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Monday, 22 January

03:37

Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"





The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.

03:25

The GFC only temporarily interrupted the trend towards rising inequality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The UK Guardian Editorial ran a sub-header yesterday (January 21, 2018) Democracies will fall under the spell of populists like Donald Trump if they fail to deal with the fallout of globalisation?, which I thought reflected the misunderstandings that so-called progressive have about globalisation and its impacts on the capacities of the sovereign state. The UK Guardian Editorial was responding to the release of the latest Oxfam report (released January 16, 2018) An Economy for the 99%: Its time to build a human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few timed to coincide with the gathering of billionaires and corporate executives at Davos this week. The Oxfam report reveals further staggering shifts in inequality across the globe, that the GFC barely interrupted. A major shift in political sentiment on the Left is needed to arrest these trends before they break out in destructive social instability.

Oxfam Report

The Oxfam Report (released January 16, 2018) An Economy for the 99%: Its time to build a human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

The results are staggering really in their indecency.

While the rest of us have been sedated by mass consumption and Internet shopping, the top-end-of-town have been firmly focused on extracting as much of the pie for themselves as they can (at our expense).

We have acquires lots of fairly useless plastic bits and pieces and massive debts, they have accumulated massive gains in their wealth holdings.

Oxfam conclude:

1. Since 2015, the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet.

2. Eight men now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world.

3. The incomes of the poorest 10% of people increased by less than $3 a year between 1988 and 2011, while the incomes of the richest 1% increased 182 times as much.

4. The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable and unjust point.

Oxfam argue that despite world leaders signing up to a global goal to reduce inequality, the gap between the rich and the rest has widened.

What the corporate leaders say should be disregarded by progressives politicians. They clearly do not operate in the interests of society...

02:58

Matt Heffernan: Sky News, just stahp. Youre doing yourself zero favours. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Share this Post Recently, a wonderful story hashtag-restored my faith in Australias mainstream media.  For once it was talking somewhat positively about the homeless Indigenous people of Darwin.  A toddler had through freak chance wandered from the family home and was found on the street by a group of Indigenous homeless as they ...

02:28

The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here.

Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of African gangs in Melbourne with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive.

The defensiveness has come in the form of conceding that yes, people of African descent are over-represented in some sorts of crimes in Victoria. However, the general crime rate is falling, and the over-representation is more or less accounted for by socio-economic disadvantage.

So take the standard statistic. People of Sudanese and South Sudanese background in Victoria make up 0.14 percent of the population, but are about 1.5 percent of the criminal population. It is concluded from this that Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants are about 10 times more likely to commit various crimes.

A file image of Victorian police.A file image of Victorian police.

Similar conclusions could be drawn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They make up some 2 percent of Australians over 18, but 27 percent of people in prison. In this case too, part of the over-representation can be attributed to socio-economic disadvantage. But the crime statistics themselves arent neutral. They are reflective of oppressive and discriminatory policing habits.

When people see that Sudanese people are over-represented in crime statistics, a red flag should go up that another racial minority is being heavily policed. We cannot know the extent to which the statistics are influenced by the nature of how police interact with Sudanese immigrants. But it is irre...

02:16

HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR INKY FINGERZ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stallholder Profile for Inky Fingerz



Your Name:  Wendy Andrew

Your Business Name: Inky Fingerz

I am in the process of setting this up

The suburb/town you live in now: Pialba/Hervey Bay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade card...

01:34

STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RESART DESIGNS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stallholder Profile for ResArt Designs



Your name: Nina Berg 
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: ResArtDesigns 
The suburb/town you live in now: Coes Creek QLD 
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make eco-resin jewellry and homewares. I use a bio-resin called Entropy Resin Super Sap CCF/CCR, which is a renewable plant based carbon, NOT petroleum based carbon, resin. This uses waste products from other industrial processes, and it does not compete with food sources or displace food based agriculture. 
I take the resin in its liquid state, mix, and place into ready made moulds ( with store bought or made by me) with either pigments or inclusions I collect such as dried flowers, leaves, seaweed, or foil etc.  I then sand through 4 grits of sand paper, polish and buff each piece. ...

