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20:42

Analysis: The gender, nationality and institution of IPCC AR6 scientists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Since being founded in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published five sets of assessment reports on the state of climate science, involving hundreds of scientists from across the world.

A sixth set (AR6) is slated for completion in 2022, with the IPCC issuing a call for nominations for authors in September last year. The final lists of authors for all three working groups have now been confirmed.

For AR6, the IPCC has selected 721 authors, representing 90 different nationalities. This is a slight reduction on the 829 authors for the fifth assessment report (AR5) published in 2013-14.

Using the information provided by the IPCC, Carbon Brief reveals the mix of nationalities and genders across the authors, as well as the institutions they represent.

Nationality

The IPCC lists authors under its three working groups: Working Group I (WG1), The Physical Science Basis; Working Group II (WG2), Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; and Working Group III (WG3), Mitigation of Climate Change.

Leading the pack with 74 authors across all three working groups is the US. Followed by the UK and Germany in joint second place with 45 authors each. Making up the rest of the Top 5 is Australia and China both with 37.

For South America, the country with the largest number of authors is Brazil with 21, followed by Argentina with 11 and Chile with eight.

The highest placed African country is South Africa with 14 authors. It is followed by Morocco and Nigeria with seven, and Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania on six.

Overall, the most-represented continent is Europe with 229 authors, with Asia in second with 173 and North America in third with 128. Africa, Oceania and South America follow with 82, 55 and 54 authors, respectively.

Looking at the working groups individually, the US comes out with the most authors in all three, following by the UK and China for WG1, Australia and Germany for WG2, and Germany and Japan for WG3.

The map below shows the number of authors per country and continent the bigger the bubble, the more authors that country has. Toggle between working groups and all authors using the dropdown selector in the top left-hand corner.


Data visualisation by Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief.

According to the...

20:31

Israeli forces kill dozens in Gaza protests as anger mounts over US embassy move to Jerusalem donaldelley

ABC New Australia

Israeli forces kill dozens in Gaza protests as anger mounts over US embassy move to Jerusalem

15 May 2018

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fuelled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism for undermining peace efforts.

Key points:

  • Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Donald Trump for having the courage to keep his promises
  • Mahmoud Abbas announced a general strike on Tuesday
  • Israel dropped leaflets warning Palestinians they will defend our citizens with all measures

It was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014.

Palestinian Health Ministry officials said at least 58 people were killed and more than 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means during protests on the border.

The bloodshed drew calls for restraint from some countries including France and Britain and stronger criticism from others, with Turkey calling it a massacre and withdrawing its ambassadors to the US and Israel.

The Israeli military said it was responding to violence from the protesters to defend Israels border.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Hamas was being deliberately provocative.

Theyre pushing people to the border, in an area, in that context, in that conflict zone, youre basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at, he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

In contrast to the scenes in Gaza, Israeli dignitaries and guests attended a ceremony in Jerusalem to open the US embassy following its relocation from Tel Aviv.

The move fulfilled a pledge...

20:13

Jon Rappoport: Two Huge Vaccine Scandals the Press is Ignoring "IndyWatch Feed World"

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring

By Jon Rappoport

Some lies are so big, many people can't accept the fact that they're lies. Their minds are boggled. "No," they say, "that couldn't be." But yes, that could be, and is.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment.

The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of the problem.

So I'll get to the core.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. The CDC and other "experts" have admitted the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate.

Why is it a dud?

Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu virus---which is intentionally placed in the eggs---mutates. Therefore, it isn't the same virus which is causing flu this year. Therefore, no protection against the flu.

FiercePharma reports: "Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this season's flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs."

Ten percent effectiveness. Now that's ridiculous. And it's assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines work---that they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isn't just a 2017-2018 flaw.

It would be the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

Are you ready?
...

20:05

BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors Narrow Application For Media Ban On Cardinal George Pell Trial New Matilda

The Victorian Department of Public Prosecutions has narrowed its application for a complete ban on media reporting of the trials of Cardinal George Pell, but is still seeking an order that will have the effect of a super injunction.

Yesterday, New Matilda reported than the DPP was seeking a complete ban on any media reportage of Cardinal Pells upcoming trial related to a number of offences. The application was so broad that if granted, it would also have the affect of banning any reporting of the ban itself known legally as a super injunction.

However late this afternoon, the DPP submitted an amended application, which narrowed the ban on media.

Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.

The DPP is currently only seeking to ban media coverage of the first trial, although if granted tomorrow morning, it will still have the effect of banning reporting of the trial and the injunction until the second trial concludes.

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At this stage, media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.

The application, to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd, requests that:

Publication is prohibited of any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding.

The order will expire upon commencement of the final trial save that publication of any report of the whole or any part of previous proceedings and any information derived from previous proceedings and any court documents associated with previous proceedings will be prohibited until verdict in the final trial.

For the avoidance of doubt, publication is prohibited of the number of complainants, the number of charges, the nature of the charges and the fact of multiple trials.

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19:30

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring

By Jon Rappoport

Some lies are so big, many people cant accept the fact that theyre lies. Their minds are boggled. No, they say, that couldnt be. But yes, that could be, and is.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment.

The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of the problem.

So Ill get to the core.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. The CDC and other experts have admitted the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate.

Why is it a dud?

Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year. Therefore, no protection against the flu.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017-2018 flaw.

It would be the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

Are you ready?

Healthline.com: The majority of flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs, a method of vaccine development thats been used for 70 years.

Hello? Anyone home?

Seventy years. The same problem.

The same low effectiveness problem.

Thats a page-one story with a giant headline. Thats the lead item on the nightly news. Thats a pounding investigative series about the lunatic promotion of a massively ineffectivebut universally promotedvaccine going back decades and decades.

But it isnt a giant headline. It isnt an investigation. Its a here-today-gone-tomorrow piece. Thats all.

The second scandal keeps unfolding in the Philippines, where drug giant Sanofis Dengvaxia, given to prevent Dengue Fever, is facing enormous pushback from government officials, who stopped the national vaccination campaign, after thousands of chi...

19:27

Australian PM: Hamas to blame for Gaza deaths "IndyWatch Feed War"

Terror group pushing people to the border, Turnbull says; Canberra also calls on Israel to avoid excessive use of force

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)

Australias prime minister on Tuesday blamed Hamas for the dozens of deaths in Gaza in violent clashes the previous day between Palestinians protesters and Israeli forces along the border.

It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war, with at least 58 Palestinians killed and more than 2,700 Palestinians wounded, according to figures from the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry. The dead included six minors, the health ministry said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW the loss of life was tragic but that Hamass conduct is confrontational. Theyre seeking to provoke the Israeli Defense Forces.

Turnbull said the terror group was pushing people to the border. In that conflict zone, youre basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at.

Meanwhile Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. She added in a statement that Israel had the right to protect it population and called on Palestinians to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory.

The clashes began before Israeli officials and a White House delegation including US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka formally opened the embassy in Jerusalem, and continued throughout the day. Mondays demonstrations, which were timed to coincide with the move, were also part of the weeks-long March of Return campaign marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, or the Nakba (catastrophe), as Palestinians call it.

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18:48

The Hobo Guide to WTF is Going On in Israel and Palestine Right Now Global Hobo

Unless youve been living under a rock, youve more than likely seen reports coming out of the Middle East showing violence and bloodshed from the holy land. While theres nothing particularly new about this, 2018 is set to be one of the deadliest years in history for Palestinians for a plethora and ever-expanding number of reasons.

The Nakba Nightmare

The Nakba, otherwise known as catastrophe, marks the formation of the current Israeli state in 1948, which saw more than 700,000 Palestinians displaced from their land by force. Its the most poignant day in the Palestinian calendar, and is more colloquially known as the Day of Rage. It is held on May 15, but in a break from tradition, Palestinian leaders called for two days of rage this year, in protest of the relocation of the U.S. embassy and subsequent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Early estimates tell a tale of 55 dead and 2700 injured in a single day of protests in the Gaza Strip: the deadliest single day of cross-border violence since 2014. The official day of Nakba begins today, May 15, which acts as a call to protest for many Palestinians who feel anger toward the Israelis for their current state of occupation, and the living conditions of their brothers and sisters in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza

The Gaza strip is a small but densely populated hermit city, currently under Israeli blockade since the withdrawal of its military in 2005. When you read of deaths in this region, they will almost certainly be on the southern Gaza-Israel border.

Gaza is governed not by the Palestinian Authority which oversees the remainder of what is known as Palestine but by Hamas, an Islamist militant group, who took political power in a 2006 election. Since March 30, residents of the Gaza Strip have congregated along the southern Gaza-Israel border for protests known as the Great March of the Return.

Since the Great March of the Return began, around 50 have been killed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, who were protecting Israels sovereignty from protesters they allege were attempting to breach the...

15:59

Victoria Police sets up task force to monitor young criminals - a good monitorin', that'll fix 'em. Michael Smith News

This development sounds a bit ageist to me. Targeting young people. Imagine if they targeted say black people.

15:26

The singularly unpleasant Clementine Ford removed from Lifeline speech gig Michael Smith News

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5729209/Hardline-feminist-Clementine-Ford-removed-speaker-suicide-charity-Lifeline-complaints.html Hardline feminist Clementine Ford's Lifeline speech is CANCELLED after thousands demanded the charity remove her as keynote speaker for tweeting 'all men must die' Feminist Clementine Ford was to address a Lifeline event on domestic violence A petition had circulated arguing her anti-male tweets made her unsuitable Change.org petition...

14:01

EOS Price Watch: Bulls Defending Long-Term Area of Interest "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

EOS Price Key Highlights

  • EOS is correcting from its recent rally but appears to be finding support at current levels.
  • This 50% retracement level is within an area of interest where plenty of buy orders are likely located.
  • A bounce off this level could take EOS back to the swing high and beyond.

EOS looks ready to resume its climb as it is encountering some bullish pressure at the current area of interest.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is above the longer-term 200 SMA to confirm that the path of least resistance is to the upside. This suggests that the rally is still likely to resume at this point. EOS price is also nearing the 100 SMA dynamic support near the 61.8% retracement level.

