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Tuesday, 19 September

23:47

Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 


The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 


Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

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23:30

A further note on Avi Yeminis fascist and neo-Nazi friends "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yeah well anyway, I thought I might just note in passing some of Avi Yeminis fanbase among the extreme-right. To begin with, unhappy with the media reportage of his hate rally on Sunday, Avi instead recommends everybody read the report Continue reading

23:25

DavidShurter.com "IndyWatch Feed National"

If My Stepmother IS In Fact Dead- That Means My Dads Hospice Records are Accessible

Because my 1/2 sister- which she really isnt- doesnt have the AUTHORITY to keep me from them. Interesting piece of info they let go of last night.

Oh- and being part of being left out of the will- if you look at Nebraska law- I could have EASILY sued and won- as the FIRST FAMILY has a greater claim to their parents money than the SECOND (or in this case- THIRD- although my dad didnt have any children in his first marriage). So if I had WANTED to sue- I could easily have. But who wants BLOOD MONEY?

22:41

Review: Common People by Tony Birch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Tony Birchs latest collection of stories is full of hard lives lived along side-tracks, on back-roads, in cobbled bluestone allies and laneways. The scenarios will be familiar to anybody who has endured life beyond a Boundary street. Birchs characters are outsiders, misfits, the crooked and routinely outcast, the too regularly disregarded and vulnerable. There is no wankery, ...

21:56

Bobbie Houston Instagram: HAPPY (AUSSIE) BIRTHDAY to my/our gorgeous son @joelhouston those eyes tell it all. Love you darling. Mum!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUEEN BOOBIE OF HELL$ONG: HAPPY (AUSSIE) BIRTHDAY to my/our gorgeous son @joelhouston those eyes tell it all. Love you darling. Mum!! ...

21:53

After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover Theyve Been Too Critical Of Democrats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Journalism is in crisis. After some much-needed self-examination, however, reporters are finally beginning to figure out why many Americans are souring on their industry: Theyve been too critical of the Democratic Party.

The trend was evident in 2016, when media outlets decided to focus on Hillary Clintons corruption, favor trading, and subsequent cover-up attempts. As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who? What? When? Where? Why? And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Partys candidate or not?

So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jay Jarvis. There was too much reporting going on, they argue. Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently. Who is at fault for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown. And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

There is plenty of data available on this question. Its difficult to believe this now, but at one point a number of top media outlets considered the first-ever FBI investigation of a major presidential candidate in the history of the republic to be somewhat newsworthy. So they proceeded to cover the candidates many lies, her purging of somewhere around 30,000 pieces of evidence, and the FBIs shes-so-freaking-guilty-but-not-guilty verdict. And when authorities uncovered a computer that should have been in the possession of the FBI but was instead accessible to the sex-addicted husband of a top Hillary aide, they reported that, as well. This should have all been ignored.

On numerous occasions during her book tour, Clinton argued that the press didnt do its job which is to say, help her get elected. Considering the sycophantic coverage afforded her and her for...

21:53

After My Husbands Death, Im Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors. Our vocabulary falters in the face of death.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Jake. It took me about a year to come up with something that felt like it made sense of what I was feeling.

In the weeks after Jake died, letters and cards flooded in from friends and strangers alike. With each cards arrival, Id edge open the envelope in a stunned sort of sadness. I sat over the rough-hewn, wooden dining room table wed picked out together just months before he died, cross-legged and pregnant, poring over sometimes dozens of notes a day.

And with every envelope, Id have a glimmer of hope, that somehow, someway, this one would have an answer inside. I knew at the time it was irrational, but I couldnt stop. The hope was too tantalizing. Maybe this was the onethis card would explain everything! This letter would give me the reason our lives had been so utterly shattered in an instant. But the fact is those words, no matter how well-meaning and wise, couldnt tell me that. Even Scripture could only reassure, not really explain in the way humans want but cant have.

The reasons for Jakes death are not apparent. Luckily, the reasons for continuing to live are. But I searched for a way to say what I was feeling.

I love the idea of the divine spark. It crosses a lot of cultures and religions, the idea that you carry a bit of the Creator inside you, that it animates your life.

Jakes life always brings to mind a spark and then some. Jakes soul, to me, was a bonfire. He was here and he was in your face and he was warm and bright. He roared with enthusiasm at the beginning, even the hope of something new, sometimes a little too much. His glow was infectious, throwing sparks into the night air, silhouetted against a dark sky before they landed on everyone in his vicinity. He mellowed to embers as the night wore on, usually over a glass of bourbon or a beer.

I lived seven years of my life looking into a bonfire. I warmed my hands and found comfort in its flame. There were times when I damn near burnt myself or got a giant waft of smoke at exactly the wrong time.  Because thats life. And thats fire. Its not all smores and sweetness.

Everyone whos loved someone knows that light and warmth. Everyone whos lost someone knows the feeling when it goes dark and cold one day.

When that happens at any time, its jarring. When it happens without warning, even more.

The light went out. This fire Id stood next to for seven years just went out, like a flood light on a switch. Boom. Imagine staring into a fire, and then suddenly turning 180 degrees to survey the woods behind you. I couldnt see. I was standing in what otherwise was my life, and I...

21:53

What American Schools Should And Should Not Learn From China "IndyWatch Feed National"

We Americans have tried many things to improve U.S. education outcomes, including out-spending many nations. Yet, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which ranks global education systems by assessing 15-year-old students reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years, American students end up in the middle of the pack with little improvement year after year.

Students from East Asia, such as Singapore, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dominate the top 10 in all three subjects, especially on math and science (theres an ongoing debate whether the PISA result is rigged). Since the East Asia region is dominated by people with Chinese-style education systems, does this mean Chinese schools are superior to American schools?

Some people think so. Since Amy Chua published her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, many Americans look to Chinese culture for answers to save American education. Lenora Chu, an American who lived in China with two children, took it a step further. In her recent book and an accompanying essay that appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal, she argues that what American students need are Chinese schools.

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

When I went through the K-12 education system in China, teachers always expected each one of us to give our best effort. They never talked about learning being fun. Instead, they emphasized the merit of hard work. Thus, they do not dumb down the content to ensure that kids at the bottom of the class understand. Instead, they did everything they could to ensure the content was challenging even for the best in the class. They instill the belief in every student that anyone who works hard and devotes enough time will eventually get it.

Chinese teachers set high expectations for their students partly because a teachers compensation is closely tied to his or her students academic performance. While in America teachers unions have repeatedly repelled or undermined efforts to implement performance-based compensation for teachers, Chinese teachers accept such a compensation structure as a no-brainer. Good Chinese teachers receive handsome performance bonuses and special allowances. They are also highly sought-after by private tutoring companies, which offer to double or triple teachers incomes outside their regular school hours.

Chinese parents also set high expectations for students. My parents ma...

21:51

UFO books by Australian authors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I was asked recently for a listing of UFO books by Australian authors. So, here it is. If any blog readers know of others, I would appreciate an email to keithbasterfield@yahoo.com.au in order that I may amend this list. Images are courtesy of Amazon Books, unless otherwise credited.

1965. "Flying Saucers Over Australia." James Holledge.



1967. "Flying Saucers Where Do They Come From?" Richard Tambling.



1969. "UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere." Michael Hervey.



1976. "UFOs: The American Scene." Michael Hervey.
1978. "UFOs: A Scientific Enigma." David Seargent.



1981. "UFOs: The Image Hypothesis." Keith Basterfield.

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21:51

More Great Photos of the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Departing Rockhampton Airport Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As we posted below, on Monday 18 September, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers - before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii as "Reach 468".





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21:40

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Moving Scenes at Rockhampton Airport as RSAF KC-135R '752' Takes Deceased Singapore Armed Force's Soldier Home "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to Singapore.


As reported below on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, the KC-135R Stratotanker '752' touched down at Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 18 September as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.




21:34

The Largest Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are Melting Faster "IndyWatch Feed National"

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

From an Article by Benjamin Storrow, E & E News, September 13, 2017

WIND RIVER RANGE, Wyo. Here at the roof of the Continental Divide, one of the Rocky Mountains largest glaciers is in retreat.

A new world is emerging in the wake of the receding ice. In a vast, glacially carved basin, where towering spires of granite dominate the skyline, a small colony of stunted Engelmann spruce has taken up residence in a pile of rocky debris, some 500 feet above the tree line. Bees flit among the yellow mountain asters dotting the boulder field at the glaciers base. Grass grows along a stream where there was, until recently, only snow and ice.

Its a different place today, Darran Wells, an outdoor education professor at Central Wyoming College, observed from a research camp near the base of the Dinwoody Glacier on a recent evening. A regular visitor to the glacier over the last two decades, Wells offered a succinct take on its evolution over his nightly meal, a dehydrated serving of shepards potato stew with beef.

Every year, more grass, less snow, he said.

The largest concentration of glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains are melting, unseen, in this remote corner of Wyoming. More than 100 glaciers cover about 10,000 acres in the Wind River Range, according to a recent study by researchers at Portland State University. No American mountain range outside Alaska and Washington is covered in more ice.

The Wind River glaciers remain some of the least understood ice sheets in North America. Researchers dont have a firm grasp on the amount of water locked away in the alpine ice, and estimates of how much they contribute to local streams vary widely.

Answering those questions requires penetrating a rugged wilderness nearly the size of Rhode Island and climbing to elevations between 11,000 feet and 13,800 feet, where the glaciers hug the crest of the Continental Divide.

Today, a growing number of scientists are pushing into the backcountry to understand these icy reservoirs. Their concern: The Wind River glaciers are retreating just when Wyoming needs them most.

If you havent had proximity to these glaciers,....

21:26

VOTE YES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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YES!!! - Dont forget to vote!

Greetings Newlanders,

To all of you, a gentle reminder to make sure you post your vote for marriage equality now or as soon as you receive the ballot. 

Please dont leave it to the last minute. Speaking as a well-practised master in the art of procrastination (hmmm!!), I know how easy it is to put off things like this and suddenly the last minute becomes a day too late (especially given AusPosts flexible' delivery times!!).

Phil
0425 748 328

21:20

Foster Pool Needs You! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire wants feedback from the Foster community by Monday October 2 so they can develop a Master Plan for the Foster Pool. Pool President, Ian Lyon, said that []

The post Foster Pool Needs You! appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:15

Sandy Points Mens Shed Receives Grant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ITS absolutely remarkable to get a grant for $60,000, said Mens Shed Secretary, Phil Cornwell. We are really excited. It will be all hands to the wheel. This is the []

The post Sandy Points Mens Shed Receives Grant appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:11

Wild things happening at Stockyard Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GRANT FLATHER is the curator of Wild Life, an extraordinary group exhibition at Stockyard Gallery in Foster. Originally he organised to do a solo show but realised about 6 months []

The post Wild things happening at Stockyard Gallery appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:06

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Speaking at an event in Sydney, Ms Berejiklian described same-sex marriage as a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

The position has put her at odds with her Armenian Apostolic Church, which claims same-sex marriage would pave the way for radical gay sex education programs to be taught in schools.

Ms Berejiklian, who was born in Australia to Armenian immigrants, is a regular attender of church events and has been to several this year.

Article below

NSW Premier Ms Berejilkian, a single women, who I dont think is a lesbian more an old-maid workaholic says same-sex marriage is a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

So Ms Gladys (quaint old-fashioned name for an old-fashioned gal) Berejilkian has decided:

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

2. same sex marriage is one of the most important human rights issues in our time.

Bravo Gladys Why dont you try reading the Holy Bible your Armenian Church believes in yes, the Holy Bible which expressly forbids homosexuality and lesbianism.

Gladys havent you read Romans chapter one, Revelation 22 and Leviticus?

Gladys havent you understood Genesis 1-3 and how God created male and female to form a family and populate the earth?

Gladys have you swallowed the rainbow pill so bad that the same-sex marriage delusion has gone straight to your head, and now you can no longer see Biblical truths?

ABC News Australia

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey

19 September 2017

 

21:06

Vote for your favourite photos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OVER 100 photos were submitted in Prom Country Regional Tourisms winter photography competition. Now its time to vote for your favourites. During winter, photography enthusiasts entered a maximum of three []

The post Vote for your favourite photos appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:03

China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Why do you say China will replace the West when their government is still the communist party?

ANSWER: China is no more communist than Donald Trump. There is a cycle of life through which we all pass including governments. China revolted against communism. The government may retain that name, but they are no communist in that sense of the word.

I have explained before that Russian communism was concerned about what you thought where as China adopted the tall poppy policy. If Stalin thought you would be a threat to his power you were killed. In China, you could think what you wanted provided you did not step up publicly.

China is not at the same place in the cycle of life as we see in Europe and America. Therefore, China is on the rise and will replace the West which is burdened with socialism they cannot possibly afford.  China learned its lessons and is moving forward despite the name of the government party.

If things got worse in the West, I would apply to China for political asylums.

20:54

Bitmoney.eu expanding outside of EU by adding POLi payment method for New Zealand and Australian customers "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

It is only a matter of time now before cryptocurrencies become completely mainstream. Bitcoin is far more advanced when compared to other cryptocurrencies. Bitmoney.eu, an online bitcoin-purchasing platform, is looking to be at the very front of this shift towards a crypto-economy. Bitcoin is a secure and private way to hold money while also guaranteeing Continue reading Bitmoney.eu expanding outside of EU by adding POLi payment method for New Zealand and Australian customers

The post Bitmoney.eu expanding outside of EU by adding POLi payment method for New Zealand and Australian customers appeared first on NEWSBTC.

20:44

Greening the verge at West End State School @KurilpaFutures "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of Kurilpa Futures ongoing Youth Engagement Strategy, West End State School (WESS) Environment Club students joined members of Kurilpa Futures (KF) in a collaboration to green the verge in the Hardgrave Rd Greening Project (one of three proposed by KF).   Students from the WESS Environment Club and their families were out in []

The post Greening the verge at West End State School @KurilpaFutures appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

20:30

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Answers Jamie Dimons Bitcoin Criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne responds to Dimons criticism, recalls traditional banking fears.

20:27

Win a double gold pass to this years Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.

Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.

Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.

This year, Australian Music Week has also launched The AMW / 301 Music Prize a new award designed to help kick start an emerging artists career, proudly supported by AMW, 301 Studios, MGM, The Right Profile, APRA, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer, AU Review, Leadbelly and Hi Fi Days Festival.

With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.

Enter below to win a double gold pass to Australian Music Week 2017




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20:09

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #560 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #560 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #560 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 19th September 2017 to Monday 25th September 2017 Royal Melbourne Show 2017 Share an unforgettable day out with family and friends at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show held from Saturday 23 September to Tuesday 3 October at Melbourne Showgrounds. Royal Melbourne Show 2017 | Get Early Bird Tickets Now Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 23 Sep 2017 | Over 50 German beers plus cider, wine, schnapps, popular spirit mixers plus traditional German fare to tantalise your taste buds. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building | Buy Tickets Dachshund Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 23rd September - Hophaus annual Dachshund Race raising money for Dachshund Rescue Australia. Hophaus Dachshund Race | Hophaus Bier Bar Grill AstroLight Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Scienceworks joins forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light. AstroLight Festival 2017 | Scienceworks Tesselaar Tulip Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. September 15th - September 17th - Turkish Weekend September 18th - September 21st - Over the Rainbow Week September 22nd - September 24th - Dutch Weekend September 25th - September 28th - Children's Week #1 September 29th - October 1st - Food Wine & Jazz Weekend October 2nd - October 5th - Children's Week #2 October 6th - October 8th - Irish Weekend Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 Pop-Up Globe Theatre .nobrtable br { display: none } The worlds first full-scale replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, right next door to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This isnt dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party. Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, As You Like It, Othello & Around The Globe In 60 Minutes 21 September 12 November 2017 | Pop-Up Globe Theatre Winter Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } A quirky line-up of entertainers, street food stalls, specialty and design stalls, warm drinks, cold beers and raging open fires. Winter Night Market | Queen Victoria Market Fringe Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 14 Sept 1 Oct | Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase developing championing and celebrating the independent arts. Fringe Festival | 400 events @ 160+ Venues Oktoberfest at Southgate .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 so dig out your lederhosen and dirndl & come down for the fun at Hophaus at Southgate. Saturday 16 September until Sunday 22 October 2017 Hoptoberfest | Hophaus...

19:57

Support the Bloomington ABC Anarchist Prisoner War Fund "IndyWatch Feed National"


Donate here: https://www.fundedjustice.com/abcbloomington

Since October 2015, Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross has been providing consistent  monthly funds to anarchist prisoners throughout the United States via our Anarchist Prisoner War Fund. We are now asking for help keeping this project going strong into the future.

We have specifically chosen comrades who were receiving very little money or support from the outside, who have no familial support, or who were otherwise in need of monetary aid. These funds have been essential when some comrades did stints in solitary due to activities surrounding the September 9th prison strike, aiding their survival in the most oppressive conditions. We also emphasize support for rebellious prisoners who have maintained the struggle behind the walls. We want to make it clear to our comrades in prison and those taking action on the outside that they can continue to struggle without fear of abandonment if they are caught.

Currently, we provide $40 each month to five anarchist prisoners:

  • Michael Kimble, a gay, Black anarchist and long-time prison rebel imprisoned for the self-defense killing of a racist homophobe.
  • Sean Swain, an anarchist prison rebel in Ohio.
  • Eric King, an anarchist doing 10 years for attempting to firebomb a Congressmans office in solidarity with the Ferguson rebellion.
  • Jennifer Gann, an anarchist trans woman and long-time prison rebel in California.
  • Andy H., a local anarchist comrade in prison for assaulting a cop.
  • In addition, we have sent substantial amounts of money to other comrades and projects on a temporary basis: Casey Brezik, the Cleveland 4, Marius Mason, prison rebels facing repression for organizing and revolt, an anarchist social space in Malaysia in need of repairs after a fire, and imprisoned fighters of other social struggles.

Thus far, we have raised this ourselves through fundraising, e...

19:37

Cryptogamic crust "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Among the trees of Matong State Forest is cryptogamic crust.

This is a specialised community of cyanobacteria, mosses, and lichens.

It works to improve soil stability, as well as offering increased resistance to wind and water erosion.

Crusts are often a feature of arid and semi-arid areas, where their sponge-y texture might also catch seed from nearby plants.

They have adapted to severe growing conditions but can easily be disturbed.

Disruption of the crusts brings decreased organism diversity, soil nutrients and stability.

Full recovery of crust from disturbance is a slow process, particularly for mosses and lichens.

Visual recovery can be complete in as little as one to five years, given average climate conditions.

However, recovering crust thickness can take up to 50 years, and mosses and lichens can take up to 250 years to recover.

19:30

The SSM 'vote' is a statistic that will be sold by the ABS "IndyWatch Feed National"

With all the racket about the YES or NO 'vote' on Same Sex Marriage, many people have lost focus on the documentation that is provided to them.

First of all it is NOT a 'vote' but rather an indication whether you support homosexuals marrying.

Secondly it goes to a business called the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which will then SELL your data to whoever wants those 'statistics'.


Don't forget the ABS sold 'your' census data for $41,000,000.

You have been fooled into 'voting' where you are conducting an action in business / commerce / trade, albeit for free, and for profit to the ABS.

Corporation:$$$, People:$000.00

Thank you for your 'business', dumbos!!! !!! !!!

19:14

New Evidence Reveals Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project have issued a report regarding new evidence of ongoing corruption and scientific misconduct at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The article New Evidence Reveals Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

19:09

A rare outbreak of unanimity on PFI "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Im doing some work on privatisation and wanted to look at recent UK experience with the Private Finance Initiative. So, I Googled for PFI in the last year (as Google personalizes searches, your mileage may vary). The result is a surprising degree of unanimity. Across the political spectrum, there is agreement that

* PFI is a disaster, enriching private firms at the expense of the public
* The other side is (mostly) to blame

Excluding some references to an Indian political group and some data sources, the top hits are, in order:

PFI is bankrupting Britain (Guardian)

Private firms poised to make another 1bn(Guardian)

Hundreds of schools held hostage over PFI contracts (Telegraph)

Costly legacy of Labours PFI shambles (Daily Mail)

Tories accused of double standards for promoting PFI (Financial Times)

NHS leaking millions in PFI contracts (BBC)

19:01

Save money on energy efficient product buy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



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18:46

Move To The Rear Of The Power Station, Drink From The Renewable Kool-Aid "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In the debate over keeping the Liddle Power Station open, the numbers just dont add up. But probably not the numbers youre thinking. Geoff Russell explains.

According to Guy Rundle, writing last week on Crikey.com, we could build a socially distributed [clean]energy system (whatever that is), in a decade.

The Germans are the prototypical renewable energy zealots and they figure theyll manage about 80 per cent of their electricity from renewables by 2050. Which is 50 years after they passed their Renewable Energy Sources Act back in 2000.

Perhaps Angela Merkel could dispatch some renewable energy gurus to sit at Guys feet and learn. But perhaps renewable energy engineers are intrinsically non-dispatchable and will just have to wait for a favourable wind before visiting.

Having read Guys article, I went back to check his references, numbers, evidence. But apparently, this too is non-dispatchable, so Ill need to wait until the sun comes out from behind its cloud and illuminates Guys reasoning.

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Did anybody hear Alan Finkel on the ABC Science Show recently? Among a panel of pretty gung-ho renewable advocates, Finkel stood out by robustly urging caution and concern for the finer details and massive complexity of our energy system. His metaphor was that changing the global energy system was like turning not just the biggest supertanker youve ever seen, but like turning a tanker 1,000 times bigger than anything youve ever seen.

So lets look at turning not the whole system, but just one little coal plant; the Liddell power station.

Liddell is a 2,000 megawatt (MW) coal fired power station. So it will deliver 2,000MW whenever you want. This is what dispatchable means; whenever you want. So you can get 2,000MW on windless evenings when solar and wind are producing nothing. You can get 2,000MW in the chilly pre-dawn of any morning when the roasters of coffee beans are preparing for the morning rush.

Before making grand claims about turning the entire Australian energy supertanker in a decade, Guy could first explain how to replace Liddell in 5 years?

Australias Nyngan solar farm is currently our largest, at 102MW. Is that 5 percent the size of Liddell? Would building 20 do the job?

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18:39

PERTH Man charged over Perth stabbing after allegedly telling police of the attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over Perth stabbing after allegedly telling police of the attack .

September 19, 2017 at 04:45PM .

to do grievous bodily harm that unlawfully wounds another and attempted armed robbery. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/man-charged-over-perth-stabbing-after-allegedly-telling-police-of-the-attack-ng-b88604417z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEuspgcJMdA5gUu9ipb5yB89kdF_g

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

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18:39

PERTH Police charge man over obscene acts in Perths Western Suburbs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police charge man over obscene acts in Perths Western Suburbs .

September 18, 2017 at 06:37PM .

The Dianella man was charged with committing seven counts of committing an obscene act in public. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.communitynews.com.au/western-suburbs-weekly/news/police-charge-man-obscene-acts-perths-western-suburbs&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFJjtwN6zhxGqirQMcAO2FHbl0xpA

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

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17:55

Canada - Moncton City Council Says No To Fluoridated Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After months of consultation, Moncton City Council is rejecting the advice of many health organizations and keeping fluoride out of municipal water.
Councillor Paulette Theriault said as a grandmother, she was not comfortable with her grandchildren drinking water with fluoride in it.

New Brunswick Dental Society Vice President Dr. Suzanne Drapeau McNally had a fiery response.
"If they're serious, we want decay to stop, so let's talk and not put the blame on someone else," says Dr. Drapeau McNally. "I'm gonna be a grandmother just like Paulette Theriault, and those kids, it is safe for them to have fluoride."
Dr. Nicole Brien is a dentist specializing in children, and she is also disappointed in the decision.
"I have seen a difference since the fluoride has been removed from the water, and not just the number of cavities I see, but also in how quickly the teeth deteriorate," says Dr. Brien.
Dr. Drapeau McNally questioned whether the City was truly serious about improving the dental health of residents.
"Well, do something about it," says exclaims. "[Council] has been saving $125,000 per year, this is five years, where has this money gone, or what have you done to help?"
Mayor Dawn Arnold said without knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that fluoride was harmless she couldn't support adding it back into the municipal water supply.

The motion to keep the status quo and leave fluoride out of municipal drinking water was passed 7 - 3 with Councillor Paul Pellerin absent.

Councillors Susan Edgett, Rob McKee, and Greg Turner voted to reintroduce fluoride, while Councillors Paulette Theriault, Shawn Crossman, Pierre Boudreau, Blair Lawrence, Charles Leger, and Bryan Butler, as well as Mayor Dawn Arnold all voted to keep fluoride out.

17:48

14 Scientifically Proven Ways to Become Less Miserable, Starting Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

True happiness in life is something that we all hope to accomplish, although the definition of happiness differs from person to person. For some, it may refer to happiness in their career, for others happiness at home. Ultimately, however, each of us would like to experience happiness in our day to day lives.

Source: Spiked

There are two types of happiness that we may experience in our lives, that which we have no control over and that which we can promote and improve upon. Some of us experience happiness relative to the seasons and the weather, with conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while others are impacted by events in their life outside of their control. There are, however, a number of ways we can invite positive energies and happiness into our lives on a daily basis.

Try these 14 strategies to improve the happiness in your life:

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

It is okay to admit that you dont have the answers to every situation in life. It isnt reasonable to believe that you will know everything, you are, after all, only human. Rather than trying to handle everything on your own embrace the fact that you may know someone who is able to help provide you with the knowledge and experience that you require. Reach out to friends/family and ask for help, you cant expect people to know you need their assistance if you dont tell them.

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

If there is one thing that is psychologically holding you back from experiencing happiness in your life, it is yourself! If you allow yourself to dwell on feelings of guilt, remorse and self-doubt then you are denying yourself the opportunity to experience the more positive moments. Instead, let go of the past, focus on the present and welcome the feelings of joy that will come from it. Tell yourself that you are allowed to be happy!

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17:48

At UN, China Stands by Myanmar on Rohingya Issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres prior to their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres prior to their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Beijing: China supports efforts by the Myanmar government to protect its national security and opposes recent violent attacks in the countrys Rakhine State, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres.

The military response to insurgent attacks in the western region of Myanmar last month sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, escaping what the UN has branded ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting.

Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims. Her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the process had to be discussed.

Wang to...

17:47

A Deep Dive Into the Conspiracy Theory That Governments Are Controlling Us with Fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is flouride in our water the biggest public health cover-up of our times, or just "truthers" having a rant? Wake up, sheeple!

On the World Wide Web, there are few black holes more enticing to fall down than the great fluoride conspiracy. Some would call it the ramblings of paranoid truth gurus who spend too much time maintaining their dreads and making YouTube videos about Atlantis. Others insist that it's the largest mass control experiment of our times.

Where does the truth lie in an argument taken up by both sides with near religious conviction? It's almost impossible to decipher. Perhaps it's somewhere between the two.

The idea, in a nutshell, is that governments put fluoride in our water supply in order to negatively affect huge populations, for their own financial gains. That fluoride is actually a strong tranquilliser in disguise. That the US want their citizens to be zombies. That Kellogg's, Nestle, Crest and other food companies known as "The Fluoride Mafia" are all in on it. That fluoride dumping is secretly wrapped up in Illuminati interests.

If you dig into why water fluoridation began, you find a convoluted, suspicious mess. According to the conspiracy theory, the name of the company with the biggest profit to be made from water fluoridation was ALCOA. The ALCOA Company had an unlimited supply of toxic waste a byproduct of aluminium, AKA fluoride. At their lab, an ALCOA-sponsored biochemist did a test on rats that showed cavities were reduced with the fluoridated water and concluded that: "The case should be regarded as proved." In this historic moment in 1939, so the story goes, the first public proposal that the US should fluoridate its water supplies wasn't made by a doctor or a dentist, but an industry scientist working for a company that was also threatened by fluoride damage claims.

Another part of the theory is that, during the Second World War, industrial fluoride pollution increased because of the production and extensive use of ALCOA aluminium in aircraft manufacturing. It was after the Second World War that many governments began to put fluoride in our water supplies to protect people against cavities. Coincidence!?

Currently, about 372 million people (around 5.7 percent of the world's population) receive artificially fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including....

17:36

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

19th September 2017

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Board of Directors acknowledges that ethnic and multicultural LGBTI people exist in our culturally diverse communities; that they are our friends and our family members, and that LGBTI people, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face even more layers of discrimination.

ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef says, The ECCV Board of Directors and members have long understood discrimination, as many of us and our families have experienced discrimination on the basis of our ethnicity, skin colour, faith and language.  

The ECCV Board of Directors endorses The YES Alliance which is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that support a YES vote in the upcoming postal vote for marriage equality.

The Chair emphasises on behalf of the ECCV Board of Directors that as descendants of migrants who came to Australia in search for better opportunities and freedoms, we expect our whole community to be treated fairly in all aspects of civil law, including civil marriage law; this expectation embraces the fair and equal treatment of our culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTI friends and family.  

Eddie Micallef encourages our culturally diverse community to consider the values that brings together our harmonious and respectful society with a shared sense of belonging, acceptance and contribution.

The ECCV Board of Directors supports Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) in calling on ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria and in Australia to consider voting yes to marriage equality.

ECCV will attend the official launch of The YES Alliance at the Victorian Parliament House on Wednesday 20th September, 2017 from 1pm. All are welcome to attend the launch and join ECCV in demonstrating support for human rights and removing discrimination for the benefit of all Victorians.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer via lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

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17:24

Government Anti-Gun Campaign. Punish the gun owner. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two attempted home invasions in the same area. A Father uses an unloaded rifle to scare away a man who has a knife & a chunk of wood to use as a club. The Police can shoot someone who confronts them in this way, but this Father had his firearms confiscated, all of his firearms! Now who's side do you think the police & the government are on?
It is against the law in Australia to purchase or carry anything that is for self defence. That is bad enough, but when a Father uses what he has to hand to protect his family & then gets persecuted for doing so, well that is beyond the pail!

Farmers gun licence under review after confronting intruder with unloaded rifle

Border farmer has guns taken after confronting man armed with a knife at his home

Father fears justice system stacked against victims after guns confiscated
...

17:22

What Can the Politically Correct Far Left Learn from Carl Jung? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

The following excerpt is from the opening chapters of "Aion" by the great Carl G. Jung. It is recommended reading for anyone who has not spent considerable time studying the shadow and doing shadow work - particularly young adults on the far-left politically correct (PC) "social justice warrior" end of the spectrum (and for the far right, for that matter) who believe vehemently that anyone with a different point of view to theirs is a "fascist," "oppressor," or "homophobe," etc. (depending on context, but ultimately morally wrong and reprehensible) - and thus lash out accordingly.

The article What Can the Politically Correct Far Left Learn from Carl Jung? appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

17:11

Same to you mate! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With certain publications, you know what you are getting.  You usually know well before you read them.  There are seldom surprises with the ideas or the agenda.  That does not mean that they should not be read.  It also does not mean that what is written is always right or always wrong or not funny.  Think the Sydney Morning Herald.  Think the Guardian.

Think also Front Page magazine which describes itself as a Project of the David Horowitz Freedom Centre:

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is best seen as a School of Political Warfare. The Centers mission is to defend free societies which are under attack from enemies within and without, both secular and religious. The Centers focus and the Schools curriculum have two agendas:

1. Identify the enemy and understand his nature
2. Devise ways to attack and neutralize him

Writing last week on Hillary Clintons new book, What Happened, David Greenfield wrote some classics:

Three creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches and Clintons.

and

But while Democrats wish Hillary Clinton would go away, she embodies todays left better than anyone.  Hillary was Americas First Crybully: the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, Hands up, dont shoot and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.

If I could do only one thing in my remaining days, I would correct Greenfield.  Four creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches, Clintons and that irritating fellow from Queensland who now lives in New York.

The same to you mate!  Shake your own sauce bottle!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glases as he speaks to....

16:36

The rise and rise of the New England Writers' Centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Under the energetic leadership of writer Sophie Masson, (web site here), the New England Writers' Centre (NEWC) appears to be going from strength to strength.

It's only a few years'ago that the Centre lost its State Government funding.and was forced to let its full time director go. I joined the Board at the time and remember the feeling of gloom that surrounded the Centre's future. It was hard to be positive.

I am no longer a Board member, but I was there during the beginning of the transformation period that has now made the Centre such a force, This was helped by renewed State funding achieved with local member Adam Marshall's support, but this was only possible because the Centre itself was transforming under Sophie's leadership.

Inland Armidale lacks the sex appeal and reach now attached to Byron Bay. With time, economic and social change its prominence has shrunk from the the putative capital of our own New England state to the point that it is sometimes described as just a country town. And yet, somehow, the city survives as a unique university, educational and administrative centre.

Armidale has always been a writers' hub. Relative to its size, the current population is around 23,000, Armidale has more writers than any place in Australia. It has its own tradition, its own writer schools such as the Armidale poets who form part of the broader web of the New England literary tradition. You won't find this tradition referenced in literary writing with its metro focus, but it exists. Armidale is not alone here, of course. The writers of the Northern rivers are also neglected. I think that you would find the same in North Queensland or the Riverina..

The thing that the NEWC does, I think, par excellence, is that it links local writers into the broader networks required to have a chance in the competitive world of literature. There was a period in the dark days when the NEWC focus narrowed to just Armidale. Now the Centre is again extending its reach beyond the city.

Even though I am no longer a Board member, I am just so proud of what the Centre has achieved in recent years.  Well done to...

16:35

Whats On? City of Ryde presents Tracey Spicer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tomorrow Night at the Ryde Library between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m the City of Ryde present their regular Author Platform, featuring Newsreader/Journalist Tracey Spicer.

 

Tracey reveals the many aspects of her life of a woman, from growing up in the early years living in Brisbane to being inspired by journalist Jana Wendt and working her way into her dream role of being a national news anchor in the TV industry. She also talks about her struggles as a woman in the media industry such as being sacked via email after having a baby. In this frank and funny memoir, Tracey reconstructs the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.

For more info check out the event on the City of Ryde Website 

16:30

FixedIt: Adults cant have sex with 14 year olds. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since this article was published yesterday afternoon its generated hundreds of comments. Both the reporting and the judges comments have attracted opprobrium. As they should.

