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Friday, 15 September

21:57

Apple Is Turning Its Stores Into Town Squares. Is This The Future Of Shopping? "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

What is a store for? Its definition appears to be changing, increasingly illusory, as consumers embrace digitalization and the virtual.

For many, running to the grocery store is replaced by ordering groceries on Amazon Fresh. While trips to the shopping mall are still relatively popular, depending on where one lives, many malls are now ghosts of themselves: empty holes of space, surrounded by a mass of unused parking lot.

As the world increasingly turns to computers for an easy shopping alternative, retail stores are attempting to reinvent themselves: to assert their usefulness and relevance in a digitalized economy. But many seem to be finding their answer to this dilemma not by burying into retail practices of the last several decades, but rather by reinventing their stores experience entirely. Take Nordstrom, for example.

A Nordstrom With No Clothes

Nordstrom just announced their creation of a store without merchandise last week: a 3,000-square-foot space called Nordstrom Local which would offer experiential amenities, such as a spa and a bar, hair salon and tailor.

Stylists will be on hand to guide shoppers to a personalized wardrobe, which customers can then order online to be delivered to the store that same day, reports the Washington Post. Or the stylists will visit one of the nine local traditional Nordstrom locations to retrieve the purchase. The idea is to keep shoppers from feeling overwhelmed by too much choice.

Its a fascinating idea, especially at a time when online retail stores offer a mind-numbing array of choices. We have more options than ever beforebut that doesnt mean shoppers are happier than ever before. We still have to return clothes that dont fit, dont work, or dont look like they were advertised. As people experience information overload online, they increasingly turn to expert curatorsvia newsletters, podcasts, and blogsto give them the most important information of the day. Maybe this is what shoppers want, too.

Retailers are, very consciously, promoting these in-store experiences, Joe Pinsker writes for The Atlantic. Its a reaction to the fact that buying is now something that can be done anywhere, and that reaction can be detected in a linguistic shift.

When A Store Becomes A Tow...

21:45

The Day of the Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. At such a meeting theres no doubt that Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford attended seeing hes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agenda for this meeting was serious as a heart attack Americas most brilliant and powerful military men gathered that day to discuss Armageddon.

The minutes of this fateful meeting are top secret. Only a handful of people will ever know what was discussed. But the end result of the strategy session was revealed on September 15, 2017 before the people of the United States. The top generals of the most powerful nation on Earth advised congress that America could in fact win an all-out war with Russia and China. It must have been a scene right out of Director Stanley Kubricks classic Cold War film, Dr. Strangelove. I was not there, so I can only imagine the gathering of war hawks, the stoic expertise and military intellect, and the obtuse arrogance being conveyed across the congressional forum that day. The vision makes me wonder, Who in the hell ordered such an assessment in the first place? But I think we all know the answer.

General Milley expressed his only concern over World War III by citing the U.S. Armys lack of resources and training to execute Americas national security strategy without high military risk. Admiral Richardson agreed with Milley, but his level of confidence in the U.S. Navys dominance seemed somehow higher. Milley told committee:

I concur with Gen. Milley. If we get into one of those conflicts, well win, but it going to take a lot longer than wed like and its going to cost a lot more in terms of dollars and in casualties.

Marine General Neller parroted these opinions, only with a typical Jar Head obtuseness and psychosomatic bravado proclaiming America...

21:44

The Trump Administration Was Ordered to Disclose the Legal Basis for its Syria Strike. It Handed Over Squat. "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Alex Emmons, September 13, 2017, The Intercept.

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea in April.

After President Donald Trump launched a cruise missile strike against Syria in April, his administration struggled to justify the legal basis for the attack. For months, a watchdog group has hounded the Trump administration for its legal reasoning. Under court order, the government has finally produced documents that reveal little, if anything.

One document the administration saw fit to release is simply an aggregation of praise for Trumps strike from pundits, lawmakers, and world leaders. It was prepared by Trumps National Security Council.

On April 6, the United States fired 59 tomahawk missiles at Syrias Shayrat air base in response to the regimes use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, two days earlier.

The day after the missile strike, an advocacy group called the Protect Democracy Project filed a request with multiple agencies for documents that outline the administrations legal basis for the attack. After the Pentagon and State Department denied the groups request for expedited processing, a judge ruled in July that there was a compelling need for the information to get out and ordered the administration to provide answers as soon as practicable.

In response, the administration on Friday released nearly 60 pages of responsive documents, none of which contain any legal reasoning beyond what appears in the White Houses public statements. The Protect Democracy Project has published the documents on its...

21:43

Creative Rebellion Jura Books

Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
3:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us and participate in a festival of creativity on Sat 28 October.

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we would like to host a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Were calling for proposals from musicians (acoustic), poets, actors, comedians, jugglers, video-makers, artists, DIYers, vegan cupcake bakers, and anyone else with creative talents, to be part of this participatory celebration.

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society. We know that Juras community of supporters is full of talented people. We are seeking people to fill a 10 or 20 minute slot with something creative that can be shared with others. Why not join us on 28th October and share your creative spirit with like-minded people?

The festival is planned to run from the afternoon into the evening, with a presentation by Melbourne poet TTO as the anchor event in the evening. The purpose of inviting proposals is for programming. Apart from TTO, the program will depend on proposals received.

To get involved please email your proposal to jura@jura.org.au with these details:

  •     Your name & contact and names of any co-collaborators
  •     Type of creative activity (eg music, poetry, talk, video, workshop, etc)
  •     Time required generally a 10 minute or 20 minute slot, but we're flexible
  •     Any preferences you have for a timeslot between 1pm and 6pm
  •     Any special equipment / set-up you need, and if you can provide it yourself
  •     Any other details that may be relevant

To help us work out the program, it would be greatly appreciated if you could email us your proposal by Saturday 30th September.

Facebook event.

(Image is a poster out of Jura's archive 2SER Tokyo Hit Beat, artist unknown, possibly Redback Gra...

21:31

Seeing through all the noise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ive mentioned this odd duck conference sponsored by Mythicist Milwaukee beforenow Martin Hughes clarifies what bugs him about it, too. The meeting has been doing some unusual things. Theyve been advertising some well-known attendees not speakers, just popular atheists who will be doing the hard work of showing up which is the first time Ive seen that.

On Saturday, September 30th, 2017, several atheist celebrities will be at the fourth annual Mythicist Milwaukee Mythinformation Conference. The more well-known names include Matt Dillahunty, Richard Carrier [Wait! I thought we destroyed his reputation and his career! At least, he claims we did that, and is suing us for one million dollars for it], Aron Ra [edit: Aron Ra has recently decided not to attend. His wife cited the reasons here), and Seth Andrews. Their presence at this conference is being well-publicized.

But the people coming to hear these people speak are going to be disappointed. Because none of them are giving a talk.

Which isweird. I mean, Matt Dillahunty, the one exception, will only serve as a moderator for a debate; hes not speaking.

Some of them, like Seth Andrews, have been awfully defensive (and offensive) about it, too. Im curious about a couple of things.

  • Are you being paid, or at least having your travel costs covered, to be an attendee and to promote the meeting?

  • Are you comfortable being window-dressing?

No condemnation if they were to answer yes to either of those questions its just that it would make me a little uncomfortable, and I wouldnt accept an invitation to a conference on those terms.

But then the next question is, when youve got Dillahunty and Andrews and briefly, Aron Ra, why are they being sidelined? Who are the even more brilliant speakers being showcased at this meeting?

Why, in a conference attended by so many shining stars of the atheist movement, arent any of the celebrities speaking?

Its a simple mystery. Heres the clue: All the speakers at this skeptic conference are anti-SJWs who, for the most part, havent had a prominent voice on the atheist conference scene before.

A bit of background: See, the three YouTubers speaking were not given opportunities to speak at VidCon 2017, the major YouTube conference. In spite of the fact th...

20:54

Energy and economics: @albericie Vs @chriskkenny Twitter battle @Qldaah #auspol No Fibs

After Emma Alberici questioned Malcolm Turnbulls commitment to liberalism, Chris Kenny lept to the defence of the PM. So we now have a Liberal PM who's whacking a tax on banks, interfering in energy mkt & now using taxpayer $ to prop up commercial media Emma Alberici (@albericie) September 13, 2017 The green left []

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David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at: http://nofibs.com.au/meeting-david-marler-nofibs-twitter-activist-by-griffithelects

20:38

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers into the Sky: Top Scientist Admits to Weather Modification on CBS "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed.

And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role in the manifestation of these weather anomalies.

While weather modification and geo-engineering are still somewhat taboo subjects to the mainstream, often considered to be in the realm of conspiracy theory, there is a significant body of academic research and science that confirms that these technologies not only exist but are being operationalized.

No, the Free Thought Project is not claiming the government, nor anyone else is making hurricanes or actively controlling the weather. We are only presenting this information because it exists and people should be aware that it exists.

In a segment aired on CBS in 2013, respected scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City College of New York, discussed with Charlie Rose and Norah ODonnell the science of weather manipulation.

During the interview Kaku, in discussing the experiments with weather modification notes that Were shooting trillion watt lasers into the sky, referencing the use of lasers to induce changes to naturally occurring weather phenomena.

Later in the conversation, Kaku briefly touches on the history of weather modification that has been carried out for decades by the government with the CBS hosts quickly interrupting him to note these programs were only alleged.

Of course, these hosts must be ignorant of the declassified history of Operation Popeye, which was a weather manipulation program enacted during the Vietnam War as a means of creating ongoing monsoon conditions in an effort to impeded the Viet Congs mobility in the region.

This is no conspiracy theory.

In fact, research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences specifically notes that laser beams create plasma channels in air, which in turn, cause ice to form.

Professor Jean-Pierre Wolf and Dr. Jerome Kasparian, both biophotonics experts at the University of Geneva, actually organized a conference at the World Meteorolog...

20:21

After Cops Stole His Cash for Selling Unlawful Hot Dogs, The Internet Gave Him $70,000 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Berkeley, CA Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.

The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $70,000.

The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:

The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.

On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justified the theft of the hot dog vendors money.

While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation, Biddy said. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.

According to NBC 5, UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.

Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.

Whether or not the money in the mans wallet was from selling unlicensed hot dogs remains to be answered. However, that was apparently of no importance to UC police officer Sean Aranas who found it necessary to confiscate it all.

Yes, selling food without first paying the government for permissionknown as a permitis against the law. However, this does not in any way justify this incident.

Thats not right man, thats not right, Martin Flores, the man who took the video, said as he used his phone to record Aranas issuing the hot dog vendor, Beto, a ticket.

Thats how it works, the male officer responded. Take it to a judge, and the judge can decide whether or not its right.

The officer then took the money out...

20:13

Andrew Bolt picks up a #GoldKenny award @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol No Fibs

Andrew Bolt breaks Godwins Law in marriage equality campaign. The Mike Carlton inspired Gold Kenny award for this week has gone to Andrew Bolt for his column claiming that Labor will implement a gay gestapo.  Labor will pay a gay gestapo to hound you once its made gay marriage law, whatever the result of next months plebiscite: LABOR []

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David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at: http://nofibs.com.au/meeting-david-marler-nofibs-twitter-activist-by-griffithelects

20:03

How Far Away is the Tipping Point To World Sanity Gumshoe News

Note the curvature and the word flat has been blocked from this post

By Dee McLachlan

With the new website up, I reflected on why we keep chipping away. Why stay committed?

For a very long time humanity has been ruled by a small war-mongering elite, that have used violence and deception, including a debt based money system to controlling governments. They have also been using earths precious resources for created wars and they seem to have no regard for the planet, or its people. Please correct me if Im way off the mark.

So when will this madness end?

Mary Maxwell wrote an important article about two weeks ago. In Call To Action she concludes:

The hour grows late. We are making a huge mistake in tolerating the cabal, the evil ones, or whatever you want to call them.

Well if you read alternative sites, many declare that more and more people are waking up and that the world is undergoing a Paradigm Shift (towards a better world). For several years I had thought so, but sadly, I am not so sure. I do think a percentage of the population has had a huge awakening especially in the last decade (including myself) through accessing information through the internet.

But, for another percentage, it has had a devastating dumbing down effect. This is partly due to media control, and now how Facebook and Google algorithms serve up more of the same information.

...

19:22

$3.6 Billion in Injury Payouts Is Not Enough Reason to Debate Immunisation Gumshoe News

Has Minister Jill Hennessy (L) seen the light? while Dr John Piesse (R) wonders why he can no longer provide Inform consent

by Dee McLachlan

Following allegations that Dr John Piesse had helped families avoid compulsory childhood vaccinations, his practice in Mitcham was raided last week by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and police officers last week. I wonder on what legal grounds?

Was Dr Piesse just following the (Hippocratic) Oath he gave when becoming a doctor? Ill ask him next time I speak to him, whether he said, help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury

Then yesterday the Medical Board of Australia suspended Dr John Piesses registration making it illegal for him to treat patients.

The Herald Sun quoted Minister for Health Jill Hennessy:

The fate of Dr Piesse should stand as an example to rogue clinicians who tout lies about vaccination. This decision is long overdue It is completely irresponsible for clinicians entrusted with the health of our community to ignore the science and encourage parents not to immunise their children.

There is no debate around immunisation. The science is clear: vaccinations save lives,

Vaccination may save lives, but the real question in this debate is: Do vaccination cause injury?

Vaccine Injury

Why has $3.6 billion been paid out for injury in the US, if there is no debate?

...

17:59

Act Three: The Imminent Stockley Verdict "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Act Three: The Imminent Stockley Verdict appeared first on It's Going Down.

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it

The tension mounting in the city is all too familiar, with politicians calling for peace, the federal courthouse scheduled to be closed tomorrow, and the Missouri National Guard on standby. Governor Greitens has been afoot, meeting with area clergy and holding a press conference this evening, echoing stagnant calls for peace and saying what the city needs now is love and compassion. Where was the love and compassion when Anthony Lamar Smith was murdered in cold blood by a foot soldier of the state? And why is it always after the state murders that its time for love and compassion and peace?

Ultimately, the question is who wants their peace anywaywhen their peace means acting as an occupying force, rolling like a gang, and murdering people at will? An oft-argued critique over the years of the SLMPD is the lack of accountability of the policethat theyve been answering to the state, not the city, for decades and that they only internally audit their shootings and murders. Some of this has changed, with the Circuit Attorneys office now reviewing all police shootings and with the control of the police department returning to the city from the state in 2013. And yes, the Board of Alders did pass a bill to establish a Civilian Oversight Board in 2015, an effort that activists have been working tirelessly at for years. But has anyone heard anything meaningful come of this board that is supposed to investigate complaints against officers, that has no actual power and can only make recommendations? Anyone, anyone, Bueller? No? Moving on.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig

How can it be expected that an institution that has its roots in slave patrols ever be anything but? Lets step back in time, shall we?

