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Monday, 13 November

23:20

Why Complaints About Paul Ryan Ditching Regular Order Are Political Head Fakes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, Politico published an article talking about how the Republican House of Representatives under Paul Ryans speakership set a new record for the number of bills approved under closed ruleswhich prohibit members of Congress from offering amendments. Although the Politico story didnt use the term, it echoes the complaints of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) surrounding Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation this past summer: I want the regular order.

McCains comment invites a question: What exactly constitutes the regular order in Congress? Why do people keep calling for it? And if so many people keep calling for it, why doesnt Congress just restore the regular order already?

Unfortunately, the answers often prove cynics skepticism about Washington. Members of Congress support regular order only as long as it delivers the policy outcomes they desire. The second regular order results in a policy defeat, those who would lose in an open vote attempt to jerry-rig the process to achieve their desired outcomeand those who would win in an open vote complain, and call for a return to regular order. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Deem-and-Pass

Politico quoted House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-NY): Under Speaker Ryans leadership, this session of Congress has now become the most closed Congress in history. To call Slaughters complaints about a closed process ironic would put it mildly.

Seven years ago, when she chaired the Rules Committee, Slaughter proposed having the Democratic House enact Obamacare into law without voting on it. The House could merely deem Obamacare approved as a result of passing some other measure.

While the House has repeatedly used this deem-and-pass strategy under both Republican and Democratic majorities, the optics of passing such a massive and prominent piece of legislation using such dodgy procedural shortcuts led Democrats to abandon the gambit, but not before conservative bloggers noted that Slaughter, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and others attacked the deem-and-pass maneuver when Republicans controlled the House in the 2000s.

To sum up: Slaughter was for an open process before she was against an op...

22:45

Nice Aeon article on biological individuality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Siphonophores by Ernst Haeckel

By Ernst Haeckel Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 17: Siphonophorae (see here, here and here), Public Domain, Link

Derek Skillings from University of Bordeaux/CNRS has a new article at Aeon about biological individuality:

For millennia, naturalists and philosophers have struggled to define the most fundamental units of living systems and to delimit the precise boundaries of the organisms that inhabit our planet. This difficulty is partly a product of the search for a singular theory that can be used to carve up all of the living world at its joints.

Skillings reviews the deep historical roots of the question, touching on the views of Charles Darwin and his grandfather, both Huxleys (T. H. and Julian), Herbert Spencer, and other 19th and early 20th century thinkers, as well as some more recent authors, including Daniel Janzen and Peter Godfrey Smith.

He argues for a pluralistic view:

But my view is that no such unified theory exists; theres no single answer to the question: What parts of the world are a part of you as a biological individual, and what parts are not? Different accounts of individuality pick out different boundaries, like an overlapping Venn diagram drawn on top of a network of biotic interactions. This isnt because of uncertainty or a lack of information; rather, the living world just exists in such a way that we need more than one account of individuality to understand it.

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22:00

Do you wish more people could hear the Strong Towns message? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Strong Towns movement transcends the normal answers to the very complex issues that our communities face... That is what it is going to take to bring real change, and that is why I am drawn to and supportive of this movement.
Brian Ludicke, Lancaster, CA

Our Strong Towns events are gaining momentum and size. Years ago I would speak to groups of two and three people and was thrilled someone was interested. Now we routinely present in front of groups of hundreds, even thousands.

Despite this success, one thing remains constant: every time I speak, people come up to me and say, I wish _______  had been here to hear this. For example: "I wish our mayor had heard this message." "I wish our engineer had been part of this conversation." "I wish my good friend from the bakery had heard this." And on and on.

Heres the exciting thing: they can. And with your support this week, they will.

Today we start our fall member drive. We currently have 1,700 members. Our goal is to get to 2000 members to be #2000Strong by the end of the week. Thats an aggressive leap, but we can do it. You can do it.

Join the movement

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are saying that you want more people to hear the Strong Towns message. You want us to reach more communities, open up more minds and change more hearts. You want more people talking about the need to make our cities, towns and neighborhoods financially strong and resilient.

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are helping grow a movement that is changing the way we talk about our places, from Main Street to Wall Street, from the corner cafe to the White House.

Ive been doing a little experiment lately. Ive been asking people how...

21:46

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now t...

21:16

A Strategic View "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My friend Aaron T. suggested this book to me.

Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.

Victor Davis Hansons new book is a strategic view of WWII [amazn] treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively I was wondering is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together? before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. When I read something critically, I am constantly weighing whether the author is pulling any tricks or putting his thumb on the scale and even with my skepticism sensitivity knob on 11 I dont catch anything in Hansons analysis that seems unfair. There are parts that make me uncomfortable, such as frank discussion of the value of the strategic bombing campaign and the question of how much it shortened the war (Hansons answer: it shortened it enough that it was probably a wash, trading dead Japanese and German civilians for dead Jews and Russian and other European civilians).

Im used to reading military history that focuses on a narrow area for example: the North Africa Campaign and the various events and trade-offs that theater commanders had to deal with. From that, I try to draw some conclusions, usually Wow, that was badly run or Rommel was overrated. Then, I check those conclusions against my memory and other things Ive read and see if they hold up. My experience reading this book is very different Hanson drops the conclusions and the facts from which they are drawn, and sometimes digs down to a necessary level of detail, but otherwise maintains his attention at the level of the big trade-offs: the axis did not coordinate its grand strategy effectively because Hitler was an impulsive gambler prone to sneak attacks. Reading an account of the Russia campaign, its pretty easy to see that Hitlers decision-making was bad, but Im not used to thinking about how Hitlers strategic blunders affected Mussolinis which, of course, they did.

When World War I broke out in 1939, Germany did not have a serious plan for defeating those enemies, present of future, that were positioned well beyond its own borders. Unlike its more distant adversaries, the Third Reich had neither an adequate blue water navy nor a strategic bombing fleet, anchored by escort fig...

19:19

Series of thunderstorms create massive lightning display over Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Western Australia's south was treated to an evening show of light, sound and fury as a series of thunderstorms passed over the southern half of the state, producing hail, lightning and power blackouts. The most severe storm hit Meadow Springs in Mandurah, south of Perth, about 5:30pm on Sunday. Duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology James Ashley said a hot air mass combined with moisture in the atmosphere produced the stormy conditions. "Everything in the atmosphere lined up perfectly," he said. "We had a good upper-level disturbance move over the area and there was just enough moisture and lift to produce some really decent thunderstorms.

19:00

The Mayors of Bolingbrook: Nora Wipfler (1975) (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 1975, Bolingbrook celebrated its 10th birthday. Now it was officially the second largest municipality in Will County, and some predicted that Bolingbrook would soon reach 100,000 residents by 1985. If you were young and starting a family, Bolingbrook was the happening Chicago suburb. Old Chicago would open later that year, along with the Fountaindale Library. The future seemed bright.

The Babblers future, at the time, seemed uncertain. Following the loss of paper of record status, publisher John Olson was forced to make cuts. The page count was cut in half, and the number of enhanced photos per issues was reduced. Many believers feared that Chicagolands voice of truth could be silenced.

Though the Babbler was down, it was certainly wasnt out, as our first interview with newly elected mayor Nora Wipfler clearly showed.

Mayor Wipfler speaks: Romeoville wont eat us!

After avoiding the Babbler during the campaign, new Village President Nora Wipfler finally agreed to an interview! While obviously the powers that be prevented her from telling the whole truth about her plans for Bolingbrook, we found her relative openness to be quite refreshing.

Reporter: Thank you for the interview, madam president.

Wipfler: You can call me mayor. Everyone else does.

Reporter: OK. Well Mayor Wipfler, thank you for this interview.

Wipfler: Oh dont thank me. I just want to be able to go to sleep and not worry about a three AM call from your reporters.

Reporter: Fair enough.

Wipfler: But dont think that means Ill put up with any sexist questions.

Reporter: (Tears several pages out of his notebook.) In that case, my first question is, how do you enjoy being the most important mayor in the galaxy?

Wipfler: Galaxy? Oh, thats right. It feels just like being the mayor of a large village in Illinois. I enjoy it.

Reporter: Tell us about your first meeting with a space alien.

Wipfler: Now come on. You know that would be classified. I could tell you, but then a man in purple would have to slap you.

Reporter: Not a man in blue?

Wipfler: I meant a man in blue. Now, how about some questions that I can answer.

Reporter: OK. Our sources tell us that Old Chicago is being built over the Indian burial ground of ancient astronauts. Are you concerned that Bolingbrook could come under attack from a curse, the aliens decedents, or both?

Wipfler: No.

Reporter: Do you care to elaborate?

Wipfler: Old Chicago isnt being built on an ancient nuclear waste disposal site. The de...

18:29

Are Conservation Organisations Complicit in Ethnic Discrimination? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Trishant Simlai, doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, is interested in the links between armed conflict, militarisation and conservation in India. Raza Kazmi, a Jharkhand-based conservationist, is interested in conservation militarisation, intersection of forest rights and conservation needs, and conservation in Indias conflict-ridden Red Corridor landscape.

Global wildlife conservation efforts have advocated the exclusion of local people from parks and areas considered to be of great value to biodiversity, often supporting coercive means to achieve this goal. Among the coercive measures often suggested, some dont shy away from even recommending violence towards offenders.

Governments, conservation agencies and aid donors have further legitimised this exclusion by frequently invoking the narrative of an expanding human population destroying pristine landscapes, often ignoring the role of over-consumption by urban actors or of states and corporate interests extracting resources. Such coercive conservation measures often base the...

16:11

PNG to Begin Forceable Removal of Asylum Seekers From Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea immigration minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water.

Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.

We will be taking steps with relevant authorities to move the residents based on serious exposure to health risk for the food of everyone that is remaining, Thomas said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

The timetable stokes fears of a potential clash...

16:01

On shedding the patronym Overland literary journal

I think about the notable women who have chosen a mononym instead (Cher, Madonna, the French author Colette), but I decide unless I want to join the millennial poets of Instagram and Tumblr, the mononym isnt the right move for me as a writer. Even then, I learn that Colettes mononym was inspired by her fathers surname.

I start to wonder if I am reading too much into the whole thing, then decide that I am not seeking a name that is devoid of gender, just one that feels like mine.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.85 AUD
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15:31

Why India Should Be Wary of the Quad "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Like it or not, the term Indo Pacific seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday. Credit: PTI

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but it is close enough.

The first time around it collapsed when two of its members found it inconvenient to go ahead. And now, after a decade, in which China has militarily consolidated itself in the very region that the Quad had hoped to challenge, the chimera is once again being chased.

Mooted as an alliance of democracies, it seeks to upend everything we know about international relations, where the drivers are national interests, rather than values. Even that titanic struggle against evil in World War II, pitted a partial democracy (the US), an empire (the UK) and the communist Soviet...

15:30

False Memories, Part 2: I Dont Know Her from Anybody Gumshoe News

(L)  Teddy Roosevelt, (C) Leigh Corfman, and (R) Judge Roy Moore

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This series of articles is mainly about the accusation that mind-control victims are making up the stories they tell of having been subjected to ritual abuse. (Ritual as in part of a rite, usually with human sacrifice on altars, persons in black robes, and so forth.)