Its interesting that the ABC reported on a very similar case in Canberra last year, but had no difficulty clearly labelling that crime as rape.

Theres a couple of reasons the ABC might have chosen to report yesterdays case as sex rather than rape.

The main one would be that there is no offence of rape in the ACT criminal code. There are degrees of sexual assault and Section 92E of the ACT Crimes Act called sexual intercourse with young person with a maximum penalty of 17 years in jail if the child is under 10 years of age and 14 years if the child was under 16.

Sexual intercourse with a young person was the charge the Canberra man was convicted on, so it would not be completely accurate to report that he was convicted of rape.

Defamation might have been another concern, but it seems unlikely. Calling this man a rapist or describing his actions as rape is a realistic description and therefore not subject to a defamation claim.

Jason Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School said, from a defamation perspective, while rape might not reflect language used in ACT legislation, does it reflect the actions of what he did, so its substantially true. Defamation would not be an issue here.

So, while the ABC would have had to specify the charge, they were not legally obliged to describe his actions as sex. They could legally and accurately have called it rape.

The case last year where they did call it rape was very similar to this one. The charge was the same, the victim was 15 year...

16:20

Introduction to Survival for Teens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are excited to be running this fun and interactive one-day workshop for teenagers which will cover what to do in an emergency in the bush, how to manage survival situations and, crucially, how to not get into an emergency situation in the first place! It wont be all talk though, there will be practical []

The post Introduction to Survival for Teens appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.

16:19

Yandina Wetlands surveys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the sites value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here; https://www.unitywater.com/about-us/projects-in-your-area/major-projects/yandina-creek-wetland

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11thand 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,

Ken
friarbird43@bigpond.com

16:16

Actual Headlines Found On Mainstream "Fake News" Publications "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The following headlines were found on mainstream 'Fake News' outlets:

  • "Woman complains Hobby Lobbys raw cotton decor is racially insensitive "
  • "Toys R Us might file for bankruptcy right before everyone starts holiday shopping"
  • "St. Louis police investigate claim that officer called Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists"
  • "St. Louis seeks a new police chief; some chanting required"
  • "Armed LGBT student shot dead by Georgia police"
  • "Family Wants Answers After Georgia Tech Police Kill LGBTQ Campus Leader"
  • "Hundreds of Rohingya Villages in Flames"

16:08

Korumburra CWA needs you! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Korumburra Branch of the Country Womens Association (CWA) needs you.
And if local woman dont answer the call, the 86 year old branch, one of the states oldest, may have to fold.
The handful of stoic women who presently make up the membership of the group say that wont be allowed to happen.
But with some of them in the super senior age bracket, time might be the final arbiter.
In the meantime, they plan to move heaven and earth to introduce a new generation of women to the group and with that in mind, they have organised an Open Day at Milpara Community House in Korumburra on Friday, September 22, starting at 1.30pm.
Everyone is welcome and you dont have to worry about taking office. Theyll simply be happy to see you.
Therell be a nice afternoon tea for any visitors who take an interest and come along.
And theres likely to be scones, jam and cream but as Group President of the Gippsland Hills Group of CWA branches, Jillian Matthies, is keen to stress, CWA is not just there for scones and cream.
Its about friendship, personal development and taking an interest in community issues but above all, its about families really, supporting women and children, Mrs Matthies said last week. We support the community and other service groups too including the local fire brigade, Red Cross etc, she said.
And were good at raising funds, acting president and secretary Norma Head contributed.
When people move to an area, they may not know anyone and if their kids have left school, there may not be an obvious way to get to know people. CWA is good for that, said Mrs Matthies.
We have guest speakers, craft and other activities including computer skills and the like and yes, we do have a lovely afternoon tea.
Whats not to like.
The members of the Korumburra Branch of the CWA have drafted Jillian in to help them breathe new life into the local branch and its all about attracting new members.
Next year CWA in Victoria celebrates its 90th year and Leongatha is going to host the Victorian Creative Arts Exhibition so we wouldnt want to see Korumburra close up in the same year, said Jillian.
That would be a bit embarrassing!
So come on Korumburra. Why not come along and see what you can make out of an established group with fantastic connections.
And be prepared to be challenged in various ways.
It might surprise you to know that CWA Victoria was one of the first community groups in Australia to come out in favour of Same Sex Marriage.
So, the truth of it is, CWA is not just about scones and cream.
Why not come along on Friday, September 22 to Milpara Community House and at least see what can be done to revitalise the group.
For further details you can email Jillian Matthies at: jil...

15:56

When relations within government were sensible the US-Fed Accord Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I have all that much time today to write this up and it is going to be one of those multi-part blogs given the depth of the historical literature I am digging into. So this is Part 1. The topic centres on an agreement between the US Federal Reserve System (the central bank federation in the US) and the US Treasury to peg the interest rate on government bonds in 1942. What the agreement demonstrated is that a central bank can always control yields on government bonds, which includes keeping them at zero (or even negative in the current case of Japan). What it demonstrates is that private bonds markets, no matter how much they might huff and puff about their own importance or at least the conservatives who are fan boys of the bond markets), the government always rules because of its currency monopoly

There is a rich set of documents now available, which help us understand what the 1942 agreement was all about.

There was also a special edition of the Economic Quarterly, a quarterly publication put out by the US Federal Reserve Bank Richmond branch in the Winter of 2001, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Accord.

It is very interesting to read through the historical documents and the more recent (2001) interpretation of them.

On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, which provoked the US to formally enter the World War 2 conflict in an allied alliance with the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.

On December 11, 1941, war was declared between Germany and Italy and the US.

In April 1942, as the US ramped up the prosecution of its War effort, the Treasury Department requested that the US Federal Reserve Bank use its monetary policy operations to maintain:

a low interest-rate peg of 3/8 percent on short-term Treasury bills. The Fed also implicitly capped the rate on long-term Treasury bonds at 2.5 percent.

That is, control yields on government debt across a broad maturity range. By controlling the short-end of the yield curve (the structure of interest rates by maturity of the debt), the central bank would condition the longer term rates.

And they could directly control the longer rates, which would then influence the cost of investment type borrowing by the private sector.

15:56

Hannah Fiddelaers on the move "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

hannahOur lovely young lawyer colleague, Hannah, is shortly taking her passion for running to extremes by running off on 28 September to join the VLA team in Frankston.

Hannah commenced with us as a paralegal/receptionist three years ago but soon moved into a lawyer role after being admitted to practice. She quickly developed skills in a range of legal areas including family violence and consumer matters and has provided services to the Court and the health service in Benalla as part of our family violence prevention and health-justice activities. Hannahs bright personality and obvious intellect, combined with her culinary skills, added to the pleasure of working with her professionally.

During her time in Shepparton, Hannah has also participated in a number of community activities and organisations, making her also a valued member of the broader community. Her work with youth at the Haven and elsewhere has been particularly appreciated and her presence there will be sadly missed.

We wish Hannah every success with her career and know those wishes will be realised because she will make them happen. Bye Hannah, we will miss you, so please dont forget us up here in Shepp.

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15:36

New Zealand & the Hunt for Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION:  Hi Martin,

Firstly I appreciate your insight into world events. I dont see anyone else coming even close to what you do.
In New Zealand we are facing an election and taxation is a big topic. Labour on the left has appointed a new, young, female leader who has wide appeal. She is hedging on Labours taxation policy but its known they favour capital gains taxes business, property, inheritance, you name it. I saw an article that Illinois is experiencing massive flight of wealth due to taxes. Will people run out of options for places to go or is the world in general headed towards mass taxation?
Thanks for your time.
PJ

ANSWER: Yes,  Jacinda Ardern is a desperate attempt to raise Marxism to its former glory. The Labour Party fell to below 30% in the polls so they put a young girl up front to gain votes. It is also true that Illinois is a complete disaster. I wrote about how they should just dissolve the state because they cannot even go bankrupt on their government pensions. It is true that every five minutes someone leaves Illinois. The most recent poll revealed that 47% of people in Illinois wanted to leave the state. Property values will collapse in Illinois because there is a mass exodus and no buyers unless they are oblivious to what is taking place. This is how Rome fell from a population of 1 million to 15,000. People just walked away from their property.

Marxism has destroy the world economy and caused the deaths of countless millions of people all for a theory that has never worked. We are facing the darkest hours in this collapse of socialism. Make no mistake, there are plenty of people who have been brainwashed to believe it is the rich causing this rather than the greed of politicians. It is the government pensions in Illinois that has destroyed the State. They prefer to say the rich do not pay their fair share but government always needs more and more. So that share never ends until it reached 100%.

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15:00

Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

14:57

First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest Were well and truly into festival announcement season with the first huge reveal for Bluesfest 2018. Heading up next years lineup is the one-two punch of musical legends Lionel Richie and Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters. Thats definitely going to make a lot of people excited. Joining them in []

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.00 AUD
Converter

14:27

Sea Eagles thump Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tom Batholomew marked strongly and kicked a goal in the final quarter blitz. N283817

Assistant coach Dylan Clark, coach Ben Soumilas, president Bruce Keyhole Clark, captain Dale Lawton and assistant coach Tom Wyatt celebrate the drought breaking premiership victory together on the podium. Z313817

Toby Mahoney soccers a beauty off the ground in the final quarter.

INVERLOCH Kongwak has ended its 31 year premiership drought with a staggering 95 point thumping of Cora Lynn on Saturday at Wonthaggi.
The Cobras, who had won the last three premierships in the Ellinbank league, were renowned for their performances in big games.
But Inverloch-Kongwak were like a well-oiled machine as they meticulously dismantled the reigning champs in a near perfect display of football.
The Sea Eagles won the toss and kicked with the slight breeze to the pool end of the Wonthaggi ground which evidently, would set them up for the rest of the afternoon.
Chris Johnson of the Cobras went straight to league best and fairest Andy Soumilas and the niggle began.
Tom Bartholomew registered the first score of the game with a stray kick for a behind which was...

14:23

Dan Dicks On The False Left Right Paradigm And How Unity Is NOT The Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There is an agenda to unite the world into one and we have reached a fork in the road and the choice between being free and being a slave is up to you. The current state of the left right divide in America and in nearly every democratic nation has been orchestrated by design through a divide and conquer tactic...but what's the solution if a one world global order is their endgame? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth was invited to speak at Anarchapulco 2017 the world's largest anarchist/voluntarist conference in Acapulco Mexico where he outlined his case for how the individual can and must take precedence over the group in the face of the agenda for a new world order.

14:11

Unwriting myself "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, when I miss L, I go back into my inbox and read the old emails she wrote to me. My favourite one is about the Finnish writer, Tove Jansson, and Janssons book of seasons. The email is beautiful and even in the years after it was sent, when we were no longer talking or in love with other people, or things were just all too painful, I would still go back to her words: it is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive. It has come to a standstill; nothing withers, and fall is not ready to begin.

14:07

The result is in the mail "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

We got our equal marriage survey forms in the mail yesterday, and posted them back today. From what Ive seen, about half the forms were delivered last week and nearly all will be done by Friday. And I imagine, most people will either respond straight away or not at all. So, it was kind of strange to see the official campaigns being launched at the weekend, rather as if an ordinary election campaign started at lunchtime on election day*.

On the other hand, the results wont be announced until November, and the ABS is working hard to prevent any release of partial information. Thats if the votes were kept under lock and key on election night and not counted until the last postals and absentees had come in.

* For byzantine funding reasons, the major parties now leave their election launch until the week before election day, when quite a few people have already voted. But this is taking it a step further.

14:00

Richard Flanagan In Conversation with Phillip Adams "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In his first public Tasmanian event since winning the 2014 Booker Prize, Richard will be speaking about his highly anticipated new novel First Person.

13:58

Mainstream media hiding the truth re City Councils? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The slogan for the Herald Sun publication on the front of the newspaper is "We're for Victoria".

So what any average Joe would maybe comprehend from that statement is that the Herald Sun 'supports' the people (?) of Victoria?

This does not necessarily seem to be the case.

Does the HS seem to publish the stories that the 'herd population' are supposed to know to in order to keep them docile and distracted?

Another publication 'curates' stories for its subscribers, with a liberal left wing bias rather than the 'truth' irrespective of its perceived political slant.

A post on social media showed how the Fairfax publication The Age stated that a rape was committed by an ex Victorian Police man on a five year old child, while in the next paragraph it was stated that she was raped by an employed Victorian police officer.

So, let's have a look at what the Herald Sun publication did not publish in their online comments


Bit of a bugger that!

13:57

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello all and, in particular, birders of Blackall Range,
Recently I have been approached by the Sunshine Coast Council Environmental Dept with reference to their educational displays at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They plan to have different displays there every four months. The next theme display, to run from December 17 until March 18 is Birds.
This is where we [Birdlife SC] come in. Hopefully we can contribute to this theme and encourage folks to learn not only about Birds but birding, bird conservation and Birdlife Australia. Hopefully, too, we can encourage some more people to become members.
They have asked whether we can host some bird walks / talks and contribute to the displays in some ways. I certainly have some ideas
In the first instance though I would like birders to consider volunteering some time to lead a bird walk or three over that four month period. The number of walks would be determined by the number of volunteers but I think the more the better. Ideally it would be great to have at least one weekly walk and perhaps alternate between a mid-week and a weekend.
My suggested programme would include;
1/ intro talk to describe birding [1 minute], key birds within Mary CC [c. 10 minutes] and Birdlife Australia [c. 2minutes]
2/ intro to using binoculars [perhaps using birds within info hall] [c. 10 minutes]
3/ bird walk within reserve [c. 1 hour]
4/ bird call encouraging participants to tick off species recorded on the walk [Mary CC bird list] [c. 10 minutes]
SC Council have agreed to supply a box of binoculars which could be borrowed.
PLEASE let me know if you could assist, in some way, with this project asap.
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13:40

MEET YOUR NEW COUNCILS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Many new faces have been elected to local Councils as a major rebuff to the NSW Liberal Coalition State Government of Gladys Berejiklian. No Councils in TWT territory will be dominated by the out of favour Liberal Party and none will have a Liberal mayor unlike before the September 9 []

13:40

Students and mentors raise youth empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ryde MP Victor Dominello was the special guest at Marsden High School in West Ryde last Friday to congratulate students and mentors of the school based Raise Foundation Mentoring Program. This is the third year the program has run at Marsden High and is funded and supported by the NSW Government Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program. []

13:39

Diamond Anniversary for Margaret & Robert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LOCAL identities Margaret and Robert Malone chalk up a special milestone tomorrow when they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary. The popular couple are pictured after their marriage on September 21, 1957 in St Josephs Catholic Church at Enfield and lived at Edgecliff, Cremorne and Epping before moving to Queensland in retirement. Margaret and Robert, who []

13:39

Mayor Mark Bennett heads new Hunters Hill Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hunters Hill residents will be given a direct say on how they want their council run and what they want it to do, new Mayor Clr Mark Bennett said. Mayor Bennett started work as Hunters Hills fulltime Mayor on Friday and told The Weekly Times he will honour every promise he made as an independent []

13:38

Older Person Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its not only red wine that improves with age HUNTERS Hill Lodge is a retirement community of serviced apartments, nestled beside the Hunters Hill Shopping Village with stunning waterfront views of Tarban Bay. Hunters Hill Lodge Village Manager Margaret Ploskodniak told The Weekly Times the Lodges hallmarks are its friendly and compassionate environment and the []

13:38

NEW LOOK RYDE CITY COUNCIL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Labors Jerome Laxale, the Liberals Sarkis Yedelian and Independent Roy Maggio have emerged as the front runners for City of Ryde Mayor. The Mayoral election will be held at the new Ryde Council Chambers, above the City of Ryde Library next Tuesday September 26 from 7pm with a vote among councillors. The Labor Party and []

13:37

Lane Cove voters punish chicken hearted Liberals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lane Cove voters turned on Mayor Deborah Hutchens and her bed wetting Liberals who recently voted against joining Hunters Hill Councils legal action to save local democracy from Premier Gladys Berejiklians threat of abolishing the council in a forced merger. In a massive 10.6 per cent swing against the Liberals and an unprecedented 12.6 per []

13:37

HAPPY DIAMOND ANIVERSARY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CONGRATULATIONS to IRT Woolwich residents Margaret and Robert Malone who celebrate their Diamond Anniversary tomorrow (Thursday) September 21.  To mark the occasion, the couple enjoyed an anniversary lunch and game of barefoot bowls last Sunday at the Hunters Hill Club with 28 family and friends. Robert was the founding president of Ryde Eastwood []

13:36

Entries sought for Coal Creek Literary Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival on Sunday, October 8.
The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story.
Entrants can enter as many times as they like and each entry must have a $15 entry fee.
Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground 10 years ago. After he died in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory.
The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a high standard of entries. Now entering its seventh year, the Bert van Bedaf award has proved to be a popular part of the Coal Creek Literary festival with entries coming from all over Australia.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the www.coalcreekliteraryfestival.com or www.coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com websites or pick up a hard copy from Coal Creek Community Park and Museum in Korumburra.
Conditions and entry fees are all on the entry form with tips from judge Peter Sharpe, a keen supporter of the Coal Creek Literary Festival since 2008.
He has been a presenting author, chaired a discussion panel and judged the Bert van Bedaf short story competition last year.
One of the most experienced book publishers in Australia, Peter has worked with and published for many multinational publishers including Thomas Nelson and Prentice Hall. He has served as managing director at the University of New South Wales Press, and has operated his own publishing company.
Peter has also edited and designed books, and has extensive book marketing experience. He has also written several books himself.
The festival will also be running the open poetry competition which offers a $200 prize and entries cost $10 per submission.
Poetry judge is Julie  Maclean who arrived in Australia in 1970 as an English dance and drama teacher, and obtained a position at the Leongatha Technical School.
Now based on the Surf Coast, Julie is widely recognised and is a published poet. Her published poetry collections include When I Saw Jimi (2013), Kiss Of The Viking (2014) and Lips That Did (2017). She has had her work published in anthologies and magazines including the Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, The Bond Street Review and Cordite Poetry Review.
Julie was one of the featured authors at the 2016 Coal Creek Literary Festival, and also judged the Open Poetry Prize that year. The committee of this years festival is delighted she has consented to judge the Open Poetry Prize again this year.
The competition is open to anyone with an imagination, a pen and paper or word processing program. Entry guidelines form part of the entry form which you can access online. Payment can be made by either Paypal, EFTPOS, cheque or by cash at the counter in Coal Creek Community Park and M...

13:36

Priorities for New Ryde Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN First Things First! Rydes new City Council will have several major items of urgent importance when it meets for the first time next Tuesday September 26 at 7pm. First on the agenda will be election of Mayor for the next two years with a possible three candidates for the top []

13:36

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []

13:34

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting October 9 at The Eastwood Club, 6A Hillview Road, Eastwood from 6.15pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting []

13:34

Lyric actors to show diverse talents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IF we treat her as a corpse, of course she will die. Try a little kindness, lieutenant.
These are the words of Governor Phillip in Leongatha Lyric Theatres production of Our Countrys Good as he speaks of Liz Morden, played by Leanne Crimp.
Leanne says, Liz Morden is pretty intimidating when she rst joins the cast of convicts rehearsing for The Recruiting Ocer.
Shes had a very hard life. Her mother left when she was young and she had to care for the family, so she took in washing. Shes betrayed by her father who blamed her for a theft to save his own skin.
Publicly beaten and humiliated, she later became a small-time thief who was finally arrested, sentenced and sent to the other side of the world.
However, Liz discovers a hero in the progressive Governor Phillip who believes convicts should be treated humanely and, if treated as rational human beings, are reminded of their own goodness, talent and innate qualities of humanness.
Leanne said she loves Liz.
She has integrity, strength and humour, and shes a survivor. I am loving being in her skin, and I hope youll enjoy meeting her, she said.
In Our Countrys Good, the actors face the challenge of each playing a convict and an ocer. Using dierent accents for each, the actors are also able to show how ocers with power and authority walk and stand with condence, while convicts, no better than slaves, bear the marks of their hard life.
Todd Miller plays the Scottish, bad tempered Major Ross with energy, and then transforms into the servile, much hated Irish hangman, James Freeman.
David Tattersall, as Arthur Phillip, has to inspire all with his vision of a humane society, and then as the convict Arscott, bewails his fate while lying in chains.
Its a great story with all the humour and earthiness youd expect of a play inspired by Australias rst theatrical performance by convicts in 1789.
Our Countrys Good has mature themes. Performances are from September 29 to October 7. For tickets, phone Amy Smith on 0490 525 482 or buy online at www.lyrictheatre.net.au.

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13:31

All You Need Is Love with the Mamas and the Mamas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

To The POINT with JENNY NYLUND THE MAMAS & the Mamas is a local Hunters Hill community choir based in Boronia Park, consisting of people who love to sing and enjoy performing. The choirs name is a playful nod to the 1960s band The Mamas and the Papas. The group started in 2009 when a []

13:31

5 intentions for spring "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I like intentions better than plans; they definitely suit the unpredictability of motherhood.

While I have intended to write here for the past fortnight, it hasnt come to fruition. The early days with baby are busy, yes, but theyre also slow and rather uneventful. Theres feeding and washing and cooking and cuddling and coffee drinking and housework and.thats about all. But all those things manage to take up most of my day which leaves little time to write and even littler to write about.

But this week, thanks to warmer weather (bare feet!), wisteria growing in abundance on the side gate and the imminent school holidays, Ive been looking forward to the next few months and thinking about whats to come. And instead of venturing deep into spring with scattered thoughts and cleaning ideals I thought Id create some intentions instead.

  • return to my frugal mindset : Ive got the best excuse for lapsing on the frugality of late but just this past week Ive craved the routine of meal planning. And honestly, it really does make my days smoother if I dont have to umm and ahh about what to cooking during witching hour. And yes, it really does eliminate food wastage and reduce the grocery bill. So many positives!
  • sort through the childrens clothes : this is such a mammoth job thats heady with nostalgia. Lets not even talk about my dilemma over the newborn clothes that Marigold has outgrown Im at a loss with what to do with them. Alas, I have been sorting, rearranging the hand-me-down boxes and listing pre-loved clothes for sale. If you do like buying second-hand, you must check out Oh For Lovers and Fighters, too.
  • read 10 pages a day : I did this last year and I always, without fail, read more than 10 pages. Ive just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and next on the list is Lab Girl. Its a soothing way to while away the breastfeeding sessions.
  • tend to the garden : which, in my case, is a bunch of terracotta pots that are currently looking sad and neglected. We havent had any significant rainfall in months so everything is scarily dry. But I need my herbs and greens for summer salads so its an essential task that must be done!
  • walk, walk, walk : I dont have a double pram so Ive been a litt...

13:30

App helps children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Specialist School was presented with 15 new iPads recently.
The iPads were donated by Variety, and included a specialised app to help students communicate.
The app called LAMP Words for Life is designed for non verbal or limited spoken language students to express themselves and contribute in the classroom.
It is suitable for Preps, as well as the older students. Speech pathologist Zoe Lowe said she had seen a benefit in using the app.
Weve used other apps and paper based systems, but this app has everything and has allowed students to ask for things and make comments on their own. I have noticed a difference; children who cant express themselves often feel frustrated and you start to see negative behaviour. This app helps them to express themselves through words so they dont need to use these behaviours, she said.
Getting these iPads is great because we can work with children who dont have their own device and there is one for each child.
Students began working with this app last year, and enjoyed investigating its features and having the power to communicate their thoughts and feelings. It soon became apparent the school needed the extra technology to use the app to its full potential.
The school applied for a grant valued at $15,000, and found out about their success last month.
At the moment, the iPads will be just for school. However, families are seeing results and have been keen to use this app at home, so we are working on a way for them to do so, Ms Lowe said.

Great app: from left, speech pathologist Zoe Lowe and Bass Coast Specialist School Prep students Oliver, Rhys and Landon explore the LAMP Words for Life app on one of the new iPads recently received by the school.

13:30

Growing up in 1930s & 40s: The Best Years of Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Five TWT readers can win copies of a new book The Best Years of Your Life by local author and international playwright George Hutchinson. George has written The Best Years of Your Life, a memoir that covers the first 15 years of his life from 1930 to 1945. In reading the book, youll learn that []

13:30

Cottage Crafts Exhibition/Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Epping Cottage Crafts will hold its 36th annual Christmas Exhibition & Sale from Thursday November 2 to Saturday November 4 in Eastwood Scout Hall, corner Marsden & Lawson streets, Eastwood (entry via Lawson Street). The Exhibition & Sale is open Thursday from 12 noon to 6pm; Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm. []

13:30

An experienced, impressive new Council in Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor MARK BENNETT CONGRATULATIONS to the new councillors Ben Collins, Elizabeth Krassoi, Jim Sanderson and also welcome back Councillors Justine McLaughlin, Zac Miles and Former Mayor Councillor Ross Williams OAM. We are fortunate to have a mix of experienced councillors and new councillors who have an extensive and impressive range of []

13:28

Bass Coast shows future looking shaky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Bass Coast Agricultural Show is facing an uncertain future.
The show has always been hugely popular, moving from Dalyston to Wonthaggi 40 years ago. It has brought competition, entertainment and fun to the community year in and year out.
However, the Wonthaggi Agricultural and Pastoral Society hit a snag in its funds following the inclement weather at this years show in January.
We were rolling along nicely with great support from Bass Coast Shire Council, the societys Rosemary Loughnan said.
However, mandatory (occupational health and safety) costs go up, and these are things we cant ignore. It has become harder to make a dollar from sponsorships.
This is not the wealthiest of shires and we need to work together as volunteers. We do our very best and have been acknowledged as one of the best ag shows in the state.
This year we had a massive hit; the weather was atrocious. We are so proud of ourselves that nobody and no animals were injured. However, out of that came a massive hit and we count on the money from the gate to keep us in surplus.
Ms Loughnan appealed to Bass Coast Shire Council to review its ongoing support to the show.
The show has been part of a recurring grants program. The grants program allows events that successfully receive grants for two years to receive ongoing support without having to reapply for another grant.
The show has received $5000 from council yearly, but the grants program has never been reviewed.
We currently have around 40 events in the program, but a shortcoming of the program is that there is no review process at the end of each year. Longstanding events have started to fall behind in level of support because something changes during the year and the funds arent reassessed, councils events coordinator Frank Angarane said.
Im in the process of developing a program to review events and increase support where necessary.
Mr Angarane said he expects this process to be finalised in the next month for council to review.
In the meantime, Mrs Loughnan said the society had done what it could to save money for the next show.
Weve ripped the show apart and I believe we have saved where we can, she said.
We have found ourselves on shaky ground, but we are extremely positive we can keep working. We want to work with the shire and review our ongoing grant, which we do not take for granted. We are not ones to jump up and look to take money, but we are struggling at the moment. We have hit a rough patch in this Bass Coast weather.
Despite this, Mrs Loughnan said she hopes to reduce entry fees next year so as many families as possible can enjoy the show.
Its a bit controversial, but weve decided to pull back what we charge. Wed rather have a lot of people there than have people say they couldnt afford to go to the show,....

13:27

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13:24

Highway barriers to save lives "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICROADS believes the proof centreline flexible safety barriers save lives is in the number of times the barriers have been repaired in Victoria after motorists collided with them.
The barriers are to be installed between Leongatha and Meeniyan, along the South Gippsland Highway, drawing substantial community opposition.
VicRoads has repaired flexible safety barriers in eastern Victoria about 300 times in the past year.
This has without doubt prevented potentially fatal and serious injury crashes from occurring as a result of someone crashing head on into another vehicle or running off the road, director of safe system road infrastructure program for VicRoads Bryan Sherritt said.
VicRoads believed the project would reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes between Leongatha and Meeniyan.
VicRoads said 85 percent of lives lost on country roads are currently the result of a vehicle running off the road to the left or crossing the centreline.
Flexible safety barriers reduce the risk of these crashes as the barriers prevent vehicles from crossing onto the wrong side of the road and crashing head on, or running off the road to the right.
Left hand side flexible safety barrier prevent vehicles from running off the road and hitting an object or rolling.
The project will also include widened and sealed road shoulders, road drainage improvements, and a minimum of 40m breaks in the safety barrier at property access points.
Along with that, included will be safer access to properties adjoining the highway, a sealed bell mouth area where highway and driveways meet, and resheeting/repair work to the existing pavement.
The project is part of the State Governments Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan funded by the Transport Accident Commission.
Towards Zero is a vision for a future free of death and serious injury on our roads.
South Gippsland Highway has been identified as one of the top 20 roads highest risk rural roads.

Spreading word: from left, VicRoads Safer System Roads Infrastructure Program employees Dean Nugent and Rebecca Chase informed people of the reasoning behind the Leongatha to Meeniyan safety improvement project proposal at Leongatha Memorial Hall recently.

13:20

New jetty coming to life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WORK on the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is progressing well, with contractor SMC Marine already installing concrete decking on the structure.
The inshore 190 metres has been partially rehabilitated to retain the appearance of the existing piles, crossheads and beams, while the decking will be been replaced with precast concrete slabs.
From 190 metres onwards to a distance of around 572 metres, the existing structure will be demolished and replaced.
It will follow the same alignment, with a new structure comprising timber piles and crossheads with a composite steel beam and concrete deck.
The slipway approach will be partially reconstructed in a similar manner to the jetty and the existing winch shed will be restored.
The remaining section of the jetty will be demolished, with the piles being cut off at two metres below low water to be retained as habitat.
The $11 million project is expected to take around 18 months to complete, and the rehabilitated and rebuilt jetty is expected to have a lifespan of at least 40 years.
As the community representative on the projects working group, Welshpools Paul Macphail is pleased to see the project finally underway after campaigning for the works for so many years.
It has been a long, hard, slow and sometimes frustrating road, so it is fantastic to see it happening even though it took so long, he said.
What SMC Marine has done so far looks great.
Peter Rose from Port Welshpool said the restoration of the Long Jetty was positive for locals and tourists.
It is exciting to see it all up and going. We are already getting people asking us to let them know when it is open so they can come down and see it, he said.
Mr Rose said he is looking forward to seeing people on the jetty again, be they on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pram. He said it will be accessible to everyone.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said the project was on track for an October 2018 completion date.
We look forward to ensuring the jetty attracting more visitors to the region, once the project is complete, he said.
It will give the area a big boost in tourism and will provide a benefit to the economies of the small towns in the Corner Inlet region.
Cr Argento said both locals and visitors are keen to see the jetty finished so they can go fishing again.

13:20

Pauls recipe for success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCH is serving up success with the local Seniors football team winning its first premiership in 31 years on Saturday and local bakery Paul the Pieman winning a swag of medals in the 2017 Great Aussie Pie Competition, judged last week.
Footy finals time is the perfect time to hop into some great Aussie fare and Paul and Robyn Woods, owners of Paul the Pieman bakery are thrilled to be sharing their award winning pies and sausage rolls with their customers.
While Paul will tell you their good old meat pie is still their biggest seller many of their adventurous customers are keen to try their award winning varieties so this week they will be busy baking the winning recipes and filling their pie cabinets.
If you would like to sample success then head into Paul the Pieman and try the Gold Medal Gourmet Beef Wellington sausage roll and Paul let out the secret ingredient being a good smear of Maggie Beer pate. Paul is pleased with the gold medal and the fact that it came second overall but next year he is up for the challenge and is looking to take that top honour.
For lovers of pies the Silver medal plain mince, Penang Curry Pumpkin and Chicken Parma are all worth a go.
If you want to head back for seconds then the Choc Chilli Beef, Chicken Leek and Minted Lamb are all proving popular.
Paul and Robyn and their dedicated team are on a high this week after their success but they are all back hard at it in the kitchen to keep up with the increasing demand for their award winning delights.
Paul prides himself on the fact that what his customers are served up out of the pie heater is the exact same pie entered in the Aussie competition and they must be doing something right, serving up a grand total of 167,000 pies last year and the way the pies are rushing out the doors this year they may even top that.
We just try to do our best and we will get the results back this week and we will review these and see how we can improve and do even better next year, Paul said.
We try to offer a big variety so there is always something fresh and new for customers to try but of course we keep our favourites and best sellers too to keep our customers happy.
And their award winning products are all for the meat lovers, Paul and Robyn have come up with some delicious vegetarian pies and generally have five varieties on offer .
As for who comes up with the award winning recipes Paul said he and Robyn are always on the lookout for new ideas.
In the old days it was basically a matter of throwing the ingredients in a pot and adding a bit of thickener but now with all the reality cooking shows Paul said this has influenced major changes in the industry.
Paul enjoys watching Master Chef and getting ideas from the top chefs and still gets a buzz out of creating new recipes and sharing his passion with his customers.
So after...

13:19

9th Birthday Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its our birthday today . or it will be our 9th birthday market on Saturday this week!  Who would have thought that our little market that started off at Mansfield Primary School under the (newly completed) big roof would be the thriving market place that it is today?  We moved to our main street location nearly 4 years ago and have continued to grow since then.  Many thanks to our loyal shoppers who have supported us over the years buying direct from the farmer / producer helps small businesses grow. There are some stalls who started at our market but no longer attend often this is because they used the market to test their product and have now grown and moved onto bigger things!  What a great outcome!

Spring has sprung according to the calendar but we are still experiencing winter like weather.  Our big mountains Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are both experiencing Spring snow falls like they havent seen in many years. Mt Buller has extended their open season until the end of the school holidays and there is PLENTY of snow to ski / board / play in.  Make the most of it and head on up after the market or on Sunday.

A reminder that our market is now SMOKE FREE.  This legislation came into play on the 1st August and covers the whole market area.

We have a great line up of stallholders for Saturday 23rd check the list below.  Remember that many are happy to accept pre-orders and will put your shopping aside for you until you arrive at the market.  A win win!

Stallholders 23rd September (correct as at 19/9/2017)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm Bread & pies
  3. Bottom of the Hill porridge
  4. Chocolaterie RenMar
  5. Earthy Wellbeing teas
  6. Garys veggies
  7. Gregs Seedlings
  8. Greta Valley Eggs
  9. Heirloom Naturally
  10. Jeddas Garden
  11. Jillicious back in October......