01:03

Canada has paid out nearly $220 million under NAFTAs ISDS, think tank reveals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

22 January 2018: A report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) last week has revealed that Canada has paid out nearly $220 million in losses under the NAFTA investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), and $95 million in legal fees defending against ISDS claims.

CPPA is calling on Canadas trade negotiators to agree to the Trump administrations proposal for an ISDS opt-in option in a renegotiated NAFTA. They argue that ISDS not only imposes huge costs but also can lead to regulatory chill, where governments shy away from public policy decisions due to fears that they will be sued by foreign investors.

There have been 41 ISDS claims made against Canada, 23 ISDS claims made against Mexico and 21 made against the US. Canada has been sued 15 times since 2010. In the report, CCPA suggests that the Canadian governments commitment to ISDS and compliance with the scheme encourages investor-state claims against itself.

Canadas chief negotiator, Steve Verheul, has said that if an ISDS opt-in clause was added to NAFTA then all three parties to the deal would opt out. Negotiators are meeting in Montreal this week for the sixth round of talks.

00:56

Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

00:55

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

00:40

Womens marches across the United States fight loss of rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed from New South Wales

Huge numbers of women took part in street marches over the weekend and this signaled a new rise in the movement for equality. Wearing pink (Pussy) hats, they took to the streets, to show they were prepared to fight against that threaten to set back advances women have achieved over recent times. Estimates of the number have ranged to the hundreds of thousands claimed by the establishment, to the millions insisted by others.

 

Video from ABC News (US)

Most important is that the number of Americans who are angry about what is going on cannot be ignored.
Women took to the streets in many American cities and more than 600 locations. Support rallies took place across Europe, South America Asia and Africa and in Australia as well.
Gender equality is in the centre stage, because the Trump administration is moving to increase inequality. This also relates to Trumps own public performance and released tapes about his ugly attitude towards women. There is no doubt that the recent campaign outing sexual predators (#Me Too) in the workplace and has netted some high profile identities, has helped to put womens rights at the political centre.It was also fueled by the overall reaction against the Trump political direction that is hurting working Americans, the marginalised and poor. A political direction that is fanning race hate and is intended to divide ordinary Americans and favour the wealthiest Americans at the top. These issues were raised over the weekend.An important development is that the womens marches were not called in the form of opposition against Trump, but as an expression of what participants want to achieve. Rather than calling on political leaders to turn away from what they are doing, the emphasis was on what those who want to bring about change are going to do.Considerable attention has been put on the mid-term elections for the House of Representatives coming up this year, where there is a gearing up for a host of woman candidates to stand. A formidable number of celebrities attended the marches. Some of them were speakers.The electoral strategy is not all. The key is motivating ongoing activism and organising at the grass roots.

Video from People Politics

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00:39

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BEEGOOD WAX WRAPS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stallholder Profile for BeeGood Wax Wraps



Your name: Loren Vanzella

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: BeeGood Wax Wraps  

The suburb/town you live in now: Mackay

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00:04

Long-toed Stint at Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve reported by Rob Morris on 22-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The LTStint showed well before 7am. No sign of the 2 Australian Spotted Crakes I saw last night. Record iPhone shot through telescope. Please don't try and approach this bird. I watched it get flushed this morning and it is also given a hard time by the Sharp-tailed Sands which chase it all the time.

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Sunday, 21 January

22:55

Conservation groups slam govt nature plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia could soon have the worst mammal extinction rate in the world because of the federal governments nature strategy, conservation groups warn.

The draft strategy for 2018-2030, reviewed by federal and state governments, has been slammed by conservation groups who claim it includes a lack of action to protect Australias biodiversity.

