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Monday, 21 May

22:59

Killing Gaza: A Film on Life Under Siege "IndyWatch Feed World"

Hours before Australia joined the US as the only countries in the UN Human Rights Council to vote against an investigation into Israels killing of over 60 protesters in one day in Gazas no-go zone, I joined Sky News Australia to discuss the massacre and my and Dan Cohens new documentary on life under siege, Killing Gaza.

Watch | Max Blumenthal talks Gaza on Sky News Australia

You can watch the trailer below and purchase the complete film here.

In the Electronic Intifada, I profiled a few of the survivors of war who appear in Killing Gaza:

In the town of Khuzaa, in southeastern Gaza, we met Hani al-Najjar, who returned to his home after the Israeli military pulled back, only to find six corpses in his bathroom, all charred, bound and gagged, and blown to bits by an Israeli grenade.

Outside the city of Rafah, in southern Gaza, we met 19-year-old Mahmoud Abu Said, who had been taken as a human shield by Israeli soldiers and held in front of a window in his own home while those soldiers sniped at his neighbors from over his shoulders.

And in Gaza City, we encountered residents of Zafir 4 and the Italian Compound, residential towers that had been blasted to pieces by Israeli jets in the final days of the war for no other purpose than to teach Gazas educated middle class a lesson.

Standing by the rubble of what was once his home outside Rafah, and next to a destroyed taxi that used to belong to his son who was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper, Suleiman al-Zugheibi delivered a testimony of trauma and defiance that was all too common among those we met.

Weve suffered for the past 60 years because of Israel, al-Zugheibi told us. War after war after war. Bombing after bombing after bombing. You build a house, they destroy it. You raise a child, they kill him, he said. Whatever they do the United States, Israel, the whole world, well keep r...

22:43

For Ecuador, Currying Favor with Washington is as Simple as Sacrificing Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed World"

LONDON For all practical purposes, whistleblower and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a prisoner in asylum at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, facing the torture of near-total isolation from the outside world and hanging by the thread of the Andean states dwindling hospitality.

On Thursday, the Australian who, strangely enough, was given Ecuadorian citizenship last December faced a new layer of precariousness atop his six-year refuge, when Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno ordered that additional security assigned to the building be withdrawn.

According to Ecuadors government, the London Embassy will now have the same level of security enjoyed by the other ambassadorial facilities the Andean nation maintains throughout the globe.

Since March, Ecuador has applied new pressure on Assange, beginning with the withdrawal of Assanges internet connection. Authorities claim this move was in response to his interference, in the form of comments on Spains repression of Catalonian independence advocates and British accusations that Russia poisoned an ex-spy.

The move also coincided with a visit by two top-level officials from U.S. Southern Command to Quito for discussions to renew U.S.-Ecuador security ties. These had largely been frozen following the 2009 shuttering of the U.S. Air Force base in the coastal city of Manta, a major hub of U.S. espionage activity in the region.

Speaking to Sputnik, veteran journalist John Pilger commented:

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22:35

Insects Face Calamitous Habitat Loss "IndyWatch Feed World"

Habitat loss may soon mean half the worlds insects, and many plants and animals as well, could find themselves without their familiar home ranges.

Right now, climate scientists warn, global planetary temperatures are on course to rise 3.2C above the average for most of human history. They have already risen by about 1C in the last 100 years.

And if they do, then 49% of insects, 44% of plants and 26% of vertebrates could lose more than half of their ranges.

If the 195 nations that agreed in Paris in 2015 to take steps to restrict global warming to a target of 1.5C keep their pledges, only 6% of insects, 8% of plants and 4% of vertebrates will experience severe reductions in their ranges. Even half a degree makes a huge difference.

Insects are particularly sensitive to climate change. At 2C warming, 18% of the 31,000 insects we studied are projected to lose more than half their range. This is reduced to 6% at 1.5C. But even at 1.5C, some species lose larger proportions of their range, said Rachel Warren of the University of East Anglia, who led the study.

The current global warming trajectory, if countries meet their international pledges to reduce CO2, is around 3C. In this case, almost 50% of insects would lose half their range.

These figures are projections based on a sample of animal and plant studies: the sample is however one of the largest undertaken.

Professor Warren and colleagues from Australia report in the journal Sciencethat they studied data involving 34,000 insects and other invertebrates, 8,000 birds, 1,800 reptiles, 1,000 amphibians and 71,000 plants, and took into account the capacity of each species to move to new habitat as the world warms.

Pattern of alarm

Such studies build on evidence assembled piecemeal, sometimes over many decades, about the impact of humanity on its fellow citizens of the planet. This evidence confirms a consistent pattern of alarm.

Researchers have established repeatedly that ecosystems already under pressure from human invasion are made more vulnerable by global warmingand climate change. More precisely, German scientists have established that the sheer numbers of insects that used to ma...

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Tiny marsupials that practice suicidal mating declared endangered "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The antechinus is a strange little mouse-like creature that endures two to three weeks of marathon mating sessions that leave the male so exhausted that it ultimately dies. But suicidal mating is not all thats killing these animals. Habitat loss, climate change and threats from feral animals like cats, cattle and horses are driving two species of antechinus, both described only recently, to extinction. On May 11, the Australian government officially declared the silver-headed antechinus (Antechinus argentus) and the black-tailed dusky antechinus (Antechinus arktos) endangered. Both species live on remote mountaintops in Queensland, Australia. The silver-headed antechinus, first described in 2013, is known only from the forests of Kroombit Tops National Park in southeast Queensland and two other locations near the border of Queensland and New South Wales. The black-tailed dusky antechinus, described in 2014, is known from three isolated locations near the border of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. Both species occur only in high-altitude forests and have reached their altitudinal limits within their known distribution, the Australian governments Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) wrote in the species assessments. It is pretty rare to uncover new mammals in developed countries such as Australia, Andrew Baker of the Queensland University of Technology, whose team discovered the two species, said in a statement. These two new species were discovered on misty mountain summits. They have likely retreated there as the climate has warmed, and there is now nowhere left for them to go. Andrew Baker with a black-tailed dusky antechinus. Image courtesy of Queensland University of Technology.