A few years after Missouri officially became a territory, St. Louis formed its first quasi-steady police patrol, naming it the constabulary. It had four members drawn from a pool of all able-bodied white men over the age of 18. Another way of looking at this is the state saw white people as the potential watchmen of people of color. Constables were expected to serve for four months and then wer...

17:37

London Grenfell Tower disaster inquiry, false start "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 14 September 2017 video from London, England is called Grenfell Tower inquiry opens.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Judge snubs Grenfell survivors

Friday 15th September 2017

Inquiry chief walks out on residents lawyer in cold and clinical launch of fire probe

GRENFELL Tower survivors were left with little hope of justice yesterday after they were disrespectfully snubbed at the launch of the inquiry into the devastating inferno.

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick promised the packed gathering at Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, central London, that the probe can and will provide answers.

However the retired judge, who was once accused of social cleansing during a previous case, rejected calls for survivors to serve on the panel, claiming to do so would risk undermining my impartiality.

And he snubbed a request for lawyer Michael Mansfield QC to speak on behalf of the survivors he represents.

The barrister, who also represented the Hillsborough families, asked: Sir, before depar...

17:30

Gowdy: H.C.s Crimes are Much Worse Than Anyone Imagined "IndyWatch Feed World"





This actually answers the hard question.  Why are we not seeing real prosecutions?   Criminal activity and high crimes have taken place in broad daylight over many years no less.

In fact the Clintons set up Corruption inc in order to accommodate the whole political class for the purpose of accepting illegal bribes.  The idea was simple.  if everyone is on board then no one is able to blow the whistle.  This system would have drawn in almost every elected official top lobbyists and top civil servants as well.

Then they actually lost the cooked political war and we are seeing the desperate actions to destroy evidence and to obfuscate. 

Soon enough Trump will have a dossier on the high crimes of all these fine folks.  When that essentially includes everyone, both Democrat and Republican, it may be necessary to have a large retirement party just before the mid terms and 2020 to allow a whole new set of electors to come on board.


...

17:30

A Forgotten Sphinx and Faked Cartouche: Changing the Course of Ancient Egyptian History? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"



 
This is interesting. I had never heard of a possible additional sphinx here.   It could be possible and again the whole complex demands extensive mapping with remote sensing tools along with serious imaging work.
 
 
In the meantime no one is able to confirm something  on the ground.
 
 
As i have posted, this is the most single important ancient site out there and it deserves complete excavation along with restoration..
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A Forgotten Sphinx and Faked Cartouche: Changing the Course of Ancient Egyptian History?
 
29 August, 2017 - 18:58 Malcolm Hutton
 
 
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa/forgotten-sphinx-and-faked-cartouche-changing-course-ancient-egyptian-history-021585


When Gerry Cannon invited me to co-author his forthcoming book, The Giza Plateau Secrets and a Second Sphinx Revealed, Im sure that neither of us could have foreseen the most explosive revelation in our subsequent hunt for answers from our discoveries.

An Unexplored Mound

Gerry already leaned towards a time frame for the building of the three large pyramids as well as the Sphinx as being many thousands of years older than many of us have been led to believe. He also discove...

17:04

Part 45: Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. High Court case 15/2017: Barnaby Joyce. Ronald's space

Below is the text of an emailed public submission to the High Court In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP

NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:  http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-17D

Case No. C15/2017

 [My email to the High Court to be re-submitted as a formal document, with appropriate evidence, for consideration by the High Court.]

Re: MP dual citizenship hearings before the High Court as a Court of Disputed Returns.

A naturalized Australian citizen born in the United Kingdom of 17th May 1948, I am not eligible to stand for Parliament as I am officially a British Overseas Citizen under British nationality laws, policies and principles. On 20th May 1992, I married a 3rd generation Australian citizen, Leonie Jean Whitford. On 25th February 1997, our son Daniel Thane Medlicott was born in Adelaide. Approximately 6 years ago, my son Daniel used a certified copy of my birth certificate and applied for a British passport. Once the appropriate fees and security checks were completed, Daniel was issued with a British passport and subsequently toured Europe and Britain using that passport.

At this point in time, neither Daniel nor myself are eligible to stand for the Federal Parliament. The fact that the Australian Electorate Commission failed to verify the eligibility of candidates for previous federal elections, including the last election, which was held on 2nd July 2017, does not validate candidates who, by birth and right of heritage, do not qualify for election to the Federal Parliament. It would be Manifest Ostensible Bias for the High Court to validate the election of sitting Members, e.g. Barnaby Joyce, whilst people of British heritage, e.g. my son Daniel and myself, across Australia cannot stand as a candidate for the Federal Parliament until such time as we decide to formally revoke our British citizenship, pay the appropriate fees and due process of law occurs in Britain and the British Government achieves Functus Officio on the application to have British citizenship cancelled.

 Williams & Ors v Spautz is a July 1992 High Court decision that made it quite clear that when an abuse of process occurs, the Court has both a responsibility to protect its powers and to ensure justice is done by issuing a stay of proceedings. At paragraph 15 of the majority decision the High Court stated:  As Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest observed in Connelly v. D.P.P. (7) (1964) AC, at p 1301. (A) court which is endowed with a particular jurisdiction has powers which are necessary to enable it to act effectively within su...

15:50

Correspondence with industry: Australian Property Council Rosie Williams

Dear Ms Smith,

I am researching the impact of the national roll out of the cashless debit card on the private rental market. The reason I am concerned that a national roll out of income management in this form will impact on the private rental market is because the Conditions of Use clearly state that it can not be used to pay private rent or mortgage without special arrangements made by the card holder with Centrelink and Indue.

I am concerned that the initial trial areas are in locations that do not reflect conditions across the country in that I suspect that most working age welfare recipients in the existing trial areas of Ceduna and East Kimberly may be housed predominantly if not exclusively in public housing. At this stage this is just an assumption on my part as I am, at this time, seeking data that would either confirm or dispute this.

I am curious to know if the Property Council has this kind of information specifically, the proportion of the private rental market in Ceduna and the East Kimberly that house working-age income support recipients (i.e. cashless debit card trial participants) as I am keen to get an idea of how generalisable the experiences underpinning of the Final Report from Orima to the rest of the country?

While not commenting on potential impacts on the housing market, the Australian Banking Association did make a strong case in their submission to the Forrest Review that denying certain purchases while allowing a card to function like a normal bank card is technically unfeasible and it is not clear to me how the government has managed to get around the technical impracticalities identified by the ABA.

The ABA submission has since been removed from public view but is available at https://whistleblower.network/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ABA_Submission_to_Forrest_Review.pdf

The Indue Conditions of Use are online at https://indue.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Conditions-of-Use.pdf

Final Report from Orima Research Cashless Debit Card Trial Evaluation https://www.mhs.gov.au/sites/g/files/net1006/f/cashless-debit-card-trial-final-evaluation-report.pdf

thanks

Rosie Wiliams

rosiewilliams.com.au

14:56

New Gumshoe Website Check Back In A Few Hours Gumshoe News

This is to alert subscribers and followers that the new website will be up and running in a few hours. Dont use this post link (as it wont exist) so CHECK BACK on  https://gumshoenews.com/ in a FEW HOURS. Update: We are now live so CLEAR YOUR CACHE Thank you for your patience and support.

14:38

Exciting News Chocoholics: Scientists Have Created a New Type of Chocolate! "IndyWatch Feed World"

It is believed that white chocolate was first invented in Switzerland in the 1930s. While some dont believe that it is real chocolate, as it doesnt contain the cocoa beans, Americans have embraced this third type of chocolate with all of its uses.

Since this time, we have seen many different variations of our favorite chocolates with the addition of nuts, caramels, fruit and so much more, however, everything came back to the same three basic types of chocolate: dark, milk and white.

Source: Confectioners News

 

Now, 80 years later, Switzerland has done it again, unveiling a brand-new type of chocolate Ruby Chocolate!

Chocolatier Barry Callebaut explained that the new chocolate is the result of several years of research and testing, looking for a solution to the shift in the declining chocolate market. The recent shift towards healthier living has hit the industry hard, however, the chocolatiers believe that ruby chocolate answers the desire for new, healthy options. Made from the Ruby cocoa bean, the product doesnt contain any flavoring or coloring. Its distinct pink coloring and fresh berry-fruitiness are all natural!

Source: The Telegraph

 

Furthermore, the companys chief innovation and quality officer, Peter Boone, says that the chocolate appeals to the ever-growing niche of luxury products. The naturally smooth, berry flavor of the bean creates a chocolate that isnt bitter, milky or sweet. It is definitely its own, unique taste experience.  Revealed at an exclusive launch event in Shanghai, China on September 5th, the chocolate has already been tested by a number of global research agencies in the UK, US, China, and Japan.

Boone stated, Barry Callebaut has established itself as a pioneer and innovator in chocolate and cocoa, globally. Consumer research in very different markets confirms that Ruby chocolate not only satisfies a new consumer need found among Millennials Hedonistic Indulgence but also high purchase intent at different price points. Were looking forward to working with our partners on introducing this innovative breakthrough to the market and making the new Ruby chocolate category available to chocolate manufacturers and consumer around the wor...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.0003 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 3.75 AUD
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14:17

Burns Chronicles (1 of 9) The Unredacted Informant Articles archived in opposition to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Browns Order to Gary Hunt "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

Burns Chronicles No 40
Allen Varner (Wolf)

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Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
November 15, 2016

When I wrote What is Brandon Curtiss?, I had nothing but gratitude for Wolf.  He had stepped up when I was faced with Brandon Curtiss and his goons.  His involvement allowed me to continue packing in order to leave Burns.  The above picture was taken during this event.

There were some unanswered questions from an earlier incident.  When the shootout occurred at Camp Lone Star, back on August 29, 2014, Varner was with Kevin KC Massey and John Foerster, on the Texas Border near Brownsville, when a Border Patrol (BP) Agent fired in the direction of Foerster.  (See The Arrest of K. C. Massey.)  Now questions arose as to Foersters role, but Varner appeared to be without sin.  Varner, however, was the first to offer his pistol, in his belt under his shirt, to the BP agent, which led to Massey then turning his pistol over to BP.  In hindsight, there were other questionable actions by Varner, though unrelated to the topic at hand.

Varner was quite cooperative in my interview with him and provided some information that only he had, which indicated that much of what BP did, out of sight of Massey, was not consistent with the testimony they offered in court.  This could be interpreted as an attempt to ingratiate himself to Massey and myself.

According to Massey, Varner left Camp Lone Star within a couple of days of the shooting.  He did not return until two days before Masseys arrest.  Was he there to report when Massey was going to spend the night in the motel room?  Only someone at Camp Lone Star would have that information.  At that critical time, Varner was at Camp Lone Star.

Now, often people have suspicion that someone could be an informant.  I may have reason to believe someone is an informant.  However, I will not write that someone is an informant unless I can prove that someone is an informant.  So, ironically, the person that helped me while I was in Burns is, well, an informant.

Lets get to the heart of the matter.  To do so, I will be referring to FBI documents that I have obtained.  They are marked, at the botto...

14:11

North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean donaldelley

ABC News Australia

North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean

15 September 2017

North Korea has ratcheted up the tension in its nuclear stand-off with the US, firing a ballistic missile which flew over Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometres to the east of the country.

Key points:

  • The missile was launched from the Sunan district of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang
  • It landed in the ocean east of Japans north island of Hokkaido
  • Japanese Government told people to take shelter

These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are not permissible and we protest in the strongest words, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The missile was launched at 6:57am Japan time (7:57am AEST) and splashed down at 7:16 am (8:16am AEST), some 2,000 kilometres east of the northern islands Cape Erimo, Mr Suga said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch.

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own, Mr Tillerson said in a statement.

He said China supplied North Korea with most of its oil and Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labour.

13:35

Policy Wonks New Matilda

Policy

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13:34

Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Japan Global Hobo

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Were on the hunt for a team of hobos who want to live, work and study in Tokyo one of the worlds coolest capitals. Over the course of four weeks, youll be living and breathing all of Tokyos quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, youll will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If youre a high-school leaver, its the perfect mini escape before you hit the books again next year. If youre...

13:30

IRMAGEDDON: Who Geoengineered Superstorm Irma and Why? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Geoengineers Expose the Globalist Agenda by Manufacturing Hurricane Irma

(State of the Nation) Make no mistake about it: Hurricane Irma was quite deliberately geoengineered as a highly destructive and deadly superstorm just as Hurricane Harvey was.

The NWO globalist cabal has ordered the geoengineers to fabricate this frankenstorm as a direct threat to President Donald J. Trump and his administration.

Even if Palm Beach does not take a direct hit from IRMA, Trump has been sufficiently threatened and warned by the shadow government.  His vacation home Le Chateau des Palmiers on the island of St. Martin now sits in the middle of a full-blown disaster area.


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13:29

Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Bali Global Hobo

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.

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13:25

Intelligence sharing a threat to democracy: privacy and human rights organisations launch international campaign News | Human Rights Law Centre

The Australian Government must ensure transparency of its intelligence sharing with other countries to safeguard Australian citizens' private information, a coalition of privacy and human rights organisations said with the launch of a new campaign.

An international coalition of 30+ organisations led by Privacy International (PI) have written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries, including Australia, seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

Countries, including Australia, may be using secret intelligence sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records or weak rule of law.

National intelligence oversight bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments. Recently it was revealed that intelligence from the Pine Gap base in Alice Springs is being used by the US in its deadly, covert drone strike program that has caused significant civilian casualties overseas.

Specifically, organisations are seeking more information about whether these national oversight bodies:

  • Are informed about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can independently oversee the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can access all relevant information about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can review decisions by their governments to share intelligence and/or conduct independent investigations into the intelligence sharing activities of their governments; and
  • Cooperate with other oversight bodies to supervise the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

A deadline of 31 October 2017 has been given for each national oversight body to respond. PI has created an interactive map, which illustrates the countries included in the campaign and the national intelligence oversight bodies that have been contacted in each country. The map will be updated when responses are received.

PI has also provided national oversight bodies with a briefing highlighting the international human rights implications of intelligence sharing arrangements between governments, with recommendations to increase transparency around these activities.