13:19

Broiler farm objectors plea to council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WOOREEN residents are concerned the approval of a broiler farm proposed for their rural district will lead to more poultry farming in South Gippsland.
South Gippsland Shire Council will consider a planning permit application to build a 400,000 bird farm in 10 sheds at 80 Pit Road at its September 27 council meeting.
The recommendation before council is to approve a permit, with a council officer report saying conditions to be applied will address amenity impacts.
The proposal has received more than 120 objections and one submission in support.
Objectors who have dubbed themselves the Wooreen Warriors will present at councils public presentation session tomorrow (Wednesday).
They are concerned about Boyle Creek will be contaminated by run-off, erosion, dust and increased truck traffic.
Dairy farmer Jackie Thorn urged council not to take the areas beauty for granted.
This is a creep of change and once the beautys gone, you cant fix it, she said.
Objector Kath Goller said, More than 12ha of that steep landscape will have to be reconfigured into an industrial landscape.
Its discordant with the character of the place and the current land uses.
She is worried about disease carrying dust landing on her roof and entering her water tank, and others believe such particles could affect the organic status of a nearby farm.
Isabelle Cooper said any contamination of Boyle Creek would end up in the Tarwin River Meeniyan and Dumbalks water supply.
We moved here because the council says to Come for the beauty, stay for the lifestyle and so we did, and now theyre going to stuff it up, she said.
Ms Goller is also concerned about the impact on wildlife in the waterways: freshwater crayfish, blackfish and freshwater mussels.
Tom Daffy and Deb Brown run Black Duck Farm bed and breakfast nearby, and believed the poultry farm would have negative impacts on their business.
Adele Upton and Mark Bradbury also run Waterfall Valley Retreat accommodation nearby and share similar concerns.
Ms Brown said, Were worried about the impact on the environment and also the noise and extra trucks on the road.
Mr Daffy said while the subject land may be zoned farming, he said broiler farms were factory farming.
They can call it rural but its an industrial complex, he said.
Objector Adele Upton said, There have already been landslips in the area because of all the rain.
It could be hard to enforce the conditions (on the permit) if there are any problems.
Peter Cooper believed the broiler farms location at the top of the Boyle Creek valley would amplify smell issues, saying the valley acts like a funnel.
The smell is going to come right down the valley, he said.

...

13:18

High pie recognition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KELLYS Bakery serves mouth watering pies in Korumburra and their recent award proves that.
Bakery owner, Jason Kelly collected a silver medal for his slow cooked pork pie with smoky barbecue flavour at the Great Aussie Pie Competition held in Sydney last week.
Its good to win an award nationwide, Mr Kelly said.
Our pork pie is a new flavour and its quite nice.
Pies at Kellys Bakery are a huge hit with customers; the bakers make around 200 pies per day.
A new pie has been entered into the competition every year for 17 years, and almost every year the bakery has taken home an award.
The competition is judged over a four day period by an elite team of 16 judges from the baking industry.
Ten categories of pies are appraised including plain meat and chunky, gourmet meat/gourmet section including red meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetarian, gluten free, breakfast and apple.

Delicious pies: Kellys Bakery bakers from left, Angus Cooney, David King, owner Jason Kelly and Stephan Williams received a silver award for their slow cooked pork pies with smoky barbecue flavour at the Great Aussie Pie Competition held in Sydney last week.

13:17

Burra Foods praises top farmers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BURRA Foods honoured first class suppliers at an awards ceremony at the Korumburra Showgrounds last Tuesday, September 12.
The Korumburra-based milk processor presented Gold Quality Awards to farmers who had produced A Grade milk all season with average bulk milk cell count of less than 100,000, and Silver Quality Awards to farmers whose milk had a count of between 100,000 and 150,000.
Up to 50 new suppliers attended the open day, which included a tour of the factory to demonstrate the companys capabilities within the manufacturing sector.
Burra Foods Korumburra processing plant creates 50 to 70 products.
Burra Foods chief executive officer Grant Crothers said, It is an introduction to the new suppliers who have joined us recently, and get them to understand Burra more and what we do and how we do it, and give our new and existing suppliers an opportunity to have a look at the factory.
Quality assurance testing occurs on site and the company spends a lot of time refining processes to ensure customers are provided with the product they want.
Water is one of the plants biggest by-products and recovers around 80,000 litres of water per hour, of which around 10 percent is waste.
The plant has two million litres of storage on site, however is unable to operate self sufficiently at this stage as some processes cannot be completed with recycled water.
In terms of water use, the plant is currently about 70 percent efficient, but is working towards getting as close to 100 percent as possible.
This year, Burra Foods will process around 350 million litres, up about 20 percent on the last year and is currently processing around nine million litres per week.
The company now has more than 200 suppliers for the first time in its history.

Talented farmers: from left, Burra Foods Silver Quality milk suppliers, Brendan McGlead of Foster, Dee and Colin Hendrikse of Driffield, Rachael and Klara McGlead of Foster, Joe Meggetto of Warragul South, Graham Wildes of Yannathan, Jason and Zac McRae of Middle Tarwin, Kerrie Redm...

13:16

Health emergency "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Health is looking to attract State Government support to the tune of $10 million to relocate the emergency department.
Wonthaggi Hospital patients have had difficulty accessing the emergency department in its current location at the back of the building.
The need for a relocated emergency department is more critical than ever, with the hospital seeing a record breaking 1073 patients during the last peak summer period.
Although no election promises have been made, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy toured the hospital last Tuesday, September 12.
Mr Guy said the emergency department needed to be relocated to the front of the building.
The emergency department is at the wrong end of the hospital and it is a rabbit warren. While it is a good hospital, they are doing a huge amount of work with limited resources, he said.
I really cant praise highly enough the staff of the hospital. They are obviously working as hard as they can and its difficult in some of the conditions when they have demand that doubles over summer.
With just six bays in the emergency department, they do the best they can with the resources available.
Mr Guy said the hospital now needs government support to keep up with the increasing population.
Id say Bass Coast is one of the fastest growing shires outside of Melbourne. It has got a huge population projection boom ahead of it. We cant ignore this area. If the services are not updated, we wont be ready for this growth, he said.
Thats why $10 million to do this job now is a better investment than paying $40 million in 20 years when the population wouldve increased exponentially. It makes better financial sense to back the hospital when theyre asking.
A spokesperson from Minister for Health Jill Hennesseys office said the State Government continued to work with hospitals to address demand and cost pressures.
Bass Coast Health alone received, in this years budget, $43.9 million up 14.1 per cent from last year or $5.4 million. Thats a whopping 36.6 per cent or $11.7 million more than they did under the former Liberal Governments last budget, they said.
Mr Guy congratulated the hospitals management and board for developing its master plan.
Theyve got a lot of land, so they have been able to optimise what they are going to do with the site, he said.

 

13:15

From Lies To Information Overload Methods of Hiding Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Artists view of the historic Library of Alexandria, and (R) a server room

By G5

The recent London train bombing smells of a clumsy False Flag the Protectors of Realms dont always talk to each other.

The current, behind the scenes noises are, that it was an amateur device. But then the same was heard concerning: the Hilton Bombing, the Bali Bombings, and the London Train and Bus Bombings. There is always more to official renditions.

Perhaps its an issue of Professional Amateurism or Criminal Terrorism as it suits the prevailing narrative. Particularly since what was once regarded as Criminality, now simply slots into Terrorism. A fit for all occasions.

That doesnt mean that some innocent might not be tagged and blamed for it. After all, the law (government) must be seen to triumph. Its a threat against future evil doers that they will be caught. And so the theories flow.

But then the universal history of Big Sentencing, and MSM Theatrics in chain, delivers no Social gain. But only further economic damage. Now how could that be.

I read the file of a fellow in Australia who was convicted of a large number of rapes. He was on Legal Aid and could barely speak English. I visited him in gaol. Each charge was a separate trial, and each was separately appealed. The manipulati...

13:13

Youth unemployment rises "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

YOUTH unemployment in Gippsland is rising as the State Governments regional jobs crisis continues, according to The Nationals Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath.
Australia Bureau of Statistics data for June shows the regions youth unemployment rate is 15.8 percent, compared with the non-metropolitan average of 10.1 percent.
The ABS figures show that youth unemployment in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley is rising, up three percent from June last year and 4.6 percent since Daniel Andrews came to office, Ms Bath said.
Ms Bath said the premier was failing the regions youth when he should be providing critical support so they could get a good start in the workforce.
Labors Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said, Youth unemployment rates often fluctuate. Theres no doubt there are many young people within our regional communities who need to overcome numerous barriers when it comes to finding and keeping a job.
The Andrews Labor Governments pipeline of infrastructure projects across, will offer opportunities for trainees, apprentices and cadets.
We have also invested $63 million in Jobs Victoria for support programs and employment providers to target young jobseekers, and our Jobs Victoria Employment Network is also helping young people from the final years of schooling to access the skills and training they need to land their first job, and set up a meaningful career.
Wendy Major, executive officer at South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network said when unemployment rates increase, young people were always the first to be impacted.
We need to build stronger communities from within that demonstrate young people are a valuable investment in our local economy, she said.
As a community we can support young people by giving them the opportunity to develop real skills through work experiences such as industry placements, school based apprenticeships and volunteering.
Construction, transport, agriculture, health, tourism, education and service industries are all areas of strong growth and youth employment potential across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.

Lucky ones: from left, Kaitlyn Casbolt, Maya Kadarusman, Rhiannon Nicholls and Bec Norman are employed at Paradise Pizza in Leon...

13:08

Costs revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council spent $1.32 million on capital improvements and operation of the Yanakie and Long Jetty caravan parks in the past four years.
But a council report to the September 27 council meeting indicates council has incurred a loss of $335,827 over the past four years across the two parks, with the less popular Long Jetty park at Port Welshpool costing the most.
The report states a small return was prevented by extraordinary operational expenses: legal advice that cost $163,770, provision of bad debt that cost $163,706, and consultancy costs of $52,668 to develop a draft masterplan and business case for each park.
Council took over direct management of the parks in 2013, saying the parks were then in a state of disrepair and required investment to address electrical, fire and public safety compliance needs.
At the time, the parks were mainly occupied by annual siteholders with limited short stay options, and the majority of caravans were in a poor condition with compliance and safety concerns, a council report stated, with siteholders building unlawful structures.
Reportedly more than 150 siteholders left the parks, after council increased site fees and attempted to work with siteholders to ensure their caravans were compliant over two years.
That prompted the siteholders to take legal action against council in the Supreme Court, which was later settled and withdrawn, with both parties covering their own costs.
The council report recommends council now establish a caravan and camping park committee to provide strategic advice to council on the future management and investment options for the Long Jetty and Yanakie caravan parks.
Councillors now hold mixed views about councils involvement in the operation of the parks.
The decision to operate the caravan parks was a decision of the former council.
Cr Lorraine Brunt, who served on that council, said, The caravan parks have been a difficult process to get facilities in our shire that the community and visitors find acceptable.
Once we receive more information I will comment further, but I believe given where we have come from and where we are situated now, we can look forward to the future.
Cr Brunt said over the next three to five years, upgraded facilities would pay back councils investment.
She also expects an independent operator will be prepared to look at the parks as a great investment opportunity, with a lease that keeps the facilities in an achievable condition that meets visitor expectation.
Im rather positive that our investment will be repaid, she said.
Deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said she would form an opinion when she has considered all options available.
Cr Meg Edwards is also yet to make up her mind.
I have certainly seen different perspectives over the time Ive been i...

13:07

TIMBER OUTRAGE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICFORESTS still intends to log approximately 50 hectares of Mirboo North forest despite community opposition.
A large portion of the Mirboo North community strongly opposed VicForests proposal to clear fell Mirboo North forest.
Around 374 people posed their concerned questions and comments to VicForests general manager stakeholders and planning officer Lachlan Spencer at the Mirboo North Hall on Thursday, September 14.
VicRoads still plan to clear fell three coups of remnant native forest identified to VicForests as the Oscine, Doug and Samson coupes.
This is a very extensive project that we are undertaking in good faith, Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said.
What I will do now is have a discussion with minister Lily DAmbrosio next week. Ill take the motion along which has been drafted and distributed by Coal and Coal Seam Gas Free Mirboo North group member Marg Thomas and what Ill do is provide a report back on that motion.
Our next steps as far as the government position on this, we will continue to work through the VicForests engagement.
Member of the Mirboo North Wednesday Warriors Grant ONeill said the meeting went very well and the community certainly got its message across.
The next step for the Mirboo North community is to elect a steering committee of people opposing to the proposal.
The committee will fend off any degradation of any of our bushland around Mirboo North, Mr ONeill said.
The group will have to see if they can get any financial assistance to conduct a survey.
The survey will find all of the living creatures and plants that are currently living in the coupes targeted for logging, as well as trees and plants.
Weve got people coming forward who want to be part of the committee. Were just putting names together now and next week we will announce the members.
These were the only untouched areas during the bushfires; these coupes have been responsible for repopulating everything because its unburnt.
We went spotlighting through all of the proposed logging coupes and we found a Greater Glider which hasnt been spotted since 2012.
Mr ONeill said the committee and community will have enough evidence that VicForests will be fools to even attempt clear felling the areas.
South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said she will give a report to council before taking further action.
Mr Spencer said that VicForests openly encourages input from the public into its operations.
We look forward to working together with the local Mirboo North community and developing our plans in a way that incorporates their feedback, he said.
Mr Spencer said no harvesting will be taking place before June 2018.
The meeting was organised in order to give us an idea of what things are most important to t...

12:59

Jelbarts Caldermeade herd to sell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Caldermeade Dairy and Cafe, which was owned by the Jelbart family has sold, after around 12 months on the market.
The entire milking herd of around 340 Holstein Friesian autumn calvers will be dispersed at a sale on Friday, October 6 at 10.30am at VLE Leongatha.
Tim Jelbart said the quality of the herd was a reflection of his late father Maxs dedication to using the best genetics to breed the best cows.
Dad was an industry leader and passionate about dairying. He started dairy farming in 1981 with 140 cows and now we milk 1400 cows between two farms, he said.
Tim said Maxs passionate commitment to the dairy industry was outstanding and was heavily involved on the boards of Murray Goulburn, Marcus Oldham College and Australian Dairy Farmers.
Max was also a president of the South Gippsland Branch of United Dairy Farmers of Victoria and a life member of the Nuffield Farmers Scholars Australia.
He was always willing to try new things, which meant he was always using top quality genetics to try and push production and longevity boundaries, Tim said.
He knew how to grow grass, everyone was always amazed at how much grass he could grow.
The herd is currently averaging around 33.5 litres per day, with 3.8 per cent fat, 3.5 per cent protein and a cell count of 100,000.
Sire groups selling include Medallion, Delsanto, Christmas, Gold Crown, Cardinal, Buddha with cows rejoined to Medallion, Royalman and Challenger.
Tim said each cow has been pregnancy tested, has full herd test records and three generations of pedigree reports.
The Jelbarts have been improving their herd through AI and Genetics Australia since the early 1990s.
For the past 25 years Gerard Brislin has worked with the Jelbart family as an adviser across the breeding program at Caldermeade Farm and Pound Creek, sharing ideas and thoughts with Max, whilst also being challenged by Maxs inquisitive mind.
Across the 25 years we have seen lots of changes in the world of dairy genetics, but the thing that hasnt changed was ensuring we maintain a strong focus on maximising productivity and economic returns against investment made around genetics, he said.
The Caldermeade herd is positioned in the top five per cent of the Holstein breed nationally when analysing herd records and data against the industries recognised economic index the Balanced Performance Index.
You dont just buy genetics, you invest in genetics and in the future of your dairy herd and this is very evident around the sale of this herd next month, Gerard said.
It has been a privilege to have played a role in developing this herd to where it is today.
Gerard strongly encouraged commercial dairy producers to get along and secure genetics that rarely come on to the open market.
Tim said the decision to sell the Caldermeade farm wa...

12:58

Introduced Animals in Danger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is said to have the largest wild population of camels in the world after being introduced to Australian during the 19th century.

To put it into perspective, in 2008 Australias camel population was estimated at about one million and this was projected to double every 8 to 10 years.

However, camels werent the only introduced animal to Australia that are seen as pests and are at risk of possible eradication.

Dr Arian Wallach, ecologist with the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology in Sydney spoke to Kylie Sturgess on The Mag this morning to tell us more about megafauna and introduced species.

Play Dr Arian Wallach

12:58

Tim shows his auctioneering flair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TIM Gibson flew the flag for Alex Scott and Staffs Korumburra office in a recent state-wide auctioneering competition.
The livestock agent competed in the 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition at the Victorian Livestock Exchange at Pakenham.
The event was hosted by the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association and saw contestants auction three pens at a live sale.
Mr Gibson, of Bunyip, services Alex Scotts Korumburra office.
The event was won by Murray Bennett of Landmark Wangaratta and runner-up was Joe Allen from Elders Euroa.
I was glad I did it as its given me the opportunity to polish my auctioneering skills, Mr Gibson said.
Looking back to six months ago, I have improved since then.
Candidates were assessed on clarity, introduction, patter and knockdown.
So you have got a lot of things to think about while you are doing it, Mr Gibson said.
The final pool of competitors was selected at an ALPA auctioneers school at Bendigo in June.

12:57

Expo excitement builds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Strzelecki Lions Club is proud to be hosting the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra on September 27 and 28.
The event will open at 9am and close at 3.30pm on both days.
Entry is $10 per person and children under 16 are free.
The Dairy Expo started in 2000 with the committee having a core objective to deliver a one stop shop to local farmers so that if they were busy they could visit, do their business and leave after a valuable couple of hours of researching.
This years event will have the same focus.
The Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for members of the dairying fraternity to be able to showcase the latest in dairy innovation and technology to local farmers.
The Dairy Expo could not happen without the loyal support of major sponsor Murray Goulburn and MG Trading.
This relationship has been in place for 17 years, and everyone is encouraged to call in and visit their hospitality area and have a chat with the enthusiastic team.
South Gippsland is lucky to be home of some exceptional dairy farm enterprises which form a significant part of the rural community.
The Dairy Expo would not be an 18 year success story without the tremendous support and help from its community and volunteers.
The Korumburra Rotary Club will be in charge of the Kids Activity Pavilion.
This will include some farm animal pens, cow moulds for painting, a dairy dress up corner and much more, so be sure to bring the children along to enjoy these free activities.
A big thank you goes to Parmalat, that sponsored the Kids Activity Pavilion and offered this free entertainment for the children.
The Dairy Expo is an event organised and run by volunteers. Each year, enthusiastic parents and volunteers from the Poowong Kindergarten organise the catering for all attendees.
The Strzelecki Lions Club would like to thank the other community volunteers who assist with the event each year.
Matt Harms will be hosting a session sponsored by South Gippsland Shire Council and Rabobank on September 27 at 11am.
The session is titled Our prediction for the coming season is unpredictable.
The session will cover milk prices, season, illnesses and other external factors that are highly unpredictable, and attendees will hear how others have previously managed these pressures. When thrown an unpredictable event, how have they persisted and strengthened their business to withstand future events?
Panel members will share their experiences, how their businesses have performed under pressure, and how they have come out trumps.
The panel members include Yannathans Dean Turner, Inverlochs Warren and Kerrie Redmond, South Gippsland Shire Councils Penni Ellicott, Rabobanks Jamie Murphy and Outtrims Andrew and Sue Lamers.
For exciting news, the Udder Truth Showbags sponsored by South East...

12:53

Knights stay strong against Lang Lang "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Knights Reserves took on Lang Lang United in a replay of last years Reserves grand final.
Knights and United last played out a four all draw.
The Knights had regular Reserves keeper Shem Murphy in goal and he was tested early when a clearance ricocheted off a Lang Lang player and looked like going in.
Shem was tuned in and was able to make a great save.
Knights started the match with Tom Barker, Tom Rycks, David Simon and Curtis Rintoule in defence.
This represents the strongest defensive four that the Knights team have fielded.
The Leongatha side was able to get the first goal of the match when the Lang Lang keeper came out to a long ball but was only able to clear the ball back into general play, whereby Stuart McNaughton was able to run onto the ball and make a strike that beat the scrambling defenders.
Chris Gale was substituted for Sean Villasevil the Knights attack started to fire.
Matt Wardle and Sean caused some problems for the Lang Lang defenders.
Captain Brian Gannon received the ball in the midfield, quickly turned his marker and put through a long ball for Sean to run on to.
The shot beat the keeper for the Knights second goal of the day.
Knights had a Stuart, Brian, Wade Bashaw and Chris Wightman holding the midfield and utilising their passing game to allow Sean and Matt to run onto a number of balls, but the United keeper was able to continue to get a hand on the ball.
The second half saw the introduction of Paul Wynne, with Leongatha looking to continue to hold the ball and attack the Lang Lang goal.
The Knights day looked complete when Stuart took a run down the left wing and on his left was able to put the ball high in to the Lang Lang net.
Lang Lang started to respond and when an attacker made a run down the right wing he was able to cross it for a regulation goal.
The Knights were able to get the score back on their side when Chris Gale took a corner only for Lang Lang to clear it out to Brian who was waiting at the top of the square.
His left foot shot through the heavy defence had the keeper unsighted and rebounded in off the left hand goal post.
Brian was taken down inside the box and given a penalty, though the United keeper was able to get a hand on the shot and parry it wide.
Lang Lang found some run, with all out attack they pushed nearly everyone forwards
The long ball in behind the defence allowed the United side to score against the flow and suddenly they had their backs up.
Again the Lang Lang side surged forward and with a long throw down the line, a cross and a goal meant that suddenly they had tightened up the game.
It wasnt long before the whistle blew for full time.
It was four to three in favour of the Knights.
Lang Lang again proved what a tough side they are...

12:52

Gymnasts shine, both young and old "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TERM 3 has been a successful one for Leongatha Gymnastics Clubs competitive gymnasts.
Head coach Miranda has competed at two Masters events on the July 8 and August 27.
Masters gymnastics is open to anyone over the age of 18.
Miranda did an amazing job finishing first on all events and first overall at the Wesley Competition and finished with five firsts, three seconds and second overall at the Knox Masters competition.
Miranda now has her sights set on the Australian Masters Games in Tasmania in October.
The club wishes her the best of luck.
Leongatha Gymnastics Clubs junior and senior gymnasts have also started the competition season with great results at the Energetic Cup held in Maffra on Saturday, September 2.
For many of the gymnasts this was their first competition ever.
Level 1s did extremely well to overcome nerves and had a great time coming 11th.
Level 2 blue team came sixth overall with a fifth place on bar, green team came 10th.
Level 3 came 12th overall with a third on vault.
Level 4 came fourth overall with a fifth of beam and floor, third on bar and first on vault.
Level 5 came third overall and third on each apparatus.
Gymnasts attending Leongatha Gymnastics Club come from all over South Gippsland and Bass Coast, including Phillip Island.

Great job: Leongatha Gymnastics Club was well represented at a recent competition.

12:51

Real life Zombies: High on a new street drug called flakka, Truly Frightening "IndyWatch Feed National"

[DM] A drug which sends users into a paranoid frenzy where they act like zombies and bite the flesh off strangers faces is widely available in Australia and costs as little as $7.50 a hit.

Called flakka, but known on the street as gravel and by chemists as alpha-PVP, the terrifying hallucinogen has earned a reputation as one of Americas scariest drugs and its being synthesized in China and shipped in the kilograms to Australia.

Users can order the drug online and have it delivered to their mailbox the next day, or find an synthetic alternative in their local sex shop shelves  with no understanding of its dosage or contents.

Tyren Edwards, National Chief Scientist at Safe work Laboratory, told Daily Mail Australia flakka was easier to get a hold of than methamphetamine in Australia.

Methamphetamine is harder to get hold of than flakka in Australia, its definitely out there (but) you can only judge it on the seizures of synthetics which are hardly ever reported. Mr Edwards said as little as six grains of flakka was enough to send a user into a chemical state of oblivion, and could result in death in just 10 minutes.

He said the drug could be manufactured for just $0.75 a hit. Videos of flakka users in the US show people writhing on the ground and screeching, hiding from non-existent gunman, running naked through city streets, trying to have sex with a tree and claiming they area God.

Adelaide forensic toxicologist Andrew Leibie, who has recorded positive tests in Australian workers to flakka and who has evidence of the drug turning up in post mortems, said the drug is being sold in places like Newcastle and Wollongong.

The problem with alpha-PVP is that its a mix of a potent hallucinogen like LSD with a potent stimulant like ice. They are at the same time extremely aggressive and extremely frightened, Mr Leibie told Daily Mail Australia last year.

So you will get people smashing through windows or running through traffic as they are hallucinating because they think the walls are possessed and they throw themselves off a balcony.

On its own LSD can be a pleasant hallucinogenic with very strong visions, but if you combine that with ice you get the euphoria and aggression that goes with it.

Flakka is that it has not been strictly illegal, because its a new drug developed in China most likely by a 19-year-old on a computer. They sell it over the internet and its inexpensive because there are virtually no middle men.

One of the hundreds of different variations of drugs known as bath salts, which Mr Lebie says has hit the mark...

12:51

Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...

12:51

Climate Change and Homelessness Forum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date: 

Oct
17
2017

As part of Anti-Poverty week, SACOSS is hosting a forum exploring the impact of climate change on those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Join us to hear from a great line-up of speakers:

  • Dr Scott Hanson-Easey, Research Fellow at University of Adelaide, Director of the former National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Vulnerable Communities Network, speaking on climate change and its impacts on people living in poverty
  • Dr Danielle Every, Senior Research Fellow at CQ University Adelaide Campus, launching the findings of her report with the Red Cross on homelessness and extreme weather
  • Kellie Caught, Senior Policy Officer, ACOSS, speaking on the Resilient Community Organisations resource to help Community Service Organisations prepare for climate change
  • Representative from Red Cross, speaking on the new Out of the Storm project developing extreme weather education with the homeless community

The forum will run from 12.00pm to approximately 2.00pm and includes a light lunch.

Places are limited - register online here

Venue: 

Minor Works Building

22 Stamford Court
AdelaideSouth Australia 5000
Australia
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12:49

Swimmers amaze at championships "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A DEDICATED team of 18 swimmers from South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club joined the best swimmers from all over country Victoria in Wangaratta for the 2017 Victorian Country Short Course Championships recently.
An all round effort across the two days of racing culminated in a sixth place overall finish.
This is the clubs best result at a Victorian Country Championship.
An exceptional result for the club was the boys category, where it finished second overall.
The 2017 South Gippsland Bass Victorian Country Short Course Championship team comprised the following swimmers; Belinda Baird, Tomei Dal Pozzo, Locke DeGaris, Elle Douglas, Nathan Foote, Riley Harris, Oscar Hughes, Freya Liepa, Sophie McKenzie, Dylan Muir, Trinity OKeefe, Isabelle ONeill, Cooper Quaife, Hannah Simmons, Jordi Vanderkolk, Mayson Vanderkolk, Joshua Wight and Nicolette Wight.
The coaches were Brett Kerr and Dylan Muir.
An outstanding medal haul was led by captain Nathan Foote, who dominated with three gold, one silver and one bronze.
Cooper Quaife excelled with one gold and three bronze and Locke DeGaris brought home two silver and two bronze.
Sophie McKenzie, Nicolette Wight and Dylan Muir secured a silver medal each, whilst Trinity OKeefe and Joshua Wight came away with bronze.
Eleven swimmers had top eight finishes spread over 40 races.
The club now looks ahead to the Victorian Age and Open Short Course Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, where the swimmers will continue to extend themselves and excel.

Medal haul: captain Nathan Foote and Locke DeGaris impressively represented South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club at the 2017 Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Wangaratta recently. The club was represented by a team of 18.

12:48

Thrilling grand final results on the courts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Grade
WITH Korumburra Bena undefeated all season, accounting for the Dalyston in both home and away game and Dalyston losing the first week of finals, the Giants came in as heavy favourites.
However, Dalyston thrive on the underdog status and love nothing more than taking on Korumburra Bena in big finals.
The crowd must have known this too, as they were packed in five and six deep around the courts, in anticipation of a great game.
Dalyston came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.
They jumped to a five to one lead, making much more out of their opportunities than the Giants.
Giants coach Christie Hillberg (GA) opted to make no changes at quarter time, backed her starting seven in and looked to be the right choice, grabbing the first two goals of the quarter but thats when the momentum swung in Dalystons favour.
Dalyston had the Giants rattled and half time couldnt come quick enough for Giants girls, Dalyston nine up at the main break.
There was expectation in the air that this would be quarter the Giants would get back into the game.
However it was Dalyston who took the initiative at the start of the quarter, getting the first two goals and the lead out to 11.
It was the massive work rate and pressure of the Dalyston midcourt that was keeping the Giants at bay.
Dalyston had a steely look of determination at start of the last, personified by Alana McRae and her repeated efforts in defence and chasing down numerous loose balls.
Dalyston had it in the bag with half the quarter left to play.
Best on court: Jarney Thomas (Dalyston).
B Grade
WITH the Giants giving Dalyston a 35 goal trouncing in the second semi final, it was going to be very interesting to see how they would respond.
It was a fast start to the game, the ball whizzing up and down the court.
The Giants up four at the first break.
The Giants controlled the momentum of the game, doubling their quarter time score to lead by eight at half time.
It is said the third quarter is the premiership quarter and it certainly was the case here; the Giants winning all positions on the court.
It was going to take a big effort for Dalyston to get back into the game and they certainly gave it a shake.
The Giant settled with number of goals of intercepts and the game was well out of Dalystons reach, taking the win by 10 goals and making it back to back premierships for Giants.
Best on court: Jamie-Lee Jeffs (Korumburra Bena).
C Grade
WITH Koo Wee Rup causing an upset in the second semi, beating Dalyston by three goals, the stage was set for a Dalyston come back.
The game was a scrappy start; a heavy shower didnt help the situation, both teams with a number of unforced errors.
The Demons were up one at the main break.
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12:45

IK bring home the cup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Sea Eagles ran away with a premiership win, thumping new rivals Cora Lynn in the all important grand final clash.
From Clint McCaughans first goal six minutes into the opening quarter, IK had full control of the game.
With the wind advantage in the first quarter, IK kicked four goals through Tom Bartholomew, Tom Hams and Toby Mahoney.
Mahoney had an extraordinary game, picking up the best on ground medal at the end of the match and kicking a whopping four goals for the day.
The Cobras were silenced for the opening quarter, kicking one behind.
Supporters were keen to see what the second quarter would bring, expecting the wind advantage would give the Cobras the break it needed to catch up.
However, IK was hungry for its first premiership victory since 1986, and kept the Cobras to a low two goals.
IK was looking to remain scoreless for the quarter, but Mahoney and William Hetherington kicked two late goals to see out the quarter.
IK retained a four goal lead heading into the long break.
After recharging the batteries, IK was back at it, slamming four more goals past the sticks.
Meanwhile the defence worked hard to ensure the Cobras stayed down, only allowing one major for the quarter.
IK really drove the win home in the final quarter. Giving their all and inspiring their supporters, IK finished the game off with a massive eight goal haul.
Adam Cross kicked off the barrage of goals 47 seconds into the last quarter, opening the flood gates for Shem Hawking, Mahoney, Tom Wyatt, Daniel Houston and Dylan Clark to follow his lead.
Corey Casey solidified the win with one final goal at the 16 minute mark, 10 minutes before the siren.
IK celebrated a massive 95 point premiership win.
Back in the rooms, coach Ben Soumilas encouraged his team to be humble in their win, and to share the moment with all the people who supported them through their footy careers.

Massive moment: Inverloch Kongwak captain Dale Lawton and coach Ben Soumilas raised the premiership cup in victory on Saturday.

12:41

Vernon leads Parrots into third grand final battle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH the grand final showdown less than a week away, Leongatha Parrots Seniors coach Beau Vernon is hoping third time is a lucky charm for this team.
Since Vernon took on the coachs role in 2015, the Parrots have featured in the grand final dance. However, they are yet to take home the silverware.
Vernon is waiting on Saturday with high anticipation.
Im excited; finals season is a great time of the year, he said.
Im a Richmond supporter so Im up and about at the moment. The team has a good clean bill of health and they are ready to go.
When asked if he believed the team had a shot at taking home the premiership win, Vernon said he would be taking the match quarter by quarter.
We arent looking at the final outcome just yet. We are just going to go out there and enjoy it for what it is, he said.
This year has been exciting for us. Weve got a lot of really good young players. Theyve come up from juniors and developed through to the Seniors. They have great energy.
Vernon said there was no doubt his coaching technique had changed over the years.
You learn a lot about footy and yourself (when youre coaching), he said.
The game and the techniques are always evolving, so youre always going to grow and find different aspects to try.
Leongatha will be coming up against Maffra this weekend, which has been a strong contender all year.
Both teams have won a game against each other this year, making the grand final the ultimate decider.
In the lead up to the game, Vernon said the boys would continue to train as normal.
Off the field, Vernon has continued to do public speaking, and recently finished his business degree. Between family and football commitments, this time of year has been full on.
I dont have any special techniques for juggling it all, I just take it as anyone else would, he said.
While no decisions have been made as to whether he will return to the coaching position next year, he has enjoyed his time and the support from the club.
To help get the boys ready for the big game, the community is invited to join the Parrots for a club dinner on Thursday night.
Its $15 for meals and dessert, which kicks off at 7pm.
The club would appreciate the support and to see the community getting behind the grand final teams.

12:36

Correspondence with gov: PM&C, DSS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the weekend I began trying to nail down what the actual process is for a community to decide to enter into a trial of the cashless debit card. I need to know this kind of detail in order to provide an informed submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 which is due on Sept 29.

Through my research, I was provided with a link to the MOU signed by representatives of Ceduna area and discovered that PM&C had signed the MOU on behalf of government. I thought this was an interesting detail as I had not been aware that PM&C was involved in any way in cashless welfare so I wrote to PM&C to ask them about their role. Yesterday I got a reply not from PM&C but from DSS. PM&C are obviously not willing to explain their role in debit card trials.

I find the lack of willingness of anyone in government to provide any information about cashless welfare to be contrary to democratic decision making. How can people who may potentially be effected by the roll out of cashless welfare establish the pros and cons of the policy when the information is so tightly controlled that we do not receive timely information or information that clearly answers our questions?

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CC Media 

Hi Rosie,

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have sent your enquiry to the Department of Social Services (DSS).

