, which help us understand what the 1942 agreement was all about.

There was also a special edition of the Economic Quarterly, a quarterly publication put out by the US Federal Reserve Bank Richmond branch in the Winter of 2001, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Accord.

It is very interesting to read through the historical documents and the more recent (2001) interpretation of them.

On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, which provoked the US to formally enter the World War 2 conflict in an allied alliance with the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.

On December 11, 1941, war was declared between Germany and Italy and the US.

In April 1942, as the US ramped up the prosecution of its War effort, the Treasury Department requested that the US Federal Reserve Bank use its monetary policy operations to maintain:

a low interest-rate peg of 3/8 percent on short-term Treasury bills. The Fed also implicitly capped the rate on long-term Treasury bonds at 2.5 percent.

That is, control yields on government debt across a broad maturity range. By controlling the short-end of the yield curve (the structure of interest rates by maturity of the debt), the central bank would condition the longer term rates.

And they could directly control the longer rates, which would then influence the cost of investment type borrowing by the private sector.


PNG To Look At Digital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


BY YOMBI KEP via Post- Courier


Papua New Guinea has been urged to look toward a digital money economy where the infrastructure is not expensive.


This was revealed by Futurist Mark Pesce, the keynote speaker at the 2017 PNG Investment Conference which started yesterday in Sydney.


PNG should move toward a digital money economy, the infrastructure is not expensive, Mr Pesce said.


Digital money is coming, its already in Singapore.


Mr Pesce who is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years suggested there should be a marriage between banking and telecommunications.


Let telecommunications get into banking, let banks get into telecommunications, he said.


Mr Pesce said that all goods will be traded on digitally distributed ledgers in the future and in less than 20 years, autonomous drones could be flying across PNG.


PNG needs to foster an app development sector, stressed Mr Pesce.


He gives organisations from virtual reality to education, finance, manufacturing, transportation and communication, the tools they need to think effectively about the future, its opportunities, and its disruptions.


He is the co-inventor of VRML, a 3D interface to the world wide web. He is the author of six books and, for seven years, was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporations hit series The New Inventors, celeb...


Quotation for Today -19/09/2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

From Lawfare

Someone said to Socrates, Michel de Montaigne memorably related, that a certain man had grown no better in his travels. Socrates replied: I should think not. He took himself along with him.


Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Middle Eastern rivalries are being felt as far away as Tajikistan.

Saudi Arabias ambassador to Tajikistan spoke in an interview last week of his satisfaction at successfully pursuing diplomatic overtures that culminated with the expulsion of Iran and its agents from the country.

This is a great victory for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its wise leadership, said Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Badi.

Al-Badi said the intensification of relations with Tajikistan has led to agreement for Saudi Arabia to fund the opening of six religious schools and two universities in the coming two years. The Saudi-led Islamic Development Bank is providing interest-free loans to build dozens of mosques and educational institutions across several regions of the country, the ambassador said.

Tajikistan has always enjoyed ambivalent relations with Iran. Although the Persian language link do provide a natural point of contact, Dushanbe has for decades openly grumbled about its suspicions that Tehran might be meddling in its internal affairs.

Irritation turned to rage in December 2015, when Iran welcomed Tajik opposition leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who is wanted back home on trumped-up charges of fomenting a plot to topple the government, to an Islamic-themed conference. During the same visit, Kabiri met with Irans Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for talks and was pictured as they exchanged warm greetings.

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Russias Interesting New Oil Geopolitics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

7454835435Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics. During the Soviet time Russian oil exports were largely aimed at maximizing dollar hard currency income in any possible market. Today, with the ludicrous US and EU sanctions on Russia and the Washington-instigated wars in the Middle East, Russia is evolving a strategic new frame for its oil geopolitics.

Much has been said about how Russia under the Putin era has used its leading role as a natural gas supplier as a vital part of its geopolitical diplomacy. Nord Stream and soon Nord Stream II gas pipelines direct from Russia undersea, bypassing the political NATO minefields of Ukraine and of Poland, have the positive benefit of building an industry lobby in the EU. Especially in Germany, which would think twice about the more lunatic Russo-phobic provocations of Washington. Similarly Turkish Stream that gives South East Europe a secure prospect of Russian natural gas for industry and heating independent of Ukraine is positive both for the Balkans as for Russia. Now a new element is emerging in the strategy of Russian state-owned oil majors to develop a new geopolitical strategy using Russian oil and oil companies.

Matryoshka dolls, Qatar and Rosneft

On December 7, 2016 Russias President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian state had sold a 19.5% share of Rosneft to a joint venture between Swiss commodity giant, Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority for 10.2 billion. Russia retained more than 60% control by the sale. There was great mystery as to the ultimate details which were buried in what in Russian is called a matryoshka doll structure, referring to the famous Russian painted dolls which when opened, reveal a smaller doll and again, an even smaller doll and so on. It referred to the nested structure of offshore shell companies used in the Rosneft-Qatar/Glencore purchase.

Whatever the details of that December sale, which brought the Russian treasury badly needed funds amid a budget shortfall caused by the sharp decline in world oil prices, some ten months later, Russia and Rosneft have n...


After Weeks of Silence, Aung San Suu Kyi Condemns All Rights Violations in Rakhine State "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term Rohingya to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Naypyitaw: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations on Tuesday and said anyone responsible for abuses in troubled Rakhine State would face the law, and she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in conflict there.

In her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on August 25 sparked a military response that has forced more than 410,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, Suu Kyi said Myanmar did not fea...


New Zealand & the Hunt for Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION:  Hi Martin,

Firstly I appreciate your insight into world events. I dont see anyone else coming even close to what you do.

In New Zealand we are facing an election and taxation is a big topic. Labour on the left has appointed a new, young, female leader who has wide appeal. She is hedging on Labours taxation policy but its known they favour capital gains taxes business, property, inheritance, you name it. I saw an article that Illinois is experiencing massive flight of wealth due to taxes. Will people run out of options for places to go or is the world in general headed towards mass taxation?

Thanks for your time.


ANSWER: Yes,  Jacinda Ardern is a desperate attempt to raise Marxism to its former glory. The Labour Party fell to below 30% in the polls so they put a young girl up front to gain votes. It is also true that Illinois is a complete disaster. I wrote about how they should just dissolve the state because they cannot even go bankrupt on their government pensions. It is true that every five minutes someone leaves Illinois. The most recent poll revealed that 47% of people in Illinois wanted to leave the state. Property values will collapse in Illinois because there is a mass exodus and no buyers unless they are oblivious to what is taking place. This is how Rome fell from a population of 1 million to 15,000. People just walked away from their property.

Marxism has destroyed the world economy and caused the deaths of countless millions of people all for a theory that has never worked. We are facing the darkest hours in this collapse of socialism. Make no mistake, there are plenty of people who have been brainwashed to believe it is the rich causing this rather than the greed of politicians. It is the government pensions in Illinois that has destroyed the State. They prefer to say the rich do not pay their fair share but government always needs more and more. So that share never ends until it reaches 100%.

This w...


Farmers feel like Jacinda is coming for them with one of those arm-long gloves on "IndyWatch Feed"

Even though this election looks like its going down to the wire, history would suggest this country has fashioned a fine record of not re-electing three term governments to a fourth. Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley (1990-99) and Helen Clarke (1999-2008) bear testament to the fact. Take away the aberration of the tumultuous, transformational, two-term []

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Lake Horowhenua Retrial "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Retrial this week of Philip Dean Taueki for trespassing on his own land  By Veronica Harrod Horowhenua correspondent Lake Horowhenua beneficial owner Philip Dean Taueki faces retrial for trespass in Levin District Court this Thursday (September 21) despite having been acquitted of two previous charges of trespass. Even though Taueki lives on Maori freehold land beside the lake, []


Kangaroo or Obama Court "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I dont know the origins of the term Kangaroo Court, but I certainly know what it means.  But for the avoidance of doubt, according to Wikipedia, a Kangaroo Court is a:

judicial tribunal or assembly that ignores recognized standards of law or justice, and often carries little or no official standing in the territory within which it resides.