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Report: Crypto Scams a Tiny Percent of Fraud in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has shown in a report that crypto related fraud makes up a tiny percent of scam activity in 2017.

Crypto Scams Make Up a Tiny Part

The watchdogs report entitled  Targeting scams: Report of the ACCC on scams activity 2017 researched over 200,000 scams submitted to them (the ACCC), the Australian Cyber-crime Online Reporting Network, and other state and government-based agencies in 2017 and found that Australians lost AU$2.1 million in crypto related scams out of the overall AU$340 scam economy, or 0.617%.

The report shows that about AU$100,000 was lost per month in crypto related scams with the exception being December 2017 when the price of Bitcoin was skyrocketing and its popularity went up with it resulting in a seven-fold increase. The ACCC wrote Scammers adapt each year and find ways to exploit popular trends, new platforms, new ways of communicating, fad products, changes to legislation, or new investment opportunities, according to ZDNet, adding further in the report that;

As the value of actual cryptocurrencies increased, so too did the scam losses in what people thought were real investments, the report continued. By the end of the year, reports of losses related to cryptocurrencies exceeded Au$2.1 million but as with other scams, this is likely the very tip of the iceberg.

The majority of scams with a crypto angle reported were initial coin offering (ICO) related and almost all were perpetrated on the confusion of how cryptocurrency works. Many of these being essentially pyramid schemes involving investors who were either friends or neighbors of the victims.

Investment and Romance Lead the Scam Economy

Overall the ACCC reported that Australians lost AU$340 million to scammers in 2017. Of those loses investment scams topped the categories at AU$64 million with dating and romance-related scams following behind at AU$ 42 million.  ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said;

Some scams are becoming very sophisticated and hard to spot. Scammers use modern technology like social media to contact and deceive their victims. In the past few years, reports indicate scammers are using aggressive techniques both over the phone and online,

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17:44

Crypto Scams, Fake ICOs Cost Australians Over AU$2 Million in 2017: Consumer Watchdog "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

In its annual report on scams, Australias national consumer watchdog has revealed that cryptocurrency-related fraud has cost Australians over AUD $2.1 million in losses last year. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its annual targeting scams report on Monday, revealing accumulated total losses of some AUD $340 million to scammers from 200,000

The post Crypto Scams, Fake ICOs Cost Australians Over AU$2 Million in 2017: Consumer Watchdog appeared first on CCN

16:29

16:13

Cold War Mentality Alive and Well in Australia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Writing in The Australian newspaper under the headline Red Threats to Render White Paper just about Pass (18 May 2018) ANU emeritus professor Paul Dibb offers a commentary that exemplifies much of what is wrong with Australian strategic thinking. The problem is all the more acute because Dibb is regularly quoted in the mainstream media and his views are considered influential. In this latest article he calls for a re-evaluation of the premises underlying the Foreign Policy White Paper released only six months ago.

That White Paper was certainly flawed, although not in the manner that Dibb suggests in underestimating what Dibb calls an aggrieved and newly assertive Russia, as well as an aggressive rising power in China.

The White Paper failed to grasp the realities of a newly emerging multipolar world, and in particular failed to perceive how Australia might best respond in a manner consistent with both its national security and economic interests.

That challenge is not assisted by Dibbs contribution, which is full of faulty assumptions, factual errors, and grievous misinterpretations, not only of post-World War II history, but the current inevitable realignment away from the singularly dangerous exercise of hegemonic power by the United States.

Dibb quotes United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis with evident approval, saying China and Russia wanted to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian models.  China is alleged to be seeking regional hegemony and the displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future.

The evidence Dibb cites for these assertions are Chinas buildup of its military capabilities in the South China Sea; Russias territorial expansionism in Crimea and Ukraine; Putins aggressive attitude in defending Syria and its use of chemical weapons; and Moscows State sponsored assassination attempts in Britain reflecting Putins contempt for the sanctity of State borders. He even cites the reports of Beijing seeking to develop a military base in Vanuatu.  That the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Vanuatu and also the Chinese government have denied the latter report is of little consequence to Professor Dibb.

There is much more in Professor Dibbs commentary in this vein, but those examples illustrate not only the fact free environment that strategic advisors such as Dibb operate in, but also are reflective of strategic thinking in the Australian defence, foreign policy and defence establishments.

In the cited example of Chinas buildup of its military capabilities in the South China Sea there are several components of this allegation that put it in a different context from the viewpoint usually advanced in the Australian media. The so-called Nine Dash Line within which China has...

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How do you solve a problem like Facebook? Salinger Privacy

How do you solve a problem like Facebook?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?*

By now we all know the story: Facebook allowed apps on its social media platform which enabled a shady outfit called Cambridge Analytica to scrape the profiles of 87 million users, in order to serve up targeted ads to benefit the Trump election campaign in 2016.  More than 300,000 Australian users of Facebook were caught up in that particular example of data harvesting, despite only 53 Australians using the app.

Sitting here in Australia, you might be thinking: So what? I never saw a Trump ad, or if I had I would have ignored it because Im not in America. Or even if the same thing happened here, its just ads anyway, I can make up my own mind.