DSS Media has forwarded it to cashlessdebitcard@dss.gov.au for re...

12:34

Entire volume of CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald, set for October release, has mysteriously 'gone missing' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Volume 5 of the CIA's Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year. Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as "volume 5." As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedy's assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962. The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

12:29

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever. Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters return to thrill audiences with their much loved music. 2018 is the 50 year celebration of Led Zeppelins first ever performance. This milestone event will be celebrated at Bluesfest when they perform a number of Led Zeppelin classics. International superstar Lionel Richie will bring his full arena spectacular to Byron Bay this Easter. Local legends The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana head up the Australian contingent, and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers and The New Power Generation will bring the funk during their electric, high-energy sets.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble comments on the announcement:

Well here it is, the first of our announcements for Bluesfest 2018, and what an announcement it is! Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Jose Gonzalez, First Aid Kit plus two of Australias greatest artists The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana, who is on fire right now.

There is lots more from Morcheeba, the amazing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real! Eric Gales and the California Honeydrops returning by popular demand from the last festival. We have lots of Blues in this announcement too and we are just getting started. We are going to have a great festival in 2018! Hope to see you there.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29 th March to Monday 2 nd of April 2018) for the 29 th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on site
camping in a range of accommodation options.

THE 2017 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through...

12:21

FixedIt: invisible rape of a child "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Townsville Bulletin accurately reported that a 45 year old man was convicted and jailed on four counts of indecent treatment of a child.

However, he was also convicted of two counts of rape of that child.

The judge said he showed no remorse, that he was in a position of trust with a vulnerable child and he was found guilty of raping her.

What possible reason could there be to dilute his crimes against the child down from rape to indecent treatment? He raped her. Thats what happened. Say that.

Hiding from the reality of rape and child abuse does the victims a terrible disservice and fails to serve the purpose of journalism. Theres no reason or excuse for this.

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12:19

Its Time To Admit It: They Cant Even Count "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Debates are supposed to be argued on the facts. When we discuss things like Australias housing bubble, Brexit, the financial crisis, and retirement ages, we argue using facts. To some extent, anyway.

Youve probably quoted many of the facts in discussions with your friends and family.

Like facts about Australias housing shortage. Or net migration to the UK, which sits at around 250,000 a year, making many people vote in favour of Brexit.

According to a long-standing media furore, huge amounts of foreign students vanish into the British workforce each year, instead of going home at the end of their degree.

Or you mightve mentioned the worlds whopping US$225 trillion of debt when discussing the impossibility of high interest rates. And how the Greek governments debt to GDP ratio of 180% still isnt solved.

There are vast underfunded pensions that we must find a way to honour too. The World Economic Forum says the funding gap will be US$224 trillion by 2050 for the six biggest pension systems, of which Australia is one.

But what if all the figures are wrong? What if your facts are dodgy? What if people cant count?

Where would that leave our discussions, votes and policies? What sense would analysis, debate and data-driven decisions make then?

None at all.

Unfortunately, it looks like we cant count. All too often, our facts are baloney.

Recently, all sorts of dodgy data have been exposed. To the point where you have to admit it

They just cant count anything

The UKs immigration figures which pushed Brexit over the line were based on small-scale surveys done at airports. Seriously. And those are the governments official figures.

The surveys missed tens of thousands of people leaving the UK, especially the much-maligned foreign students who were accused of vanishing into the workforce to steal British jobs. It turns out barely any stay. The new immigration system, which exposed the pathetic old one, still doesnt match up with airline data. The private sector actually counts people properly

But it also hides numbers

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) recently discovered $14 trillion in debt it didnt know about. Using derivatives, firms can borrow vast amounts of money in a hidden way that looks like wheeling and dealing, but is in reality funding their operations.

This shows how pathetic and pointless attempts at regulation and deleveraging are. Corporate finance responds to incentives, not slack laws with more holes than Swiss cheese, and without personal consequences for...

12:08

Its Not All Sunshine and Sushi "IndyWatch Feed National"

We spend weeks counting down the days until the boarding call. Crossing off the dates on the calendar, edging closer and closer to the aircrafts window of hope.

Travel is supposed to be a great time, right? The sights, experiences, culture, friends and food: its what some of us young guns live for. But what happens when your light at the end of the tunnel is shat on? What if there was a bomb dropped on your picture perfect getaway?

Japan was my destination. A month-long stint in Tokyo, the city Id dreamed of as a kid, sitting in Japanese class spending hours crafting the perfect origami paper crane. The crane is a symbol of hope, and just like Sadako from the Thousand Paper Cranes story, I was holding onto it with a similar plea. I was convinced this trip was no longer a want, but a need.

My arrival was a shit-storm. After not one, but two panic attacks at 35,000 feet, I stepped off the plane dripping with sweat and tears with the reminder of my banana bread spew fresh on my breath. Uncomfortably slipping out of my Birkenstocks as I approached the carousel, I nervously awaited my 20-tonne Flylite. Still in a flurry and pouring sweat, my trembling hands managed to count the correct money for a Skyliner ticket to Nippori, the Tokyo district Id be calling home. I was terrified, but I could not pinpoint exactly what was so frightening. I just needed to feel safe.

I will be fine once I get to the hotel, I repeated over and over.

Stepping out of the station at around 9.30pm, I resembled Dorothy as I was punched in the face by the culture, cityscape and unbearable heat all at once. Where were my ruby red slippers?

I attempted to navigate myself to the hotel. I was weak, still crying and exhausted. After a mental pep talk, in an effort to get it together, I popped into a convenience store to ask for directions. The air conditioning hugged me like an old friend and I wiped my tears before approaching the staff member at the counter. As I watched the young girl ponder my distraught appearance, I could tell this was a dead-end. I left feeling more defeated than ever and continued to drag my dead weight suitcase behind me.

Soon I spotted the all-too-familiar golden arches and rushed to the free WiFi for help. I scrambled for my phone as I felt myself thrown into another attack. Diners looked up from their Big Macs as I hyperventilated and sobbed while sweating bullets and internally screaming. A Japanese woman approached me. Desperate to help, she...

11:37

Beach Hotel in Byron sold to investment company "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aerial view of Byron Bay's Beach Hotel, which is for sale for $75 million. Photo supplied

Aerial view of Byron Bays Beach Hotel, which has sold for an estimated $70 million. Photo supplied

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay is once again changing hands with The Australian reporting that it has sold for $70 million.

Impact Investment Group, a Melbourne based firm, has confirmed to Echonetdaily that they are expecting that contracts for settlement will be exchanged in around six months some time in February 2018.

We have a strong network in Byron Bay and will be working with the current tenants, said a Spokesperson for Impact Investment Group.

The community can take confidence that working with the community is something that Impact Investment has done and will continue to do.

Its an iconic and much loved hotel. We are really excited about the possibilities to rejuvenate the hotel.

According to their website their mission is to shift capital towards investments that blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact, and to lead by example in using all of our resources to create the world we want to live in.

The Australian reported that Impact Investment is a private equity firm believed to be backed by the wealthy Liberman family that has more than $400 million in funds under management. Investors include wealthy individuals, families, institutional investors, corporations and foundations.

Amusingly the owner, racing car driver, Max Twigg, had a week earlier denied to The Australian that he was selling the hotel stating that, I am a happy owner, I have been for ten years.

Echonetdaily contacted The Beach Hotel but no comment will be available on the sale until General Manager, Elke van Haandel, returns from her overseas trip in late September.

The post...

11:35

Fortitude Valley to house states first vertical high school and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The location of the former Brooke Street state school in Fortitude Valley will likely become home to the states first vertical high school by 2020 (Image Credits: JAM project).

Last month, Education Queensland began investigating a vertical high schools policy. High-school cramming in inner-city school necessitated the need for a new model for school development.

 

The Fortitude Valley location is one of two proposed vertical high school schools in Brisbane, with the second slated for the inner south.

 

A planning day run by the Department of Education in November will develop concepts for the Fortitude Valley proposal.

 

The schools will accommodate between 1200 and 1500 students each.

 

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11:30

Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed National"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

There was a fair amount of crime in South Africa when I lived there, and house break-ins were common. My aunt and uncle woke up one night as an intruder was about to bludgeon them over their heads. My uncle jumped up, naked, and grabbing an non-working antique rifle, chased the intruder out.

My parents friends were not so lucky. Hearing a noise downstairs, the elderly husband armed himself with a pistol, and went down stairs to investigate. It didnt end well. He was overpowered by the group of intruders and shot dead with his own gun.

The Farmer in Albury

Last Thursday, around midnight, a resident of Splitters Creek (in New South Wales) heard a noise. Arming himself with a hockey stick, he confronted an 18-year-old rummaging through cupboards in the kitchen. The lad was armed with a knife but facing the hockey stick, he fled.

Then at about 3.30 am in the early hours, farmer, David Dunstan, 52, heard knocking. He opened the door to find the (same) young man with a piece of wood (and his knife).

The Herald Sun wrote,

Frightened for the safety of his three children aged 9 to 14, who were asleep inside the Bungowannah home [he said] I thought there could be more of them out there, Andrea Dunstan immediately phoned local police.

The Border Mails article wrote that Dunstan

went to his nearby gun safe and grab...

11:26

Booklet launch: Promoting Health and Wellbeing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date: 

Oct
19
2017

The Promoting health and wellbeing case study booklet has been produced as part of the SACOSS and SA Health Department for Health and Ageing (DHA) Public Health Partnership.  The booklet provides an exchange platform for those working in the sector to increase opportunities to share experiences and successes, build capacity and momentum to support the health and wellbeing of communities and those most in need.

The SACOSS - DHA booklet documents diverse approaches to promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of communities. It is hoped that the resource will help to facilitate a community of practice across the sector, capturing various experiences, strategies and outcomes of a number of initiatives and programs. The thirteen case studies fall into three categories, highlighting best practice in innovation, collaboration and partnerships and the promotion of health and wellbeing. 

Copies of the booklet will be available at the booklet launch on Thursday 19 October. 

Mr David Panter, Chair of SACOSS and Ms Vickie Kaminski, Chief Executive of SA Health will open and close the launch (event runs from 10.00am to 11.30am, morning tea included).

Places are limited - register online here

Venue: 

South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)

47 King William Road
UnleySouth Australia 5061
Australia
...

11:18

FixedIt: A house did not commit rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

A rape investigation in Bolton is underway after police received a report that a 19-year-old woman had been raped, reports Wigan Today.

Despite the headline, police are not investigating a house for rape, they are questioning a 27 year old man. There is no allegation that a house committed the alleged rape.

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11:06

FixedIt: alleged death threats and stalking are not a declaration of love "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Illawarra Mercury reported on a man accused of threatening to cut his ex-partners throat after she reported him to police for allegedly stalking and harassing her in breach of an AVO.

This case has not yet been heard in court so this is not about his guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are reported.

According to the article, the man is accused of following her, turning up at her house and following her to a hotel. She reported him to police and says she then received 32 phone calls from an unknown number. She answered one of the calls, and alleges that the accused yelled at her for calling police and said Im getting locked up for nine months so Im going to make it worthwhileIm going to cut your throat.

These allegations are not a declaration of love. Declaring love for someone is not a crime and no one can be charged for doing so. There were six charges including contravening an AVO and stalking, all of which are serious crimes, not romatic acts.

He has pled not guilty to all charges.

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10:57

Change the world one action at a time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishop's house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishops house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Have you been wondering how to take action on climate change and reduce your carbon footprint? Repower Byron Shire, launched on Sunday 17 September, is helping the Byron Shire community do just that.

ENOVA, Zero Emissions Byron and COREM have come together with Byron Shire Council to encourage people in the shire to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy use.

Two streets have been selected, one in Mullumbimby and one in Byron Bay that will be run pilot program beginning in late September that hopes to see the entire street reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning to renewables.

These locals have already embraced the concept and street champions have been identified. Once we have had a chance to see how the program can run practically on a small scale, it will be launched into the wider community, says Byron Shire councilor Jeanette Martin.

Repower Byron Shire Launch From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch
From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

The campaign will focus on three st...

10:50

Ballina Ocean pool design being considered "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballina's Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballinas Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The prospect of swimming in a shark-free ocean pool at Shelly Beach has moved a step closer after the engineering design brief for the Ballina Ocean Pool was sent out to a number of consultants recently.

The assessment will look at the coastal processes involved in the construction and operation of the pool, including the impacts of wave action on the pool, possible changes to sediment movement in the area, water quality inside the pool, wave overtopping behaviour and pool flushing.

Ballina Deputy Mayor and committee member Jeff Johnson said the purpose of the report is to provide an understanding of the performance and behaviour of an ocean pool at Shelly Beach and the impact, if any, on the ocean processes nearby.

This will help in the assessment of how well an ocean pool at Shelly Beach will work and will influence the final design chosen, Mr Johnson said.

The Ballina Ocean Pool Committee has been putting this brief together for some time now and it is the culmination of lots of preliminary research, he added.

Other reports underway include an assessment of the marine ecology on the Shelly Beach rock shelf and whether the pool can provide an enhanced environment for the existing flora and fauna, said Cr Johnson.

These studies are being undertaken by Professor Peter Harrison and the Marine Ecology Department at Southern Cross University.

Our intention all along was to design an ocean pool that is interactive with the ocean and has minimal ongoing maintenance. Those two elements will form a key part in the final design, Cr Johnson said.

Local structural engineer and Ballina Ocean Pool Committee member, Peter Lucena has been working on the design brief in conjunction with internationally renowned coastal engineer, Doug Lord, who has been providing assistance on a voluntary basis. Hes an expert in his field and has also held senior government positions and been on numerous advisory panels.

Its a real boost for our committee to have that expertise onboard to help e...

10:45

Renowned Wilderness Man, Les Southwell, Dies Aged 88. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

BBF_Photography_People_LesSouthwellDaveNoble_LabyrinthLakeStClairTAS_2008_01.jpg 
Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

 

10:44

Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dragonfruit

Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.

They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane! International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
read on

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10:41

Local Jobs First Roundtable to be held in Cairns and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cairns is set to host a Local Jobs First Roundtable today, bringing both government and industry officials together to improve the employability of local young people in the tourism industry. (image credit: wikimedia)

Employment Minister Grace Grace will lead the Roundtable, with the goal of maximising employment opportunities for locals in Queenslands ever-growing billion dollar tourism industry.

In the past years, tourism contributes $11.5 billion to Queenslands economy, making up 5.8 per cent of Queenslands workforce.

Full-time effort to coordinate management of feral pigs in north Queensland introduced

10:35

Tamara to take police petition to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith met with Alstonville community representatives over the weekend to receive their petition for police officers to be stationed permanently at Alstonville.

Ive met with members of the community, our new permanent Alstonville police officer Sean Daley and Inspector Bill McKenna to discuss the impacts of youth crime in Alstonville, she said.

An elderly resident was terrified during a recent robbery and as far as Im concerned we need a zero tolerance on crime in our peaceful village and the police agree. This has gone well beyond vandalism and graffiti.

Thankfully we now have a dedicated police presence and hopefully before Christmas the second officer will be appointed and take up residence in the station, said Ms Smith.

I will present this petition to the NSW Parliament this week. I am thankful to the business owners and community members who have signed the petition. It will bring attention to the fact that NSW Police are hamstrung by their human resources policies which do not allow them to replace officers who are on sick leave, maternity leave or other long term leave.

Our police are taking the issue of youth crime in Alstonville seriously. Once again I ask anyone who feels unsafe or in danger to please call 000 and they will be responded to, said Ms Smith.

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10:34

Festival extension approved at Parklands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18 event will not be able to operate at the North Byron Parklands site unless the operators receive an extension to their trial. Photo David Lowe

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18. Photo David Lowe

North Byron Parklands, home to Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass, has been granted a 20-month extension to its five-year trial by the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

The original five year trial period ended on December 31, 2017, leaving two days of the Falls Festival without permission to go ahed.

The approval now means that the Byron leg of the Falls Music and Arts Festival 2017/2018, Splendour in the Grass 2018, Falls 2018/2019 and Splendour 2019 will go ahead at North Byron Parklands, organisers said.

Other than the extension of time, there were no additional changes sought in the application.

North Byron Parklands general manager Mat Morris said, The decision provides certainty, not only for the two world class festivals held at this site, but for hundreds of local businesses and individuals who generate income from these events. The decision also reflects the ongoing improvements to performance across a range of key areas such as traffic and noise.

Community association unhappy

However, the South Golden Beach Community Association vice-president, Denise Nessel said, The PAC ignored major concerns about ecological and social impacts, accepting Parklands claims that the events have only a negligible effect on the sensitive ecological area and that they are appropriately managing all the social impacts.

The PAC appears to have spent minimal time reviewing the detailed submissions sent by objectors. The quick decision strongly suggests that they had made up their minds to approve the extension before the public hearing.

Land swap

North Byron Parklands is now in the process of putting together its final application to become a permanent music, arts and community events...

10:20

Murdered Sydney mum grew up in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo Facebook

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydneys northern beaches. Photo Facebook

A former Byron Bay resident who was stabbed to death at her home on Sydneys northern beaches is being remembered as ethereal, funny, kind and gentle, by those close to her.

Lanell Latta, 50, was found dead at a house on Marine Parade in Avalon on Monday morning.

Ms Latta grew up in Byron Bay before moving to the home in Avalon, which she reportedly rented from supermodel Gemma Ward.

Her 25-year-old son was arrested in nearby Ruskin Rowe and taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.

He was charged with her murder as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.

Friends and family of the hairdresser have taken to social media to express their grief, saying they were speechless and heartbroken.

The world has lost a beautiful soul in Lanell she was taken from us way too early, in tragic circumstances, and Im sure all of us who knew her will miss her dearly, one friend wrote.

What a loss my beautiful friend ethereal, funny, kind and gentle. I have wonderful memories of you, and I wish you eternal peace now that you are home, another wrote.

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10:12

Trump now has UN in his sights "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald J. Trump (R) with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) during a meeting about reforming the United Nations the day before the opening of the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 18 September 2017. EPA/Justin Lane

US President Donald J. Trump (R) with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) during a meeting about reforming the United Nations the day before the opening of the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 18 September 2017. EPA/Justin Lane

LOS ANGELES [AAP]

US President Donald Trump has made his long-awaited debut at the United Nations, opening his remarks with a critique of the world body and a boast about a successful business deal he made across the street from its New York headquarters.

He also came up with a new slogan for the UN shadowing the Make America Great Again mantra he successfully rode to the presidency.

The main message is: make the United Nations great not again, Mr Trump said on Monday.

Make the United Nations great. Such tremendous potential.

Mr Trump has been a harsh critic of the UN, but with world leaders and foreign ministers, including Australias Julie Bishop, looking on inside the UNs packed Economic and Social Council Chamber the president did soften his words.

The president endorsed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres plan to reform the UN.

In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, Mr Trump said.

While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 per cent, and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment.

But I know that under the secretary-general, thats changing and its changing fast.

Ms Bishop welcomed Trumps backing of UN reform.

If there are ideas and ways that we can improve the performance of the United Nations, then of course Australia would welcome them, she told reporters in New York.

We want to ensure it is the most e...

10:05

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []

10:01

Private Corporations Direct Global Vaccination Programs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government does not inform the public that the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations and Biomedical companies are influencing the design of the Australian government (and all World Health Organisation countries) vaccination programs through the GAVI Alliance the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. 

Vaccines are not being added to national programs to address the specific public health needs of each country but on the recommendation of an alliance composed of many corporations and foundations, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Here is the interview I did with Sarah Westall from Business Game Changes  The Vaccination debate: Lets get Serious. I hope that you will listen to this interview as she gets to the core of the political issues regarding the promotion of vaccines to governments and the public.

Corporations are framing the vaccination debate in the media and this is resulting in the violation of human rights our right to choose what we inject into our own bodies.

On 15 September 2017 Australia changed its media ownership laws to allow an increase in the concentration of ownership of media in the cities. Currently Murdochs News Ltd corporation owns approximately 70% of Australias media but the new laws now allow him to expand this share to control all three media platforms television, radio and newspapers in a single area.

This has serious consequences for public interest journalism that involves government health policies with vested interests. Already the vaccination debate is not being covered in the Australian media and public behaviour is being manipulated with false information that is not supported by university research or many medical practitioners.

In Australia public interest journalism has already been curtailed by the lack of diversity in the mainstream media and now our politicians have ensured that it is possible for one media mogul to have even greater influence over public behaviour.

When government decisions are not transparent or accountable they can be framed to suit the corporate agenda and promoted to the public with false information particularly when media diversity is reduced and powerful industry-...

09:50

Jedediah Bila asks Hillary Clinton a tough question on The View - "resigns" just days later "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jedediah Bila shocked audiences when she departed The View on Monday - and according to a source, this sudden departure may have something to do with Hillary Clinton. Clinton was on the show last Wednesday promoting her book What Happened, with conservative Bila calling her "tone deaf" and asking the former presidential candidate a tough question. "To be fair, it hasn't just been Republicans who have taken issue with the writing of this book. Some Democrats have come out as well," Bila said to Clinton. "Former campaign surrogates of yours, former fundraisers and said, 'This book puts us in the past and we wanna move forward, we wanna figure out where to take this party, how to succeed in the future. And this places us in the past.' How do you respond to Democrats also coming out in criticism of you writing this?" "I think they first should read the book," Clinton answered.

09:21

Community input sought on Casino to Mbah rails "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

The question of community input into if, and how the train or rail trail should proceed is being questioned by Tweed Shire Council mayor Katie Milne at the next council meeting on September 21 in Tweed Heads.

I have a notice of motion on this Council agenda regarding my concerns about whether the community as a whole has had much involvement or input into this very expensive project, said mayor Milne.

The Greens mayor will then also be speaking at an open public forum about the rail corridor from Casino to Murwillumbah, to be held at the Murwillumbah Community Centre from  6pm on Monday September 25.

Beth Shelly from the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRG) said, We are not aware of any consultations that have taken place with the community and there are issues that many people are not aware of and this is an opportunity to share this information.

Other speakers who will address the forum include  NSW Greens transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi and  Northern Rivers Railway Action Group member Geoff Reid.

Come along and grab the opportunity to discuss real public transport options for the future. An eight train a day commuter rail service that extends to the Tweed and Gold Coast is the big picture for this region. Connecting cycleways with rail and buses to develop an integrated plan to get cars off the road will cut transport emissions and deliver real transport and ecotourism outcomes for all people, continued Shelley.

We are totally supportive of having both the rail trail and the train. In Victoria there are areas where they have rail trails beside the trains that works well.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi says, I would like to talk about the shambles that is transport planning from this government as well as the need for a sustainable...

09:00

Winning Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Short provocative sessions for strategists, campaigners and organisers.

Does your team need some fresh ideas to inspire your campaigning, organising and movement building?

These short taster sessions are designed to enliven team meetings, giving you new perspectives and frameworks to apply. Each session is a conversation guided by Holly Hammond, drawing on the source book and making connections with your work.

Book an exploration of one of these books, or a series of all four:

  • Jonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To: A Roadmap for Radicals
  • Mark & Paul Engler, This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
  • Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
  • Patrick Reinsborough & Doyle Canning, Re:Imagining Change: How to use story-based strategy to win campaigns, build movements, and change the world

Sessions will be one to three hours long, depending on the focus and the size of the group. Community of practice gatherings, such as cross-organisation networks, book clubs or groups of friends, are also welcome to book a session. If youre intrigued but you cant gather a crew theres potential to book a one-to-one session.

These sessions will be available from October to December so get in touch to book in.

Its like bookclub but you dont need to have read the book Holly definitely has! See below for more information about each book.

HegemonyHowToJonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To

A roadmap for radicals. Hegemony How-To is a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about questions of power, leadership, and strategy. Hopeful about the potential of todays burgeoning movements, long-time grassroots organizer Jonathan Smucker nonetheless pulls no punches when confronting their internal dysfunction. Drawing from personal experience, he provides deep theoretical insight into the all-too-familiar radical tendency toward self-defeating insularity and paralyzing purism. At the same time, he offers tools to bridge the divide between anti-authoritarian values and hegemonic strategies, tools that might just help todays movements to navigate their obstaclesand change the world.

...

08:57

Es gibt nach Jahren mal wieder einen erwhnenswerten ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Es gibt nach Jahren mal wieder einen erwhnenswerten Apache-Bug!

Fortunately Apache developer Jacob Champion digged into it and figured out what was going on: Apache supports a configuration directive Limits that allows restricting access to certain HTTP methods to a specific user. And if one sets the Limit directive in an .htaccess file for an HTTP method that's not globally registered in the server then the corruption happens. After that I was able to reproduce it myself. Setting a Limit directive for any invalid HTTP method in an .htaccess file caused a use after free error in the construction of the Allow header which was also detectable with Address Sanitizer.

08:57

John McAfee Admits Bitcoin Is A Total Scam "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent CNBC interview, John McAfee inadvertently explained why Bitcoin is a total scam doomed to fail within the next 12 months.  In answering Jamie Dimons claims that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee [...]

08:52

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isnt one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains.

On July 7, a global treaty was adopted at the UN General Assembly to prohibit nuclear weapons. This treaty now sets precedence for a powerful norm that will change the course of history by helping promote disarmament and preventing further proliferation.

This treaty closes a large international law gap, by prohibiting states from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons once ratified by 50 states.

That will happen tomorrow, on the 20th of September.

Despite an overwhelming 122 countries endorsing the treaty, strongly and actively supported by hundreds of civic society organizations including the World Medical Association, Medical Association for Prevention of War, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, nine member countries that possess nuclear weapons and most NATO allies boycotted the agreement.

Shamefully, one of those countries absent from negotiations and which played a role in boycotting the treaty is Australia. We fall under the nuclear protection of the USA.

While Australia, possesses no nuclear weapons, it is a major producer and supplier of uranium used in the production of nuclear arsenals for the US and British military and most recently Russia, China and India.

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Australia has had a long history with nuclear testing, hosting the British in the 1950s and 60s to conduct 12 major nuclear tests which dispersed radiation across much of the continent. In particular site workers and Aboriginal communities nearby have been suffering the consequences of radiation, seen in high rates of cancer with very little compensation, and a lack of capacity to use traditional land due to contamination.

As a result of Australia hosting the US military and intelligence facilities, such as Pine Gap near Alice Springs, we are offered protection in the face of a nuclear threat, under the extended nuclear deterrence, and thus consider nuclear weapons to be legitimate, useful and necessary despite their devastating and catastrophic effects.

With the current escalating tensions between North Korea and the USA, where nuclear weapons are at the hands of unstable and unpredictable political leaders, the dangers of a nuclear war occurring at any given moment is frightening.

The health consequences of...

08:51

Lismore among top 10 for rooftop solar in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

More than 11,000 households and small businesses in Lismore have made the switch to renewable energy, making it the postcode with tenth most solar panels in the country.

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme postcode data released yesterday by the Clean Energy Regulator reflects a geographically diverse spread of installations, particularly in suburban, regional and rural areas of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

The postcodes of Bundaberg (Qld), Werribee and Hoppers Crossing (Vic) have accumulated the highest number of small-scale renewable energy installations since the scheme began in 2001, each reaching around 17,000 installations as at 1 September 2017.

Lismore Community Solar Project 's solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

Lismore Community Solar Project s solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

In fact, over the last 10 years, 23 per cent more Australians have embraced rooftop solar. Thats one in five homes and businesses now generating their own renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions through rooftop solar.

Last month, Australia hit a milestone of 6,000 megawatt capacity across 2.8 million small-scale installations of renewable energy systems such as solar PV systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. Thats enough to power 1.8 million homes.

How to participate

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme provides incentives for households and businesses to install small-scale power generation or reduce electricity use through energy efficient hot water systems. It works by creating a market for renewable energy certificates. For m...

08:50

Street Art around the world. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As our world gets smaller and smaller and we travel more we are always looking for something else to see. Huge cities such as London, Melbourne, Rome and Paris can cost you a small fortune to visit and as we all know we all try to get as much as we can from our money. We all want to see the most popular sites but there are some days that we are short of funds. You can wander a city and find free things where ever you go and I must admit I forget about the amazing street art that is now popping up all over the world. From city to city all different types are on show. From alleyways to whole sides of a building there is always something interesting to see and the best is that it is free!

So if you are looking for a free activity and to see some amazing free art here are some places that have brilliant street art that you should check out if you are visiting!

London, England

From Kerri of Beer and Croissants

London has become well known for street art, with locations in Shoreditch and Camden leading the way. Street art tours are conducted regularly and a visit to any of these locations will see lines of people stopping to take their own photos of the vivid art work emblazoning the walls.
Street Art around the world by Wyld Family Travel
 
When I was last in London I uncovered a spot that is well hidden and quite unknown. This is especially ironic given it sits underneath Waterloo Train Station, one of the busiest commuter hubs in the city.
...

08:42

Rally at Queensland Labor Headquarters and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Citizens will hold a picnic and rally at Queensland Labor Headquarters today, to demand Labor sack Adani lobbyist Cameron Milner from their re-election campaign. (image credit: flickr)

Jonathan Sri, Anne Gardiner, Michael Crook are scheduled to speak at the event in South Brisbane.

The organisers hope that the event will make Labor listen to the 75% of people who do not  want a billion dollars of public funds being gambled on Adani.

Ipswich has new deputy mayor and vows for tough conflict of interest laws

Former Queensland Labor MP Wanye Wendt is set to take over from former deputy mayor Paul Tully. Mr Tully stepped aside from his role after handing over his resignation early last month.

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08:38

Tweed marriage equality banner erected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.

Tweed Equality Campaign spokesperson Peter Waters said, Our message is that LGBTI Australians live, work and participate in regional and rural areas. We are your neighbours, friends, employees, employers and customers.

When Tweed locals drive through town they will be reminded that this is not a faraway campaign in the big cities, but that we are asking for their support as locals. We believe that our gay and lesbian community members, family, friends and neighbours should have the same opportunity to marry as everyone else.

Cam Hogan, the North Coast Equality Campaign spokesperson, added, Were encouraging everyone to open their mail today, tick YES and send it back as soon as they can. We hope that the banner reminds people driving home tonight how it important it is that they vote now, and vote YES.

This postal survey is about one thing only, and that is giving every Australian the right to marry the person they love.

We want this banner to show LGBTI people across Tweed that they are not alone during this challenging time and encourage everyone to vote YES.

Tweed residents can support the YES Campaign for Marriage Equality by:

  1. Pledging their YES vote
  2. Host a calling party!
  3. .........

08:28

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Collateral Damage" -- September 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

When will you people get real about how in debt America really is to China?

You've seen trillions in US debt reported.

You're aware of quantitive easing, but aren't sure what it actually means.

You've heard about derivatives, yet so what -- you don't use them.

It all doesn't add up to the fact that the western financial system is insolvent and has been since 1933.

The USD has no logical foundation behind it with regards to any sustainable value due to a lack of hard asset collateral.

It's just air!

That means all your "money," in all your checking, savings, investment and retirement accounts is simply not real! And never was!

Just like the USD, just like UST bonds and just like the FED and IRS, junk bonds, ETF's and corporate stocks based in American, Canadian, European or Australian countries--all of it is a total made up lie and that lie is what's causing all this chaos and this collapsing right before our very eyes.

None of it was ever real. Zip. Deal with it or leave the earth.

So when the USN is forced into play on October 1 and things do get real, and real fast, dramatic events is change will start happening--more suddenly than anyone is thinking--and the great illusion of western dominance will just end.

73 years of military dominance gone in the blink of an eye or click of a mouse....

08:27

Mich. Teacher Violently Drags Black 6th-Grader Out of His Seat After He Declines to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: The Root

Everybody is all about freedom of speech and expression until a black person (hey, Colin Kaepernick; hey, Jemele Hill) decides to exercise his or her right to do so. And in this particular case, a black sixth-grader out of Michigan says he was assaulted by his homeroom teacher all because he was exercising his rights and declined to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Stone Chaney, who attends East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Mich., told ClickOnDetroit that his teacher violently dragged him out of his chair and attempted to force him to stand for the pledge, leaving the young man confused and unwilling to return to that school.

The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently, Stone told the news site. I was so confused. I didnt know what was going on.

Note that Stone referred to the individual in question as the teacher consultant. That means that the person who allegedly thought it was all right to snatch a child out of his seat trains other teachers. One would wonder what kind of training those other teachers are receiving.

Except I can tell you exactly what, because Stone claims that the very next day after the initial incident, another teacher yelled at him for remaining seated during the pledge.

Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag.

I dont stand because I dont pledge to a flag, the precocious child explained. I pledge to God and family.

Stones parents are still looking for answers as to how the incident, which occurred Sept. 7., could have unfolded the way it did. His father addressed the district directly at its last board meeting, defending his sons right to do what...

08:18

Why The Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism And The New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy. Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations. And when you throw in the state and local levels, the total number of laws, rules and regulations governing all of our lives is in the millions. This is something that we learned about in law school, and it always stuck with me.

Of course we cant do away with government entirely, because then we would have anarchy. For example, we dont want the freedom to run around murdering one another at random. So it is very good to have laws against murder.

But in general, our founders intended for this to be a nation where government was limited and where our freedoms and liberties were maximized.

Sadly, what we have today is radically different from what our founders intended. Government has just gotten bigger and bigger over time, and this is true on the federal, state and local levels. And the bigger government gets, the more oppressive it tends to become. North Korea, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany are three examples of what can happen when big government spins wildly out of control.

As I run for Congress, this is something that I am working very hard to educate people about. I am running on a pro-liberty platform, and that means that I want to try to restore the constitutional balance that our founders originally intended. In order to do that, we need to dramatically shrink the size of our federal government, and doing so would mean much more liberty and freedom for us all.

But you should see...

08:17

Govt faces fresh calls for sugar tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

SYDNEY  [AAP]

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax as part of a plan drawn up by a coalition of health and community groups which want urgent action to tackle Australias obesity problem.

The eight-point plan includes a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, restrictions on TV junk food ads, the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, and mandatory health star ratings for food packaging by mid 2019.