Are they telling the truth? Yes, they are. Naturally the CIA could slip a few fakers into the mix just to cause trouble, but we now realize that rituals really do take place and they can terrify children for a lifetime. We should believe the children, as a rebuttable presumption.

That said (and I realize I have not properly defended my claim here), every story told by a child about abuse is not necessarily true. In a custody battle its fairly common for one parent to urge a child to tattle on the other parent. This could include allegations o...

15:04

Snowflake stress levels at their ABC so bad the union will force entry to........do something....or something Michael Smith News

Unions to force entry into ABC Ultimo headquarters over staff stress The ABC Head Office in Ultimo, Sydney, where 72 per cent of staff have reported dangerous workplace stress levels. The Australian 12:25PM November 13, 2017 STEPHEN BROOK Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABCs Ultimo headquarters...

14:02

Carbon emissions are falling but more is needed The Pen

Contributed by Ben Wilson

According to Professor Will Steffen of the Australian Climate Council, global greenhouse emissions have started to fall, because of the growth of renewable energy sources and therefore less reliance on the use of fossil fuels.

He says that emissions growth has flat lined and that this is a significant change for the better, compared to what the situation was a decade ago.

Driving this change has been that the number of solar and wind systems installed, which has doubled every five and a Half years, thanks to those who are taking action for change.  there is also the falling cost of alternatives that is now being eyed by some major corporations as a viable route to profit or savings in energy costs.

This does not mean that there is any room for complacency and that action to step up the turn away from fossil fuels is no longer urgent.

Although at the present rate, a carbon neutral goal can be reached by 2040, this is far from a done deal. It could go off course. There is also a need to go further and apply measures that will protect those parts of the environment that are already under serious threat.

Economies must be restructured, to operate sustainably in the future. This is a big task that requires working towards agreement within nations and across nations, involving a change in the way of thinking on how human beings relate not only to the environment, but within the economy, about decision making processes and how we share what we produce together.

Even in the shorter-term, here in Australia, it is critical to turn around the gridlock existing in the political system that is holding us back, and get some decisive action to get away from dependency on coal, oil and gas  and serving as an  incentive to encourage more use and not less.

The need to protect wilderness areas and farmland is important. Special effort is needed to stop the extinction of the Great Barrier Reef.

There is still a major battle to be fought and won.

 

 

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14:00

Time for Costly Medicine Monopolies to Go From TPP Trade Talks "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules.

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules. These include rules for biologic drugs, an expensive class of medicines often used to treat conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

The market monopoly

Biologic drugs are ...

13:56

ZAP/POOFness Report: "Blowin' In The Wind" -- November 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Office of Poofness"

"Blowin' In The Wind"


Bob Dylan


How many roads must a man walk down


Before you call him a man?

How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist

Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l4nVByCL44



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13:54

Video: LA cops plant drugs in black suspects wallet The Pen

This piece by TOM BOGGIONI  (Raw Story 10 November 2017), is a disturbing capture of an incident that looks very much another case of  racial profiling and setting up. The difference is that this time, the deed was accidentally recorded by the police themselves.

An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspects wallet while believing their cameras were off.

According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.

The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields front left pocket

But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspects wallet before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.

According Shields attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.

According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.

Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.

Video from GetThePoint

 

 

 

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13:46

The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. Michael Smith News

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...

13:40

The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. Michael Smith News

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...

12:59

Ecstasy, Misery and Revolver Upstairs Global Hobo

When I was 22, three things happened that will forever mark the narrative of my life. I graduated from university, I broke up with someone who I loved, and I fell apart.

Adulthood had arrived with an unwelcome suddenness, and, terrified of being rejected by my dreams, I instead retreated into a shimmering expanse of meaningless good times. And by that, I mean I made Melbournes choice den of debauchery, Revolver Upstairs, my home base. I became a mess, and in a way, it was exactly what I had always wanted.

Since the end of my 21st year, I have been kicked out of a club on six different occasions. I would go out at least twice a week, and going out meant getting as fucked up as I possibly could; meant blasting a hole through my consciousness. I wanted to embarrass myself, to have a good story to tell the next morning, to be able to play at self-disgust but really loving every second. Up until this time in my life, I was always afraid that I wasnt brave or interesting enough to disintegrate completely. Well, I disintegrated.

I threw up in bars and on bars, into gutters and into bins; I threw up on the Sandringham Line train so frequently that my friends referred to that act as doing a Jane. I passed out in toilet cubicles and at parties; a friend woke up to me passed out in his backyard with my shirt off on one occasion. I threw glasses across the dance floor and out of car windows; I pissed on the dance floor several times rather than line up for the bathroom. My feet, for a long time, were blistered and rubbed raw and spotted with blood from dancing for hours on end.

I would drink all the time. There was a bottle of wine perpetually next to my bed and I would start drinking out of it as soon as I woke up. I drank at work, either out the back or out of a glass I kept under the counter that I would top up throughout the shift. I would go into work cooked I would go to Revs at 9 or so in the morning, take a pill or two, and start work at 12. It isnt a huge surprise that the store closed down, with employees like me. I got a new job, and spent my first shift struggling through a comedown. My previous job I had quit because my panic attacks had gotten too intense for work.

In my room, dirty clumps of ash sunk into the paint of the windowsill, smeared into a permanent, think black layer. Cigarette butts clogged every available surface. The room the house, in fact stunk of smoke, sweet and stale, but I was in it so much I didnt notice. Plastic wine glasses and ceramic mugs, rimmed with the deep red of old wine, sat for weeks beside piles of dirty dishes, scabbed over with congealed grease and sauce. The corners of the room were home to masses of tiny sha...

12:40

New conservative Bill a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination News | Human Rights Law Centre

Today Liberal Senator James Paterson released a conservative marriage equality Bill which seeks to introduce new and unprecedented forms of discrimination.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Paterson Bill was a bizarre attempt to entrench unprecedented forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No, said Ms Brown.

Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop. We call on Australian politicians to reject the Paterson Bill and pass marriage equality without allowing new forms of discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The Paterson Bill appears to propose the following new forms of discrimination:

  • All marriage celebrants could turn away same-sex couples and transgender and intersex people regardless of whether the discrimination is founded in religion or not.
  •  Individuals could refuse to provide goods and services to same-sex couples in relation to their marriage.
  • Immunity from legal claims including criminal offences for people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Bill extends protections to those who oppose marriage equality for both religious and moral reasons, enshrining the concept of conscientious objection, which was criticised in the cross-party senate inquiry report that Senator Paterson signed up to earlier this year.  

Allowing anyone to conscientiously object to someone else because of their sexuality, race or disability is unacceptable in modern Australian society it goes against the foundation of equal treatment enshrined in Australian law for decades. The entire purpose of anti-discrimination protections is to ensure that we are all treated fairly and equally in public regardless of who we are or who we love, said Ms Brown.

Exemption for all individuals and businesses in marriage related services

The Bill gives the green light to discriminate in the provision of goods, services and facilities related to marriage by any entity or individual, including commercial businesses.

This Bill will cause chaos and entrench deeply unacceptable discrimination that Australians rejected decades ago. A Muslim taxi driver could turn away a same-sex couple travelling to their wedding. A bank teller could refuse to authorise a personal loan for a same-sex couple for their wedding or possibly even their honeymoon. A hotel could refuse to take reservations of guests in town for their friend or family members same-sex wedding. These laws would provide no certainty for LGBTI Australians, their families and supporters or marriage equality to be treated fairly and equally in Australia, sa...

12:34

Can the EU regain its international climate policy leadership lost in Copenhagen? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is a guest post from Axel Michaelowa  from the University of Zurich. He is also the lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the second in the series from our Bonn panel on leadership in the climate regime. 

For over a decade, the EU was the undisputed leader of the international climate policy process. It had a grand vision for a universal international climate policy agreement modelled on the Kyoto Protocol. This was to be crowned during COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. So the shock was the greater when the EU was ignominously sidelined by an alliance of Barack Obama and the leaders of the large emerging economies. They did not like grand designs and instead embarked on a road towards a bottom up climate policy system.

Almost a decade later, the US has abandoned international climate policy leadership after it played a crucial role in helping France in the runup to the Paris Agreement. Can the EU now again lead? The answer unfortunately is No.

First, the EU is at the center of the global maelstrom of migration, terrorism and resurgence of populism, and even threatened by internal fragmentation as the case of Catalonia shows. This means that EU leaders are in perpetual crisis mode and cannot properly address long term issues auch as climate policy.
Second, the EU is lacking ambition. Several member states, including self-proclaimed climate policy leader Germany, are likely to miss 2020 emission targets by a wide margin. 2030 targets are generally not seen as very ambitious either.

Second, domestic mitigation policy instruments in the EU are suffering from serious flaws. The EUs climate policy flagship, the emission trading scheme has suffered from systemic overallocation ever since the economic and financial crisis struck in 2008. Thus, prices have remained low. The latest reform agreed just yesterday is a kind of band aid that does not resolve the broader challenge. In the context of renewable energy promotion, the widely successful feed in tariffs have now been replaced by auctions that may be able to reduce costs, but are equally likely to reduce the speed of renewable energy expansion. And many countries face the challenge that...

12:30

Thanks for the senate slot Pauline - see ya! Michael Smith News

Australia should think about getting a Receiver/Administrator in for a while. This bloke got 19 votes in his own right. From the weekend: 19 votes put Pauline Hansons man in https://t.co/1mNXYhCUPE The Australian (@australian) November 13, 2017 Pauline Hanson's ticket put him in the Senate. Now he's in the...

12:23

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "A Walk" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"A Walk"

"My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces."
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12:13

Grow up dickhead. Embarrassing. Naff. You're the Prime Minister, Clown. We're paying you to be there. You make me sick. Michael Smith News

Backing free trade, more investment and more opportunities with @luke_nguyen in Vietnam pic.twitter.com/lN3FCoxNgy The PMO (@thepmo) November 10, 2017 With @luke_nguyen this morning in Vietnam ahead of #APEC2017 pic.twitter.com/BtjKfcIW6L Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 10, 2017

11:55

Finance and Administration Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Finance and Administration Coordinator supports EngageMedias Southeast Asia program activities and works closely with EngageMedias Accountant and Operations Manager to ensure the organisation financial and administrative needs are to the highest standard.

Position Aims

  • Provide high-quality financial and administrative support to programs
  • Ensure Southeast Asia administration and office function effectively
  • Ensure the financial integrity of the organisation

Roles and Responsibilities

Finance

  • Bookkeeping track, enter and record all expenses
  • Maintain Indonesian banking and assist with Australian banking
  • Complete monthly account reconciliations
  • Oversee the Administration Assistant to prepare payment requests and track cash advances/petty cash
  • Work with the Administration Assistant to process invoices and receipts, ensuring all  are properly documented and recorded
  • Lead the monthly payroll process
  • Working with Operations and Grants Manager to prepare budgets for grant applications, and with grant reporting
  • Track and maintain a variety of budgets
  • Contribute to and uphold financial policies and procedures

Administration

  • Be responsible for maintenance of the office including payment of utilities
  • Oversee flight tickets purchasing, accommodation booking and other travel needs
  • Assist with logistics for events and face to face meetings
  • File materials on the EngageMedia intranet
  • Participate in weekly staff and finance team meetings

Selection Criteria

  • Experience with online, cloud-based accounting systems such as https://xero.com
  • Excellent English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • At least 5 years experience in finance and administration
  • Extensive experience with office software
  • Advance bookkeeping
  • Experience in an organisation with large amounts of travel and international communications
  • Open minded with an ability to work across cultures
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills


Start Date and Remuneration

The position starts as soon as possible. An initial 12 month full time contract will be offered with extensions base...