But thats not the whole story.  The Facebook scandal is about so much more than serving up ads in a foreign election campaign.  Facebook, and other companies involved in data mining and analytics, are invading our privacy and harming us economically and socially, in ways that are only just starting to become clear.

Its not just the data you choose to share

Up until recently, Facebook has been successful in steering most discussions about privacy towards either information security, or a focus on the controls that users have over what they post, and who they allow to see those posts.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes to say that users have choices, and that users stay in control of what they choose to share.

In one sense thats true: you get to choose which photos you post on Facebook, and which inspirational quotes or worthy news stories you share with your friends.

But in another sense its not true at all.  Because the information you post is not the whole story.  Its only the tip of the iceberg of data Facebook has collected about you.

Every time you go online, you leave a trail of digital breadcrumbs.  Facebook has been busily sweeping up those breadcrumbs, and using them to categorise and profile you.  Facebook obviously knows when you click on a Facebook like button; but also, unless a web developer has gone out of their way to find tools to block them, Facebook knows every time you simply look at a website that has a Facebook like button somewhere on it.

So if you only post or like stories about inspirational mountain climbers and funny cat videos, but also do things online that you dont share with your family, friends or work colleagues (like looking at stories about abortion or dealing with infidelity, googling how to manage anxiety or erectile dysfunction, whingeing about your employer in a chatroom, or spending hours reviewing dating profiles, gambling, playing Candy Crush or shopping obsessively for shoes) Facebook has you pegged anyway....

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Eggs Are Good for Your Cholesterol "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Chicken as the foundation of a delicious home-cooked meal has been an American mainstay for decades. Not centuries, you might ask? As a matter of fact, up until the 1920s, homesteaders filled chicken coops with chickens to fulfill one main purpose: to produce eggs.

Chickens weren't regarded as much beyond egg production until a new concept featuring chicken as a main course took flight in the late '40s. It was based, not surprisingly, on the food industry's initiative to find more uses for said chickens. Today we have a plethora of chicken recipes, from broth to casseroles to fried, not to mention nuggets. But what happened to eggs?

Eggs became a target based on the faulty premise of the medical establishment that eating too many yolks would drive up cholesterol and pack your carotid arteries with plaque. As recently as 2012, eggs were still being maligned and even deemed as health-damaging as smoking cigarettes, according to a Canadian journal.1 Many still believe this, and it's the misinformation that's damaging health, not egg consumption.

According to a recent study2 led by Nick Fuller at the University of Sydney, Australia, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eggs, despite conflicting evidence continuing around the world, are not responsible for heart disease or high cholesterol. In fact, theyre one of the most nutritious foods in your kitchen. When he led the first portion of the study, Fuller wrote that eggs can support several aspects of health, including eye, blood vessel and heart health, healthy pregnancies and fat regulation, noting:

"Despite being vilified for decades, dietary cholesterol is understood to be far less detrimental to health than scientists originally thought. The effect of cholesterol in our food on the level of cholesterol in our blood is actually quite small."3

Whether Two Eggs or a Dozen, Egg Intake Shows No Negative Results

The latest study notes that people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes ate a dozen eggs a week for a year, at which point a series of tests showed no negative results whatsoever. Study pa...

14:48

The haunting of Law & Order: SVU Overland literary journal

But the most fantastical, fairytale aspect of the show isnt the nature or degree of heinousness of the crimes committed, or the fact that only 10% of victims are black on SVU when FBI figures tell us that number is actually 50%. Its the fact that it portrays the police as a stalwart moral force: always on the side of the vulnerable, always anguished when the legal system fails them, always compassionate and concerned.

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Founder of the Weather Channel Belt the Global Warming Nonsense out of the Park "IndyWatch Feed World"

John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel and Ian Plimer, Aussie Geology Professor, belt the global warming nonsense out of the park

MAY 20, 2018

Source: Starship Earth: The Big Picture



Agenda 21, (updated to Agenda 2030), should be a household word. If you dont understand it, you wont see the threat the near future holds for Humanity. Global warming is a myth. The climate IS changing, but cyclicallywith a great deal of interference from the globalists. Theyre helping it along by injecting more chaos and trashing the planet.

With rare exceptions, everything in our world is managed and manipulated toward a single end; our complete and total domination and subjugationif not our outright complete demise. They may as well call it Genocide 2030. Yes, Humans are an endangered species, but few have the courage to accept it. If action isnt taken very soon, there will be no future for Humanity because Humans cannot survive captivity. ~ BP

reblogged from Richard Presser.com, who says

Science, like almost every other field of endeavour, is harnessed to serve the agenda of those who run our world from behind the scenes. An example I have often used is how we are bombarded to believe that we are causing global warming through our burning of carbon (a complete nonsense), and that guilt is being used to help drive people out of the country into the cities, into smaller and smaller apartments, in line with Agenda 21, now the 2030 Agenda. If you still believe in global warming, I recommend you read Ian Plimers incredibly detailed and well researched book or watch one of his videos.

John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel and Ian Plimer, Aussie Geology Professor, belt the global warming nonsens...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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FixedIt: Mass murder is a choice Jane Gilmore

News.com.au is only one of many outlets reporting today that the blame for Dimitrios Pagourtzis choice to take guns to a school and kill people rest on one of his victims. 16 year old Shana Fisher, one of the ten people Pagourtzis shot and killed last Friday, had apparently spurned his advances.