Perhaps the time has come to update Wikipedia and various dictionaries for the evolution of language and custom.  Perhaps it is time to update the term Kangaroo Court to Obama Court in recognition of the damage to law and justice perpetrated by the Obama Administration through its April 2011 Dear Colleague letter to American universities.

Using its financial leverage with US universities, the US government encouraged the establishment of sexual assault tribunals where guilt was determined on a preponderance of evidence (50% plus a feather).  But these tribunals went beyond this.  In many cases:

  • the accused were not permitted to see expert reports;
  • the accused were not allowed to confront their accuser; and
  • the accused were not allowed representations.

under the threat of losing federal funds, many did even more than what was required. Some schools chose not to give accused students the complaint against them, notice of the factual basis of charges, the evidence gathered, or the identities of witnesses. Some barred counsel from attending hearings or disallowed counsel from speaking at hearings. Some prohibited the accused from asking questions of the accuser or witnesses, even through intermediaries; often the accuser participated in hearings behind a partition so that she would not see or be seen by the accused. Even when found responsible for sexual misconduct, the accused was sometimes not allowed to have a copy of the investigative report.

Accusers were also sometimes permitted to appeal not guilty findings.  So much for double jeopardy.  But hey.  Justice eh.

It should also be remembered that the accused and their accusers were generally aged 18-22; many of whom were not able to legally purchase alcohol in many of the states in which they resided.

But why all of this?  The Dear Colleague letter was sent in response to claims of extensive sexual assaults on....


Scientific Study Says Science Papers Have Become Harder to Read Over Last Century "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Daylighting this declining trend in readability should remind scientists that their choice of words is just as important as their decisions about data collection and statistics.

Credit: PublicDomainPictures/pixabay

Credit: PublicDomainPictures/pixabay

Lakshmi Supriya is a freelance science writer based in Bengaluru.

When was the last time you used novel in conversation with a friend? How about robust? Or furthermore? Even the things you usually read probably doesnt have many such words. Unless of course youve been reading the scientific literature. Scientific papers have become more difficult to read and understand over the last century, according to new research, and use of such science-specific jargon may be one reason why.

Most people today believe that the scientific papers are written specifically for scientists and, with good reason, shy away from giving it a skim. Instead, they learn about new developments in science not by reading these papers but through articles in science magazines or newspapers that cut through the jargon and present it in a form everyone can understand. This difficulty in understanding science is perhaps what gave birth to popular science magazines, according to Donald Hayes, a sociolog...


The Corruption of Compassion and the Contagion of Euthanasia "IndyWatch Feed"

This below article argues that the more our western culture sends the message that some lives are less valuable than others, the more some people will internalise the message and decide to commit suicide. It argues that Euthanasia and assisted suicide laws have the side effect of spreading the psychological contagion of suicide. In Canada, natural death []

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Youd Think Cutting Kodai Plantations Will Save Its Grasslands. It Wont. "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The sad truth is its almost impossible to convert plantations to montane grasslands unless the successive waves of invasive weeds and saplings are held back.

A shola ecosystem: forests in the valleys separated by grasslands. Credit: Prasenjeet Yadav

A shola ecosystem: forests in the valleys separated by grasslands. Credit: Prasenjeet Yadav

Tourists from the plains posing for photographs cause a traffic jam. Dense photogenic stands of trees extend on either side of the scenic road from Kodaikanal to Poombarai, in Tamil Nadu. The groves that draw their admiration arent forests; they are plantations of invaders that are gaining ground every year. The botanical warriors are wattle (Acacia mearnsii), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), and pine* (Pinus sp.). The judiciary the forest department and ecologists are debating how to manage them.

At the turn of last century, British forestry officials derided the vast empty treeless expanses in the higher elevations of the Palani Hills. They called them wastelands, of no use to anyone. Besides, they felt the numerous marshes made the place inhospitable. Planting water-slurping trees would drain the marshes and revenue from timber products would turn these lands productive. With these two goals in mind, the colonial forest department planted saplings of wattle and eucalyptus, and pine to...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mumpish  sullenly angry; sulky; depressed in spirits; mopey.

Filed under: language Tagged: mumpish


First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest Were well and truly into festival announcement season with the first huge reveal for Bluesfest 2018. Heading up next years lineup is the one-two punch of musical legends Lionel Richie and Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters. Thats definitely going to make a lot of people excited. Joining them in []


Press Release: Statement by Legal Aid Institute on Jakarta Attack "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On Sunday night September 17, 2017 at about 21:00 to Monday 18 September early morning hundreds of mobs surrounded the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta/LBH Jakarta - The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation/YLBHI) building, shouting terrible threats, stigmatized and unfounded accusations, and tried to enter, stoned and provoked, and tried to make unrest.

Meanwhile, dozens of people who have participated in #AsikAsikAksi (art performance, singing, etc.) were concerned about the dissolution of the historical seminar which was dissolved by the apparatus on Saturday 16 September 2017) were confined and persisted in LBH-YLBHI building.

LBH-YLBHI has repeatedly explained that there are no events related to PKI, police officers ranging from Menteng Police Chief, Central Jakarta Police Chief, Police Headquarters Chief Superintendent also Metro Jaya Police have conducted direct clarification, saw all materials, watched continuously and acknowledged and explained to the masses that there was no event related at all to the PKI or Communism. But the masses refused to listen and resist the authorities.

LBH-YLBHI expressed gratitude for the response and protection of the Police officers tonight, protecting colleagues inside the building, explaining to the masses about the actual events, asking the masses to disperse, control the situation and act decisively in enforcing the law and the constitution.

Clearly hoaxes or false news have been broadcast, propaganda of false accusations has been voiced, the instructions for attacking LBH are done systematically and extensively that this is a PKI show, singing genjer-genjer songs etc., when nothing at all, we are worried this is ridden by the parties who want chaos and riot.

LBH-YLBHI is home to the poor blind and oppressed, all groups complain and seek legal assistance. In accordance with the spirit of LBH, the principles of the rule of law and the code of ethics of the profession and legal aid, all accompanied indiscriminately, regardless of race, religion, race, political beliefs, LBH also accompanied the victims in stigma 65, those who were in no way affiliated with the PKI but became victims later.

LBH-YLBHI is also a space to meet, express opinions, discussions, and others as long as it does not conflict with Human Rights...


How WINZ got social housing costs so wrong "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last year, National bowed to public pressure over homelessness and replaced emergency housing loans - under which the homeless were saddled with odious debt to be put up in price-gouging motels - with a grant. Their initial budget for these grants was a mere $2 million, but demand was so high that they burned through that in the first month. Currently, WINZ is on track to spend $50 million on these grants, 2500% of their budget. So how did they get it so wrong? Someone used FYI, the public OIA request site, to ask. The result is a depressing insight into the paucity of WINZ's thinking on the issue.

WINZ released 9 MB of documents, but the money quote is buried at the back:

The cost of the SNG has been estimated on the basis of supporting 750 single people and 1,250 families at 7 days each at the maximum SNG rate. Once implemented, the SNG will be demand-driven but an estimate of expected cost still needs to be provided as this is a policy change

So, 2,000 grants at $1,000 each. According to the cover letter, the number of grants was estimated from the number of households with "insecure housing" on WINZ's (severely restricted) social housing register (~800 - 950), and the number of households listed in the 2013 census as lacking habitable accommodation (4,200). In other words, they deliberately estimated that only 40% of those eligible would be given a grant - either because they wouldn't apply, or because WINZ would unlawfully refuse it. They also assumed that families would be given such a grant for only 7 days, after which they would miraculously find an affordable home to live in.