11:49

Landmark Northern Territory Royal Commission findings to be handed down this Friday News | Human Rights Law Centre

This week Australia will be given a roadmap to ensure children are never again abused as they were in the notorious Don Dale youth prison. After twelve months of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is due to release its report and recommendations on Friday.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, said that the Northern Territory Government must implement each and every Royal Commission recommendation.

This is not the time to pick and choose. Childrens lives are at stake. The Northern Territory Government must commit to wholesale implementation and the Federal Government must help fund it. Anything less will be a sign that our governments are not serious about ending the abuse of children in youth jails, said Ms Musk

The Royal Commission was announced after the ABCs Four Corners program aired a shocking expose showing horrifying footage of children in the Northern Territorys youth detention facilities being abused, including being hooded, tear gassed, stripped naked, threatened with dogs and held in solitary confinement.

Children in the Northern Territory are still being detained in Don Dale - a decommissioned maximum-security adult prison, that Ms Musk says is inherently unfit for children.

The Royal Commission laid bare the devastating cost of removing children from their families and locking them away behind bars. Prisons fail children. Governments should invest in small, age-appropriate facilities located close to communities that foster connection to family. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe and be supported to reach their full potential. said Ms Musk.

Jewel Wheeler, a twenty-year old woman from Darwin who is an advocate for children in out-of-home care, was taken from her family when she was a baby and drawn into the criminal justice system when she was eleven years. Ms Wheeler said the cruelty of the system robbed her of a childhood.

I was so vulnerable. Instead of helping me, the system harmed me. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had actually been cared for if I hadnt been hauled before the courts and locked up in a concrete cell. I was labeled a criminal before I even knew what that word meant. Children this young should never be arrested and put behind bars. There are better ways to respond to kids who make mistakes and it involves love, care and support, said Ms Wheeler. 

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously represented children in Don Dale, said all states and territories currently have archaic laws that breach international law and allow children as young as ten to be drawn in and trapped in the criminal justice system.

Ten...

11:29

Kelvin Thomson on defending public land (Speech to PPLVic AGM 11 Nov 2017) "IndyWatch Feed World"

The driving force behind the Protectors of Public Lands, Julianne Bell, passed away on Friday January 27 this year. Julianne was an indefatigable and tireless campaigner for the protection of Melbournes public open spaces. She was most well-known as the defender of Royal Park against any and all who would seek to diminish it for their own purposes, and she told me that she was most proud of her role in stopping the East-West Link, a Freeway which would carve up Royal Park in an outrageous act of environmental vandalism. She was the driving force behind this organisation and used it to defend public open spaces far and wide from all manner of threats the Carlton Gardens, the Catani Gardens, the Exhibition Gardens, the Rogers Memorial Reserve and many others too numerous to mention no public open space was too far away or too small to merit her attention.

Julianne worked closely with me on the problems caused by Rapid Population growth for the world in general and for Melbourne in particular. She understood that it is people, it is us, who are responsible for environmental damage, and was prepared to cut through the vanity that prevents many of us from acknowledging this. She had worked in the Immigration Department, and told me a number of times about the propensity for migration agents to tell fibs on applications, and the trouble an understaffed Department had in verifying claims and uncovering rorts.

Julianne was not always easy to work with, and she was very hard line. I did think when she was telling me about the evils of the Flower Show in the Exhibition Gardens that perhaps she could lighten up! But she grasped, better I think than anyone else I have ever met, that our public open spaces are constantly in danger from people or organisations or businesses who want to use them for a private benefit, at the cost of the value of the open space asset itself.

She understood and loved the heritage of Marvellous Melbourne, the legacy of beautiful parks and open spaces which Melbournes founders bequeathed us, and she was relentless in her defence of them. If Julianne had not been standing guard over them these past decades, they might well look rather different, and Melbourne might well have been on its way to becoming a soulless concrete jungle, like so many other cities around the world.

Over the years various Premiers and Lord Mayors have basked in reflected glory as Melbourne was declared the Worlds Most Liveable City. But this title owes, in my view, a fair bit more to Juliannes work than to theirs. If we are to keep that honour, we will need people to draw inspiration from Julianne, tak...

11:08

Identifying endangered frogs made easy with new app National News Echonetdaily

The endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Photo Taronga Zoo taronga.org.au

The endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Photo Taronga Zoo taronga.org.au

Australias first national frog count is underway and, with the aid of a new app, everyone can now join the battle to save one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.

The Australian Museums FrogID is a citizen science project that uses mobile phone technology and audio DNA to discover where frogs are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.

The free FrogID app, developed in partnership with IBM, identifies frog species by the sounds they make from croaks and chirps, to whistles and barks.

Up to 1 million Australians are expected to download the app and head to parks, creeks, dams or wetlands to listen for frog calls.

Recording and uploading these calls will map frog species across Australia and reveal where they are at risk from habitat loss, disease, climate change and urbanisation. You might even discover a new frog species!

Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay AO, said FrogID is a national citizen science rescue mission that everyone can take part in.

The power to save Australias frogs is now in the palm of your hand, whether youre a family in your garden or on a bushwalk, at school or a grey nomad. Everyone can download the free FrogID app to help save these vulnerable species the canaries in the coal mine of climate change, Ms McKay said.

FrogID is a crowd-sourcing approach to conservation. The AM is proud in its 190th year to partner with IBM, the Australian Government and leading museums across the country on this ground-breaking union of citizen science and innovative technology.

David La Rose, Managing Director, IBM Australia, said: IBM has a long history in collaborating with organisations like the Australian Museum to develop technology that has a real impact on the everyday lives of Australians. This joint initiative to develop the FrogID app is an inspiring example of how technology and science can work together to tackle an important social issue, while empowering Australians to help us gain new insight into the state of our waterways and environment.

One of Australias leading frog experts, Dr Jodi Rowley, AM Curator of Amphibian & Rep...

10:55

Part 4 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah No Fibs

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10:23

Saudis move on Lebanon with Israeli support The Pen

Contributed by Joe Montero

Saudi Arabias war of words over Lebanon keeps on building and  Israel has jumped in supporting the Saudis. As each day passes, the war of words comes closer to being transformed into a war of weapons.

The tilt at Lebanon is largely as proxy for a growing hostility against Iran, which has arisen out of diverging positions in the politics of the Middle East. While Iran has taken a position that lays claim to the regions independence from big power politics, the Saudis have decisively shifted in the opposite direction.

Nothing marks this more clearly than being decisive backers of the Syrian opposition ISIS and al Qaeda terror bands with money, guns and diplomacy. Then there is the systematic and brutal continuous bombing of Yemen that is on the brink of creating the biggest famine experienced anywhere in decades.

Intertwined with the stand off is the divide between Islams Shia and Sunni. Within the Sunni camp, there has lately emerged a camp that has become increasingly material dependent on the west and especially the United States and this is led by the absolutist Saudi royal family that sees itself as heading the Sunni world, and utilises this to push its own ambitions to be a regional power. That branch within the faith that has given rise to ISIS and al Qaeda is Saudi grown and Saudi maintained.

But after a short period of gains in the battlefield, the movement is experiencing major defeats. The most spectacular is in Syria. There has also been major loss in Iraq, including within the northern Kurdish region and a strengthening of the Shia position.

The attack on Yemen has been directed against the Shia Houthi forces, who happen to control most of the country. Saudi air strikes are backed by backed by pro al Qaeda and ISIS forces on the ground and the invasion has the support of the United States government.

Ongoing resistance from the Houthis has denied a quick victory and this risks sinking the Saudis into a quagmire.

In short, Saudi ambitions have not been going so well. Hence the chosen strategy to shift to a new theatre, target Iran as the headquarters of the Shia faith and its links to in Lebanon through Hezbollah and the Palestinians. Iran is accused of supporting the Houthis in Yemen the Syrian government and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The idea is that a new conflict in Lebanon might just turn around the series of defeats.

A large part of the Lebanese population is Shia and mostly support Hezbollah, which is a senior partner in the countrys coalition government.  The apparent sudden...

09:53

Eat The Rich: Tackling Class And Inequality Is Essential To Eradicating Racism New Matilda

The rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, while the poor get wild conspiracies about the other being responsible for their lot in life. Senator Lee Rhiannon explains.

Historically it has been the progressive side of politics that has confronted racism in all its forms. Whether it was the oppression of Indigenous communities, abuse of refugees or more recently the Islamophobia fanned by some conservative politicians, it has been unions and left parties including the Greens that have taken the lead in exposing and confronting this abuse.

A key driver of racial abuse is the growing economic divide in our society. This is not to say that racism is unique to disadvantaged populations we know too well that the elite do not hesitate to parade their bigotry. But when analysing and strategising on how to deal with racism we need measures to address economic inequality.

When people feel squeezed by things like low wages and the high cost of living, they understandably want to know who the villains are. Why cant I find a decent job? Who is undercutting my wages?

Conservative politicians and their masters in big business implement policies that cause these problems because it suits their interests. But they cant admit that because theyd be wiped out at the next election. Their solution? Scapegoat. Play on peoples apprehensions. Divide and distract.

This is part of the reason why some working people are turning to parties like One Nation. In the 2016 federal election there was a clear correlation between living in an area of high socio-economic disadvantage and voting for One Nation.

Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016. Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016.

The irony is that One Nations track record in parliament has been to support the anti-worker and anti-poor polices of the Coalition Government. Pauline Hansons party sided with the Liberal-National government 74 per cent of the time between August and December 2016. They have provided the critical votes for the Turnbull government to pass legislation that robs money from public schools, opens the door to greater media concentration and cuts funding to welfare recipients.

To take on the racism building in Australian society we need to ensure that dealing with economic disadvantage is centre stage.

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09:14

08:43

Fiji warns climate talks must stay united "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. (AAP)

Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. (AAP)

Fiji has warned countries at the UN climate talks it is overseeing that they must put aside their differences and work together if the world is to limit climate change.

We are encouraging all parties to provide the political will necessary to achieve an ambitious outcome at COP23, which includes of course the pre-2020 commitments and actions, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told reporters in Bonn on Sunday.

The diplomatically veiled caution comes after Iran, on behalf of a group of developing countries, accused developed nations of eroding trust and trying to censor their poorer counterparts.

Splits have developed at the COP23 talks during the past week over the inclusion on the formal agenda of discussions about lifting climate action ambitions before 2020, and over financing arrangements to help developing countries act on and adapt to climate change.

Irans representative told a mid-conference update on Saturday developing countries were seeing their trust and good faith being eroded and there seemed to be concerted efforts to only discuss proposals put forward from richer nations.