The plan has been drawn up by a group of 34 leading health and community groups led by the Obesity Policy Coalition and includes the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, several universities and Nutrition Australia.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said while 63 per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of children were either overweight or obese, there is still no national strategy addressing the issue.

It just doesnt make sense, she said on Tuesday.

Without action, the costs of obesity and poor diet to society will only continue to spiral upwards.

The policies we have set out to tackle obesity therefore aim to not only reduce morbidity and mortality, but also improve wellbeing, bring vital benefits to the economy and set Australians up for a healthier future.

The OPC estimates that the annual cost of overweight and obesity in Australia between 2011 and 2012 was about $8.6 billion in direct and indirect costs including GP services, hospital care, absenteeism and government subsidies.

Ms Martin said kids were being bombarded with ads for junk food and high-sugar drinks that are cheaper than water.

Many so called healthy foods were also being laden with sugar and saturated fat.

Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult, she said.

Professor of epidemiology and equity in public health at Deakin University, Anna Peeters, said the government could no longer afford to do not...

08:11

MACKAY Mother-of-seven to stay in jail after string of crimes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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08:08

Q&A: panellists spar over coal as energy debate dominates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Doctor says respiratory and cardiovascular implications of coal should be top of Australia's energy debate and warns Adani mine threatens health of millions The health implications of coal-fired power should be a main concern in Australia's debate over energy generation, doctors have argued. Speaking on the ABC's Q&A program, the chair of Doctors for the Environment New South Wales, Dr John Van Der Kallen, asked panellists why health was not a primary consideration in the discussion over [...]

08:05

Qld LNP/ALP joined forces to stop farmers from having guns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE LNP and the ALP have once again teamed up to defeat a common sense measure put forward by the Katters Australia Party; this time in relation to primary producers who need to use handguns for their work. The Motion, which called for the parliament to support the rights of Primary Producers to own handguns, was voted down by the Government and LNP.

The Government has continued its attack on regional Queensland and the LNP has supported them. These city based politicians really have no understanding of what life is like west of Ipswich, Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter said.

Currently Weapons Licencing are rejecting applications and renewals by primary producers who have legitimate reasons to own a handgun. This attitude does nothing to reduce risks to the public. A farmer can still own a handgun to shoot at the pistol club in town but they cant own one to use for their business. It makes no sense.

Lets be clear here you still need a licence to apply for category H. The claims from the LNP that everyone would have access are ridiculous as there is a fit and proper person test to gain a licence in the first place. Robbie said.

Firearms on properties are a specialised tool. Like most specialised tools, its not every day you need to use them. They are vitally important to rural familys safety, especially if youre miles away from the house or being bailed up by a pack of wild dogs as happened to Ms. Katie Casey on her property near Hughenden recently.

The LNP and ALP have voted together in Qld Parliament to prevent farmers from o...

07:38

Clown Mask Panic: Dad Charged as 6yo Girl Flees & Hides in Strangers Apartment "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A father has been charged with child endangering and inducing panic after he chased his six-year-old daughter while wearing a clown mask in an attempt to discipline the child.

The incident took place in Boardman Township, Ohio, on Saturday night, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

The child was reportedly so terrified she first jumped into a strangers car and later went into another strangers apartment to escape from her father.

Police told the newspaper that a man in the apartment building came outside during the commotion and fired a gunshot into the ground. That man has been charged with using weapons while intoxicated, the AP reports.

The father reportedly told police he donned the clown mask to scare his daughter in an effort to discipline her for apparent bad behavior, instead of spanking her.

RT.com has reached out to the police for comment.

Last year saw a bizarre killer clown craze sweep across the US, and then around the world, as creepy clowns were photographed wandering the streets at night and were rumored to be attacking people.

False alarms prompted by the reports led to police warning against would-be jokers dressing as clowns.

The phenomenon has re-emerged in recent weeks with several reports of people dressed as clowns acting in a menacing manner.

Media commentators in Australia, which has seen several clown-related incidents recently, have speculated that the resurfacing of the trend has been caused by the release of the horror movie It. The film features a clown named Pennywise who kidnaps children and is based on a Stephen King novel of the same name.

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07:36

Weve turned our unis into aimless money-grubbing exploiters of students "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Perhaps not everyone will agree with everything Ross Gittins (Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2017) has to say in this article about cuts to university funding in Australia. Nevertheless, he raises some very important points that should be noted by all of us.

Of the many stuff-ups during the now-finished era of economic reform, one of the worst is the unending backdoor privatisation of Australias universities, which began under the Hawke-Keating government and continues in the Senate as we speak.

This is not so much neoliberalism as a folly of the smaller-government brigade, since the ultimate goal for the past 30 years has been no more profound than to push university funding off the federal budget.

The first of the budget-relieving measures was the least objectionable: introducing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, requiring students  who gain significant private benefits from their degrees  to bear just some of the cost of those degrees, under a deferred loan-repayment scheme carefully designed to ensure it did nothing to deter students from poor families.

Likewise, allowing unis to admit suitably qualified overseas students provided they paid full freight was unobjectionable in principle.

The Howard governments scheme allowing less qualified local students to be admitted provided they paid a premium was problematic, as the academics say, and soon abandoned.

The problem is that continuing cuts in government grants to unis have kept a protracted squeeze on uni finances, prompting vice-chancellors to become obsessed with money-raising.

teaching staff to go easy on fee-paying overseas students who dont reach accepted standards of learning, form unhealthy relationships with business interests, and accept soft power grants from foreign governments and their nationals without asking awkward questions.

They pressure academics not so much to do more research as to win more research funding from the government. Interesting to compare the hours spent preparing grant applications with the hours actually doing research.

John Howard continued the Hawke-Keating push on universities.

To motivate the researchers, those who bring in the big bucks are rewarded by being allowed to pay casuals to do their teaching for them. (This after the vice-chancellors have argued straight-faced what a crime it would be for students to be taught by someone who wasnt at the forefront of their sub-sub research speciality.)

The unis second greatest crime is the appalling way they treat those of their brightest students foolish enough to aspire to an academic career. Those who arent part-timers are kept on serial short-term contracts, leaving them open to exploitation by a...

07:30

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Volume 5 of the CIAs Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year.

By Jack Burns

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as volume 5.

As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedys assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.

The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator...

07:10

Book Review: Hillary Clintons Revisionist History Of 2016 Campaign Is Bourgeois Indulgence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hillary Clintons book on her presidential campaign is a quintessential piece of bourgeois indulgence. Much like autobiographical works that have come before, this book is inseparable from the larger trajectory of the political class once their time in the media spotlight wanes.

Politicians get paid handsomely to publish an insider magnum opus, pulling the curtain away, revealing their humanitytheir legislative struggles, the toll political life has on their families, and what they often allege the public fails to see, like their personality outside of office.

The former Democratic presidential nominee was given a $14 million advance for her previous book, Hard Choices, and while theres been no confirmation as to how much What Happened received, one can presume, based on the pattern of Clinton book deals, that it was somewhere in the millions.

Ideological differences aside, What Happened is not worth the binding with which holds the nearly 600 pages together, let alone millions of dollars.

It mixes varying personal episodes with political fiction, creating its own historical revisionism that will go unchallenged by those who saw in Clinton every childhood dream of a Madame President. This explains, in part, why any and all criticism of What Happened is met with aversion, as though a career politician should not be made to answer for the material consequences of her years as a government official or prominent public figure.

Clinton attempts to reclaim the characterization that she is flawed, asserting that everyones flawed. Thats the nature of human beings. But our mistakes alone shouldnt define us.

Her mistakes, which stretch far beyond the general election, are not deconstructed in a manner that sheds light on what happened but serve as a way in which Clinton can further blame other people, such as the political climate and anything but the nature of her own decisions.

For example, in the chapter Change Makers, Clinton complains that during the primaries activists used the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, signed by then President Bill Clinton, and which she supported, to force her into taking personal responsibility:

[T]hese activists didnt want to talk about developing a policy agenda. One was singularly focused on getting me to accept personal responsibility for having supported policies, especially the crime bill that my husband signed in 1994, which he claimed created a culture of mass incarcerationI thought these activists were right that it was time for public of...

06:32

Neuroscientist Studies Dog Emotions with MRI, Concludes Dogs are People, Too "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at ZME Science. Most dog owners will tell you that their pets are awesome, and if you ask them if they think their dog loves them, most of the time youll be met with a positive answer. But do dogs feel love or...

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06:30

NATION: Turnbull government marks two years of inertia, paralysis and failure "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In like Flynn, Hadgkiss was immediately appointed, in 2013, by then Employment Minister, Eric Abetz, to head the Fair Work Building Inspectorate. Shortly after his appointment he told inspectorate staff not to correct misinformation to employers that they could direct unions where they could hold their on-site meetings, advice which was left uncorrected for two years, despite warnings from CFMEU and Commission staff Deaths in construction soared to 19 in the first six months of 2017, equivalent to 38 per year, the worst rate on record. Under Abbott, deaths became more frequent but under Turnbull, the rate at which workers are killed has accelerated. The fatality rate is even more worrying given the industrys unprecedented three consecutive years of investment decline under the Abbott-Turnbull government with a corresponding slump in output. The ABCC was supposed to revitalise the industry. Construction would boom once government relaxed the red tape in a new era of deregulation Worse. It was the savage god, the economy, that ravenous beast that made him do it. He had to knife his PM, he said, in his languid, lofty, hollow, vowels primarily, because Abbott was hopeless with budgets and spending. Simply no idea of how to act like an economic leader, or what tie to wear, let alone how to keep a Cayman Island company or trust afloat

06:30

Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article from Reuters (Mohamed el Sherif, Ali Sawafta 17 September 2017) brings news of a new agreement by the two largest Palestinian organisations to work together to form a new government of unity. At present, the Islamist group Hamas holds Gaza the and the secular Fatah the West Bank. They have been at odds for years and this has kept the Palestinian population in the occupied territories divided and held back their capacity to end Israeli control and achieve nationhood. The change, if successful, could make a huge difference.

Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Islamist group, which has ruled Gaza since a brief Palestinian civil war in 2007, said it had taken a courageous, serious and patriotic decision to dissolve the administrative committee that runs the territory of 2 million people, and hand power to some form of unity government.

Reunification a decade after Hamas and Abbass secular Fatah movement battled for control of Gaza may hinge on whether complex issues related to power-sharing which stymied reconciliation bids in the past can be resolved.

Abbas welcomed Hamas move a result of talks mediated by Egypt and said he would convene the Palestinian leadership for discussions upon his return from New York where he was attending the U.N. General Assembly.

The development would enable the formation of a national reconciliation government to work in the Gaza Strip and hold elections, he said in a statement on official news agency WAFA.

Earlier, a Palestinian government spokesman said Cairos mediation had presented a historic opportunity that could help Palestinians toward full statehood.

But Fatah said it still needed clarification from Hamas on the handing over of government ministries in Gaza and control of the enclaves border crossings with Israel and Egypt.

Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation administration but could not agree on the details. A unity government formed after Hamas won the last Palestinian general election, in 2006, was short-lived.

Aiming to pressure Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza, Abbas cut payments to Israel for the electricity it supplies to the enclave, leading to power provided for less than four hours on some days, and never more than six hours a day.

Azzam Al-Ahmad, who headed Fatahs delegation to the talks in Cairo, told WAFA: This step will enhance the unity of the Palestinians and end ugly division.

The two parties did not meet at the talks which took the form of shuttle-diplomacy with...

06:24

The Seeds of Anti-Capitalist Revolt Found in Everyday Resistance: A Review of Guerrillas of Desire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post The Seeds of Anti-Capitalist Revolt Found in Everyday Resistance: A Review of Guerrillas of Desire appeared first on It's Going Down.

Originally published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Back when I first began selling my labor for a wage in the wasteland of suburbias strip malls, I can recall the tedium of stocking shelves, summoning up insincere courtesy in the face of entitled customers and obnoxious bosses, comparing the stacks of money counted at the end of the day with the totals on our paychecks, and feigning adherence to whatever motivational faade management cooked up to mask the reality of our exploitation.

Yet I also remember, much more vividly and fondly, the latent and occasionally eruptive defiance among my co-workers. This included the constant collective complaining about the job, taking more and longer-than-approved breaks, working as little as possible, fudging time sheets, stealing, and the intermittent screaming matches with the boss in the middle of the store. Underpinning all these actions was an unspoken but broadly understood code of silence when it came to such transgressions and, when appropriate, expressions of support for them.

At the time, I didnt think much about this, it was just how things happened and Ive encountered similar experiences to varying degrees in every workplace since. Our actions werent guided by a political framework nor was there any attempt to organize them in a directed manner. It was more a spontaneous, innate reaction to experiencing the coercion of capitalism. I had cause to reflect upon this anew while reading Kevin Van Meters new book, Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible, published by AK Press and the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

In the preface, Van Meter observes that the question motivating him is not What is to be done? but How do people become what they are? Throughout the course of the book he seeks to provide an answer by locating power in the resistance of workers, apart from any political ideology or organization. Whether and how that inherently anti-capitalist refusal of work develops into revolt or rebellion are the questions he compellingly urges us to reflect and act upon.

To reach that point, Guerrillas of Desire ambitiously takes on multiple tasks that feed into and build....

06:15

(Video) 2017 Australia Conferences: Tolec, Maree Batchelor, David Still, Dan Bugitti "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Sep 18, 2017

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2017 Forster l Awaken You Inner Spirit, Transformational Shift Conference, Forster, Australia - October 7&8, 2017
2017 Tugun Transformational Shift Conference, Tugun, Australia - October 20-22, 2018

06:15

Renowned Wilderness man, Les Southwell, dies aged 88 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian Alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88

06:10

Nearly 1,000 US Troops in Syria Are Currently Under Attack by Russians "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  According to the Guardian, an estimated 900 U.S. troops are embedded with Syrian opposition forces that are currently within strike range of the Russian military. Over the weekend, the U.S. military claimed Russian jets had struck Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in Deir ez-Zor east of the Euphrates River. The attack allegedly wounded six of these SDF fighters, but no American personnel were harmed.

The attack came not long after these confident SDF fighters gave the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) a red line not to cross the Euphrates River. According to Reuters, the SAA had already crossed it, anyway. Now that we know Russia is continuing to provide the SAA with air power as it advances throughout this oil-rich region, it is clear these increasing developments are capable of worsening conflict between the fighting powers.

According to Newsweek, the Russian Defense Ministry already warned its American counterparts about the operations it intended to undertake.

To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Further, as quoted by Russian-state owned outlet RT, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said:

Within the framework of this operation, the fighters, armored vehicles, and objects of terrorists are being destroyed on both western and eastern banks of the Euphrates.

At the same time, the Russian Air Force makes pinpoint strikes only on reconnaissance targets confirmed by several channels in IS-controlled areas.

Konashenkov added:

Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any third force. Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can a...

05:59

SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Shortages 

SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in the month of August 2017.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in median asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  


Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak according to SQM's asking rents index. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn may finally be over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 

05:54

John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a total fraud: Behold the logic of artificial work "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Natural News) In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail.

In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple)

However, sir you called Bitcoin a fraud. Im a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin its called proof of work.

Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugmans ditch digging fable

The problem with John McAfees explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one pennys worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of artificial work to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars? The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as computational difficulty in mining.

This admission should be shocking to all Bitcoin holders for the simple reason that if Bitcoin drops below $1,000, mining now becomes unprofitable, rendering a very large part of the entire Bitcoin mining infrastructure instantly obsolete. The only thing keeping Bitcoin mining profitable right now is the bubble pricing of Bitcoin itself, and because all bubbles eventually burst, Bitcoin mining will sooner or later reach a point where its not worth the investment of hardware, electricity and time. (Theres also the 21 million coin limit thats rapidly approaching, by the way, which will spell the end of Bitcoin mining as it is conducted today.)

Furthermore, the artificial work aspect of Bitcoin mining and its artificial computational complexity is the digital equivalent of paying people to dig ditches and fill them in again while claiming the activity boosts economic output. This idea, believe it or not, is the classic economic paradox routinely p...

05:51

(Video) The GoldFish Report No. 130 -- Country Roads w/ Winston Shrout: DNA Repair & Fiscal Time "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Published on Sep 15, 2017

On The GoldFish Report No .130 - Winston Answers viewers questions about the St. Germaine Affirmation and DNA Repair that will help humans with Ascension. Winston also travels down the private and public road that explains Fiscal Time and Calendar time and how the discrepancy in time between the two require a reconciliation and what the consequences mean if you don't. He further explains that due to the size the sheer number of commerce transactions on this planet that electronic currency is inevitable and is on our door step.

05:45

US Fires Latest Shot In China Trade War: Warns Beijing Is Threat To Worlds Trading System "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Zero Hedge

Its been at least a few weeks since the topic of trade war with China dominated the news flow, so moments ago U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer decided to poke that particular wound, in during a speech in Washington said that Chinas coordinated effort to create national champions and distort markets is a threat to the worlds trading system.

Some headlines from his speech, via Reuters:

  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS THERE IS A GROWING FEELING AMONG VOTERS THAT GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM NOT FAIR TO U.S. WORKERS
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS WE WILL HAVE CHANGE IN TRADE POLICY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS U.S. CAN COMPETE IF CONDITIONS ARE FAIR
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE U.S. SHOULD BE MORE PROACTIVE IN TRADE POLICY, DEMAND RECIPROCITY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE THAT TRADE DEFICITS MATTER
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS SCALE OF CHINAS EFFORT TO SUBSIDIZE INDUSTRIES IS A THREAT TO WORLD TRADING SYSTEM
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS 301 PROBE INTO CHINAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICES COULD LEAD TO WTO CASES

Bloomberg provides some further details, quoting the US trade rep as saying that WTO isnt equipped to deal with the problem, and the U.S. must find other ways to defend our workers, companies and economic system. As a result, Lighthizer says we will have change on trade policy, a statement that certainly did not come from the Goldman circle of close Trump advisors.

He also said that the real policy difference is not over whether we want efficient markets, but how do we get them adding that the US must be proactive, as years of talking about the problems havent worked and that we must demand reciprocity.

Finally, the US trade rep said that he agrees with President Trump that trade deficits matter and that he agrees macroeconomic factors have an impact on trade deficits, but terms of trade also matter.

In light of what Bank of America just said, namely that the fate of the ongoing game of chicken between the US and North Korea rests in the hands of China, and that any potential provocations by the US could result in a volatile outcome

If Chinas willingness to give more ground ma...

05:32

Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in economics and politics. Here is the summary from the website:

In-conversation with Andrew Leigh and Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow of the Lowy Institute, followed by a Q&A.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?

Please join us for the launch of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australias past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.

Such a discussion is especially needed in Queensland at the moment, given the recent adoption of the Buy Queensland procurement policy, one of the most illogical and misguided pieces of policy implemented in recent times in this State. Recall this is the policy that massively favours local firms in procurement processes, risks a blowout in government expenses, and has upset the New Zealand Government, causing a trade policy headache for the federal government. I strongly suspect Buy Queensland is inconsistent with the views that will be advanced by Dr Leigh in his Choosing Openness paper. I hope that the policy is discussed in either the conversation or Q&A component of the evening.

My previous posts on the new Buy Queensland procurement policy include:

Comments to Radio NZ on Buy Qld policy

Protectionist Buy Qld policy unlikely to survive in current form

Interview on Buy Qld with Dave Pellowe

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05:00

The Equifax Hack Is The Most Disastrous Data Breach In History Because Now Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Michael Snyder

Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans.  We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even drivers license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen anything like this before, and to say that this will be disastrous for the credit industry would be a massive understatement.

What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between mid-May and July of this year

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that criminals exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

So why didnt we learn about this until September?

Somebody out there really needs to answer that question for us.

And even though the 143 million number is being thrown around constantly, according to USA Today we may never know the true number of victims

When asked if theres a way to quantify how many people have been harmed, John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and former employee at Equifax and credit score firm FICO, said: Theres no way to know, and there may never be a way to know.

Personally, I dont see how Equifax can possibly survive after this.  Their stock price is already crashing, and now it has come out that they had put a music major in charge of data security

When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smi...

04:30

Australia's record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Less of an opportunity to clear the mind,' is the verdict from Bidyadanga, where winter highs of 33C were replaced by 36C as records tumbled across the countryIt's always hot in Bidyadanga but a few degrees can make a big difference in the remote Aboriginal community, about 190km south of Broome in Western Australia.It's always hot it's the desert but the difference between 33C and 36C can be quite oppressive, said Shaun Burgess, a teacher in the community. Related: Q&A: [...]

04:02

Stomach growls and bowels sounds: What's normal and what's not "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

Stomach growls and bowel sounds: What's normal and what's not? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

04:02

Your Vaccine Companys President Led Biowarfare Program & Experiments on Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Did you know that your vaccines were made by a corporation whose president led the US biological warfare program? This video explains.

Merck and Co created the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the MMR vaccine, and others.

During the middle of World War II, George W. Merck, president of pharmaceutical company Merck and Co was in charge of the War Research Service, the biological warfare division of the Federal Security Agency in the US military.

George W. Merck secretly led the biological warfare agency during the same years he was the president of Merck and Co.

His trusting customers had no idea he was in charge of a secret biowarfare program: they only saw his face on the cover of Time Magazine, as he was lauded as some kind of hero for health.

His War Research Service was in charge of Ft. Detrick, in Maryland. Academic institutions participated in the War Research Service: the same prestigious colleges that promoted eugenics for decades leading up to World War II, such as Harvard and Stanford.

Ft. Detrick was a mad science center, and it produced biological warfare experiments on Americans. It produced the plan to spray San Francisco with the infertility causing bacteria Serratia marcescens.

Their techniques were improved with the aid of paperclipped Nazi scientist Kurt Blome. Kurt Blome was brought to the US from Germany to advise biowarfare experts at Ft. Detrick. He had a history of experimenting on victims with the dreadful Black Death, or Bubonic Plague.

In the very beginning of these biowarfare efforts at Ft. Detrick, that would lead to the spraying of San Francisco, George W. Merck was there.

George retired from Merck and Co in 1953, years after his retirement from biowarfare. Immediately following his departure, Merck manufactured Eli Lillys polio vaccine, which was found to be contaminated with the cancer causing virus SV40.

Today, Mercks HPV vaccine Gardasil has injured and killed thousands.

Those who wonder about the malicious intent of mandatory vaccination have been searching for answers: this history is sure to open to door to a lot of answers about why Mercks vaccines are killing people today.

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03:55

Exorcisms in bulk: Most in-demand exorcist in Italy performs group demon removals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"[There are] six, seven or eight possessed people here at the moment." Is it cheaper to get your exorcisms in bulk? Is it better? Where would one go to have more than one demon cast out at a time? The answer to the last question and possibly the others can be found in Palermo, Sicily, at the parish of an elderly priest whose fame as the result of a recent documentary has made him the most in-demand exorcist in Sicily, especially since he deals in quantity. "I am talking to you, Satan, Prince of Darkness. I curse you, I chase you out of my life."

03:54

NASA Unintentionally Shows Satellite Imagery of Weather Manipulation "IndyWatch Feed National"

NASA Accidentally Shows Evidence of Large-Scale Weather Manipulation In Satellite Photos

Hurricane Matthew and its successor Irma have turned weather into a dominant theme in the forefront of the publics mind.

From extreme flooding to widespread debris damage, people have witnessed the incredible power of mother nature but is there something else at work here?

Long have rumors circulated that the U.S. government is engaged in a decades-long geoengineering effort and why not? The ability to control the weather could be the ultimate tool for goodor for destruction.

Whether its chemtrails or weather manipulators like HAARP, the link between covert government operations and the effects these can have on weather cant just be discarded as conspiracy theory.



And now, NASAs own satellite images have revealed whats being referred to as shocking proof of climate engineering.

See for yourself:



Near the East Coast of Australia

The above image, along with those to follow, shows what Dane Wigington, writing for Wakeup-World, describes as many variances of radio frequency cloud impacts:

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03:38

Meningococcal Outbreak In Australia Has Many Questioning Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is now in the midst of a Meningococcal outbreak causing many people to wonder if stiffer vaccination laws are the culprit. Another theory is that the outbreak is a false flag being used to...

The post Meningococcal Outbreak In Australia Has Many Questioning Government appeared first on Vaxxter.

03:12

The Key Question at the U.N.: What Does North Korea Want? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off the nuclear path at this point

In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.
In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. PHOTO: KCNA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

As President Donald Trump and other world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, a lot of important questions hang in the air, but none more important than this one: What does North Korea want?

That is, what is North Koreas real goal in its relentless, reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons as well as missiles that can carry them as far as the United States? The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off....

03:00

Bitcoin 'Double Taxation' Relief Bill Introduced in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia has introduced a new bill that, if passed, would end the country's bitcoin "double taxation" issue.

02:53

Mysterious 'explosion' rattles homes in Moranbah, Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mystery surrounds a loud explosion that shook Moranbah homes overnight. Just before 11pm, numerous residents reported hearing a huge 'bang' that seemingly shook their homes. A Queensland Police media spokeswoman confirmed police were alerted to a potential explosion around 10.49pm. "We received a call from someone saying they had heard an enormous bang that sounds like an explosion," the QPS spokeswoman said.

02:43

Jewish Tribalism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Israel lobby is never a story (for media that is in bed with the lobby)

US Politics 
 on September 16, 2017

One of the challenges to the claims about the power of the Israel lobby is: What about liberal Zionists? They are very critical of the Israeli occupation and of Netanyahu. In what sense do they constitute a lobby for Israel in the U.S.? The answer is that they establish red lines on criticism of Israel inside the Democratic Party. They work to marginalize progressives who have fundamental criticisms of Israel as a Jewish state or as a burden on American foreign policy.
Here are three recent examples of the ways that liberals set these red lines.
Last week Daniel Biss, an anti-establishment candidate for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Illinois, ditched his running mate over his support for BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel; and many of us thought it was a big story. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the movement for Palestinian human rights, has become an issue in the ongoing Illinois gubernatorial race, Jewish Voice for Peace...

01:26

Novartis to Charge $475,000 for Cancer Treatment US Taxpayers Paid $200 Million to Discover "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A first of its kind revolutionary cancer treatment was approved by the FDA this week which boasts cure rates for childhood leukemia upwards of 70-80 percent. The innovative nature of the treatment lies in how it genetically re-engineers a patients own immune system to find and destroy tumors.

While this is certainly noteworthy news, a major controversy is being overlooked by the mainstream media. As Novartis announced their $450,000 price tag, the media failed to report on who actually paid for the development of this breakthrough treatment. The answer, according to a patient advocacy group, isyou.

As MITs Technology Review notes, the therapy, which will be marketed as Kymriah, is a customized treatment that uses a patients own T cells, a type of immune cell. A patients T cells are extracted and cryogenically frozen so that they can be transported to Novartiss manufacturing center in New Jersey. There, the cells are genetically altered to have a new gene that codes for a proteincalled a chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR. This protein directs the T cells to target and kill leukemia cells with a specific antigen on their surface. The genetically modified cells are then infused back into the patient.

In clinical trials, involving 63 children with a type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 83 percent of patients that received the CAR-T therapy had their cancers go into remission within three months. At six months, 89 percent of patients who received the therapy were still living, and at 12 months, 79 percent had survived, according to MIT.

These results are nothing short of staggering. Given the fact that thousands of children and young adults are diagnosed every year in the USmaking it the most common childhood cancerthe opportunity to save lives is overwhelming.

However, like all opportunity, Kymriah comes with a price.

Novartis announced the price this week of $475,000 per treatment. This was sold to the public as an ostensible win since the drug was predicted to be priced at $600,000 to $750,000 per treatment. If Novartis had solely financed and conducted their own research, of course, they could certainly charge whatever they wanted to charge. But this is not the case, according to the advocacy group Patients for Affordable Drugs.

According to David Mitchell, the founder of the group, $475,000 per treatment is excessive because the federal government threw more than $200 million of your tax dollars into researching CAR-T therapy. According to Mitchell, Novartis simply purchased the rights to the treatment and failed to disclose what amount, if any, they invested in the research.

On Thursday, Mitch...

01:22

Trend new motor sales hit record "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Car sales power on

The so-called "canary in the coalmine" that was falling new motor sales has turned out to be another rubbish indicator.

The canaries have long since carked it, but the trend result for new motor vehicle sales was 100,809 in August 2017, which was the highest ever.


Selfish Urban Vanity

Sports utility vehicles continue to drive the record results, although in reality today's small SUVs, such as the one I drive, is probably more akin to a passenger vehicle rather than anything more rugged. 


Alas, production levels domestically are destined continue their precipitous decline as the industry departs Australian shores. 


Finally, the state level data shows that Melbourne's burgeoning economy continues to power new car sales along.

New South Wales also saw nearly 398,000 units shifted over the past year, for yet another annual record. 

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01:11

Responsibility to Protect the Rohingya? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is a guest post (begun as a series of tweets) by Phil Orchard, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Queensland and the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is the author of A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation, the forthcoming Protecting the Internally Displaced: Rhetoric and Reality and, with Alexander Betts, the co-editor of Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice. He tweets @p_orchard.

The past three weeks have seen remarkable violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. On 25 August, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a series of coordinated attacks on police posts and a military base which killed twelve government officials. The ARSA, an armed insurgency organization which began its first attacks in October, claims that their goal is have the Rohingya be a recognized ethnic group within Myanmar.  While many Rohingya can trace their roots back centuries in Myanmar, the government considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. It does not recognize the term Rohingya, and has refused to grant them citizenship; as a result the vast majority of the groups members have no legal documentation, effectively making them stateless and face significant discrimination and government restrictions.

The Myanmar government has responded to the ARSA by branding it a terrorist organization and claiming that the Tatmadaw, the Armed Forces of Myanmar, is using clearance operations to target militants. Even Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed terrorists for a h...

00:57

"Artificial work": John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a complete fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent CNBC interview that's being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of "smack down" of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud that's doomed to fail. In answering Jamie Dimon's recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple) However, sir... you called Bitcoin 'a fraud.' I'm a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin - it's called 'proof of work.' Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugman's ditch digging fable The problem with John McAfee's explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one penny's worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of "artificial work" to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, "Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars?" The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as "computational difficulty" in mining.

00:52

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F....

00:45

Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance - interim report concerning theft and corruption allegations published 8 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It took a public airing of the issues by ABC TV Four Corners in its Pumped: Who is benefitting from the billions spent on the Murray-Darling? program on 24 July 2017 to force the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australian National Audit Office, Commonwealth Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government into investigative action.
The NSW Government has now published its initial 78-page report into allegations of theft and corruption in the management of water resources in the MurrayDarling Basin.


On 11 September 2017, Ken Matthews issued a statement regarding the delivery of his Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance. The focus of his interim report was to assess whether the department's policies, procedures and actions were appropriate, to recommend whether further actions should be undertaken, and to identify opportunities to improve the departments future compliance and enforcement performance.

00:40

Why is the USA in Afghanistan? An Answer To The Big Question "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

563231231Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USAs longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the countrys mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is Why is the USA in Afghanistan?

Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else?

The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

These answers are insufficient. As for terrorism, since 2001, the presence and strength of terrorist groups in Afghanistan has vastly increased. Al-Queda, ISIS, various warlords, Jundallah, and many terrorist groups, most of which had minimal presence under the Taliban government, are now all across the country. Even the Taliban itself, the government the USA toppled in the 2001 invasion, has not vanished, and still controls a large portion of the country. If the USA is in Afghanistan to fight terrorism, its efforts have not only completely failed, and but had the opposite of their intended affect.

So, is it all about the minerals? Is the USA seeking to get control of these vital rare earth elements which are key in making modern computer chips? Well, perhaps this is a factor for seeking to control the country, but its worth noting that in the entire 16 years of the occupation, the USA and its allied Afghan government have never moved forward with any plan for mineral extraction. Michael Silver, the CEO of American Elements wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on August 30th, essentially begging the US government to go ahead and help Afghans exploit their mineral riches.

If the occupation of the country were motivated purely out of desire to plunder the rare earth minerals, wouldnt it have been done by now? 16 years is a long time to put off something, if indeed, it is the entire basis of the military operations. It is also unlikely that a C...

00:28

Why Myanmars Insurance Market is the Next Big Thing "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The market remains closed to foreign insurers, but that is set to change.

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23:50

Callum Clayton-Dixon: A holistic approach to Aboriginal languages in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Callum Clayton-Dixon Photograph: Supplied Share this Post New South Wales will soon be the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce Aboriginal languages legislation. The draft bill contains statements recognizing Aboriginal peoples right to learn and maintain our languages, and acknowledging the need to take actionto ensure the survival of Aboriginal languages. Ministerial roles, the implementation of a strategic plan, vague references ...

23:40

Transgender ideology's profound incoherence and the end of law "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In The Trouble with Principle, Stanley Fish recites an observation that John Milton included in his Areopagitica: "No law, Milton points out, can permit activity that constitutes an assault on it, no law, that is, that 'intends not to unlaw itself.'" Even more self-cancelling is for a law to permit an interpretation of its text that abolishes the very concepts on which its edict depends. In such case, both the law and its interpretation stall in mutual nullification. Two questions, then. One: Does the federal law prohibiting "sex discrimination" forbid us to countenance the category of "sex"-and thus of "sex discrimination"? Two: Can the rule of law survive a yes answer to question one? In order to do away with the legal decisiveness of the binary of male and female bodies, legal advocates for transgender ideology now brandish the federal ban on sex discrimination in Title IX-which itself depends on the legal decisiveness of the binary of male and female bodies. But banishing the sex binary concurrently banishes the (dependent) prohibition of sex discrimination. And that, in turn, leaves the transgender legal theory empty-handed, having eviscerated the structure on which its own claims rely.

23:37

Australian Politics Is Suffering a Death by Boredom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian.

It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the

23:30

Antarctic Caves Found to be Home to New World of Plants and Animals, Heated by Volcano "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Markab Algedi

In Antarctic ice, cave systems exist underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus. Recently, it was discovered that the ice could be the breeding ground for an exciting new world,according to scientists from Australia National University.

They analyzed DNA obtained from the cave system, and found samples they couldnt fully identify. Apparently being unable to identify such a specimen is an anomaly, and it indicates that unidentified species are living in the unique environment. Moss, algae, and other life was found to thrive there.