The reality, according to MSD's Social Housing Report, is a little different: MSD gave out 11,446 grants totalling $12.6 million to 3,108 individual clients in the March quarter alone. The average grant wasn't just higher - $1,100 instead of $1,000 - but there were significantly more of them. Partly this is because there were more clients, but the biggest factor is that each client received almost a month of support rather than the expected week. And price-gouging by the motels WINZ was hiring didn't exactly help either.

In retrospect, this should have been obvious to WINZ. People don't just find an affordable home in a week, and given that....


The sound of silence: Vale Hamed "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Kyran ODwyer Every so often, something catches your eye and prompts you to look a little deeper. After you see, you find you cannot un-see. After you hear, you find you cannot un-hear. When the sound of silence is disturbed it is, at best, disturbing. Hello darkness, my old friend Ive come to talk

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ACTs strategy towards NZ First is remarkable "IndyWatch Feed"

New Zealand First members putting around rumours about Winston Peters should put up proof or shut up, ACT leader David Seymour says If these people including former candidates have proof of their serious allegations they should release it to the public. Otherwise they should shut up and let Winston Peters be judged on his very []

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.00 AUD


The West is as Thick as the Earths Mantle "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Uncle Volodya says, Confidence is ignorance. If youre feeling cocky, its because theres something you dont know.

Its funny how some posts come to be. Sometimes I stop myself partway through a reply to a commenter on another post, thinking, hey; theres enough meat in this for a whole post, rather than just a one-paragraph rant. Or sometimes, as is the case with this post, I start out writing a new comment, just to draw the readers attention to something I read, and think the same thing theres more material here, and it forms a new picture. This could go somewhere. Lets play with it a little, see if theres something to it.

Once I decide there is something to it, I start looking for a hook something catchy which will tie the title in with the post, so that while the connection might not be immediately apparent, it will be revealed within the body of the post.

In this case, a little explanation is called for, because the connection is so roundabout.

First, I ran across an hilarious post on Interfax Ukraine, which I was just going to offer for everyones amusement. It featured the 17-year-old CEO of Naftogaz, Andriy (its very important to Ukrainians that they spell their names differently from the Russian spelling, because they are...


Dan Dicks On The False Left Right Paradigm And How Unity Is NOT The Answer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There is an agenda to unite the world into one and we have reached a fork in the road and the choice between being free and being a slave is up to you. The current state of the left right divide in America and in nearly every democratic nation has been orchestrated by design through a divide and conquer tactic...but what's the solution if a one world global order is their endgame? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth was invited to speak at Anarchapulco 2017 the world's largest anarchist/voluntarist conference in Acapulco Mexico where he outlined his case for how the individual can and must take precedence over the group in the face of the agenda for a new world order.


Czech Republic Assists With Aid Post "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



BY RENAT MURUKET via Post-Courier

Czech Republic Ambassador to PNG, His Excellency Rudolf Hykl officially opened a community aid post in Ohu village, a few kilometers south of Madang town over the weekend.

The Ohu community aid post project was jointly funded by the PNG Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Development Corporation through the Czech Republic embassy.

This new aid post is a great bonus for the people of Ohu and the neighboring villages who travel long distances to access health care at Madangs Modilon General Hospital and other health centres.

Ambassador Hykl was in the village in person and was happy to open the development project.

Medical services are one of the basic services that people depended mostly on.

The ambassador said he anticipates that the aid post will help improve the quality of life for the Ohu community.

He said the main purpose for Czech Republic international mission was to help communities in the rural areas with development services.

He said the primary purpose for funding is to let communities know the existence of support and commitment of the people of Czech Republic in the country.

Ambassador Hykl said small projects like aid posts is one of the development activities his Embassy has been involved in.

Czech Republic is an active member of the European Union where the bulk of the interaction takes place. Therefore, funding such services will help Czechs research students who are studying in the province to interact well with the communities, Mr Hykl said.

The project manager Kenneth Molem appealed to the Ohu community to take responsibility and look after the aid post.

Mr Hykl also thanked the Binatang Research Centre for guiding and organising research projects by involving community participation to complete the aid post. The embassy is one of the many European Union development partners in PNG.

Filed under: Agreement, Awareness, Community, Gove...


Unwriting myself "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sometimes, when I miss L, I go back into my inbox and read the old emails she wrote to me. My favourite one is about the Finnish writer, Tove Jansson, and Janssons book of seasons. The email is beautiful and even in the years after it was sent, when we were no longer talking or in love with other people, or things were just all too painful, I would still go back to her words: it is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive. It has come to a standstill; nothing withers, and fall is not ready to begin.


The result is in the mail "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We got our equal marriage survey forms in the mail yesterday, and posted them back today. From what Ive seen, about half the forms were delivered last week and nearly all will be done by Friday. And I imagine, most people will either respond straight away or not at all. So, it was kind of strange to see the official campaigns being launched at the weekend, rather as if an ordinary election campaign started at lunchtime on election day*.

On the other hand, the results wont be announced until November, and the ABS is working hard to prevent any release of partial information. Thats if the votes were kept under lock and key on election night and not counted until the last postals and absentees had come in.

* For byzantine funding reasons, the major parties now leave their election launch until the week before election day, when quite a few people have already voted. But this is taking it a step further.


The Botched and Blinkered Past of the NIAs Next Chief "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Y.C. Modis probe into the murder of a BJP leader was slammed by the Gujarat high court for ineptitude resulting into injustice. He will be next director of the National Investigation Agency.

YC Modi

Y.C. Modi, the new NIA chief. Credit: Youtube/ANI, PTI

New Delhi:  Senior IPS officer Y.C. Modi, who helped investigate the assassination of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, has been named as the next head the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Indias premier counter-terror agency.

The Pandya investigation led to the conviction of 12 persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). They were all subsequently acquitted by the Gujarat High Court in 2011, having spent eight years in jail.

Justice D.H. Waghela, who made up the bench along with Justice J.C. Upadhyaya, remarked in that verdict that:

What clearly stands out from the record of the present case is that the investigation in the case of murder of Shri Haren Pandya has all throughout been botched up and blinkered and has left a lot to be desired. The investigating officers concerned ought to be held accountable for their ineptitude resulting into injustice, huge harassment of many persons concerned and enormous waste of public resources and public time of the courts.

The courts judgment revealed a prosecution case riddled with contradictory statements, leaving as evidence mainly recorded confess...


Eating Chocolate causes Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed"

However, if you drive to the supermarket in your Electric Vehicle to buy the chocolate you are ethically carbon neutral, so no need to confess to your therapist about the guilt trip. [] LONDON, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, []

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On Social Media, There Is No Difference Between the Real and the Fake "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

You are the mask you wear. Your fake profile is your real profile.

In contrast to the fake profile, which gives full play to the subjects dark fantasies, it is the real profile which actually fakes. Credit: Pixabay

In contrast to the fake profile, which gives full play to the subjects dark fantasies, it is the real profile which actually fakes. Credit: Pixabay

In his The Sublime Object of Ideology, Slavoj Zizek, taking from French humorist Alphonse Allais, presents us with a comic scenario: a married couple, for the sake of reigniting their passion, agrees to meet each other accidentally as if for the first time at a masquerade ball. At the ball, after finding each other, they go to a comfortable corner and start making out. But on removing the masks, they realise that their respective partners were someone else. Of course, this embarrassing scenario shows the pain of misrecognition, even if in a relatively harmless situation like a masquerade ball. It is also interesting to note that a popular game played at masquerade balls was asking the guests to guess each others identities beyond the mask.