Ecuador, speaking for a group of 134 developing countries and China, said there seemed to be a lack of political will from developed countries.

The European Union rejected this notion while Australias environment ambassador Patrick Suckling, speaking for developed countries outside Europe, said persistent efforts to add extra items to the COP agenda were hampering the very progress we are seeking.

Nevertheless, Mr Bainimarama said on Sunday he thought the talks were entering their second week in good shape.

But he reminded parties the only way any one country could protect itself from climate change was by joining with all others and moving together.

That is the message Im conveying to all parties, and especially those who have particular issues that matter deeply to them, he said.

No one is immune to climate change and we must focus not on our differences but on the absolute imperative to move this process forward.

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08:40

Another same-sex marriage bill proposed National News Echonetdaily

Conservative Liberal senator James Paterson has released a draft of a same-sex marriage bill to preserve the freedoms of all Australians.

Senator Paterson, who voted yes in the marriage postal survey, said any ensuring law changes shouldnt have negative consequences for opponents of same-sex marriage.

If the parliament opts for a narrower bill with fewer protections, I fear we will see some Australians seek to impose their values on others, with court cases and other legal mechanisms, he said in a statement announcing the draft bill.

Ive never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians.

Senator Paterson believes state and federal anti-discrimination laws arent strong enough.

His bill expands the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, ensures exemptions for ministers of religion and celebrants with genuine belief and allows a limited form of conscientious objection.

It also seeks to protect freedom of speech and enacts a narrow anti-detriment clause, which would prevent governments and agencies taken adverse action against someone with a traditional view of marriage.

The bill would also guarantees the right of parents to opt their children out of classes that conflicted with their values.He is yet to canvass the draft legislation with his coalition colleagues.

If a Yes result is confirmed this week, this bill could be passed by the parliament as quickly as any other bill, Senator Paterson said.

I believe the parliament should do so before Christmas, with additional sitting weeks if necessary.

Fellow Liberal senator Dean Smith has also put forward a bill.

Senator Smiths bill allows same-sex couples to wed and includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.

Nearly eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

The survey result will announced on Wednesday.

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08:37

Aussie artists work for love not money National News Echonetdaily

Australian artists earn about a fifth less than most other workers and many have to take on other jobs to help make ends meet, a study shows.

The average total annual income for professional artists in Australia is 21 per cent lower than the average pay packet, the study by Macquarie University and the Australia Council found.

The income artists receive from their creative work has also fallen 19 per cent below what they were paid in 2009.

And almost eight in 10 artists are taking on other work, mostly out of necessity rather than choice.

Australia Council chief executive Tony Grybowski said the findings highlight the challenges artists face to maintain a viable professional career.

If we want Australian stories to keep being told and Australias diverse artistic talent to succeed locally and internationally we must consider the support structures, protections and remuneration of Australian artists, he said on Monday.

The study also found female artists earn a quarter less than men overall and are paid about 30 per cent less for their creative work.

The disparity for artists with a disability is even greater.

Those with a disability earn 42 per cent less overall than artists without disability.

The Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia was carried out by cultural economist David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya, who surveyed almost 1000 Australian professional artists.

Prof Throsby said too often artists were expected to work for love not money.

The digital world also presented both opportunities and challenges for artists, by offering new ways to distribute their work but also opening up the door to unauthorised exploitation of their ideas.

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08:34

Greens to support High Court referrals National News Echonetdaily

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

More federal MPs are likely to face the High Court over their citizenship status after the Greens committed to unilateral referrals from the major parties.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale confirmed the minor partys sole MP Adam Bandt would provide the government with the crucial vote it needs in the lower house.

If the government decides to refer someone, if the opposition decides someone should be referred, we think we should honour that, Senator Di Natale told the ABC on Monday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend vowed to refer any Labor MPs facing dual citizenship questions to the High Court, accusing the opposition of flouting the law.

Thats brought a declaration of war response from Labor.

Senator Di Natale said no-one was stepping up to resolve the issue.

Ultimately the way to resolve it is to have doubtful cases tested in the High Court and thats exactly what should happen and quickly, he said.

When that might happen is not yet clear.Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann would not say whether the government would act when the House of Representatives returns in a fortnight or wait until parliament establishes a disclosure system for MPs.

Individual members of parliament can make their own judgment, he said, citing the resignation of Liberal MP John Alexander over the weekend.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has threatened a November 27 vote to refer Labor MPs Justine Keay and Susan Lamb to the High Court.

There was clear evidence the two MPs indicated they were dual citizens when nominations closed for the 2016 election, he said.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke doubts the government will go down that road.

What a desperate born to rule approach whether thats their view on Monday week I have no idea, and let me tell you I reckon they have no idea either, he said.

Labor insists its two MPs took reasonable steps to renounce their citizenship before the 2016 election.

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08:27

Christopher Pyne Spruiks Aussie Arms To Saudi Arabia As UN Warns Of Impending Yemen Famine New Matilda

Australia has turned a blind eye to the Saudi-led warn on Yemen, while the nation plunges deeper into a humanitarian crisis. But at least were trying to profit from it. Michael Brull reports.

On 30 October, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced hed be visiting Saudi Arabia, France and the United Kingdom to promote Australias world-class defence materiel and strengthen bilateral defence industry relationships. In Saudi Arabia he would meet with senior government representatives to discuss the bilateral defence industry relationship.

Presumably, this was in the hope of further expanding Australian military exports to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia needs military imports in particular right now because of its devastating war on Yemen. The government ignored a motion passed in the Senate calling on it to disclose its military exports to Saudi Arabia since 2016. We know that Australia has approved four military exports to the Saudi government, but not the nature or value of that exports.

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In a speech in July, Pyne discussed his plans to expand Australian military exports. In relation to Yemen, Pyne said, The Australian designed Nulka decoy system that protects ships from missiles not so long ago saved the USS Mason from an attack by Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen.

There may be other military exports to the Saudi invading force. For example, Pyne also talked about Australian company Marand making tail pieces and specialised engine trailers for Joint Strike Fighters. Their order book will be for over $1 billion, not just for Australias Joint Strike Fighters thats exporting vital components made here in Australia overseas, to take their place on perhaps the most advanced combat aircraft the world has ever seen, that will be operated by the USA, the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel and many other countries.

On November 8, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock gave a...

08:24

UK is fattest country in Western Europe with 63% of adults overweight & obese - OECD study "IndyWatch Feed World"

The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has stated. Over 63 percent of adults in Britain are overweight OECD says. The 2017 Obesity Update report found that the UK is the sixth fattest nation out of 35 OECD member countries, with a 27 percent adult obesity rate. The US, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary and Australia fare worse than the UK, though. The countries with the lowest levels of obesity are Japan, Korea, Italy and Switzerland.

08:18

Acknowledgement to Country, Mud Gooloogong, and an Eviction Notice Gumshoe News

After putting up his own Eviction Notice at the Lobby Restaurant, Wiradjuri man Mud Gooloogong remained there until he was arrested and removed peacefully by police. (photo ABC)

By Dee McLachlan

For those readers not living in Australia, let me first explain. If one attends any function, conference and event, the emcee or whoever is running the event starts off with an Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners. It is to pay respect to indigenous people.

This is how it goes.

Our conference is being held on the traditional country [or lands] of the Wada wurrung people [or relevant traditional owner], and I wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners. I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.

When I first arrived, it seemed to me a most respectful acknowledgement and a reminder of the lands history, but as the years have gone by it sometimes leaves me uneasy. In many of these functions, in Victoria, it feels a function of political correctness R...

05:31

Duterte meets Trump in Manila amid backdrop of anti-US protests "IndyWatch Feed World"

US President Donald Trump has met with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, as hundreds of angry of people took to the streets of the capital to protest the US military presence in their country. Duterte greeted Trump, who was attending a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China, Russia, Japan, Canada, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. The two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries before posing for a group photo and sitting down for dinner. Trump and Duterte will hold more formal talks on Monday.

05:27

According to a Renowned Doctor, Prescription Drugs Are Killing Us "GroovUs Feed Nradio"

While many modern doctors are not thought of in a positive light, there still are good ones out there that are fighting for what is right. Dr. Peter Gotzsche is one of those doctors.

Gotzsche, for those who do not know, is the co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration and he hopes to inform the world about the dangers associated with quite a few pharmaceutical grade drugs. According to his research, there are an estimated 100,000 people dying in the United States each year from the side-effects of correctly used prescription drugs. He actually had a paper published in the Lancet just this past year going over how our antidepressants are causing much more harm than good.

Gotzsche is more focused on two main areas, those being antidepressants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen or Tylenol). According to him, these deaths are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the issue of our failing process of drug regulation. In his paper, he notes that the antidepressants we are being prescribed now are just as addictive as the ones they were put in place to replace.

According to Gotzsche, these are things we should be avoiding:

  • Antidepressants for all, as they very likely dont even work for severe cases of depression

  • All brain-active drugs in children

  • Anti-psychotics and other brain-active drugs for the elderly.

  • Psychotropic drugs should be used as little as possible and mostly in very acute situations, as they are very harmful when used long-term Anti-dementia drugs, as they very likely dont work

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis, muscle pain, and headaches, including over-the-counter, low-dose ibuprofen. These drugs should be used as little as possible.

  • Mammography screening, as it doesnt prolong life whereas it makes many healthy women ill through overdiagnosis and leads to the premature death for some because radiotherapy and chemotherapy increase mortality when used for harmless cancers detected at screening......

05:01

YouTube Is Finally Cracking Down On Dark Versions Of Childrens Shows on YouTube Kids "IndyWatch Feed World"

While allowing young children on YouTube unsupervised is not a good idea, some parents just dont pay close enough attention to the things they are allowing their children to watch. In more recent times on YouTube, there have been many parody videos popping up of common children cartoons.

YouTube has now made announcements that they will be doing their best to clamp down on these disturbing childrens videos as they pop up out of nowhere in some cases and are it seems targeted towards corrupting children. This clampdown came only after many accusations have come up in regards to the site enabled infrastructural violence. A new policy will be in place that will show age restrictions on content that uses family entertainment characters in an inappropriate manner.

This will include videos like those of Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist and elsewhere. You see, while YouTube already demonetized these kinds of videos it was not yet doing anything to restrict them in regards to who sees them. While I am sure the inability to make money off of them has deterred some, creators there are plenty still going strong.

Age-restricted videos cannot be seen by those who are not logged into their accounts or those who are shown to be under the age of 18 on their profiles. This will also be a big help as age-restricted videos do not pop up on the YouTube Kids app. All of this being said, the content must be flagged before it can be marked as age-restricted. We can only hope what their definition of inappropriate it will be enough.

According to YouTube anything that features adult themes or graphic violence, in general, will be flagged. YouTubes director of policy, Juniper Downs told the Guardian that Earlier this year, we updated our policies to make content featuring the inappropriate use of family entertainment characters ineligible for monetization. Were in the process of implementing a new policy that age restricts this content in the YouTube main app when flagged. Age-restricted content is automatically not allowed in YouTube Kids. The YouTube team is made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting things right.

