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Saturday, 23 September

04:04

Hysteria: Health workers attacked, abused over Victoria hospital smoking ban "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rules banning smoking outside Victoria's public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy. Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger. "We're hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members," union state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said. The calls come after the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Last month two patient transport officers were reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

03:54

Morgan Freeman Drops Truth Bomb On Race Hustlers Leaving CNN Embarrassed & Speechless "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[BannedInfo] Who is better qualified to talk about how race has held him back than an eighty-year old black man from the Deep South, Memphis, Tennessee? On his way up there were no affirmative action programs to help him overcome the obstacle of being born Black in America.

Morgan Freeman was 80 when he was interviewed on CNN Tonight, two years ago.  Host Don Lemon Morgan asked him, Do you think poverty is part of genetics, to answer your question?

Freeman answered forthrightly,  No, you cant say that. I dont think wealth, personally, I dont think wealth and genetics have anything to do with each other, actually.

Freeman elaborated and his answer mustve had political race hustlers burying their heads, If youre born in the U.S., it really doesnt matter the condition of your birth.  What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment, whether or not you are I mean, this is from the standpoint of having been born with little. Here, you can always get out of that. Poverty is just

The Academy Award winner wasnt done.

When Lemon asked him, Do you think race plays a part in wealth distribution?

Freeman didnt hesitate, Today? No.

Lemon persisted, You dont?

And, Freeman remained resolute, No. No, I dont. You and I, were proof. Why would race have anything to do with it? Put your mind to what you want to do and go from there.

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee [in 1937], said Freeman.  I had a long haul from where I came from, to here. But here we are. So proof is in proof of the pudding is in the eating. Here we sit at the dining table.

Lemon was desperate to protect The Legacy Of Liberalism that has destroyed the Black family and the schools their children attend that Freeman had earlier alluded to (What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment.)

Lemon: But its hard to when you say that to people because they say, Here you go with the pull yourself up by the bootstraps thing. Youre just being respectable. Not everybody can do that.

Freemans response was abrupt: Bullsh**! Everybody can! Not that it doesnt [take] courage. Courage is the key to life itself. A lot of people were born in situations, Ill never get out of this. So they wont. I say to people who say, We...

03:48

Dont Tell Me How To Travel Global Hobo

For years, I have been told that my way of travelling is wrong. Its a habit that I was once ashamed of, but now, unabashedly own.

I am an informed traveller who, like many others, secretly enjoys the daggy pastime of planning my holidays. We are the people who research and double check our travel itineraries the slightly obsessive travellers who are perceived as a little boring and tedious. It may not be edgy and cool, but you know what? We get shit done.

Ive been lectured more times than I can count by supposedly well-travelled people who, with all the knowledge that their 20-something years can offer, tell me the value of spontaneity and preach about the evils of planning and knowledge with no balance to be found.

No one can have fun making lists, they admonish.

I often wonder why I and so many others get such a bad reputation for being informed. In this age of anxiety, why torture yourself by not having even the slightest plan or fooling yourself into thinking that by winging it youre going to find yourself?

Maybe some people can improvise their way through their travels, but thats just not my style. This doesnt make my adventures any less valuable. To be one of those carefree people who can turn up somewhere and hope for the best would be great, but not all of us are that lucky. For me, its a definite way to waste my holiday and end up a nervous wreck.

I once bowed to the pressure of being more spontaneous on a trip to Japan. I couldnt let go altogether, so I made a loose itinerary and vowed only to bring it out if everything went to shit. My fellow travellers had only come up with a few things they wanted to do: watch a sumo match, visit a brewery and eat at high-end restaurants.

As it turned out, everywhere was fully booked for months, and it wasnt sumo season. With a completely empty itinerary, they planned to wander the streets of Tokyo. As the first week progressed, they realised that perhaps they needed to put a more solid plan in place. This is where me and my list of adventures came in. At first theyd thought I was crazy, but my planning meant they saw a lot of Japan, so they indulged me. One point for neuroticism and zero for their spontaneous adventure.

Not having a clue has even become a trend to impress people. This spontaneous approach to travelling has been so romanticised that its become like a photo of an average coffee with a pretty filter. After your photo, youre stuck with a shit coffee, just like youre also stuck with your choice to prioritise appearances over substance. Ultimately, forgoing research on your destination so you lo...

03:36

Trump at the UN "IndyWatch Feed War"

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose, threatening speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 19, 2017. In addition to harsh attacks on North Korea and Iran, Trump singled out Venezuela and Cuba, reading a host of cliched lies and traditional US government boilerplate from his teleprompter, delivered to a notably muted response from the assembled delegations.

Trumps address was a shameless display of demagogy that had the political aim of winning allies, especially in Latin America, for a campaign to isolate Venezuela and Cuba, and create the political conditions to implement regime change against both sovereign countries.

It is more likely that Trump, his Administration, and the US government as a whole, will be found politically isolated. The evening prior to his UNGA speech, Trump gave remarks before a dinner with some Latin American heads of state and diplomats. There he tested out his rhetoric, shameless hyperbole and half-truths, and threats against Venezuela. It remains to be seen how many of the conservative and neoliberal governments that Trump is courting in Latin America will be comfortable aligning themselves with the Trump Administration against Venezuela and Cuba.

Also, crucially for US policymakers, there is the overwhelming popular consciousness across the Americas and internationally against these US policies. It should also be clear to Trump and Washington that inside the United States there will also be great opposition and resistance to these policies.

On November 1, the UN General Assembly will again register the stunning isolation of US anti-Cuba policies when it votes overwhelmingly in favor of the Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo by the United States of America Against Cuba. Trump will certainly instruct US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to vote No this year, reversing the 2016 decision of the Barack Obama Administration to abstain. For years the annual UN vote has been a major political embarrassment for various bipartisan US Administrations and Congresses, with lopsided, near-unanimous support for the Cuban government-sponsored Resolution at the General Assembly vote.

Trumps lies and threats from the podium of the United Nations must be answered in the United States, across the Americas, and around the world by protests that are being organized on or around the time of the November 1 vote.

Join worldwide demonstrations in cities around the world to finally bring down the US blockade against Cuba!

03:33

DeVos Ditches Obama-Era Campus Assault Rules, But Problems Lie Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our long national nightmare is overor is it?

On Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance on sexual assault that ensured more innocent students accused of the abhorrent crime would be found responsible and expelled. Earlier this month, DeVos announced she would seek comment from stakeholders to improve the way schools adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.

DeVos at the time mentioned the need for due process for the accused and better treatment of accusers, since all sides agree even the Obama-era guidance did not solve all the problems. (Supporters of the Obama-era guidance went apoplectic after DeVoss speech, however, claiming she was siding with rapists over victims, an absurd notion.)

In place of the Obama-era guidance, known ominously as the 2011 Dear Colleague letter, as well as a 2014 question-and-answer document, schools will now have to adhere to 2001 and 2006 guidance from the Education Department.

A Deprivation of Rights

In her letter rescinding the previous guidance, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson wrote of the problems caused by the Obama-era guidance. The 2011 guidance forced schools to adopt a low, preponderance of evidence standard for adjudicating sexual assault, when schools had previously been allowed to use the more stringent clear and convincing standard. To avoid federal lawsuits or yanked funds, schools were required to adopt the lower standard, even though such regulatory changes were required by law to go through a notice and comment period and the 2011 document did not.

Jackson also lamented the old guidances insistence that accusers have the right to appeal decisions, effectively undermining double jeopardy. Schools were also discouraged from allowing parties to cross-examine each other, claiming such a tool of due process could violate Title IX, the anti-discrimination statute from which all these rules sprung.

Schools were also required, under Obama-era guidance, to create quasi-judicial proceedings (stacked against the accused both in requirements and culture) and forbade them from relying on law enforcement to investigate. Schools also had to investigate and adjudicate in a short amount of time, and stated that any due process protections must not unnecessarily delay the proceedings.

The 2011 and 2014 guidance documents may have been well-intentioned, but those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many studentsboth accused students denied fair process and victims deni...

03:12

Gabon arrest of ivory trafficker "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gabonews
September 19, 2017
On Monday 18 September in Libreville, an ivory trafficker from Mayumba was
arrested by the judicial police and the Eaux et For?ts with the support of
the NGO Conservation Justice.

The transaction was to be held in a hotel in the Montagne Sainte district.

Thanks to extensive investigations, the mixed team was able to foil the
ivory trafficking and the organizer was arrested. Samba Camara, the brains
of the operation, was arrested in flagrante delicto for the detention,
transport, and marketing of the products of an integrally protected
species, 4 tusks of elephant ivory totaling 27 kg.

The offender, originally from Mayumba, from where the ivory would also
come, would not be at his first facts in terms of trafficking and will have
to answer that in court.

He faces six months in prison. In neighboring countries, sentences are
heavier, with 5 years in prison in Congo and 3 in Cameroon. Under these
conditions, the traffickers would logically favor Gabon. Recent articles in
the English newspapers The Mirror and Independent mention that ivory
originally from Gabon finances terrorist activities, including Boko Haram,
in other countries. These facts have been confirmed by the National Agency
of National Parks.[These latter reports are unfounded no evidence at all. KS]

As ivory traffic generates significant financial benefits and flows, it can
be understood that it may be of interest and linked to other types of
crime. The links between ivory trafficking and security issues are numerous
and have been highlighted in many countries.

http://gabonews.com/fr/actus/societe/article/trafic-d-ivoire-un-nouveau-trafiquant-arrete-a

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03:10

Malawi three arrested in Lilongwe for possession of ivory "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 Nyasa Times

Elijah Phimbi
September 20, 2017

Malawi Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody three men at Kanengo
Police Station following their arrest after being found in possession of
Ivory illegal on Monday this week.

According to Kanengo Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Laban Makalani,
the three were arrested by Wildlife Crime Investigators at Kanengo
Industrial Site following a tip from well wishers.

Makalani identified the three as David Nyadani (39), Mike Josephy (37) and
Wisdom Milosi (49).

He said the three reside at Namitete and they travelled to Lilongwe in
search of a market to sell the ivory.

The ivory weighed 1.4 Kilograms and its estimated worth is about K2,
310,000.00.

They will soon appear before court to answer charges of Illegal Possession
of Protected Species and dealing in Government trophies contrary to Section
86 (1) and 91 of Wildlife Act said Makalani.