The coalition of 30+ human rights organisations includes 6 Australian-based organisations: Austr...

12:55

There's a pattern here... A.E.Brain

Breitbart Editor: Trans Activism a Plot Against Dumb People 

Two of the editors of Breitbart, Neil Munro and Alex Marlow, had a rather bizarre conversation on the Breitbart Daily radio show about transgenderism. They think that activism for trans equality is really about clever people making society too difficult to navigate for dumb people.

 Munro claimed the push for transgender rights is a preposterous effort by a small bunch of clever, ambitious, selfish people to rewrite the basic rules of society and that the effort is deeply damaging to ordinary and low-IQ people who suddenly find themselves without any social rules, without any voice in how people should behave in such a jungle where then only the strongest and cleverest can prosper"
Munro continued, Thats the goal in the end, to mess up society, to mess up tradition and practice roles for the advantage of the clever and few. Its a really rotten, rotten thing.
Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2017/08/29/breitbart-editor-trans-activism-plot-dumb-people/#dj88PimuzSOHvIi1.99

Flat Earth Society Is Not A JokeIts Real And Its Growing 

Flat Earthers dont have a very clear idea why NASA would want to convince the globeor rather, worldof a lie. Its not about money, said Bob Knodel. They want complete mind control. They want to create two classes: the ultra rich and servants. At that point they wouldve taken over the world, and enslaved the population, and controlled everything.
Source: http://secondnexus.com/technology-and-innovation/flat-earth-society/

11:56

Not disabled enough Overland literary journal

I live with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Far more of a handicap than commonly thought, it is a devastating invisible burden we know very little about. ME is an umbrella term simplifying a host of smaller conditions and symptoms. Coming wave after wave, they adversely affect the bodys systems, severely cutting ones ability to think, sleep, concentrate, work, exercise, filter toxins and fight infection.

11:54

New law for Centrelink to punish people for being unemployed Corporate Australia

The administration of the penal colony called Australia can even use brute force against the tax slaves of this country.

What the people in government do, is import (more) slave labour who take jobs from Australians.

The Aussies that are 'forced' out of work, in order to apply for welfare, must do so with a company called Centrelink.

They are then being punished for being unemployed, a 'welfare problem' the people in government created in the first place.


Centrelink (together with a host of Job Network Agencies) has been 'punishing' people for being unemployed for quite some time, whereas now it's going to be 'legal'.

See article from 12 Sep 2017 by aimn.com.au of the headline:

The Jobless Did Not Ask For This!


Who is responsible for jobs? Should we punish the jobless? Is welfare a right or a privilege? These are the questions the Government is too gutless to ask. By accepting the Governments answers to these issues without question, it may be shaping a future we havent asked for. The Jobless didnt ask for this!

The term welfare is often touted as synonymous with the word problem. The question we are not asked is, Is welfare a problem?

The Government is asking us to argue vehemently over answers to a question they are too gutless to ask. We should ask the Government questions.

Welfare Reform is a complex issue. However, the wider narrative has a huge impact on how we address reform in this space.
Welfare Reform

The Welfare Reform Bill currently before the house, is focused on using punishment as a blunt force to solve the welfare problem. The Government is quite brazen in no longer hiding punishment as a measure.

One system of punishment is a demerit point system. Another is drug testing. Therefore, the Government has predetermined, that the jobless do the wrong thing.

The Liberal National Coalition have successfully chipped away at society, along with the opposition in some respects. That is, to create a sub-human welfare class who society appears comfortable to punish.

Punishment sits well with a large section of society. This is due to continuous stigma aimed at the jobless. In the words of Erving Goffman, we have actively inflicted upon the jobless a spoiled identity.

The Labor opposition opposes these measures. However, since the late 1980...

11:24

Violence Against Women Is The Greatest Hurdle To Genuine Equality New Matilda

Gender equality cannot be achieved until woman and girls everywhere are freed from sexual violence, writes Olivia Wells.

At a higher rate than ever, 1 in 3 women and girls in Australia will experience sexual violence. Numbers are higher in young women and higher still in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Anecdotal evidence demonstrates a major portion goes unreported and its prevalence has been unbroken and intensified through the decades. It is an intergenerational issue.

Working with families and communities I see the damage it causes every day. It is difficult to describe its crushing impacts on children, on women and men, on families on entire communities day after day, year after year.

Eliminating sexual violence is unlikely until we genuinely, as a whole community, address how we respond to it. I remember the speech by UN Goodwill Ambassador and actor Emma Watson to the UN. Parts of the HeforShe campaign she championed, imperfect as it was, are integral to how we respond to violence against women.

Emma Watson. (IMAGE: Marco Bond, Flickr)Emma Watson. (IMAGE: Marco Bond, Flickr)

HeforShe urges boys and men to take up the cause of feminism and advocate for womens rights. Its language inspired a global movement of young and old in what many felt was one of the first campaigns to invite boys and men to participate in the fight for gender equality.

Watson raised important truths about the state of gender equality, and the disempowerment felt to change its trajectory. That is, no country in the world can boast gender equality and conversations around it have become preoccupied with semantics. Despite its achievements as a movement, feminism is a word that many women and men no longer use nor identify with.

Anti-feminists have dubbed those who identify with the word as aggressive and man-hating and those who write or campaign in its name are often described as too divisive or impassioned to be effective. Because of this, the effort to achieve gender equality has been hijacked and used to attack those who speak in favour of it.

True gender equality, globally, may not be inevitable. In the age of Trump, the reproductive rights of women are consistently challenged and in the USA, just this year, severely compromised. Many ultra-conservative leaders and the policies they enact, sanction sexual violence.

People in the western world who describe themselves as neo masculinists actively advocate for the legalisation of rape on private property, within a marriage or to any woman without the protection of a man. One such person, pro-rape American blogger Daryush Valizadeh, perpetrates th...

11:14

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Speaking Notes at the Young Communist League Ruth First Memorial Games by SACP Central Committee Member & Former National Secretary, Buti Manamela
27 August 2017

Had she been alive, Ruth First would have been 93 years old in 2017. As a struggle veteran, a senior citizen, a mother, a communist, a gender activist, a promoter of youth development - what would Ruth First make of South Africa today?

Would she be proud of the South African society that we have created? Would she understand the modern day struggles of this middle-income developing country? What would she think of the situation of the most vulnerable in our society - children, youth and women. As the former National Secretary of the Young Communist League, what advice would Ruth First give to us?

Unfortunately, we cannot get direct answers to these questions because a bomb by apartheid assassins murdered our comrade. They took away her life but her voice still lives on. It still speaks to us. We can indeed know what Ruth First would think about South Africa today because of her writings, the causes that she fought for, the positions she adopted on key issues and the information that we attained from comrades who worked closely with her.

For those who are not familiar with Ruth First, allow me to present a short biography of our struggle icon.

Ruth First was born into the politically conscious home of Jewish immigrant parents, Julius and Matilda First, in Johannesburg in 1925. Her father was a founder member of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), later known as the South African Communist Party (SACP). Her home was regularly visited by political activists of all races who discussed and debated the apartheid State. This left an immutable political impression on the young Ruth in shaping her ideas on race, class and gender.

She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies in 1946. Her studies deepened her insight into the nature of political societies in general, and the political system in South Africa in particular.

Spurred by her political vision of a just society, she helped found the Federation of Progressive...

10:02

Civil Society Calls for Agroecology not GMOs at FAO Meeting in KL Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Following is the final statement made by civil society organisations at the recent FAO meeting in Kuala Lumpur:

FAO Regional Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific

13 September 2017

Civil Society Statement

 If we see biotech as part of a small farmer's 'toolbox', then we must ask what it is we are 'fixing':

  • Ensuring resilience in the face of climate change
  • Ensuring smallholders livelihoods are maintained & promoted
  • Ensuring everyone has access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food produced in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and their right to democratically determine their own food and agriculture systems.

The focus of our discussion here was proposed to be on sustainable food systems for small farmers not high yield to generate more money from small pieces of land. And yet the meeting has presented many solutions that are still in the lab, and products with very initial results. The current supply of food already exceeds demand but there are serious issues around good governance and equitable distribution of food. Merely securing a high yield of a few select crops does not solve the problem of hunger nor secure livelihoods for smallholders, and leads to high levels of post-harvest spoilage and food waste.

There has been a lot of discussion about what we mean by biotechnology, and yet the majority of the focus of the conference has been on GMO products. It is malicious and deceptive to refer to GM crops as "biotech crops".

Those technologies that manipulate DNA artificially increase corporate control over seeds, diminish rich, diverse diets of local communities, promote monoculture, increase biosafety risks to health and environment, and need high investment and complicated regulatory frameworks which many countries lack. We ask those from the private sector who are calling for international acceptance of their products once approved in one country whether they are prepared to accept global liability for their products once disseminated?

Wed like to remind the group that 80% of the worlds food is produced by small farmers and farmer autonomy is critical to maintaining current and future food security and food sovereignty for everyone. We reject solutions that increase the cost of production for farmers due to the high cost of inputs from transnational corporations. We respect farmers as true in-situ innovators and not as passive consumers of the biotech toolbox.

All present should keep in mind the FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples which includes Indigenous rights to:

  • Self-determination;
  • ...

09:55

Baw Baw Food Security Coalition Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

"Food security is an individual or communitys ability to access healthy, affordable and appropriate food.  Food insecurity can therefore be defined as having limited or irregular access to safe and secure nutritional food from a non-emergency source.

Food insecurity has been prioritised in the Central West Gippsland region in 2007. Subsequently, research and food system mapping was undertaken, which showed that the individuals found to be most affected by food insecurity in Central West Gippsland include the people on low incomes, older people, young people and people living in isolated areas.  The result of this research was a Food Security Recommendation Report which was published in 2012 and provided guidance on the types of interventions that the CWGPCP and its partners could implement in order to tackle food insecurity.  The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition was then developed to lead this work in the Baw Baw Shire."

Read more about the history and impact of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition.

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09:36

FixedIt: What if women arent the problem? Jane Gilmore

From Yahoo UK: In women only, low interest in sex was linked to having three or more partners in the past year, having children under five in the household, and not sharing a partners sexual preferences.

Women whose general interests differed from those of their partners also experienced a lack of sex drive.

Hey, what if women arent the problem here?

09:31

Aust Catholic Church lags on child safety National News Echonetdaily

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Australian Catholic Church lags behind rather than leads other countries in protecting children from sexual abuse, research into the global tragedy of immense proportions has found.

The Australian church has been pushed into acting and still has much to do to catch up to the likes of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the researchers say.

It has lagged significantly behind other comparable countries in developing policies and protocols to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, the study of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church worldwide has found.

While many steps have been taken to address the problems associated with abuse, the Australian Catholic bishops have not, despite proclamations to the contrary, been in the lead in implementing child protection measures, the report by Melbournes RMIT University said.

Any suggestion that the Catholic Church in Australia has led the way in child protection is not sustainable in face of the initiatives in other countries nor has there been much accountability or evaluation in Australia.

The researchers said there would most likely have been minimal movement on the part of the official church if not for the work of the child abuse royal commission, state inquiries, the media and the determination of abuse survivors themselves supported by their families and advocacy groups.

The report, released on Wednesday, said the Australian Catholic Church has not imitated the preventative measures of other countries.

These include regular audits, putting safeguarding mechanisms in every parish, better monitoring and training mechanisms and initiatives such as hotlines or helplines.

Report authors Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson, both ordained Catholic priests who resigned from the ministry in the 1970s, noted there has been a substantial decline in clergy child abuse worldwide since the 1980s.

They warned this did not apply in developing countries where the veil of secrecy has not been lift...

09:30

LOA Today 09.14.17 "GroovUs Feed Npodcasts"

Were up to Chapter 4: How Can I Get There from Here? This chapter answers one of the most common questions asked by new practitioners of the Law of Attraction: Why is it taking me so long to get what I want? It has nothing to do with not wanting it enough, not being intelligent enough, not being worthy, or ...

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09:28

Aussie space centre captures Cassinis end National News Echonetdaily

Dusk at the south polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan. Image from the Cassini probe saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Dusk at the south polar vortex on Saturns moon Titan. Image from the Cassini probe saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Canberras deep space station is on a countdown to begin beaming live footage of the final hours of NASAs Cassini spacecraft before it burns up in Saturns atmosphere.

The Deep Space Communication Complex will train its massive antenna dishes on the NASA spacecraft from about 1.15pm (AEST) on Friday, for the final hours of its 20-year mission to study the ringed planet and its nearby moons.

Live data will be streamed for the first time from Cassini via Canberra to the world in the early evening before the bus-sized spacecraft uses its last drops of fuel to manoeuvre directly into Saturns atmosphere and begins its expected disintegration.

Travelling at more than 110,000km/h, scientists expect it will only take minutes for Cassini to break apart and melt at about 10pm.

The Canberra space complex was given the key role of transmitting Cassinis final images of Saturn because the planet will be hovering above Australia on Friday.

Other space stations in Madrid and California will also help monitor Cassini.

The $US3.26 billion ($A4.06 billion) mission has given scientists vital information about two of Saturns moons, Titan and Enceladus, as well as the planet itself and its icy rings.

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09:25

Alternative detention for men on Manus National News Echonetdaily

Hundreds of detainees on Manus Island could soon be moved to alternative detention options as existing compounds are demolished.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

Roughly 800 men remain on the island six weeks out from the closure of its immigration detention centre, with several buildings already dismantled.

About 100 men have applied to return to their country of origin, while talks are still under way to determine how to handle 200 others found not be refugees.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they could be moved to alternative places of detention away from the regional centre, given they have no lawful claim to be in Papua New Guinea.

There is capacity at an East Lorengau transit centre to accommodate about 400 people.

We will work with the PNG government in helping them provide the services to those people, Mr Dutton told parliament on Thursday.

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09:13

Transactivists attack feminists at meeting in London "IndyWatch Feed World"

Charlie Rae covers the dark side of transactivism once again in this story of violence.

On September 13th, a feminist meeting was supposed to take place at New Cross Learning. The meeting was called What is gender? and was led, in part, by a transwoman, Miranda Yardley. When transactivists learned about this talk, a group called Action for Trans Health London created an event on Facebook to attack the free speech of feminists, and physically attack feminists themselves. This was allegedly organized by Goldsmith Student Union President Eva Crossan Jory who has not responded to The Fifth Column for comment.