With this disturbing trend of turning childrens favorite television characters into violent sex-crazed maniacs, age restrictions are necessary. What do you think about all of this? Check out the video below to see one of...

04:44

A Recent Study Shows When A Person is More Likely to Cheat and Why "IndyWatch Feed World"

No matter what all relationships have rough patches. Some make it through these rough patches and others end up getting so damaged that moving forward together is not an option.

No, I am not saying that everyone cheats and I am not justifying it, but sometimes those rough patches to lead to cheating and there is nothing we can do about it. A research team from Israel actually looked into different reasons as to why people who were tempted to cheat managed to resist the urge and discovered something quite interesting. Their findings were published in the Journal of Sex Research and during their study, they were also able to come to a conclusion on about when the most likely point in a marriage men and women were most at risk of cheating altogether.

For this study, these researchers asked 423 participants to answer a simple questionnaire. In this questionnaire, they were to rate the importance of 29 different reasons to avoid or resist cheating in general and go over the likelihood of them cheating depending on whether or not the opportunity were to arise. Their findings showed that most people would resist being unfaithful because of the fear of being single as well as their moral compasses.

These results also showed that for women the window of time they were most likely to cheat was between the 6-10 year mark. Now, for men, they were most likely to cheat after 11 years. For those who do not know after the 7th year of marriage, most people begin feeling distant with their spouse on some level, so these findings actually make a lot of sense.

A survey that was done earlier this year actually gave some insight on why people cheat and to be honest it is for the reason you would think. Most women who cheat do so because they are not feeling as if they are getting enough attention from their partner. Men, on the other hand, reported cheating more because the other person was really hot. This survey was conducted by Superdrugs Online Doctor and included over 2,000 European and American participants.

You can see the top five reasons listed for each gender as reported by those who took this survey in the image below. You will most likely notice a huge difference between the mens reasons and the womans reasons. To be honest, these findings are a bit sad but the saddest part was that 71 percent of American men who cheated for the most terrible reasons said they wished they could take it back.

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03:32

Your power in a decaying world "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Your power in a decaying world

by Jon Rappoport

November 12, 2017

These are notes I made prior to preparing my three Matrix collections:

Solutions to private problems and public problems require the ability to think things through, logically, and to reject what is unworkable or biasedbut above and beyond that, a person needs to be able to imagine solutions that havent been tried before.

Propaganda says: defect from your own power. Never find out what it is. Assume it isnt there. Propaganda says: all life is about the species, not about the individual.

When propagandists find a good thing, a message that works, they pound on it, they keep hammering away. Family, group, family, group, community. On and on. They never promote the message called The Individual with the same intensity. That would be counter-productive to what they are trying to accomplish: group identity; and amnesia about being an individual.

Civilization continues to erode and decay, as individual power is put on the back burner. But that doesnt give the individual a license to surrender. If others want to give up, thats their business. The individual, instead, finds new frontiers for his power, for his capacity to invent reality.

There is you, there is your own power. And what is that power? It comes in two forms or venues. First, there is the ability to apply logic to events and information; to think rationally from A to B to C; to analyze. And second, there is imagination, the capacity to conceive and then invent realities that would never otherwise exist in the world.

Individual power doesnt need to make rigid distinctions between what is done for self vs. what is done for others. Social engineers and propagandists make those separations. You exercise your creative power to fulfill what you deeply desire; and that process will, in fact, spill over and affect others in a positive way. It will lift them up. It will remind them that they, too, have power.

Logic and analysis keeps you from being sent down wrong roads, keeps you from buying official reality. Logic also reminds you that you have a mind. Logic is a road that can take you deeper and deeper into more basic fallacies that underpin organized society and its branches of knowledge. Logic tells you there are always more fundamental questions to ask and answer. There are levels of lies. The deeper you go, the more confident you become. The more powerful. Logic also lets you...

03:01

India, US, Japan, Australia Meet Together for First Time in Ten Years "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: After a gap of ten years, senior officials from India, Japan, Australia and United States met in Manila and agreed that a free and open Indo-Pacific was in their common interest.

The meeting happened less than a month after the Japanese foreign minister Taro Kano revealed the consultations had already begun for a top-level dialogue between the four countries.

The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum. That same year, all four countries, as well as Singapore, took part in the Malabar exercises in September. However, the initia...

01:53

Dancing with words: Trump believed Putin 'means it when he says no' to meddling claims but still sides with US intel agencies "IndyWatch Feed World"

This weekend, Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 US election, after which Trump said he believes Putin "means it." Hours later, however, Trump said he stands by the US Intelligence Community's position on the matter. Just one day after the APEC international summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, where US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to have a quick chat on the way to a group photo, the US president was asked to answer "definitively... yes or no" if he really believes that Russia, or Putin in particular, interfered in the 2016 US presidential election. "What I said. I'm surprised that there any conflict in this. What I said is that I believe he believes that, and it's very important for somebody to believe it," Trump replied, apparently failing to meet the reporter's expectations, at a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Sunday. Trump added that what the Russian leader believes "is what he [Putin] believes. What I believe is that we have to get to work." "As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership. I believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies, I've worked with them very strongly," he added.

01:11

Trump points to falsehoods in 'Russian hacking' claims but media ignores what he says "IndyWatch Feed World"

Each day we get more "Russian influence" and "Russian hacking" claptrap. Like this from the once honorable Wired which headlines: Here's the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit: Russian interference in Brexit through targeted social media propaganda can be revealed for the first time. A cache of posts from 2016, seen by WIRED, shows how a coordinated network of Russian-based Twitter accounts spread racial hatred in an attempt to disrupt politics in the UK and Europe. Interesting, enthralling, complicate and sensational ... ... until you get down to paragraph 14(!): Surprisingly, all the posts around Brexit in this small snapshot were posted after the June vote. "Russian-based Twitter accounts" influenced the Brexit vote in the UK by tweeting affirmative AFTER the vote happened. "Russian agents" influenced the U.S. election by buying irrelevant Facebook ads - 25% of which were never seen by anyone and 56% of which were posted AFTER the election. During a flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donald Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.

01:09

Police Just Killed a 14yo Native American Boy Who Witnesses Say Was Holding a Phone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

boyPolice are refusing release any details after killing a 14-year-old boy on the Bad River Indian Reservation -- his family wants answers.

00:32

We Have Built a Paradise for Offshore Billionaires "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Thomas Frank and cross-posted from The Guardian

Its not enough to say, in response to the Paradise Papers revelations, that we already knew that rich people parked their money in offshore tax havens, where their piles accumulate far from the scrutiny of our government. Nor is it enough to say that we were already aware that we live in a time of inequality.

What we have learned this week is the clinical definition of the word. What we have learned is how much the rich and the virtuous have been hiding away and where theyre hiding it. Yes, there are sinister-looking Russian capitalists involved. But theres also our favorite actors and singers. Our beloved alma mater, supposedly a charitable institution. Everyone with money seems to be in on it.

Were also learning that maybe weve had it backwards all along. Tax havens on some tropical island arent some sideshow to western capitalism; they are a central reality. Those hidden billions are like an unseen planet whose gravity is pulling our politics and our economy always in a certain direction. And this week we finally began to understand what that uncharted planet looks like; we started to grasp its mass and its power.

Think about it like this. For decades Americans have been erupting in anger at what they can see happening to their beloved middle-class world. We think we know what the culprit is; we can see it vaguely through a darkened glass. Its elitism. Its a rigged system. Its people who think theyre better than us. And for decades we have lashed out. At the immigrant next door. At Jews. At Muslims. At school teachers. At public workers who are still paid a decent wage. Our fury, unrelenting, grows and grows.

We revolt, but it turns out we have chosen the wrong political leader. We revolt again; this time, the leader is even worse.

This week we are coming face to face with a big part of the right answer: its that the celebrities and business leaders we have raised up above ourselves would like to have nothing to do with us. Yes, they are grateful for the protection of our laws. Yes, they like having the police and the marine corps on hand to defend their property.

 Yes, they eat our food and breathe our air and expect us to keep these pure and healthy; they demand that we get educated before we may come and work for them, and for that purpose they expect us to pay for a vast system of public schools. They also expect us to...

00:31

Its all happening Skepticlawyer

Im not usually given to quoting Bill Lawry around these parts, but the last week has been somewhatbusy. For good reason, though.

First, the Cato Institute published the entirety of my Authors Note from Kingdom of the Wicked, where in an attempt to avoid having my writing horribly misinterpreted I set out how Id gone about writing my second novel, and why. The piece represents a fairly considerable piece of craft, and Id like to pay tribute here to both Legal Eagle and Lorenzo, who read and edited multiple early revisions with a view to helping me hone it to the greatest extent possible. Catos introduction runs as follows:

Regular readers of Libertarianism.org may recognize Helen Dale as a recurring contributor to the sitebut long before she started writing here, she was an award-winning author of fiction.

Writing fiction that feels real can be a tricky thing. For a fictional world and the characters in it to seem true to life, they have to behave like the real world behaves and as real people do. Authors, for that reason, have to have a theory of how the real world works, about how real people behaveeven if that theory is implicitthat they can draw on to answer questions about how their fictional world works and how their fictional characters behave in it.

Humans famously disagree about how the world worksabout their theories of sociology and economics, for exampleand those disagreements are by nature political disagreements. This means that at least to some degree, fiction is political.

I dont mean to sound nave about the issue of authorial intent. Perhaps its better to say that a text has an implicit politics, rather than asserting that the texts author shares those politics. But in the piece that followsthe Authors Note from Helen Dales new book Kingdom of the Wickedwe have an author giving us a peek behind the curtain into her thinking. She tells us she deliberately constructed her storys world while relying on a set of beliefsabout history, the law, and economicsthat she describes as belonging to the classical liberal tradition. I feel c...

00:07

More Bad News About Smartphones When Will We Heed the Warnings? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Over the past few years, many of you have heard me and other professionals describe how smartphone use, and the technologically immersive culture in general, are associated with a multitude of negative outcomes. Whether it be sleep woes, increased anxiety, cyberbullying, rampant pornography exposure, or declining social skills, it is clear that the outcomes dont look anything like the sexy, sophisticated commercials that tech companies like to use.

Yet although many of us have focused our attention on concerns about youth development, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reminds us that threats cut across all ages, but begin with our minds. Ever since the first iPhone was released in 2007, researchers have been looking at how smartphones are affecting our intellect, which roughly stated involves our ability to pay attention, retain/recall information, and problem-solve/reason. Although advertisements profess that these remarkable technological innovations will only make us smarter and more efficient, the evidence indicates quite the opposite. In the words of the WSJ author, research suggests that as we grow more dependent on them, our intellect weakens.

Although the article reviewed many findings, the major themes were as follows:

  • The presence of smartphones, even when turned off or not answered, is associated with poorer attention, sloppier work, and increased symptoms of anxiety (e.g., blood pressure spikes, nervous thoughts).
  • The closer in proximity the devices are, the more brainpower is decreased. For example, individuals performed best when phones were out of the room and worst when phones were in front of them (and when in the pocket or out of sight, performance was in the middle). One recent study indicated that when schools banned smartphones altogether, test scores increased the most, especially for the poorest students.
  • Even in brief conversations (e.g., 10 minutes or less), the presence of smartphones inhibits development of a sense of intimacy, trust, and empathy, especially when meaningful topics are discussed.
  • Smartphones and other devices inhibit encoding and recall of information. Dubbed the Google effect, the idea that information can be searched on the internet seems to unconsciously reduce the likelihood that people will remember information given to them.
  • People are largely unaware of the way in which smartphones create distractions that create a brain drain; individuals often deny that devices are associated with poorer outcomes even when data reveals otherwise.