The trio hails from Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201709200873.html


02:44

The world is slowly moving toward de-dollarization "IndyWatch Feed World"

The issue of when a global reserve currency begins or ends is not an exact science. There are no press releases announcing it, and neither are there big international conferences that end with the signing of treaties and a photo shoot. Nevertheless we can say with confidence that the reign of every world reserve currency has to come to an end at some point in time. During a changeover from one global currency to another, gold (and to a lesser extent silver) has always played a decisive role. Central banks and governments have long been aware that the dollar has a sell-by date as a reserve currency. But it has taken until now for the subject to be discussed openly. The fact that the issue has been on the radar of a powerful bank like JP Morgan for at least five years, should give one pause. Questions regarding the global reserve currency are not exactly discussed on CNBC every day. Most mainstream economists avoid the topic like the plague. The issue is too politically charged. However, that doesn't make it any less important for investors to look for answers. On the contrary. The following questions need to be asked: What indications are there that the world is turning its back on the US dollar? And what are the clues that gold's role could be strengthened in a new system? The mechanism underlying today's "dollar standard" is widely known and the term "petrodollar" describes it well. This system is based on an informal agreement the US and Saudi Arabia arrived at in the mid-1970s. The result of this deal: Oil, and consequently all other important commodities, is traded in US dollars - and only in US dollars. Oil producers then "recycle" these "petrodollars" into US treasuries. This circular flow of dollars has enabled the US to pile up a towering mountain of debt of nearly $20 trillion - without having to worry about its own financial stability. At least, until now.

02:30

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Strong Towns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins with two parallel scenarios: In the first, a man named Arthur Dent wakes up in his rural English home only to find that a bulldozer outside is about to demolish his house in order to build a highway bypass through it.

After deciding to lay in front of the bulldozer to prevent his home from being destroyed, his conversation with the bulldozer driver goes like this:

"Come off it, Mr. Dent," [the driver] said, "you can't win, you know. You can't lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely [...] I'm afraid you're going to have to accept it. This bypass has got to be built and it's going to be built!"

"First I've heard of it," said Arthur, "why's it got to be built?"

"What do you mean, why's it got to be built?" he said. "It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses."

Protetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council explains:

As you are probably aware, plans for the development of the outlying regions of the galaxy invoke the building of a hyperspace express route through your star system. And your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition.

(Shouts of terror emit around the globe.)

There's no point acting all surprised about it; the plans and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your earth years. If you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that's your own lookout.

There are some important Strong Towns issues explored here in just the first few pages of the book. First, how many people throughout history have been told "We need to bulldoze your house to build a highway"? And, when they ask why, are provided with little more answer than Arthur Dent receives: "It's a highway. You've got to build highways." Take a look at......

01:33

Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded coworker says he is a slave to Allah "IndyWatch Feed War"

In those tapes Nolen answers questions in a very matter-of-fact way with seemingly little emotion. He told the investigators he beheaded Hufford because he felt oppressed as a Muslim. Nolen carefully explained his interpretation of the Quran and said no one guided him in the religion and that he came his beliefs on his own. []

01:29

Brexit Talks Could Continue Close to UKs March 2019 Exit, Theresa May Says "IndyWatch Feed War"

FLORENCE, Italy Britains negotiations with the European Union could continue close to its scheduled March 2019 departure from the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the two sides need to come to an agreement by November next year in order to allow time for it to be ratified by parliaments.

Of course we will leave at the end of March 2019 and negotiations will be continuing potentially up quite close to that time, May said during a question-and-answer session following a speech in Florence setting out her Brexit plans.

(Reporting by William James; Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by William Schomberg)

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May Says Will Honour EU Budget Commitments During Period of EU Membership

FLORENCE, Italy Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Britain will honour its budget commitments made during the period of its EUs membership during.

I do not want our partners to fear that they will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave, May said.

...

01:25

Is Spain Going to Explode Over Catalonian Secession? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thats quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen Catalonias access to public funds so that they cant be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.

On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judges order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.

Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldnt dockthe port workers wouldnt cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.

This Isnt The First Time Catalonia Has Sought Independence

Catalonia has long called for independence from Spain. As recently as 2014, it tried to hold a similar independence referendum. At that time, the Spanish government pushed back, calling the vote illegal. That caused Catalan leaders to rebrand the vote as a participation process to see how much support the Catalan government had for political independence. Catalan leaders still faced legal consequences for holding that vote, something that was presumably meant to scare Catalonia off from holding another referendum.

That clearly didnt work. This time around, Catalonia is much more defiant and is not taking no for an answer, which seems to be part and parcel of the populism thats been sweeping Europe in the last couple of years. Now, it appears Catalonias boldness could boil over into the kind of civil unrest that Western Europe hasnt seen in decades.

According to the...

01:21

To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted. Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to []

01:18

The Data Demontrates That America Should Build the Wall and Initiate Merit Based Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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I did not enjoy writing this article because I usually find myself rooting for the underdog, whether it is in sports or in politics. For example, I took great delight that I was able to take part in the greatest upset in American political history in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.  Having been raised in Denver, I reveled in the fact, that after 17 straight losing seasons, the Denver Broncos have managed to win three Super Bowls.  Subsequently, when I look at immigration, it is the story of the down-trodden and how they have made a life for themselves. I can personally identify with this sentiment, because I am a first generation American on my fathers side of the family.

Despite my affinity for the underdog, I find myself adopting pragmatist views towards immigration. First, allow me to say that many immigrants are my Christian brothers and sisters. And those that are here, minus the hard-core criminals, should not be deported because it is a case of too much water under the bridge. However, there is something that can be done, and should be done, with regard to future immigration. The numbers simply do not lie.

The Truthful Answers Are Often the Simplest

Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization and Senior Writing Fellow and he developed the following quiz on immigration:

1) What, for the last three decades, is the average number of immigrants legally admitted?

2) What is the Diversity Visa, and name at least three countries whose nationals have received the DV?

3) Approximately how many refugees does the U.S. resettle annually? Name at least three countries theyve come from.

4) Name the number of times Americans have voted on immigrant admissions, visa issuance, or refugee resettlement.

Answers:

1) More than one million, all given life-time work authorization, a total that continues despite 9/11, the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a...

00:29

Lawmakers Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers SERAP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has confirmed that its representatives yesterday met with the Senate President Bukola Saraki to discuss issues relating to details of annual salaries and allowances of lawmakers. In a statement today by Timothy Adewale SERAP deputy director the organization said that, While we appreciate the expressed commitment by Saraki to transparency and accountability of the National Assembly, and the rare opportunity to dialogue with him, we remain deeply concerned that the leadership of the Senate has unfortunately not satisfactorily addressed the damaging allegations byProfessor Itse...

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00:11

Roger Ver Joins Other Libertarians In Announcing a New Nation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ever wish you could live in a Libertarian utopia? Roger Ver and his team may have the answer for you.

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23:49

Can You Feel The Love Tonight For Say I Do!? Sir Elton John Did! New Matilda

Bit of a coup for the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, of which New Matilda has a financial interest.

Sir Elton John, who embarks tonight on a very unique Australian tour (hes only performing in regional areas) will be performing in front of tens of thousands of fans. And a few thousand of those in Mackay and Cairns will be toasting the performance of one of the worlds great rock stars with a cool, refreshing can of Say I Do!

Sir Eltons management company Rocket Man Productions (go figure!) recently ordered over 6,500 cans of Say I Do, Sparkkes new white wine bubbles in a can which was launched earlier this year, and aims to promote marriage equality in Australia.

Sir Elton himself wont be sampling Say I Do! The superstar has been sober for 17years. But concert-goers will be among the first in the country to try the first white wine bubbles in a can Australia has ever seen.

New Matilda readers will among the first as well. You mob have been big supporters of Sparkke (which I greatly appreciate), and in particular Say I Do! And on that front, the first batch (from the crowd sourcing campaign earlier this year) left the warehouse in Sydney yesterday and today and should be in New Matilda homes by early next week.

When your Sparkke Say I Do! arrives, wed love to know what you think about it. So please take a photo of you enjoying it, and post it social media. You can hashtag it with #sparkkechange, #equalitybubbles and, of course, #voteyes.

In other Sparkke news, brewer Agi Gajic has just finished the newest product, a New England Pale Ale. Its a style of beer Agi became fond of during her trip to the United States earlier this year.

Its a full strength beer, and its campaign message is. Well let you know next week.

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23:47

Hundreds of homeless people vanish in Salt Lake City after police operation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Police say that the whereabouts of several hundred homeless people are unknown and residents of the city are concerned

SALT LAKE CITY (INTELLIHUB) Police say that they do not know where hundreds of homeless people that used to congregate on the streets near a local shelter disappeared to following a local operation.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told the press that he has checked all of the local encampments along the river banks and all the parks but is still perplexed how over 200 homeless people just vanished. Now some locals fear the worst and want answers.

All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were killing everybody.

Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there, the man told NBC.

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21:55

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy.

The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

In fact, current Florida state law makes it illegal.

This is the definition of crony capitalism. Companies lobby government officials, who then vote in favor of the corporate position  often for a quid pro quo in the form of financial support for the officials reelection campaign.

Any solar panels erected on a home must be connected to the local electrical power grid.

So, if you want to build an off the grid home  it is illegal to install solar panels on your home.

Just ask Robert Tarr who, according to WFTV, spent more than $60,000 for a system of 32 solar panels for his roof. But even though his house can generate enough electricity to run indefinitely without being hooked to a power company, legally, he still has to be connected and pay the Leesburg Electric Department for power he doesnt even need.

So you can be completely free of the grid?  Channel 9s Jamie Holmes asked.

Yes, Tarr said.

But they make you attach to the grid, Holmes asked.

Yes, Tarr said. I have a problem with it, OK? I think if I want to be totally independent of them, I should be allowed to be, Tarr said.

If Tarr were to stop paying his electric bill, reports WFTV, he said Leesburg would shut off his power. City officials could also revoke his certificate of occupancy for not being hooked up to the system.

So, if this family wanted to de...

21:43

Former Disney Exec: Hollywood Is Hurting Because It Makes Movies For Lowest Common Denominator "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This past summer, Hollywood earned its lowest box office revenue since 2006. More than a dozen films from every major movie studio bombed hard, to quote film financial analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Co.

I wouldnt want to be a movie theater owner right now, he said. The losses were nothing short of historic.

Many turn to the rise of Netflix, the role of Rotten Tomatoes and sequel fatigue, and other themes for answers. But two veteran Hollywood producers say the lack of family fare is a major factor behind Hollywoods slump.

Families are way underserved today, says writer Brian Bird. Now Bird and former Disney executive Mitch Davis are revealing their aim to create compelling films and TV shows that run counter to mainstream trends.

Audiences Are Starved For Family Programming

Movie producer Mitch Davis got his start at Walt Disney Studios in the late 1980s, working behind-the-scenes on Newsies, Dead Poets Society and other releases now considered iconic.

He wrote and directed The Other Side of Heaven for Disney in 2001, the first film role for young actress Anne Hathaway. She went on to star in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. (Worth noting: Nolans World War II drama Dunkirk was this past summers only original, non-franchise hit.)