This lack of any real action will all but guarantee Australia continues to have the worst mammal extinction rate on the planet, Wilderness Society national nature campaign manager Suzanne Milthorpe said in a statement on Sunday.

The document supports a national approach to conserve nature and includes goals to reduce threats to protected areas and improve the conservation management of Australias landscapes and seascapes.

The strategy suggests imposing an action inventory to show how each government is tracking in reaching its targets but offers no other plan outlining how the goals will be reached.

The Places You Love alliance, which features several Australian conservation groups, said the plan was a global embarrassment which lacked measurable targets and concrete commitments.

The government has served up simplistic and unmeasurable dot points that are an embarrassment on the global stage and fall far short of the international commitments to conserve biodiversity we have made at the United Nations, Humane Society International Australia head of programs Evan Quartermain said.

Other groups feared the lack of action would result in dying wildlife, environmental destruction and greater threats to survival for Australias threatened species.

The draft document is open for public consultation until March 16.

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22:52

PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to unveil a multi-million-dollar plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef against mass bleaching.

The plan, to cost about $60 million over the next 18 months, will include funding farmers to reduce sediment run-off and innovative research, The Courier-Mail says.

Mr Turnbull is expected to announce the plan in Townsville on Monday, supported by leading scientists.

Last week, the federal and Queensland governments issued an open call to the worlds top scientific minds to help save the reef.

The governments have launched a $2 million challenge to find novel ways to restore reefs and lift coral abundance.

This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs, said Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The reef is the planets greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but its important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere.

The Great Barrier Reef is still reeling from back-to-back coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, while authorities are also dealing with a crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak in southern parts of the reef.

The post PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:50

Doctors warn of rural mental health crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is warning there is a mental health crisis in rural and remote parts of the country.

The services chief executive Martin Laverty says five times as many people in cities are accessing mental health services compared to those in remote Australians .

If thats not a crisis, I dont know what a crisis is, he told ABC radio on Monday.

The service saw 24,500 people to provide mental health counselling last year.

We could double or triple that service tomorrow and still not touch the surface, Mr Laverty said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt acknowledges there is a very significant challenge with mental health in the regions.

He said the government is working to provide additional services in the area such as rural Headspace, telehealth and online services.

Because no matter where you are, in the middle of the night, if its 3am and there is a dark, dark moment you need to be able to speak to somebody or you need to get help, he said.

Efforts are also being made over coming months to create a program of incentives to encourage more medical workers to move to the bush.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from www.bettertoknow.org.au/AMS

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22:01

January 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....

20:16

NRA-ILA | Australia: Queenslands Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NRA-ILA | Australia: Queenslands Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy: The sorry state of gun politics in Australia was put into stark relief recently, after Liberal National Party (LNP) Queensland Legislative Assembly MP Anthony Perrett took a principled stand in favor of his constituents gun rights.

18:35

How to beat negativity bias "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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16:35

Karen Wyld: What kind of morality do they want us to celebrate on That Day "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Share this Post That Day was once Many Days, as each state held their foundation days at different times of the year. The cry for a national day on 26 January came from the Australian Natives [sic] Association. Being vocal supporters of the White Australia policy, this Associations membership was exclusively Australian-born white men of European descent. Their vision was ...

16:34

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney Morning Herald

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Kate McClymont
  • Kate McClymont

For the past 25 years Craig McLachlan has been the golden-haired boy of the Australian theatre and television industry.

But now the Gold Logie award-winning actor famous for his starring roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home and Away stands accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, exposing himself and bullying female colleagues.

A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

Two cast members have lodged a complaint with Victoria Police, alleging that a number of actresses in the show were subjected to McLachlan touching their genitals, groping their breasts, exposing himself and pressing his penis against them.

Complaints to the production company, the Gordon Frost Organisation, fell on deaf ears, they say.