The moving averages avoided a downward crossover on the latest convergence, signaling that buyers are putting up a fight. In that case, EOS could be ready to retest the swing high at 23.00 or create new highs.

RSI is heading lower to show that sellers still have some energy to take price down, but the oscillator is approaching oversold levels to reflect exhaustion. Stochastic is also on the move down but is starting to pull up without even hitting oversold territory.

EOS/USD Daily Chart from TradingView

Market Factors

Just last week, the the Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Rob Jesudason reportedly signed on with the firm of the founders of the worlds fifth largest cryptocurrency in the market today, Block.one. This is the private firm which has developed both the EOS token and the blockchain technology behind it.

According to Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one:

Rob Jesudason had ideal skills for the tech-related role in the firm. He has a proven track record of success in global financial services, he also...

13:03

2018 Walk registrations filling fast "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

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12:14

The stunning numbers behind success of the Tesla big battery The Pen

This article by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson (RE New Economy 11 May 2018), answers the critics to the Tesla battery in South Australia, and shows that it contributes to cheaper sustainable energy.

The Tesla big battery in South Australia has already taken a 55 per cent share in the states frequency and ancillary services market, and lowered prices in that market by 90 per cent, new data has shown.

The stunning numbers on the economics of the countrys first utility-scale battery were presented at the Australian Energy Week conference in Melbourne on Thursday by McKinsey and Co-partner Godart van Gendt.

Speaking as part of a panel on the leading technologies and strategies that will help manage the transition to renewables in Australia, van Gendt said the data was more evidence that battery storage would play a very big role.

He said that a lot of discussion around the success of the big battery the biggest of its kind in the world and delivered at break-neck speed had focused on the fact that we did it, and not on the economics.

So, I thought Id give you a few numbers from the market data, van Gendt said.

In the first four months of operations of the Hornsdale Power Reserve (the official name of the Tesla big battery, owned and operated by Neoen), the frequency ancillary services prices went down by 90 per cent, so thats 9-0 per cent.

And the 100MW battery has achieved over 55 per cent of the FCAS revenues in South Australia. So its 2 per cent of the capacity in South Australia achieving 55 per cent of the revenues in South Australia.

So thats great for the first battery in the market, he added, but if youve already had 55 per cent of the FCAS that are now gone, right and a 90 per cent drop in price, then the business case for the second battery, of course, is a bit less attractive.

So I wish the second battery in South Australia a lot of luck!

Van Gendts calculations are just the latest in a series of assessments that show how the Tesla battery despite being mocked by detractors for its small size compared to the overall grid is having an impact on the market.

Various estimates have put the cost savings to consumers from the FCAS market alone at around $35 million, just in the first four months of its operation.

Thats a pretty good bang for the buck for the estimated $50 million investment by the South Australia government. South Australia is the only state that has experienced a decline in FCAS prices over the past few months.

The fact that the Tesla big battery has been able to puncture the FCAS pricing bubbles created by the gas cartel illustrates how even small additions to capacity and new dispatcha...

11:53

Brave New World: #NappyConsent Woman Deanne Carson On What She Meant, And Why She So Passionately Believes It New Matilda

Late last week, sexuality expert Deanne Carson became the centre of an international media (and social media) storm. Hundreds of outlets around the world from the UK, Canada, America, Europe New Zealand beyond unleashed a torrent of criticism after an interview Carson gave ABC Melbourne last week about creating a culture of consent.  Here, in her own words, Deanne Carson explains what she meant, and what its like to be in the middle of an international social media pile-on.

Im Deanne Carson, the crazy, pink-haired #nappyconsent woman.

Theres a lot of things I want for this world. One of them isnt babies sitting around in dirty nappies all day. The idea of that is ludicrous.

I was recently asked by the ABC to comment on how we teach consent to children. The request came off the back of the Four Corners episode on incredibly courageous rape survivor Saxon Mullins, and the subsequent announcement by New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman that there would be a review of the consent laws.

I speak for a living but TV isnt my home.

For my television interview I was given a little bit of information before being rushed into a booth minutes before going to air, cabled up with a mic and earpiece by a really lovely tech guy, and told to stare at the light on top of a very large and intimidating camera.

Was I nervous? Yup.

Was my explanation a little clumsy? Probably.

Frankly, I havent watched the interview and probably never will.

When Nappygate hit social media, the reaction was overwhelming. I was ridiculed and harassed. People mostly men inboxed me on Twitter, Facebook and two social media accounts. They wanted to know if I had children, if I was a man, a woman or an it, and whether I would do the world a favour and kill myself.

I wanted to keep my socials open because I was also receiving messages from survivors of sexual trauma who wished they had grown up in a culture of consent. But I couldnt. It just wasnt physically possible to delete the vile messages faster than they came in.

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A final message telling me I needed a bullet between the eyes was enough for me to pull the pi...

11:38

Indonesia's BriMob special operations police in a hurry post bombings Michael Smith News

5 police from this unit had their throats slit by Islamic terrorists last week. Several other Indonesian police have been killed since in targeted attacks. I was walking to a meeting this morning when this convoy started down my street. I would not like to be the "persons of interest"...

10:25

Times of Israel reports Australia boycotted official US Embassy opening in Jerusalem Michael Smith News

Notably absent from the list are some of Israels allies and staunchest friends, such as Canada, Australia and Germany. Other important countries such as China, Russia, Argentina and India are also boycotting the event. Thirty-three ambassadors and chargs daffaires confirmed their participation in the Foreign Ministrys event Sunday...

10:14

Judicial Watch Sues When Freedom of Information Requests Ignored Gumshoe News

President Bill Clinton with panelists at the Clinton Global Initiative University opening the plenary session in March 2015. (photo news.fiu.edu)

By Tom Fitton

[Editors Note: The Freedom of Information Act makes the pathway to lawsuit easy.  If you dont get the material you request you can enter federal court to demand it.]

It is outrageous that the Justice Department is covering up key FISA court transcripts that would shed light on how the Clinton-DNC dossier was used to obtain surveillance of the Trump team. Frankly, President Trump should order that the DOJ and FB...

10:10

More Indonesian family-pack bombings in Ramadan ramp-up Michael Smith News

Madness. No, Islam. Same same. Latest advice from DFAT, 14 May 2018 On Monday 14 May 2018, a suicide attack was carried out at the Surabaya Police Headquarters causing the death of the four suicide bombers, injuring four police officers and six members of the public. More explosives were found...

10:05

Leslie Dingo: First we get the money, then we get the Power IndigenousX

Leslie Dingo Photo: Supplied Leslie Dingo Photo: Supplied Share this Post Isnt Trading just gambling, isnt that risky? is generally the comment I receive when I tell people I trade stocks and the financial markets. Over the last 10 years, my twin brother Kelvin Dingo and I have been on a journey as Investors and Traders of the Australian Stock ...

10:05

As Google steals your data Australia's 'watchdog' does nothing? Corporate Australia

To some people it may seem that the 'authority' in this colony is in the wrong place, but we say it's 'deliberate by design'.

When it comes to the plebs being screwed over by the corporations, the people in government are slow to act or apparently have no authority.

But, when it comes to the example in Victoria where the (alleged) sheriff  Mr. Brendan Facey or his deputies run around the state (with no authority) confiscating people's possessions or even taking away their livelihood they do it by force, intimidation and fear with the help of Victoria Police.


Too many times the Australian consumer watchdog the ACCC has been accused of having no teeth, no bite, or whatever other analogy you'd like to use to describe a 'useless eater' canine.

In this case once again the good people of Australia are being screwed over with  the 'common law' crime of theft by a global tech giant called Google and the Australian 'authorities' (in this case the ACCC) have been doing nothing about it for quite some time.

What will they do now, that the 'cat's out of the bag'?

We do not recommend the purchase or use of Android products.

See article from the Herald Sun publication:


09:02

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08:43

Power companies overcharging by $400m a year National News Echonetdaily

CANBERRA, AAP Allegations electricity networks and gas companies are gouging customers hundreds of millions of dollars to pay their corporate tax bills will be investigated by the energy regulator.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced the Australian Energy Regulator probe amid suspicion energy companies are overcharging customers by as much as $400 million a year.

He said tax office analysis between 2013 and 2016 has revealed a discrepancy between the tax allowances the regulator previously set for network businesses and the amount they actually pay.

It is totally unacceptable for consumers to be charged for corporate tax liabilities that are not actually incurred, Mr Frydenberg said on Tuesday.

The Turnbull Government wants to ensure consumers are paying no more for their energy than they have to.

An initial report from the regulator is expected mid-year, with a final report to go to COAG energy ministers by December.

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08:29

Julie Bishop with another "up yours" to President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu Michael Smith News

"Remember this moment. This is history" - Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at opening of US embassy in Jerusalem https://t.co/hpatusvTgV pic.twitter.com/dTSCqgohAp BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 14, 2018 America and Israel will remember. Ms Bishop could have mustered up something a little more substantial than her flippant, dismissive effort...

08:18

Nakba Day: Hopes Of Return Burn Bright For Young Palestinians New Matilda

The dreams of young Palestinians to return to their homelands have not faded, despite generations of forced displacement, writes Senator Lee Rhiannon.

On a Tuesday afternoon in March, I found myself in the middle of the noise and bustle of one of Beiruts many busy suburbs. Surrounded by the traffic of people and cars, I couldnt help but wonder exactly what I should do if I was stood up. I was alternating between the hope the group of young people I was waiting for would be able to find me, and the hope that they felt interrupting their day to meet me would be worth their while.

The aroma of pistachios from the nut roaster behind me had almost won me over when I was greeted with hugs and three kisses (as is the local style) by four smiling young Palestinians who were to be my tour guides through one of Beiruts larger refugee camps Bourj el-Barajneh. My pronunciation is far from accurate but I am told it means tower of towers, the name of the Beirut suburb next to where the camp is located.

As the five of us walked through the camp, I couldnt help but be struck by the sheer chaos. I have previously visited other refugee camps in Lebanon and Palestine. But the Bourj el-Barajneh camp or simply Bourj as it is known is extraordinary. This camp, one of the poorest of the Palestinian refugee camps, houses a very large population that live in tiny rooms packed on top of each other.