As with a number of other articles an...

00:05

Answering the Question That Won Me the Ig Nobel Prize: Are Cats Liquid? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

At the centre of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container.

Under the right circumstances, cats bodies can behave like liquids. John Benson/Flickr, CC BY

Under the right circumstances, cats bodies can behave like liquids. Credit: John Benson/Flickr, CC BY

A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this definition.

Here a cat, whose body fits perfectly within a sink, behaves like a liquid. William McCamment, CC BY-SA

Here a cat, whose body fits perfectly within a sink, behaves like a liquid. William McCamment, CC BY-SA

This somewhat paradoxical observation emerged on the web a few years ago and joined the long list of internet memes involving our feline friends. When I first saw this question it made me laugh, and then think. I decided to reformulate it to illustrate some problems at the heart of rheology, the study of the deformations and flows of matter. My study on the rheology of cats won the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics.

The prizes are awarded every year by Improbable Research, an organisation devoted to science and humour. The goal is to highlight scientific studies that first make people laugh, then think. A ceremony is held every year at Harvard University.

What is a liquid?

At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container. The action must also have a characteristic duration. In rheology this is called the relaxation time. Determining if something is li...

00:00

Flowers, Remembrance and the Art of War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.

Artificial poppies left at the Waitati cenotaph in New Zealand (2009). The white poppy is used as a symbol of peace. Nankai/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Artificial poppies left at the Waitati cenotaph in New Zealand (2009). The white poppy is used as a symbol of peace. Credit: Nankai/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Before 1914, flowers in everyday life spelt beauty, femininity and innocence; they were seen as part of womens culture. But during the first world war, that changed. Men gathered posies of flowers on battlefields and dried them in honour of the dead, they turned to wild flowers as motifs for paintings and photographs, and they recognised in blue cornflowers and red poppies the fragility of life.

Historian Paul Fussell referred to the red poppy, Papaver rhoeas, as an indispensable part of the symbolism of WWI. When, on November 11, those who fought and died in WWI are commemorated, the sanguine colour of the red poppy, a flower that grew in profusion on Flanders Fields, is a vivid reminder to the living of the cost of sacrifice in war.

At the end of the conflict, artificial replicas of the Flanders poppy were sold in Allied countries to be worn in honour of the dead. Their resistance to decay became an embodiment of everlasting memory.

However, the red poppy was not always adopted without criticism. After 1933, in opposition to the symbolism of it, peace ceremonies appropriated the white poppy. Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.

As living forms, as art, and as symbols, the wildflowers that soldiers encountered in WWI Europe help us negotiate the unimaginable enormity of war and deepen the solemnity of remembrance.

We are the dead

Among the most affecting, but least talked about, Australian war paintings that officially commemorate and remember the fallen soldiers of the First World War is George Lamberts Gallipoli Wild Flowers (1919). Painted while Lambert served as Official War Artist, the work is unusual for the absence of soldiers bodies shown in action or in death. Yet it alludes to both by the inclusion of an...

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23:12

Security officer currently guarding Mandalay Bays 32nd-floor says he doesnt know, has never seen, Jesus Campos "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fellow Mandalay Bay security guard claims to never have seen Jesus Campos, doesnt know him

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A security officer responsible for guarding Mandalay Bay Resort and Casinos 32nd-floor stairwell entrance says he doesnt know Jesus Campos and has never seen him.

The officers shocking admission was captured on video by reporter Jason Goodman who was walking the hotel with Joe Napoli while live-streaming via YouTube late Sunday evening.

The two men entered the 32nd-floor after descending a stairwell from the 33rd-floor when the encountered the guard who was blocking entry to the 32nd-floor where Stephen Paddocks suite was located.

The security guard told Goodman that he has no idea if the floor was shot up or not and answered no when asked if he knew or had even seen Campos.

Campos was reportedly shot in the leg by Paddock while investigating a door alarm on the 32nd-floor just moments before Paddock opened fire onto concertgoers who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on that dreadful night.

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23:00

India in No Hurry to Dispatch Troops to Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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From October 23 to October 25 of this year, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked on a trip to a number of countries in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. His main task was to look for answers to the questions that arose after the speech of the President Donald Trump on policy of the new US administration on Afghanistan. The final and main point of the trip of the high American official was India.

The military operation of the USA in Afghanistan, which has dragged on for 16 years, has turned into one of the most costly and intractable adventures in the whole of American history. An attempt was made to get out of it during the administration of US President Barack Obama, who, during his term in office, managed to reduce the US military presence in this country by 10 times.

Declaring the previous administration guilty of everything during the election campaign, nevertheless, Donald Trump rather accurately expressed the intention to continue with Barack Obamas policy aimed at the full withdrawal of the American military from Afghanistan to its logical end.

Therefore, the expert community was surprised by the statement of Donald Trump (already as President) that the USA would not only continue its military presence in this country, but would also dispatch about five thousand more soldiers from private military companies to its territory.

The wording on the need to achieve victory without specification of over whom and how it would look, also sounded weird. For the many previous years, nothing similar to victory in Afghanistan was ever achieved; and we would like to repeat, during that time, the American military contingent (taking into account forces of the NATO member countries) much exceeded the group that is being deployed today, which is mainly engaged in the protection of its own area of deployment.

There is information appearing that the hawkish words mentioned above were included in Donald Trumps Afghan speech under pressure of his Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of State. Both of them, apparently, proceeded from considerations of the need to gain some time until the full military withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. We recall, that the latter is an indispensable condition that was put forward by the Taliba...

20:50

Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. donaldelley

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed lifelong secret pedophile. 

 

Note of 12 November 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

 

This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first published on this site on 9 September 2012 prior to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It has been updated since as more facts have come to light and more events have unfolded.

 

Note written on Friday 27 May 2016

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20:09

Trump Reverses, Backs U.S. Intelligence Agencies When Asked About Russian Meddling John Kelly: The tweets dont run my lifegood staff work runs it. "IndyWatch Feed War"

But the president wouldnt say definitively whether he believes the report that Russia interfered in 2016 election

Updated Nov. 12, 2017 3:39 a.m. ET

HANOI, VietnamPresident Donald Trump said he had full confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies, indicating that he believed a report earlier this year that concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Still, asked to answer with an affirmative yes or no about whether he believed that report was true, Mr. Trump declined. Instead, he expressed confusion that there was any question about his confidence in the intelligence agencies and again cast doubt on the previous administration, which initially assembled the report.

I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted, Mr. Trump said on Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam. I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.

Standing outside the Presidential Palace in Hanoi with Vietnam President Trn i Quang, Mr. Trump begrudgingly acknowledged his acceptance of the intelligence report a day after casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community.

Flying from Da Nang, Vietnam on Saturday, Mr. Trump told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin was irritated by repeated questions about his countrys involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and called a trio of former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies political hacks.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump was asked to definitely assertyes or nowhether he believed that Mr. Putin and/or Russia interfered in the election, Mr. Trump did neither.

Instead, he said he was with our agencies, and added the caveat that he meant his cabinet. The report was assembled under the Obama administration, but Mr. Trumps top intelligence officials have all unequivocally said they believe the findings.

Im surprised theres any conflict on this, Mr. Trump said.

...

19:34

Trump Says Putin Means It About Not Meddling Gets A Firestorm From U.S. Intelligence Community, John McCain "IndyWatch Feed War"

DANANG, Vietnam President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscows meddling a politically motivated hit job that was hindering cooperation with Russia on life-or-death issues.

Speaking after meeting privately with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said that he had again asked whether Russia had meddled in the contest, but that the continued focus on the issue was insulting to Mr. Putin.

Mr. Trump said it was time to move past the issue so that the United States and Russia could cooperate on confronting the nuclear threat from North Korea, solving the Syrian civil war and working together on Ukraine.

He said he didnt meddle I asked him again, Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One as he flew to Hanoi for more meetings. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putins denials, but his account of the conversation indicated he was far more inclined to accept the Russian presidents assertions than those of his own intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Mr. Putin directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote. The C.I.A., the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence all determined that Russia medd...

18:06

PERTH Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA CrimeView

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Major Crash investigators have charged a 48 year old Padbury man with Careless Driving Causing Grievous Bodily Harm as a result of their

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18:06

PERTH Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash CrimeView

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Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash .

November 12, 2017 at 12:15PM .

Police said on Sunday the truck driver had been charged with careless driving causing grievous bodily harm and will face Perth Magistrates Court on

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17:53

15 Scientifically Proven Signs You Are Smarter Than Average "IndyWatch Feed World"

Have you always felt that your intelligence was superior to most people around you? Growing up our childhood is largely based on the concept of how smart we can demonstrate that we are, and how we stack up against our peers. This is enforced through test scores, school assignments and the quest to be accepted into our school of choice. We quickly learn to accept that our ability to memorize and recall information taught to us in classes is the true measure of how smart we are within our education system.

As we leave the world of academia and enter to the real world, we are introduced to the idea that the qualifications to be smart as were accepted in school no longer accommodate the true measure of intelligence. When aspects such as street smarts are added to the equation, one must look outside of the traditional testing process. We begin looking at a number of different factors such as curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. This broader definition of the word smart can be hard to define and identify, however, there are signs that we can watch for.

Source: Indy100

 

Check out these 15 scientifically proven signs that you are smarter than average:

You are a procrastinator.

Experts say that many of the greatest minds of our time were found to be procrastinators. This may be due to a complete focus on one specific task, putting all others aside for the time being, or it may be a technique to tap into their deeper, creative side. One great example often found to procrastinate while working towards his next big innovation was Steve Jobs.

You are open to the opinions of others.

Psychologists have found that people who remain open-minded when presented with the opinions and views of others, actively seeking out new ways to approach a situation, score higher on intelligence tests than their closed-minded peers.

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17:29

War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed War"

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were there long before Sigmund Freud identified them.

In the Australian capital, there were many wreaths, so many uniformed, deodorised dignitaries distant from the cries of battle and the horror of engineered slaughter.  There were the expected, the usual, the normal: the most medalled of them all, the Governor General, the various Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

There was the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court making her appearance.  There was even the ceremonial didgeridoo player.  Various associations also featured: those dealing with the incapacitated; the matter of war widows, the issue of legacies.  It seemed like a vast whos who of the military complex, which is exactly what it was.

The Australian response here is, in some ways, more tragic than most.  Retained, generally white Ghurkhas for imperial causes (there were those of other races in the Australian armed forces at points), they flitted between theatres to be slaughtered at the behest of not-so-grand strategies that mangled the word freedom and confused it for politics. In battle, such a word has little meaning, about as significant, in fact, as a wreath.  What matters is survival.