Hes really calculated and very manipulative, a predator, said model and actress Erika Heynatz, one of those who have gone to the police.......

16:29

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im not sure how wise Craig McLachlan is to launch defamation actions.

After all, at least two female alleged victims of his behaviour have gone to NSW Police and complained about Craig McLachlans alleged sexual behaviour.

It sounds like there is substance to these ladies claims why would so many ladies have come forward to media and told their stories are they making these salacious, scandalous allegations up? I think not.

Id say Craig McLachlan is going to get himself deeper and deeper into trouble by not owning his errant behaviour, apologising to the alleged victims, and getting off his high horse.

If NSW Police charge him during the defamation proceedings, which will take a long time, his defamation action will go down in flames.

The only parties to benefit from this saga now are the media and lawyers.

Daily Telegraph Sydney

Craig McLachlan to launch defamation proceedings

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court

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16:16

Hillsong founder child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Pastor Frank Houstons pedophile activities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Apostle of Greed Hillsong Head Pastor Brian Houston about to embark on a 26 American city tour with Hillsong band to promote his new book, There is More.

Hillsong Founder Frank Houstons confession to being a lifelong secret pedophile

A two-year investigation of pedophile allegations going back to the 1960s, ordered by his son, Pastor Brian Houston, at the time head of the Australian Assemblies of God, and conducted by a prominent Australian AOG clergy on the AOG national executive, , Pastor John Lewis, found that the allegations were true. Frank Houston was banned for life from ever ministering in the AOG in Australia and New Zealand in December 1999 aged 77.

11:59

Nothing is Impossible: Rediscovering The Kybalion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By MITCH HOROWITZ

And with the wish the energy was born
Corpus Hermeticum, book I

I once regarded The Kybalion as little more than a novelty of early twentieth-century occultism. I considered the book a faux-antique work of mind-power philosophy, dressed up in pseudo-Hermetic language and offering a handful of serviceable but not greatly significant ideas of practical spirituality.

I was wrong.

This enduring work, which appeared on the American occult scene in 1908 under the mysterious byline Three Initiates, has earned its posterity. The book serves as something close to what it claims to be: a Great Reconciler of metaphysical, transcendental, and New Thought philosophies.

Although some of The Kybalions reference points and formulations are plainly modern, the book can justly be defended as an authentic retention of certain ancient Hermetic ideas. Its author about whom Ill say more in a moment drew upon elements of the Hermetica, a late-ancient collection of Greek and occasional Latin writings attributed to the mythical man-god Hermes Trismegistus, or thrice-greatest Hermes. This was a Greek appellation for Ancient Egypts god of writing and intellect, Thoth, whom the Greeks venerated above their own Hermes or Mercury. Using Greek literary form, the various and unnamed authors of the Hermetic tracts, not always agreeing among themselves, codified fragments of immeasurably old oral precepts from Ancient Egypt.1

I should have listened more closely when, almost twenty years ago, a respected religious philosopher, who himself had translated some of the core Hermetic writings, told me of The Kybalion, with his voice low and a gleam in his eye: There are some good ideas in that little book.

Indeed there are and it took me a long time to rediscover them. It is not always easy to say exactly what brings us back to a book or an idea. I had always orbited around The Kybalion, albeit tentatively; I admired or grew friendly with some of its acolytes and with cultural figures influenced by it; and, finally, in 2017, I returned to the book in full. It was as though a light went on. Maybe my journey is an example of the books dictum: When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with wisdom.

Before saying more about the value of The Kybalion, let me address the question of its authorship. The identity of the Thre...

09:51

PERTH Two men charged over Manning assault on bowling club cleaner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Two men charged over Manning assault on bowling club cleaner .

January 21, 2018 at 02:41PM .