A tangled web of electricity cables droop across the narrow alleys. In recent years over 50 people have died here from electrocution. The dangers are ever present, but still life goes on. Children play on their bicycles, street vendors sell their wares and people stop and chat.

Electricity cables, strewn across an intersection at the Bourj Al Barajneh camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Its home to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees.

The Bourj el-Barajneh camp was established in 1948 on one square kilometre of land. It was one of several sites the Lebanese government provided to accommodate the thousands of Palestinian refugees who poured into this country when they fled or were forced to leave their homes first by armed Zionist forces, and later by the Israeli army.

Bourj was never intended to house more than 10,000 Palestinian refugees. The current estimate of people living in this camp is at least five times that number.

The de...

08:00

From the Australian War Memorial - Vale: Brigadier Jeffrey James JJ Shelton DSO MC Michael Smith News

Jim Shelton was a great man and a good friend to me and many of my mates. I hope you enjoy learning more about him in this tribute put together by Bendan Nelson's staff at the Australian War Memorial. Vale: Brigadier Jeffrey James JJ Shelton DSO MC 14 May 2018...

08:00

May 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History Our Great Southern Land


1788 - The foundation stone for Government House was laid, not on the Hell Mouth as some in the UK would have us believe but in Sydney.
The convict builder James Bloodworth laid the foundations for a two-storied, six-roomed brick house destined to become the residence of all the early Governors of New South Wales, and the first permanent building to be erected in Australia.

1803 - The first public Mass under the new regulations was celebrated in Sydney, taken by Father James Dixon .

1804 - Lt-Colonel David Collins wrote to Gov King saying that in his view, 'there certainly can be no longer any advantage in maintaining an Establishment at Risdon Creek, as I am in a much more eligible situation'. Still Navy Lieutenant John Bowen continued to linger on in Hobart, and apparently rather enjoyed his last weeks there. In fact Knopwood, says that Bowen spent his time exploring, hunting and staying overnight with Martha Hayes his mistress at her farm at New Town.

1808 - Convicts seized the Harrington during the evening while the vessel lay at anchor in Port Jackson. The convicts numbered about fifty. The vessel was boarded whilst the master was on shore and the mate and twenty three of the crew were made prisoners. The ship's cables were cut, and passing the fort in the darkness the convicts cleared the harbour successfully.The Pegasus was sent in pursuit but failed to secure the pirates and returned to Sydney after an exhausting search. The names of the Harrington pirates seem never to have been identified nor the final number of those who escaped.

1809 - The Sydney Gazette resumed publication (lack of paper; no Gazette during Rum Rebellion on which overthrew Governor Bligh).

1815 - The Supreme Court unanimously adopted a rule that no attorney who had been struck off the roll should be admitted to practise before it.

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn got flung into gaol for not having the correct credentials for a priest.
Hmmph, his robes mustn't have flowed the right way or he liked the altar wine a little too much.

1819 - Lachlan Macquarie was getting his knickers in a twist when he penned;
It having been reported to me that a Banditti of about Twenty Armed Runaway Convicts had within the last two days made their appearance near the Stone-Quarry-Creek in the Cow-Pastures, I this day at 1. P.M. Sent off a Detachment of 22 Soldiers of the 48th. Regt., Commanded by Lieut. Close, with 7 days Provisons in pursuit of this Banditti, with Instructions to scour every part of the Cow Pastures, and to apprehend or destroy these Violators of the Public Peace.

1820 - Rev. John Joseph Therry wrote to Guv'ner Macquarie;
Sir,
As I intend with your permission to celebrate Divine Service in Parramatta on Sunday next, and as I am not aware that any one of the Catholic inhabitants of that town possess a place adapted for it: I wi...

07:41

CFO of Australias Commonwealth Bank Quits Role To Join EOS Token Developer Block.One "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Rob Jesudason, the CFO of Australias Commonwealth Bank has resigned with immediate effect in order to join EOS token developer Block.one as group president and COO

07:30

Hanson plays Trojan Horse to curtail freedom of speech The Pen

Contributed by Joe Montero

Pauline Hanson has a flair for bizarre moments. The two latest is that she has made herself president of One Nation for life and that she is telling the Australian government that it will not enjoy One Nation support, unless it effectively destroys the ABC.

What the most bizarre about these episodes, is that the existing political leadership of this country and big media have not uttered a word of criticism. This should be noted. Both present themselves as the protectors of democracy.

Consider this. Pauline has established what passes as a political party, and is registered as a political party, but is in truth a private company operating for her personal profit. She dictates, and the members have no voice.

This says a lot about where Hanson is coming from. Before continuing with this, it should be observed, that it also speaks volumes about our political leaders and media bias.

This takes us to the campaign against the ABC. Is this a crusade or free speech? No. It is waged against that has been described by one of its leading champions, Andrew Bolt, as a campaign to clean out the collective of leftists.

You see, any opinion not sanctioned by Rupert Murdoch is intolerable and must be presented as having no legitimacy. This is an ideological war, aimed at effectively outlawing anything, but support for Murdoch style corny politics. The political process is turned into a controlled business interest.

There is also the very important point that the ABC is a business competitor of commercial media. The less ABC, the more profitable potential for the commercial media.

Pauline Hanson has made herself available as a convenient tool. Her antics are used. She in return is made untouchable, at least for now. Her personal interests, sectional business interests, and those of our political leaders intersect.

Last week, the government cut funding by $84 million. Pauline, no doubt looking for a headline, cried out that this is not nearly enough. She wants so far as to threaten Malcolm Turnbull that she would not support his government, if he didnt comply. She upped the ante, and by doing so, at once made the cut appear more reasonable and set the stage for a further cut.

It is no accident that the war on the ABC comes at the same time as the extension of the restrictions on what journalists can say and the erosion of the protection of sources.  Nor is it an accident that this same alliance champions the rise of autocratic government and the slow restriction of a range of rights that were once taken for granted.

The ABC is hardly Bolts collective of leftists. But overall, it does provide a somewhat greater diversity of op...

05:53

Follow coin: A starters guide The Global Mail

Dont know how to get started investing in cryptocurrency? With over 1,600 cryptocurrencies, it can definitely be hard to choose. Recognizing the need for cryptocurrency investment guidance, the team behind Follow Coin has launched a project letting you follow top []

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05:36

Nakba Day: The Palestinian Slaughter Goes On But A Path To Peace Is Still Possible New Matilda

We need to hear less from liberal Zionists about how pessimistic they are, and more about the urgency of justice for Palestine, says Nick Riemer.

Today is Nakba (catastrophe) Day, when Palestinians commemorate the cataclysm of their expulsion from their homes in 1948. The most important voices to hear today are theirs: before they read Western commentators, anyone who cares about the tragedy of the Middle East should read Palestinian ones. There could be few better places to start than this powerful meditation by Randa Abdel-Fattah on loss, rage and hope.

But it is also important for those of us not directly affected by the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine to show that we will not be silent: attending the demonstrations taking place around the country (in Sydney and Brisbane tonight, in Melbourne and Canberra on the weekend) are one obvious way to do so.

Protests are necessary, but they can seem a weak gesture in the face of the carnage on the Gaza boundary. Since the first Great Return March a month and a half ago, around ninety people have been killed by IDF snipers. The victims include at least two journalists and five children. As of midnight Sydney time on Monday, no less than 40 protesters had been killed, and over 900 injured in Gaza on that day alone.

As well as these assassinations, thousands of overwhelmingly peaceful Palestinian protesters have been deliberately shot, often causing devastating injuries, by members of the most moral army in the world. In at least 17 cases, amputations have been necessary. With mass crossings of the Gaza fence expected this week, the death toll can only mount tragically higher.

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Israels actions have been documented and denounced by organisations like Medicins Sans Frontiere and Human Rights Watch. Yet, true to form, Western leaders, Australias included, have stayed eloquently silent. That silence expresses better than words the moral bankruptcy over Israel...

03:05

6 Childrens Toys that Need to Be Recalled Immediately "IndyWatch Feed World"

We all know to keep sharp objects and meds out of reach of our kids, but seemingly harmless toys can turn deadly fast. Is your kid playing with one of those toys right now?

Its the kind of story that makes every parents heart race: On Monday, March 5, a 3-year-old boy in Australia choked to death on a small plastic ball as his mom desperately tried to save him. We all know to keep knives, sharp scissors, and medications out of reach of our kids, but how can something as innocent as a plastic ball turn so deadly?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toys such as small balls cause a handful of child deaths each year in the United States. Many of these injuries occur when there is a child over age 3 in the house, with a sibling under age 3, says Neal Cohen, a consumer safety lawyer in Washington, DC. Be careful to keep the smaller toys away from the younger child, and never assume that all the toys in your house are in the same condition they were when you bought them. You should regularly go through the deepest, darkest corners of the playroom and get rid of any small pieces that may have broken off.

Here are 6 common toys that are shockingly dangerous to younger kidsand even some older ones.

Bouncy Balls and Marbles

Babies and toddlers are notorious for putting anything within reach into their mouth, which is why the CPSC strictly regulates what size toys can be marketed for children under age three (anything with parts smaller than 1.5-inches in diameter is a no-go). Marbles and small rubber balls are particularly dangerous, as a child can pop them in his mouth, causing choking or asphyxiation, which is what happened when that little Australian boy played with a rubber bouncy ball.

High-powered Magnets

These extra-strong magnets, which usually come in sets for creating shapes and sculptures, are a major hazardespecially if your child swallows two or more. The magnets can be attracted to each other through intestinal walls, trapping them in place and causing severe pain, intestinal damage, and even death. In many cases, they need to be removed by surgery. These injuries tend to happen with older tweens and even teens, says Cohen. They might be joking around that the magnet is a tongue piercing, and then accidentally swallow it but are too embarrassed to say anything.

Balloons

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02:34

Trickle Down economics in Australia, satire "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Honest Government Ad | Trickle Down Economics

9 May 2018

Help us make government ads honest

The Australian Government has made an ad about Trickle Down Economics and its surprisingly honest and informative

Produced by Patrons of the Juice Media

02:07

Where the Heck is Nauru? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

...and why should you care?