Across media networks, the word freedom was uttered as an automatic response, a genetically programmed insistence that the deaths of the Great War had been somehow necessary and, importantly, productive.

That disposition was sown by such figures as King George V, who had issued a request to the people of the British Empire to suspend ordinary activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom.

In 1997, the Australian Governor-General, Sir William Deane, proclaimed that November 11 be deemed Remembrance Day, insisting that a minutes silence be observed at 11 am on November 11 each year, a pause to reflect, more broadly, sacrifices made by the Australian armed forces.

Modern representatives of this view abound, and they are, unsurprisingly, effusive in the veterans organisations.  There were the remarks, for instance, of Richard Embleton from the Geelong Returned and Services League, who reflected on the tens of thousands of wool poppies laid out before Melbournes Shrine of Remembrance.  You only have to look around Australia [to see] how free we are and how important it is.

To...

17:13

Putin Says Alleged Manafort Russian Link Fabricated by Trump Opponents "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Danang, Vietnam: President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last years US election, despite US intelligence agencies conclusion of Russian interference.

Trump made the comment after he and Putin met briefly at a summit in Vietnam on Saturday and agreed on a joint statement supporting a political solution for Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war.

It was the first encounter of the two leaders since July and came during a low in US-Russia relations and at a time when Trump is haunted by an in...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.80 AUD
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12:08

Despite a victory on IP, the TPP's resurgence hasn't cured its ills Electronic Frontiers Australia

Image: Chambosan/Shutterstock

Even so Canada's trade minister, Canada's trade minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed that the agreement is far from being finalised, recognising that more work was needed on some key issues. Meanwhile the TPP has been renamed as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the official Ministerial statement, including the schedule of suspended provisions, was released yesterday.

This article is by Jeremy Malcolm and Jyoti Panday, and was originally published on EFF's Deeplinks blog. It is republished here under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence and has been slightly edited for spelling and context. See the original article.

We now know that almost the entire Intellectual Property (IP) chapter that had been the source of some of the most controversial elements of the original agreement has been suspended. Back in August, EFF wrote to the TPP ministers explaining why it would make no sense to include copyright term extension in the agre...

11:37

HARPER AND DECAMERON: CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE "IndyWatch Feed War"

Several years back--in the pre-Trump era--a friend attended a forum at the Brookings Institution on the subject of US-Russian relations. During the question and answer portion of the event, she asked a question about American and European meddling in Ukraine,...

11:24

I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget The Stringer

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she []

11:22

A Gold Medal For Our Cider, A Brand New Beer And A Big Plug For Sarah New Matilda

Its been a pretty big few months for Sparkke, Australias most political and socially progressive alcohol brand. And in case youve been living under a rock, New Matilda owner Chris Graham is a shareholder in Sparkke a socially progressive beverage company run, owned and conceived by a group of women from Adelaide. Hence the ongoing gratuitous free plugs.

Recently, Sparkke launched a new beer a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B? Obviously, climate change is the message.

Sparkke's latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called 'What's Planet B?'Sparkkes latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B?

For beer lovers, heres the official guff on the new brew:

Our new juicy, hazy ale is zealously packed with 6 hop varieties mostly from the USA including 2 (!) dry hops for a generous fruity flavour and aroma. Tropical and tangy, expect notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine and a sherberty, smooth and rich mouthfeel. Volume: 330mL. Bitterness: 20 IBUs. Colour: 12 EBC. Malt: Ale, Flaked Wheat, Oats, Carapils, Munich. Late Addition Hops: Flaconers Flight, Mosaic, Equinox, Eldorado. All natural ingredients, no preservatives, no concentrate and no sulphur.

You can read more about (and order) Whats Planet B? here.

Its the sixth new beverage in Sparkkes line-up earlier this year we launched Change The Date (a pilsner); Nipples are Nipples (a hard lemonade); Boundless Plains To Share (a ginger beer); Say I Do (a white wine bubbles); and Consent Cant Come After You Do (an apple cider).

On the latter, Sparkkes apple cider is kind of a big deal now.

Consent cant come after you do won a Gold Medal at the Australian Cider Awards last month, against a record 250 entries (all vying for a single gold medal).

You might want to read a review of Consent here, published last week in the Financial Review.

Its Sparkkes first year not just producing the cider, but producing anything (Sparkke only hit the streets in early 2017).

Agi Gajic (pictured above) is the brains and the brewer behind Consent.

Speaking of brains, Sarah Lyons Sparkkes winemaker was recently named by The Weekend Australia as one of the t...

08:33

Lessons From The Past, A Culture For The Future New Matilda

The answer to many of the worlds challenges lies in the past, writes Teila Watson.

I was asked to talk about our culture and the planet in the last two years. I wanted to take the opportunity to not only look at what the last two years have been like, but also how things got this way and where we go from here. Ive realised in the last two years, how quickly two years can pass. How much can happen in two years and how important the next two years are.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250So I will start at the beginning, beyond 60,000 years ago, because that is still how many of us locate ourselves.

When I say I am Kungalu, I am acknowledging that for tens and tens and tens of thousands of years, one parent of every child in my bloodline, has come from that country. By identifying myself in this way, I locate myself and my children through my family, from now, since 60,000 years ago and into the future.

I am also acknowledging the relationship that we have with our country, a relationship that has grown and been sustained through highly sophisticated and refined forms of substantive eco-science, and of course many generations of eco-scientists, or Murris in our own terms. Because in all that time, we didnt just survive on or off our land, but we thrived with it, through a complex balance of relationships which ensured that our existence was sustainable and abundant.

new matilda, uluru(IMAGE: Joanna Penn, Flickr).

Furthermore it is safe to say, that prior to colonialism, every inch of this continent was regularly maintained sustainably, by First Nations groups, through similar relationships.

But it wasnt just our relationship with land, that was sustainable in this way. Our relationships required and thrived off social sustainability as well. Our boarders never changed, at times they may have been adjusted, because of the ice ages and such but there was never open warfare. The idea of stealing land, simply just didnt exist.

A lot can be learned in 60,000 years. Yet First Nations people continue to suffer from genocide in this continent, in the last two years, two hundred years and the last two weeks.

Two of the most productive methods of colonialism are myth making and dehumanisation, when we make someone the other it becomes acceptable to give them less respect, like we have been seeing happen in the public debates around same sex marriage.

Saying a...

08:15

Nuclear Powers Existential Crisis New Matilda

Nuclear power is dying a slow, painful and wildly expensive death, writes Jim Green.

This year has been catastrophic for nuclear power, and just when it seemed the situation couldnt get any worse for the industry, it did. There are clear signs of a nuclear slow-down in China, the only country with a large nuclear new-build program.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250Chinas nuclear slow-down is addressed in the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report and also in an August 2017 article by former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd.

Chinas nuclear program has continued to slow sharply, Kidd writes, with the most striking feature being the paucity of approvals for new reactors over the past 18 months. China Nuclear Engineering Corp, the countrys leading nuclear construction firm, noted earlier this year that the Chinese nuclear industry has stepped into a declining cycle because the State Council approved very few new-build projects in the past years.

Kidd continues: Other signs of trouble are the uncertainties about the type of reactor to be utilised in the future, the position of the power market in China, the structure of the industry with its large state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the degree of support from top state planners and public opposition to nuclear plans.

China's first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)Chinas first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)

Over-supply has worsened in some regions and there are questions about how many reactors are needed to satisfy power demand. Kidd writes: [T]he slowing Chinese economy, the switch to less energy-intensive activities, and over-investment in power generation means that generation capacity outweighs grid capacity in some provinces and companies are fighting to export power from their plants.

...

08:06

Emission Omission: We Cant Eat The #BeInconvenient Elephant In Al Gores Room New Matilda

The former US vice presidents latest assault on climate change is welcome, but the movie is missing one major theme which is crucial to the survival of the planet, writes Cassandra Taylor.

Al Gores new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, exposes the dire consequences of climate change and shows that, since his first film on the topic a decade ago, some of these problems have dramatically progressed.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)The film ends by calling upon the citizens of the world to #beinconvenient by using their choice to switch to 100% renewable energy, their voice to urge others to pursue climate solutions, and their vote to demand that their leaders take action.

But the documentary fails to mention that the best, and arguably simplest, way to be truly inconvenient, and make a difference to global warming, is to stop eating meat and/or dairy.

There is a general perception that most vegans and vegetarians do so out of a love for animals, or even for health reasons. However, there are a growing number of people making the change in a last ditch attempt to save our planet.

According to the UN, livestock emissions account for 14.5 per cent of all human-induced emissions. However, some studies estimate emissions from livestock to be much higher. As a comparison, all emissions from transport are estimated to be around 13.5 per cent.

These figures do not take into account the fishing industry, which also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and causes damage to the environment in other ways by impacting fish populations, water pollution and habitat degradation.

(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)

Livestock agriculture contributes to global warming in a number of respects. At a basic level, it is logical that growing a crop and eating it produces fewer emissions than growing a crop, continuously feeding it to an animal so the animal can grow and then eating the grown animal.

On a more technical level, methane emitted from animals flatulence and manure accounts for 36% of all human-caused methane emissions. However, deforestation is the main contributor to livestock emissions, and raising livestock requires the clearing of larger amounts of land than producing vegetables and also requires more water. Cattle are by far the largest cause of livestock greenhouse emissions.

It is estimated that producing beef requires 28 times more land, 6 times more fertilizer and 11 times more water than producing...

08:00

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Lack of Imperialist War Records Reflect the Covering Up of Military Failures
Doctors without Borders (MSF) hospital bombed by the
Pentagon in Afghanistan.
A veteran laments the deletion and disorganization of records from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By John Spencer
Washington Post
November 10 at 11:11 AM
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PANW Editor's Note: As this soldier laments in the Washington Post over the lack of record keeping in regard to the United States occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the real reasons behind this phenomenon is the concerted efforts by the Pentagon to conceal the monumental failures of these operations. Millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq have been killed, injured, impoverished and displaced as a direct outcome of these wars of regime-change. Since United States troops remain in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it is necessary for the Defense Department along with the complicity of the White House, Congress and the pro-war corporate media to repeatedly distract people's attention from the real reasons behind imperialist militarism. There were absolutely no sound explanations put forward about why it was absolutely necessary to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Both countries remain unstable after more than a decade of interventions. Thousands of U.S. troops have been killed and maimed for no honorable purpose. Until the people of the U.S. put a stop to these horrendous genocidal wars the world will know no genuine peace.
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I often wonder what people will say about the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan decades from now. What I will tell my children when they are able to understand the answers to questions about what happened over th...

06:59

Mikmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Elsipogtog Mikmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first peoples lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province.

The Aboriginal title claim has been made on behalf of the entire Mikmaq first nation, and asks that the court confirm they hold the rights to the large portion of the province.

The land claim comes at a time when indigenous people are repeatedly raising concerns about government decisions pertaining to lands and water in Mikmaq territory.

Three years ago, violent protests erupted in the community over shale gas development. First Nations communities opposed to fracking felt they were not properly consulted.

During the time that Elsipogtog and surrounding areas decided that they did not want shale gas in New Brunswick, its essentially a continuation of that, Chief Arren Stock said Wednesday.