In footage that was uploaded today to youtube, you can witness first-hand the unprovoked attack on a 60 year old grandmother and Humanist Maria Mac. She was punched by young, male transactivists. Notice how transactivists chant when TERFs attack, we fight back, but are clearly the ones doing the attacking. They believe in self defense from non existent threats, but not that attacking people unprovoked is this same threat they invented to oppose. This is Orwellian doublethink: the acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.

This violent rhetoric coming from transactivists is not new, but they vehemently position themselves as victims when transactivists calls for violence against women are rampant.

...

09:04

MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017 CrimeView

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017

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The accused is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning. Almost double the number of offenders in Mackay are breaching domestic

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MACKAY $100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid CrimeView

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$100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid

September 14, 2017 at 05:07PM ,

Police will allege the break-and-enters had occurred for a number of months. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday

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09:03

MACKAY Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games CrimeView

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Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games

September 14, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

But he had a different story when facing Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to contravening a domestic violence order earlier this year.

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MACKAY Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation CrimeView

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Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation

September 15, 2017 at 06:06AM ,

Benjamin James Ostwald was placed on probation in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, despite committing some crimes while already on

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08:56

FixedIt: Trent Thorburn did not have sex with Tiahleigh Palmer Jane Gilmore

Trent Thorburns sexual abuse of Tiahleigh Palmer and her subsequent alleged murder have been widely covered in the Australian press.

Tiahleigh was 12 years old when her 18 year old foster brother committed the crime of incest against her, for which he pled guilty yesterday. He also pled guilty to perjury and pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to four years jail.

The Guardian reported that Tiahleigh Palmers foster brother confessed to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The Brisbane Times reported he was sentenced after confessing to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The ABC reported Thorburn had sex with Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer before her alleged murder.

The Australian reported Thorburn had also admitted his sexual relationship with Tiahleigh in a Facebook Messenger conversation with his cousin.

The Courier Mail reported Trent Thorburn was 18 when he became sexually involved with his young foster sister.

Yahoo 7 reported hed had a sexual encounter with 12-year-old Tiahleigh.

Other variations of this reporting happened in The Daily Mail, The Queensland Times, News Mail, news.com.au and pretty much every other outlet...

08:30

A Lesson on Bodies From a Sex Show in Amsterdam Global Hobo

In a dimly-lit basement under the streets of Amsterdam, I sat, surrounded by people I barely knew, watching a woman pull an impossibly long string out from her vagina. I clutched my vodka cranberry tightly in my hand, fighting the urge to look away. What seemed like an age later, all the string was out, and the woman bowed and strutted off the stage. I clapped along with the crowd and sighed a breath of relief. Maybe this wouldnt be so bad.

Ive always had a slightly awkward relationship with my body, with bodies in general. Its not that Im majorly unhappy with the way I look. Im just not super comfortable exposing myself to people. Blame my conservative upbringing, my problem with intimacy or just the Western attitude towards public nudity (strip down in public as an adult and youre doomed to forever wear the label of attention-seeker, hippie or slut).

The same extends to other peoples bodies: theyre great, Im sure, but ask me to look at them and Ill turn into a blushing, uncomfortable mess. So when a sex show, of all things, was suggested as a (non-officially sanctioned) group activity to mark the final nights of our tour through Europe, I was a little concerned.

There was a significant amount of umming and ahhing, but eventually, FOMO won out against the potential embarrassment. Cut to two nights later, and I sat in a room bathed in purple light, heart thumping in time with the royalty-free EDM track playing in the background, waiting for the show to start. I had been lucky enough to score a front-row seat, with my boyfriend on one side and a rich stockbroker in his mid-30s on the other. The room definitely wasnt spacious enough to fit a group of 25 people, so we were jammed in, shoulder-to-shoulder.

Problems with intimacy and physical contact? Dont worry about it.

Soon enough, the lights went out, the music was turned up and string-vagina lady, clad in purple leather, strutted onto stage, a wicker box of props under her arm like an erotic magician. And in a way, she was. The ability to write legibly on a mans bare chest with a Sharpie held in their nether regions has to be some kind of witchcraft.

By the end of the first performance, my heart had stopped pounding, and I was actually having a decent time. The next half an hour was a blur of impressive pole tricks, impossibly high stilettos, and a surprising amount of banana consumption.

Finally, a couple was announced. Apparently, the sex part of the sex show was about to begin.

From the back of the room emerged a bald man in a white button-down, open to mid-chest, a pair of dad-style trainers and, despite the lac...

08:14

Im Going to Strip You Naked and Whip You Like the Slave You Are: Man Sends Racist Messages Before Killing Innocent Black Man "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: The Root

An innocent black man was shot in the face and killed on Labor Day after attempting to keep an angry, racist white man from entering his home and confronting his roommate, according to reports from local law enforcement in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sammie Jones, 28, answered a knock on his door to find 38-year-old Kevin Ashley Parnell standing there angry and looking for Jones roommate, Jordan Briggs, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

An arrest warrant affidavit says that Parnell, who is white, was angry that his stepdaughter had been arrested for prostitution, and he blamed Briggs for it, but police say that Briggs denies having anything to do with the stepdaughters arrest.

According to the Star-Telegram, Parnell allegedly sent several racist messages to Briggs via Facebook, calling him the n-word, threatening to hang him and saying, Im going to strip you naked and whip you like the slave you are.

Briggs told police that a couple of hours later, Parnell showed up in a white pickup truck at the home that Briggs shared with Jones and began banging on the door.

Briggs told the Star-Telegram that he warned his roommate not to answer the door, then went to the back of the house and hid himself.

Briggs said he then heard Parnell ask for him, and Jones telling Parnell that Briggs was not there. It was then that Parnell went on a racist tirade against blacks.

Jones reportedly apologized and attempted to calm Parnell down. Briggs told investigators that Parnell then said, You know what kind of gun this is, boy? It is a Glock 40.

This was followed by the sound of a gunshot that both Briggs and a neighbor reported hearing. The neighbor also reported seeing a white man with a gun walking to a pickup truck and speeding off....

07:51

Thank You: An Open Letter To Hritier Lumumba New Matilda

The Projects inability to grasp the message Hritier Lumumba is trying to deliver has not gone unnoticed, anymore than the courage of the man himself. Yassir Morsi pens an open letter.

Thank you.

I do not know you. But I am urged to tell you. I saw your interview on Channel Tens The Project. It drove me to grimace, caused me to look away, made me pause, draw courage, and look again.

I guess, my double take works as a metaphor to further explain the root of my gratitude. Its so easy to look away when racism confronts us. Especially for those who think it is largely a thing of a past Australia. So, thank you for giving a face, a name, a body and a pain to say: look again.

It was more than your words. It was a tone that caught me. A defiant and brave vulnerability came through saying what you said. Especially, towards the end, especially about how we must say it and say it out loud.

But I write too for I suspect many suffer in the silence you wish to break. Although as a non-black person of colour my experience is not yours. Yet, I have chosen silence more often than not. I write this for as a writer I know no other way than to commit to paper my double take.

I could be wrong, so forgive me if I am, but I also write because you might be in the usual place of self-doubt right now. For racism always hit backs the moment you say its name. You might be where many anti-racists live when they put their face to its cause. It is a space where we search for internal strength with question marks. It combines well wishes from friends and the hateful comment of others. A place where fingers point at you. Your character, your mental health, your supposed motives become their debate.

They keep asking: Are you sure? Are you sure its not you thats the problem? Like when Waleed Aly asked you: Isnt it (Collingwood) just an organisation that doesnt know how to deal with this?

From Nicky Winmar to Eddie McGuire, if Collingwood does not know how to address this then it is, as you say, an indictment. It is proof. How many times does it have to happen to the same club?

I felt Aly was putting you on the spot, as many others do. We must prove racism is, prove its experience as if its some rare bird. We always hear about it but cannot see it. To ask whether you had considered the clubs difficulties is the sad state of where we are at.

This country does not stare at racism long enough. We always talk about racism without talking about it. Its an excellent way to hide it. Hiding it through saying everything but nothing of what it is. Like a TV with white noise, the conversation is always on, but nothing is showing.

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06:53

There is conflict of interest in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility The Pen

Contributed from Queensland

The revelation that three out of the six board members of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Naif) are tied to mining. Australian governments have a long tradition of appointing corporate representatives onto bodies dealing with the concerned industry.

The exposure by Joshua Robertson   in the Australian edition of the Guardian (13 September 2017), raises the existence of conflict of interest. No argument. There certainly appears to be, when Naif is there to hand out up to $5 billion.

One example is Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG), which reportedly sought a  loan to help with its $6 billion Pilbara iron ore venture. Naif chair, Sharon Warburton, happens to be a director of this company. She is also a director of Fortescue Metals, which also mines iron ore in the Pilbara.

Another Naif director is Justin Mannolini. He is a partner in law firm Gilbert and Tobin, which has been working for BBIG to secure an agreement with the Western Australian government. He is also chair of Jindalee Resources, another Pilbara company. The third is Karla Way-McPhail. Her businesses provide services to the mining industry.

These three individuals play key roles in determining who gets access to taxpayer funded money. By any definition, there is a clear-cut conflict of interest. They should stand down or be removed. This is especially so, when it is claimed that Naif is an independent body.

Nor is it reasonable to pass this off as an accident. Appointments like this are not made so lightly. One justification that could be put forward is that these people bring knowledge of the industry. Perhaps. But this can be accessed if they are appointed as advisors. They should never be given the power to give money to ventures that they have a personal interests in.

Making it all the worse, is the lack of transparency over who makes specific Naif decisions. Warburton is reported as saying that directors had significant experience in deciding whether their personal circumstances give rise to an actual, apparent or potential conflict of interest, and that it is appropriate for them to be the ones to decide when to or when not to stand aside form specific cases.

At this point, there is no move by the government to change anything. Given this, Naifis poised  to blow out to a new headache for Turnbull to deal with.  More so, with an application coming in from Adani, asking assistance for the Carmichael venture in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

In May, there was the revelation that there is a connection between possible conflict involving another Naif director, Karla Way-McPhail. This was instrumental in triggering a...

06:46

Baking Company Ordered To Pay $60,000 To Mom Fired While On Maternity Leave "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

http://www.mommypage.com/2017/08/after-going-on-maternity-leave-mom-tries-to-return-to-work-thats-when-they-tell-her-to-get-out/

Ashley Ruiz-Lopez with her children. Source: NJ.com

In Vineland, New Jersey, the Office of the Attorney General has ordered the contract bakery Omni Baking Company to pay $60,000 to defendant Ashley Ruiz-Lopez. Omni violated state law by firing Ruiz-Lopez while she was on maternity leave.

Ruiz-Lopez had worked as a receptionist at Omni Baking Company since June 2014. Despite giving clear notification and communication regarding her planned start and end dates, the company fired her while she was on leave.

The totality of the circumstances, including her submission of medical certificates showing her expected recovery dates, repeated visits to the office, repeated attempts to reach (the HR manager), and the nature of her leave, was sufficient to trigger Respondents legal responsibility to engage in the interactive process, said Division of Civil Rights director Craig T. Sashihara in a release.

http://www.omnibaking.com/index.php

Omni facilities. Source: Omni Baking Company

Ruiz-Lopez submitted a claim for temporary disability benefits when she started leave at the end of January 2016. She also submitted paperwork that including a doctors note stating her due date of Feb. 27th, and expected return date in mid-April.

According to Ruiz-Lopez, she made multiple attempts in person and over the phone to contact the companys human resource department but never received an answer. The bakery fired her o...

05:55

Is Corbyn a Marxist? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

This answers the question on where Corbyn stands on various issues very well. It was posted on Reddit.com by gamas a Labour Member

If we intend to have a proper discussion on this, it depends on what we mean by Marxism.
If by Marxist, we mean he supports Marx's ideas that:
  • Capitalism leads to the alienation of groups of people
  • That, under capitalism, segments of society exploit other segments of society
  • That capitalism cannot maintain the living standards of the population
  • That industry should move towards co-operative ownership
  • That the country should focus more on what satisfy human needs rather than on private profits.
Then yes, Corbyn is a Marxist, as is Liz Kendall, as is Yvette Cooper, as is Andy Burnham, as is over half the Labour party.
(Of course, classical Marxism also advocates the idea that socialism is inevitable and that the proletariat will rise up in revolution. I have omitted this because a) We can all agree Corbyn isn't trying to be a revolutionary and b) Marx suggested this before universal suffrage became a thing, and he believed that as the upper classes controlled the government, there was no hope the governments would look after the working-class. Later in his life, he rescinded this view, noting how society had changed towards universal suffrage and came round to the belief that socialism could come about through democratic reform)
Now if you mean Leninism/Marxism-Leninism (i.e. the political ideology that the Soviet Union said is the only legitimate development of Marxism), then that depends on the particular aspect. If we take the social aspects of:
  • Support for a universal social welfare system.
  • Improving public education and health systems
  • Provision of child care
  • Provision of benefits
  • Ending the exploitation of women
Then Corbyn supports those as does the entire Labour party and some members of the Tory party... If we mean the social aspects of
  • abolition of private property
  • The use of propaganda to teach people to abide by the ideals of communism
Then he does not support these.
If we take the economic aspect of Marxism-Leninism that:
  • Market forces should be replaced with scientific planning
  • That the value of a good or service sh...

05:45

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers into the Sky: Top Scientist Admits to Weather Modification on CBS "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: The Free Thought Project   By: Jay Syrmopoulos

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed.

And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role in the manifestation of these weather anomalies.

While weather modification and geo-engineering are still somewhat taboo subjects to the mainstream, often considered to be in the realm of conspiracy theory, there is a significant body of academic research and science that confirms that these technologies not only exist but are being operationalized.

No, the Free Thought Project is not claiming the government, nor anyone else is making hurricanes or actively controlling the weather. We are only presenting this information because it exists and people should be aware that it exists.

In a segment aired on CBS in 2013, respected scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City College of New York, discussed with Charlie Rose and Norah ODonnell the science of weather manipulation.

During the interview Kaku, in discussing the experiments with weather modification notes that Were shooting trillion watt lasers into the sky, referencing the use of lasers to induce changes to naturally occurring weather phenomena.

Later in the conversation, Kaku briefly touches on the history of weather modification that has been carried out for decades by the government with the CBS hosts quickly interrupting him to note these programs were only alleged.

Of course, these hosts must be ignorant of the declassified history of...