TWO men have been charged over an alleged assault that left a cleaner at a Manning bowling club with serious head injuries. The men, aged 39 and 44, have both been charged with grievous bodily harm and were set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The cleaner, who had worked as a

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07:35

A taxonomy of never-Trumpers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im a sucker for taxonomies, and Ross Douthat has quite a good one in the New York Times

Like any strange and quarrelsome sect, the church of anti-Trump conservatism has divided and subdivided since Donald Trumps election. Some members have apostatized and joined the ranks of Trumpists; others have marched leftward, with anti-Trumpism as a gateway drug to wokeness. There is a faction that is notionally skeptical of Trump but functionally anti-anti-Trump, a faction that insists its just calling balls and strikes and a faction screaming that the president rigged the game and needs to be thrown out.

Whats interesting is that, from my observation, he has the factions about right in order of size. The group who have gone left is probably smaller than its ranking suggests, but contains most of what was left of serious thought on the conservative/libertarian side of politics. The smallest group, and the one treated most dismissively, consists of those who have remained politicaly conservative while being unremittingly hostile to Trump. Its members are either out of active politics already (like the Bushes) or are kicking Trump on the way out (like Corker and Flake). By 2020, it will probably be an empty set. That obviously raises the question of what will remain of the conservative movement when and if Trump is defeated.

A point of purely sporting interest is to classify Douthat himself. Id say, some mixture of anti-anti-Trump and balls and strikes. The main part of his column, arguing that Trump is more of a joke than a menace, is consistent with this, I think.

07:33

Aleister Crowley & The Book of the Law: A Magical Encounter in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu

By ROBERT BLACK

Aleister Crowley (18751947) is remembered as a libertine, philosopher, mountaineer, magician, and supposedly the wickedness man in the world. He wrote bad poetry, pornographic books, novels and a vast array of literature.

He is best known as being an infamous occultist and the scribe of The Book of the Law, which introduced Thelema to the world. Crowley was an influential member of several occult organisations, including the Golden Dawn, the A..A.., and Ordo Templi Orientis.

One of the most enigmatic aspects of Crowleys life was his receipt of what he believed to be a document dictated by a praetor human intelligence known as Aiwazz.

Crowley studied ceremonial magic for many years, but he felt he had not found the success he was searching for. He and his wife Rose travelled to Egypt where they spent a night in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Rose became clairaudient and began to repeat the phrase They are waiting for you. Crowley was bemused as Rose was not known for her interest in magic or occultism, and hitherto had shown no signs of psychic ability. But she was insistent, and perhaps more to humour his young wife Crowley invoked the god Thoth and asked a number of test questions.

Surprisingly, the answers were way beyond his wifes understanding and showed a level of sophistication that piqued Crowleys interest, to say the least. The final test involved an image of Horus at a local museum. He asked the communicating being to identify it. Rose very quickly identified various images of Horus, but it was the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu that she was most drawn to, an artefact known as inventory number 666 (Crowleys personal number as The Master Therion). The being not only identified Horus on the stele but caused Rose to explain that the intelligence attempting to communicate was not Horus himself but his representative Aiwazz.

On 8 April 1904, between noon and early in the morning, Crowley experienced a dark and overwhelming presence behind him. It communicated through him a bit like automatic writing and dictated over three days what became known as Liber AL vel Legis or The Book of the Law. The Book of the Law offers a new revelation and the revival of the Egyptian cult...

07:33

Egypt in the Western Occult Tradition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Egyptian god of knowledge, wisdom & magic, Thoth, carved on the back of the throne of the seated statue of Rameses II. It was believed Thoth was the original source of important spiritual knowledge which was preserved in the Corpus Hermeticum.

By RICHARD SMOLEY

O Egypt, Egypt, of your reverent deeds only stories will survive, and they will be incredible to your children! Only words cut in stone will survive to tell your faithful works, and the Scythian or Indian or some such neighbour barbarian will dwell in Egypt.

This haunting passage comes from the Corpus Hermeticum, the celebrated Hermetic body of writings, believed to go back to Hermes Trismegistus himself, a semidivine figure associated with the Greek god Hermes and his Egyptian equivalent, Thoth.