Let us consider a more quirky scenario: a married couple in contemporary times is bored with each other. To spice up a dull life, both husband and wife, unknown to each other, use fake profiles to sex chat with strangers. They both connect with anonymous strangers online whom they find interesting and, after many episodes of sex...


Richard Flanagan In Conversation with Phillip Adams "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In his first public Tasmanian event since winning the 2014 Booker Prize, Richard will be speaking about his highly anticipated new novel First Person.


Mainstream media hiding the truth re City Councils? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The slogan for the Herald Sun publication on the front of the newspaper is "We're for Victoria".

So what any average Joe would maybe comprehend from that statement is that the Herald Sun 'supports' the people (?) of Victoria?

This does not necessarily seem to be the case.

Does the HS seem to publish the stories that the 'herd population' are supposed to know to in order to keep them docile and distracted?

Another publication 'curates' stories for its subscribers, with a liberal left wing bias rather than the 'truth' irrespective of its perceived political slant.

A post on social media showed how the Fairfax publication The Age stated that a rape was committed by an ex Victorian Police man on a five year old child, while in the next paragraph it was stated that she was raped by an employed Victorian police officer.

So, let's have a look at what the Herald Sun publication did not publish in their online comments

Bit of a bugger that!


Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Hello all and, in particular, birders of Blackall Range,
Recently I have been approached by the Sunshine Coast Council Environmental Dept with reference to their educational displays at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They plan to have different displays there every four months. The next theme display, to run from December 17 until March 18 is Birds.
This is where we [Birdlife SC] come in. Hopefully we can contribute to this theme and encourage folks to learn not only about Birds but birding, bird conservation and Birdlife Australia. Hopefully, too, we can encourage some more people to become members.
They have asked whether we can host some bird walks / talks and contribute to the displays in some ways. I certainly have some ideas
In the first instance though I would like birders to consider volunteering some time to lead a bird walk or three over that four month period. The number of walks would be determined by the number of volunteers but I think the more the better. Ideally it would be great to have at least one weekly walk and perhaps alternate between a mid-week and a weekend.
My suggested programme would include;
1/ intro talk to describe birding [1 minute], key birds within Mary CC [c. 10 minutes] and Birdlife Australia [c. 2minutes]
2/ intro to using binoculars [perhaps using birds within info hall] [c. 10 minutes]
3/ bird walk within reserve [c. 1 hour]
4/ bird call encouraging participants to tick off species recorded on the walk [Mary CC bird list] [c. 10 minutes]
SC Council have agreed to supply a box of binoculars which could be borrowed.
PLEASE let me know if you could assist, in some way, with this project asap.



OK, prediction time.   Yes, I'm a National Party activist but I think I know enough about politics to be able to edit out my subjective bias from these predictions.   Anyway (and acknowledging five days in politics is a long, long time) this is how I read it.

The polls are up and down like the proverbial 'whores drawers' and from that I adduce the two main parties are probably within spitting distance of each other.   Two weeks ago I would have said the momentum was with Labour; that momentum appears to have stalled with confusion around their tax policy and especially their water tax policy.    The other thing I take from the polls is that the Greens are trending up while Winston First is trending down.    I see these as important factors in making my predictions.

Two other points to consider in making these predictions.   I assess the 'wasted vote' (ToP plus rats and mice) to be in the order of 3-4%.   Given that you can effectively add 1.5% to both the National and Labour Party Vote.   That 1.5% could be crucial.    Second, I see the Maori Party as being edited out of the conversation.     Looking at National's options and Winston has made it clear his distaste for the Maori Party as race based while, for the socialists, any accommodation with the Maori Party could come back to bite in the Maori seats held by Labour.

Having said all that and my predictions (in order of probability) are  #1 ... a Labour/Greens coalition and #2 ... a National/ACT/NZ First coalition and #3 ...  a Labour/Greens/NZ First coalition.

Looking at each of these in a turn and to my good friend Psycho Milt yes, you can buy me a beer anytime.     A Labour/Greens coalition became more likely once Me Tu resigned.    Her anarchist tendencies would have created huge tensions around the cabinet table and one senses the Greens are reverting to a more environmental focus with her departure.   That Labour can handle.   But there will be tensions.   Ztev is Labour's bovver boy blogger.   On Kiwiblog he said (with a hint of malice) the best the Greens could hope for would be a ministerial position outside of cabinet.   So is Labour  going to play hardball?   Gonna be interesting to see whether the Greens, forever the...


Govt To Decide On Death Penalty Soon "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE Government is expected to make a decision soon on the death penalty while 12 people on death row continue to wait.
Justice Minister and Attorney-General Davis Steven said a decision would be made soon on the matter.
Ive got 12 people waiting to die. Do you think they are going to go away? Im going to make a decision very shortly.
The debate will continue. But as long as its law, somebody has got to enforce it, he said.
He said the people would be given an opportunity to discuss the issue too.
Steven told The National that the previous government had allocated funds t

o ensure that all the different modes of execution and other issues were considered.
Two things are clear. There is a death penalty imposed. And 12 of our citizens have been sentenced.
They have been waiting while we have been meandering and creating all sorts of excuses.

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Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []


Correspondence with Rowan Ramsay MP (2014-present) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Follow up sent to Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation by Dan Monceaux on September 19, 2017.
I am writing to express my thanks for your timely fulfillment of my recent FoI request. I also appreciate your decision to release these documents w...


5 intentions for spring "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I like intentions better than plans; they definitely suit the unpredictability of motherhood.

While I have intended to write here for the past fortnight, it hasnt come to fruition. The early days with baby are busy, yes, but theyre also slow and rather uneventful. Theres feeding and washing and cooking and cuddling and coffee drinking and housework and.thats about all. But all those things manage to take up most of my day which leaves little time to write and even littler to write about.

But this week, thanks to warmer weather (bare feet!), wisteria growing in abundance on the side gate and the imminent school holidays, Ive been looking forward to the next few months and thinking about whats to come. And instead of venturing deep into spring with scattered thoughts and cleaning ideals I thought Id create some intentions instead.

  • return to my frugal mindset : Ive got the best excuse for lapsing on the frugality of late but just this past week Ive craved the routine of meal planning. And honestly, it really does make my days smoother if I dont have to umm and ahh about what to cooking during witching hour. And yes, it really does eliminate food wastage and reduce the grocery bill. So many positives!
  • sort through the childrens clothes : this is such a mammoth job thats heady with nostalgia. Lets not even talk about my dilemma over the newborn clothes that Marigold has outgrown Im at a loss with what to do with them. Alas, I have been sorting, rearranging the hand-me-down boxes and listing pre-loved clothes for sale. If you do like buying second-hand, you must check out Oh For Lovers and Fighters, too.
  • read 10 pages a day : I did this last year and I always, without fail, read more than 10 pages. Ive just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and next on the list is Lab Girl. Its a soothing way to while away the breastfeeding sessions.
  • tend to the garden : which, in my case, is a bunch of terracotta pots that are currently looking sad and neglected. We havent had any significant rainfall in months so everything is scarily dry. But I need my herbs and greens for summer salads so its an essential task that must be done!
  • walk, walk, walk : I dont have a double pram so Ive been a litt...


Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

MEMO | Animation Short Film 2017 GOBELINS from GOBELINS pro on Vimeo.

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Rohingya Exodus the Fastest, Most Concentrated Refugee Movement in Asia Since 1971 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction.

Rohingya refugees

Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/

An uncle of mine, a reporter for DER SPIEGEL, covered Bangladeshs war of secession from Pakistan. I made Dhaka my home some 40 years later, for two years in a country at peace with its neighbours and covered floods, cyclones, corruption, a military coup and trials of dreadful crimes committed many years ago. This month, I was on my way to report on the fastest and most concentrated refugee movement across an international border in Asia since 1971. I have never witnessed anything like it.