Essentially, it's an island near Australia which declared its independence. The island was covered in guano (bird crap) which was strip mined. Nauru boasted the highest per-capita income enjoyed by any sovereign state in the world during the late 1960s and early 1970s. When the phosphate reserves were exhausted, and the island's environment had been seriously harmed by mining, the trust that had been established to manage the island's wealth diminished in value. The birds shat elsewhere and it would take 10,000 years or so of flocking there to restore what had been removed. 

To earn income, Nauru became a tax haven and allowed money laundering activities. Banks popped up along the main street in Meneng.  Between 2001 to 2008, and again from 2012, it accepted aid from Australia in exchange for hosting the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. In essence, that's where Australia ships the illegal aliens that show up on its shores. Not a bad solution but the place can only host so many Iranians, Somalis and other Mohammedans. 

President Obama generously offered to take them all. President Trump put the brakes on that (more about that here), and Australia doesn't know what to do.

...

02:00

MH370: Heres the key exchange that suggests the mystery still isnt solved "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some aviation experts now believe that the mysterious plane crash was the result of a murder-suicide. Others want better evidence.

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01:36

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, NEO and Ripple The Global Mail

This week, Bitcoin Cash hard fork should be the focus of the week. Maybe its bad coincidence but this is a hard fork happening right in the middle of a strong bear market. Mind you, despite Bitcoin Cash being a []

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00:00

Alteration of paraoxonase, arylesterase and lactonase activities in people around fluoride endemic area of Tamil Nadu, India. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Excerpts

.. High fluoride content in ground and surface water is a serious ecological problem for many countries including Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Libya, Turkey, South Africa, Srilanka, Thailand and the United States [1].

In this study, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu namely (i) Salem, (ii) Dharmapuri and (iii) Krishnagiri were selected based on the prevalence of high fluoride contaminated water in order to assess its toxicity in fluorosis patients.

As blood plays a major role for the circulation of fluoride in human and animals, it has been reported that blood enzymes profile is altered in fluorosis conditions which in turn provoke other consequences [6,7]. Paraoxonase (PON1) is an important anti-atherogenic and antioxidant enzyme, closely bound with high-density lipoproteins (HDL) that inactivates numerous toxic pollutants [8]. Thus, PON1 has been considered as a significant biomarker for complications caused by toxic pollutants in human as well as aided to predict the intensity of exposure [8,9].

Apart from this, many blood enzymes have been reported as biomarkers for different pathological conditions caused by toxic pollutants. However, there is no detailed report on blood enzymes including PON1 as biomarkers and their altered concentrations in fluorosis conditions.

The study subjects were categorized into 4 groups namely, group I (control), group II (mild), group III (moderate) and group IV (severe). Cases ailing from both skeletal and dental fluorosis were selected in this study. The personal characteristics, duration of fluoride exposure, medical history, family socioeconomic status and lifestyle information of the individual were collected using a predetermined questionnaire.

Of total 508 volunteers, 52 subjects were segregated into group I (28 males and 24 females; age 29 11 y), 112 subjects into group II (76 males and 36 females; age 28 7 y), 136 subjects into group III (78 males and 58 females; age 28 7 y) and 208 subjects into group IV (112 males and 96 females; age 30 11 y). Exclusion criteria were smoking, heart, liver / kidney disease, cancer, chronic inflammation, autoimmune and hematological disorders.

Furthermore, the decreased activity of the membrane bound enzymes, AChE and ATPase indicates that prevalence of memory loss with lower IQ scores as well as defect in signaling and energy metabolism in fluorosis patients. ROC-AUC helped to predict the severity of the fluorosis and significant cutoff values as diagnostic parameters in fluorosis patients.

TABLE 1 Effect of fluoride on biochemical parameters and enzymes. The concentration of serum fluoride in co...

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23:58

Fungi and conservation in the USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2016 video says about itself:

You might see some of these 11 bizarre and creepy looking fungi around the world; here are what theyre called and if they are edible.

6. The Bitter Oyster Mushroom. This mushroom is found in the local regions of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia where it grows in clusters located mostly on oak, birch, and beech trees. Bitter oysters happen to be one of the manly bioluminescent mushrooms that exist and its only the eastern North American strain that is able to glow, unlike the Pacific strain. Its thanks to this species of mushroom that the term foxfire was coined by the early settlers. Fun fact: This mushroom is classified as being bioremediation as it has the power to absorb the toxins from environmental pollutants and is able to break down lignin.

5. Stemonitis fusca. This is a species of slime mold that isnt actually a fungus, however, it was at one point classified in the same kingdom. Sometimes theyre still grouped together as a means of convenience. These eukaryotic organisms are able to live as single cells but combine into multicellular reproductive structures. This type of slime mold can be found in small groups forming on dead wood. Its recognized by its slender stalks that hold up the sporangia that only grows to a height of around 6 to 20 millimeters tall. Theres over 900 documented species of slime mold that exist all over the world.

4. The Blue Milk Mushroom. The more common name for this edible mushroom is the indigo milk cap and it can be found in several different areas of the world including East Asia, Central America, and eastern North America, which is why theyre most often found in Chinese, Mexican, and Guatemalan food dishes. When the mushroom is cut open or broken it leaks an indigo milk or as its referred to latex and the mushroom begins to change into a green color once exposed to oxygen. This species of mushroom is definitely considered to be one of the most beautiful, yet, weird species in the world.

3. The False Morel...

23:32

Ecuador May Soon End Asylum for Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed World"

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuadors foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities.

On March 28, under immense pressure from the British and U.S. governments, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 46 days, he has not been heard from.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain have the intention and the interest that this be resolved. Moves were underway, she said, to reach a definite agreement on Assange.

If Assange falls into the hands of the British state, he faces being turned over to the U.S. Last year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a priority. CIA director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, asserted that WikiLeaks was a non-state hostile intelligence service.

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the worlds major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of U.S. imperialism and numerous other governments.


Read more on Julian Assange


For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration. By November 2010, it had convened a secret grand jury and had a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of espionagecharges that can carry the death sentence. The then Labor Party government in Australia headed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard th...

23:26

Aviation experts think Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash was a murder-suicide "IndyWatch Feed World"

A panel of experts presented a new theory about MH370, which disappeared in the air nearly five years ago.

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21:32

PERTH Arrest after evade police incident, WA CrimeView

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Arrest after evade police incident, WA .

May 13, 2018 at 09:48PM .

A 41year old man from Ellenbrook is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 May 2018 after an overnight incident. Just after 10pm last

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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21:32

PERTH Arrest for Gosnells Armed Robbery, WA CrimeView

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Arrest for Gosnells Armed Robbery, WA .

May 13, 2018 at 07:33PM .

A 25 year old woman from Mundijong has been charged with Armed Robbery and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 May 2018.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/arrest-for-gosnells-armed-robbery-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEb7jQpx93RGxIv0kYl9rrW-UNNOQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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21:28

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms, Plot to Kill Vinnik Uncovered in Greece "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms, Plot to Kill Vinnik Uncovered in Greece

In Mondays Bitcoin in Brief, Belgiums financial watchdog, which earlier this year published a warning about potentially fraudulent platforms promising fast and easy profits to crypto investors, has just expanded its blacklist. In Russia, reports have surfaced of a plot to assassinate Alexander Vinnik in Greece, where he fights an extradition request from US authorities accusing him of laundering billions of dollars, including funds from the hacked Mt. Gox. Elsewhere, Australia allocates budget for blockchain research, and Dubai-based exchange Bitoasis suspends dirham withdrawals.

Also read: This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls Coin

Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms

Belgiums Financial Services and Markets Authority has expanded its list of unauthorized and potentially fraudulent crypto companies operating in the country. The financial watchdog has recently published a new warning noting that the FSMA is receiving an increasing number of consumer complaints regarding investments in cryptocurrencies [and] once again warns the public about these platforms, often operated by fraudsters who are now resorting to cryptocurrencies to swindle consumers. The regulator also said th...

21:25

Kangaroo - A love Hate Story - Mornington Peninsula screening May 25, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Greensbush Association is screening the new international film about Kangaroos in Australia at 5.30pm May 25th at Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, (Mornington Peninsular) Victoria. This film has been screened and reviewed widely around the world to stunned reviews and I have not found any negative ones. It is not so well known in Australia, of course, because it challenges what governments and corporate press have to say about kangaroos. The Association screening this film is named after Greensbush Mornington Peninsular National Park, which is one of few places where kangaroos might now dwell in comparative safety, were it not for people on neighboring properties who treat them like pests and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning which encourages this redneck approach to wildlife. Victorians will be concerned to hear that this film tells how the West Australian Commercial Kangaroo Meat industry is running out of kangaroos and planning to open up in Victoria. Of course the grubby Victorian Government is looking for any excuse to get rid of our wildlife. Turn up to this film-screening and maybe you can network with fellow wildlife warriors. The kangaroos need all the help they can get. If you doubt this, check the film out. Donations to cover the cost of the film and venue hire. All welcome! Map to venue at end of article. You can hire this film, host a screening, from http://kangaroothemovie.com/.

"Essentially, the film examines how the roo industry - both for meat and skin - has stealthily and very profitably capitalised on two words - pest and plague - to run itself in a chaotic, slipshod, unhygienic, inhumane and seriously under-regulated fashion. We are introduced to whistle-blowers, activists and politicians who are advocating not so much for revolution as transparency, while farmers and industry reps are also given their say.

The film does have a point of view, though, and a strong one, and will doubtless cause some consternation among those who dont want their ways challenged. The thing that shines through, however, is the integrity of the McIntyres: they didnt set out to challenge an industry, they simply learned...

20:39

Guest post: Climate change is already making droughts worse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Few areas of the world are completely immune to droughts and their often-devastating impacts on water resources, ecosystems and people.

Regions as diverse as California, the Eastern Mediterranean, East Africa, South Africa and Australia have all experienced severe and, in some cases, unprecedented droughts in recent years.