The caves in close proximity to volcanic Mount Erebus are among the hottest locations on the continent of Antarctica, along with other geothermally heated areas. Heat from the volcano has created vents in the ice, causing volcanic steam to hollow out ice and form extensive and interconnected cave systems, according to Newsweek.

It can be really warm inside the cavesup to 25 degrees Celsius [77 degrees Fahrenheit] in some caves, the lead researcher on the effort Ceidwen Fraser said. You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

The study was published in a journal titled Polar Biology. In it, a team obtained soil samples from 3 volcanoes in Victoria Land, Antarctica, and from Mount Erebus subglacial caves.

The study found many different types of moss, arthropods, nematodes, and algae at every single site. The findings suggest that geothermal areas (heated by volcanic activity) can support life even when it is like an island, far detached from survivable conditions for miles outside the geothermal region.

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23:13

Australian Government's Violent LBGT Agenda? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We're NOT into meme's, but hey WTH...


You know they saying....

So, surely with the application of simple mathematics, the good peeps should be able to comment at least a couple (non married, of course, ESPECIALLY with the amendment to the Marriage Act of 1961) of thousand words....

22:50

Surfer bitten by shark in Ponce Inlet, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A shark bit a man surfing in Volusia County on Saturday. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said a shark bit a 28-year-old man Saturday afternoon. Advertisement The Melbourne man was surfing in 8-foot deep water near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he was bitten on his left foot, officials said. The man was taken to Halifax Hospital with several lacerations to the top and bottom of his foot. Officials did not release the name of the man injured.

22:37

Energy Revolution? More like a Crawl Dr. Vaclav Smil "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dr. Vaclav Smil was the speaker at a TISED and Fondation 3E event in September 2015 called Energy Revolution? More like a Crawl. He explored the current state of global and major national energy dependencies and appraised the likely speed of their transformation. In his words, The desirable development of new renewables should not be guided by wishful preferences and arbitrary targets. Using more energy, albeit more efficiently and with lower specific environmental effects, is unlikely to change our fortunes yet no serious consideration has been given to how to use less, much less.

22:29

"Two Tough Questions: A Lesson in Perspective" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Two Tough Questions:  A Lesson in Perspective"
by Living Life Fully

"Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already (three deaf, two blind, one mentally retarded) and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read the next question before moving down to the answer of this one.

Question 2: It is time to elect a new world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
Candidate B: He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium i...

22:14

John McAfee Accidentally Just Revealed Why Bitcoin Is A Total Fraud: Behold The Logic of Artificial Work "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail. In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see []

22:12

22:12

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' Arrives into Rockhampton Airport as "Singa 8750" on a Sad Mission "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 18 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' was photographed into Rockhampton Airport as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.






With the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy still parked on Gate 6, the KC-135R initially taxied in and parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron under the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower.

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22:00

ANSWERS for Javad Heiran-Nia on Kurdistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

1. The Kurdish Referendum is to be held on September 25 despite the opposition of Kurdish movements such as the Gorran Movement. How will this referendum influence Kurdish movements within the region?

The Kurdish Referendum is long over due and must be respected. Kurdistan is a cultural, ethnic, and economic reality even if  the political powers controlled by the Deep State (Rothschilds, Vatican, City of London, Wall Street and their government puppets) do not wish it so.  I anticipate the practical foundation of Kurdistan within five years if the surrounding powers do not collaborate I anticipate all of them falling into a state of civil war; Turkey will not survive in its present state.

2. Concerning the objection of Baghdad and the Prime Minister himself to this referendum which described the referendum as playing with fire, is there a possibility of military conflict between Baghdad and Arbil following the independence referendum?...

21:53

China Communist Party Complains About Fabricated Twitter Account Sarcastic comments about the Communist Party are unbearable "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BEIJING The youth wing of Chinas ruling Communist Party on Monday said it had complained to social network Twitter about a fake account set up in its name that has tweeted sarcastic comments about the Communist Party.

China blocks Twitter and other Western sites, such as Facebook and Google, but that has not stopped some state media and government departments from setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts in Chinese and English as they seek to expand their global footprint.

In a brief statement on its Weibo account, Chinas answer to Twitter, the Youth League labeled the @ComYouthLeague Twitter account completely fabricated, saying it had asked for it to be handled. The statement did not elaborate.

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It displayed a screenshot of the account with the phrase fake goods stamped across it in Chinese.

A second picture showed the Youth Leagues official social media accounts, including those on Weibo and WeChat. It did not include any foreign social media sites.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The account the Youth League labeled as fake sent its first tweet on Sept. 12, and has sent 10 tweets to date.

One linked to an article on the official Xinhua news agency about a Chinese being detained for selling VPN services that help people skirt internet curbs and asked why people needed to do this, if China had such a wonderful internet culture.

It is not clear who set up the account, but it calls itself the Youth Le...

21:47

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport as "Reach 468" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The large military jet action at Rockhampton Airport continued on Sunday 17 September with United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 touching down from Darwin as "Reach 468".  It had arrived into Darwin from U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport in Thailand the previous day.






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21:45

The Trans Brigade Is Heartlessly Weaponizing Children And Ignoring The Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ill never forget the first time I heard of warlords such as Ugandas Joseph Kony turning little boys into killer soldiers and little girls into sex slaves. My heart ached at the thought. It still does. It seemed like a horrible war movie, but it was real, with real children as casualties.

War is always horrible, but in some sad cases it is necessary. But to the greatest degree possible, children should be shielded from violent conflicts. They should never be forced to kill or do violence. Innocent, impressionable children are malleable. They can be molded into persons of deep character, guided by transcendent principles. Or they can be turned into weapons, as Kony and many other evil men have done.

Apart from movies, were unlikely to find anyone in America turning young boys into bullet-firing, lethal fighters. But we dont have to look too far to find adults using children as pawnsas weaponsin the culture war.

Manipulated for Propaganda Tools

At first, the LGBTQ craze focused on adults, but adherents have increasingly sought not only to include and recruit kids in their movement, but now to use them as their frontline combatants. For example, eight-year-old Nemis Golden, born a boy, routinely performs on stage before packed, cheering audiences as the mini drag queen Lactatia. Nemiss mother not only encourages his performances, she even helps him dress and apply his wig and makeup. The crowds not only cheer at his performances, they also laud him as a brave young role model.

But it isnt just practitioners of the LGBTQ lifestyle who portray as heroes little ones who claim to be transgender. We see in ever-increasing number of stories like the following:

Those stories generally paint a rosy view of happy, well-adjusted transgender children. But those pictures are typically snapshots, not full-length movies. Yes, Im happy, the little one answers as he or she is aided in and rewarded for indulging in transgender fantasies. Those rosy answers are pretty common in act one of the movie, but I usually hear from transgenders in act two, when theyre no longer so hap...

21:45

Taylor Swifts Terrible Look What You Made Me Do Is Perfect For America "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Taylor Swifts latest single, Look What You Made Me Do, is awful, which makes it the perfect song for America right now. It even coincides nicely with Hillary Clintons book blaming everyone but herself for her loss. Swifts atonal chanting about revenge and blaming others for what we do perfectly fits our current politics and culture.

Look what you made me do. It is an excuse as old as human wrongdoing. In the Bible, it is part of the first excuse for the first sin. In Eden, God confronts Adam for breaking the only commandment in the world, he blames his wife, and, implicitly, God, answering that he sinned because of the woman whom you gave to be with me. I sinned because of her and, God, she came from you, so look what you made me do.

Yet by its very language this rationale for injustice betrays a consciousness of guilt. Yes, what I did was wrong, but somehow its not my faultits yours. Guilt is admitted, but then transferred. The words are those of an adulterer, or a wife-beater or an addict looking to blame those they hurt. Its your fault I hit you/cheated on you/am using. Look what you made me do.

Our Society Has Turned Into One Big Blame Game

As bad as Swifts song is, it captures the American zeitgeist. Our culture and politics are deteriorating, and as partisans of each side hit new lows, they blame each other for their bad behavior. Consider this Kurt Schlichter screed at Townhall, in which he urges conservatives to abandon the rule of law to eventually save it, or something.

His plan wasnt very clear on how that works, except for his clichd fantasies, My plan is to cause the left so much pain by applying their new rules to them that they give up trying to grind their Birkenstocks into our faces forever. This isnt political hardball or a real plan for conservative success, its political revenge porn in which the main character grinds his Crocs into lefty faces while whispering Look what you made me do.

Trumps core supporters are enthralled by this mantra of revenge, even (or especially) within the GOP. As he reneges on major campaign promises and capitulates to Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, theyre still looking to blame someone else for their foolish choice to nominate him. Its the fault of an establishment that had to be taught a lesson. It was because of Jeb Bush, or Paul Ryan, or Mitch McConnell. Even as President Trump looks to sell out his base on his signature issue of immigration, Sean Hannity is deploying this excus...

21:38

Fly Corporate's growing New England network "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's been interesting watching the growth of Canberra based airline Fly Corporate within New England.

Whereas most previous airline attempts have focused on the Sydney market, Fly Corporate has focused on the Brisbane linkage, progressively adding flights to Brisbane from Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Tamworth, Narrabri, Moree and Inverell. Within Queensland, they also added the Biloela (Thangool) service when Qantaslink pulled out, making Brisbane a key hub. Now the company has added Narrabri-Sydney to their route, marking their first Sydney connection.

There are a number of interesting features about Fly Corporate's growth within New England. Whereas there used to be connections between New England ports and Brisbane, they struggled to survive in the face of thin traffic and rising costs, including those imposed as a consequence of changing regulatory structures, ultimately closing. This had adverse effects. In Armidale, for example, it meant that Queensland students attending school or university did not have direct flight connections.

It seems the economics may have changed a little. It's always seemed to me that Brisbane rather than Sydney was a logical destination for many services, but it was one difficult to access because of uncertain connections. Now, once again, we have a Northern network to Brisbane.

It was also great to see Inverell again get an air service. This gives Inverell people a choice of Brisbane as opposed to an hour half drive to Armidale and then a flight to Sydney. In the days of East West Airlines, both Inverell and Glen Innes had Sydney connections.  

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21:37

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Loaded with US Navy Stealth Boat and Departs Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After arriving into Rockhampton Airport the previous day, on Monday 18 September, the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of the two Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats which are operated by the United States Navy SEAL's and were in Central Queensland to participate in joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).






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20:54

RSL boss let son use presidential suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - all on the RSL credit card "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How could anyone do this to his own, particularly to veterans. Throw the book at him. He's lucky not to be fragged. Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe allowed son to use Presidential Suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - paid for by RSL Former NSW RSL president Don...

20:32

Why do People Self-Harm? You Asked Heres the Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In this piece for The Guardian, Jay Watts explores the social and societal factors that often lead to self-harm and explains how psychiatric labeling can exacerbate self-harm.

Self-harm is also often the result of a clash between an ideal image and ones self-image. For example, if a teenager feels that they have to do brilliantly at school to get into a top university for Mum and Dad, not achieving that 10th A* can feel like a shattering blow crystallising long-held beliefs that they are not good enough. Early caregiving has a crucial function in ensuring kids develop a good-enough self-image that can withstand the bumps and bruises of life. However, the likelihood that an acceptable sense of self will collapse is also a function of the ideals of society at any given time, hence the current epidemic of self-harm.

A neoliberal culture that pits kids against one another at an ever earlier age, digital culture, and a hypersexualised environment that privileges certain body-ideals all serve to increase the likelihood of a catastrophic gulf between the ideal and actual self-image. Discrimination is also a huge trigger behind the startling rates of self-harm in LGBT communities. Societal hatred of difference gets drip fed into individuals whatever their conscious beliefs, and enacted on their own body.

20:14

Corruption under Malcolm Turnbull: Going for the all-time world record "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Image via @GetUpAustralia)

Alan Austin

Also Read: Corruption rife in Turnbulls Australia aided by corrupt mass media

The Turnbull Government keeps finding fresh ways to rort Australias institutions to privilege its MPs and rich backers.  Read More

20:13

An Open Letter to Mitcham Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

An open letter to the Mayor and Elected Members of MitchamCity Council. 

My name is Elizabeth Close and I am a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from the APY Lands in Central Australia. I have lived in Blackwood for the last decade. I am a professional Aboriginal Artist in fact Ive just completed a mural for The Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure at the Blackwood Railway Station. Im also somewhat of an annoyance I have written extensively about issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and have worked tirelessly for Aboriginal rights. 

I wish to draw your attention to the article written in the Hills Messenger dated September 13. Specifically, comments by the Mayor. In it, it says that Social advocacy around Australia Day was absolutely not an issue for local government. And that he was very happy with current Australia Day celebrations in Mitcham Council. This is abhorrent. Only through a lens of white privilege can the Mayor make statements like this. 

The immense harm that these celebrations cause to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Mitcham Council and nation-wide is overwhelming. Its also very clearly, not something that affects Mr Spear and therefore not something hes motivated to change. But Mr Spear, Mitcham Council is not just made up of Middle Aged, wealthy, white men like you. I would argue that the wellbeing of your community IS the role of local government to concern itself with. Moreover, addressing the harm caused by the actions of local government in celebrating this date is similarly, the role of local government to address. You also represent me as an Aboriginal woman even if you (and I) like it or not. I wonder if your view of what local government should concern itself with would change if it were your community of rich white men that were affected? 

This harms us. There is tangible harm caused to our community to see wider Australia celebrate a day that very clearly is not a day for all Australians. It actively excludes us. You are actively celebrating the end of our way of life as we knew it. You are celebrating genocide. You are celebrating rape. You are celebrating theft of land. You are celebrating the forced removal of children one of whom was my grandmother. 
You are celebrating the erausure of 60,000 years of culture, language, art, song and dance. 
When you say that youre very happy with current celebrations what you are actually saying is that you have absolutely no concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You have a blatant disregard for our wellbeing. And that hurts. 

You and your elected members are there to represent ALL residents of Mitcham Council. 
I urge all elected members to represent all of us even the ones...

20:07

Australian Nationalist Found Guilty of Opposing Islamization "IndyWatch Feed National"

Blair Cottrell is an Australian political activist, carpenter, and the leader of The United Patriots Front.

Blair joins us to discuss his legal battles, the Islamization of Australia, antifa, and much more. Read More

20:00

Snowden Issues Warning Do Not Use Googles Messaging App Under Any Circumstances "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Unless you want law enforcement to be able to trawl all your communications, dont under any circumstances use Googles newest messaging app, Allo, Edward Snowden just warned.

What is #Allo? A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request, the whistleblower advised in a tweet.

Google had earlier claimed it would include end-to-end encryption, storing messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, similar to its prospective primary competitor, WhatsApp. However, the company announced drastic anti-privacy changes on Wednesday the very day it rolled out the app.

When users remember to begin a conversation in Incognito Mode, as can be done for Google searches, their conversations wont be stored indefinitely, as it still provides end-to-end encryption. But conversations not expressly begun that way will be stored forever, where they would be available for any law enforcement body requesting the information.

As Snowden pointed out, anyone thinking it would be difficult for police or, say, the Department of Homeland Security, or National Security Agency to get their hands on these communications should think otherwise.

In 2015, the Guardian reported this April, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) the secret court ostensibly overseeing domestic spying, which rules on the validity of requests by the FBI and other agencies to gain access to peoples data did not turn down a single request of nearly 1,500.

The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the National Security Agency and FBI for authority to intercept communications, including email and phone calls, according to a Justice Department memo [] The court did not reject any of the applications in whole or in part, the memo said, according to the Guardian.

Included with Allo, users receive an extra helping of Big Brother features like Smart Reply and Google Assistant. While the latter answers questions and helps you search for things directly in your chat, as RT reports, the former employs artificial intelligence in order to predict answers to make responding as simple as pressing a button.

However, therein lies part of the privacy concern that convenience comes with an asterisk in bold.

How does Allo plan on predicting your every word and witty emoji,....

19:23

1) Indonesia offers increased assistance to Samoa and Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans
3) Oceania bishops want sustainable development
4) West Papuan independence founder dies


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19:09

Jean-Claude Juncker in denial and somewhat delusional "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Last week (September 13, 2017), the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, presented his State of the Union Address 2017 in Strasbourg before the European Parliament. My only query arising from the speech was which Member State has left, given that the President began his speech by thanking the 27 leaders of our Member States (joke). He opened by saying how unity among the Member States had showed that Europe can deliver for its citizens when and where it matters. I wonder which Planet he was referring to. I thought Europe was on the Mother Earth and it certainly hasnt been delivering for its citizens, if the usual measures are considered. Junckers speech just continues what I considered to be Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale, which was the subtitle of my 2015 book Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale. It is amazing that the denial continues after 10 years and that guys like Juncker can still command an audience and a salary.

In heaping praise on his own regime, the EU President said:

We are now in the fifth year of an economic recovery that finally reaches every single Member State.

Growth in the European Union has outstripped that of the United States over the last two years. It now stands above 2% for the Union as a whole and at 2.2% for the euro area.

That statement is true. But the US reached the pre-GFC peak after only 15 quarters whereas it took 27 quarters (3 more years) before the EU28 reached the pre-GFC level and 30 quarters for the Eurozone Member States (taken together).

So the lost output due to the crisis was much higher for the European Union (especially the Eurozone) than it was for the US.

Other nations such as Australia never had a recession because it introduced a large discretionary fiscal stimulus early on in the crisis and held it for long enough to maintain overall growth.

The next graph shows the path of real GDP in the Euro19 Member States from March 1995 to December 2016 (indexed to 100 at the March-quarter 2008 the peak before the GFC).

The simulated line is based on extrapolating out the actual growth path from 1995 to the December-quarter 2007 using the average quarterly growth rate over the period.

Despite the Presidents claims, actual real GDP is only 4.1 per cent higher than it was in the March-quarter 2008 for the Eurozone as a whole.

A comparable figure for the US is 12.7 per cent; for the UK, 9.1 per cent; Norway 11.4 per cent; and Australia 23.7 per cent.

That makes the Eurozones growth look shocking and it has been.

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18:55

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from Anthony Donovan on Vimeo.

Please let you Representatives from city to state to nation know that they need to turn around and listen and take a stand to save the planet, and civilization. Tell them we need our tax money to answer the tremendous challenges before us, not annihilation. It is time. The nuclear arguments are all disarmed, when you look into it.
Thank you for watching and sharing this. Join any of the wonderful organizations gathering together for this, our childrens lives and planet. Onward Together.

Thank you.

fyi:
GoodThinkingTheDocumentary.net

ps. When you hear the lead nation of these murderous devices say they want no nukes but need verification, just know thats exactly how theyve denied and delayed every major attempt along the way over decades. We can do verification. But for nuclear weapon states, its come to mean, We keep ours, and modernize, and we need to be sure no one else gets them.

You will hear the NWSs say we must have a step by step process. All good, but they have denied or forgotten all the legitimate worthy steps taken over the past 50 years and more.

Yu will hear them saying this Treaty interferes with years of diplomatic efforts and other vital treaties. simply not true. the NWS have maintained a stalemate and have not lived up to the obligations nor made sincere disarmament moves for decades. Its time to get facts out and start the process of protecting life.

The post Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..

18:21

Australia - Bega councils water fluoridation referral raises ire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Council looks likely to wash its hands of the water fluoridation debate when it meets this week.
As per recommendations in Wednesdays meeting agenda, it is believed councillors will refer the decision on whether to fluoridate Bega Valley water supplies to NSW Health.
However, by doing so council will, in effect, be giving the go ahead to fluoridate as the state government department has been strongly encouraging BVSC to fluoridate two of its four supplies.
There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra.
Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.
The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period...............

18:12

Yothu Yindi, The Herd, and Baker Boy are playing a one-off Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A triple-header of Aussie talent is set to take over Sydneys Enmore Theatre in January, when Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, The Herd, and Baker Boy unite to perform one phenomenal show.

Coming along for the ride will be critically-acclaimed Aussie hip-hop group The Herd. Despite not having released an album since 2011s Future Shade, The Herd are still going strong, with some members of the group, such as Urthboy, having released solo records in recent times. For this performance, The Herd are set to be joined by Nooky & Radical Son, who will aid the group in delivering a blistering set full of old and new hits.

Rounding out the evenings entertainment will be Baker Boy, who has had a banner year, having taken out triple j Uneartheds 2017 NIMA competition, and having scored an array of wins at the NT Song of the Year awards in July. A rising star of the Aussie music scene, Baker Boy is set to be in fine company when he takes the stage with this lineup of Aussie legends.

Tickets to Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Projects Enmore Theatre show go on sale at 9am, on September 21. So make sure you get in early to secure your ticker for what will truly be a unique experience of Aussie music from the past, present, and future.

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

(With The Herd & Baker Boy)

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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17:57

FOBIF September walk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Damien Cook with Crocodile Reservoir in the background.

The sunny forecast for last Sunday meant a big group came to our second last FOBIF walk for 2017. We set out from near the corner of Spring Gully Road and Fryers Road and proceeded across country to Crocodile Reservoir before turning back to the starting point.

Leaders Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes once again provided an informative and entertaining commentary on interesting features of the landscape and local flora and fauna. Julian Hollis helped out with geological information as did Frances Cincotta with plant identification..

As you can see from the photos below there was a spectacular display of spring flowers. Click on photo to enlarge. Photos were contributed by Ruth, Rosemary and Bronwyn.

Our last walk for the year on 15 October will be in Muckleford Forest led by local Geoff Nevill. The focus will be on orchids, other wildflowers and some mining remains.

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17:28

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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.

17:24

Sichuan Street Food Pilgrimage - Zigong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our next stop on our Sichuan feeding frenzy is Zigong, another buzzing little one horse Chinese town of 1.3 million people, or 2.7 million outer boondocks inclusive. Here's the main drag, on this side of the river anyway, well, the start of the hill leading up to the main street. There's a whole other city across the river that we only got to glimpse out of the car as we arrived slightly

17:13

US army tanks arrive in Poland as Russia starts military drills on its border "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The United States has sent new troops and tanks into Poland and at the same time,  Russia has started war games with Belarus called Zapad 2017.

American military presence in Poland has been there constantly for years and it is there to press on Russias border. The new presence includes the addition of 87 M1 Abrams tanks, 103 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 18 Paladin self-propelled Howitzers, and other trucks and equipment, according to the U.S. European Command (EUCOM).

The response has been to encircle Russia with troops and missiles. Russia has reacted. And this scenario has not changed under Donald Trumps administration.

Both the American presence in Poland and the Russian war games come at a time of heightened tensions between the two nations, over not only the dispute over the Crimea, but also   differences over Syria, north Korea and other global issues and this is what makes it more dangerous.

The large-scale American led NATO presence in the countries bordering Russias borders, has created one of the worlds gravest hot spots, which threatens to engulf the world in as new war and places a range of former Soviet republics into a state of dependency, creates interference in their internal politics into, fashioning them to serve American strategic interests. It also  involves a faceoff between the worlds two most heavily nuclear armed powers.

Zapad 2017 is a continuation of military exercises that has taken place every four years, since they were begun by Russian leader Vladimir Putin in 2009. NATO sources claim that  this this time around, there are more than 12,000 troops involved, the mandatory cutting of point. This is where Russia after is supposed to inform the American dominated NATO about the details.  There is no independent verification of this and Russia vehemently denies it.

Displaying the thinking on the other side, US Army Lt General Ben Hodges, the commander of Army forces in Europe has described the war games as a Trojan horse.

However, recent NATO war games involved 25,000 troops in Eastern Europe, practicing war with Russia, which Russia accused of being a threat to its national security.

Tension on Russias...

17:04

NEGLIGENCE AND/OR DEFECTIVE ADMISTRATION "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Debt amount: 
$9500
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 11 September 2017
Period debt occurred: 
May 2010 to September 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

My case is to prove my innocence against a perceived debt/recovery that HAS now been found 7 years later due to an INEFFICIENT SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT SYSTEM used by Centrelink
I see this as NEGLIGENCE AND/OR DEFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION on Centrelinks behalf.
If the system was EFFICIENT then the problem SHOULD HAVE been detected and dealt with, not 7 years later.

Watch out Centrelink, I'm coming for you, and you will have no where to hide. I will re-educate you in the principals of The AUSTRALIAN Social security System - when in the 2016 THE COALITION POLICY - 'Better Management of the Social security System' - you state that you will look after the most Vulnerable, well I'm one of those most vulnerable....and I'm not scared, and I'm not gonna go away.

17:04

Introducing "The Defendant Day Care Centres"!!!!!!!!!!! With the NSW Supreme Court tick of approval! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I think my mum and dad sent me to a Convent School because they were pretty confident the nuns were good people who'd set a good example. Isn't that what we want from the people into whose care we entrust our children? Apparently not. The NSW Office of the Children's...

16:48

Tough New Laws for Child Sex Offenders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal government has announced tough new laws for sex-offenders purported to be the harshest since the establishment of the Criminal Code Act in 1995. The proposed legislation, called Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill, will make it more difficult for alleged child sex offenders to be granted

The post Tough New Laws for Child Sex Offenders appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:39

Dont miss this show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountains and Waterways, our latest photographic exhibition at TOGS cafe, finishes on Thursday 28 September. Photos range from a closeup of leaves underwater to landscapes of Mount Alexander and Mount Tarrengower. There are also 5 terrific birds on water images by Patrick Kavanagh, Damien Kelly, Geoff Park and Mitchell Parker. The response to the show has been very positive with a number of people commenting that the photos remind them of why they live here. 

All photos are for sale for under $100 including frames. Proceeds of sales go to FOBIF to cover costs. You can see more Mountains and Waterways photos on our Flickr site and on previous posts here and here.

We would like to thank TOGS once again for their support in mounting this exhibition. This is our fourth show at the cafe and our eighth in total. 

Harcourt reservoir. Photo by Frank Foster. The reservoir is not on most peoples list of local picturesque spots, but this photo makes a claim for its charms.

16:37

Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith Universitys Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). []

The post Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

15:53

South-East Oz Part 2: NSW Riverina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Superb Parrot
We had a Pink Cockatoo in the camping ground on our last morning at Lake Cargelligo (see following post) and two more at the treatment works, where Swamp Harrier and Spotted Harrier also showed. We headed south through the NSW Riverina to the rice town of Leeton, known as a birding hotspot, for a 2-night stay at the showgrounds.

Superb Parrot pair
It wasn't long before the first Superb Parrots flew overhead and I was soon enjoying close encounters with several birds of this aptly named species on the well-wooded golf course adjoining the showgrounds.


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15:39

Cobargo Folk Festival Announces First Headliners for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle Wait, were talking about 2018 festivals already? Where has this year gone! The Cobargo Folk Festival, held in the NSW south coast village of Cobargo, has already revealed a bunch of their headliners for next years event. Australian folk music legends Eric Bogle (above) and Neil Murray head up the []

15:39

Can Our Model Forecast Private Companies & Industries? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

QUESTION: Hello. I am a business consultant working for a global consulting company and have a client that is in the transportation sector that would benefit from your research. I have been advising the client with regard to their business and IT strategy, however would also like to introduce them to Armstrong and possibly subscribe to your services.

A few questions first:
1) Are your models customizable to facilitate forecasting of domestic fuels consumption?
2) If yes, what is required to initiate a discussion around this type of service?
3) Would it be possible to speak to a person regarding your standard services and any custom modeling?
Kind Regards,
KR

ANSWER: Yes. We are re-instituting on the Institutional Level the ability to input even the sales of any company and the model will then provide the full forecast with timing and price projections. Therefore, it can be tailored to any company and industry.

15:38

Where has the Outflows from the US$ Gone for the Past Year? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Re: Am i certain about the Strong Dollar?

Hi Marty, great blog posts and response. I think after reading this blog posts, the question on everyones mind is, what is causing the outflow of capital from the USD? And where is capital concentrating in right now? Is it the Euro? The Bunds? Gold?
And when do you see the outflow will stop and reverse?
Thank you
Regards
Rm
ANSWER: There has been outflows to Emerging Market debt by pension funds in the States for the past year. They have been trying to compensate for the lower interest rate returns by going more risky. We have been call on this issue more than once.
Then there has been the expectation that the ECB will end QE and Europe will boom. We can see that the DAX for the past year has risen in dollar terms. We have seen a tremendous outflow into the European share markets, but not so much into the debt issues.
Gold has been minimal because that is the retail side, not a target for institutional money. They need income, not storage fees. They will participate in gold stocks, but not stockpile bullion.

15:35

To Malcolm Turnbulls government, climate change is a joke "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coalition MPs giggle, cackle, smirk and laugh in Parliament over climate change, Independent Australia , Simon Black 16 September 2017 Many of our current crop of conservative politicians laugh like naughty children whenever climate change is brought up. This cant be how the world ends 

NERO NEVER FIDDLED while Rome burned.

It is a popular myth, but its simply not true there were no fiddles back in Roman times.

Nero is, however, reported to have sung a song about the sacking of Troy while watching as 70 per cent of Rome was swallowed by flames in a single blistering gulp.

Some of our current crop of politicians have gone one better they now laugh like small children whenever climate change is brought up.

This week, the conservative side of politics continued what seems to be the running gag of climate change for the during a motion by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling for recognition of Australias climate scientists.

Whish-Wilson told the floor and later posted on social media, that it was the angriest I have ever been in the Senate as he watched members of the house openly mock climate scientists.

Liberal Senator James McGrath stood to read what appeared to be his partys talking points in a deadpan monotone stopping a number of times to smirk and chuckle.

Leader of the Australian Conservatives Party, Cory Bernardi, rose to make a point of order, informing the house that it was, in fact, he who had been raucously laughing.

Presumably, he was concerned the people who voted him in would be upset if he wasnt earning his base pay of $199,040 a year by chuckling his way through Senate motions.

Nice work if you can get it.

Its part of a trend in Australian politics for conservatives to openly mock, laugh and ridicule climate change, even as the Great Barrier Reef bleaches and dies, even as we notch up record hot year after record hot year, even as....

A mathematician warns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coalitions pro-coal policy likely a vote loser; optional voting in plebiscite helps Yes, The Conversation, Adrian Beaumont  Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of MelbourneSeptember 16, 2017  Recently the Coalition and its media supporters have condemned the SA and Victorian Labor governments for allowing coal-fired power plants to close. The Coalition is trying to extend the life of the Liddell power plant in NSW, and is considering building a new coal-fired power plant. This is an attempt to portray Labor as the party of intermittent, unreliable and costly power.

The Coalition has been in office for four years. In July 2014, they repealed the carbon price that Labor had introduced. Many people would now ask why energy prices have kept increasing in the three years since this repeal. In a mid-August Essential poll, 59% thought they were paying a lot more for electricity and gas than two or three years ago.

In February, 45% in an Essential poll said that recent blackouts were mainly due to failures of the energy market, 19% blamed privatisation and just 16% blamed renewables.

In mid-August an Essential poll gave the Coalition a net -34 rating on providing affordable and reliable energy, their worst score from a list of 12 issues. In last weeks Essential, 49% blamed private power companies most for rising energy prices, 22% blamed the Turnbull government, 9% environmentalists and 5% renewable energy companies.

People who blame private power companies are more likely to trust Labor than the Coalition to get tough, given the Coalitions pro-business reputation. [lots of figures given here]

As a result of the Coalitions pro-coal policy, some Abbott supporters could return, possibly boosting the Coalitions primary vote at the expense of One Nation and Others. However, respondent allocated preferences are currently more friendly to the Coalition than the previous election method, and this could change. The Coalition risks losing more centrist voters to Labor.

In some parts of the country, such as NSWs Hunter Valley, coal is important to the local economy, and the Coalition is likely to benefit. In most of the country, being pro-coal is likely....

15:32

The 5 Factors Behind Capital Flows "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Well from myself and your family we thank you for sticking with us in this time as you have mentioned you could be doing other thing for yourself but like a brother you are sticking with us even when you know we will rise and repeat most likely, but in the same but different we hold hope for humanity. My question is can we get a large movement in confidence in currency without any major move in the physical instrument. Can the US dollar not have a hard drop before going back up on the basis that the confidence was effected more than the instrument it does not look like a linear relationship but more ying and yang where the ratio can be anywhere at any time but together are complete.Thanks Brother
Peace Out
LP
ANSWER: The driving forces behind capital flows center upon CONFIDENCE that manifests within five critical areas. Each area provides one major component which in turn has subdivisions. The 1987 Crash in the stock market took place because the G5 kept saying they wanted the dollar down by 40% to help trade. The morons failed to realize that if you lower the dollar by 40% to make you exports cheap to sell more, you simultaneously cheapen all assets. The Japanese had bought 33% of the US National Debt to try to easy trade friction, but then faced with a 40% loss on currency, they sold. This inexperience of those in government is just beyound contemplation. What the Plaza Accord was doing was trying to lower the value of the dollar to reduce the cost of Am...

15:31

Canadian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hello Marty. I so appreciate your blog and Socrates, which is helping me steer through these crazy markets. Im a Canadian taking care of all my familys investment accounts, and knowing whats coming down the road, Im very concerned Im going to take a misstep, especially with my childrens accounts. I havent been doing this long enough to have experienced a monetary crisis anywhere. What I cant get my head wrapped around is what to do longer term from the Canadian perspective. We all have both USD and CAD funds in our accounts. I plan to increase the USD portion while the CAD is down. Im also buying US investments in CAD (unhedged) to catch the rise in currency. But when the USD peaks and the crash and burn begins, my assumption is Canada has a boom in metals commodities while oil crashes due to lack of demand and we also go into recession due to lack of exports to the US and so lower employment. So what is a Canadians smart move when the USD peakscash out our USD investments and turn back to CAD and invest in commodities, etc. or would I be better off staying in the USD and buying inverse etfs and commodity stocks/etfs that arent available on the TSX? Just trying to get a handle on what ultimately happens to Canada in all this. Thanks so much for any insight you may have on this topic.

ANSWER: We are in the staging process right now and that means we must push everything to the limit. In the case of the C$, that major point rema...

15:16

Marriage Equality Postal Survey Safeguards Fact Sheet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The postal survey on marriage equality is now underway. New laws have been put in place to try to ensure respectful debate. Here's what you need to know about how they impact you.

The Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 provides safeguards in advertising, broadcasting, campaigning and communications for the Australian Marriage Postal Survey campaign.

What are safeguards and why do we need them?