The movie industry is the most persuasive, pervasive creator of popular culture on the planet, Davis said in an interview to support The Stray, his independent family film opening in theaters October 6. To make a world-class movie, it costs upwards of 50 to 200 million dollars. What do those economic forces mean? If youre spending that kind of money, you have to know you have a legitimate path to recouping it. The answer to that question becomes the lowest common denominator: sex and violence.

Brian Bird, executive producer of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel, echoed Daviss analysis. Its a race to the bottom everywhere in the media conversation, except for a few small networks who are trying desperately to program for a family audience.

Writer of successful biopics The Case for Christ and Captive for Paramount Pictures, Bird recently co-founded Believe Pictures with Michael Landon, Jr., son of the famed Little House on the Prairie...

21:12

Australias First Vaccine Magazine To Be Launched In September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

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ANR Media is the proud publisher of Vaxxed Inc.- Australias first and only magazine to discuss the big global controversy surrounding vaccines and vaccinations. Read More

21:03

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F... Australian Survival and Preppers..

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20:57

Merkel's Muslim mob chanting "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight on your own". Michael Smith News

Merkels Germany... Islamozanis march through the streets: Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out & fight on your own#RoshHashanah pic.twitter.com/RFCGtn3vIG Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 20, 2017

20:48

Cory Bernardi takes out the #GoldKenny @Qldaah #auspol No Fibs

One Tweet to bind them all. The weekly Gold Kenny has been awarded by Mike Carlton to Cory Bernardi for his outstanding fundraising abilities. But there can only be one winner. For this truly spectacular own goal, it's Cory 'The Tory' Bernardi ! #goldkenny pic.twitter.com/DIRyk6rRRm Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) September 22, 2017 Cory Bernardi [seen here in this []

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20:48

Justin Luke - Author: Majority Australian Survival and Preppers..

Justin Luke - Author: Majority: In the hundred years or so before Christ, the slaves in the Roman Empire revolted several times. You might remember Kirk Douglas as Sparta...

20:30

Australia's Origin Energy to Trial Blockchain Power Trading "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

One of Australia's largest power providers is working with blockchain startup Power Ledger on a platform aimed to facilitate energy trading.

20:22

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

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 Kennedys 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 or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator...

20:04

Please Explainer: A Brief Punters Guide To How Malcolm Roberts Tried To Renounce His British Citizenship New Matilda

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a British citizen when he ran for office in the Australian Parliament on July 2, 2016.

So says the High Court of Australia, in a judgement handed down this evening.

New Matilda is preparing a story overnight which explains what happened. In the interim, we have released the brief video below, which explains in basic terms how Senator Roberts tried to renounce his citizenship prior to his election.

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19:14

Cambrian trilobites from China, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This American Museum of Natural History video from the USA says about itself:

Niles Eldredge: Trilobites and Punctuated Equilibria

17 December 2015

In the late 1960s, Curator Emeritus Niles Eldredge was a graduate student with a passion for trilobite eyes. He had been taught to expect slow and steady change between the specimens of these Devonian arthropods he collected for his dissertation. Only his trilobites were doing one of two things: staying the same, or evolving in leaps.

Several years later, Eldredge, along with co-author Stephen Jay Gould, turned his observations into a theory known as punctuated equilibria: the idea that species stay relatively the same, or at equilibrium, throughout the fossil record save for rare bursts of evolutionary change.

A former Chairman and Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, Eldredge remains at the hub of evolutionary discussion and debate, as well as one of the worlds experts on trilobites, specializing in mid-Paleozoic phacopids. He has also analyzed the relationship between global extinctions of the geologic past and the present-day biodiversity crisis, as well as the general relationship between extinction and evolution.

Learn more about Trilobites: here.

From the American Museum of Natural History in the USA:

Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study fi...

18:51

Good-bye Senator Roberts, Hello Mr Malcolm. High Court rules Mr Roberts was a UK citizen - judgement here. Michael Smith News

Re Roberts [2017] HCA 39 (22 September 2017) Last Updated: 22 September 2017 HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA KEANE J IN THE MATTER OF QUESTIONS REFERRED TO THE COURT OF DISPUTED RETURNS PURSUANT TO SECTION 376 OF THE COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL ACT 1918 (CTH) CONCERNING SENATOR MALCOLM ROBERTS Re Roberts [2017] HCA...

18:30

Raiden ICO: Ethereum Scaling Solution to Launch Publicly Traded Token "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Ethereum's answer to bitcoin's Lightning Network will have one notable difference  a publicly traded token to be sold in a Dutch auction in October.

18:22

Email from ABC staffer applauds violence against Tony Abbott - "Good" Michael Smith News

ABC does not apologise for staff member's email applauding Abbott's attack. They say it's unacceptable and a "lapse in judgement." pic.twitter.com/gLrw13S0Nn Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) September 22, 2017 Mr Abbott said the incident showed an ugly and partisan mindset at the national broadcaster. Its not our ABC if some of...

18:08

John Pilger: The Killing Of History New Matilda

The winners get to write history, they say. And yet America which has started and lost many wars is still talking and spinning its way to a deafening silence. John Pilger explains.

One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way.

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its exceptionalism, Burns entirely new Vietnam war is presented as an epic, historic work. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to the entire Bank of America family which has long supported our countrys veterans. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.

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I watched the first episode in New York. It leaves you in no doubt of its intentions right from the start. The narrator says the war was begun in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and Cold War misunderstandings.

The dishonesty of this statement is not surprising. The cynical fabrication of false flags that led to the invasion of Vietnam is a matter of record the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, which Burns promotes as true, was just one. The lies litter a multitude of official documents, notably the Pentagon Papers, which the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971.

There was no good faith. The faith was rotten and cancerous. For me as it must be for many Americans it is difficult to watch the films jumble of red peril maps, unexplained interviewees, ineptly cut archive and maudlin American battlefield sequences.

In the series press release in Britain the BBC will show it there is no mention of Vietnamese dead, only Americans. We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy, Novick is quoted as saying. How very post-modern.

...

17:22

Euthanasia Propaganda Video Horrifies People Into Supporting Medical Eugenics "IndyWatch Feed World"

A euthanasia propaganda film is making the rounds, spurring viral headlines to emerge such as this one from Unilad titled Euthanasia Video Of Dying Man So Horrific People Cant Watch It.

The Australian film depicts the death of a Victoria man named Greg Sims, as recalled by his daughter. He died of brain cancer.

According to 7 News:

Stop The Horror depicts the agonising death of Victorian father Greg Sims, as recalled by his daughter Nia.

It is the latest project from award-winning Snowtown director Justin Kurzel and was released on Thursday by Go Gentle Australia as part of its campaign to see assisted dying legalised.

The Victorian parliament will hold a conscience vote this year on whether to create assisted dying laws for the terminally ill.

This video is the epitome of fear-mongering. It was directed by Justin Kurzel, an Australian filmmaker known for producing horror movies. How did the Right-to-Die campaign come up with enough money to hire him to direct such a video?

Perhaps some influential people put money into it. The Victorian parliament are holding a vote on whether to create assisted dying laws? Why is that?

As the media operates in America, the Australian mainstream media, outlets such as Channel 7 or the Rupert Murdoch owned Daily Telegraph, propagandize about mandatory vaccination, euthanasia, and a host of other agendas.

An agenda of dehumanization is unfolding to state the simple truth. While people in agony who willfully choose to die instead of continue living in pain should have a right to do so, the people pushing pro-euthanasia propaganda have another agenda.

People must understand that once euthanasia is legalized, historically it leads to abuse and horrible corruption involving the lives of people who cant speak. People end up being euthanized who didnt want to die, and money is made from it.

If one researches the American Euthanasia Society for example, and its role in a network of eugenics societies from the US to Nazi Germany where coercive sterilization was...

17:13

Gillard delighted with choice of official portrait artist - he'll have plenty to work with Michael Smith News

Vincent Fantauzzos portraits of Indigenous Australian artists moved me beyond words. Delighted he will be painting my official portrait. JG Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) September 22, 2017 Gillard delighted with her portrait artist Award-winning artist Vincent Fantauzzo will paint the official portrait of Australia's first female prime minister. A celebrated...

16:08

What sets George Brandis QC apart? Conviction, commitment & courage. The abject absence of all 3. Michael Smith News

Remember when George Brandis said he was born for the repeal of 18C and reining in the Human Rights Commission? PAUL KELLY AND DENNIS SHANAHAN TONY Abbott plans to roll back Labor's laws that limit free speech on the basis of not "giving offence", defend religious freedom and reform the...

16:06

The WorldWhere Are You Heading? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

18 September 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  Liu Xiaobo passed away. What is thenot so hiddentruth about him?

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Answer: His speeches and writings show enthusiasm for the 100-year English colonization of Hong Kong, wishing 300 years colonization of China, celebrating the US war in Afghanistan, hoping for atomic weapons.

He got the Nobel Peace Prize for democratization of China, had the freedom of speech, but the prize communicated as a provocation. The prize could easily have been given to their Charter, not to Liu Xiaobo.

Norways securitywhat are the threats?

Answer: Given the location, an invasion by USA or Russia to prevent the other from doing so.

The situation is reminiscent of the threat from England, Germany and USSR to prevent one of the other from doing so in 1940; what happened was England and Germany violating Norwegian neutrality, fighting a battle on Norwegian territory.

USSR nothing...

15:39

Dow High or Low "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

I am confused with the Dow Jones Index, could the index explode up through 23,000 to 40,000 from here or does there need a downward move then explode up through 23,00 (a sling shot).  Could you tell us what you see for the next 6 to 9 months.  Probably the most important investment for us all!
Thank you for all your help!
KC
ANSWER: The cycle is in the basing mode. Therefore, it need not drop sharply. Remaining within the channel is perfectly fine. A Slingshot would be more powerful to retest the bottom of the channel.  The explosion to the upside is still not yet unfolding and we need to be concerned about 2018 and the year-end closing. We will issue a special report to deal with that issue.
Part of the basing is concluding this year from political hell. The German elections are the 24th. Keep in mind that AfD will gain seats for the first time. Merkel has NEVER won a majority and she relies upon the FDP to hold power. The more the FDP declines and seats are taken by the AfD, the more chaos will unfold.

15:38

Climate Change on the Horizon "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Marty,

Ive been looking at the Year Without a Summer on Wikipedia and read that there was a cooling trend prior to the winter-like conditions during the summer of 1816. It mentioned that it affected the northeast. Also that the reason for the cooling trend is associated with the volcanic activity prior to and including 1816 and the reduction in solar output. The article also mentions that from 1628-1626BC that there was another climate disturbance, Minoan eruption of Santorini. Looking at 1628BC to 1816AD and using 3141.592 days/cycle results in 400.13 cycles. Using 1628BC and projecting it 424 cycles puts us around 2021.42. Knowing from history how this climate disturbance affected the Northeast, is that one of the reasons why you moved from New Jersey to sunny Florida, besides the hunt for taxes in NJ?