04:35

Making Money With Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Making Money With Cryptocurrencies

Dear Reader,

Yesterday, I attended a blockchain conference in Houston, Texas. Its focus was on how to implement blockchain technology into energy businesses.

I heard from data scientists and engineers from Exxon Mobile, Chevron, BHP Billiton, Halliburton, and Microsoft.

In 2012, we profiled Bitcoin at $13. I remember attending a few conferences that year. At the time, it was a bunch of geeks and libertarians, and here I was in 2017, surrounded by Fortune 500 companies talking about Bitcoin and Ethereum.

By the way, I should take a moment to address this Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan) comment yesterday. Him calling Bitcoin a fraud was hilarious to me, and it shows you just how ignorant the mainstream media is about this entire space.

Jamie Dimon has been hating on Bitcoin since it was $50 its now $4,000.

His company, JP Morgan, is one of the principal investors in Ethereum, so what you really have here is a competitor of Bitcoin doing some trash talking.

The blockchain is the most certain investment Ive ever been a part of, and people like Jamie Dimon know it, which is why they are heavily investing into it both through blockchain implementation and Ethereum.

As of June 2017, there is now more money heading into this space than there is venture capital thats invested in other non-blockchain tech companies.

The U.S. Department of Defense is planning to use blockchain technology for secure communications.

Homeland Security even helped seed four security companies that will be using blockchain technology.

In Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada, and even here in the U.S. with the NASDAQ, all are either running prototypes or trial runs to do commodity and stock trading using blockchain technology.

The blockchain reduces costs, self-validates, is unhackable, secure, and eliminates settlement risk.

Here is a screenshot of some of the companies that are using the Ethereum blockchain platform.

...

03:34

Australian ski fields and thundersnow: Global cooling has started "IndyWatch Feed World"

Twisting weather in Australia sees record heat one day followed 18 hours later by snow in the same location. Snow pack for Australian alps at five year highs and more late Spring snow coming through the next week. Tasmania late season snows down to 100 meters, nearly on the beaches in spring, unheard of. Australian MSM claims warmest winter ever, but we all know how the BOM rigged temperature stations to stop registering temperatures cooler than -10.3C, so is this truly the warmest or were the records falsified? Sources

03:23

Brave Australian Doctor Attacked After Telling Truth About Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed World"

A brave Australian doctor has penned an extraordinary open letter, published in the nations largest newspaper, taking the sword to Big Pharma and the culture of mainstream media deception fueling the vaccine debate.  Australia has [...]

03:09

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and Well Listen to your Bitcoin Prediction "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.

Jamie, if you answered all of them, youre correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.

Central Banks Have Purchased $2 Trillion In Assets In 2017

This 8-year long central bank intervention has:

1) transferred billions in what were once interest payments earned by savers and pension funds to banks such as J.P. Morgan

2) boosted your sales by flooding the financial system with low-cost credit

3) lifted your stock far above its value in an unmanipulated market and thus

4) awarded you immense stock-option and bonus-based wealth for doing nothing but letting the central banks enrich J.P. Morgan and its peers.

In other words, your claim of financial genius is based solely on central bank intervention. J.P Morgan would have done very well in the past eight years if theyd replaced you with a crash-test dummy. In fact, the shareholders would have done much, much better if the crash-test dummy had a Post-It note on its chest reading buy bitcoin.

Compare the return for an investor who believed your shuck-and-jive claim to financial ge...

02:44

They Bring Up Something that Happened 37 Years Ago While Demanding Results from a Baby Rape Study DavidShurter.com

Obviously they have an issue with self perception- but I am dealing with the stuff left this morning about me

01:54

Damaging Damages: Australias Actress Rebel Wilsons Defamation Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: Rebel Wilson (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

There is very little to be gained pondering whether celebrity journalism should be protected with the zeal that some of its advocates do. A person with the dirt-directed fanaticism of a Piers Morgan

00:52

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts "IndyWatch Feed War"

Aotearoa (New Zealand) has a lot of serious problems. Neoliberal reforms have been imposed against the will of the people here and it is only our pride and our racially informed sense of kinship with imperial power that keeps us from recognising that we are a neocolony a privileged neocolony perhaps, but a neocolony nonetheless.

Recent decades have been an affront to our sovereignty and our progressive and socialist history. We were the first country with a 40 hour working week, the first to allow women to vote, the second to have a comprehensive public health system, and the first welfare state. It cuts against the grain, therefore, that in 30 years we have gone from a country with no poverty or unemployment and near the worst income inequality in the OECD (7th worst in 2014). With relatively low wages and one of the highest costs of living in the world, neoliberalism is ripping apart our social fabric. We have a housing crisis that is worse than those hitting the US, UK, Australia and Canada, but it is even more of a shock because 30 years ago the idea of homelessness and of people begging in the streets was simply alien to us.

Make no mistake, neoliberalism has fucked this country, and I do blame the US and the UK along with those traitor scum politicians who serve the empire and not their own people. But in one key respect, neoliberalism was pushing against an open door. Neoliberalism seeks to shrink the social support offered by the state but it also seeks to grow the coercive powers of the state the police and the prisons. The latter harmonises much more easily with traditional Aotearoan values. We are a punitive people. We are not ruled by fear of malefactors to the extent that the US seems to be, but we still have a strong attraction to law-and-order.

Our prison population has traditionally been high, but as incarceration rates have grown in other countries we have kept our place in the leading pack (excluding the US which is in a league of its own). We imprison people at nearly twice the rate of Canada; 45% hi...

00:36

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers Into The Sky: Top Scientist Admits To Weather Modification On CBS "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed. And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role []

00:12

With China in Mind, Japan, India Agree to Deepen Defense Ties "IndyWatch Feed War"

GANDHINAGAR, India The leaders of India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defense ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived this week in his counterpart Narendra Modis home state, skipping the tradition of visiting the capital of New Delhi, for the tenth meeting between two leaders since Modi came to power in 2014.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Relations have deepened between Asias second and third largest economies as Abe and Modi, who enjoy a close personal relationship, increasingly see eye-to-eye to balance China as the dominant Asian power.

Almost everything that takes place during the visit, including economic deals, will in part be done with China in mind, Eurasia analysts said in a note.

Abes visit comes days after New Delhi and Beijing agreed to end the longest and most serious military confrontation along their shared and contested border in decades, a dispute that had raised worries of a broader conflict between the Asian giants.

In a lengthy joint statement, India and Japan said deepening security links was paramount. This included collaboration on research into unmanned ground vehicles and robotics and the possibility of joint field exercises between their armies.

There was also renewed momentum for cooperation with the United States and Australia. Earlier this year, India rejected an Australian request to be included in four-country naval drills for fear of angering Beijing....

00:05

Canadian coyote survives being stuck on car "IndyWatch Feed World"

Coyote stuck on car

After the snowy owl and the Australian koala stuck in a car grill now, by Georgie Knox, from Alberta, Canada:

9 September at 12:13

Last week on my way to work in the early morning, a coyote darted in front of my car and I hit it. I heard a crunch and believed I ran over and killed it. Upon stopping at a traffic light by my work, a construction woman notified me that there was in fact a coyote still embedded in my car.

When I got out to look, this poor little guy was looking up and blinking at me. I notified Alberta fish and wildlife enforcement right away who came to rescue him. Miraculously, he was freed and had minimal injuries despite having hitched a ride from Airdrie to Calgary at highway speeds! Their biologist checked him over and gave him the good to go. They released him in Kananaskis. Clearly mother nature has other plans for this special little guy!


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Thursday, 14 September

23:49

If Psychiatrists Took Truth Serum, What Would They Say? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Do you know a psychiatrist/pediatrician who has treated half the kids in your town for ADHD for the past 20 years? Is there now a heroin epidemic in your town? If so, you may want to talk to him or her about his/her possible role in it. Before you do, you should know that psychiatrists dont use the same language that others do the meaning of what they say isnt always so clear. I can translate psychiatrist speak, since practicing within the field for over 30 years enabled me to gain easier insight than most people into understanding what their words really mean. Here are 13 examples:

If a psychiatrist says: Your son has a brain disease called ADHD. Its like having a Ferrari with bicycle brakes, he/she really means: Your son is perfectly fine; he just hasnt been raised yet. Its me who is sick. I suffer from EDHD (Ethical-Deficit Hypersedativity Disorder). I only told you that because a mechanic just told me that my Ferrari has CNSD (Car Not Starting Disorder), so I need money for a new one.

When psychiatrists say: We now know that childrens emotional/behavioral problems are not due to anything parents do or do not do, they really mean: We now know that we can make more money by lying and telling parents what they want to hear than by telling them the truth.

When a psychiatrist says: Your kid has a brain hard-wiring defect which impairs his/her ability to learn how to manage his/her temper/impulses, it really means: Of course your child can learn to alter his/her behavior; even simple animals like mollusks can. You shouldnt trust me so much.

When psychiatrists say: Kids with ADHD do better in school once they are treated, they really mean: We have managed to change Americas school motto from: If at first you dont succeed, try, try again to If at first you dont succeed, give up and get accommodations such as: Fewer correct answers may be required in order to achieve a test grade if a child has an ADHD diagnosis.

When psychiatrists say: ADHD symptoms will greatly improve with medication, and the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome, they really mean: Weve succeeded in tricking parents into replacing child-raising with sedation from age six on, and are trying to get them to begin even earlier. We hope to someday tell pregnant moms whose babies kick a lot: Your fetus has ADHD.

When psychiatrists say: We now know that ADHD persists to adulthood, they really mean: We now know that treating ADHD effectively creates lifelong clients, since kids who are shot with daily tranquilizer darts never really mature; their wildness returns each time they awaken from it.

When psychiatrists say: You have a chemi...

23:45

Watch As No-Nonsense Dad Calmly Shuts Down Daughters Temper Tantrum "IndyWatch Feed World"

When it come to parenting, there are often are no easy answers. Most parents say theyve learned the best parenting techniques that work for them by trial and error. They learn as they go along. While one approach might not work for every parent, one dad found an effective way to handle his daughters tantrums []

23:21

Greens Senator "I have never been more angry" over laughter at motion to honour climate scientists Michael Smith News

I've never been more angry in the Senate than this. The govt openly laughed at my motion praising climate scientists. pic.twitter.com/dNQMwPSeBy Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) September 14, 2017

22:41

Apple phones designed to only last one year Corporate Australia


How 'dodgy' is the company Apple?

It manufactures its phones to only last a year so that the herd population can fork out another fist full of dollars ($AU1800).

No multi billion dollar class action lawsuit to teach the fraudsters at Apple a lesson ??? !!! ???

Please note: 
We do not recommend the purchase of Apple phones or other products.

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by thesun.co.uk of the headline:


DIE PHONE

The iPhone is only guaranteed to last for one YEAR, Apple admits in bombshell court documents

Do you remember the good old days were the appliances and gadgets you bought were meant to last a lifetime?


APPLE has revealed that its iPhones are only guaranteed to last for one year.

The tech giant said its warranty only covers iPhones for 12 months of use, meaning that anyone whose device fails outside this window will have to stump up repair costs unless they have paid for an extended warranty.



Smug Samsung, Motorola, HTC and OnePlus fans will be pleased to hear the news about Apple's short life expectancy

Apple prides itself on quality, design and value for money.

But it turns out the exact guaranteed life expectancy of an iPhone is a lot shorter than you'd hope - especially if you're planning on forking out 1,149 for its top range iPhone X.

Apple says that it is only responsible for ensuring the phones last just one year - the default warranty you get upon purchase.

The details were revealed thanks to a class action lawsuit that was launched after several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones began suffering from "touch disease".

Touchscreens on tens of thousands of the phones stopped working - and three law firms have taken Apple to court over it.

Publically, Apple has often said that i...

22:14

SSM: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey donaldelley

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard makes a good point in the Same Sex Marriage debate.

The point John Howard makes is that Australians dont know what theyre voting for, because the Australian government hasnt revealed details of what legislation would consist of, if there is a Yes vote.

If in doubt vote No.

All true Christians should vote No to gay marriage because gay marriage is against the teachings of the Holy Bible.

ABC NEWS Australia

Same Sex Marriage: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey

14 September 2017

 

Former prime minister John Howard has criticised the Turnbull Governments handling of the same-sex marriage survey, calling for the details of any bill to be released before the vote.

Key points:

  • PM has said Marriage Act will change before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote
  • Howard says Turnbull needs to spell out the details
  • Urges Government to protect parental rights and religious freedoms

In a statement, he said the Government was washing its hands of any responsibility to protect religious freedoms should the survey come back with a majority Yes vote.

Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly said the Parliament will change the Marriage Act before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote, but hasnt provided any more details.

Liberal senator Dean Smith and a number of backbenchers have prepared a private members bill, but it is not confirmed whether this is the bill that would be introduced.

Mr Howard said the Government needed to spell out what steps would be taken to protect parental rights, freedom of speech and religious freedoms.

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22:13

Gay marriage vote removes your rights as a mother or father Corporate Australia

If passed through, the rights of 'parents' i.e. a mother (woman) and father (man) WILL be removed, and your son or daughter which at law are an entity called a 'child' will no longer exist.

You will no longer be a mother or father, son or daughter but rather 'people'.

What would be 'interesting' is seeing the writ for the vote.

Anyone care to grab a copy ??? !!! ???

See 'Exposure Draft' for the new (unlawfully enacted) law to be;


and can be downloaded directly from the link:

Exposure Draft - Marriage Amendment

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21:56

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored, the House intelligence chairman said at the time. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing. Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had little or no apparent intelligence value.

Perhaps Nunes reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. Well see. But if CNNs reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

On the same day, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was interviewed by PBSs Judy Woodruff and asked to respond to Nunes accusation that she had unmasked those Trump officials in the waning days of the Obama administration. Here is the exchange:

Woodruff: Weve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition, after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals in that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

Rice: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

As we now know, Rice wasnt surprised. At all. Wednesday, CNN reported that Obamas former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late...

21:40

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ John Williamson donaldelley

This is my favourite rendition of this song, although quite a few country musicians have had a go, even Joan Baez.

Eric Bogle composed it.

I think it sounds best sung by an Australian, given its an Aussie song about Gallipoli our most famous war battle, which we lost to the Turks.

The colonials of Australian, New Zealand and Canada were sent as canon fodder by the British commanders up hill against the Turks 250,000 casualties on either side. Allied forces 46,000 casualties. Turks 65,000 casualties.

In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.

A large number of men fighting in a relatively small area. Ive visited Gallipoli sombre and sad place.