Police are still investigating the details and its far too early to be speculating on motive and circumstance, but whatever comes out in the trial and investigation of the latest mass shooting in American schools. there are no circumstances in which a murdered girl can be blamed for the violence Pagourtzis chose to commit against her, her classmates and her teachers.

Violence is always a choice and victims are not the ones who make that choice.

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


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South Australians asked the $65 billion question SACOSS - Justice, Opportunity and Shared Wealth for all South Australians

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

As South Australian federal politicians find themselves in the vortex of the political battle over the proposed company tax cuts, a public forum hosted by The Australia Institute in Adelaide asks How would you spend $65 billion?.

Dr Janine Dixon from the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University and SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley, will join Australia Institute Executive Director Ben Oquist at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide from 6.30pm-7.30pm tonight.

The panel will also discuss the impact of the tax cut on the South Australian economy.

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AGL wont sell Liddell Abbott seethes National News Echonetdaily

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

SYDNEY, AAP AGL has refused Alinta Energys $250 million offer to buy Liddell Power Station and reaffirmed its decision to close the plant in 2022.

The power giant says it assessed the offer from Alinta and its Hong Kong-based owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, and that the deal significantly undervalues future cashflow from the NSW site.

AGL said the offer is not in the interest of its shareholders and that it will stick to its NSW power generation plan, which includes repurposing the Liddell site to address any capacity shortfall after its closure in 2022.

The energy company last month announced it will spend up to $400 million to build a new gas-fired power station near Newcastle in NSW as part of a plan to help it address the loss in energy supply that could happen as a result of Liddell closing.

AGL has completed a thorough assessment of the offer and, after careful consideration, has advised Chow Tai Fook and Alinta that it will not proceed any further with the offer, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Alinta made its bid for the ageing Hunter Valley power station in April, describing it as a compelling commercial proposition for AGL shareholders.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has previously urged AGL to accept the offer from Alinta to buy the plant, echoing calls from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who wants the station to stay open until 2025, when the expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme is online.

On Monday, former prime minister Tony Abbott said the Turnbull government should buy the power station and then on-sell it to Alinta Energy.

My very strong view given that the federal government has effectively now got responsibility for energy security, the government should compulsorily acquire this power station for the price Alinta were prepared to pay and then it should sell it to Alinta, he told 2GB radio.

AGL chief executive Andy Vesey has previously said the board had not been swayed by criticism from the prime minister and senior coalition figures because the decision to close the ageing power plant was based on a rigorous process.

Investors appeared to be pleased with the news, with AGL shares up 0.9 per cent higher to $21.48 after the first half-hour of trade.

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Worlds Largest 3D Printer Is Now Able To Print Giant Metal Objects "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By: Markab Algedi / The Mind Unleashed   Melbourne, Australia is now the city that contains the worlds largest known 3D printer. Melbourne based manufacturer Titomic recently displayed their accomplishment by printing a large metal rendering of their corporate logo.

Among the objects listed as capable of being printed by the Australian 3D printer, the CEO of Titomic Jeff Lang reports that it can print a submarine, or wings for an aircraft: soon.

At the Titomic factory in Waverly, Australia in the outer regions of Melbourne, this 9 metre long, 3 metre wide and 1.5 metre tall 3D printer now surpasses the next largest, owned by notorious General Electric. GEs printer is about 5 times less large.

The printer owned by General Electric is capable of printing solid metal objects up to a cubic metre in size, while this Titomic bed can put out parts up to 40 cubic metres in s...

10:41

Stopping Adani mine would pose no sovereign risk to Australia The Pen

This article by Michael Koziol (The Sydney Morning Herald 20 May 2018), investigates the Adani coal mine and the claim that cancelling it would create a sovereign risk for Australia, according to the view of former chief economist for the ANZ Bank. Given the source, it is worthwhile reading and considering.

Stopping the Adani coal mine would pose no sovereign risk to Australia, and politicians on both sides have willingly misled people into thinking otherwise, says respected economist Saul Eslake.

The former chief economist of ANZ told Fairfax Media the major parties were abusing the term for political gain when in fact there had been no impact on Australias sovereign rating because of decisions taken on environmental grounds.

In a paper commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation, Mr Eslake found there was absolutely no reason the countrys sovereign risk would be affected if a future government stopped the Adani mine proceeding for environmental reasons.

Nor were the banks likely to downgrade Australias risk rating. Banks wouldnt be concerned, because banks dont want to loan to it anyway, Mr Eslake told Fairfax Media in an interview.

The verdict by one of Australias most prominent economists, flies in the face of arguments from Labor and the Coalition.

Before the Batman byelection, at which Labor had to woo left-wing voters in inner Melbourne, it was reported Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had to be talked out of outright opposition to Adani by senior colleagues concerned about sovereign risk.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan accused Labor of seeking to trade off our countrys investment reputation for some cheap votes.

In interviews since, Mr Shorten has argued you cant simply ban it and create sovereign risk and said an incoming Labor government would not rip up contracts made by previous governments.

Mr Eslake pointed out there is no contract between the Commonwealth and Adani. He said the term sovereign risk had a specific meaning the chance that a government will default on its debt and politicians were abusing it to confuse and mislead voters.

You cant describe every time a government makes a decision as sovereign risk, otherwise the term has no meaning, he said.

Sovereign risk is not the risk a government might change its mind or make a decision I dont like.

Governments regularly made environmental decisions that did not affect sovereign risk, Mr Eslake said, such as bans on uranium mining, domestic gas controls and logging restrictions.

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Tortuous travel today ahead of a decisive few months in court Michael Smith News

On the move today so posts will be light. On Friday the self-confessed bagman for Wilson/Gillard/Ludwig's secret commission schemes appears in Perth's District Court for the first time. Ralph Blewitt is facing trumped up charges that allege he alone deceived corporate construction giant Thiess into believing it received training services...