Some 400 kilometres south of Dhaka, heading down the narrow strip of land along the Naf River that separates Bangladesh and Myanmar, Rafique, a Bangladeshi Rohingya whose family came to Bangladesh in the 1991-92 exodus, pointed left. T...


Decoding the Eastern Ethiopian Conflict "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Tension has been simmering for years along the longest border in Ethiopia which often led to intermittent clashes involving mostly the Oromos and Somalis.

The Borana: catch the colour. The Borana people live in Ethiopia's Oromia region. Photo Credit: Carsten ten Brink via Flickr. CC BY 2.0

The Borana: catch the colour. The Borana people live in Ethiopias Oromia region. Credit: Carsten ten Brink via Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Ethnic tensions between Ethiopias two regions, Oromia and Somali erupted into violent conflict that killed at least dozens of people and drove thousands of men, women and children from their homes during the second week of September 2017.

Reports on social media about the death toll and displacement of people are wildly different, depending on who reports them. Pro-government journalists based in the capital Addis Ababa reported dozens of deaths while diaspora-based...


Finding a Sustainable Future for Artisans Over Chai and Chat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With the future of artisans uncertain, this years Nine.Squares will reflect on how artisans can be integrated with the design community.

Nine squares Jaipur design show

No plastic cups. Audience members take their beverage at a Chai & Chat session at Nine.Squares. Credit: Alan Tweedie

Indias design sector is a hive of creative energy working in a global environment. Indias artisanal sector, on the other hand, sees crafts people working in a challenging environment as modernity asks questions about what their future holds. Both meet next week at the second edition of the Jaipur design show, Nine.Squares.

M.P. Ranjan, formerly of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, was a great innovator in the Indian design scene and along with his wife, Aditi, spent a lifetime addressing the challenges facing Indias artisans. In addressing how change happens, Ranjan argued that people learn more from a discussion over a cup of chai than in any other way. This argument is reinforced by prominent Indian theatre director and event visualiser, Bansi Kaul. In training Asian Mela organisers in the UK, Kaul argued that most people come to a mela to meet people and chat. When you design a mela, he said, you start by designing places for people to sit and chat, ideally over a cup of chai.


In which the pond gets out the taxpayer subsidy and the baseball bat because it's Caterist day ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The reptiles have been out and about this day with a story which has been described as a complete fabrication, or a tremendous beat-up, but the pond shares the reptile anger and indignation. The sooner we stop foreign businessmen playing footsies with Saudi princes the better ...

There's simply too much of it that's gone down to be easily forgiven ...

Shocking, enough already.

Meanwhile, the outrageously alarmist Climate Council has been out and about banging their hysterical warmist drum, proposing that things got a little warmer last winter, as can be read at the Graudian's Australia's record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says ...

Naturally the Fairfaxians and the cardigan-wearers at the ABC have also picked it up ...



Climate change: This is going to cost us "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

For the past six months, National have been suppressing Ministry for the Environment guidance on coastal hazards, which show that sea level rise and the resulting storm surges threaten $19 billion of coastal property. This government malfeasance isn't just bad froma transparency point of view - it has real consequences. Consequences like this:

The Thames-Coromandel District Council recently gave its consent to a 72 lot extension of the Whitianga Waterways canal housing project, and relied on a least drama IPCC projection for sea level rise of 1.06 m out to 2120. That 1m projection complies with nine-year-old 2008 Ministry for the Environment guidelines. But was this good resource and risk management practice? If the Council had instead taken account of high-impact but relatively low-probability projections, as has been proposed by the latest 2017 Draft Ministry guidelines and other 2017 reports from the USA, it would have been forced to conclude that both the subdivision itself and most of Whitianga township will be submerged by rising seas.

Instead, people are going to build houses there, and those houses are going to be underwater in 80 years. And long before then, the council will be forced to redzone them, and the owners will sue the council for deliberately and knowingly consenting them when they shouldn't have. Whoever ends up carrying the can, it is going to be hugely expensive, and hugely wasteful, not to mention ruining people's lives. And all because some property developer wanted to to find a greater fool to realise their asset before it became valueless, and the council was too stupid or too corrupt to say "no".

When that happens, we should send the bill to Paula Bennett, whose suppression of bad news has allowed this decision to be made.


MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Smartphones can transform Papua New Guineas economy, says futurist Mark Pesce "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Smartphone technology can transform the economy, futurist Mark Pesce told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney earlier this month. He painted a long-term picture in which digital technology will allow the country to reap the benefits of the post-industrial era.

Futurist Mark Pesce. Source: Business Advantage International

Pesces  goal, in a wide-ranging hour-long talk, was to show how PNG could raise its GDP per capita four-fold, to that of a medium-developed country, by 2050.

The smartphone is the most important tool since the invention of the metal axe handle, a few thousand years ago, said Pesce, who spent six months researching his presentation in collaboration with conference organiser, Business Advantage International.

It is a universal tool. A smartphone can be used for communication, for commerce, for education, for community, for culture. Weve only just started to scratch the surface.

Pesce said there should be a policy to drive up the rates of smart phone ownership.

The solution is to allow telcos to go into banking.

As of January, nearly 40 per cent of Papua New Guineans owned a mobile. Its likely that a bit more than half of these folks would own a smartphone. So, thats a smartphone ownership rate of around maybe 25 per cent.

The target over the next five years, he said, should be to drive the rate of smartphone ownership to 85 per cent of the population.



James Shaw is a wanker "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The delightful prospect of the country seeing the back of the Green Party after they fall below 5% on Saturday and depart the precincts of Parliament is given added importance by their continuing and rank hypocrisy.

Latest example from a top drawer of top-class chutzpah to choose from is their response to the damaged oil pipeline running south from Marsden Point that now holds Aucklands airport hostage: Green Party undertaker James Shaw (to whom it may fall to take out the partys corpse, fingers crossed), leapt into the fray to say that

the government's failure to provide [this] critical infrastructure was negligent the government has a role in ensuring we've got fuel security," he said.

Can you smell the same stale stench of sanctimony there that I can?

At the same time as he and his colleagues in the Green movement talk about oil use as an addiction and protest every drop of oil taken out of the ground oil drilling is mad, they say it must be stopped for the sake of the children and do everything they possibly can to make the production of power and the refining of fuel more difficult and more and more expensive; everything they can to raise costs and taxes on fuel; everything they can to make fuel more expensive and, with the RMA they support, to make construction of infrastructure and pipelies more costly and more uncertain; cheering loudly every time Lucy Lawless lambasts Shell or their own protests help sink a new pipeline even as this anti-energy anti-industry zealot waves his anti-oil flag so flagrantly in our faces he has the gall to lecture in public about fuel security in a way that looks like he would know about or would value such a thing.

What a wanker.

An insult to those who do.

Let us hope after Saturday we wil never hear from him or his fellow luddites again.

It is the one thing about this election worth looking forward to.



From Lies To Information Overload Methods of Hiding Reality "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(L) Artists view of the historic Library of Alexandria, and (R) a server room

By G5

The recent London train bombing smells of a clumsy False Flag the Protectors of Realms dont always talk to each other.

The current, behind the scenes noises are, that it was an amateur device. But then the same was heard concerning: the Hilton Bombing, the Bali Bombings, and the London Train and Bus Bombings. There is always more to official renditions.

Perhaps its an issue of Professional Amateurism or Criminal Terrorism as it suits the prevailing narrative. Particularly since what was once regarded as Criminality, now simply slots into Terrorism. A fit for all occasions.

That doesnt mean that some innocent might not be tagged and blamed for it. After all, the law (government) must be seen to triumph. Its a threat against future evil doers that they will be caught. And so the theories flow.