 


21:26

Redgum I Was Only 19 (1983) donaldelley

This is one of Australias most famous anti-war songs 1983.

Written ten years after the end of Vietnam.

My age group of Australian and New Zealander males born after 1955 dodged a bullet.

 

 


21:20

Midnight Oil US Forces donaldelley

Aussie Rock 1985 songthe band disbanded while its lead singer Peter Garrett tried being a Federal politician (badly)Theyve reunited and are currently on a world tour.

 


21:15

Solid Rock by Goanna donaldelley

80s Aussie Rockplay loud

Song about Australia and its vast Outback as large as US mainland and hardly inhabited cos its too harshand the ancient people who lived in the vast Australian wilderness for 80,000 years undisturbed, living off the landuntil the white sails camewhite men..white lawwhite guns

There were genocides of Aboriginal all over Australia, in a similar fashion to America.

In Tasmanian they were wiped out and relocated to an island off Hobart where most died.

Goanna the bands name is after the monitor lizard called Goanna, an Aboriginal name. They grow to 1.8 metres and are found in Australia and parts of SE Asia.

 


21:07

How Much US Aid Pledged to Syrian Kids Didnt Arrive? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Schoolgirls just outside Damascus, SyriaSchoolgirls just outside Damascus, Syria (Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Millions of dollars of aid money bound for Syrian child refugees has vanished, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).

A large chunk of that is likely to be from American taxpayers and others in the West.

The money, pledged in 2016, was bound for schoolchildren living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, but much of it never arrived, came late or remains untraceable because of poor reporting practices.

What is not clear from HRWs 55-page report is whether the donor states paid out the money in full or whether some of the cash simply disappeared en route.

More than half-a-million children had no schooling last year in large part because there was insufficient money available to pay for their education.

The US Agency for International Development reported that it provided development aid of US$248 million for education in Jordan, but its own aid tracking database only accounted for US$82 million, and a Jordanian government database listed only US$13 million received for education from the US in 2016, the HRW report states.

And that is just one example.

Human Rights Watch suggests much of the money pledged is simply not paid but also points to the lack of cohesive accounting of the entire system, including governments, aid agencies and others.

Despite global concern about Syrian refugee children, it is still impossible to find answers to basic questions about whether their key educational needs are being met, said Simon Rau, Mercator, a fellow at HRW. Donors should fix the transparency deficit that is undercutting their own support for Syrian chil...

21:02

Unseasonal snowfall continues at alpine resorts in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Traditional springtime weather is yet to reach the snowfields, with snow still falling across alpine resorts. About 30 centimetres of snow was predicted across Thursday, Friday and into Saturday at Falls Creek. The resort received eight centimetres in 24 hours before Thursday, with average snow depths of 190cm. Mount Hotham received 15 cm in the 24 hours before Thursday morning with natural snow depths of 175 cm.

20:26

Governments hack your computer through Microsoft's vulnerabilities Corporate Australia


Forget Russian children breaking out of kindergartens or hacking election results.

It's your 'friendly' federal governments that (unlawfully) hack into your PC, where they may even get a bit of help from the software manufacturers with the advent of back doors or even exploitable vulnerabilities.

It is only when they are 'busted' that a patch comes out in order to give the masses a sense of privacy, until the next vulnerability is detected (by those Russians?).

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by motherboard.com of the headline:

Researchers Catch Microsoft Zero-Day Used To Install Government Spyware


A cybersecurity firm has discovered yet another unknown vulnerability used to install government spyware. The vulnerability has now been patched.

Government hackers were using a previously-unknown vulnerability in Microsoft's .NET Framework, a development platform for building apps, to hack targets and infect them with spyware, according to security firm FireEye.

The firm revealed the espionage campaign on Tuesday, on the same day Microsoft patched the vulnerability. According to FireEye, the bug, which until today was a zero-day, was being used by a customer of FinFisher, a company that sells surveillance and hacking technologies to governments around the world.

Read more: For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely by Hacking Online Games

The hackers sent a malicious Word RTF document called ".doc" to a "Russian speaker," according to Ben Read, FireEye's manager of cyber espionage research. Read said FireEye doesn't know who the hacker...

19:37

Philippine President Duterte Has a Problem With Women More women turn against Dutertes war on drugs Were running a nation on Viagra, police killings a dreams of a better Marcos "IndyWatch Feed War"

DAVAO, Philippines/MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has a problem with women, says the woman who has known him longer than perhaps any other: his sister Jocellyn.

Hes a chauvinist, she told Reuters in a recent interview. When he sees a woman who fights him, it really gets his ire.

Then Jocellyn ran through a list of Dutertes female critics that included his vice president, a prominent senator who is now in jail and the head of the Philippines Supreme Court.

All three have sparred with Duterte after denouncing his brutal war on drugs, which has killed thousands of people in the Asian nation since he took office in June 2016.

Duterte has joked about rape, insulted the Pope and baffled friends and foes with often contradictory public statements. Neither this, nor his profanity-laden reactions to women critics, seem to have dented his popularity among Filipinos.

The 72-year-old president is a self-confessed womanizer who once told a large gathering of local officials, I cant imagine life without Viagra.

On the campaign trail last year, he joked about the gang rape of an Australian missionary who was killed in a prison riot. Speaking to Philippine troops in May, he said he would take responsibility for any rape they might commit.

But womens rights advocates also praise him for handing out free contraceptives in his hometown, Davao City, where he was mayor for 22 years, and for championing a reproductive health bill opposed by the countrys influential Catholic Church.

In a recent statement, even Human Rights Watch a fervent critic of the drug war acknowledged Dutertes strong support for legislation aimed at protecting and promoting women....

18:41

Channel 7 Is Threatening To Sue New Matilda Because We Called Today Tonight Trashy New Matilda

NOTE TO READERS: Weve launched a fundraising appeal to take on Channel 7 (and then media who target Muslims if Channel 7 doesnt proceed). Details here.

If media outlets were magnets for defamation lawsuits, then New Matilda would be a super conductor.

In less than 12 months, weve had seven defamation threats, including one from a Rabbi who publicly argued that same-sex attracted people should consider killing themselves, rather than engage in sex. He objected to us describing him as homophobic.

You cant make this stuff up.

A few months ago, we had four law firms pursue us over a single story an investigation into a Kazakhstan company that paid a British intelligence firm to spy on anti-asbestos activists around the world, including in Australia. Three of those law firms were from the United Kingdom. One of them was from Australia. Were investigating an official complaint against the latter for bullying more on that later.

And now, Channel 7 is threatening to sue. Yes, Channel 7. You might remember them from such recent headlines as Were seeking legal costs against a woman we tried to gag who had sex with our CEO for a couple years, and snorted a whole pile of cocaine with him.

New Matildas alleged offence? Columnist Michael Brull wrote this article in March, in which he trashed Today Tonight (yes, remarkably, they remain on the air in South Australia and WA) and its reporting around Muslims who are trying to take over the world or at least our small corner of the world.

Long story short its time to draw a line in the sand. Its hard enough running a tiny independent publication, let alone dealing with legal threats from organisations who should know better. And Im not referring to Channel 7 there why would anyone think they would know better?

As is New Matildas stated policy, we publish threats of defamation for our readers to behold. With that in mind, below is the concerns notice sent to us by Channel 7s lawyers. Below that is my reply. Admittedly, I was a little emotional when I wrote it.

As always, well keep you posted.

In the interim, weve launched a legal defence fund via Pozible.  If Channel 7 decides not to proce...

18:36

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall donaldelley

ABC News Australia

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall

14 September 2017

 

 

US President Donald Trump has struck an immigration deal with opposition Democrats to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation but his much-vaunted border wall will not be part of the equation.

Key points:

  • New deal protects so-called Dreamers immigrants who were brought illegally into the US as children
  • Donald Trump bypassed Republicans to deal with Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
  • DREAM Act will provide eventual citizenship for young Dreamer immigrants

The agreement, brokered with top Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, protects immigrants brought illegally into the US as children, the so-called Dreamers.

But it specifically does not include Mr Trumps long-sought border wall.

The deal would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former president Barack Obama, which Mr Trump announced he was ending.

The agreement was announced in a joint statement from Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer following a dinner the pair had with Mr Trump at the White House.

It marks the second time in two weeks that Mr Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer.

Mr Trump had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of Dreamers begin to expire.

We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, thats acceptable to both sides, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

A person briefed on the meeting, who demanded anonymity to discuss it, said Mr Trumps deal with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer specifies bipartisan legislation called the DREAM Act that provides eventual c...

18:08

"Nothing Pains Some People..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

17:42

Canada - Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he'll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.
"Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays," Drapeau-McNally said.
Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.
Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn't seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.
"There's nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing," he said.
"There's a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the person's overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybody's problems."

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.
Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and she's seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.
"We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health," Drapeau-McNally said.
"I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water," she said.
Last year, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Society's board both came out in support of fluoridation.
"The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status," they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.
Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking fluoridated water.
Big cities including Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg fluoridate. Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver don't, along with Waterloo and Windsor in southern Ontario.
City council in Saint John, N.B., voted against fluoride...

17:30

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another take on this important artifact which also confirms my own speculations. What is described is a practical trig for builders in the form of useful ratios.

Recall that the lack of the zero made the use of ratios mandatory.  Thus such a trig table was inevitable.

 all good stuff.  At least it shows us a little of how it was all done.  I haveactually reconstructed much of all this but it is nioce to see confirmation.



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3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

The tablet is broken and probably had more rows, experts believe Credit: UNSW 

Sarah Knapton, Scie...

17:26

Evidence of volcanic eruptions under Antarctic Ice "IndyWatch Feed World"

In August, researchers at Edinburgh University announced that frigid West Antarctica is home to at least 138 volcanoes, all concealed within an ice sheet that's up to two kilometers thick in some places! The finding left Robert Bingham, one of the study's authors, with an urgent question. "The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible," he told The Guardian. "If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica's ice sheets. Anything that causes the melting of ice - which an eruption certainly would - is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea." Luckily, Bingham didn't need to wait long for an answer. A team of scientists from New Mexico Tech, Dartmouth College, and Vermont Technical College has uncovered evidence of volcanic eruptions in ice cores taken from the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS). A paper describing their findings has just been published in Scientific Reports.

17:13

Whats So Great About Traditional Marriage Anyway? New Matilda

Dr Monica Campo sits firmly in the Yes camp, but that hasnt stopped her wondering what all the fuss is about marriage in the first place.

The No campaign and most notably ex PM Tony Abbott argue that same sex marriage will change the basis of traditional marriage, which will in turn fundamentally alter the foundations of family and of our society.

Take a closer look at those foundations of marriage and family, however, and there is not much to celebrate.

Marriage (in the West) had nothing to do with love, but was historically a state-based contract to enable men to gain control and rights over women and children, to secure property, create strategic allegiances between powerful families, and to ensure reproduction of workers for the burgeoning capitalist economy. Indeed, early laws against sodomy in Europe were not based on morality or religion, but instead on the economics of reproduction. As Sophie Monk and Joni Pit argue compulsory heterosexuality is one of the techniques of bourgeois power deployed to ensure the proletariat reproduces itself.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

Second wave feminists were critical of marriage arguing that it was the cornerstone of patriarchy, rendered women reliant on men for their livelihood, and, as Carol Pateman argued, a form of sexual servitude. Until fairly recently, it was legally impossible for a husband to be convicted of raping his wife because marriage was seen as contract that obliged sex to ones spouse. In Australia, rape in marriage was legal until 1994 (in the Northern Territory, though other states criminalised it earlier).

With some notable exceptions, few contemporary feminists remain openly critical of marriage. Meagan Tyler argues that in the current climate of choice feminism, being critical of the institution of marriage is construed as an attack on womens rights to make individual choices. The context of these choices (patriarchal capitalism) is forgotten, ignored or decried as outdated and given over to a view that marriage can be reclaimed and somehow made feminist.

But how do contemporary women f...

16:38

Gillard's x partner Bruce Wilson linked to murder - .357 Magnum round left on car "keep your mouth shut or you'll get one of these" Michael Smith News

Bruce Morton WILSON, Julia Gillard's lover and partner for at least 4 years - in action outside the Trade Union Royal Commission. Former union boss linked to murder The Australian 3:16PM September 14, 2017 WA Chief Reporter Perth @AndrewBurrell7 Julia Gillards ex-boyfriend, former union boss Bruce Wilson, has been sensationally...

16:30

The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All "IndyWatch Feed World"

As the Trump administration and Congress push to limit the Americans with Disabilities Act, others are pushing to expand the acts provisions to the entire web.

Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitationsthink of Braille on store signs, sound-enabled walk signals, on-ramps carved into sidewalks. But over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.

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16:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cuba Says Good Health in Bad Weather
Instructions for the National Health Service were clear: ensure the necessary conditions to continue providing medical services across the entire country, and protect material resources in hospitals and healthcare institutions

Lisandra Farias Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 13:09:19

Firefighters working to clear water from the basement area of the Ameijeiras Hospital. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Its just after 6pm on September 11, and theres an unusual sense of calm at the normally busy Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

There are currently no patients at the health center, located only a short distance from Havanas waterfront Malecon.

The Ameijeiras, hard hit by Irma, has been completely evacuated.

Its difficult to picture the reception area empty, except for one staff member at her work station graciously answering every phone call; explaining to the population why the hospital is closed, telling them to call back for updates.

I hope she knows that we have come to report on how one of the countrys principal health institutions is coping after Hurricane Irma. She stops answering calls for a moment to tells us that in the 19 years she has worked at the hospital, she has never experienced a situation like this before, and much less one that has caused the center to close. This is a first.

According to damage reports by the Ministry of Public Health, the basement of the building is flooded with one meter 20 centimeters of contaminated water, too much to pump out and affecting nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, clinical-laboratory, x-ray and out-patient surgery services.

The record level of sea water, caused by storm surges the principal cause of damage, even more than the wind to have penetrated the hospital since it was founded, was one meter 12 centimeters. But Irma surpassed all predictions. According to our most recent estimates, there is currently one meter 50 centimeters of water. The basement area is still completely flooded, and the polyclinics are practically inaccessible, stated Dr. Rigoberto Garca Gmez, deputy director of teaching and research at the Hermanos A...

15:36

German Hyperinflation & What They Do Not Teach in School "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Dear Marty

Following your blog is a good way to counter the propaganda in our society.

Today you stated:

This was the fate of the hyperinflation in Germany. It was NOT the Quantity of Money theory, it was the fact that there was a 1918 Communist Revolution in Germany where they had even asked the Communist Russians to take over Germany. It was the collapse in CONFIDENCE that led to the hyperinflation.