09:30

Peter Duttons Amassing of Portfolios Augurs a Vice Grip on Australia Gumshoe News

(L) Malcolm Turnbull , (R) Peter Dutton (adapted photo Courier Mail)

by Dee McLachlan

Peter Dutton has possibly become the most powerful person in the country (Australia).

In his new SUPER ministry he has oversight for: national security, the Federal Police, Border Force and ASIO, law enforcement and emergency management functions of the Attorney-Generals Department, plus transport security functions of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, counterterrorism and cybersecurity functions of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, multicultural affairs functions of the Department of Social Services, and the entire Department of Immigration and Border Protection. What!

As Julian Burnside recently wrote in...

08:23

Chelsea Bond: The irony of the Aboriginal academic IndigenousX

I was the first in my family to attend University and I remember my father being less than impressed at my decision to study rather than do real work. Places like that werent meant for people like us, he stated.

08:00

May 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History Our Great Southern Land


1804 - James Bevan (known as 'Warminster') was hanged at Sydney for the rape of eight-year-old Elizabeth Douglas.

1814 - The Van Diemen's Land Gazette on this day listed John Pascoe  Fawkner as aiding and abetting the escape of seven prisoners. Fawkner and Santos, who was apparently the convicts' leader, were tried before three magistrates in August and each sentenced to 500 lashes and three years labour.

1836 - The Stirling Castle, under Captain James Fraser, bound from Sydney to Singapore was wrecked on Swain Reefs off the Queensland coast. In August news reached Moreton Bay that the captain's wife, Eliza Ann, and others of the ship's company were being held captive by Aboriginals. A rescue party that included John Graham, an escaped convict who had lived for six years with the Aborigines, brought her back to Brisbane in August.

1840 - Captain Hobson was feeling his oats on this day when he claimed British sovereignty over the whole of The Land Of The Long White Cloud (NZ for those uneducated yokels) even though the haggling, bartering and compromises weren't yet done with.

1842 - Henry (Harry) Power, bushranger, also known as Johnson, was transported for seven years for stealing a pair of shoes, and arrived at Hobart Town in the Isabella.

1851 - William Collins' application for publican's license for the Racehorse Inn at Maitland was refused by the Bench after Major Crummer examined the premises and found them too small.

1853 - William Blandowski ( leaving no stone unturned in his career as expeditionist, geologist, goldminer, inventor, natural history collector, naturalist, public servant, and zoologist ) asked Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe for an 'allowance' to enable him to complete his 'Illustrated Natural History of the Colony of Victoria'. Impressed by further correspondence La Trobe wrote to the colonial secretary that immediate steps should be taken to open a museum and stating that Blandowski was the 'most suitable person to employ'.

1856 - The world's first 8 hour working day was carved in stone by the marches and vocal noise of the stonemasons of Victoria.

1861 - William Landsborough was chosen by the Victorian and Queensland governments to lead a search for Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills from the Gulf of Carpentaria southwards; when they  reached Williams's station on this day they learned that Burke and Wills had perished. With bulging tucker bags Landsborough continued his journey south and in October delivered the horses and gear to the authorities in Melbourne. He was fted as the first explorer to cross the continent from north to south.

1863 - Nathaniel Pepper, Aboriginal evangelist and teacher, at Ebenezer mission, near the Wimmera River married Rachel Warndekan, an 18-year-old, Christian Aboriginal girl from King Georges Sound, Western Australia....

07:58

Ditching Adani wont hurt credit rating: expert National News Echonetdaily

CANBERRA, AAP Prominent economist Saul Eslake believes ditching the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland wont hurt Australias credit rating.

Mr Eslakes new report commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation found no evidence that stopping the project on environmental grounds would hurt Australias ability to attract foreign investment.

There is absolutely no reason to think that Australias sovereign credit rating would be in any way affected if a future Australian government were to prevent the Adani Carmichael coal mine from going ahead on environmental grounds, Mr Eslake writes.

Labor opposes the mine, but federal leader Bill Shorten has vowed not to tear up approvals if he won the next election to avoid reducing foreign investment in Australia.

The government claims Mr Shortens opposition to the project will hurt jobs and investment.

ACF chief executive Kelly OShanassy said the report removed the only remaining objection to the government stopping the construction of the mine.

Attempts to justify Adanis dirty Carmichael mine are falling like dominoes and the threats are crystal clear, Ms OShanassy said in a statement.

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07:25

Australia is being used to justify Gaza killings The Pen

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The world has begun to react against the carnage in Gaza. As the death toll of Palestinians mounted, killed by the guns of the Israeli military, using bullets designed to cause the maximum damage to the flesh, the call to stop echoed around the world.

It led to  last Fridays special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a vote to condemn Israel and for an independent investigation was carried overwhelmingly, only to be vetoed by the United States. True, other nations abstained over the wording of the resolution, wanting to focus on the investigation and not the condemnation of Israel.  Even then, the count was 29 for and 14 abstentions.

Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images: US UN ambassador Nikki Haley exercises veto and praises Israel for restraint

Only one country, besides the United States voted against, opposing both the condemnation and move for an independent inquiry, and that was Australia.

That our Australian government should instruct its officials at the United Nations to act in this way is a disgrace. The Australian government has declared itself an accomplice to the killing in our name, and is seen to be backing Donald Trumps assertion that it is the Palestinians themselves who are to blame. This is underlined by the insistence that Hamas must also be the target of any investigation.