ANSWER: Yes, Add the 300 year cycle in the energy output of the sun and we see that we are headed into a cold period. This should also result in a commodity cycle boom going in the next 8.6 year wave into 2024.

15:34

Central Banks Investing in Equities "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: There is a new trend that central banks are investing in the stock markets Is this true? What is the impact of this move?

ANSWER: Yes. The reason has been rather straight forward. The only game in town has been US government bonds. Many have seen this as a problem the defeats diversification. Consequently, there has been a major effort to attempt to diversify into the private sector when there has been such uncertainty in the public sector. Behind the Curtain many are simply asking of Europe: What the hell is going on? This has been a euro crisis that simply never seems to end. What has happened to Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Holland and now even France. Many outside of Europe are simply asking has Europe just lost its mind? Hence, there has been a move to diversify out of government debt by central banks themselves.

14:35

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
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14:23

No Free & Independent Media Allowed Australia Has Taken Another Step Towards Complete Government Control "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Bernie Smith

Australia has just sold its soul. A few days ago a law was passed quietly without much attention in the press.

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14:08

FixedIt: Men paying to rape children is not the childrens fault Jane Gilmore

TVNZ, undoubtedly with the best of intentions, ran a story about men paying to rape children. They framed it as a story about children selling themselves.

The children in this story are not the problem. If they are 12 and 13 year olds as the story claims, they cannot make the choice to have sex with adults.

If men in New Zealand are paying for the opportunity to rape children, even in the unlikely event that they are paying the children themselves, the problem is not what the children are doing. Its what the adults are doing.

If children are receiving money from men who rape them, the issue is how they ended up in a situation where they had no other alternatives than to accept money under such circumstances.

There are a lot of different issues here, all of them serious and deeply concerning. But the children involved are the victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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14:03

On-the-ball AG George Brandis QC says Tony Abbott's "YES" badge-wearing assailant had nothing to do with "YES" campaign Michael Smith News

Oh, except for the "YES" badge. And attacking a prominent "NO" advocate. But other than the badge, and the attack on a leading figure in the "NO" campaign, there was absolutely nothing to do with the same sex marriage issue. A-G George Brandis: this 'deplorable' man had nothing to do...

13:42

FixedIt: Women are not responsible for men choosing to commit crimes Jane Gilmore

Really?

19 counts of fraud, four counts of enter premises to commit an indictable offence, six counts of receiving tainted property and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs.

But hes not responsible for any of these crimes, its all his girlfriends fault. Because she was allegedly cheating on him.

His lawyer might have been trying it on as a last ditch attempt to garner sympathy from the Magistrate but what is the Sunshine Coast Dailys excuse for buying into this?

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13:17

13:09

The struggle for a democratic internet Overland literary journal

The problem is less that these new ways of organising society have been radically successful than theyre being run in a way which is exploitative and undemocratic. Since 2008, Scholz has been considering the ramifications of the internet for labour. As the trends to platforms became more pertinent, he shifted his focus from cognitive work to labour in the more traditional sense. In the United States in 2016, 24% of workers had worked on some kind of platform. Every third person is a freelancer fifty five million people. How do you make an intervention in this kind of work?

13:00

Why Has the BRICS Failed to be an Effective Force? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years theres no sign that the old order has been challenged.

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

The formation of the BRICS the bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was supposed to be the harbinger for a new approach to global economic governance. The leading emerging markets and developing countries were becoming major players in the global economy. And they expected to play a commensurate governance role.

BRICS leaders have now been meeting annually for nine years. They recently met for the ninth BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. They have positioned themselves as a force for transforming global economic governance so that its more responsive to the concerns of developing economies. They are seeking a more just and equitable global economy.

The question is: how effective have they been in reforming global economic governance and the fairness of the global economy?

The honest answer is that as a group, BRICS hasnt been an effective force at all. This is for a number of reasons.

Whats not happened

The following examples illustrate the point.

At least formally the G20, which consists of 20 major economies including the five in BRICs, has supplanted the G7, made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, as the premier forum for global economic governance. But the agenda in these meetings is still largely set by the most powerful countries which now include China but not the other BRICS.

The IMF and World Bank have both changed their voting arrangements to give a louder voice to developing economies and emerging economies. This has particularly benefited China...

13:00

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

12:57

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? New Matilda

UPDATE: ABC is reporting a man has been charged in relation to the alleged assault. His motivation remains unknown.

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

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What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offe...

12:43

Hritier Lumumba On White Fragility, White Supremacy, And Waleed Aly New Matilda

Hritier Lumumba the man at the centre of the AFLs never-ending racism scandal speaks out about his fight for compassion and equality, and the silence and complicity of the people who turn away. This story can also be read on Lumumbas personal website.

It has been one week since I left Australia, and just over a week has passed since an interview I did with The Project was aired on TV. The interview was conducted by the host of the program, Waleed Aly.

During the interview, Aly quoted the 19th-century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and I took note of it. He said, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. And it is in the spirit of a new level of understanding, that I feel compelled to write about my experiences.

Firstly, I would like to let it be known that I appreciate the profound impact that Alys presence, in Australian media, has on society. His brilliance is evident and I am grateful that our paths crossed, for iron sharpens iron. I value his humanity, I wish that peace be unto him, and I see him as my brother who shares a divine connection to the same source of creation.

Regrettably, I made the error of going into the interview with the preconceived idea that we would both see eye to eye on the basic truths of racism/white supremacy. It pains me to admit, that my expectations of him were derived by his highly acclaimed career as an academic and journalist, his ethnicity, and his faith in Islam.

I made the assumption that he would skillfully deliver an objective, unapologetic stance in the face of racism. However, it is now very clear to me, that he and I have fundamental differences in our understanding of what racism/white supremacy is, and how it should be effectively dealt with.

Upon reflection, I should have been far more aware of our fundamental differences going into the interview.

After the death of Muhammad Ali, his portrayal of Ali as a black supremacist highlights the enormous discrepancy we have in our understanding. Waleed Alys non contextualized perspective of the separatist movement in the USA, of which Muhammad Ali was a part of, is void of highlighting the socio-political backdrop of white supremacy that pervaded Muhammad Alis life. By failing to point out that Muhammad Ali was socialized in a white supremacist society and world, responsible for a genocide that has spanned over 500+ years, his humanity is undermined, so too is the significantly miraculous influence that Ali had on the black world duri...

11:56

MACKAY 49 charges include explosives and shortened guns CrimeView

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Maximillian Voss, 27, from Mackay had 49 allegations listed on Thursday in Mackay Magistrates Court, where he appeared via videolink from prison.

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likely plead guilty to entering premises and committing an indictable offence on April 27 in South Mackay, his lawyer told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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11:46

Indias Republic Of Fear And Loathing: The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh New Matilda

A prominent Indian journalist was assassinated in early September, sparking outrage and protest around the country. Harsha Prabhu reports.

It was Shehla Rashid Shora, former Vice President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union, who nailed it. Speaking outside the Delhi Press Club at a pop-up action to protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh, she said: This bullet was meant for each of us.

The bullets that took the life of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh were fired at her while she alighted from her car at her home in Bengaluru, Karnataka, late on Tuesday, 5th September.

While the case is still under investigation, Lankeshs murder appears to point to a criminal, terrorist conspiracy whose likely origins lie in the climate of hate and division engendered by the Hindutva right wing forces in India.

 

Climate of hate

This was a theme echoed by many at the action to protest Gauri Lankeshs death at the amphitheatre in Mumbais suburb of Bandra last Wednesday.

Activist Teesta Setalvad said: Along with remembering the murders of freethinkers, well also have to remember those who were murdered by gaurakshaks (cow-protectors). Be it bullets or lynchings, its the same crime. This is the result of the work of those who spread hate and poison. All Indians live in fear today. Whether on a train or a bus, they cant speak freely, cant eat or drink what they want. All this is being done in an organised manner, so we need to have a collective response.

Feroze Mithiborwala, secularist and convenor of Bharat Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save India) said: When I heard about the attack, the first thing that came to my mind was Teesta Setalvad. Testa, we are with you today.

Teesta Setalvad had invited the Modi governments wrath by being an indefatigable fighter for the rights of those affected by the Gujarat 2002 pogroms against Muslims. She has pursued cases on behalf of the victims that have resulted in the conviction of BJP and Hindutva functionaries. The Modi government has responded by registering cases against her NGO, a Ford Foundation-supported charity that publishes an online magazine whose motto is Hate Hurts, Harmony works.

One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Mithiborwala said: Are we very clear we stand against all forms of religious fascism? All forms of communal violence? Be it Hindu or Muslim fanatics, we stand against them all?

The assembled crowd of several hundred roared, Yes.

He went on to...

11:20

The Case For Euthanasia: Legalising The Last Resort New Matilda

What can Australia learn from other countries in legalising physician assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia? Jessica Qi takes up the cause.

In his famous work On Liberty, John Stuart Mill proposes that if a person is observed preparing to cross a bridge that you know to be dangerous, you may intervene to inform them of the risk of the bridges potential collapse should they continue, but you must ultimately move aside as only they know the importance of crossing and balancing that against the comparative risks. Philosopher Peter Singer draws on Mill to propose that this same right to autonomy extends to the euthanasia debate. Indeed, at the crux of the pro-euthanasia argument is the notion, that it is individuals who represent the best guardians of their own interests.

Support for autonomy in end of life decision-making is now eschewed by the majority of the Australian public. A 2016 survey of over 200,000 Australians garnered an approval rate of 75% for euthanasia.

Despite such support, Australia currently lacks jurisdiction that legally permits either voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Euthanasia is where the physician administers the lethal dose whereas with PAS, the physician provides the prescription that is the means of death but does not directly administer it.

The growing trend towards the legalisation of euthanasia or PAS in countries worldwide, means that Australian legislators will continue to face mounting pressure and will need to carefully consider the issue.

One of the major concerns for opponents is that the legalisation of euthanasia is a slippery slope. There is a fear that vulnerable people will be pressured into consenting, as they are perceived as a nuisance by their families or because of cost-cutting measures by their health providers. However, does citing examples of the abuse of a legal right provide sufficient cause to justify withholding that right?

To answer this, Benatar in his article disputing the slippery slope argument, makes an analogy to driving. People will always drive faster than they should; run traffic lights; drive vehicles that are un-roadworthy and often choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Despite all this, few people would then accept the argument that driving should be outlawed altogether.

The answer must not be to deny a right, but instead to regulate and implement safeguards to mitigate the risk of abuse. This has been demonstrated in the numerous jurisdictions where legalisation has occurred, with little evidence of abuse emerging.

A 2016 study of the Attitudes and practices of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in t...