But then the universal history of Big Sentencing, and MSM Theatrics in chain, delivers no Social gain. But only further economic damage. Now how could that be.

I read the file of a fellow in Australia who was convicted of a large number of rapes. He was on Legal Aid and could barely speak English. I visited him in gaol. Each charge was a separate trial, and each was separately appealed. The manipulati...



PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of the 42nd Independence anniversary celebrations,
members of the PepsiPNG Mens and Womens National Basketball Teams took the streets of Port
Moresby to showcase the two FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cups.
During the day, over 5,000 people had the chance to get up close with the two hand-carved trophies,
taking photos with the silverware and selfies with their favourite PepsiPNG National Team players.
The tour commenced on Saturday morning in Kaugere, before the convoy made stops in Badili, Koki, Ela
Beach, Town and Hohola.
PepsiPNG Mens National Team Head Coach Joel Khalu said getting the trophies on display to the public
was a great way to promote the international event that will be taking place in the last week of September.
The kids especially, really enjoyed holding the trophies and taking pictures, Khalu said.

Fans were excited and kept saying that they were looking forward to watching our teams play.
Mens star Apia Muri felt the buzz while mixing with fans on the tour.
Papua New Guineans love basketball, Muri said.
You could really tell that with the way they were coming up to get pictures with us and the trophies.
It was a great feeling getting well wishes from our supporters and I cant wait to play, Muri added.

The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on
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RSIPF to monitor Civil Society Group Rally in Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will maintain visibility during the approved march by the civil society group scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday 19 September 2017.

I can confirm that the police has given approval for the peaceful march by the civil society group.  The approval was given after the organisers of the event have assured us that it will be a peaceful march from the SMI area near Town Ground in West Honiara to the Office of the Prime Minister, says Gabriel Manelusi, Deputy Commissioner, Operations.

The police appeals to members of the civil society group taking part in the march to exercise their freedom of speech peacefully and not to be involved in any acts of violence. Members of the public who are not involved in the march are requested to observe peaceful as the police will take action against anyone who tries to disturb the peace, says Deputy Commissioner, Manelusi.

The civil society plans to present a petition to the Prime Minister for the reintroduction of the proposed anti-corruption bill when the National Parliament resumes its next witting next month.


Solomon Police arrests a 42-year- old on false pretence allegations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Police in Malaita Province have arrested a 42-year-old male on the 10th of September 2017 following a complaint the man had allegedly falsified documents for payments.

The man was later charged by police for allegation of False Pretence and appeared  before the Auki Magistrate Court on 13th September 2017 .The court ordered he be remanded in custody for 14 days.

It was alleged the man claimed his affiliation with the Ministry of Forestry as the Deputy Director and was responsible for issuing application forms upon payments for projects which will then be financed by the Ministry concerned.

Police are continuing with its investigation into the matter.

Provincial Police Commander, Malaita Province, David Wate says, Police wish to appeal to the public and individuals who may have information as alleged to assist the Auki police in its investigation by calling phone number 40132 or 23666.


An Indian-Irish Jugalbandi "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All The Worlds Between, an enaction of a collaboration between sets of Indian and Irish poets, results in an interplay of themes that we may have never considered we shared.

We look forward to a future where forced migration exists only in history books. Credit: Pixabay

We look forward to a future where forced migration exists only in history books. Credit: Pixabay

There is an interesting tradition in poetic interactions between countries. The most famous one citied in India is that between Rabindranath Tagore and William Butler Yeats, despite its sour ending. Another such relationship is that of Octavio Paz, the Mexican poet, who also served as the Mexican ambassador to India in the 1960s. His A Tale of Two Gardens, did a wonderful job managing the infusion of multiple cultures, with its phenomenal opening poem, Mutra (Mathura), capturing the visceral nature of living in India, in a way few have.

Summer, enormous mouth, vowel made of fumes and panting!
This day wounded to death creeping along the length of time and never finished dying

In their new book, All The Worlds Between, K. Srilata and Fina Bolger have gone one step further and enacted a collaboration between sets of Indian and Irish poets. The end result is an interplay of themes that we may have never considered we shared. In their opening remarks, titled A Curious Synchronicity, the editors lay out how the collaboration came to be and what it became.

In her poems, ine N Ghlinn describes the forced movement of young and old and how seeking refuge forces people to put their...


If Whaleoil wrote subscription posts like political campaign ads "IndyWatch Feed"

If Whaleoil wrote subscription posts in the same way that New Zealand political campaign ads are written how they would sound would depend on which political party we were imitating. If we copied the National Party our ad would sound like this Whaleoil will deliver a better blog for all New Zealanders The choice is []

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Real life Zombies: High on a new street drug called flakka, Truly Frightening "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[DM] A drug which sends users into a paranoid frenzy where they act like zombies and bite the flesh off strangers faces is widely available in Australia and costs as little as $7.50 a hit.

Called flakka, but known on the street as gravel and by chemists as alpha-PVP, the terrifying hallucinogen has earned a reputation as one of Americas scariest drugs and its being synthesized in China and shipped in the kilograms to Australia.

Users can order the drug online and have it delivered to their mailbox the next day, or find an synthetic alternative in their local sex shop shelves  with no understanding of its dosage or contents.

Tyren Edwards, National Chief Scientist at Safe work Laboratory, told Daily Mail Australia flakka was easier to get a hold of than methamphetamine in Australia.

Methamphetamine is harder to get hold of than flakka in Australia, its definitely out there (but) you can only judge it on the seizures of synthetics which are hardly ever reported. Mr Edwards said as little as six grains of flakka was enough to send a user into a chemical state of oblivion, and could result in death in just 10 minutes.

He said the drug could be manufactured for just $0.75 a hit. Videos of flakka users in the US show people writhing on the ground and screeching, hiding from non-existent gunman, running naked through city streets, trying to have sex with a tree and claiming they area God.

Adelaide forensic toxicologist Andrew Leibie, who has recorded positive tests in Australian workers to flakka and who has evidence of the drug turning up in post mortems, said the drug is being sold in places like Newcastle and Wollongong.

The problem with alpha-PVP is that its a mix of a potent hallucinogen like LSD with a potent stimulant like ice. They are at the same time extremely aggressive and extremely frightened, Mr Leibie told Daily Mail Australia last year.

So you will get people smashing through windows or running through traffic as they are hallucinating because they think the walls are possessed and they throw themselves off a balcony.

On its own LSD can be a pleasant hallucinogenic with very strong visions, but if you combine that with ice you get the euphoria and aggression that goes with it.

Flakka is that it has not been strictly illegal, because its a new drug developed in China most likely by a 19-year-old on a computer. They sell it over the internet and its inexpensive because there are virtually no middle men.

One of the hundreds of different variations of drugs known as bath salts, which Mr Lebie says has hit the mark...


Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...


Climate Change and Homelessness Forum "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"



As part of Anti-Poverty week, SACOSS is hosting a forum exploring the impact of climate change on those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Join us to hear from a great line-up of speakers:

  • Dr Scott Hanson-Easey, Research Fellow at University of Adelaide, Director of the former National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Vulnerable Communities Network, speaking on climate change and its impacts on people living in poverty
  • Dr Danielle Every, Senior Research Fellow at CQ University Adelaide Campus, launching the findings of her report with the Red Cross on homelessness and extreme weather
  • Kellie Caught, Senior Policy Officer, ACOSS, speaking on the Resilient Community Organisations resource to help Community Service Organisations prepare for climate change
  • Representative from Red Cross, speaking on the new Out of the Storm project developing extreme weather education with the homeless community

The forum will run from 12.00pm to approximately 2.00pm and includes a light lunch.