Australia has officially accepted the Israeli government line, that it had to do what it did, to safeguard its borders. The implication is that it faced a foreign invasion. Never mind that this occurred within what Israel calls its borders. A group of people without guns, is not much of an invasion force. Much less so, when they did not come any closer to the Israeli built wall than a few hundred metres. And how do you categorise this as an invasion force, when many were shot in the back, by snipers taking careful aim, and often going for children?

From the Israeli side, it was at first claimed that Hamas fighters were using this for an armed incursion. If they were there, surely, they would have been the target of the bullets. There were no Hamas casualties or prisoners. Nor were there any Israeli casualties, except one soldier allegedly hit by a stone. When this line...

01:45

Worlds Largest 3D Printer is now Able to Print Giant Metal Objects "IndyWatch Feed World"

Melbourne, Australia is now the city that contains the worlds largest known 3D printer. Melbourne based manufacturer Titomic recently displayed their accomplishment by printing a large metal rendering of their corporate logo.

Among the objects listed as capable of being printed by the Australian 3D printer, the CEO of Titomic Jeff Lang reports that it can print a submarine, or wings for an aircraft: soon.

At the Titomic factory in Waverly, Australia in the outer regions of Melbourne, this 9 metre long, 3 metre wide and 1.5 metre tall 3D printer now surpasses the next largest, owned by notorious General Electric. GEs printer is about 5 times less large.

The printer owned by General Electric is capable of printing solid metal objects up to a cubic metre in size, while this Titomic bed can put out parts up to 40 cubic metres in size.

Heres where this story gets realistic: you know their ability to develop this technology came with strings attached.

A government agency in Australia gave out a significant portion of funds to create this 3D printer. It was CSIRO who supplied the funds, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Remember, Australia is still fully a Commonwealth nation, under the control of Britain in more respects than one may care to admit....

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21:23

The Royal Family's thank you note Michael Smith News

Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/SQWQg5ZsOq The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018

21:01

US and Australia oppose UN human rights probe into Israeli attacks on Palestinians at Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed World"

A resolution of the council prescribing a probe into the latest deadly clashes between Israel and Palestinian protestors along the Gaza border has been adopted after six weeks of violent demonstrations, led by Hamas. 29 members of the UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday for a proposal to set up an "independent, international commission of inquiry" to investigate the ongoing conflict in Gaza, while 14 countries abstained and Australia and the US opposed the move. The Australian representative stated that Israel had the right to "protect its population," adding that the draft resolution appeared to be one-sided.

20:53

A new type of IFO Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Hi all,

Australian UFO groups and individuals are constantly receiving digital photographs and videos showing what are, to the photographer, unusual images. Groups and individual researchers are asked to comment as to the nature of the object.

The "UFO" in the picture/video frequently turns out to be an out of focus bird/insect; a sun dog; searchlights on clouds; internal lens reflections of such sources as the Sun and Moon; and of course, fake, computer generated images.

Plastic bag - to the right above the lampost

Searchlight on clouds above houses (Moon in top centre)
Sun dog to left of Sun plus internal lens reflection below sun dog

...

17:19

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Story at-a-glance

  • Over the past 18 years, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has facilitated the removal of fluoride from the water supplies of hundreds of communities in North America, Canada and Europe
  • FAN has filed an historic lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under a provision in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Under this TSCA statute, the judge may not defer to the EPA but must weigh the evidence brought forth in trial. If the judge finds theres an unreasonable risk, he has the authority to order EPA to begin proceedings to eliminate the risk of fluoride in drinking water
  • Earlier this year, EPA tried to limit the scope of what FAN could bring to the courts attention. Its motion was denied, and FAN will be able to request internal documents, submit interrogatories to EPA and depose EPA experts

By Dr. Mercola (see original)

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...

15:21

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. donaldelley

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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15:00

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.  

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.

"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.

In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.

"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.

We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t...

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Important Facts on Depression: Types, Symptoms and Treatment "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Its normal for people to sometimes feel sad, disappointed or disheartened, especially when they experience low points in their life. However, these blues usually go away when any happy circumstances occur.

But in some people, this low mood becomes persistent and lasts a long time for weeks, months or even years. And if it comes with other hallmark symptoms, such as lack of interest in enjoyable activities, a feeling of hopelessness or thoughts about self-harm or even suicide, then watch out: You may be suffering from depression.

Depression Defined: Know the Facts

The Mayo Clinic defines depression, also called clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), as "a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. This debilitating condition affects you entirely how you behave, think and feel and paves the way for emotional and physical problems to arise. Depressed individuals usually struggle with completing their day-to-day tasks, feeling as if theres no more point in living.1

According to the Australian nonprofit organization Beyond Blue, there are different subtypes of depression depending on the symptoms, the intensity and their triggers. Some of the most common ones include manic depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the winter blues and antepartum and postpartum depression (occurs specifically in pregnant women and new mothers).2

Depression is a widespread global problem, with over 300 million people dealing with this severe mood disorder today.3 Even in developed, industrialized countries, depression is rampant. In fact, in the United States, between 2013 and 2016, 8.1 percent of Americans who were 20 years old and older suffered from depression in a given two-week period.4

This Disorder Is Now a Prevalent Problem

Depression i...

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10:53

It was a privilege to speak with this young Indonesian woman and her Catholic friend from Surabaya Michael Smith News

Last week 27 people were killed and about 50 wounded in 5 ISIS linked terrorist bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. The bombers came from 3 families and included children as young as 9. The attacks started last Sunday when 3 Christian Churches were hit in suicide attacks. Yesterday...