As with other climate and weather extremes, such as storms and floods, these events have spurred strong interest in questions surrounding the impact of climate change. For example, is climate change making droughts more frequent or severe? And can we expect climate change to contribute to increased drought risk and severity in the future?

The most recent research shows climate change is already making many parts of the world drier and droughts are likely to pack more punch as the climate warms further.

Defining drought

Droughts are among the most expensive weather-related disasters in the world (pdf), affecting ecosystems, agriculture and human society.

The scale of the impacts underlines how important it is to understand droughts and how their likelihood and severity can be made worse by climate change.

But this is easier said than done. For a start, drought is fundamentally a cross-disciplinary phenomenon it extends across the fields of meteorology, climatology, hydrology, ecology, agronomy, and even sociology...

20:13

Australian Health Service Provider Asked to Pay $15,000 Bitcoin Ransom "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cyber attacks are a very big problem in day and age. In a lot of cases, such threats are designed to steal sensitive information from companies and service providers. Australias Family Planning NSW recently fell victim to such an attack which saw thousands of patients almost having their sensitive details exposed. The criminals demanded a Bitcoin ransom for the sum of AU$15,000.

The Family Planning NSW Attack Explained

Family Planning NSW is one of the largest sexual health providers in Australia. They serve thousands of clients throughout the country. It also means the organization wields a lot of sensitive information, which poses a big target for hackers and other criminals. A recent cyber attack exposed a few weaknesses in the organizations website, which left their databases vulnerable. To this day, it remains unclear if anyone effectively had their details exposed in the process.

According to company officials, the attack was never about data theft. Instead, the hackers demand a Bitcoin ransom after infiltrating the website. With numerous attacks happening around the time period, the ulterior motive remains rather unclear. In the ransom message, the attackers threatened to shut down the Family Planning NSW website altogether.

Paying AU$15,000 in ransom is a rather steep amount. There was a timer on the website which showed the amount of time left to make the payment. It is unclear if the ransom has been paid at this stage. The Family Planning NSW website has been shut down to prevent any future attacks or discrepancies. The security weakness used for the previous attack has been addressed as well.

Bitcoin Ransom Requests Remain an Issue

Over the past few years, there has been an influx of criminal activity demanding a Bitcoin ransom. This trend has become most apparent in the malware industry. Various strains of ransomware will lock users out of their computers and wont...

19:56

Facebook Might Ban Your Account If You "IndyWatch Feed World"

Facebook is so annoying. How many times have you heard that sentiment this past year? We bet a lot, because more and more people seem to be getting tired of the social media platform, especially young people. Show Yourself Breastfeeding This mommy controversy has long plagued Facebook, as the company states there can be no nudity in its terms []

19:54

Newsweek: Ask your babys permission before changing diaper, says sexual consent expert "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This week Australian sex education expert Deanne Carson sparked a debate on the topic of sexual consent after she suggested parents ask their children for permission before changing their diapers. Carson, who works for an organization which teaches children about consent (something they aim to do as early as possible) appeared on Australias ABC news network []

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18:23

Commonwealth Bank CFO Leaves Financial Sector in Favor of EOS "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The financial is slowly becoming a career stepping stone rather than a final destination. A lot of people working in this industry eventually move on to completely different things.T his has become especially apparent when it comes to the cryptocurrency industry. The CFO of Commonwealth Bank is now the COO and Group President of the EOS project.

Commonwealth CFO Jumps Ship

A very peculiar trend is forming in the financial sector. Various Wall Street experts are flocking to cryptocurrency as of late. This booming industry offers a lot of new opportunities waiting to be explored. It now seems this trend is taking place in other parts of the world as well. In Australia, Commonwealth Bank CFO Rob Jesudason is leaving the firm in favor of EOS.

Jesudasons main tasks at Commonwealth Bank include auditing, treasury, and investor relations, among other things. His addition to the EOS team as Chief Operating Officer will create a lot of waves in the industry. He is joining EOS as a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, he will become the projects Chief Operating Officer and Group President. Block.one CEO Brendan Blumer explains Jesudasons role as follows:

Rob has a proven track record of success in global financial services, where he has been involved in industry innovation and facilitated regulatory advancement enabling the adoption of new technologies. His alignment with our organizational priorities of creating compliant, high-performance blockchain solutions, is an ideal fit for Block.one, and is an exciting conclusion to our thorough search for the right individual.

The Allure of Blockchain Technology

EOS is a project focusing on developing scalable blockchain software. Their high-performance project will enable secure data transfer and decentralized application support. It is considered to be the first performant blockchain platform for developers. At the time of writing, the project is valued at just over $12bn.

Blockchain technology can affect many different aspects of peoples daily lives. With a strong focus on low-cost, fast, and scalable solutions, EOS has a competitive advantage over some other solutions on the market. Parent company Block.one acknowledges the project is...

17:24

The hidden inequalities of tax concessions- all the money we do not see Rosie Williams

In May each year the reigning government hands down the budget live to air as media and community groups emerge from their respective lock-ups to witness the spectacle of the Treasurers carefully crafted speech and the passing of the Appropriations Bills.

What is less well known is that apart from the spending decisions which must be appropriated through legislation and passed by both Houses, there is another set of data required by the Charter of Budget Honesty. That data is from the annual Tax Expenditures Report (TES for short). Taxation expenditures include tax exemptions, tax deductions, tax offsets, concessional tax rates or deferrals of tax liability. Structural features like the effects of changes to marginal tax rates (just announced) are not counted as tax expenditures nor are estimates of the costs of non-compliance with tax law.

Revenue estimates published in budget papers and the taxation statistics made available by the Australian Taxation Office focus on incomes that are subject to tax and the revenue the Government collects. The Tax Expenditures Statement (TES) complements this information by primarily focusing on revenue the Government doesnt collect [original emphasis].

Far from singing the praises of the policies documented within, the annual Tax Expenditure Statement pulls no punches claiming up to half of all tax expenditures [should] be abolished or modified a curiously strong stance for a government agency to take to their own policies!

Among the long list of criticisms are the erosion of the revenue base and the evasion of monitoring and analysis due to the lack of a requirement for tax concessions to be approved by the legislature or listed in agency annual reports as occurs with spending decisions.

Despite the term foregone revenue implying that these deviations from the normal tax rules imply a cost to budget revenue and the opinion of the Parliamentary Budget Office being that:

The rationale for reporting on tax expenditures is based on the proposition that providing assistance to taxpayers through the tax system is equivalent to providing the same value of assistance through budget expenditure..

Treasury is at pains to discourage punters from concluding that removing a tax concession would automatically restore this money to the budget.

Common sense suggests that once a tax concession is removed it doesnt automatically mean that an equivalent...

17:21

Flooded Valleys And Burning Forests, The Global Face Of Renewable Energy (Part I) New Matilda

Geoff Russell brings you the first of a three-part series on the global renewable energy revolution. The first article in the series will look mostly at the big sources of renewable energy; hydro and biofuel. Part II will look at wind and solar and consider Australia as a special case. Part III will consider alternatives.

 

Are renewables clean?

There was an interesting scientific paper published late last year called How green is green energy?. The last author named on many research papers is often the senior academic and mentor on a research project. In this case it is Bill Laurance; an international environmental protection giant. Go on, click the link and check him out.

So did you see Bill or lead author Luke Gibson on Q&A, Today Tonight, 7.30, The Drum, The Project or anywhere else talking about the paper? You can expect more papers like this as researchers get to work dissecting the renewable revolution. But you can also expect them to be studiously ignored by both mainstream and alt-anything media.

What do you think of when you hear about the rapid revolution in renewable energy? Probably solar panels, perhaps a wind turbine. Thats like thinking of skateboard accidents when someone mentions the road toll. Heres a figure that puts the global renewable corporate vision into perspective.

In the real world, the renewable revolution is mostly about flooded valleys and burning biomass.

Who remembers the fight in Tasmania to save the Franklin and Gordon rivers from a 180 MW hydro-electricity project? In 1983 the battle culminated in a High Court decision that the river must not be dammed, lest it be damned. It will be the 35th anniversary of the decision in a few months. And my, how things have changed.

 

Hydro power

Hydro-electricity is typically claimed as renewable, despite flooded valleys being rather hard to restore. Hydro is a key component in Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsons plans to power the US (and the planet) with water, wind, and sunshine. Jacobsons work has been heavily criticised for...

16:46

Julian Assange Is In Immense Danger - By James Cogan "IndyWatch Feed World"

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuadors foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities. On March 28, under immense pressure from the governments in the US, Britain and other powers, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 45 days, he has not been heard from. [Article first Published May 13, 2018 at "Information Clearing House"]

Ecuador Hints it May Hand Over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain have the intention and the interest that this be resolved. Moves were underway, she said, to reach a definite agreement on Assange.

If Assange falls into the hands of the British state, he faces being turned over to the US. Last year, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a priority. CIA director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, asserted that WikiLeaks was a non-state hostile intelligence service.

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the worlds major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of US imperialism and numerous other governments.

For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration. By November 2010, it had convened a secret grand jury and had a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of espionagecharges that can carry the death sentence. The then Labor Party government in Australia headed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard threw Assange, an Australian citizen, to the wolves. It refused to provide him any defence and declared it would work with the US to have him detained and put on trial.

On June 19, 2012, under conditions in which he faced extradition to Sweden to answer questions over fabricated allegations of sexual assault...

16:40

Administration Assistant required! Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is a collaboration of organisations and individuals working towards a food system in which everyone has the opportunity to access, create, and manage their food supply from paddock to plate. AFSA is seeking an enthusiastic and organised administration assistant to help us build a food sovereign future in Australia. Passion for food sovereignty and agroecology is a must!

Commitment: 8 hours a week (flexible) working from home. Youre also expected to attend two retreats with the AFSA Committee through out the year.

Remuneration: $25.00/hour

Skills:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Very organized & able to work independently
  • Experience managing social media platforms
  • Website management desirable but not essential
  • Finance savvy
  • Basic graphic design skills desirable but not essential

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to admin emails & forward to committee members as appropriate
  • Organise committee meetings, write agendas, and take minutes
  • Manage facebook, instagram and twitter
  • Manage membership database, provide monthly membership reports and communicate with members as needed
  • Assist with events and fundraising
  • Manage the wordpress website, email domains and create content for blog
  • Collate monthly newsletter in Mailchimp
  • Assist treasurer in managing finances- reconcile accounts in Xero and generate financial reports
  • Invoice and send receipts as required

Please email your cover letter and resume to admin@afsa.org.au by Monday 21st May.