11:17

FixedIt: No fix required Jane Gilmore

FixedIt is almost always about the media getting it wrong. When they get it right they dont usually appear on my radar. Which isnt really fair because there are a lot of good journalists and publication who do great work of reporting terrible crimes.

This one on The Canberra Times today is a good example. An article about a mans conviction for child abuse put the perpetrator at the beginning of the headline and was clear about the crimes he intended to commit.

The only time his intentions to abuse children was referred to as sex was in reference to the charge, which is specifically named in the ACT criminal code as sexual intercourse with a child. Every other description of his actions and intentions calls it abuse, sexual abuse or rape.

Sitting in court listening to the details of these cases can be gut-wrenching. Reporting it succinctly, accurately and responsibly is difficult as page after page of FixedIt proves.

The big win here is that this man was caught, charged and convicted before he was able to rape and abuse children. The police who investigate such crimes and have to trawl through truly revolting material to ensure child rapists are caught and incarcerated do an incredible job. And they pay a high price for it. Their work deserves to be recognised and applauded.

But The Canberra Times and Megan Gorrey deserve kudos here too. This is how you report sexual abuse of children. This is how you keep the public informed and show respect to the victims. This is how easy it is to do an incredibly difficult job properly.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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11:02

Yankton Sioux Tribe Wants Answers for Tasing of Tribal Elder by South Dakota Police "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Yankton Sioux Tribal Elder Raymond Cournoyer Sr. beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Published September 21, 2017

WAGNER, SOUTH DAKOTA The Yankton Sioux Tribe, based in Wagner, South Dakota, is seeking answers as to why one its elders was beaten and tased by South Dakota law enforcement last weekend.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, one of the Yanton Sioiux tribal elders, Raymond Cournoyer Sr., was rushing to be at his mothers side as she was making her journey to the spirit world.  Mr. Cournoyer never made it to share her final moments.

South Dakota law enforcement captured beating tribal elder.

Instead, he was stopped by South Dakota Highway patrol officer, Fisher, along with City of Wagner Police Officer, Eli Kuhlman, as soon as he arrived at the Good Samaritan Center. Although Mr. Cournoyer verbally informed officer Fisher of his intentions to see his dying mother, he was only able to take a few steps before Fischer grabbed him from behind and pushed him against the vehicle. By this time officer Eli Kuhlman arrived on the scene where he then grabbed Mr. Cournoyer slammed him to the ground face first and tased him. Both officers then placed him in handcuffs.

Mr. Cournoyer is a 64-year-old Army veteran who has been drug and alcohol free for over 30 years.  He is a widely respected member of both Yankton Sioux and Wagner communities. He posed no threat to anyone.

The tribe calls this type of excessive forces was uncalled for. There are available pictures from the Cournoyer family that show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.

...

10:57

Why Im not coming out this survey Overland literary journal

All my doctors counsel me against being open about having a serious mental illness. Finding ways to massage the truth to people and explain away periods of absence from the workforce has become second nature to me. But, as a gay man who has been open and proud about his sexuality, I cant help but feel a bit conflicted. Is the counselling to stay secret actually denying people their proper supports in society and jeopardising mental health?

10:42

FixedIt: Serial DV offender is not invisible Jane Gilmore

The West Australian reported on Atinae Afamilionas brutal attack against his wife by erasing him from the headline.

Afamiliona has multiple convictions for domestic violence offences against his wife and children. This attack occurred after she suggested a separation. His response to his wife making choices about her own life was to pick up a machete and hack at her with it at least 10 times. He severed two of her fingers and toes, and left her with deep scars on her arms and legs.

Acting Judge Grogin described the attack as a, brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who at the time was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car.

Afamiliona had three previous domestic violence offences on his record, including slapping a five-year-old girl across the face and dragging her by her ponytail, throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching a Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wifes home against court orders.

All these facts were reported in the article and yet Afamilionas very existence didnt make it into the headline.

Erasing violent men from headlines about their crimes does a grave disservice to victims and to the public, who depend on journalists to tell them the truth about what is happening in their society.

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Phone: 1800 55 1800
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Ph: 1800 99 10 99

 

10:39

Head-butt? Marriage Equality Broke My Arm And My Man-Love For Israel Folau New Matilda

Tony Abbott claims to have been head-butted for his stance against marriage equality. Josh Dabelstein supports same-sex marriage and he took a much bigger hit than that.

I got into an argument with a couple of lads during my brief attempt at a law degree at the Australian National University in Canberra a few years ago.

I was with a girl who I had decided, that night, was the love of my life. Duly responding to the soft lefts beau de jour a love-token for my heterocrush I might have over-asserted my man-legiance to the whole gay marriage thing. My vague memory of the incident insists that this over-assertion of said man-legience was directed at two blurred and suited figures smoking cigars out the front of the Jolimont centre on Northbourne Avenue.

They made a homophobic jeer at a couple of blokes holding hands walking past, and I said something (Im told) like theyll be married before you two cunts.

I was out cold long before I hit the pavement. Two simultaneous punches to the face had my arm crumble beneath the weight of the rest of me.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

My mother continues to remind me of the eleven-thousand-dollar prosthesis that holds the radius and ulna together on my right arm, like I chose the extent to which medical insurance covers the miracles of modern science (without which Id never hand write or masturbate with the only hand good enough to get the job done. The rest Ill save for my therapist.

The point is that there are so many ways you can express your hatred of hatred, or what most people arent afraid of calling love. Dont be afraid to call a spade a spade. But most importantly, pick your battles. Trust me, pick your battles well and they wont cost your mum an arm or a leg.

Also while Ive got the microphone, Id like to say hello to Israel Folau.

Being the victim to your own youth and cultural values is not an excuse, when it comes to expressing hatred that sees a disproportionate number of young...

10:15

Jackie Chans dad was a spy in Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

 Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie

Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie The Foreigner in Qingdao city, east Chinas Shandong province, 19 September 2017.

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Jackie Chan offers up a startling confession soon after he sits down for a chat.

I am Australian, Chan, the legendary 63-year-old Hong Kong-born martial arts star, told AAP last weekend while promoting his new animated family-comedy film, The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Its the first of numerous startling insights into Chans little-known and influential years growing up in Canberra and the long connection his parents, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, have with Australia.

Both were buried in Canberra.

Known worldwide as Jackie Chan after making more than 100 Hollywood and Asian films including the Police Story and Rush Hour franchises, Shanghai Noon and The Tuxedo, Chan has had a few different names several from his time in Australia.

If it wasnt for Australia the world would not know him as Jackie.

When he attended the ACTs Dickson College he was known as Steve.

Around the US Embassy in Canberra where his parents worked he was known as Pao.

When I go to try to learn English at school they call me Steve, Chan said.

I tried to find a job.

A guy said Whats your English name? and I said I dont have one.

My friend was a driver for the embassy.

His name was Jack so it was, Ok, call him Jack.

Oh yeah.

Chan offered another interesting tidbit his dad was a spy.

Chan Sr was hiding out at the US Embassy in Canberra because he was a Chinese nationalist agent who originally fled China to Hong Kong to avoid being captured by rival Communists.

My father was spy hiding in Hong Kong and hiding in Australia at the American embassy for so many years, Chan said....

09:54

Divers Are Stunned By Weird Tube-Like Sea Creatures Lurking Below The Oceans Surface "IndyWatch Feed World"

Divers off the coast of Australia spotted a giant translucent tube with a strange pink sheen on its skin. Initially uncertain about the 10-meter-long creature, they approached it with caution. As animal gently glided toward them, they decided to reach out and touch it. It felt like a soft, jelly-like substance and it didnt really []

09:48

Bindaree's Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets "IndyWatch Feed World"

20 Sep 2017 | Beef CentralHong Kong based investors who recently took a 51 percent stake in northern NSW export beef processor, Bindaree Beef have plans to further develop their Western Australian grazing property investments, purchased in April last year.

09:38

China bans Bitcoin executives from leaving the country "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

http://www.trustnodes.com/2017/09/19/china-bans-bitcoin-executives-leaving-country-miners-preparing-worst

Chinese media is reporting executives of crypto exchanges have been ordered to not leave the country with a very rough translation stating:

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchang...

09:34

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia

09:27

Australia backs Trumps North Korea sanctions National News Echonetdaily

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has welcomed US president Donald Trumps harsh new round of sanctions against North Korea.

Ms Bishop, speaking to reporters at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, said Australia will continue to review the autonomous sanctions it has on North Korea to ensure the rogue regime is compelled to return to the negotiating table and halt its nuclear and missile program.

Mr Trump announced a new executive order granting the US Treasury Department increased authority to punish North Korea with economic sanctions and target foreign companies, including banks, airlines and shipping companies, that do business with the Asian nation.

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09:22

Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cypheriums talented team is building a double-chained infrastructure for the future. September 21, 2017 New York, NY Although the development of efficient blockchains has come a long way since 2009, scalability remains to be a major issue within blockchain. While many companies are actively working on a wide variety of technical answers to Continue reading Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain

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09:07

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Military Ideas and Theories
The DPRK upholds the man-centred military ideas and theories that embody the Juche idea and the Songun idea created by President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founding father of socialist Korea.

These ideas and theories consist of the principles that will serve as guidelines in carrying on different types of revolutionary wars, army building and military actions, and also the theories and methods to be applied in crushing the enemies that are boasting of their numerical and technological edge, by dint of politico-ideological, strategic and tactical superiority, in conformity with the characteristics of modern warfare and the actual conditions of the country.

They are Juche-oriented military ideas and theories that enable the Korean people to develop their self-defensive military capability by themselves in line with the requirements of the Korean revolution and the specific situation in the country, and they constitute an encyclopedia giving comprehensive and scientific answers to all the theoretical and practical problems arising in army building and military actions in the present era.

Since they have been guided by these original military ideas and theories, the Korean army and people won the fierce wars against the US and Japanese imperialists that were incomparably superior in numerical and technological terms, and have achieved one victory after another in the decades-long military confrontation with the United States.

09:05

Australias Dubious Role in Syria: an Ongoing Saga Gumshoe News

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets refuelling from a KC-30A en route to the Middle East (adapted photo SBS, AAP)

by James ONeill*

In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.

What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere.  Similar...

09:02

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Sinister Intention of US to Re-deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons into S. Korea Disclosed
A spokesman for the Institute of American Studies under the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on September 15 as regards the fact that the Trump administration is publicizing through the media the possibility of re-deploying tactical nuclear weapons into south Korea and developing an up-to-date miniaturized nuclear bomb of low-intensity:

Recently, NBC  and other  American press reported that the  Trump  administration is currently examining various plans  for  developing  an  up-to-date  miniaturized  nuclear  bomb  of  low-intensity  to  deal  with nuclear threats posed by the DPRK,  Russia and  other countries, and that it would  not  rule out  the  option for re-deploying tactical nuclear weapons into south Korea in case the south Korean regime so requests.