These texts go back no further than the early centuries of the Common Era. The passage above hints at their purpose: to preserve something of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt as its civilisation began to decay. Here is a good place to start when looking at Egypts role in the Western occult tradition.

The Corpus Hermeticum was brought to Italy in the mid-fifteenth century by Greeks fleeing the collapsing Byzantine Empire. The great patron of the arts, Cosimo de Medici, had these texts translated into Latin almost immediately. Because scholars thought they went back to Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary, and perhaps a teacher, of Moses, they were held in the highest esteem for almost two centuries. When their true date was discovered, they lost much of their prestige, and they have never quite regained it. Nevertheless, they have shaped the Western esoteric tradition in innumerable ways.

Consider Athanasius Kircher, a seventeenth-century Jesuit who, in the subtitle of Joscelyn Godwins recent book about him, was the last man to search for universal knowledge. Part of the knowledge he sought was the meaning of the hieroglyphs. Kirchers interpretation, created out of his own imagination, was almost entirely wrong. But his mistakes are instructive.

The symbol that he regarded as the key to this knowledge is a human-headed scarab from a bronze tabletop known as the Bembine Table of Isis. The body of the scarab, Kircher says, is the Earth; its wings are the airy sphere; several concentric ovals set in the place of the shoulders ar...

07:33

Modern Medicine: The New World Religion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By REG LITTLE

East Asia and possibly South Asia have strong traditions that offer insight into Western medical and scientific follies, but many parts of the developing world are much more vulnerable. The French author, Olivier Clerc, in his 2004 publication, Modern Medicine: The New World Religion has exposed the complex and confused mix of Christian and Enlightenment forces unleashed on many communities without effective traditional spiritual and scientific defences.

It is perhaps no accident that Clerc comes from a nation that, like those of East Asia, has sought ways to defend traditional agricultural and food cultures from the dictates of Anglo-American free trade and market forces. France is also a nation with a uniquely strong administrative tradition capable of exercising authority over corporate interests.

Clerc offers a unique and powerful insight into the way in which contemporary life and thought in developing nations have been perverted by a wicked mix of the power of corporate marketing, the mystique of science and the superstition of religion. He shows how illusion operates at many levels in society and how medicine and religion become entangled and almost inseparable in popular faith.

The following summary is derived from an outline on the web of Clercs book. He shows that illusion and faith are central qualities of Western civilisation, which are distinguished with difficulty. They are capable of destroying spiritual and health wisdom wherever they are found.

Clerc remarks on how Christian missionaries of the last three or four centuries sought to evangelise primitive people by destroying or burning the various cult objects of these people in order to eradicate their religions, superstitions and customs.

Yet, whether it was conquistadors stamping out Inca culture, the Inquisition stamping out European heresies, or Christian missionaries stamping out Voodoo or other African and Asian religions, the destruction of objects of worship did not prevent the continuation of strongly rooted inclinations, albeit with different qualities.

Clerc shows that the supposed secularisation of present day society is also just an illusion, with the beliefs and superstitions of Judeo-Christian culture remaining deeply embedded in the modern Western subconscious, becoming identified with many secular aspects of daily lives without people realising it.

The daily evening television news bulletins, the stars of...

07:33

The Magus Was A Spy: Aleister Crowley and the Curious Connections Between Intelligence and the Occult "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A war time photo of Aleister Crowley imitating Britains Prime Minister Winston Churchill, for whom he claimed to have invented the V for Victory hand sign.