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16:29

'Gun laws slipping': WA massacre puts spotlight on Aust gun control Australian Survival and Preppers..





We NEED to stop talking about more firearms restrictions and start talking about WHY people are getting killed!!! I dont give a rats arse what they are killed with, car, knife, hammer, gun, they are dead! Why aren't concerned groups & people asking why are people killing? AND What can be done to stop the killing? Are they all brain dead???!!!
The family at the Margaret River property that got shot needed help, but they did not get that help, & IF what the police are saying is true, that the shooter was the Grandfather, then it is pretty obvious that they did need help!

 Three guns found at the Margaret River property shootings, I have more than three guns & I haven't killed anyone! Hell, I am not legally allowed to use my guns to defend the lives of my family or to save my own life! What is a matter with people, & it is people, not just the government. People who call for disarmament! Don't they understand that criminals do NOT obey the laws???!!! They can confiscate the guns totally from all the law abiding licenced gun owners in Australia, & the criminals will still have guns, people will still be killed. When they realise this will they give our guns back to us? Hell no! What is done is done!
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15:39

Visit by Indonesian Trade Unionists Earthworker Cooperative

We were proud to briefly host comrades from Indonesia and Union Aid Abroad APHEDA at the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative factory in Morwell this week. We were visited by Darisman and Subono from Local Initiative for OHS Network (LION) Indonesia and SERBUK Union (an Indonesian union with coverage of Asbestos factory workers). It was powerful to []

15:32

Torture by word-list: the art of teaching in the Australian classroom Overland literary journal

Even once you fix the technology and buy a sensible set of textbooks, it is easy for teachers, who are often in a state of high-alert for most of a lesson, to forget how the class is actually being seen by those in the hard plastic chairs.

14:58

ABC Australia radio interview on US embassy move to Jerusalem Antony Loewenstein

With the Trump administration officially moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, opening shortly, tensions in the Middle East are moving from high to extreme.

I was interviewed about it all on ABC Radio Australias The Signal news show. The segment starts at 6:03:

http://antonyloewenstein.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TSG-2018-05-14-episode54-does-indonesia-have-a-foreign-fighter-problem.mp3

14:39

Meet Redgum, the New Co-op Kids on the Block Earthworker Cooperative

Earthworker is proud to report that the Redgum Cleaning Co-operative is off to a great start after launching in February this year! A fully worker-owned green cleaning enterprise, Redgum sprung like a mushroom from Earthworker"s network of cooperatively minded members after two years of development. Its five members are now running its operations, providing safe []

14:16

Tax Tweaks Cant Solve Stagnant Wages New Matilda

The governments hoped for budget bounce has not transpired. Economist with the Australian Institute Jim Stanford explains why.

As the country gears up for a federal election, a diffuse but powerful sense of discontent has settled over middle Australia. For several years now, millions of lower- and middle-income Australians have confronted a gritty, precarious labour market. Its a painful change from the heady 2000s, when jobs were plentiful and wage gains reliable.

Indeed, the unprecedented stagnation of wages since the investment boom peaked in 2012 is the most potent indicator of the sea change in fortunes for Australias battlers. Real wages have not grown at all since then and for those in insecure jobs (including part-timers, casuals, and nominally self-employed gig workers) incomes have declined. Its been the worst five-year period for labour incomes since the Great Depression. And its the crucial ingredient in a simmering, volatile brew that will decide the outcome of the next election.

The potent politics of working-class disaffection were demonstrated by Donald Trumps election and the Brexit vote in the U.K. And strategists of all political stripes are now casting wary eyes on how that latent frustration will be expressed here.

From the left, its fuelling the most ambitious wave of grass-roots activism since the protests that ushered John Howard from office in 2007. Last weeks mega-rally in Melbourne to Change the Rules is a taste of whats ahead, as unions and Labor both work to channel simmering anger among working class households.

But conservatives also see potential, and danger, in this mainstream disaffection. In fact, this was the main motivation for a clear rhetorical shift in Treasurer Scott Morrisons 2018 federal budget delivered last week. Morrison knows working Australians are losing faith in the supposed trickle-down benefits of business tax cuts, budget restraint and free trade agreements. So he opted for a more direct appeal: the centrepiece of his budget is a plan to deliver some monetary relief directly to lower- and middle-income workers.

The optics may be politically astute. But Morrison has a fundamental problem: there isnt nearly enough real value in his tax measures to meaningfully repair the ongoing damage of stagnant wages and job insecurity.

Treasurer Sc...

14:03

Prosecutors Seek Complete Ban On Media Reporting Of Cardinal George Pell Trial New Matilda

After Wednesday you may not hear about the trial of one of the worlds most senior Catholic Church officials again, until its over. And you wont even hear about why youre not hearing about it. Chris Graham reports.

On Friday, the Victorian Department of Public Prosecutions lodged an application with the Country Court of Victoria for a super injunction against media coverage of the trial of Cardinal George Pell, who is accused of a number of historical sexual offences.

Cardinal Pell the Vaticans treasurer and the third highest ranked Catholic in the world was committed to stand trial a fortnight ago.

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The orders being sought by the DPP, which will be decided on Wednesday morning in the County Court in Melbourne before Chief Judge Peter Kidd, are:

(1)      Publication is prohibited of any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding.

(2)     The prohibition on publication applies within all States and Territories of Australia and on any website or other electronic or broadcast format accessible within Australia.

(3)      For the purpose of this order, publication has the meaning attributed to it by s3 of the Open Courts Act, that is to say, it means the dissemination or provision of access to the public by any means including, publication in a book, newspaper, magazine or other written publication, or broadcast by radio or television; or public exhibition; or broadcast or electronic communication.

(4)      The order will expire upon a jury verdict in respect of the charges on the final indictment, or by further order of the court.

Ordinarily, an injunction against media reporting of a trial prevents outlets from reporting the details of the trial. But they can report the existence of the injunction and explain to readers why theyre not reporting the matter.

The order that the DPP is seeking in the Pell matter is so broad that it will operate as a super injunction. The suppression order would be any part of the proceedings, meaning the trial could not be reported, nor could media report the fact theyre not allowed to report. If Wednesdays application for a super injunction is successful, this story will have to be removed from publication.

While super injunctions have, traditionally, been a relatively uncommon mechanism in the courts, theyre becoming increasingly popular, particularly in Victoria.

Cardina...

12:35

Art and protest If a tree falls CounterAct

Eloise joined our team this year, and writes about her experience as an invited artist, to Tarkine in Motion

This year I attended Tarkine in Motion, ran by the Bob Brown Foundation, who are campaigning for 450 000 hectares of forest and coast to be declared a National Park and World Heritage Area. The event, now in its fourth year, sees artists venture into the north west corner of Tasmania, to document, experience, and be inspired by the beautiful wilderness that is the Takayna/Tarkine.

At the Arthur River camp the first thing I can hear is the distant roar of the ocean. Its the end of the day and sunset isnt far off, but I really want to go down to the waves. Slipping away before anyone can follow me, I crawl through the knotted scrub near the camp, climb over a fence and start following a freshly cleared fire track. In my heavy steel cap boots I run towards the sound of the waves, feeling energised but  also worried that its getting dark. Im not sure if Ill even make it down to the shoreline, the ocean could be much further away than I think, and the fire track seems to be turning away from the beach. I keep running until the short trees give way to low scrub and grass, and then eventually to huge sand dunes, and Im sure that Ill make it. I scare birds and wallabies hiding in the scrub as I run, sending them flying away. I tread a little lighter, listening for the birds whistling away in the tall thick grass. There is a little fresh stream of of water appearing out of nowhere, its course covered in bright green water weed and moss, and I follow it down to where it trickles out onto the beach, running under a huge pile of drift wood. I leap across the pile from trunk to trunk and jump off onto the flat smooth beach, walking down to where the water licks at the sand. Waves are crashing past mammoth boulders far out in the surf,  and the wind roars with the waves. I watch a tiny sand piper shuffle comically along the shoreline, stopping every few meters and eying me off. I feel absolutely joyous, and a laugh escapes me. I walk a little further up the beach to inspect an oddly coloured rock that looks like a seal. I want to stay to play on the piles of massive drift wood piled up at the high tide line, explore the little streams of water running across the sand and sit still for a while to wait for whatever creatures will come by. But its getting close to sunset, and I dont want to be the idiot who gets lost in the dark on day one of Tarkine in Motion.

The main reason I chose to be based at Arthur River, along the coast, was because of the opportunity to connect with the indigenous heritage and culture there, and learn from some Palawa women. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to visit Kings Run, a 338ha coastal property t...

11:55

Dr. Colm Kelleher and the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications program Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

To the Stars Academy

The other day, I was re-reading the list of team members of the To The Stars Academy (TTSA) , to refresh my memory of who was on the team. One of the members is Dr. Colm Kelleher. The TTSA website states that Dr. Kelleher is their "Biotech consultant" and provides the following information:

"Dr. Colm Kelleher is a biochemist with a twenty-eight-year research career in cell and molecular biology currently working in senior management in the aerospace industry. He served as Laboratory Director at biotech company, Prosetta Corporation, leading several small molecule drug discovery  programs focused on viruses of interest to the United States Department of Defense. He worked for eight years as Deputy Director of the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) a research organization using forensic science methodology to unravel scientific anomalies.

From 2008-2011, he served as  Deputy Administrator of a US government funded threat assessment program focused on advanced aerospace technology. Dr. Kelleher has authored more than forty peer  reviewed scientific articles in cell and molecular biology, immunology and virology as well as two best selling books, "Hunt for the Skinwalker" and "Brain Trust." He holds a  Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Note, part of the statement
 
What caught my eye this time around was the statement "From 2008-2011, he served as  Deputy Administrator of a US government funded threat assessment program focused on advanced aerospace technology." This strongly suggests that he worked on the Defense Intelligence Agency's Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications program.
 