Kenneth Francis, who represents Elsipogtog on resource development, is heading up the land claim initiative.

There have been no real effort by the governments to engage us in these things, you say, how do we get them to the table? Francis said.

Global News reached out to...

06:37

Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal

 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major corruption crackdown.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major corruption crackdown. Richard Spencer,Sean ONeill

 

Britains biggest-ever arms deal faces renewed scrutiny after Saudi Arabia placed it at the centre of an urgent criminal investigation as part of the kingdoms anti-corruption drive.

One of the hundreds of princes, ministers and businessmen held in the countrys unprecedented purge of senior figures is Prince Turki bin Nasser, the royal at the centre of the so-called al-Yamamah scandal, The Times has been told.

The Saudi decision to investigate the 43 billion pound ($AU74b) deal has created political pressure for Britain to re-open its investigation into al-Yamamah, which wa...

05:31

Trump: I Really Believe Putin When he Told me 'I didn't Meddle in Elections' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump: 'I really believe' Putin when he told me face-to-face 'I didn't meddle' in elections

Source: Fox News | By Joseph Weber


Russian President Vladimir Putin is steadfastly denying that his country meddled in the 2016 White House race, President Trump told reporters Saturday.

Trump and Putin briefly spoke several times while in Vietnam for a regional economic summit, as part of the U.S. president's 12-day trip to Asia.

"He said he didn't meddle, Trump afterward told reporters, aboard Air Force One. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did."

Putins words contradict U.S. intelligence community claims that Russia indeed tried to influence the election's outcome -- amid evidence that suggests Russian operatives hacked emails from Democratic Party leaders and tried to sway U.S. voters by purchasing ads of social media.

"Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that,' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, 'I didn't do that.' I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country," also said Trump, who deflected answering a direct question about whether he believed Putin's denial.

Congress and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are each conducting investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian in the 2016 campaign.

Trump and Putin were in together in Danang, Vietnam, for the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. They have no plans to hold a formal meeting during Trumps five-nation trip the concludes this weekend.

Trump told reporters on the flight from Danang to Hanoi that he and Putin largely discussed Syria in their "two or three very short conversations."

At about the same time, the Kremlin issued a joint statement...

05:01

The Fiasco of Saudi policies toward Lebanon: has MbS ever succeeded in a war or a policy? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Hoping to recruit some kids to demonstrate in support of Saudi regime policies towards Lebanon, this has become a national joke.  This is going viral: those kids were brought in by Saudi regime tool, Gen. Ashraf Rifi, to Beirut to support Saudi Arabia and protest against Hizbullah, were met with Lebanese correspondents who asked them why they were there and they could not answer. 

04:50

Q-Red List, Blue List, Black List, You List: Are You on the Jade Helm Red List? Will You have Time to Run? Jade Helm 15: Martial Law, Walmart and You "IndyWatch Feed World"

Taken at face value, it sounds incredibly sinister: members of the four branches of the US military operating within our borders, infiltrating the populations of seven states, moving covertly, deploying vehicles and aircraft, practicing their techniques for capturing and eliminating threats. There are mysterious meetings, strange maps, reports of missile batteries being set up and even the closing of stores and confiscation of private property. And all of it happening under the guise of a mysterious, sinister sounding code name: Jade Helm 15.

While all of that seems rather horrifying, the truth of Jade Helm 15 happens to be much more pedestrian. Its a military exercise being carried out by US Special Operations forces, running from July through September 2017, designed to train elite soldiers to deal with new threats and ensure their readiness to survive, react and carry out deep cover missions in hostile enemy territory. In that respect, Jade Helm is no different than the dozens of other military exercises the US has carried out all over the world in decades past, rehearsing everything from the D-Day landings to taking out enemy leaders.

None of what Jade Helm will be doing is new in fact, its quite old. Prussian military forces used war games and live exercises as far back as the 1700s, and theyve continued all the way through modern times. Since the advent of combined arms tactics in World War I, where infantry, artillery and airpower all worked together to achieve a common goal, coordinated training exercises have been vital to ensuring every facet of the operation was on the same page. If the guns and the planes and the tanks dont all know exactly where the infantry is supposed to be at the exact time theyre supposed to be there, people get killed and battles are lost.

The entire operation was publicly announced by the U.S. Army Special Operations Commands (USASOC) website in March, 2017. Soon enough, like clockwork, the conspiracy panic began. According to numerous awakened individuals, Jade Helm was not a military exercise at all, but a hiding-in-plain-sight plan to seed government troopers around the south, institute martial law in the United States, round up or kill dissenters, consolidate Barack Obamas plan for a third term as president, or even propagate a genocide of Christians and patriots.

A popular YouTube video called Jade Helm PROOF OF A MASSIVE MILITARY BUILD UP IN AMERICA. Another video, this one from Alex Jones, declares Military Lied! Jade Helm Is Training To Kill Americans Who Resist! Websites are practically breathless with pictures of FEMA death domes, claims of Muslim Brotherhood control of the plot, stories of UN troops and prison camps, and, worst of all, the closure of Wal Mart stores in Jade Helm states.

To get to the bottom of whats going on here, and what isnt, Ive put tog...

04:42

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed World"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed World"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

04:29

PERTH Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder CrimeView

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Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder .

November 10, 2017 at 02:18PM .

Aaron Colin Martin, 35, said little as the charge was read to him in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday morning. It is alleged that yesterday he

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04:29

WATCH: Texas Deputies Detain PINAC Correspondent for Suspicion of Burglary while Video Recording Government Building from Sidewalk "IndyWatch Feed War"

A YouTube video shows Texas deputies detaining PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner for suspicion of burglarizing vehicles, and possibly plotting to help an inmate escape from jail in late September.

Their reason: Turner was video recording the City of Midland Police and Communication Center and Information Systems Department from the sidewalk.

That, of course, gave deputies the impression that Turner was plotting to bust someone out of jail, then break into cars right in front of the police station where seven cameras are mounted on the front of one building.

Not to mention capturing the evidence on his own camera for safe measure.

The Midland Police and Communications Center and Information Systems Department is described as a highly specialized unit of personnel which provides centralized communications service support to the Midland County Sheriffs Office, Midland Fire Department and the Midland Police Department.

Part of the communications center is located underground and is the Public Safety Answering Point for Midland County, according to its website.

The video begins with Turner walking down the sidewalk taking photos of vehicles and the building with several cameras.

How many cameras do they need? asks Turner, who frequently hears the same question from officers as he tours the State of Texas conducting similar audits.

Eventually, two sheriff deputies pull up in an SUV with their emergency lights lit up and approach Turner.

Hows it going? Im deputy Cook with the sheriffs office. Its just curious; somebodys taping around the sheriffs office. Im just trying to figure out whats going on.

Turner explains hes just taking pictures of vehicles and that he was attempting to locate the main building of the complex.

Do you have an ID or anything? Deputy Cook asks. To show who Im talking to.

I dont have one on me, Turner replies.

Whats your name, deputy Cooks asks, reaching for his radio to run Turners name through dispatch.

Uh, Id rather not give it.

Mkay, Cook says. Alright, any reason . . . video taping . . . just curiosity? Or what?

Im just gathering matters of public interest. Just a journalist, Turner replies.

Co...

03:42

Why Were Vatican And RC Church Hierarchies NOT Unnerved About Infertility Ingredients In WHOs African Tetanus Vaccine Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Roman Catholic Church has strict rules and unyielding dogma regarding religious beliefs and congregants practices but, unfortunately, seems to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye and subscribes to going along to get along especially regarding the pseudosciences regarding GMO phood [1], and what the medical industry submits as gospel truth when it comes to pharmaceutical vaccines!

Regarding GMOs:

The same Congregation also decided that Eucharistic matter made with genetically modified organisms can be considered valid matter (cf. Letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 9 December 2013, Prot. N. 89/78 44897). [1]

Relating to vaccines, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), sent a request to investigate vaccines to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith in order to answer questions posed by Mrs. Debra L. Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, in Largo, Florida.

In June of 2005, Mrs. Vinnedge received a reply on the letterhead of the Pontificia Academia Pro Vito saying [5]:

On June 4, 2003, you wrote to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with a copy of this letter forwarded to me, asking to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith a clarification about the liceity [sic] of vaccinating children with vaccines prepared using cell lines derived fro...

01:52

Pacific Rim states agree on core elements of TPP trade deal, without US "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries have reached an agreement on the core elements of the TPP trade pact, even with the US staying out of the deal. At the same time, Canada warned there was more work ahead.

Vietnam APEC meeting (picture-alliance/empics/The Canadian Press/M. Tsikas)

The representatives of the 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including  Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico, have agreed to push ahead toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The decision comes after days of tense negotiations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

In a joint statement early on Saturday, the trade ministers said they were pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the major trade deal, which aimed to slash tariffs across the Pacific region.

Infografik APEC Grte Wirtschaftslnder ENG

Read moreWhy is the United States interested in the Indo-Pacific?

The basic agreement would maintain the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants, they said.

APEC Conference gets underway in Vietnam

The statement marks an important breakthrough for the deal, which was on the brink of collapsing after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be leaving th...

00:46

China Enlists Western Media to Spread Its Message "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tie-ups linked to propaganda arm aid mission to tell Chinese stories well

Women walk past a roadside poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October after the Communist Party granted him a new term and greater authority.Photo: GREG BAKER/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Nov. 11, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

BEIJINGXi Jinping wants the media to tell Chinas stories better. These days, he is increasingly finding willing partners abroad.

The Chinese leader has exhorted state media to do more to enable the world to see a multidimensional and colorful China and present his nation as a builder of global peace and help strengthen Chinas influence abroad.

China has for years placed paid English-language state-media supplements in Western newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has placed similar advertorials with Australian, Indian and British media.

Under Mr. Xi, Beijing, which often calls Western depictions of its society unfair, has stepped up support for co-productions with foreign partners, including documentary tie-ups spotlighting the countrys culture, technological advancements and infrastructure projects.

One such feature is China: Time of Xi, a three-part documentary produced by Discovery channels Asia arm that was first broadcast in China in late October, shortly after Chinas Communist Party gave the leader a level of authority not seen here since Chairman Mao.

A Discovery Channels documentary, shown in this YouTube video, portrays the Chinese Communist Partys approach to development as a model for the world.

Interspersed in the production are admiring words for Mr. Xi and his policies from people such as Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a host for Chinas state broadcaster, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who says Xi Jinping is a leader who dreams very big dreams.

In one episode, economist Dambisa Moyo praises Mr. Xis signature Belt and Road initiative as one of these incredibly transformative ideas.

The documentary mentions some of Chinas challenges, such as pollution. But there is no mention of more controversial aspects of Mr. Xis tenure, such as his crackdowns on speech and dissidents or his moves toward one-man rule.

Its not our place to sort of comment on or provide the good and the bad. We dont look at it that way, said Discovery representative Karun Arya. Were...

00:16

Melbourne, Austrlia: Relatos sobre o Dia de Ao para xs Refugiadxs na Ilha de Manus "IndyWatch Feed War"

08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.

O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados, incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir qualquer
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.

O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes

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