  1. Ensure public communications are clearly authorised (so people know who they are communicating with and whether that person is legitimate).
  2. Introduce protections against hate speech during the postal survey based on someones views on the survey because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or religious conviction.
  3. Prevent undue influence through bribery, threats or misleading or deceptive publications.
  4. Allow the expression of free and informed views and prevent misleading and deceptive information from affecting a persons survey response.

The survey safeguards will be in effect from 14 September 2017 until 15 November 2017.

Click here to download the fact sheet, which outlines what the safeguards mean for supporters of marriage equality and people working on the campaign, including:

  • authorisations for printed materials and other communications,
  • fines and offences,
  • responsibilities as a broadcaster,
  • how to make a complaint, and
  • where to find more information

Download the fact sheet here.

15:14

Ibrahims face court over drug ring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

riends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47 who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8 in a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai. The pair will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Friends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8, will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

SYDNEY [AAP]

Michael Ibrahim, the youngest brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, will face a Sydney court in November with other co-accused over their alleged involvement in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy.

He and older brother Fadi Ibrahim, 43, were arrested in Dubai about six weeks ago and arrived in Sydney on Sunday night after being extradited.

Also returning to Sydney under police escort were Mustapha Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, arrested alongside the brothers on August 8 during a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai that resulted in 18 people being charged.

The Ibrahims and Dib were netted as part of Operation Veyda, while Jomaa, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, was arrested as part of Operation Astatine.

Michael Ibrahim, 39, and Dib are charged with conspiring to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, and attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

If convicted they could face life imprisonment.

The pair did not appear at Central Local Court on Monday where their lawyers did not apply for bail.

They are due to face th...

15:02

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

Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.

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

Yes, s...

14:31

The Genuine Article in Australian Politics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian. It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party and contender for the Prime Ministership of Australia, was nursing

The post The Genuine Article in Australian Politics appeared first on The AIM Network.

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.00 AUD
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GOOGLE, TECH GIANTS THREATEN TO SHUT DOWN FREE SPEECH SOCIAL SITE Gab "IndyWatch Feed National"

Search engine giant Google and other tech platforms have threatened to shut down free-speech social media site Gab in the name of fighting hate speech. Gab, a social media platform known as a free speech oasis, was just recently ordered to transfer their Australian domain elsewhere or face shutdown.

14:27

Gordi Hosts The Bridge: a birthday playlist with some of Sydneys finest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Gordi :: The Bridge - Guest Host - August 29, 2017

As part of our monthly artist takeover series, Lachlan Wyllie handed over our Sydney music show, The Bridge to Singer-songwriter Gordi to play some local tracks. On the same day the station celebrated its 14th birthday, the folktronica artist selected an eclectic mix of of indie and electronic music, including two tracks off her recently released album Resevoir. Although the resulting playlist is a far cry from her early influences she admits her first records were Linkin Park and Wheatus jams it still features a ton of local talent, including Gang of Youths, Middle Kids, Alex Cameron, Mansionair, and more.

Check out the playlist below, and listen to the full show above.

Playlist:

Gordi Myriad

Gang of Youths Say Yes to Life

Middle Kids Never Start

Little May Home

Alex Cameron ft. Angel Olsen Strangers Kiss

Anatole ft. Olafurs Arnalds Like Deep Water

Willaris K. Alchemy

Mark Harding Say It Too

Julia Jacklin Dont Let the Kids Win

Kirin J. Callanan S.A.D.

Mansionair Easier

Gordi ft. S. Carey Im Done

For all the details on Gordis new album, visit her website.

 

The post Gordi Hosts The Bridge: a birthday playlist with some of Sydneys finest appeared first on FBi Radio.

14:27

What is Copywriting? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is a question people ask me all the time. The answer is simple. Copywriting is persuasion in print. Its a form of writing that leads someone to a desired way of thinking. Most of the time, its to a buy Now button. But once you understand the foundations of copywriting, the possibilities are limitless.

14:18

When the Bad Bank Turns Prime "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

If you could only watch one stock this week, Im going to suggest you make it Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group [ASX:CYB].

Its the UK bank that was spun out of NAB a while back. All its operations are in the UK, but its listed here on the ASX too.

The stock was on track to really start running last year, before it ran into a wall called Brexit. Its still picking itself up off the floor. And events might be turning back in its favour.

Heres why we care. The Bank of England is getting jumpy about inflation. Previously, the central planners were saying not to expect a rate increase in the UK until 2019.

Now theyre changing their tune. Their warning rates might rise faster than the market was pricing in. The pound rose and UK government bonds sold off late last week.

A rate rise might be as soon as November. But how far and how fast? I guess well find out soon enough.

A rising rate environment would be good for CYB, all things being equal, because it should expand the net interest margin it earns on loans.

Thats the wider backdrop. But what is the bank saying?

Record applications happening here

I looked at CYBs most recent trading update to find out. The bank is saying trading is coming in line with its expectations.

Its seeing solid mortgage growth, and received a record number of applications in the third quarter. Costs are under control. Capital position looks OK.

CYB is a small player in the UK market. The bigger British banks are probably worth a look too, if you comfortable holding international shares.

In August, the jobless rate in the UK fell to 4.4% the lowest since 1975.

Inflation is getting a little too hot for comfort over there, as noted. Its certainly eating any pay gains the average worker is getting. The consequence seems predictable.

The average Brit will look to property and shares to get ahead financially. They will do it with borrowed money and pump it into the asset markets. I expect we will see a higher UK index and higher UK property values from this.

I could be wrong, of course. The uncertainties around Brexit are still swirling all over the place.

But it cant be all bad. Just look at whats happening in Ireland

Something like a quarter of Irish imports come from the UK. Theres strong trade links between these two, despite their differing setups with Europe.

So Ireland is a way of viewing the UK through a different lens.

Ireland is travelling so well that the bad bank, set up after the 2008 crisis, is n...

14:17

MCN: Critical Consciousness Building "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MCN Critical ConsciousnessHow do we get woke and stay woke?

This Melbourne Campaigners Network session looks at a key issue in organising: how do we become aware of oppression and motivated to do something about it, and how do we support others on the same path?

Critical consciousness, or consciousness raising, is a practice for building analysis and awareness of systemic oppression.

In this interactive session Jolene Elberth will draw on community organising theory and her own experience organising undocumented workers in New Orleans. Youll leave with a greater understanding of critical consciousness techniques and how to apply them in your organising.

MCN sessions are open to campaigners, organisers and activists from all social movements, paid or voluntary. This workshop will be especially useful for organisers working with a membership base or for anyone interested in building critical awareness with others.

Location: 60L Building, 60 Leicester St Carlton

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Wednesday 11 October

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

RSVP: Facebook

Further info: Enquire via the Contact page.

14:17

A plebiscite for every issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

The argument that is made with the most passion is the one that says that the rights of minorities should not be the subject of a popular vote. This seems reasonable, but it rather misunderstands the nature of rights in a society like Australia. Here, rights are not to be found in the Constitution. They are not inherent in the human being; nor are they bestowed by the gods. Rather, rights are accumulated over time. At particular moment in history some section of the population will decide that, for example, women should have the right to vote, or own property.

14:07

Centipede in midnight bed - should one leg it? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What to do when Scary Thing turns up in bed with you after midnight? Grab it inside fistful of sheet and reach for the bedlight, mumbling 'Bloody Geckos (Asian House variety) and reach inside sheet ready to hurl intruder back outside.

Ouch, intruder bitey. Fling on to carpet and see many legs in motion. Upturned microwave bowl stops runaway Giant Centipede - all 46 legs, two of them adapted as venomous black fangs (on show above) - in tracks. Pop into fridge. Return to sleep. Take pictures as Mr Scary warms up later in morn. Return to leaf litter under back hedge.



13:59

New Development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hiya fellow Moreland residents please submit an objection ASAP to this massive development that will tower (11 storeys) over Bridges Reserve cutting out sun for large parts of the day.

I live opposite so it will directly affect me all the time, but because of the negative impact on the amenity of our scarce public open space I encourage all Morelanders to also object.

Thanks Sieglinde 0408 144 430.


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13:48

Corruption between resources, energy and government is real "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is an urgent need for a cleanup in the relationship between the energy industry, government and the bureaucracy. Mounting evidence points towards an improper association that is feeding  corruption, as the industry offers inducements to open the way the benefit of the major shareholders.

To an extent, it is already clear that there exists a network of payments mainly going into the Coalition parties. Payments that often  arrive by  circuit, designed to prevent disclosure under Australias existing and inadequate disclosure laws and there is good reason to believe that donations to political parties and other types of payments are significant enough to ensure that policy is effectively written in the boardrooms and then rubber stamped in parliament by willing politicians.

Nothing shows this more clearly than Australias energy policy and the containment of the debate over where to go from here. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and the experience of changing weather patterns, it remains that government keeps on refusing to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions.

One suggestion that is often made  is that there is an ideological block, keeping the politicians locked into the religion of free market. After all, we have constantly been reminded that only the forces of demand and supply, unhindered by government interference, will provide the answers.

The truth is that they dont believe this any more than anyone else does. The best proof is that they have put into place a truckload of measures that bring government into the centre of regulation and control, not for the purpose of ensuring the needs of society are met, when these do not coincide with the corporations bottom line, but to assist them to expand their activities and guarantee a certain level of profitability. Their opposition is not to government intervention. Its just to certain kinds on intervention.

From the corporate viewpoint, paying for service makes good business sense, when the opportunity exists.

A good reason to suspect why the industry is currently enjoying so much support is that is has been paying for the service.

Two controversies have begun to untangle the web more than anything else and they are the Adani project in Queensland and events around fracking industry.

How is this help being given? By establishing generous funds to help with new proje...

13:44

Mirboo North mobilises against logging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

mirboonorth.jpgWell over 300 people turned out on a freezing night to stop logging in Mirboo North in Gippsland on the 14th of September. Local resident Marg Thomas said "Vic Forests (VF), were ill prepared for the well informed and vehement community opposition to logging the community's local forests".

"The people attending voted unanimously that logging not proceed and established the "Preserve our Forests Campaign". This small community's indomitable spirit is something VF will find hard, if not impossible, to counter. Mirboo North residents will never give up and are determined to preserve their forests".

Mirboo North mobilises against logging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

mirboonorth.jpgWell over 300 people turned out on a freezing night to stop logging in Mirboo North in Gippsland on the 14th of September. Vic Forests (VF), were ill prepared for the well informed and vehement community opposition to logging the community's local forests.

The people attending voted unanimously that logging not proceed and established the "Preserve our Forests Campaign". This small community's indomitable spirit is something VF will find hard, if not impossible, to counter. Mirboo North residents will never give up and are determined to preserve their forests.

13:21

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association Americana fans rejoice Australia is about to get its very own Americana Honours Night this October. The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the []

13:16

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hello Newlanders, I'm selling my industrial overlocker and Singer sewing machine as I've moved and don't have the space for these beauties. 

The overlocker is working but probably needs rethreading. I have the instructions and tools for this. The sewing machine is a trusty old one, nothing fancy but a good workhorse! 

Take one or both, the overlocker is very heavy though and built into the table, so requires a trailer or ute for transporting. 

$250 for both or I'm open to offers :)

Clare 0421 442 314.


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13:12

YES appears in sky after Vote NO complaint rejected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

CANBERRA [AAP]

The electoral watchdog has received complaints about marriage survey no case skywriting over Sydney on the weekend not being properly authorised.

But soon after it announced it would allow the practice a Vote Yes response appeared in the sky.

A campaigner against same-sex marriage commissioned a pilot to write Vote No.

The skywriting, which was not organised by the key no case group Coalition for Marriage, attracted much discussion social media, and the website from which it was crowdfunded was inundated with comments.

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

The Australian Electoral Commission has received a number of complaints regarding the skywriting.

But an AEC spokesman told AAP on Monday the safeguards laws passed by parliament did not apply to this type of communication.

It is only material that is capable of containing authorisation details that is regulated by the Act, the spokesman said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is encouraging a yes vote, told reporters people were entitled to express their views.

If you want people to respect your point of view youve got to be prepared to respect theirs, Mr Turnbull said.

The Coalition for Marriage updated its website over the weekend to comply with the need for authorisation under the safeguards laws, but wont face any penalty.

As the legislation only came into operation late last we...

13:01

Sean Spicer makes Emmys appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES  [RAW]

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has made a surprise appearance on the podium at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles during host Stephen Colberts opening monologue.

Spicer wheeled a podium onstage as part of a gag set up by Colbert who had taken aim at his industry peers and US President Donald Trump over Emmys ratings.

Spicer, referencing the controversy over ratings from Trumps inauguration, declared Sundays audience the biggest audience to win an Emmys period both in person and around the world!

Colbert, meanwhile, got plenty of digs in at Spicers former boss referencing Trumps expressed disappointment last year at not having ever won an Emmy for The Apprentice.

Because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote, Colbert said.

Where do I find the courage to tell that joke in this room?

John Lithgow was the first winner at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards for his role as Winston Churchill in Netflixs The Crown.

Australias Judy Davis missed out on the Emmy for her role as legendary gossip columnist Hedder Hopper in FEUD: Bette and Joan.

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13:01

Vacationing in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So, I see that you guys a new thread like this often, so sorry for the repetition... Anyways this is my first actual vacation and first time out of the U.S. A few things that I've already planned on doing while I down there is skydiving over the reef, scuba diving, going through the kuranda, hot air ballon ride, and surfing. Is there anything I should add, any places I should check out, bars or restaurants that are a must?

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12:57

Canada and Mexico want ISDS in NAFTA, against their own national interests "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

September 18, 2017: Ambassadors from Canada and Mexico have told Politico that their governments want to keep  Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),  despite the fact that most NAFTA ISDS cases have been taken by US companies against their governments. In contrast, US negotiators are reportedly responding to strong US community opposition and may want to make ISDS optional in a revised NAFTA.

ISDS allows foreign investors to sue governments in an international tribunal if they can argue that a change in law at a local, state or national level has harmed their investment.

Canada wants to use as a model the ISDS chapter in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, which attempts to make the tribunal system more independent. The US Trump administration position is not yet public.  But US negotiators are reportedly considering an opt-in clause for each country. This is being opposed by US corporate interests that strongly support ISDS.

Many community groups in all three countries remain strongly opposed to the inclusion of ISDS in the NAFTA. Even if the tribunal system is changed, the issue of already powerful foreign investors being able to sue governments remains. ISDS should be scrapped not sweetened.

12:12

Along the Roads to Gundagai "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres an old Australian folk song called Along the Road to Gundagai, and it lyrics are

Theres a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai.

Where the blue gums are growing
And the Murrumbidgees flowing
Beneath the sunny sky,

Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me
And the pals of my childhood once more I will see.
Then no more will I roam when Im heading right for home
Along the road to Gundagai.

Apart from the lines Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me, and the pals of my childhood once more I will see the rest of lyrics indicated above were my experience over the last week, especially when home is where the heart is (ie, anywhere my darling wife happens to be). But Gundagai was the end, the destination, of a cycling adventure.

September 11th, 2017.

The cycling adventure started on the date that has unfortunately etched itself in the Western pysche September 11th. But the events of many years ago were furthest from my mind as I left Henty bound for Wagga Wagga via Mangoplah in NSW. This was day one which involved a long 70+ km bike ride, with my Topeak rack and bag on the back of the bike and a back pack on my back. Those bag and pack had in them everything I thought I would need for 5 days of cycling, minus sleeping gear as that was provided at the various places I stayed. The weather was good, but I did have a headwind for pretty much the whole ride so it was hard going and by the time I got to Wagga Wagga I was really looking forward to some lunch and a well earned rest. The cycling for day one was over roads I had travelled before on a number of occasions so it was all pretty familiar. I knew where all the hillss and all the major landmarks were. So that was more a re-acquainting that a true adventure, although it was the first time I was kitted out for a multi day ride along those roads. Wagga Wagga is a large town nestled along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, which is also the river that the township of Gundagai is on.

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12:00

Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Jennifer Loveless :: Picnic

Over the past few years Jennifer Loveless has been steadily building what is now a truly faithful Australian house & techno following.  Hailing from Toronto originally, she has become a staple across Melbourne clubs like Boney, Lounge and New Guernica and lines up each Monday for her show, Weatherall, on Melbournes Kiss FM (not to be associated with the Sydney station of the same name.). The radio hour highlights much of the variety we see in our national electronic music landscape and is a testament to the breadth of her musical interest.

Kali had her come through for a mix on Picnic ahead of a recent Sydney date and it is succinct, varied and pleasurable. Check out the tunes below.

Tracklist:

NConduit MMO803
KB Project Feel It
Station to Station Bjorn Torske
Computer Liebe Kraftwerk
Freestyle Man On Vibes
Round One Im Your Brother (Quadrant Dub II)
Clara Intellecto Contact
Alex Danilov Midas Touch 
Helena Hauff c45p

Catch the full show with Kali here or tune in next time between 8pm-10 on Fridays for Picnic!

The post Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali appeared first on FBi Radio.

11:50

Elsie & the Vibe S/T EP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 2RRR Feature Album this week comes courtesy of Melbourne R&B queen Elsie and the Vibe.

Occupying the intersection of soul, Motown, R&B and pop, Elsies explosive tracks are lined with modern references to vintage sounds and sit somewhere on the spectrum of Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys and The Supremes.

Featuring members of Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins, Lanks, Oh Pep!, the OMGs and Noah Earp, The Vibe are a force to be reckoned with.

Highlight tracks: Riverside, Naked, & Stop.

Tune into Breakfast & Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more!

11:49

Coast Guardians Forum a day of learning and fun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2017 GORCC Coast Guardians Forum was a day of celebration and inspiration for the 140 year 9 students, teachers and staff from the four local schools who attended at the Surf Coast Shire Grant Pavilion in Torquay. The weather was not in our favour, but the spirits were high for a fun-filled day with delicious food, wonderful donated goods as prizes, local coastal expertise.

Students were treated to a moving Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony provided by the local Wathaurung representatives, Corrina OToole and Norm Stanley. Norms didgeridoo playing provided a magnificent addition to the smoking ceremony which welcomes all people to the Wadawurrung area for a day of clean and clear hearts and thinking. The students listened and absorbed the atmosphere respectfully and joyfully.

Welcome to Country2Norm Stanley played the didgeridoo as a part of a Welcome to Country Ceremony with the assistance of Corrina OToole.

Corrina also conducted workshops for the students to learn of Wadawurrung culture and practices to care for the coast, including painting with clay and weaving plants for hair decorations, which the students really enjoyed.

Further workshops were conducted for the students by local award-winning film maker Jarrod Boord who facilitated making a stop moti...

11:34

11:33

Complaint to ABC Chairman re airtime for state election candidates and population matters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees." [...] "the Earth adds approx. 225,000 mouths to feed EVERY DAY. Australia adds approx. 1000 to its population each day. The implications of this are enormous, and yet it is very clear to me that the ABC soft pedals the matter. To be more specific, it is very common that, when an issue of national importance such as housing affordability comes up, there is very little mention of the influence population growth is having on the matter. The interviewers commonly host guests from the property industry to put their views, but people from such bodies as Sustainable Population Australia never seem to be asked to comment."

Mr Justin Milne
ABC Chairman
Box 9994
Sydney NSW 2001

Dear Chairman

I am writing to you instead of ABC Management because I lack confidence that the content of this letter will be taken seriously by that management. This lack of confidence is based on the fact that a complaint I lodged with the ABC in September 2015 was not answered until April of the following year, and then only after I wrote a personal letter to every member of the ABC Board.

There are 2 matters I wish to raise - firstly, ABC policy regarding airtime given to state election candidates. And secondly, ABC bias in relation to covering the issue of population growth in Australia.

Airtime given to election candidates

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees.

However, in the lead up to that campaign, Matt and Dave on 891 Adelaide chose to interview a selection of candidates for Fisher on their morning program. They comprised Liberal, Labour, G...

11:30

Death of the former Soviet office who averted World War 3 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I was just doing my job: Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77 https://www.rt.com/news/403625-nuclear-soviet-officer-died/  17 Sep, 2017 A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to Stanislav Petrov, who never considered himself a hero. We look at the life of the man who saved the world.

Soviet officer saves world from Armageddon Cold War unknown facts 

A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist from Germany who helped the news of his heroism first reach a western audience nearly two decades ago.

On September 7, Schumacher, who kept in touch with Petrov in the intervening years, phoned him to wish him a happy birthday, but instead learned from Petrovs son, Dmitry, that the retired officer had died on May 19 in his home in a small town near Moscow.

On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov was on duty in charge of an early warning radar system in a bunker near Moscow, when just past midnight he saw the radar screen showing a single missile inbound from the United States and headed toward the Soviet Union.

When I first saw the alert message, I got up from my chair. All my subordinates were confused, so I started shouting orders at them to avoid panic. I knew my decision would have a lot of consequences, Petrov recalled of that fateful night in an interview with RT in 2010.

The siren went off for a second time. Giant blood-red letters appeared on our main screen, saying START. It said that four more missiles had been launched, he said. From the moment the warheads had taken off, there was only half an hour for the Kremlin to decid...

11:27

US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley, favours the military option for North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

North Korea: UN has exhausted its options and America may hand issue to Pentagon, Nikki Haley says, ABC News 18 Sept 17  The US ambassador to the United Nations says the UN Security Council has run out of options to contain North Koreas nuclear program, adding Washington may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

Key points:

  • Ms Haley says if North Korea continues it will be destroyed
  • Donald Trump calls Kim Jong-un rocket man and praises sanctions effects
  • Security adviser HR McMaster says preparing a military option is becoming necessary

We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point, Nikki Haley told CNN, adding that she was perfectly happy to hand the North Korea issue over to Defence Secretary James Mattis.

As world leaders head to the United Nations headquarters in New York for the annual General Assembly meeting this week, Ms Haleys comments indicated the US was not backing down from its threat of military action against North Korea.

On Thursday, North Korea launched a missile over Japan into t...

11:23

Success of an international Treaty the ozone hole is healing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing The Conversation Andrew Klekociuk, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania, Paul Krummel, Research Group Leader, CSIRO September 15, 2017 This weekend marks the 30th birthday of the Montreal Protocol, often dubbed the worlds most successful environmental agreement. The treaty, signed on September 16, 1987, is slowly but surely reversing the damage caused to the ozone layer by industrial gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Each year, during the southern spring, a hole appears in the ozone layer above Antarctica. This is due to the extremely cold temperatures in the winter stratosphere (above 10km altitude) that allow byproducts of CFCsand related gases to be converted into forms that destroy ozone when the sunlight returns in spring.

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11:19

New classification of climate risks brings in new categories catastrophic and unknown "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New climate risk classification created to account for potential existential threats https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uocncr091417.php Researchers identify a one-in-20 chance of temperature increase causing catastrophic damage or worse by 2050

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories catastrophic and unknown to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity.

These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that could play out by centurys end, in a new study by Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and his former Scripps graduate student Yangyang Xu, now an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

The risk assessment stems from the objective stated in the 2015 Paris Agreement regarding climate change that society keep average global temperatures well below a 2C (3.6F) increase from what they were before the Industrial Revolution.

Even if that objective is met, a global temperature increase of 1.5C (2.7F) is still categorized as dangerous, meaning it could create substantial damage to human and natural systems. A temperature increase greater than 3C (5.4F) could lead to what the...

11:13

NO Vote attacked by radical YES thugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A brilliant expose of the stand-over merchants out of control YES voters captured on video giving the NO vote a massive boost from concerned Australians. The audio has been substituted with captions to indentify the comments from the background screaming and chanting by the YES rabble.

Mirranda Devive wrote:
SO now we see why rainbow warriors didnt want a peoples vote on same-sex marriage.

It was because they knew wed see their true, intolerant colours.

Yes campaign HQ knows thuggery wont win over Middle Australia, but their foot-soldiers are revealing themselves as fascistic bullies who vilify and intimidate anyone who dares to disagree.

Last weeks abusive exhibition by same-sex marriage activists at Sydney University was the clearest example yet.

On Thursday, about 15 students, including members of the unis Catholic Society, set up an information table on the main campus thoroughfare with placards saying: Its OK to Say No.

They offered free kebabs and two large bowls of delicious Lebanese hummus made by one of their mothers.

It was the first time the No campaign has had a presence on campus where Marriage Equality stalls have featured almost every day this semester.

The idea was pretty much to give the No campaign perspective on campus, said 21-year-old IT student, Francis Tamer, one of the organisers.

The message was that its OK to vote No. We werent looking to convince people how to vote. Were just saying its OK to have your own opinion.

After an hour 40 to 60 activists arrived with a megaphone, led by Queer officers of the Students Representative Council, which has an annual budget of $1.7 million. Read her full story [HERE]


11:10

National Party Lismore candidate claims homophobic smear "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rod Bruem. Photo YouTube

Rod Bruem. Photo YouTube

One of the unsuccessful candidates in the first-stage preselection for the state seat of Lismore believes homophobia was behind a series of bizarre and inappropriate questions that he was asked during a party meeting on Saturday.

Rod Bruem was one of three candidates interviewed at a meeting of around 80 party faithful who were not selected to be part of a community-wide preselection process on November 18.

A further three candidates have gone through to the second round.

But Mr Bruem has appealed to the Partys State Director to suspend the result pending an investigation by the National Party Ethics Committee.

Very personal

Mr Bruem told Echonetdaily that the format of the meeting involved five set questions that every candidate was asked, after which it was thrown open to the floor for people to ask whatever questions they liked.

Each candidate was asked whether there was anything that could be embarrassing the party in their past, which I answered, he said.

But then I kept getting a series of more questions along those lines, one of which was there is something in your past that youre not revealing, will you tell us about it?

Another one was I received a phone call from someone saying you know this Mr Big in Sydney. Would you mind telling us who he is and what your relationship is?

Then there was a question along the lines of, Your gay male partner is not a member of the National Party, why not? How are you going to be able to rely on your partner to support you?

It was very personal and Ive had several members call me since the meeting to say that the personal line that was taken was over the top and wasnt fair in what really should have been a discussion around policy and my views on policy.

Corrupted from the start

Mr Bruem said he believed the community preselection process had been corrupted from the start.

We were under firm instructions not to speak to the media but one of the candidates has been giving regular updates to the media throughout the whole thing. I raised this with head office. They said they would take action but they did not.

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11:10

I Went Looking for Anime and Found Japan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever felt like you knew a place without having been there? Ever come across a familiar scene in a foreign land that forced you to blink your eyes and double take?

My journey to my second home started when I sat my friend best friend down, breathed in deep and made an admission.

I like anime.

Okay, so it wasnt that dramatic. But for those who dont know, anime refers to Japanese cartoons that have a reputation for being oversexualised and overviolent. So for the longest time, I was ashamed of my taste and attempted to hide it, isolating myself from the normal conversation of the people around me.

Did you watch the newest episode of Glee?
How good is that One Direction song!
I just smiled in response. I wouldnt know.

I loved the intricate plotlines of anime, with its visual symbolism of literature and cinematic flourishes of film. I also loved how different the storytelling style is from the West, so when I came out as an otaku (anime enthusiast), I bone crunchingly embraced everything to do with it and its country of origin Japan.

In the anime community, this kind of person is derogatorily called a weeaboo: a lover of all things Japanese. But all the Pocky, green tea and ramen I could consume at home couldnt compare to actually travelling to Japan. Just like LA is seen as the dreamland of Western cinema, Japan is paradise to the otaku.

My dream first became a reality when I went around Japan on a school trip in year 12. As I sat on the plane, sparing no thoughts to the educational value of the trip intended by my subject, I prepared myself for the shining glory that would be finally getting to see in person what Id consumed for years through a diet of onsen, crowded trains and anime high school.

Theres a mythos amongst okatu: Japan, and especially Akihabara a district in Tokyo famed for being a manga and anime lovers pilgrimage are jokingly called Holy Sights. But, as is often inevitable, the fantasy of a place can be torn to shreds by its reality.

A few days into my first Japan trip, I realised my preconceptions about the country and its culture were maybe a little misguided thanks to the flourishes and fantasies of the anime artists; and perhaps a little part of me already knew that was going to be the case.

This realisation should have crus...

11:01

NAI PALM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Nai Palm, a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation.

She is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world. It is a world she has travelled many times over with her live band project Hiatus Kaiyote, who along with Nai Palm have become household names since they first began playing together in Melbourne in 2011.

Championed the world over by musical icons including ?uestlove, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and the late Prince, 2017 has seen Hiatus Kaiyotes album sampled on two of Hip-hops biggest releases, opening Drakes project More Life, and closing Kendrick Lamars album Damn.

This success has set the stage for Nai Palms first solo release Needle Paw.

Needle Paw is Nai Palms self-imposed challenge to explore the potential for immortality and timelessness within her music by stripping away the produced layers to focus on the element that is closest to the source of the human soul, the voice.

Compromised almost entirely of her guitar playing and vocal arrangements Needle Paw is the most honest glimpse into Nai Palms musical world. It is dreamlike, honest, beautifully transparent and reveals her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity.

I want to remind people that there are humans behind the music. Not just compression and reverb. The urgency for accuracy is not human. The exposed process is human, without the cheat codes.

 

The post NAI PALM appeared first on The Zoo.

11:01

All revved up for the Chinny Charge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In it for fitness and fun, Mullum run enthusiast Kim Smith had a great time on the mountain and came away grinning. Photo Jeff Dawson.

In it for fitness and fun, Mullum run enthusiast Kim Smith had a great time on the mountain and came away grinning. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Close to 500 runners and walkers took the rare opportunity to scale Mount Chincogan on the weekend for the reawakened Chincogan Charge.

It was the first time the event had been run in 16 years and at a warm 27 degrees the Charge wasnt for the faint hearted.

Starting from the Mullumbimby swimming pool that was built with the funds from the first Chinny Charges  the race took the runners up to the top of the mountain and back down to cross the finish line at the post office in Mullumbimby. 

The previous fastest record of the Chincogan Charge was 29 minutes and 51 seconds by Matthew Kaluda from Manilla in 1994. It was broken on Saturday by Benjamin Duffus who ran the race in a mere 29 minutes and 11 seconds, taking out the first prize of $500 donated by the Mullumbimby ex-services club. 

It was a great day, said organiser said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

Everyone did such an amazing job,

Second place in the mens competition went to Mark Bourne with a time of 30.13 and third place went to local Suffolk runner Matt Slee with 31.28. Matt also took out first place as first local male runner to cross the line, second local place went to Simon Peter-Burn followed by Ferris Gump as the third local male runner.

The first female to cross the line was Holly McKarthy from Geebung who at the age of 15 managed to come in at 46 minutes and 38 seconds. Hollys grandfather and family are...

10:52

Anti Adani coal project- action is seriously hotting up in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anti-Adani protesters promise week-long action against Queensland mine https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/qld-adani-protesters-promise-week-long-action-20170916-p4yvy9.html 16 September 2017 

By Sonia Kohlbacher Anti-Adani protesters are preparing for a week-long demonstration against the Indian mining giant in an attempt to stop initial works going ahead on its Carmichael coal mine.

Tycoon Gautam Adani last month announced the company would break ground on the $16.5 billion central Queensland mine in October.

Demonstrators from the Frontline Action on Coal and Reef Defenders groups were undergoing training on Saturday and Sunday ahead of a planned week-long protest kicking off at Yasso Point in Bowen on Sunday night.

Whitsunday tourism operator and farmer Paul Jukes will be among the protesters.

He said governments were prioritising the international mining behemoth over thousands of north Queensland business owners who relied on the Great Barrier Reef.

Deloitte Access Economics report released in June put the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion, more than twice that of t...

10:50

Independent Artist Of The Week: GAUCI "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney trio Gauci create seriously smooth Italo disco. Soaked in synth and charming melodies, its expertly produced with a refreshing post-punk twist.

The brains behind these nostalgic dance anthems are no strangers to Sydneys stages. Gauci is made up of siblings Antonia Gauci (Leftenent, Producer/Engineer) and David Gauci (Las Vagueness, Death Bells), with Felix Lush (Felix Lush, Publique) rounding out the dream team. Its likely this mix of musical backgrounds thats landed them with such a unique and infectious sound.

Gauci first graced us with their debut single Hurry in late 2016. Unlike its title suggests, they didnt quite rush to deliver us their next, but Taking Over was well worth the wait. From the very first moment the bongos kick in, you know youre in for a good time. The intricate layers slowly build to reveal Antonias heartfelt vocals, while the breezy guitars simmer below. Its an irresistible groove that you wont want to miss live.

They play the launch of Cobra Club on 19th September and theyll be supporting Wafia at OAF 29th September and Donny Benet at OAF on 19th October.

The post Independent Artist Of The Week: GAUCI appeared first on FBi Radio.

10:49

Time for a new approach on the North Korean nuclear crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Some Analysts Say Time May Be Right For A Rethink On North Korean Nuclear Crisis, NPR, September 17, 2017, ANTHONY KUHN

North Korea test-launched another missile Friday that arced over northern Japan and into the Pacific, showing its progress toward being able to strike the U.S. and signaling its defiance of U.N. sanctions imposed after its sixth, and most recent, nuclear testearlier this month.

The world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the U.N., after the sanctions passed the Security Council on Monday. She added: If the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.

But some analysts believe that this approach to the North Korean nuclear crises is dangerously deluded.

A decade or so ago, it still may have been possible to use sanctions or the threat of military force to compel North Korea to give up its nuclear programs, argues Zhao Chu, an independent, Shanghai-based analyst, former soldier and former editor of World Outlook, a foreign affairs magazine.

But Zhao warns that the situation has now fundamentally changed, and that trying to fly through a window of opportunity that has already closed is a very bad idea. Pyongyang can hardly be expected to give up the nuclear ace in the hole that it worked so long to acquire.

Then again, perhaps the window of opportunity for military action was never open, argues Lyle Goldstein, an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. This is because the South Korean capital, Seoul was always so vulnerable to North Korean conventional artillery attacks, which could cause mass casualties.

Analysts say North Korea looked at the fate of other authoritarian regimes, particularly Libya under Moammar Gadhafi and Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and concluded that their lack of nuclear weapons left them vulnerable to being toppled by the U.S. and its allies.