LinkedIn
 
I visited the LinkedIn website and looked at Dr. Kelleher's profile, and found:
 
"Experience
Deputy Administrator
BAASS
2008-2012 4yrs
 
* Interviewed, hired and trained a team of 50 scientists, engineers, analysts, and created the classified security infrastructure for a...

11:53

Half a century of words but racialised imprisonment continues to increase world record high The Stringer

Its half a century of words on Australias world record high rates of jailing of its First Nations descendants. One in four of this continents First Nations adult males have been to prison. More than 100,000 First Nations persons have been to prison an abomination. Not just a national shame or national disgrace but []

11:37

Greg Buck Questions Why We Pay Tax Gumshoe News

Greg Buck questions why we pay tax when debt is conjured up out of thin air, and governments deficit spend.

 

11:32

Government should reject Trumps threat to affordable medicines through TPP and other trade deals AFTINET

Media Release, May 14, 2018: US President Donald Trumps policy to end freeloading and force trading partners to increase prices they pay for US pharmaceutical exports is a direct threat to Australias policy of ensuring affordable medicines through our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

This policy results from the US pharmaceutical companies absurd and unproven argument that if other governments abandon their affordable medicine policies and agree to higher prices, the companies would then lower their prices in the US. Both Canada and New Zealand have strongly rejected this push. There has so far been no reported response from the Turnbull government. We call on the government to reject this policy, said Dr Ranald.

The US policy is a direct attack on Australias Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which keeps medicine prices down by regulating for lower wholesale prices to the pharmaceutical companies and then subsidising the retail price to consumers.  Trumps strategy for higher prices could be achieved through US bargaining to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or through bilateral talks based on the 2005 Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. The government should make clear that this is unacceptable, said Dr Ranald.

The clauses in theTPP-11 relating to higher prices for biologic medicines were only suspended after Trump pulled the US out of the TPP in 2017, and could be revived if the US re-joins the deal. None of the other 11 TPP countries wanted these clauses, but they agreed to them in the original TPP-12 deal in exchange for some increased access to US markets for their products.

The suspended biologics clauses in the TPP-11 should be deleted and the Australian government should firmly reject the absurd argument that Australia and all other countries should change our regulation which ensures access to affordable medicines. The Trump policy shows how trade agreements are being used to make global rules that favour corporations over people's needs, said Dr Ranald.

The US is the only comparable industrialised country which does not have a comprehensive system for regulating medicine prices, and it is trying to use trade agreements to remove our regulation. Rather than using trade agreements to attack other systems, the US should introduce its own regulation.

Contact Dr Patricia Ranald 0419 695 841...

11:04

Video: Humans are the main cause of climate change The Pen

 

Why do 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are causing global warming?

Video from its Okay to be Smart PBS

 

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97% of Climate Scientists Really Do Agree

Do 97% of climate scientists really agree that humans are the main cause of climate change? Yep! Heres what the 97 percent statistic *really* means.

Posted by It's Okay to be Smart PBS on Monday, May 7, 2018

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11:00

Land-clearing policy failed to stack up but approved anyway National News Echonetdaily

Documents released under FOI reveal the federal government approved new NSW land-clearing laws despite significant areas where the offsets policy failed to meet commonwealth environmental standards. File photo

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO NSW), representing Humane Society International Australia (HSI), has successfully argued the public has a right to know that the Australian Government decided to accredit the NSW land-clearing offsets policy despite concerns it failed to meet national environmental standards.

Documents released under Freedom of Information law (FOI) show that the Australian Government identified significant areas where the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects, which assesses whether and on what basis projects can undertake broadscale land clearing, failed to meet the environmental standards of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Despite this, the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment agreed to accredit the NSW policy, allowing projects that impact on threatened plants and animals to be assessed under the lesser standard.

The objective of FOI legislation is to promote better-informed decision-making by increasing scrutiny and discussion of Government activities. Despite this clear mandate to make important information available to the public, HSI, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, faced an unnecessarily drawn-out legal process in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, as the Department of the Environment continued to object to the release of information.

David Morris, CEO of EDO NSW, stated: It is appalling that the Australian Government put our client, HSI, through more than two years of litigation, only to release all the documents requested.

EDO NSW will always fight, as long and as hard as necessary, to advance the interests of our clients, who in this case were seeking to uphold crucial democratic rights which ensure transparency of government decision-making.

Alexia Wellbelove, Senior Program Manager at HSI, stated: This is a major victory for freedom of information, one that shows the serious implications for handing over environmental decision making to the States and Territories. The Australian public has a right to know...

10:58

FixedIt: Murder is a choice Jane Gilmore

The ABC reported that the father of the children killed at Margaret River last Friday held and impromptu press conference about the shooting. The Facebook lead for this article blamed the murder of two women and four children on heartbreak.

Heartbreak does not cause murder. There is only one thing that causes murder the choice to kill someone. It is never ok.

I know It isnt easy for journalists to report something like the public statements made by Aaron Cockman. A grieving father who wants to tell his story should not be ignored, but its also impossible to believe that he has had time to process the murder of his ex-wife and four children only a few days ago. Hes is shocked and grieving, it would be grossly unfair to expect he should have thought through all the implications of every word and phrase he utters.

Journalists cannot rephrase or add to his statements. They can, however, provide some context and at the very least, include the suicide helpline information as per the APC standards for reporting on suicide.

The context required is a reminder that men dont own women and children. Men who decide to suicide are not entitled to also take the lives of their wives and children. Those lives are not theirs to take.

Murder is never justified. Men who kill women and children because they think they are entitled to take them with me are not tragic heroes or loving fathers. No responsible media outlet would call a suicide bomber who killed children a passionate political activist. Theyd call him a terrorist and there would be no mercy in the comments section for anyone who tried to defend him.

A suicidal man who kills women and children is no less abhorrent than the suicide bombers we so unhesitatingly label as terrorist. Being related or married to women and children does not give any man the right to take their lives. There is no excuse. There is no justification. A man who kills women and children, even if he then kills himself, is a murderer and an intimate terrorist. He does not get a pity pass.

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


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10:48

On money-laundering, ABC double standards and Sudanese welfare recipient's $1.5M house Michael Smith News

This story published by their ABC raises some questions beyond that posed in the ABC's opening paragraph: How did then 22-year-old Ngouth Oth Mai manage to buy a $1.5 million property in Melbourne upfront in 2014 when he had only ever earned welfare payments and lived in housing commission? The...

10:28

How MH370 pilot avoided being detected by radar for HOURS to ensure plane was never found - as aviation experts reveal chilling discoveries about flight's final moments "IndyWatch Feed World"

How MH370 pilot avoided being detected by radar for HOURS to ensure the plane was never found - as aviation experts reveal chilling discoveries about the flight's final moments | 13 May 2018 | World renowned aviation experts say the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a planned and deliberate criminal act. It's been four years since the flight vanished en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014. What happened to the Boeing 777 and 239 people on board, including eight Australians, remains one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. A panel of internationally renowned aviation experts all agreed that the probability of it being an accident was 'one in a trillion' and that pilot captain Zaharie Amad Shah 'deliberately' brought down the plane...Former Australia Transport Safety Bureau head Martin Dolan said: 'This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time.'

10:17

Trump threatens Australias affordable medicines through trade deals AFTINET

May 14, 2018: US President Donald Trump last Friday ordered his Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to end freeloading and force trading partners to increase prices they pay for US pharmaceutical exports.

This policy results from the US pharmaceutical companies absurd and unproven argument that if other governments abandon their affordable medicine policies and agree to higher prices, the companies would then lower their prices in the US.

Both Canada and New Zealand have strongly rejected this push. There has so far been no reported response from the Turnbull government,.  AFTINET has called on the government to reject the Trump policy.

The US policy is a direct attack on Australias Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which keeps medicine prices down by regulating for lower wholesale prices to the pharmaceutical companies and then subsidising the retail price to consumers. Trumps strategy for higher prices could be achieved through US bargaining to re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or through bilateral talks based on the 2004 Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.

"It's time to end the global freeloading once and for all. I have directed US Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer to make fixing this injustice a top priority with every trading partner," Trump said during a speech at the White House Rose Garden.

"We have great power over the trading partners; you're seeing that already. America will not be cheated any longer, and especially will not be cheated by foreign countries," the president added.

The clauses in theTPP-11 relating to higher prices for biologic medicines were only suspended after Trump pulled the US out of the TPP in 2017, and could be revived if the US re-joins the deal. None of the other 11 TPP countries wanted these clauses, but they agreed to them in the original TPP-12 deal in exchange for some increased access to US markets for their products.

However, Trumps demands last Friday were far more sweeping, encompassing prices for all medicines imported from the US, where five of the worlds largest ten pharmaceutical companies are based.

09:39

State Dept Gets Busted Protecting Child Trafficking and ONCE AGAIN Our Govt Turns a Blind Eye DavidShurter.com

The reason why child trafficking is such an issue is because even with stories like this- and the Pentagon downloading tons of child porn- our government NEVER investigates nor comes close to prosecuting any of it. And obviously it involves the elite- because if these people were like you or I- we would ALREADY BE IN JAIL!!!

What is it going to take to get people to care enough to bring this to an end?

09:30

President Trump delivers on promise to move US Embassy to Jerusalem Michael Smith News

Road signs go up for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem! God Bless President Trump. God Bless America & Israel George W. Bush & Jihadi Obama both promised as candidates to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital & move our US Embassy to Jerusalem. They BOTH Lied, NOT TRUMP! pic.twitter.com/dKTTqG59he...

09:30

May 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History Our Great Southern Land

1794 - On the 14th a party of two soldiers and an Aborigine set off from Sydney on an excursion south of Botany Bay, returning on the 20th. They travel to a small harbour "about twenty miles to the south of Botany Bay". It is unknown whether they reach as far south as Illawarra, though the report states: "The country they described as high and rocky in the neighbourhood of the harbour, which, on afterwards looking into the chart, was supposed to be somewhere about Red Point." Red Point, modern day Hill 60 at Port Kembla, is actually located about 50 miles south of Sydney. The party may actually have visited Wattamolla Bay, north of Stanwell Park.