10:33

Indonesia bought $400M worth of attack helicopters last week - while we delivered $320M in aid Michael Smith News

Boeing sells the Apache AH 64E for about $48M AUD. This week Indonesia took delivery of 8 of them - not far shy of $400M in one order. It's a bit galling to know that Australia will send Indonesia about $320M in foreign aid this year - the US gives...

09:58

Selective Outrage: Julie Bishop on Israeli Slaughter And Russian Suspicion New Matilda

International diplomacy is all about carefully selected words. Words that are supposed to convey a nations feelings without, necessarily, upsetting too deeply another nations feelings.

Unless that other nation is not your ally in which case, its open slather.

Heres what Julie Bishop had to say last week as the death toll in Gaza of unarmed protestors sniped by Israeli soldiers from across the border topped 100 (in total, more than 130 Gazans were killed in six weeks of protests, and thousands more injured).

We recognise that Israel has legitimate security concerns and needs to protect its population, and we call on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. Australia urges Palestinian protesters to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory during the March of Return.

Presumably, that legitimate security concern included gunning down an unarmed protestor running away from the Israeli border with a tire.

For the record, the violence directed by Gazans resulted in zero injuries to Israelis.

Now heres Bishops remarkably similar statement in 2014, during Israels assault on Gaza, called, without a hint of irony, Operation Protective Edge.

The retaliatory acts from both sides that have led to civilian deaths and injuries are deeply regrettable, and I call on all parties to exercise restraint and do everything necessary to avoid a further escalation of violence.

For the record, Israel lost 67 soldiers, and six civilians in that outbreak of violence. By contrast, 2,300 Gazans we killed, more than 500 of them children, and over 10,000 injured, with about 100,000 homes destroyed.

Now heres Julie Bishops response when Russia was accused earlier this year (without any real evidence, save for claims from countries which brought you the 2004 invasion of Iraq based on their weapons of mass destruction intel) of a chemical attack on two former Russian citizens in Britain.

Together with many nations, including our closest allies, Australia stands with the United Kingdom as we condemn the outrageous use of a banned Russian nerve agent on British soil, in the first chemical weapons attack in Europe since World War II. The Russian Government must explain how a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia was used in the UK, endangering the lives of hundreds of people.

So an attack on two British citizens which claimed zero lives, and was allegedly perpetrated by a nation not allied with Australia, requires condemnation. But a series of attacks by a nation that is allied with Australia, which resulted in...

08:00

May 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History Our Great Southern Land

1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for Botany Bay.

1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.

1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".

1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....

1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts)  with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.

1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."

1833 - William Carney was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Michael Keith at P...

07:37

Nick Cave: He was trapped and needed to do something: Nick Cave felt paralysed after his son Arthurs death and needed to make upcoming film to move forward, director reveals donaldelley

Arthur Cave had taken hallucinogenic drugs on the night he died, the inquest heard

Arthur Cave had taken hallucinogenic drugs on the night he died, the inquest heard

It is impossible to feel the pain Australian musician Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick feel after the loss of their twin son Arthur in a tragic accident in England in a few years ago.

I have five sons, aged 34, 27, 13, 4 and 3. If anything happened to any of my sons it would be a catastrophe. One of my sons came near to dying in 2010, and that was really traumatic for me.

So we can empathise with Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick, as they continue their life journey without one if their twins Arthur.

 

Daily Mail Australia

He was trapped and needed to do something: Nick Cave felt paralysed after his son Arthurs death and needed to make upcoming film to move forward, director reveals

By Nic White and Jenny Awford For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 12 August 2016

His son plunged to his death from an 18...

07:33

UN delivers stunning rebuke to Israel: Votes to investigate Gaza massacre "IndyWatch Feed World"

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) just issued a stunning rebuke to Israel, voting through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry... to investigate all alleged violations and abuses... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018," while the UN human rights chief slammed Israel's "wholly disproportionate response." The UN's top human rights body passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions. The two HRC members in opposition were the United States and Australia (the UK abstained), with Israel condemning the vote, which was proposed by a group of countries including Pakistan. Both the US and Israel criticized the resolution's language for failing to mention Hamas - the militant group ruling over Gaza - which Israel blames for the scores of civilians killed during the 'Great March of Return' protests.

07:00

All care, no policy: Liberal party pretenders exposed | Greg Jericho "IndyWatch Feed World"

On the ABC, the gender gap, climate change and wage growth, the Liberals pretend to care while making sure nothing changesSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayIt probably should be no surprise that last night's royal wedding became part of the political debate this week. But the criticism by government members highlighted yet again the Liberal party's policy of pretending to care about something while simultaneously doing everything to work against it.Peter [...]

04:45

Obama really did spy on Trump campaign: CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC all bury 'Crossfire Hurricane' story "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a shocking admission on Wednesday The New York Times reported the FBI opened an investigation dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane" into Trump's campaign 100 days before the Presidential election. The FBI was spying on the opposition party's campaign 100 days before the election. The spying was based on a phony Russian dossier that was paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton and by the hearsay of a low-level Trump campaign official who was coached by FBI operatives on Russian rumors. Five agents, including Peter Strzok traveled to London in the summer of 2016 to interview with a diplomat after Papadopoulos drunkenly claimed to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer he knew who had Hillary's emails.

04:25

Elite Now Bragging About Using Penis Skin Taken from Babies to Make Their Faces Look Younger "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock have made headlines recently by revealing their secret to maintaining young and healthy looking skin. The duo have nicknamed the procedure the Penis Facial due to the fact that the serum used in the process is derived from the foreskin of Korean babies.