The fact that the deliberate leakage of the information about tactical nuclear weapons by the Trump administration coincides with its moves to impose heinous sanctions and pressure and intensify military threats against the DPRK, raises an alarm at unleashing an actual nuclear war by the US on the Korean peninsula.

The US has generated the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula by deploying more than 1 000 nuclear weapons in south Korea from the 1950s and turning it into an outpost for a nuclear war, and has posed constant nuclear threats and blackmail to the DPRK.

In the early 1990s, as the international support for the just anti-nuclear, peace policy of the DPRK and its sincere efforts increased, the US declared the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from south Korea, but it has never stopped threatening and blackmailing the DPRK with various nuclear assets.

Explicitly speaking once again, the continuous nuclear threats and blackmail and vicious hostile policy of the US towards the DPRK are the very reason the DPRK gained access to nukes and strengthened its nuclear force for self-defense.

Besides, the re-deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, which are meant to be used for actual warfare beyond the purpos...

08:32

The bully showed up at the wrong playground Trumps misguided address at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Patrick T. Hiller, September 21, 2017, PeaceVoice.

It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience, Swedish foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm expressed about what global and U.S. audiences helplessly had to endure during President Donald Trumps September 19, 2017 address to the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump acted like a bully, but unaware that he showed up at the wrong playground.

The United Nations was founded after World War II to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind. There is no doubt that the United Nations has never fully reached its potential, and without fundamental reform it never will. The spirit, however, is laid out clearly in the UN Charter. While being center stage at the United Nations General Assembly, an assembly where global collaboration is emphasized, Trump bragged about the United States, fueled division, and threatened other nations. The threat to totally destroy North Korea is beyond any form of acceptability, regardless if it is rhetorical or real. It is therefore important to challenge Trumps own words. We must not forget that he is the Commander-in-Chief with the authority to launch nuclear weapons.

Trump: Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. The U.S. has 6,800 nuclear weapons with the capacity to destroy human life on the planet many times over....

08:13

Abbott allegedly head-butted by same sex marriage campaigner National News Echonetdaily

 A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.

He himself admitted he only received a very, very slightly swollen lip but the incident has made great fodder for the Murdoch media.

Mr Abbott said he was walking toward his waterfront hotel when he was approached by a man.

A fellow sung out at me Hey Tony. I turned around. There was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge, Mr Abbott told Macquarie radio.

He says I want to shake your hand. I went over to shake his hand then he head-butted me, the former pugilist told the radio station.

He wasnt very good at it, Ive got to say, but he did make contact.

The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.

A staffer from Mr Abbotts office tussled with the man before he ran off swearing his head off.

Its just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting, Mr Abbott said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Mr Abbott when he heard about the attack and also discussed the matter with AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman said the agency doesnt comment on protection arrangements for individuals.

Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the national same-sex marriage survey along with Liberal party colleague Senator Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz said it was disappointing a yes campaigner would try to assault a former prime minister.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said no one should be attacked for having a different view on marriage.

It is an un-Australian thing to do and I hope that Tony is okay, he told the Nine Network.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the attack as unacceptable.

Violence like this is never acceptable. Im glad Mr...

07:30

Video: Yanis Varoufakis talks about a world in trouble The Pen

 

Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Syriza Minister of Finance, reflects about the needs of our time on an independent Russian television channel

Video from Dozhd

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07:21

How the Mineral Boron found in Common Borax Helps Arthritis and Other Health Problems "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Boron-Borax

How To Make Borax Solution. See video below.

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Most of us are familiar with fluorides toxicity and capacity for negative effects, ranging from lowered IQ to  more serious neurological diseases and greater cancer risk. The type of fluoride added to our municipal tap water supplies is considered toxic industrial waste that the EPA banned from being dumped into our waterways and inland dumping sites.

Various health forums or chat sites discuss using the trace mineral boron as a solution for the fluorides in our bodies, but this health journalist didnt immediately trust using off the shelf Borax, a green cleaning solution, as a source of boron.

I was not willing to discuss this topic until I stumbled upon a more reliable, scientifically credentialed source, Dr. Newnham, PhD, DO, ND, who used boron to resolve his longstanding arthritic condition. His arthritic condition is not the only ailment addressed successfully using boron from Borax.

The Boron Revelations of Rex Newnham, PhD, DO, ND

Dr. Newnham was originally a professor of soil science and agricultural botany. After enduring the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs without improvement of his arthritic condition for years, he realized he needed to understand nutrition better to heal himself. So he earned degrees as an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) and Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with a Ph.D. in nutrition.

That training combined with his background in soil science led him to discover a trace mineral lacking in most food, due to poor soil conditions from modern farming methods. This trace mineral healed his arthritis boron.  In Australia where he lived and worked, natural boron compounds werent banned, but they were labeled as a poison.

Newnham argues that it is the amount that determines toxicity, not the compound itself. He used oxygen as an example. Breathing with 100 percent oxygen is rarely achieved, even so, too much oxygen well beyond the normal 21 percent we normally breathe for extended periods can actually kill. (Source)

After determining the toxicity zone...

07:08

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi: 'American Jews drive America's wars' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East? I spoke recently at a conference on America's war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, "Why doesn't anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it's American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn't we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?" It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity. Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called "dual loyalty," particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

07:04

Never again to tyranny and dictatorship in the Philippines The Pen

 Contributed by Migrante Australia

Today (21 September 2017), we commemorate the 45th year of Martial Law declaration with a sense of dj vu with the transformation of President Duterte into a despotic ruler now almost complete.

So as a Dutertian dictatorship looms in the horizon and as tyranny rears its ugly head, those of us living and working abroad are called upon to stand together with our freedom-loving Filipino sisters and brothers to stop the dawning of another long and dark era of more unprecedented killings, massive destruction of our resources and unimaginable human rights atrocities. We in Migrante Australia say enough is enough! We may be overseas but our families, our friends our communities are not spared by this cruel government. We cannot remain silent about the killings and oppression surrounding us!

The senseless killings of small-time drug users and pushers including innocent people to draw attention away from the big and powerful drug pushers and to give police extraordinary powers to kill must stop. We demand an end to extrajudicial killings and mass murder in the name of the Duterte regimes war on drugs and war on terror!

The indiscriminate aerial bombings, artillery fire and other destructive military operations that target civilian communities like Lumad and Moro communities, especially residences, schools, farms and commercial/business establishments must stop. We demand the military to pull out of communities and leave the people in peace!

The practice of filing trumped-up charges against activists and government critics, thus accumulating political prisoners must end. We call for the release of all political prisoners!

 The undermining and pressure put unto the very institutions that exist as a check and balance to his powerful office, including the Supreme Court, Congress, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Commission on Human Rights must be reined in. We demand respect for these institutions, that they be allowed the unbridled execution of their tasks to the nation.

The constant flogging of the mass media for its critical reports of his administrations unfavourable policies and pronouncements must stop. The Filipino people deserve an honest media. We demand respect for the media!

The nonchalance with which he treats the sanctity of upholding the human rights of the people is totally unacceptable. We demand a stop to goading the police, military and paramilitary groups to violate human rights as we demand a stop to inciting state security forces to commit willful violence against the people while assuring them of protection from investigation, prosecution and punishment.

Let us break the silence, fear and acquiescence that have afflicted many, especially the victims of human rights violations, corruption and abuse.

Let us defend and promote human rights and civil liberties...

06:52

Tony Abbotts disruption is raising question about where will it end The Pen

This article by journalist Michelle Grattan (The Conversation 21 September 2017), gives an idea of how the gang behind Tony Abbott is campaigning against the Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister Malcolm Turn bull. It also provides an indication of how Turnbull is playing into their hands, by putting himself in the worst position to come out a winner.

Even in todays often bizarre political environment, Tuesday nights encounter between Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin and Alan Jones on Sky News was surreal.

Ms Credlin, Mr Abbotts former chief of staff, now works for Sky, where she more often than not is a sharp critic of the Turnbull Government. Jones, a highly opinionated voice on 2GB who has a weekly Sky program, spruiks for the former prime ministers return to the leadership.

Mr Abbott is running a jihad against renewables, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the Government struggles to bring together an energy policy.

It was a cosy threesome, and the off-air chit-chat would have been gold.

Among the on-air gems was Ms Credlin asking Mr Abbott whether he trusted Mr Turnbull, because you know and I know what happened in 2009. What they both knew, according to Ms Credlin, was that Mr Turnbull ordered one line to be taken in negotiations over an emissions trading scheme while telling the partyroom something completely different.

Ms Credlin wondered: Do you trust the Prime Minister is going to do the right thing or is he going to sign you up to a clean energy target without proper debate?

Mr Abbott said the important thing was that the decision would have to go through the partyroom where there were extremely serious reservations about this clean energy target.

Mr Abbott has poked and prodded at Mr Turnbull on a range of fronts for two years, steadily raising the heat in recent months.

Now his disruption has reached a new level so much so that one wonders how it can go on without coming to a blow-up.

Abbott also campaigning hard on same-sex marriage

Constantly out in the public arena, Mr Abbott currently is upping the ante over energy policy, and campaigning hard for a No vote in the same-sex marriage postal ballot.

On the latter Mr Turnbull, a strong Yes advocate but leading a Government split on the question, is in the hands of those who chose to vote in the voluntary survey. On the former, hes ultimately in the party rooms hands. On both issues, these are uncomfortable and risky places to be.

Mr Abbotts onslaught against renewables is more than just disgruntlement from a man deposed. Its a well-honed attack. Just like the one he and others mounted against Mr Turnbull in 2009 over carbon pricing, which triggered Mr Turnbull&#8217...

06:51

Cops Kidnap 8yo Boy for Acting Out in School, Put Him in Restraints, Force Inject Him with Sedatives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: The Free Thought Project  By: Matt Agorist

In a police state, innocent 8-year-old boys with severe learning disabilities and diagnosed behavioral issues are not safe from the violent hand of the states enforcers. A mother has learned the hard way just how unsafe a child can be when the state gets involved after her 8-year-old son was kidnapped by police, put in restraints, and forcefully injected with a sedative after acting out on his first day of school.

Debbie Kiroff is now looking for answers after her son endured horrific abuse at the hands of those who claim to protect.

They know hes a runner, she told CBC Toronto. When I first brought him to the school, I said to them, He likes to run. Thats his release.

Earlier this month, the principal at Holland Landing Public School called her to let her know her sons behavior was escalating. However, she never expected what came next.

He usually runs to the same spot near the little forest that they go to for day trips, Kiroff said of the place her son runs to find his peace. This time, however, after he ran off, the police were called in.

According to Kiroff, she says it all began over an argument with another boy about who should be able to use a computer.

Hes running around right now, hes got a ruler, hes climbing this, climbing that, Kiroff says the principal told her, asking her to come pick her son up.