1798 HMS Nautilus arrived in Sydney, carrying missionaries from the London Missionary Society.

1803 - Sir Henry Browne Hayes held a meeting on this day which is regarded as the foundation day of Freemasonry in Australia.

1809 - Viscount Castlereagh to Governor Macquarie 14th May 1809 -
It has been represented to me that upon the arrival of a ship with female convicts in NSW the unfortunate females have been given into the possession of such of the inhabitants, free settlers, and convicts, indiscriminately, as made a demand for them from the Governor. If a practice so extraordinary and disgraceful has not been abolished, you will be no means suffer it to continue, and I am to desire you will take the proper means for having the female convicts upon their arrival, kept separate till they can be properly distributed in such a manner as may best encourage attention to industry and character....The female convict, it is stated, is seldom apprenticed, and she lived indiscriminately, first in one family, then in another.

1814 - First issue of Van Diemens Land Gazette and General Advertiser.

1814 - Gov Macquarie offered an amnesty to all bushrangers in Van Diemen's Land if they surrendered before December 1st...coz the Apple Isle was simply bursting at the seams with the lawless buggers...or so popular rumour said.

1829 Aboriginal mission on Bruny Island was opened by George Augustus Robinson.

1838 -  Convict John Hayter was killed at New England by Aboriginals.

1853 - Alexander Stuart was directed by the board of the Bank of NSW to head to Maitland as manager taking with him a clerk, a supply of notes and coin plus office supplies.

1855  - Australia's first branch of the Royal Mint (London) commenced operations in Macquarie St, Sydney.

1858 - Explorer John McDouall Stuart set out with an assistant, an Aboriginal tracker and provisions for four weeks to explore beyond Lake Torrens and Lake Gairdner and to look for grazing land.

1859 The Melbourne Football Club, Australia's oldest football club was founded.

1861 - The Moreton Bay Courier became a daily and changed its frock and name to the Courier.

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09:15

Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupts Michael Smith News

Volcano erupts next to campers cooking breakfast at foot of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia pic.twitter.com/6bLTegubx9 ABC News (@abcnews) May 13, 2018

09:03

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accomplice avoids being sent to jail CrimeView

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MACKAY Burglary accused denies spate of property crime allegations CrimeView

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08:38

Deanne Carson Has Pink Hair. How Dare She Advocate For Consent! New Matilda

ANALYSIS | Chris Graham

The internet has been in meltdown for days, as Nappy Consent-Gate rebounds around the world.

In case you missed it, last week ABC television in Melbourne featured an interview with sexuality expert or sexuality expert in scare quotes if you work for one of the major media outlets Deanne Carson on the issue of creating a culture of consent.

It was in response to an ABC 4 Corners episode on Tuesday night which profiled the ongoing furore around the sentencing of a young Australian man, Luke Lazarus, who was jailed for rape, and subsequently released amid a debate about sexual consent.

By the weekend, the story had appeared in newspapers from the UK to the US, Canada and New Zealand and most western speaking countries in between. Even Breitbart News, once edited by the extreme right-wing Trump adviser Steve Bannon and the original home of fake news, has taken up the issue, in the style you might expect.

Its difficult to track where the meltdown began, but as early as Wednesday last week, sacked right-wing shock jock Michael Smith was covering it on his website after it was brought to his attention by contributor Jill Jacks.

Below is an edited, 30-second clip of the lengthy interview Carsons comments about asking consent for babies to change their nappies are what have sent the globe into a spin. What a lot of media havent reported is that Carson prefaced the comment with we teach parents from birth. It was clearly intended as a way to start parents thinking about how to create the culture of consent.

On the upside, its sparked some pretty extraordinary discussions around consent. Social media has lit up with the story trending on Twitter and Facebook, and while much of the commentary focusses on Carsons appearance she has pink hair, shock horror fascinating debates about issues like bodily autonomy are springing up everywhere.

Its not all that different albeit more intense in an age of social m...

08:17

Faces of evil Michael Smith News

This is the "family" responsible for yesterday's triple bombings in Surabaya.

08:15

A Universal Basic Income would protect everyones right to an acceptable standard of living The Pen

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The concept of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been gaining currency in recent years. Its proponents argue several reasons to justify it. It provides the best means to enable the unemployed to find work; builds community cohesiveness; promotes the economy through more spending; and the right to an acceptable standard of living should be regarded as a fundamental human right.

Opponents wrongly suggest that it is a disincentive to look for work and rewards the lazy, that the cost is prohibitive and that it will lead to lower wages and casualising of even more work.

A few countries are currently trialing their own form of a UBI. The experience so far, suggests that the fears of opponents are not well founded. In any case, the number of people out of work in western societies is larger than it used to be, has become entrenched, and is just as true for Australia. When there are more out of work than there are jobs, blaming the unemployed misses the point.

This alone calls for a fresh way at looking at the problem. The method of paying an unemployment benefit is punitive and based on purposely paying an amount that ensures there is not enough to meet basic needs. This creates poverty and hardship for a lot of people. If this is not enough, the unemployed are also branded with a stigma and regarded as unworthy, even if the situation is not their fault. This provides a justification to hound them and use them as a source of cheap labour with few rights.

The old saying suggests that a society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate.Clearly, society is not doing so well by this measure.

Perhaps,  if the unemployed are not marginalised and provided with the means to participate and contribute as equals to society, they would be in a much better position to change their lives for the better.

A UBI is not only about the unemployed. A large and growing proportion of the workforce has been pushed into insecure and part time work. Many of those in this type of work also live precariously. The working poor is a term increasingly used in our society. A UBI, which sets the minimum income that a person in this position is entitled to, would certainly be a help.

Then there are those who are involved in unrecognised and unpaid work. Women keeping the home, volunteers and artists who contribute to society. A UBI will show that their work is recognised and valued.

But a UBI is more than the sum of those it benefits. It is a means for the redistribution of the wealth of the nation in a more even and fair way. The truth is that it has been increasingly skewed towards the richest five percent. A UBI provides a means to reverse this, so long as it comes with a sufficiently progressive taxation system...

08:06

Vale Brigadier JJ "Jim" Shelton DSO MC Michael Smith News

RIP Sir. You were the soldiers' soldier. Lachlan Irvine 15 hrs My commanding officer in Vietnam, J J Shelton, sat up in his hospital bed to watch the service for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral on TV today, and then slipped quietly...

05:46

Killary bitches to Aussie crowd: 'In my country' there is fear and rage when women seek power "IndyWatch Feed World"

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke in Melbourne Thursday with Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard. The two discussed misogyny in politics and Clinton yet again blamed sexism for her 2016 loss, implying that the U.S. just couldn't handle a leader who is a woman. "There is still a very large proportion of the population that is uneasy with women in positions of leadership," Clinton told Gillard, "and so the easiest way to kind of avoid having to look at someone on her merits is to dismiss her on her looks." Gillard compared the chants of "lock her up" that Clinton faced during the election to "the Salem Witch Trials." "There is this fear, there is this anger, even rage about women seeking power, women exercising power and people fall back on these attacks like you're a witch or you should go to prison," Clinton agreed. "It's not a majority, thank goodness, it's not, but it's a very vocal minority at least in my country. And sometimes these tropes are very much part of the press coverage." Clinton continued to insist that her opponents who claimed not to be against women have since shown that they are misogynists.

04:26

Anna Von Reitz -- Shills, Shillings, and the King's Shillings "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Shills, Shillings, and the King's Shillings



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

Ever wonder where the slang use of the word "Shill" came from, as in, "He's a shill." --meaning that someone was acting in a dishonest capacity?

A couple hundred years ago, disguised King's Officers haunted the pubs of England, Ireland and Scotland. They would offer to buy rounds as people still sometimes do -- only they would slip coins -- British Shillings -- into the bottom of the tankards. And when the victims got to the bottom of the glass they would find "the King's Shilling".

Immediately, they would be clapped in irons by waiting Marines and press-ganged into the King's Navy using this excuse.

Well, obviously, this is insane, dishonest, and pseudo-legal chicanery. The acceptance of what was advertised as free beer does not logically add up to a pledge to serve without pay in the King's Navy for a period of years --- nonetheless, this is what this horrendous government did to its own people.

And despite worldwide sanctions against slavery and involuntary servitude and the outlawing of press-ganging, they are still doing it and they aren't even content with preying upon their own people. Oh, no, they had to export it worldwide.

In America, they have conscripted our doctors using a false licensing process and forced them to act as "shills" -- just like the purveyors of "free beer". They are forced to register "berths" in the King's Merchant Marine Service and "Social Security Accounts" for each new American baby born -- giving rise to the thoroughly false legal presumption that they are "volunteering" to be and act in the capacity of British Subjects.

The same sneaky, dishonest, fraudulent claims have been mad...

02:13

Hells Angels Bikers Hunt Down Rapist & Violently Attack Him "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Hells Angels Biker Gang in Australia captured a Muslim migrant who was harassing a vulnerable Australian woman & hunted him down & violently set upon him & violently attacked him for sexually assaulting a woman. via:newschicken.com From Around the Web

00:25

False Flag Pandemic Followed by UN Imposed Medical Martial Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no shortage of potential pandemics that are coming our way. Major organizations and prominent people have warned us that the big one is coming and is coming soon.

The following article will expose the contrived, false-flag nature of the humanitys greatest threat. And at the heart of it all is the United Nations

Major Health Threats

Virtually Untreatable Flesh Eating Virus Spreading in Austalia

The of our control flesh eating virus spreading, unchecked, through Australia, is first characterized by a painless lump on their skin resembling an insect bite.

As the infection penetrates deeper into the fatty layer between the skin and muscle lining, the infection destroys the tissue and enters the body.  it encounters on the way before erupting through the skin again as an ulcer. The pain is unbearable, but the major risk is organ penetration and the person risks death.

The virusis caused by the Mycobacterium ulcerans bacterium, and is similar to leprosy and tuberculosis. Sometimes, antibiotics seems to provide an answer for some people, but other less fortunate patients need l...

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