Places are limited - register online here


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AdelaideSouth Australia 5000


Labor, the Greens and the Neo-Plutocrats "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In the latest issue of National Review, Reihan Salam writes about the changes within the US Democratic Party.  The very first paragraph caught my eye.  So much so that it is repeated below with 1 very important change.  The reference to the Democrat party is replaced by the Labor Party:

The Labor party faces a dilemma. Since its inception, the party has defined itself as the champion of the little guy and a bulwark against plutocracy. Over the past few years, however, a funny thing has happened: The plutocrats have been joining the party en masse, and theyre changing it in the process.

The above would read similar if the Labor party was replaced with the Australian Greens.

But through this lens, consider the Labor Partys headline positions on immigration (increase), mining (end), electricity (make more expensive) and manufacturing (suffocate).  Now consider whether the current Labor Partys policies align to the interests of Labors earlier constituents blue collar workers from mining, manufacturing and services.

Perhaps the plutocracy has not entirely captured the Labor Party, yet, but the inner city academia, public service and expert class wield significant influence.  It is these people, for whom government is a source of income and livelihood and not a framework for organising and ordering society, that are now running the show.

If plutocracy is defined as:

a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens;

then perhaps the neo-plutocracy should be defined as:

a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of politically connected and influential citizens.

For these neo-plutocrats, it is very easy to demand greater taxes to pay for greater and more expensive services because these people disproportionately benefit.  They often provide the public services and so are quite happy to be paid more to provide the same.  For these neo-plutocrats, they see no problem seeking to ban political donations from property developers by are quite comfortable to allow and enhance political donations from public sector unions.

These neo-plutocrats have also redefined what being rich is so the the rich can be taxed more; to pay their fair share.  But the rich arent the ones earning $180,000 per annum struggling to pay rent or a mortgage.  The rich are the ones who own th...


8 Japan Nuclear Reactors At High Risk Of Volcano Damage, NRA Confirms "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We outlined concerns about this back in 2014. It started with the Sendai nuclear reactors and their risk for damage



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Correspondence with gov: PM&C, DSS "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Over the weekend I began trying to nail down what the actual process is for a community to decide to enter into a trial of the cashless debit card. I need to know this kind of detail in order to provide an informed submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 which is due on Sept 29.

Through my research, I was provided with a link to the MOU signed by representatives of Ceduna area and discovered that PM&C had signed the MOU on behalf of government. I thought this was an interesting detail as I had not been aware that PM&C was involved in any way in cashless welfare so I wrote to PM&C to ask them about their role. Yesterday I got a reply not from PM&C but from DSS. PM&C are obviously not willing to explain their role in debit card trials.

I find the lack of willingness of anyone in government to provide any information about cashless welfare to be contrary to democratic decision making. How can people who may potentially be effected by the roll out of cashless welfare establish the pros and cons of the policy when the information is so tightly controlled that we do not receive timely information or information that clearly answers our questions?

From: Media                                                                           18 September 2017 1:21 PM

CC Media 

Hi Rosie,

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have sent your enquiry to the Department of Social Services (DSS).

DSS Media has forwarded it to for re...


Entire volume of CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald, set for October release, has mysteriously 'gone missing' "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Volume 5 of the CIA's Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year. Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as "volume 5." As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedy's assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962. The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging of records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.



Suffrage Day "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Today, September 19th, is Suffrage Day. 124 years ago today, women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. Its one of our greatest achievements as a nation, and yet its not one we publicly mark. That needs to change: Suffrage Day should be a public holiday. Its certainly better than celebrating a dead religion, a foreign monarchy, or their odious wars.

This year, Suffrage Day has fallen in the middle of an election campaign, so its a particularly appropriate day to advance vote. If you're not sure where to do that, just select your electorate from the list here.


FixedIt: invisible rape of a child "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Townsville Bulletin accurately reported that a 45 year old man was convicted and jailed on four counts of indecent treatment of a child.

However, he was also convicted of two counts of rape of that child.

The judge said he showed no remorse, that he was in a position of trust with a vulnerable child and he was found guilty of raping her.

What possible reason could there be to dilute his crimes against the child down from rape to indecent treatment? He raped her. Thats what happened. Say that.

Hiding from the reality of rape and child abuse does the victims a terrible disservice and fails to serve the purpose of journalism. Theres no reason or excuse for this.

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Its Time To Admit It: They Cant Even Count "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Debates are supposed to be argued on the facts. When we discuss things like Australias housing bubble, Brexit, the financial crisis, and retirement ages, we argue using facts. To some extent, anyway.

Youve probably quoted many of the facts in discussions with your friends and family.

Like facts about Australias housing shortage. Or net migration to the UK, which sits at around 250,000 a year, making many people vote in favour of Brexit.

According to a long-standing media furore, huge amounts of foreign students vanish into the British workforce each year, instead of going home at the end of their degree.

Or you mightve mentioned the worlds whopping US$225 trillion of debt when discussing the impossibility of high interest rates. And how the Greek governments debt to GDP ratio of 180% still isnt solved.

There are vast underfunded pensions that we must find a way to honour too. The World Economic Forum says the funding gap will be US$224 trillion by 2050 for the six biggest pension systems, of which Australia is one.

But what if all the figures are wrong? What if your facts are dodgy? What if people cant count?

Where would that leave our discussions, votes and policies? What sense would analysis, debate and data-driven decisions make then?

None at all.

Unfortunately, it looks like we cant count. All too often, our facts are baloney.

Recently, all sorts of dodgy data have been exposed. To the point where you have to admit it

They just cant count anything

The UKs immigration figures which pushed Brexit over the line were based on small-scale surveys done at airports. Seriously. And those are the governments official figures.

The surveys missed tens of thousands of people leaving the UK, especially the much-maligned foreign students who were accused of vanishing into the workforce to steal British jobs. It turns out barely any stay. The new immigration system, which exposed the pathetic old one, still doesnt match up with airline data. The private sector actually counts people properly

But it also hides numbers

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) recently discovered $14 trillion in debt it didnt know about. Using derivatives, firms can borrow vast amounts of money in a hidden way that looks like wheeling and dealing, but is in reality funding their operations.

This shows how pathetic and pointless attempts at regulation and deleveraging are. Corporate finance responds to incentives, not slack laws with more holes than Swiss cheese, and without personal consequences for...


BLOODY HELL! "IndyWatch Feed"

Comrade Peoples Princess has joined her media party mates in calling National responsible for the serious disruptions resulting from the kerosene pipe line failure.

Back in the early 1980s the refinery that was the target for everyone opposed to National and the "think big" response to a world energy crisis caused by manipulation of world fuel prices and delivery by OPEC.

In moves that the socialist left decried from the most socialist PM National ever produced included some very extreme tactical opposition to The Clyde Dam, The Motunui Ethanol Plant, expansion of Glenbrook steel plant and of course the revamp of the NZ Refining outfit at Marsden Point near Whangarei.
In the later death throws of Muldoon's classic interventionist policies that The Then Labour Party opposed vehemently and now under the peoples Princess have given new life to, the daft idiot thinks if she can upgrade The Tauranga Line to "fast Rail" for a mere twenty million a second pipeline from the refinery to AKL will be a doddle.

Here is a News Update Cindy Darling.
Back in 1980 there was no bloody RMA for wet dreaming socialists to ejaculate over and the now failed pipe was installed in under a year go to woah.
Any attempt to lay a second pipe as back up and augmentation in response to the exponential increase of demand will cost more in consent costs than the original and will take a decade to get to completion.

That is what some of the more nave thought Mr Key was gunner sort out, but then what would the shiney arses do for a living then.

Some more news Cindy darl, the freakin pipe is owned by NZ Refining a monopolistic entity owned and operated by big oil, yep them same dudes who your new luvvie mates inhabiting the melon patch continually undermine and condemn for ruining the planet. Never to a degree the hippycritters will ever avoid using the satanic bad buggers conveniences in frequent travel though.