Living in the UK, with German friends, I do not know any person who is aware of this and they would not believe that Germany nearly became communist if I told them. This is not taught at school anywhere.

Can you point me to some literature or other sources where we can find out more about what happened with the communists in Germany and elsewhere in Europe? I know they are making a resurgence at present (Think the EU!)

Thanks for all you do

SP

Wilheim II (1914) 20 mark

ANSWER: Curious. I know that in Germany they do not really teach the details of the rise of Hitler. But he was the ultimate reaction to the events of the 1920s. There is a good book on the subject, but it is in German ...

15:35

Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

15:31

The Bank that was Small Enough to Jail "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Marty; there is another documentary on the Abacus Bank and how they were singled out and charged for the 2007-2009 crash. While they said this was a tiny banks for immigrants that was too  Small Enough to Jail, I found this offensive that they said it was the first bank to be indicted since 1991. Not even Matt Taibbi ever would report on your case and your film was blocked in the USA because it opened the door to political intervention into Russia by the banksters. I believe HSBC and Republic Bank were charged criminally in your case so there was another bank charged after 1991 but nobody will report it. Am I correct? Has Steve Jame or Matt Taibbi  ever contacted you?

ANSWER: As far as I am aware, neither Matt Taibbi  nor Steve Jame ever contacted me. You have to look at what and how the government prosecuted the bank in my case. The bank did not plead guilty, it was the holding company that owned the bank Republic New York Corporation. Then they steered the case to the only Federal Judge who was blind Richard Casey (who died shortl...

15:03

Brian Houston on Twitter: I will be voting Yes and No in the upcoming Australian postal vote on gay marriage donaldelley

BIG AUSTRALIAN GAY MAN: POPE BRAIN OF HELL$ONGWILL YOU BE VOTING YES OR NO IN THE UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN POSTAL BALLOT ON GAY MARRIAGE

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.10 AUD
Converter

14:23

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction" "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.
Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.
Jamie, if you answered "all of them," you're correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.
...

14:06

Chair "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Australian Press Council

13:37

Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland "IndyWatch Feed World"

Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday. Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon. Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect. "This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.

13:31

Tim Wilson MP wrote to me this morning after I criticised his colouring-in book. Here's my response. Michael Smith News

(digital reconstruction from original elements in Tim's book) Tim Wilson MP, Liberal MP for Goldstein wrote to me and some of our readers this morning. DM me your address and I'll send you a copy. I think you'll find they are quite good. pic.twitter.com/QFrIXGrt1A Tim Wilson MP (@timwilsoncomau) September...

13:30

Monsantos GMO Harm and Corruption is Abominable "IndyWatch Feed World"

The decision to eat or not eat GMOs is only a small reason behind why I vehemently support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep contempt for the biotech industry as a whole.

Monsanto and the rest of the land rapers have desecrated the islands of Oahu and Molokai so far. I recently spoke with friends on the island of Kauai who have expressed grave concern.

People there are getting sick and many believe that their sickness is being caused by impacts of growing GMOs.

Yet, when asking Monsanto and the like to disclose what chemicals and in what quantities they are spraying, their answers are vague, if at all.


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12:46

The Dark Side of the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite Global Freedom Movement

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Is the same sex marriage plebiscite what its cracked up to be? Australia, if the plebiscite is supposedly about marriage equality for same sex marriage (gay marriage which most of us are fine with and couldnt care less about), why are they planning to LEGISLATE for ALL of the dozens of invented gender fluid []

The article The Dark Side of the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

12:34

Say Hello to the Collective Shaman (Hint: You Are Part of It) "IndyWatch Feed World"

The role of the Shaman in the original peoples is to resolve issues of the tribe that other members were unable to rectify themselves. They heal, they influence, they transform, otherwise known as the art of magic. Traditional and contemporary shamans do this by consciously venturing into the non-physical realm a practice called journeying to dance with the spirits of their ancestors and their land to find answers to their current affairs, and assist the energetic rivers to flow in more desired directions.

Entire cultures progressively lost their connection to themselves, each other and nature, as well as their personal exploration of esoterica. The war on metaphysics advanced. A philosophical disease called materialism took a toxic grip after industrialisation, consumerism and the technological explosion saturated peoples minds and hearts with predominately mundane and destructive conceptions of reality.

Communities were now highly fragmented and the majority of people were sucked into urbanised enslavement.

But then the internet was created. An unprecedented moment occurred in humanitys (known) history where information was being shared instantaneously to all areas of our planet, resulting with a significant amplification of cross-cultural ideas and behaviours.

A human culture, not an ethnic or regional one, was being birthed (or simply remembered).

...

12:22

Pushing the audience: the Sydney Underground Film Festival Overland literary journal

SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.

12:18

MACKAY Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker CrimeView

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Keith Stephen Johnson, 38, from Airlie Beach faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to serious assault of a public officer.

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12:18

MACKAY Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material CrimeView

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 05:41PM ,

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10:57

This Is The Worlds Newest And Weirdest Milk "IndyWatch Feed World"

Do you ever lose sleep thinking that your almond, soy or coconut milk is sourced from plants that are not given the rights and the freedom they deserve? Fortunately, you can now pick up macadamia nut milk from so-called free range trees shipped out from Australia. Milkadamia, a Chicago-based company, is rapidly expanding and expects []

10:54

Interview with Montreal Antifascist Organizer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Interview with Montreal Antifascist Organizer appeared first on It's Going Down.

MTL Counter-info sent some questions to some people involved in ongoing anti-fascist activities, in an effort to address common misconceptions about these struggles. This is what they had to say.

Can you tell me about antifascist organizing in Montreal and what its role is, especially now?

Antifascist activism has a long history in Montreal, going back to the 1980s. Prior to 2017, though, things had been relatively quiet for a number of years, most activity not occurring in the public eye.

Following the racist massacre in Quebec City on January 27, the far right has been emboldened. They have been taking to the streets and organizing in an unprecedented fashion. As a result of which, many of us have begun organizing along explicitly antifascist lines.

The role of antifascism is to expose and neutralize the threat posed by the far right. It is to support communities and individuals targeted by the far right. Ultimately, it is to join with and support those fighting against the root causes of the far right, which in the Canadian context are racism, patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism.

Why is it important to be fighting fascism now?

Since six people were murdered and nineteen seriously injured by a racist gunman in Quebec City earlier this year, the far right has stepped out of the shadows and is trying to gain legitimacy as a political force in Quebec society. This is part of a broader trend that reached a milestone when Donald Trump was elected, and that we see playing out throughout the historically racist countries in Europe and North America, as the economic crisis is provoking an avalanche of white racism.

The thing is, the answers the fascists provide scapegoating immigrants, Jews, people of color simply divert attention away from the real cause of the problems people are facing, namely an unfair economic system and increasing austerity.

History shows that if we dont fight effectively against the far right, people end up dying. The stakes are high, and we dont intend to sit idly by as things get worse.

What are common misconceptions of Antifa?

The politically ignorant believe we are the reason behind the rise of the far-Right. A quick look at what happened first should set the record straight on that one.

The far right believes we are secretly paid by George Soros or by the g...

10:34

Under his Eye: income management and the surveillance state Rosie Williams

This article was originally published at Independent Australia with the title Cashless Debit Card: income management and the surveillance state under a Creative Commons Licence.

Philosophically speaking, debate for and against income management of welfare recipients typically balances the belief in the right to freedom of choice against the argument that freedom of choice and right to a private life can be limited when that freedom and privacy brings substantial harm to the self or others.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is the body in Australia with responsibility for evaluating new legislation against International Human Rights, reporting on whether any identified limitation of a human right is justifiable according to the limitation criteria(pii).

They do this with reference to the information provided in Explanatory Memorandum to Bills and find that where limiting the right to a private life, the existence of a legitimate objective must be identified clearly with supporting reasons and, generally, empirical data to demonstrate that [it is] important.

And that;

To be capable of justifying a proposed limitation of human rights, a legitimate objective must address a pressing or substantial concern and not simply seek an outcome regarded as desirable or convenient. Additionally, a limitation must be rationally connected to, and a proportionate way to achieve, its legitimate objective in order to be justifiable in international human rights law. (Twenty-Seventh Report of the 44th Parliament, 2016, p21)

Since the Committees report (based on the original Bill) was tabled, the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 Explanatory Memorandum has been updated to specifically argue for limiting the ri...

10:11

Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World New Matilda

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.

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While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be...

09:31

States hesitant about sex abuse redress National News Echonetdaily

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The federal government admits some states might not sign up to a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The states are concerned about what a royal commission estimates is $613m worth of funder-of-last-resort costs after institutions cease to exist.

Im fairly confident that it will be an overarching majority of states and territories, but were still in a slightly grinding process of negotiating that outcome, Social Services Minister Christian Porter told ABC radio on Thursday.

He said it was the single, most complicated legal issue hed ever dealt with, and a second draft of the proposed legislation would be distributed shortly.

Im very confident that we will have a lot of the states opting in, Mr Porter said.

The Commonwealth doesnt have the legal power to compel the states or affected institutions to take part in the scheme.

But it can compel the ACT and the Northern Territory.

NSW is refusing to commit to the scheme, opting to wait for details about costs and how the system will work. Queensland and Victoria want more information.

Mr Porter, who is meeting with institutions on Friday to discuss their concerns about compensation, said the scheme was being designed to benefit victims.

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09:27

Rebel expected to donate her $4.5m win National News Echonetdaily

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has been awarded a record-breaking $4.5 million payout after proving the publishers of Womans Day ruined her reputation and branded her as a serial liar.

The Australian-born, US-based actor and star of megahit film Pitch Perfect has previously said the case was never about money it was about holding bully tabloid magazines to account.

Im looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages Ive received, the 37-year-old tweeted from London.

To me though, this case wasnt about the money, she said in a series of tweets.

The star said she was looking forward to getting back to her career and entertaining everyone.

Wilson proved to an all-female jury in June that Bauer Media, which also publishes Australian Womens Weekly, OK! and NW magazines, defamed her when it published eight articles claiming she lied about her real name, age and childhood.

On Wednesday in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice John Dixon said because of Bauers conduct, the usual cap of $389,500 in general damages for defamation did not apply.

He awarded the star $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages because of her lost opportunities to land movie roles after the defamatory articles were published.

Justice Dixon said Bauer failed to properly investigate allegations that Wilson was a liar, published them knowing the slurs to be false, and kept the offending allegations going for days.

Ms Wilsons reputation as an actress of integrity was wrongly damaged, he said.

Because of that, he said a substantial amount would be required to vindicate her.

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09:21

Third city council dumps Australia Day National News Echonetdaily

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day grossly insensitive.

But Moreland City Council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

The inner-north Melbourne council voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was grossly insensitive to indigenous people.

It would be like celebrating the Nazi holocaust, Ms Bolton said in the meeting on Wednesday.

Another councillor, John Kavanagh, did not support the move and said it was a decision for the federal government to make.

The federal government last month stripped Yarra and Darebin councils of their right to host citizenship ceremonies after successful votes to shift them to another day.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month described Yarra City Councils decision to change the way it commemorates the day as utterly out of step with Australian values.

On Australia Day, we recognise the greatness of our achievement as Australians, Mr Turnbull said in parliament.

To change the date would be to turn our back on Australian values.

Moreland in 2015 moved its annual citizen awards ceremony to October.

The Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code says local councils should hold ceremonies every two to three months and notes that Australia Day along with Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 are significant days in the calendar when local governments and community organisations can play an important role in raising awareness of citizenship.

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09:15

Media ownership reform set to pass Senate National News Echonetdaily

 Nick Xenophon Team leader Senator Nick Xenophon in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 23, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Nick Xenophon Team leader Senator Nick Xenophon in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 23, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

The Turnbull governments long-awaited media ownership reform package is set to clear the Senate after a deal was struck with the Nick Xenophon Team.

The government secured an agreement with Senator Xenophon on Wednesday night, clinching his crucial block of three votes and paving the way for a bill to be rubber stamped on Thursday.

The packages centrepiece will allow a proprietor to control more than two out of three platforms TV, radio or newspaper in one licensed market.

It will also repeal the reach rule, which prevents a proprietor exercising control of commercial television broadcasting licences where the combined licence area exceeds 75 per cent of Australias population.

In exchange for Senator Xenophons support, the government has agreed to establish a $60.4 million fund for regional and small publishers and increased training for journalists.

This has been the most difficult, protracted and robust set of negotiations in 20 years of being in parliament state and federal, Senator Xenophon said.

Under the arrangement, there will be 30 scholarships a year to study journalism as well as 50 cadetships at regional and small media organisations with up to $40,000 of wages subsidised by the government.

Between 40 and 45 cadets will have to be employed at regional publications.

Treasurer Scott Morrison will ask the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to hold an inquiry into Facebook, Google and the impact other internet giants are having on the media industry.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield believes the overhaul of pre-internet age laws will boost the long-term viability of Australian media.

This is not 1988, the internet does exist. The media laws were crafted for an era which today is barely recognisable, he said.

Labor and the Greens are against the two out of three rule being scrapped, arguing it wi...

09:09

Tattoos pose potential risk: research "IndyWatch Feed World"

Supplied image of tattooist at work. AAP Image/Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo, Dan Zeplin Media

Supplied image of tattooist at work. AAP Image/Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo, Dan Zeplin Media

Tattoos release microscopic pigment particles that lodge in the lymph nodes, posing a potential health risk, research shows.

Scientists used powerful X-rays to track the titanium dioxide nanoparticles down in skin and lymph tissue taken from dead tattooed individuals.

They found evidence that the smallest molecules accumulated in the lymph nodes, which are vital to the immune system.

Titanium dioxide, the most common ingredient in tattoo inks after carbon black, is a white pigment used in food additives, sun screens and paints.

In tattoos it is often mixed with other pigments to create different shades and has been associated with delayed healing, raised skin and itching.

Study author Dr Hiram Castillo, from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, said: When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles that havent been used previously.

No one checks the chemical composition of the colours, but our study shows that maybe they should.

The study did not find evidence of any health hazard linked to titanium dioxide in tattoos, but the scientists pointed out that nanoparticles have unpredictable properties.

Dr Bernhard Hesse, another member of the ESRF team, said: They may not have the same behaviour as the particles at a micro level. And that is the problem, we dont know how nanoparticles react.