By DR RICHARD SPENCE

In Magick Without Tears, Aleister Crowley observed a fundamental similarity between the Secret Chiefs, the invisible and inaccessible Masters to whom he professed obedience, and Captain A. and Admiral B. of the Naval Intelligence Service. Both, he noted, keep in the dark for precisely the same reasons; and these qualities disappear instantaneously the moment They want to get hold of you.1

Crowley, arguably the most famous or infamous occultist of the last century, spoke from personal experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Crowley, aka The Great Beast 666 and the Wickedest Man in the World, maintained some kind of connection with one or another aspect of British intelligence, most notably the Admiraltys Naval Intelligence branch. His case is by no means exceptional. Many of his associates in the occult realm, among them Everard Feilding, Theodore Reuss, Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Maxwell Knight, also had links to one spy agency or another.

The inter-connection of occultism and espionage goes back at least to the Elizabethan intrigues of Dr. John Dee, and certainly is much older than that. For Crowley, Dr. Dee was a role-model in more ways than one. Occult orders and spy agencies do share much in common. Both are focused on the acquisition and safeguarding of specialised knowledge and embrace secrecy as a cardinal virtue. They are selective in recruitment and members are bound by oaths of silence and loyalty. They operate, so much as possible, outside public view or even public awareness. The pursuit of occult knowledge provides an excellent training ground for espionage and kindred intrigue, and vice versa. As Crowleys literary creation Sir Anthony Bowling put it, investigation of spiritualism makes a capital training ground for secret service work, one soon gets up to all the tricks.2

What follows is a selective and inevitably brief survey of various persons who were involved in intelligence work and occult pursuits. The common denominator and main object of attention will be Crowley himself.

Crowley makes scattered allusions to intelligence work in his autobiographica...

07:33

Alchemy The Art of Transformation: An Interview with Cherry Gilchrist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By RICHARD SMOLEY

Cherry Gilchrists book on the history and interpretation of alchemy has remained a classic since its first publication in 1984. Alchemy, the Great Work: A History and Evaluation of the Western Hermetic Tradition will be published in a new edition by Weiser Books, with an introduction by Mark Booth, in June 2015.

Her book on alchemy as a system of self-development, drawing on the Twelve Gates of George Ripley and alchemical imagery, is Everyday Alchemy, published by Rider in 2002.

She has appeared on radio and TV on various occasions to discuss alchemy, most notably on Stephen Hawkings World, in an episode filmed in Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire, UK, home and haunt of an eighteenth-century alchemist.

Cherry also draws on her knowledge of the Tree of Life, astrology, and divination in her writings on alchemy. She has studied these subjects since her student days at Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in English literature and anthropology. Following the line of oral traditions and wisdom, she has also written about Russian folk traditions, ancestry, personal life stories, and myths and legends from different cultures. Cherry is at present writing a book on the traditional Tarot trumps for Quest Books. For details of her work, see www.cherrygilchrist.co.uk.

Other interests include singing early music, and travel. Places visited such as Easter Island, Siberia, and the Silk Road have given her inspiration for her books, and insight into ancient cultures.

Cherrys own philosophy is that the Hermetic work can be passed down through a genuine line of teaching, and that it needs to find different forms in new generations. She was a founder member of Saros, the Foundation for the Perpetuation of Knowledge, an organisation headquartered in the UK which took on those aims.

Cherry lives in Exeter, UK, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade.

Richard Smoley (RS): Maybe we could start by a brief definition of what you think alchemy is.

Cherry Gilchrist (CG): Alchemy is about transformation. In its most basic definition, its the transformation of base material or metal into gold. However, that is too simplistic, according to the ways in whic...

01:45

Web Exclusive: Illuminati investigates Clow UFO Base following Womens March in Chicago (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After 300,000 people attended the Womens March Chicago, the Illuminati announced it was launching an investigation into security at Clow UFO Base.

We cannot believe that more humans attended this years march than last years march, said Mu, an investigator aligned with the Illuminati.  We think most of the marchers were aliens, and that means there was a serious security breach at Clow UFO Base.  We also think the New World Order bussed in aliens to Chicago from their base in Rochelle, IL.  We are going to get to the bottom of this, starting with Clow.

Clow officials denied any security breaches at the base.