Inconvenient truth is struggling to break through the pack-ice of  socialist and their media enablers desire to somehow project National as responsible for what is for some a total disaster.


Its Not All Sunshine and Sushi "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We spend weeks counting down the days until the boarding call. Crossing off the dates on the calendar, edging closer and closer to the aircrafts window of hope.

Travel is supposed to be a great time, right? The sights, experiences, culture, friends and food: its what some of us young guns live for. But what happens when your light at the end of the tunnel is shat on? What if there was a bomb dropped on your picture perfect getaway?

Japan was my destination. A month-long stint in Tokyo, the city Id dreamed of as a kid, sitting in Japanese class spending hours crafting the perfect origami paper crane. The crane is a symbol of hope, and just like Sadako from the Thousand Paper Cranes story, I was holding onto it with a similar plea. I was convinced this trip was no longer a want, but a need.

My arrival was a shit-storm. After not one, but two panic attacks at 35,000 feet, I stepped off the plane dripping with sweat and tears with the reminder of my banana bread spew fresh on my breath. Uncomfortably slipping out of my Birkenstocks as I approached the carousel, I nervously awaited my 20-tonne Flylite. Still in a flurry and pouring sweat, my trembling hands managed to count the correct money for a Skyliner ticket to Nippori, the Tokyo district Id be calling home. I was terrified, but I could not pinpoint exactly what was so frightening. I just needed to feel safe.

I will be fine once I get to the hotel, I repeated over and over.

Stepping out of the station at around 9.30pm, I resembled Dorothy as I was punched in the face by the culture, cityscape and unbearable heat all at once. Where were my ruby red slippers?

I attempted to navigate myself to the hotel. I was weak, still crying and exhausted. After a mental pep talk, in an effort to get it together, I popped into a convenience store to ask for directions. The air conditioning hugged me like an old friend and I wiped my tears before approaching the staff member at the counter. As I watched the young girl ponder my distraught appearance, I could tell this was a dead-end. I left feeling more defeated than ever and continued to drag my dead weight suitcase behind me.

Soon I spotted the all-too-familiar golden arches and rushed to the free WiFi for help. I scrambled for my phone as I felt myself thrown into another attack. Diners looked up from their Big Macs as I hyperventilated and sobbed while sweating bullets and internally screaming. A Japanese woman approached me. Desperate to help, she...


What on earth did Anna Marge Lorck say at Karamu High School? "IndyWatch Feed"

The tipline has been running hot about Labours Hawkes Bay Home-wrecker candidate in Tukituki, Anna Marge Lorck forgetting she needs to be nice to voters and saying some pretty interesting things to people/students at Karamu High School in Hastings last week. We have several versions of the story and we would like to fact check []

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Turnbulls postal opinion poll: a vicious, bullying farce. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

  Its rather difficult to empathise with the marriage equality No crowds insistence that they are being bullied by the Yes side, given that the postal opinion poll on the issue is, in itself, one of the most outstanding examples of government and social bullying that weve seen in quite some time. Subjecting groups to

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Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

There was a fair amount of crime in South Africa when I lived there, and house break-ins were common. My aunt and uncle woke up one night as an intruder was about to bludgeon them over their heads. My uncle jumped up, naked, and grabbing an non-working antique rifle, chased the intruder out.

My parents friends were not so lucky. Hearing a noise downstairs, the elderly husband armed himself with a pistol, and went down stairs to investigate. It didnt end well. He was overpowered by the group of intruders and shot dead with his own gun.

The Farmer in Albury

Last Thursday, around midnight, a resident of Splitters Creek (in New South Wales) heard a noise. Arming himself with a hockey stick, he confronted an 18-year-old rummaging through cupboards in the kitchen. The lad was armed with a knife but facing the hockey stick, he fled.

Then at about 3.30 am in the early hours, farmer, David Dunstan, 52, heard knocking. He opened the door to find the (same) young man with a piece of wood (and his knife).

The Herald Sun wrote,

Frightened for the safety of his three children aged 9 to 14, who were asleep inside the Bungowannah home [he said] I thought there could be more of them out there, Andrea Dunstan immediately phoned local police.

The Border Mails article wrote that Dunstan

went to his nearby gun safe and grab...


The Greens achieve the impossible: Make Nick Smith look good! "IndyWatch Feed"

Claims by the Green Party that its polls show it is going to win the Nelson seat this Saturday shows just how desperate they have become since their slump in the polls says Nelson MP Nick Smith. The Green Party is push polling in an attempt to manipulate Saturdays result with alternative facts in the []

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Booklet launch: Promoting Health and Wellbeing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"



The Promoting health and wellbeing case study booklet has been produced as part of the SACOSS and SA Health Department for Health and Ageing (DHA) Public Health Partnership.  The booklet provides an exchange platform for those working in the sector to increase opportunities to share experiences and successes, build capacity and momentum to support the health and wellbeing of communities and those most in need.

The SACOSS - DHA booklet documents diverse approaches to promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of communities. It is hoped that the resource will help to facilitate a community of practice across the sector, capturing various experiences, strategies and outcomes of a number of initiatives and programs. The thirteen case studies fall into three categories, highlighting best practice in innovation, collaboration and partnerships and the promotion of health and wellbeing. 

Copies of the booklet will be available at the booklet launch on Thursday 19 October. 

Mr David Panter, Chair of SACOSS and Ms Vickie Kaminski, Chief Executive of SA Health will open and close the launch (event runs from 10.00am to 11.30am, morning tea included).

Places are limited - register online here


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FixedIt: A house did not commit rape "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A rape investigation in Bolton is underway after police received a report that a 19-year-old woman had been raped, reports Wigan Today.

Despite the headline, police are not investigating a house for rape, they are questioning a 27 year old man. There is no allegation that a house committed the alleged rape.

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FixedIt: alleged death threats and stalking are not a declaration of love "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Illawarra Mercury reported on a man accused of threatening to cut his ex-partners throat after she reported him to police for allegedly stalking and harassing her in breach of an AVO.

This case has not yet been heard in court so this is not about his guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are reported.

According to the article, the man is accused of following her, turning up at her house and following her to a hotel. She reported him to police and says she then received 32 phone calls from an unknown number. She answered one of the calls, and alleges that the accused yelled at her for calling police and said Im getting locked up for nine months so Im going to make it worthwhileIm going to cut your throat.

These allegations are not a declaration of love. Declaring love for someone is not a crime and no one can be charged for doing so. There were six charges including contravening an AVO and stalking, all of which are serious crimes, not romatic acts.

He has pled not guilty to all charges.

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Paula Bennett explains why there is no Ministry for Men "IndyWatch Feed"

Womens Minister Paula Bennett is encouraging all New Zealanders to take some time tomorrow, on Suffrage Day, to reflect on womens rights in New Zealand. Im so proud to live in a country that was the first in the world to give women the vote. I hope all New Zealanders take time to reflect on []

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Australia tries to deport Rohingya to persecution "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Myanmar is currently waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya minority. So naturally, the racist Australian government is trying to force Rohingya detained in its concentration camps to return to persecution:

Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country that has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.

Asylum seekers in the Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guineas Manus Island, have been pressured by officials to return to their home countries, even if they face violence.


Returning Rohingya to their country could put their lives at risk. Myanmar does not recognise the ethnic minority and has conducted military operations in Rohingya villages that the United Nations top human rights official branded a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

Close to 400,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, many with bullet wounds and stories of mass killings, as their villages burn.

This is simply monstrous. But its the ultimate endpoint of Australia's racist, anti-refugee policies: sending people back to be murdered. And the parallels with the shameful treatment of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany - treatment which the Refugee Convention was created to prevent any repeat of - couldn't be any clearer.

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