Known officially as the Hollywood EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) Facial, so-called penis facials have earned the nickname not just because the process smells like sperm, but because it requires a serum derived from the cells of the foreskin of newborn babies.

Whats more is that not only are they publicly admitting to the use of mutilated baby penis parts to look younger, but they are celebrating it. On Thursday, Bullock went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to explain why shes so happy about this treatment and to explain the reason it has been called the Penis Facial.

As if to imply babies across an ocean dont matter as much as babies here, the serum, Bullock tells DeGeneres, is an extraction from a piece of skin that came from a young person far, far away.

However, Ellen bluntly pointed out, that it is indeed derived from the foreskin from a Korean baby.

In an interview in Vogue magazine last month, Blanchett raved about the Penis Facial too, as she callously admitted that she doesnt even know what it is.

Sandra Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial, Blanchett told Vogue Australia. Its something I dont know what it is, or whether its just cause it smells a bit like sperm theres some enzyme in it so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial.

In an interview with People Magazine, the inventor of the treatment, Georgia Louise explains, EGF is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin which helps to generate collagen and elastin.

Bullock jokingly explained that she loves the treatment and pointed out the obvious.

Its not like Im lying there with little pieces all over my face, she laughs. I cal...

04:06

How to Harness Your Sexual Energy With 9 Easy Steps "IndyWatch Feed World"

High sexual energy is nearly universal in new relationships but tends to decline after a few years.  You know what happens life gets busy, a couple of kids come along, careers become more demanding, family members need more of your time and attention and suddenly your sexual energy is gone. You can probably remember it, but very often you just cant feel it.

Fortunately, maintaining your sexual energy or getting it back isnt usually hard. And it can be a lot of fun. But it does require some of your time and attention, just like maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy requires some time and attention.

So if the sexual energy in your relationship is drooping or totally missing in action dont despair.  Here are 9  ways to boost your sexual energy.

Make time to talk.

Talking about our emotions helps us feel bonded, so were more likely to want to have sex, says Isiah McKimmie, a certified Somatic sex therapist who specializes in Tantra, somatic sexology, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Many women who come to see me say theyve lost interest in sex, but in fact, theyve lost the feeling of connection to their partner. Make time to sit down and talk things through. Address issues and make a point of telling your partner often how great he is: this helps him open up, too.

Harness flower power.

Flower essences rebalance the emotional side of your spirit, which may be damping down your sexual drive. Leonie Sinclair, a certified flower remedy practitioner from Triple Tranquillity Therapy Centre, suggests Bach Olive flower essence (to boost sexual energy and extinguish exhaustion and fatigue), Australian Bush Flowers She-Oak (to balance hormones), and Wedding Bush (to strengthen your relationship).

More sex, less stress.

A study published in Biological Psychology found that men and women who had recently had intercourse responded better to stress than those who abstained. An intense sensation of euphoria, calm and relaxation follows orgasm, due to the release of the hormones oxytocin, which helps us bond and creates the urge to nurture, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation, but also an important role in the regulation of the immune system.

Fatten up.

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00:36

UN head says Gazans caged in a toxic slum from birth to death as human rights council votes to investigate Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United Nations hightest human rights group voted Friday in Geneva to investigate Israel for human rights violations in the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018 in the Gaza Strip, after convening a special session.

The the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor and 14 abstentions. The U.S. and Australia alone voted against it.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the council after the meeting, defending Israel for engaging in legitimate defense of its own border against terrorist attacks.

It is another shameful day for human rights, Haley said.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Aviva Raz Shechter lambasted the decision, stating while Israel deeply regrets any civilian loss of life, the responsibility for the death of demonstrators who were shot by Israeli forces can only be attributed to Hamass cynical exploitation of its own population, in a violent campaign against Israel.

Israel unilaterally disengage from Gaza in summer 2005. There is no occupation in Gaza. It is a myth, she said, referring to the protest on Monday as a riot.

Shechter mocked the notion that Palestinians were hosting a peaceful protests.

By supporting the convening of this session they unwisely embolden the Hamas terror organization. There is nothing peaceful in Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and meat-cleavers, Shechter said, adding criticism for the Ramallah based Palestinian Authority. In 2007 the Palestinian Authority and Hamas divided their governments between the West Bank and Gaza, although there has been numerous failed attempts at reconciliation in recent years.

Shechter accused the Palestinian Authority of willingly taking part in the implementation of Hamass strategy, which was outlined as to Blame Israel. Complain to the UN.

Traditionally UNHRC considers independent inquires into human rights violations only after a member nation has exhausted a domestic investigation.

This unnecessary resolution should have been avoided, because of the credibility of Israels robust investigative mechanisms, and its steadfast respect of IHL [International Humanitarian Law], Shechter said.

After the vote, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said over social media, the Human Rights Council again proved that it is a hypocritical and biased body that aims to harm Israel and to back up terror.

On Thursday Israels Defense Minister......

00:10

Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun "IndyWatch Feed World"

A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.  

In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.

The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical Princess Sunmiles southeast of Singapore.

Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.

A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years. 

This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014. 

The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.

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22:29

Gaza: United Nations Votes To Launch War Crimes Investigation Into Israeli Armys Use Of Force "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The resolution, which was debated Friday during the Council's 28th special session to discuss international law violations during protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The resolution, which sort to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry, was supported by 29 members. Only the United States and Australia voted against the resolution, 14 nations abstained. The Great March of Return began on March 30, Palestinian Land Day. Since then, Palestinian have protested every Friday to demand their right to return to the towns and villages they were expelled from during and after the creation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.

20:18

Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box  together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion

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