The base is still locked down, said an official who asked to remain anonymous.  There are no flights to Clow, and we are keeping a close eye on flights leaving Clow.  To the best of our knowledge, none of our visitors went to the Chicago march.  Mayor Claar made it very clear that we were to do everything in our power to keep visitors away from the march.  If you ask me, I think a lot of people just hate President Trump and his administrations treatment of women.  Thats why the marches were so popular.  But you didnt ask me.

Other officials said they would cooperate with the Illuminati, but did not believe any aliens from Clow attended the march.

Clow UFO Base is under the jurisdiction of the Illuminati following Mayor Roger Claars defection from the New World Order in 2016.

Thomas Xavier, an administrator for the New World Order, says only ten aliens were authorized from Hub 35 in Rochelle to attend the march and believes others watched from orbit.

We did not use our visitors to inflate the numbers of marchers in Chicago.  The public is rejecting the chaos sought by the Illuminati and will turn to the order and stability we will offer them.  The tide is turning.

A phone call to Claar was answered by a receptionist, who said he was busy and could not be disturbed.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, Charline, I just found out that my slide on the racial demographics of Bolingbrook is wrong.

You approved it.

You messed it up.

I didnt mess it up.  I did it on purpose.

Why?

I was sending a subliminal message to the Trump supporter...

00:52

Adding Copernicus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive added the Copernicus ERA-Interim global temperature series to all of the global temperature plots. (You may need a browser refresh to see the latest version.)

Global monthly temperatures since 1850 -- instrumental estimates plus Copernicus

Global monthly instrumental temperatures since 1850 instrumental estimates plus Copernicus

 
Copernicus is the new name for the European Unions earth observation programme. The climate component, Copernicus Climate Change Service is run by European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, operators of the world-leading global weather model that we call ECMWF. Starting in late 2014, much of the climate change programs emphasis has been on reanalysis.

 

ERA-Interim

Reanalysis is the stuff of re-assimilating weather data into a global weather model to produce a fine-scale, time-varying representation of the system across the full length of the data record. Thats essentially just a data tracking model, but at extraordinary sophistication. ERA-Interim, published in 2009, is what ECMWF calls a fourth-generation reanalysis product. (Meteorologists have been at this thing for a while; Copernicus has now started publishing its fifth-generation product.) Reanalysis.org has this summary:

ERA-Interim was originally planned as an ...

Saturday, 20 January

22:00

January 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.
Allegedly.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.


1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died...

19:41

What do the Ice Core Bubbles Really Tell Us? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball At a recent public presentation titled Whither the Weather the most frequently asked question popped up once gain. How do they know the temperatures from thousands of years ago, as in the Antarctic ice record. I gave the standard answer about layers of ice, extraction of air from trapped bubbles

17:00

The Satoshi Revolution Chapter 4: Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era?

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 2 : The Moral Imperative of Privacy
Chapter 4: When Privacy is Criminalized, Only Criminals will be Private
by Wendy McElroy

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Chapter 4, Part 3)

Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual the right to be let alone Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.

Louis Brandeis

What is privacy? Simple images come to mind, like slamming a door in the face of a census taker, but the question unlocks a complex issue.

Perhaps the most famous answer comes from an article by the American attorneys Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, which appeared in a 1890 issue of the Harvard Law Review. It was one of the most influential articles in the history of legal theory. The Right to Privacy is considered to be the first prominent call for privacy as a concept to be cemented into law. It opened: THAT the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Elsewhere, privacy is defined as the right to be left alone.

The article argued for privacy as a foundational or basic human right, upon which all other rights depended. The right of property in its widest sense including all rights and privileges, and hence embracing the right to an inviolate personality, affords alone that broad basis upon which the protection which the individual demands can be rested. No right is more basic than pri...

09:46

Passer-by finds missing person near Walhalla "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Dandenong person who went missing on their trip to Wonthaggi last week was found safe near Walhalla.

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