Kiroff, who works for the Canada Post, couldnt leave work, so she sent her daughter to pick him up.

By the time she got to the school, however, it was too late. Cops had snatched him up after he allegedly tried to run off school property.

Mom, theyve already got him in the police car. Theyre taking him to the hospital because hes too angry, she says her daughter told her on the phone.

When they got to the hospital...

06:40

Bi Any Means Podcast #116: When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer with Anthony Pinn "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

My guest for today is Dr. Anthony Pinn. He is a professor, author, and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. Pinn is also the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He has a new book called, When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race. Today were going to talk about the book and how humanists can be better advocates for racial justice.

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06:07

Edir Macedo of Brazil the wealthiest Prosperity Gospel pastor in the world worth US$1.1 billion. donaldelley

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Samuel Martins/AP

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. 

 

In March 2013 Macedo was on the Forbes billionaires list with a reported US$1.1 billion. That makes him by far the richest pastor in Brazil and the world.

Wikipedia article below

 

Edir Macedo is the Brian Houston of Brazil.

Edir Macedo like Brian Houston of Hillsong Global Church based in Sydney, Australia is a Prosperity Gospel Church.

Like Hillsong, Edir Macedo has a strong emphasis on tithing.

Is it right and Ok for a Christian pastor to have a net worth of $1.1 billion earned from the tithes of very poor superstitious Brazilians?

This is plain exploitation of the poor and needy.

Brazil has a population of 220 million, by far the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. It is a country of vast urban and rural poverty.

 

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Brazilian evangelical leader charged with fraud

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05:56

USDOJ Refuses to Allow Journalists into Jeff Sessions Press Conference Fearing Negative Coverage "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States Department of Justice says it welcomes all journalists into their press conferences as long as they follow a short list of criteria listed on its website.

However, that turned out to be a lie as a pair of Portland journalists learned earlier this week.

The journalists were from Flossin Media, a black-owned, Portland-based digital magazine founded in 2004 that covers social justice issues as well as other general interest issues.

On Tuesday, they were trying to enter a press conference in Portland where United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to denounce sanctuary cities like Portland who have refused to cooperate with federal officials in deporting undocumented immigrants.

Flossin Media journalist Michele Darr said she emailed Sessions press secretary, Devin OMalley, a day earlier to RSVP for the press conference.

And OMalley responded by asking Darr a series of questions about what type of stories they have published during the previous six months, she said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.

Darr told PINAC that she asked other Portland media outlets if they had to answer similar questions, but was told no, that they only had to RSVP.

However, Darr was under the impression that Flossin Media would be placed on the list because she complied with the following guidelines listed on the USDOJ website, emailing OMalley the required information.

 

However, when Darr tried to enter the press conference, Homeland Security officers said they were not on the list as you can see in her video.

Flossin Media photographer and videographer Hailei Aberson-Holford was also denied access to the press conference.

Meanwhile, countless other journalists were being allowed inside as Darr remained professional but persistent while standing in the rain.

According to its website, Flossing Media owns and operates within print, video, epic events, street teams, graphic...

05:40

Market Talk- September 21st, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

After the unchanged call from the Federal Reserve, within hours we hear the same from the Bank of Japan. Asian equity markets drifted broadly lower with profit-taking the main reason behind many of the moves. The Nikkei continues slightly under recent highs with another small gain (+0.2%) to add to recent advances and was helped by a 0.4% inflation print. The Yen was little changed on the day, having been back to the 112 figure but eased again as we approached the end of the US trading hours. Both the Shanghai and Hang Seng closed only marginally weaker even with rumours of a China downgrade floating around. The Australian ASX closed weakest of the crowd closing down almost 1%. It did bounce off of earlier lows but still finished the day weak.

It was the UKs FTSE that bucked the winning trend in Europe with a small decline of just -0.1%. Other core markets (DAX and CAC) both closed around +0.35% whilst the IBEX managed just +0.05%. Talk is investors are nervous with ongoing uncertainties and even with geopolitical concerns rising again in North Korea. What may be even more surprising is that the events in Catalonia are failing to have an impact of Spanish government debt. Under normal market conditions yields would need to back-up to attract capital, but if the ECB continues to buy even month why bother to back it off? Other big market talk today was the discussions surrounding the possible merger of Commerzbank, BNP Paribas with possibly a little bit of UniCredit thrown in to the mix! Late in the day both the Euro and GBP rallied on the back of consumer confidence number but then US stocks were looking a little vulnerable as Europe closed.

It is quite unsettling to veteran players in the markets that volume are so low. Again today, we saw only a fraction of what we would normally see this time of year, without considering the potential geopolitical concerns, end of QE, rates edging higher, possible signs of inflation edging off the floor and US markets at historical highs. Into the close we did start to drift lower but even then the volume did not increase. Financials did hold-in marginally better than most other sectors, but then this time of year you just expect a wild swing occur for no reason and without warning....

05:13

Saudi regime shamed at UN Human Rights Council - why does Australia bother with joke UN institutions Michael Smith News

Yesterday, the Saudi regime was shamed at United Nations HUMAN Rights Council for INHUMANE treatment of its own citizens. #FreeRaif pic.twitter.com/pjgo7sq2ou ExMuslim TV (@ExMuslimTV) September 20, 2017

04:13

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

The post President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

04:12

Trauma Bonding: The Stockholm Syndrome of Abusive Relationships "IndyWatch Feed World"

For many, the very notion of staying in an abusive relationship is absurd. However, despite that, people continue to stay in abusive relationships all the time, leaving many to wonder why.

While there are many answers to this question, the answer, in short, is quite simple: trauma bonding. Trauma bonding is what takes place when a person is in an abusive relationship and somehow becomes bonded to their abusive partner through their abuse. Think about it: bonding occurs when two people spend time together, however, it doesnt matter if these times are good or if they are bad.

Regardless, you become bonded.

And bonding is much different than love, trust, or attraction. Instead, bonding is something that cannot be lost. It is a physiological reaction that takes place within the body that is similar to an addiction. What adds, even more, fuel to this fire is the fact that many people may not even realize they are being abused, due to the fact that our culture conditions us to believe that abuse is only physical, when it is much more than that.

Of course, physical abuse is a serious problem, but mental abuse is just as bad. Actually, many could consider it to be even worse, mostly because it can be harder to recognize.

Shannon Thomas, a therapist, and author of Healing from Hidden Abuse explains this quite eloquently by comparing psychological abuse to a slow, yet poisonous IV drip. It may start off as small as an insult, causing the victim to merely brush the incident off. However, as time progresses, the abuse becomes more and more clear to the victim. Yet, they may still grapple with themselves over the situation because abusers arent so obvious.

Instead, many abusers will love-bomb their victim after the abuse to leave them shattered and confused. Not only have they destroyed their victim, but now, they have bombarded their victim with affection leaving them to think maybe the situation isnt so bad. But it is. And this back and forth cycle fuels the addiction like trauma bonding that takes place.

With that being said, there are a number of signs that trauma bonding has occurred.

  1. Your partner has promised to change, yet continuously failed to fulfill this promise. However, you still believe they will change.
  2. While other people may become disturbed by your partners behavior, you merely brush it off as nothing.
  3. You have the same fight over and over again, and no one ever wins...

03:43

CIA Agents Arguing Over Bathing In Champagne Is What We Want In Our Spies "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Bathing in champagne was a major topic of debate among CIA agents in the 1950s.

Recently released memos from 1952 show agents debating whether or not champagne from California is suitable enough to bathe in, and its a fascinating discussion.

CIA 1 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 1 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

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CIA 2 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 3 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

CIA 3 (Credit: CIA Publicly Released Documents)

The British might have James Bond, but has he ever showered or bathed in champagne? The answer is no. Our spies are so elite that they turn their noses up at the idea of bathing in California champagne. They need the real stuff. They need the bubbly straight out of France.

I also want my spies to be spraying champagne everywhere. Its obviously the best way to get information out of people. Nobody is going to get their secrets once our spies spray a little champagne, throw a little money around and bring around some women. Of course, if the champagne, cash and strippers fail, our spies can always turn to the gun.

I just hate making messes, and why shoot people when you can instead pop champagne and party?

I also cant imagine what CIA gatherings much have been like in the 1950s. I have a strong sense its a lot like all those secret societies we always hear about. Just crazy stuff happening left and right, and nobody speaks of it outside of the room. Thats the America I want to live in.

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03:24

JUST IN: PDP suspends Ubah, queries Kashamu "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Dr Ifeanyi Ubah for his disparaging statement against the partys leadership and the panel that conducted the Anambra state governorship primary. The party also issued a query to senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu for allegedly taking the party to court. National Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said Ubah was suspended for one month and his case referred to the National Disciplinary Committee after he failed to answer a query issued to him by the...

The post JUST IN: PDP suspends Ubah, queries Kashamu appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

02:30

To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Jon Rappoport

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

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

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

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

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

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

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

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

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

...

02:07

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens by Jon Rappoport "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

September 20, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com

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

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

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

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is that a challenge? You bet.

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

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

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must protect the children....

01:35

7 Common Phrases Chronic Liars Use to Deceive and Manipulate "IndyWatch Feed World"

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. Mark Twain

 Every one of us lies at one time or another, be it a small white lie designed to protect those around us or a much larger lie with the purpose of manipulating and controlling life around us. There are times that these lies are easy to spot, so incredibly over the top that they cant possibly be the truth, however, there are also many times that we may find ourselves confused, questioning whether the words that we hear are rooted in truth or fiction.

Source: conservativereview.com

 

There is no official diagnosis for those that engage in the act of compulsive lying. Instead, those who actively partake in this habit are often found to be suffering from conditions for which the compulsive lying is merely a symptom, such as narcissistic, antisocial and borderline personality disorders. When asked to describe compulsive liars Charles Ford, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama Birmingham said, words seem to follow out of their mouths without them thinking about it. This is not a conscious decision for most of these individuals, but rather something that seems to come to them naturally without consideration.

How, then, are we expected to know who we can trust, and who we cannot? How can we spot a compulsive liar?

Watch for these 7 common traits used in communication by compulsive liars

 

  1. They keep their answers short

When directly asked a question, compulsive liars will make a point of answering in short, simple answers. They believe that doing so will allow them to avoid revealing too much, thus avoiding the chance of accidentally exposing their lies.

 

  1. They include a great deal of detail in their explanations

In an attempt to make their li...

01:01

Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected

The post Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:57

Nursing Home Where 9 Died In Scorching Heat Was Just Shut Down By The State "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[MH] The Hollywood Hills nursing home that became a sweltering deathtrap for nine seniors after Hurricane Irma was shut down Wednesday.