The researchers, whose findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports, now plan to look at further tissue samples from people who have suffered adverse effects from tattoos.

The study technique uses intense X-rays generated at the synchrotron facility to dislodge electrons from molecules, resulting in tell-tale energy bursts characteristic of specific elements.

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09:04

UN deeply concerned by Rohingya crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rohingya refugee women queue for breakfast at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Rohingya refugee women queue for breakfast at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

The United Nations Security Council says its deeply concerned about violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, where about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.

In a statement on Wednesday, the 15-member council expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first time in nine years the council had agreed a statement on Myanmar.Earlier UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the humanitarian situation in Myanmar catastrophic and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid.

Pressure has been mounting on Myanmar to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home.

Asked if the situation could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres replied: Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?

The secretary-general also said he has spoken to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmars national leader, several times.

Suu Kyi cancelled a trip to the upcoming UN General Assembly to deal with the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.

The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, says its security forces are fighting Rohingya militants behind a surge of violence in Rakhine state that began on August 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians.

The government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting, the latest in the western state.

On Wednesday Myanmars presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said 176 villages...

08:45

Uniting Church calls for increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance The Pen

Contributed from Western Australia

Showing a bit of leadership, the Uniting Church in Western Australia has called on the Federal Government to make an immediate commitment to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to allow thousands of vulnerable Australians to live in dignity above the poverty line.

The call came out of the latest Annual Synod of the Church, held over the last weekend and came as a contribution to Anti-Poverty week, which will occur next October.

Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, said the current rate for Newstart and Youth Allowance was significantly below the ACOSS poverty line and change was needed urgently to help people break free of the poverty cycle.

At Synod, we unanimously agreed to lobby the Federal Government to commit to an immediate process to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to provide recipients with the resources to live above the poverty line, Steve said.

This increase is essential in order to safeguard the health and well being of individuals and families currently receiving these payments. Living in poverty is stressful and forces people to choose between essential items and services.

Governments can afford a welfare system that isnt below the poverty line when tax is paid by those who can afford it and we encourage efforts to ensure that all individuals and businesses pay their fair share of tax.

The proposal was jointly brought by the Uniting Church Western Australias Social Justice Commission and community services agency, UnitingCare West.

We acknowledge that there are growing pressures on WA households that are particularly challenging for people living below the poverty line, including the low minimum wage, rental affordability and rising electricity, water and public transport costs.  The Social Justice Commission and UnitingCare West will continue to advocate for vulnerable people in the WA community to have fair supports provided, Steve said.

A report released by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in October 2016 showed there were 731,300 children or 17.4 percent of all children in Australia living in poverty at the time, an increase of 2 percent over the past 10 years, from 2004 to 2014. The report found that nearly three million people were living in poverty in Australia in 2014, or 13.3 percent of the general population.

According to the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS), in 2016, Figures indicate that 240,000 Western Australians live below the poverty line, with a further 150,000 at risk of financial hardship.  These figures are likely to be an underestimate, as they do not take into account higher living costs in Western Australia.

 

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07:58

John Keel's alien questionnaire "GroovUs Feed Nradio"

Comment: For background see Skinner's previous reports here: John Keel's Long Island File: Gin Rummy, an Alien Baby, and Passwords As it turns out, Apol was not replaced by Rubin, but remained in contact with Jaye Paro. (Nor was Rubin completely out of the picture; he does show up later.) In August, John started sending Apol/Paro questionnaires, which were duly returned, with answers scrawled in red pencil. John kept his correspondence with Apol in a separate file; I posted about it here. The first of these questionnaires now follows in the Long Island file; John noted Apol's answers on a carbon, since the originals are very faint. 1967 ufology is now often obscure, so here are some notes: John defined the 3rd Eye that Apol mentions as a group of "hostile or malevolent ultraterrestrials"; "Project B" was one of his pamphlets, reprinting an article from Flying Saucer Review. The list of possible contactees includes confessed contactees (Adamski, Schmidt, Childers, Menger, Renaud, Derenberger, Kiehl, Kittredge) as well as writers (Trevor James Constable, McGraw, Fuller, Michel, Davis) and a number of generals (Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur, Vandenburg). Otis T. Carr promoted free energy devices and tried to build a saucer, but didn't claim contact. "Long John" Nebel had a radio talk show that often featured contactees, but never claimed contact either. Donald Estrella was a friend of John's; he's mentioned in The Mothman Prophecies. Lee Childers lived in Detroit, and called himself Prince Neosom. Joao Freitas de Guimaraes had a UFO experience in Brazil in 1958; it was similar to Menger's stories. Aim Michel wrote a book called Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. Isabel Davis was a member of Civilian Saucer Intelligence. Gloria Lee was another contactee, who died after a long fast in 1962. The questionnaire is eight pages; the first four pages follow...

07:55

Australian government moves to cover coal as banks pull out The Pen

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As people campaigning against the Adani Carmichael coal mine rallied again in Brisbane, Steve Ciobo, the minister for trade, complains that activists are stopping the banks from financing the project and are pushing them into pulling away from the coal industry altogether.

He therefore suggests that the government must step in to fill the market gap. In other words, government should subsidise the industry through taxpayers money.

The generosity is likely to include the Adani mine.

Ciobo openly admits that money from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), will be handed out and the lending criteria of the corporation will to be changed to enable this.

The minister said in parliament:

Im increasing the scope of Efics statement of expectation, so that Efic has got more ability to finance onshore resource projects.

Now what are some of the radical groups doing that is threatening this? The fact is that we are seeing a campaign. Weve seen, for example, the stepped-up campaign of activist groups which is discouraging our major retail banks from financing otherwise viable exporters in the coal sector.

But its not just about coal, its also about what we can do in other sectors within resources, he said.

Adani is already seeking a loan of up to $900m from Naif, to help build a rail line between the mine and the Abbot point coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef. Adani may nowapply for more and be given what he wants.

Although opponents are having have an impact, they are not decisive in causing the banks to pull away. Public opinion is and this has turned against an industry widely regarded as dirty, in terms of creating carbon emissions. So much that the industry has launched a major advertising campaign to win people back to coal.

The government refuses to acknowledge this, and in turn, this feeds the growing perception that its actions are being driven by und...

07:51

Private Theogene Ngamije - thank you for your service digger! Michael Smith News

This is a beautifully written story from the Australian War Memorial. Congratulations digger and thank you for your service. 'He saved my life' 13 September 2017 by Claire Hunter Private Theogene Ngamije: "I pray that someday I get to change someone elses life." Theogene Ngamije was just a boy when...

07:51

Baby Great White Shark Washes Onto Shore And People Know Just What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the past, when sharks have washed onto the beach, it hasnt always ended well for the animals. Selfie-obsessed people have been known to drag them onto the sand to pose with them in front of cameras, which often kills the sharks. But when a juvenile great white shark washed onto a popular beach earlier this week in Sydney, Australia, beachgoers knew exactly the right thing to do.

After finding the male great white shark (estimated to be 2 or 3 years old) flopping around on the sand, people contacted Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, a conservation center that rescues and rehabilitates ocean animals. A rescue team quickly arrived to help the distressed shark.

Sharks cant breathe without swimming, so getting the shark back into water was of the utmost importance. At the same time, the team needed to make sure the shark wasnt injured or sick, so they didnt want to put him right back into the ocean. Instead, they moved him into a nearby ocean pool, which was filled with natural seawater.
 

Credit: Nick Dawkins

Rob Townsend, the life sciences manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, started calling the shark Fluffy as a joke but soon everyone was doing it. That was me just chatting to some kids on the side of the pool and it just stuck, Townsend told The Dodo.

Credit: Nick Dawkins

While Fluffy swam around the sea pool, Townsend made sure a diver was always there to babysit him.

White sharks prefer the open oceans and do not do well within the confines of captivity, which is why you dont usually see white sharks in aquariums, Townsend said. We needed the divers to guide him away from the walls so he didnt further injure himself....

07:32

ACT Magistrates Court registers private prosecution of George Brandis and issues him a summons to face charges Michael Smith News

I should point out at the start that this case against George Brandis QC won't be going anywhere. I don't support Rod Culleton in bringing this ill-founded brief to court - but I would fight to the death for us all to retain the right to do it.The law allows...

07:22

EU turning up the heat on Poland "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The European Commission has taken a new step in its action against Poland over the rule of law in the country.

On Tuesday (12 September), the EU executive decided to send a so-called reasoned opinion to the Polish government.

This is the second step in an infringement procedure that the commission launched in July over a reform of the judiciary.

The commission said that the law, which was introduced in July, is discriminatory because it sets different retirement ages for men and women respectively 65 and 60. It said the measure was contrary to the EU treaty and a directive on gender equality in employment.

It also said it was concerned by a provision that gives the Polish justice minister the power to extend the mandate of judges who have reached retirement age, and to dismiss and appoint court presidents.

Polands government answered the commission at the end of August, but its reply hasnt been considered satisfactory.

If the Polish government fails to address the commissions renewed concerns within a month, the commission will have the right to bring the case to the EU Court of Justice.

The reform in question was part of a set of laws that put the Polish justice system under the control of the government.

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07:20

Riverview calls on Ottawa to study fluoride in drinking water "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Riverview town council is following Dieppes lead, and calling on the federal government to do a comprehensive study on water fluoridation.

Both Riverview and Dieppe purchase their water from the City of Moncton, which removed fluoride five years ago.

Its been a controversial decision, and dentists in the area are now calling for a return to fluoridated water.

Moncton council is expected to vote Monday on whether to continue the moratorium on fluoride.

Riverview Mayor Ann Seamans said the decision rests with the City of Moncton, but her council is asking for a study by Ottawa to give municipalities some direction.

?It is a concern for some people, so we are asking for the study so that we would actually know the pros and cons of putting fluoride in the water, she told Information Morning Moncton.

Moncton sought study

In 2007, Health Canada assembled experts to investigate the health effects of fluoride in drinking water. The panel reported the next year that below a specific concentration, there was a suitable tradeoff between the dental health benefits of fewer cavities and the risk of dental fluorosis, a condition that appears as mottled enamel.

But the prevalence of mild and very mild fluorosis was not a concern from a health perspective, the panel said.

The panel didnt find evidence of a link between fluoride and other issues, such as cancer, intelligence, bone fracture immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, genotoxicity and neurotoxicity.

Three years later, when Moncton was about to phase out fluoride from the water supply, the city asked the provincial Health Department to complete a study of its own on water fluoridation.

At the time, the province refused and said, the benefits of fluoridation are well-documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socioeconomic status.

Whether to fluoridate water in Canada is left to municipalities.

Sees both sides

Seamans, the Riverview mayor, said she has heard from people on both sides of the fluoride debate, and their arguments sounded great.

You can have all the studies you want and you can look at both sides, but we do not have the expertise as a municipal government to make that decision, she said.

Seamans said Riverview will accept whatever decision Moncton council makes on Monday, but she urged other New Brunswick municipalities to join the call for a federal study that would look at both the positive and negative aspects o...

07:12

Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says hell vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.

Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays, Drapeau-McNally said.

Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.

Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasnt seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.

Theres nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing, he said.

Theres a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the persons overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybodys problems.

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.

Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and shes seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.

We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health, Drapeau-McNally said.

I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water, she said.

Last year, New Brunswicks chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Societys board both came out in support of fluoridation.

The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status, they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.

Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking flu...

07:01

Cosmic Disclosure with Corey Goode and David Wilcock -- New Financial System, Chinese Dragon Families and Ascension "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Cosmic Disclosure: Viewer Questions 10: Ascension Concerns and End Times Madness

Season 8, Episode 6



I love your questions and answer episodes. I am confused about one thing, though. I have heard Corey on other programs state that the Chinese will be, for lack of a better word, in charge of a new currency for 100 years.

If we are to have this cosmic event between 2017 and 2023, which I thought was our Ascension, why are we worried about anything after that? Won't Mother Earth shed these negative beings as she ascends?

Corey: There are various groups that have different agendas and plans, and they're prosecuting those plans, you know, the way they would as if they were going to win.

If these energetic things occur, or some of these other things occur that I've been told recently about non-terrestrials making themselves known to people in small groups, then I don't see their agenda being able to come to fruition.

David: So the Chinese, the basis of their idea of wanting a 100-year financial system comes from what?

Corey: It comes from the negotiations that have occurred between the Alliance and the Cabal. They said the West had its 100 years. They want their 100 years to run the financial system.

David: So you're equating the Chinese with the Alliance in some way?

Corey: Yes. Well, the Chinese are a large part of the Alliance, and they're the ones that have been predetermined to take over that financial system, or lead it.

David: So let's just be clear on what is the Chinese plan? Are they wanting to do exactly what the Federal Reserve did? Are they wanting to enslave us?

Corey: It would be a different type of Babylonian slave system, money magic system, of course, as long as there is a financial system, but it's suppose to be a fairer system that is fairer globally, and is based on gross domestic product and other things, other than how much wealth one country has accumulated and using that wealth against other countries.

David: Do the Chinese feel that they have been unfairly pigeonholed into a more poor level? And is that part of what they want to do, is to even the playing field?

Corey: That's the entire reason that the Alliance formed. It was to fight against this Western Cabal that had basically taken over the financial system and most of the infrastructure of this planet.

David: So do you think that the Chinese would preferentially boost the economies of countries like Southeast Asia, Africa, places that have...

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Australian Aborigines Carry DNA of Unknown Human Species "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Australian aborigines carry the DNA of an unknown human species

By Ivan

New research has revealed fascinating details about Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders, who according to experts, carry genetic material of an unknown human species.

The new research suggests people from Papua New Guinea and northeast Australia have traces of DNA belonging to an unidentified, extinct human species.

Apparently, there is still much that geneticists and scientists do not understand about this crucial moment in human history, and it seems that research on the subject is raising more questions than answers.

In 2016, researchers at Harvard Medical School published the findings of a comprehensive study of the human genome of all areas of the world and discovered something astounding about the Australian aboriginal population.

They appear to have genetic markers that indicate they are descendants of a yet unidentified human species.

Were missing a population, or were misunderstanding something about the relationships, Ryan Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas, told Tina Hesman Saey at Science News.

Bohlender and his colleagues have been researching the amount of extinct hominid DNA that modern humans still carry today. To the surprise of many, they say theyve found discrepancies in previous studies that suggest our mingling with Neanderthals and Denisovans isnt the entire evolutionary story.



Who this unknown group is we dont know.

Its believed that between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, our ancestors migrated out of Africa...

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