A statement released by the Agency for Health Care Administration said the centers license was suspended, and unveiled new details about the nursing home, which has a history of poor inspections by state regulators.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facilitys central air-conditioning on Sept 10. Three days later, police and fire rescue evacuated the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located next door to Memorial Regional Hospital, after they got received several distress calls about the patients. All told, nine people from the nursing home died.

AHCA outlined how tthe nursing home administrators added several late entries to patients medical records.

This includes a facility nurse recording a patients temperature at 101.6 degrees, but the patient was actually no longer at the facility, and had a recorded temperature 108.3 by the hospital. In a second, and very egregious case, a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored, however, this resident had already died before this entry was made, said AHCA in a statement.

The agency said that several residents suffered respiratory or cardiac distress, and at least eight of those patients ultimately died as a result of not receiving the proper medical attention, the agency noted.

Prior to Wednesdays move, AHCA had already ordered a moratorium on new patients and suspended its participation in Medicaid and Medicare, the financial lifeblood of most long-term care facilities.

The more we learn about this facilitys reckless behavior, the more concerning it becomes that the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center made the decision not to immediately call 911 or evacuate to one of the states largest hospitals located across the street which never lost power, said Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Wednesday. We will not stop demanding answers to these questions on behalf of every family who lost a loved one.

The nursing home filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state, appealing its suspension from Medicaid and requesting an injunction.

Calling the home devastated by the lives lost, the Rehabilitation Center asked a judge in Tallahassee to prevent health regulators from halting new admissions, and a suspension of the rehab centers reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid, federal insurance programs for elderly and poor people.

Dawn Schonwetter stops to look at a memorial of flowers and messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabi...

00:38

Bega Valley: Fluoride deferral applauded as new reports presented to council "IndyWatch Feed Health"

There were cheers and applause in council chambers on Wednesday as councillors agreed to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate Bega Valley Shire water supplies.

The motion to defer followed three passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery and included information on fluoride use in other countries.

Rob Slazenger, of Bermagui provided data relating to the use of of fluoride in a number of western industrialised countries which he said showed some of the the  non-fluoride users had better dental outcomes than those who did use it.

He also produced records from NSW Health of councils water fluoridation dosage data. There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council is now considering adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The data supplied by NSW Health appears to show gaps in record keeping and an extended period of overdosing between March and May 2010. A dose of 1 part per million (ppm) in water is recommended but overdosing varied from 30 to 97 per cent in the figures given to Mr Slazenger.

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

Greg Ferguson, of Pambula said a transfer of the decision to NSW Health would be a mockery of the democratic process.

Council would be tainted as gutless. The whole process has been a sham, Mr Ferguson said adding that the use of Hunter H2O as a community consultant was a gross conflict of interest.

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

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

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

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

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938818/fluoride-deferral-applauded-as-new-reports-presented-to-council/

Thursday, 21 September

22:30

This 1-Acre Permaculture Farm in Australia Can Feed 50 Families "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Amanda Froelich

By 2050, the worlds human population is expected to reach 9.7 billion. Considering 795 million people still go to bed hungry each evening, this is concerning. Fortunately, sustainable solutions exist, and they include vertical gardening and permaculture farming  among others. The latter has been employed on a one-acre farm in Australia and reportedly works so well, enough produce is grown to feed 50 families.

The Limestone Permaculture Farm may be minute in size, but it produces enough produce to feed dozens of families. Started when wife Nici developed an illness, the farm now educates the local community about permaculture and even offers internships.

TreeHugger reports that the Coopers have been farming for close to a decade. At Limestone Permaculture Farm, they grow organic produce, raise sheep goats and chickens, keep bees, and even build with recycled materials. Much of the farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun.

The premise of permaculture is to mimic the social design principles observed in natural ecosystems. Opposite of large-scale mono-cropping (growing one crop at a time), permaculture farming creates symbiosis so a variety of plants may thrive. Some of the permaculture principles implemented by the Coopers include swales, a chicken tractor and even self-seeding edible ground cover.

Credit: Limestone Permaculture Farm

Reportedly, husband Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald,

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22:30

Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is

22:00

Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too clo...

21:59

Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All diffe...

21:30

Australia Cites Blockchain In 'Digital Economy' Strategy Launch "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Australia is plotting an ambitious new Digital Economy initiative and blockchain is part of the plan, a new paper reveals.

20:58

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club Fair Food Week

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

20:57

New Matilda Is Going To Hell (Where There Are No Breasts) For Revealing Christian Lobbys Reply Paid Glitter Service New Matilda

This is NOT fake news because frankly there isnt sufficient weed on the planet to unleash enough creativity to come up with a story like this.

Okay, so this gets a little weird. Youve been warned.

A few weeks ago, New Matilda stumbled across a tweet from the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, objecting to people sending him nasty letters about Adolf Hitler.

Lyle, while light-heartedly noting that people were mailing him lots of glitter, took a sterner tone towards the Nazi stuff, and included a picture of what hed received replete with the envelope which revealed that the ACL has a Reply Paid postal service.

And so naturally, New Matilda published details of the Reply Paid service, and urged our readers to send glitter, which Lyle would actually have to pay for.

The story went viral, and I think we can all agree well played New Matilda. #yourewelcomelyleshelton

However, since then, weve been getting all sorts of random emails warning us that were going to hell. Make that Hell with a capital H.

This afternoon, a man named Fade Nissan reached out, to let us know that the devil is very smart. Fade Nissan, of course, sounds like a character from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a movie full of false idols ipso facto we reminded Fade that in all likelihood, he would probably be joining us.

 

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Undeterred, Fade referred us to the video below, in which a clearly delusional man, Mario Martinez, claims to have been to Hell, survived, and is now back to tell us what its like.

Long story short, its apparently quite warm.

The video is 31 minutes long (so, you know, spark one up before you sit down to watch it) and includes this especially excellent description: Mario Martinez grew up in the projects on the east side of Los Angeles. His father was a drunkard.

 

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. OOPS. YOU CAN HELP CHIP IN TO OUR DEFENCE FUNDRAISER HERE.

 

Theres a particularly enjoyable bit 9 mins 25 seconds in, where Mario explains what the fires o...

20:45

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

Article

20:22

China Begins Rounding Up And Detaining Bitcoin Executives "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

China has begun rounding up and detaining Bitcoin executives who run exchanges in the country, amid a huge crackdown against cryptocurrencies. 

As the war on Bitcoin continues, Chinese media is reporting that executives who operate Bitcoin exchanges are being told they are not allowed to leave Beijing whilst the government conducts an investigation.

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Trustnodes.com reports: Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchanges, with trading volumes in the country dropping considerably.

Chinese trading volumes now account for only around 5% 10% of bitcoins or ethereums global trading volumes. With price there significantly lower. Leading CoinMarketCap to exclude them from calculations of average prices.


20:13

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

20:11

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed World"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

20:10

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed War"

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TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

18:07

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli "IndyWatch Feed War"

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

16:55

Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told News | Human Rights Law Centre

The Australian Government is denying access to basic rights to equality, work and income for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through its racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program.

In a joint statement lodged with the UN Human Rights Council, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT and Human Rights Law Centre urged the Council to abandon its racially discriminatory Community Development Program and replace it with an Aboriginal-led model.

John Paterson, a CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that the Governments program requires people looking for work in remote communities to work up to 760 hours more per year for the same basic payment as people in non-Indigenous majority urban areas.

The program discriminates on the basis of race, with around 83 per cent of people in the program being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This is a racially discriminatory program that was imposed on remote communities by the Government and it's having devastating consequences in those communities, said Mr Paterson.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the program is also denying basic work rights to many people in remote communities.

Some people are required to do work that they should be employed to do. Instead, they receive a basic social security payment that is nearly half of the minimum wage in Australia. People should be paid an award wage and afforded workplace rights and protections to do that work. said Ms Walters.

The statement calls for the Federal Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a model that treats people with respect, protects their human rights and provides opportunities for economic and community development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities want to take up the reins and drive job creation and community development. Communities need a program that sees people employed on decent pay and conditions, to work on projects the community needs. Its time for Government to work with us, said Mr Paterson.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT has developed an alternative model for fair work and strong communities, called the Remote Development and Employment Scheme, which was launched in Canberra two weeks ago with broad community support.

The new Scheme will see new opportunities for jobs and community development and get rid of pointless administration. Critically, the Scheme provides incentives to encourage people into work, training and other activities, rather tha...

15:58

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed World"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges CrimeView

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Cameron Christopher Dowd, 28, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, on charges of assaulting or obstructing police and unlawful

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MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain CrimeView

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Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

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Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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15:31

Louvre Accord v Plaza Accord "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: I notice you often cite the *Plaza Accord* when on the topic of central bank currency manipulation. That accord was signed in 1985 with an aim to devalue the USD. Could you write a little on the *Louvre Accord signed just two years later, in 1987, with an aim to reverse the unwanted effects of the *Plaza Accord*. Thanks cheers,

TGM

ANSWER: The Louvre Accord was an agreement, signed on February 22, 1987 in Paris, that aimed to stabilize the international currency markets and halt the continued decline of the US Dollar caused by the Plaza Accord. The agreement was signed by France, West Germany, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Italy declined to sign the agreement.

The G7 meeting of central bankers and finance ministers in Paris announced that the dollar was now consistent with economic fundamentals. The announced that they would only intervene when required to ensure foreign exchange stability. The objective was then to manage the floating currency system. Democrats gained control of Congress in 1986 and immediately called for protectionist measures. The dollar depreciation agreed to in 1985 at the Plaza Accord, failed to really improve the trade perspective. In 1986, the trade deficit actually rose to approximately $166 billion with exports at about $370 billion and imports at about $520 billion. The object of manipulating currency to try to create jobs and alter trade flows proved to be completely false.

My concerns warning that volatility would increase made back in 1985 were materializing. What they did not understand was the lowering the dollar in value also led to a shift in capital flows and the selling of US assets. Foreigners were suffering loses by financing U.S. trade through purchasing United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to ease the trade deficit criticism. We were advising Japanese to buy gold on the New York COMEX, export it, and then resell which would also make it appear that the US exports were increasing. H...

15:30

The Making of Monsters "IndyWatch Feed War"

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

15:30

What Can Sweet Fennel Oil Do for Your Health? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?

Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family including carrots or parsley, 1 has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed. It is native to Southern Europe, but is also now grown in parts of Northern Europe, Australia and North America. 2

Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil

Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations by the Egyptians for food and medicine and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.

In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts and as a laxative with no side effects. It is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially as an ingredient in massage oils,3 perfumes, toothpastes and soaps.4

Composition of Sweet Fennel Oil

The chemicals found in sweet fennel oil include anethole, fenchone, estragole, a-pinene and -pinene, a-phellandrene and -phellandrene, a-Terpineol, myrcene, campfer and para-Cymol.5

Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil

Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive and excretory system and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue and exhaustion.6 Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:

Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain

Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements

Splenic: protects...

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