Pyongyang now believes correctly or not that, by acquiring the ability to carry out a nuclear strike against the U.S., it has taken a crucial step toward assuring its own survival.

You could credit the Kim regime with taking regime change off the table, says the U.S. Naval War Colleges Goldstein.

Anot...

10:47

Renowned author Tim Winton on how Malcolm Turnbull betrayed our ocean s "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How Malcolm Turnbull has trashed the Liberal Party record and betrayed our oceans, SMH, Tim Winton , 17 Sept 17

Australians have always loved the ocean, but now, more importantly, we understand how vital the seas health is to the future of our island home.

In 2012, after an exhaustive scientific process and wide community consultation, Tony Burke declared a system of marine national parks, one of the biggest and best in the world, the most significant conservation gain in Australian history.

That took courage. Because it put science before politics, prudence ahead of expediency. And it was popular. But as soon as he came to power in 2013 Tony Abbott announced an immediate moratorium on these parks and instigated a review. The purpose was purely political. To delay implementation, corrode consensus and deny the science. A move straight out of the culture warriors playbook.

After decades of forward-thinking leaders, the nation had fallen into the hands of a man whose loyalties were only to the past. It was a low moment. But Abbotts reign was as brief as it was fruitless. It was a relief to see him replaced in 2015 by a man whod actually done things, who believed in the future. Malcolm Turnbull did not scorn science. He seemed to understand the value and fragility of our natural estate. So there was new hope the marine parks review would now be expedited and redirected towards real conservation outcomes. With coral reefs bleaching and miners pressing for even more coal ports and seabed to drill, the need for protection had only grown more urgent.

Well, that moment of promise is long gone. Turnbulls period in office has basically been a hostage drama. The bargain he made with powerbrokers rendered him captive to the partys most illiberal wing, and if his performance on climate, energy and marriage equality arent evidence enough, last months announcement that marine parks would be slashed beyond all recognition puts it beyond dispute.

The draft management plans recently released for consultation by Josh Frydenberg dont just signify the gutting of the national system, they represent the largest removal of protection for Australian wildlife in our history. What the government is proposing is a nihilistic act of vandalism. Forty  million hectares of sanctuary will be ripped from the estate. Thats like revoking every second national park on land. Under its new plan, 38 out of 44 marine parks will be open to trawling, gillnetting and longlining, 33 will be open to mining, and 42 exposed to the construction of pipelines. In total defiance of the scientific advice upon which the original system was designed, 16 marine parks will now have no sanctuary zones at all.

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10:41

Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []

10:36

View from the Junkyard Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The view from the from porch of my new home and studio and occasional exhibition space in Forest Lodge. Thanks to Andy Perceval for organising the space and putting so much work into realising it. We're still busy painting and fixing the kitchen, and clearing out some residual junk.

There'll be a housewarming and a bit of an informal show soon

10:24

New government plans remove protections for marine life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal Governments new plans for 44 marine parks have left conservationist groups outraged.

Under the Governments proposed developments, more areas will be opened for commercial fishing and protection zones will be downgraded to allow for more trawling operations.

Environmentalist Michelle Grady says these proposed changes are completely contrary to public consultation and the removal of our current marine protections would constitute world first.

The Government says that these allegations are false and that these new plans have considered both biodiversity and local industries.

 

Qantas set to fly global entrepreneurs to Brisbane

10:06

Channel 7s Defamation Threat Demonstrates The Real Freedom Of Speech Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The threat by one of the nations largest media companies, against one of the nations smallest, to sue over a column that attacked their Islamophobia shines a pretty bright light on the value some in our society really place on free speech, writes Michael Brull.

So it is now public knowledge that in June this year, Channel 7 threatened to sue New Matilda for defamation. Specifically, they objected to an article I wrote about their coverage of the threat from Muslims in Australia, as exposed by such figures as Sheikh Mohammed Tawhidi.

In the story, Tawhidi had star billing. He claimed that Muslims planned to take over Australia, rename the streets after terrorists, ban drinking and so on. Due to this emergency, Australia should stop the building of mosques, and the government should start investigating Muslims. The alleged journalist who presented this investigation described these kinds of claims as a stunning admission from the Imam of Peace, and a stark warning of a plan to alter Australia forever, to establish a caliphate here right under our noses.

A Muslim news organisation called One Path quickly demonstrated that Tawhidis supposed credentials were questionable. For example, his centre, the Islamic Association of South Australia had only just been created, and no one knew anything about it, or if anyone else was involved in it. The Imams Council of South Australia wasnt familiar with Tawhidi either. Another Imam on Today Tonight was described by One Path as a known impostor, who had previously falsely claimed to be Mufti of Australia, and had no known credentials in Islamic studies.

Mohammed Tawhidi, a self-proclaimed Imam from South Australia.Mohammed Tawhidi, a self-proclaimed Imam from South Australia.

The response to the story on Facebook was predictable. Deport this scum now. Muslims were identified as a cancerous tumour requiring excision.

In their defamation threat, the lawyers acting for Channel 7 vehemently deny that anything like racism or bigotry could be detected in the Today Tonight clip. They are entirely without foundation, have no regard to the facts, unfounded, unfair, breaches all of the standards I referred to as relevant in the story, and so on. They strongly refute any allegation or suggestion of being racist or anti-Muslim. Far from being anti-Muslim, the s...

09:55

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 Completes Airwork at Fraser Coast Airports - Plus an Army MRH-90 Pops in! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 11 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was noted completing airwork around Bundaberg Airport.  It looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Trojan 20".

A97-441 taxis in at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017  (File photo)

After it had finished at Bundaberg Airport, A97-441 then ventured to Maryborough Airport where it was seen to complete a missed approach.  It then continued back to Amberley.

Meanwhile, on Friday 8 September, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-018 was spotted calling into Maryborough Airport.  It's exact movements are not known but local aviation enthusiast David G reports that the crew enjoyed the brief 'comfort' stop!



Thanks mate!

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop and David Geck  

09:50

Shooting Bruns is a Simple Pleasure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Always a treat to see your work in print, these were some of the lucky photographers to get their snaps in the 2018 Simple Pleasures calendar.

On Sunday the winners of the 2017 Simple Pleasures Photo Competition were announced during a ceremony at the Bowlo with seven photographers winning eight prizes in the annual event.

This year again, the four judge panel of Ros Goodchild, Billy Wrencher, Eve Jeffery and rookie David Lowe, had a tough time choosing the winners from the criteria of artistic and technical merit while keeping in mind this years theme  Postcards from Brunswick Heads.

Some of this year's winners, Scout Bee Jones, Yindi Morrisey, Elliot Kirkwood who won two categories, and Lyrdhan OReilly.

Some of this years winners, Scout Bee Jones, Yindi Morrisey, Elliot Kirkwood who won two categories, and Lyrdhan OReilly.

The 2017 photos were of a high standard and in particular, the talent and ingenuity of the children...

09:50

Man in court over Mullumbimby intimidation, weapons charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today facing intimidation and weapons charges after being arrested in Mullumbimby on Friday (September 15).

About 3:15pm police located the 43-year-old male from Penshurst near a white van in Eugenia Street after receiving information that he was possibly armed with a gun.

On searching the van, police found a firearm, ammunition, handcuffs, knives and prohibited drugs.

The man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with possessing an unauthorised pistol, possessing ammunition without a permit, custody of a knife, driving whilst disqualified, possessing a prohibited drug and using intimidation/violence to unlawfully influence a person.

He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on Saturday (September 16) where he was refused bail to reappear today.

 

The post Man in court over Mullumbimby intimidation, weapons charges appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:40

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR MOJO'S MOBILE CATERING "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Mojo's Mobile Catering

  • Your name: Jenny Overson

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: Mojos Mobile Catering (that is my trading name and Facebook name)

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Harlin 4306

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make deep fried desserts such as Oreos and Mars Bars,Twix, bananas, apples, bananas in bacon and my newest addition is funnel cakes. They taste like a hot donut but look nothing like it. I serve all of these with or without Bulla Ice cream and topping of the customers choice.


...

09:40

Processing centres in North Africa are not the answer for EU refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron invited his counterparts from Libya, Niger, Chad, Italy, Germany and Spain to Paris to discuss ways of stopping the flow of irregular migrants and refugees through transit countries. The leaders explored the possibility of establishing processing facilities in North Africa to identify refugees and turn back anyone who does not qualify for resettlement.

The talks come two years after approximately one million people arrived by boat in Europe, 75% of whom came from some of the worlds top refugee producing countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The numbers in 2017 are very different. As of September 12, 129,002 people have attempted the sea journey to Europe this year. But the drop in the number of people arriving is not enough for the EU. The pressure to stop the arrival of refugees and irregular migrants is becoming overwhelming in many European countries, where the rise of the extreme right has been linked to concerns over the lack of border protection and an unwarranted linking of terrorism with irregular migration.

Processing centres in North Africa

Macron first proposed the idea of processing centres or hotspots in Libya in July, stating that France would be willing to set up the centres itself if the EU was not interested in funding the project. The validity of the idea was immediately questioned by NGOs such as Oxfam, and angered other European leaders such as Italys foreign minister, who criticised France for improvising policy without due consultation. The backlash led French officials to backtrack on the idea of hotspots and distance France from the proposal. This time, Macron is enlisting t...

09:30

Why Are Drug Prices So High? Were Curious, Too. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This much is clear: The public is angry about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Surveys have shown that high drug prices rank near the top of consumers health care concerns.

Whats not as clear is exactly why prices have been rising, and who is to blame.

For the last four months, The New York Times and ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization, have teamed up to answer these questions, and to shed light on the games that are being played to keep prices high, often without consumers knowledge or consent. Katie reports from the health desk at The Times, and Charles is a senior reporter at ProPublica.

Our reporting journey has turned up some counterintuitive stories, like how insurance companies sometimes require patients to take brand-name drugs and refuse to cover generic alternatives even when that means patients have to pay more out of pocket.

Along the way, weve asked readers to share their stories about their struggles with high drug costs. Weve heard from nearly 1,000 people.

In recent weeks, a few stories caught our eye. A woman in Texas, for example, told us that the company that manages her drug benefits, OptumRx, was going to start asking her to pay more out of pocket for Butrans, a painkilling patch that contains the drug buprenorphine. As a lower cost alternative, OptumRx, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, suggested she try painkillers like OxyContin, even though they carry a higher risk of dependence.

A letter sent by OptumRx, a pharmacy...

09:29

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CLEARED TO RUN A CHILDCARE BUSINESS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A convicted sex offender who has faced allegations of domestic violence from two ex-partners and one of his children has been cleared to run a childcare business.

The man, who 4ZZZ cannot name for legal reasons, failed a working with children check after a two month period in 1982 saw him commit various offences against women when he was still a teenager.

The court found that the man, who has since become a successful businessman, was no longer a risk to children.

SURGE IN ICE USE IN BRISBANE

The number of ice addicts seeking treatment in Brisbane has increased dramatically.

09:09

So When Did Col. Michael Aquino Become DR Aquino? "IndyWatch Feed National"

But as you can see- The Order- who is the one demanding results from a study that would require raping babies- seems QUITE CLOSE to Aquino.

Quite the FAN I would say actually. Aquino Become DR. Aquino

But as you can see- The Order- who is the one demanding results from a study that would require raping babies- seems QUITE CLOSE to Aquino.

Quite the FAN I would say actually.

08:36

Man with mask at Melbourne rally charged under new laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

MELBOURNE  [AAP]

A man who refused to remove his mask at an anti-fascism rally in Melbourne over the weekend has been charged as police enforce Victorias new anti-face covering laws.

The man was among hundreds of anti-racism and anti-fascism protesters who gathered at the State Library in Melbournes CBD on Sunday.

The protesters then marched to state parliament to confront a small right-wing group who say they were rallying to make Victoria safe again.

The man had most of his face covered as he stood silently among left wing protesters before police swooped in and asked him to remove his mask, which was in breach of new anti-face covering laws.

He refused and was dragged from the crowd to a side street where he was handcuffed and searched.

This is not ethical, it is not ethical journalism what youre doing. Youre invading my f***ing privacy and my right to f***ing be here and conceal my identity for my own private reasons, he yelled at journalists recording his arrest after his mask was removed.

The man has been charged on summons, a Victorian Police spokesperson told AAP on Sunday night.

A young woman was also arrested by police after she trampled through a garden to attack photographers.

She hit the camera of an AAP photographer and spat on another before police arrested her and put her into the back of a police van.

The anti-racism rally was dubbed From Charlottesville to Melbourne: Unite to Fight the Far Right.

Dozens of police escorted up to 300 protesters as they marched to parliament and several people were told to remove face coverings by officers.

The two groups were separated by barricades and scores of armed police.

The state governments new public order laws came into effect on September 13.

They give police power to conduct weapons searches and requ...

08:32

ReCollection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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As part of the Coburg Carnivale, I'm doing a local history project called ReCollection. It's about celebrating the history, faces and places of Moreland.
There will be local history exhibit and documentaries and an opportunity for people to share their stories and memories as part of a filmed oral history collection. 

The event is free. People can book a recording session online or just show up on the day.
There's more information about the project here: http://mementomedia.com.au/index.php/project/recollection/


The Carnivale is on Sept 22nd (3pm - 7pm) and Sept 23rd (11am - 3pm).

08:30

Music & Performing Arts Holiday Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Dear Parents & Caregivers.


We are now taking the final enrolments for our Music & Performing Arts School Holiday Program.

Children will engage in some lovely activities including:

Piano/keyboard, guitar/ukulele, drums/percussion, violin, circus/drama, music theory, music games & more!

Please contact us by visiting our website http://www.melbourneinnernorthperformingartsacademy.com.au

08:30

Campfire burns two hectares at Tallow Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A campfire is suspected to be the cause of a blaze on Saturday evening which burnt out around two hectares at Tallow Creek.

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The illegal camp-out at Tallow Creek didnt go as planned as the fire got out of control.

Fortunately for the surrounding bushland and residents beyond that, there was a mild wind blowing the fire towards the beach, though the fire was slowly moving down the spit southwards towards Suffolk.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service staff and volunteers along with NPWS staff spent Saturday night, and most of Sunday putting out the fire started by illegal campers. They are currently patrolling the fire perimeter, extinguishing any flare ups and hot spots, with the ongoing dry and windy weather conditions predicted over the coming days.

Even though spring has just begun, fires have been burning up and down the coast for several weeks and visitors and residents are asked to adhere to fire restrictions.

Residents are reminded to ensure they have a current Bush Fire Survival Plan, which can be downloaded from the NSWRFS website.

...

08:30

PRESTON MARKET, GEM OF THE NORTH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Jo Rittey   For the past 45 years Preston Market has been the fresh food and multi-cultural hub of Melbournes North, with over 6,000sqm of market tenancies ranging from fresh produce to supermarkets and variety stores. The market continues to evolve and the recent addition of new traders and product offerings makes this hidden gem a destination equally suited for []

The post PRESTON MARKET, GEM OF THE NORTH appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

08:28

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hello Newlands People.

I'm after someone to mow and whipper snip.

If you know of a local person can you let me know. 

Thanks Brenda 0419006478

08:15

Powering up for Teslas at Knockrow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Licia Cooper made sure to get a power top-up and a cuppa when she stopped off in Knockrow for a $0 refill on her car. Photo Tree Faerie.

Licia Cooper plugged in for a power top-up and a cuppa when she stopped off in Knockrow. As an early adopter, the car Licia is driving is good for $0 refills for life. Photo Tree Faerie.

If youre a Tesla car driver on the road between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, stopping off at Macadamia Castle at Knockrow is a must-do in your travel plans.

Since opening just after Christmas last year, the power station has seen up to 60 cars a week stop in for an electric powered refill of at one of the Castles six Tesla power pumps.

Up to 60 vehicles a week are stopping in at Knockrow.

Up to 60 vehicles a week are stopping in at Knockrow.

The Tesla chargers can power up a car very quickly as they are massively powerful. At 120,000 watts per transformer, a Tesla driver can charge in 20 to 30 minutes and then get close to 500 kilometres travel.

The cars are using 25 percent of the fossil fuels of a regular vehicle and they create zero emissions.

Castle owner Tony Gilding says that the opening of the facility at Knockrow means that drivers can now travel from Brisbane to Melbourne on electricity with each charge delivering between 450 and 500 kilometres of travel.

...

08:02

Police officer assaulted following Tweed Heads pub brawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A police officer has been injured following two separate brawls by the same men at two Tweed Heads pubs on Saturday (September 16).

At about 6pm two men at a pub on Minjungbal Drive allegedly assaulted other patrons and damaged a vehicle.

Police were called to the location, but the men had fled before officers arrived.

Later in the evening it is alleged the two men became involved in a brawl outside another pub on Wharf Street and, when police were called, one of the men assaulted a female officer.

Officers arrested the two men. A third man was also arrested when he allegedly approached one of the arrested men and assaulted him.

All three were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

A 51-year-old man was charged with affray and common assault.

A 24-year-old man was charged with two counts of affray.

Both men were granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 9 October 2017.

A 23-year-old man was charged with assault police officer in execution of duty, two counts of affray and malicious damage.

He was refused bail and appeared in Tweed Heads Local court on Sunday where he was granted conditional bail and will next appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday, October 3.

The post Police officer assaulted following Tweed Heads pub brawl appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:34

Youth unemployment down "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Improvement...

Youth unemployment is now down to 12.7 per cent.

That's down from the cyclical peak of 14.3 per cent in 2014.


Youth unemployment can be a fair indicator of labour market sentiment.

The young and less experienced are, after all, often the first to get pinged when the going gets tough (but can be hired again when things pick up again). 

Total employment growth for the youth cohort has been relatively good over the past year, rising by faster than +2.5 per cent. 

07:30

The Port Arthur Edition of Who Killed Cock Robin? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

On August 27, 2017, GumshoeNews published my article Who Killed Cock Robin? It was a book review of a book for which I had received only a PDF without an authors name, and with the title: 9/11 Exposed.  On September 7, 2017, I met Christopher Bollyn at a lecture he gave near Boston, and learned that he is the author of that PDF. Its now a published book, entitled The Great Deception. Bollyn told us that had laboured for 12 years to gather information about the 9/11 players, and he pinpointed their manifold connections to Israel.

I shaped my August 27 review of Bollyns work around a dozen questions that seek to identify which individuals or organizations had the necessaries to attack the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. I did a take-off on the rhyme about the death of Cock Robin, where they ask Who caught his blood? Wholl dig his grave? etc.

Ill now try a similar approach to the mystery of Port Arthur Australias introduction to terrorism that happened in 1996. I will use the same 12 questions that I applied to the 9/11 mystery, but now re-worded to fit Tasmania.  Here are the original twelve questions about 9/11, and in parentheses my adaptation for Port Arthur:

A Dozen Questions

  1. Who controlled entry to the premises on 9/11? (Who controlled the two sites: Broad Arrow Caf and Seascape Cottage?)
  1. Who created the weapons used in attacking the WTC? (Who brought in the guns for the shooting at PAHS Port Arthur Historic Site and what weapon was used to explode the BM...

07:30

Monday Maker - Macandroma "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Say hello to Fiona, the creative brain behind the label Macandroma.

Do you come from a creative family Fiona?

As a child my mother had a workroom. It was a room full of craft, sewing, knitting, spinning, crocheting, doll making and crammed with things! I would watch and assist her in creating whatever project she was working on at the time. Regularly, she would be sewing and I was allowed to help with the sewing machine, then create something out of the scraps.

I made little sleeping bags for my dolls, blankets, pillows for my teddies, occasionally clothes for my dolls, but they weren't the best! Mum still has a workroom today in a different house, and it is still brimming full of things and she still sews.

My Dad has always been creative too. He is lucky in the sense that when he sees something, he can normally create it. More in the line of construction or electrical engineering. Dad is also a great trouble shooter when it comes to creating things. He created my keyring racks from his own design.
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06:44

Internal email to then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about FM Kevin Rudd headed - "WARNING!" "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 5 December 2011 NATO countries held a conference in Bonn Germany to discuss Afghanistan. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd didn't make the cut for front ranks of the class photo. But The Rudd was keen to make his mark. So he gave a speech "intervening". Back home he felt...

05:50

Iceland: Criminal Conspiracy to Pardon a Notorious Pedophile, Government is Collapsing as a Result "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Source: Uproxx | by Dan Seitz

Imagine this, for a moment: The Koch Brothers had decided that Jared Fogle had done enough time, and written two letters they took to Mike Pence. Pence agrees, got the Senate Judiciary Committee to rule Fogle really was forgiven for molesting children, and then Donald Trump signed off on it. And they all agreed to do this in secret, and cover it up.

Obviously, that hasn't happened in the U.S., but it's, more or less, exactly what's happening in Iceland.

Specifically, Hjalti Sigurjn Hauksson requested to have his "honor restored." Pardons, in Iceland, are different from those in the US: You need two letters of recommendation from prominent citizens, first, before the application is approved by the Minister of the Interior. Then a committee from Iceland's Parliament has to approve it, and finally, it goes straight to the prime minister, who has to sign off on it.

If you get through the process, certain civil rights are returned, like the ability to run for office or practice law. It's also symbolic, in that it indicates the nation, which is just 334,000 people, has forgiven the crime.

Hauksson, however, is decidedly not forgiven by the community. In 2004, he was convicted of having raped his stepdaughter almost daily for the previous twelve years. At the time, it was one of the most horrendous crimes the island nation had ever seen, and the idea of Hauksson having his "honor" restored seemed laughable.

Except, it happened in August. As a result, Icelandic journalists have been fighting to force the government to reveal who, precisely, would write a letter asking such a monstrous criminal to be pardoned, since the letters and their writers aren't usually disclosed to the public. The answer, among others, was Benedikt Sveinsson, the father of Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and one of Iceland's wealthiest citizens. It looks, quite a bit, like Iceland's most notorious pedophile worked some connections and got a pardon.

Icelanders were furious,...

05:33

5 Idaho Children Medically Kidnapped based on Doctors Opinion of Shaken Baby Syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Baby Rylee Wolken with her four siblings. All 5 children were removed from the home based on one Idaho doctors opinion of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Photos from The Fight for Rylee Wolken Facebook Page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com

An Idaho couple has been blindsided by an accusation of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Michael and Chelsea Wolken had a date night and left their 5 month old baby in the care of a trusted babysitter. They knew something wasnt right when they got baby Rylee home that night, but they never dreamed that her symptoms would be diagnosed days later as Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The Wolkens have more questions than answers about what happened to make their baby so sick, but one thing they say they are certain of they didnt shake their baby.

A Child Abuse Specialist pediatrician told police and Child Protection Services that the babys condition had to be caused by abuse, based on his interpretation of x-rays, despite the fact that there were no external signs of trauma, such as a neck injury, bruising, or history of violence in the parents.

Since the doctor has made this diagnosis, CPS has taken custody of Rylee and removed Chelseas other 4 children from the home.

And doctors have stopped looking for any other explanation.

A very sick baby is now living with strangers in foster care.

The Wolkens friend and advocate Serra Frank says:

The state is blaming the parents, and theyre saying that theres no possible way it could be anything other than shaken baby syndrome, which [we] know thats not true.

It makes me worried for baby Rylee, because if theres something else going on theyre no longer looking for a cause.

The babysitter is being questioned, but at this time, it appears that CPS believes that the parents hurt their baby. The parents report that their baby was fine when they dropped Rylee off at the babysitters home, but she was projectile vomiting and lethargic....

05:30

The Sacred Trust of Ross Heritage "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The town of Ross has a really special place in the heart of anyone who visits this historic heritage village, so when the Council in charge decides to build a new toilet block, approves the use of sandstone in its construction (FIG 1), and then attempts a conjurers trick of replacing real sandstone with imitation sandstone concrete blocks (FIG 3), is the sacred trust to care for the precious heritage of Ross being breached ?

05:10

Yesterday the Devil Lovers Gave Me a History Lesson "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Devil Lovers Offered Me a History Lesson About Uriel Yesterday

12/19/2016 Large wave of energy from unknown source hitting Earth now Possible effects?

04:30

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Aftermath" -- September 17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

What is left behind from all the tragic flooding in Florida and Texas is called the aftermath.

Death, destruction, despair, hopelessness.

The same will be true in the aftermath of the RV, which is the second flood.

Many people converting ZIM will be despondent as to what just happened.

Constructs of reality will die instantly.

The destruction left behind by this wave of infinite wealth will blur their vision of the future.

Some will feel great despair having so much wealth, while the overwhelming majority of human beings continue to suffer daily on less than $10 day.

Hopeless will creep in. It will. How can you reach them all? You can't, but you'll spend the rest of your life on earth trying ... never to succeed.

In this same aftermath you'll begin reviewing your life decisions pre benevolent event.

Did I do the right things? Make the highest choices? Believe in God sincerely? Follow His calling absolutely?

So many times I answer no way more than yes. It's shameful.

I become silently distraught by all my small spiritual choices, my ego based actions, my raw unresearched ignorance and blatant philosophical nativity.

In the aftermath of my RV experience, there has been great regret for a life lived in half service to my Creator. And thus, little appreciation for just my being in form. Having breath. Experiencing it all.
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04:24

5 Idaho Children Medically Kidnapped based on Doctors Opinion of Shaken Baby Syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

rylee-family-children

Baby Rylee Wolken with her four siblings. All 5 children were removed from the home based on one Idaho doctors opinion of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Photos from The Fight for Rylee Wolken Facebook Page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com

An Idaho couple has been blindsided by an accusation of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Michael and Chelsea Wolken had a date night and left their 5 month old baby in the care of a trusted babysitter. They knew something wasnt right when they got baby Rylee home that night, but they never dreamed that her symptoms would be diagnosed days later as Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The Wolkens have more questions than answers about what happened to make their baby so sick, but one thing they say they are certain of they didnt shake their baby.

A Child Abuse Specialist pediatrician told police and Child Protection Services that the babys condition had to be caused by abuse, based on his interpretation of x-rays, despite the fact that there were no external signs of trauma, such as a neck injury, bruising, or history of violence in the parents.

Since the doctor has made this diagnosis, CPS has taken custody of Rylee and removed Chelseas other 4 children from the home.

And doctors have stopped looking for any other explanation.

A very sick baby is now living with strangers in foster care.

The Wolkens friend and advocate Serra Frank says:

The state is blaming the parents, and theyre saying that theres no possible way it could be anything other than shaken baby syndrome, which [we] know thats not true.

It makes me worried for baby Rylee, because if theres something else going on theyre no longer looking for a cause.

The babysitter is being questioned, but at this time, it appears that CPS believes that the parents hurt their baby. The parents report that their baby was fine when they dropped Rylee off at the babysitters home, but she was projectile vomiting and lethargic whe...

04:20

Emily's List's 25th b'day fundraiser morphed into a "member benefits function" to thwart ethics team "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's handy to have a private email system when you're talking about stuff like this. In 2008 Emily's List spent $3.2M on Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign. By April 2010 when its 25th anniversary rolled around it had raised $78M for female political candidates. Serious money. It wanted to mark...

03:45

No excuses: Russia informed Pentagon about area of military op in Deir ez-Zor in advance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied Pentagon allegations that it bombed US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir ez-Zor. The Russian military said that its US partners were informed about the area of the operation beforehand. "To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. "Within the framework of this operation, the fighters, armored vehicles, and objects of terrorists are being destroyed on both western and eastern banks of the Euphrates. At the same time, the Russian Air Force makes pinpoint strikes only on reconnaissance targets confirmed by several channels in IS-controlled areas," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said. "Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any 'third force.' Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how 'opposition members' or 'military advisers of the international coalition' managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow."

03:18

Huma Abedin's mother redrafted Hillary Clinton's FEB 2010 Middle East speech - took out freedom, democracy and call for elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

In early 2010 the Arab Spring had sprung and Al Baghdadi had just taken the reins at the Islamic State. It was an important time in the Middle East and every US public utterance was closely monitored for clues as to US directions and plans - both by Islamist authorities...

02:22

Devils Tower draws UFO enthusiasts seeking 'close encounters' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Steven Spielberg's iconic 1977 science-fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a mysterious force compels desperate seekers to converge on Wyoming's Devils Tower in search of answers. When they arrive, they encounter a massive alien mothership which communicates through music and returns scores of missing persons who have been abducted over the years. A lucky few of the witnesses are allowed to go aboard the mothership and travel to the stars with the alien beings. Forty years after the film's release, UFO seekers are returning to the 800-foot-tall tower, but this time the mysterious forces compelling them to come together is much easier to explain. For more of this article, go here.

01:51

Australia: Muslim leaders demand more taxpayer cash to fight extremist recruiters "IndyWatch Feed National"

But Islamic Council Vice president Adel Salman said parents are crying out for the service and the Islamic community wanted to take ownership of the issue. To achieve the best outcomes it should be a community-led response, not a police or justice response.' If Adel Salman were sincere and consistent in this, he wouldnt want []

01:33

The Final Conclusion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If lost was a place
and heaven was found
would you be willing
to be paradise bound?

With blind expectations
we continue to search
truth always evasive
leaving us in the lurch

Words hidden in hours
phrases lost in days
as life pushes forward
time dissolves in the haze

With so many questions
few answers have we
in the final conclusion
we just wait and see

00:57

We should choose our friends in the Rohingya versus Burma battles wisely "IndyWatch Feed National"

It pays to take a close look at the Rohingya and their leadership. The next post comes from an apparently normal, run-of-the-mill young Indonesian woman, Fatimah Az Zahra. She refers to the Rohingya as Mujahideen (the plural for one who is engaged in Jihad). She says, "Mujahideen Rohingya (as heading)...

00:46

Australian Politics in 2017: Financial Fog Unlimited "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Oh dear, its the Liberal Party of Australia once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

This is a return appearance* by multimillionaire, former merchant banker and life-long silvertail Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull.

BuzzFeed News, 11 September 2017:


.BuzzFeed News can reveal the prime minister never disclosed to parliament that Lucy purchased the $1.55m USD New York apartment in the Century Condominium building more than four years ago.

All you'll see on Malcolm Turnbull's previous and most recent parliamentary disclosure is a reference to a single "New York city apartment" owned by his wife.

Federal politicians are required to declare the interests they and their spouses hold, and gifts they receive. This is an important transparency measure to avoid any potential conflicts of interests.

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00:03

Chris Pyne Delivers! For whom? For Sarah Hanson-Young, Penny Wong, The Greens and Labor. "IndyWatch Feed National"

All his own work, all from his own Facebook page. Christopher I know too well the truth of the maxim "you'll be judged by the company you keep". I wish I'd been less impetuous and more thoughtful in some of my decisions of the past. We can't change history; and...

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22:10

Bad Policy For Big Media: Turnbulls $60m Media Bailout Wont Fix Journalism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New Matilda wont be lining up for government funding following the announcement of a media bailout package. Chris Graham explains why.

I learned an important lesson about myself from a close friend recently. Apparently, if something makes me anxious, then thats what Im compelled to go and do.

My names Chris Graham, Im the owner and editor of New Matilda, the most self-defeating independent publication in Australia, and Im a counterphobic.

One of the things thats made me anxious recently is the passing of the federal governments legislation to free up cross-media ownership.

Long story short, under the new laws, the big media companies that consistently perpetrate the big media scandals will get even bigger. You can guess what will happen with their scandals.

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The deal is as dirty as it gets, and was designed to advantage the Murdochs of the world, while smashing the Guardians. Interestingly, I remember the last debate we had on loosening cross media ownership laws a decade ago. It was fever-pitch. This time around, the battered, bruised Australian media have laid down. Theres nothing like self-interest mixed with failing business models to shut people up.

But in truth, I dont spend a lot of my time worrying about the big guys. I do, however, spend a lot of my energy worrying about small independent publishing, in which I have an obvious interest. On that front, in exchange for his support to get the Turnbull governments legislation through, Senator Nick Xenophon negotiated a three-year $60 million innovation fund for small publishers. Small publishers like me. You can read all about it here.

If you cant be bothered, heres the prcis of the politics behind it: The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world. Because political donations.

Thats how theyre going to fix the media problem in Australia. And thats the part thats making me really anxious.

So, embr...

21:55

Im Not As Okay With Being Gay As I Thought I Was "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queer identity in the age of a same-sex marriage postal survey life was hard enough, but right now it feels a whole lot harder for Gene Smith.

For many people of my generation, the same-sex marriage postal survey is our first taste of active state-sanctioned discrimination. Were dealing with this whilst still coming to terms with our identities, and what it means to be queer.

If any of you boys came home and told me you were gay, Id probably disown you, says Mum casually as we are watching the Sydney Mardi Gras on TV, her brow furrowed in mild disgust.

I am 13 and think I might be gay; her words are like a bomb going off, the ringing in my ears drowning out the TV.

We love you, no matter what. And who knows? Maybe its just a phase. My grandfather embraced me after I told him I was gay.

What? Mums eyes widened and her hands jerked the steering wheel of the car, sending us swerving. Im never going to have grandchildren she later cried.

Faggot! someone screamed from a passing car. I pretended I didnt hear, but thought about it for weeks after. Sometimes I still think about it.

Since when did you start sounding so gay? my best friend laughed, having not seen me for a few months.

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I dont like him hes a poof, quipped my brother about a boy he doesnt like at school. Whats wrong with being a poof? I quipped back.

Marriage should be between a man and woman! Being gay is unnatural! reads a comment on an online article. I clicked on the womans name, and discover she lives in my hometown.

Shes Facebook friends with members of my family.

I had probably been with Mum down the main street as they smiled at each other in passing.

You can never be too careful, said a boy I dated once, after he snatched his hand from mine as we were walking down the street.

I probably feel a bit threatened, chuckled Tony Abbott, on screen and in front of the nation, in answer to a question about how homosexuality makes him feel.

Im not as okay with being gay as I thought I was, admitted the boy I like, my shoulder wet with his tears.

Hes been out for less than a year. His mother, for religious reasons, is voting no in the marriage survey.

He loves her, and I have no doubt that she loves him. Its complicated.

Above are a just a few of the words said to me over the course of m...

21:44

MEDIA RELEASE 06/09 | ADVOCATES CALL FOR PERMANENT VISAS AND IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ROHINGYA REFUGEES "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE ADVOCATES CALL FOR PERMANENT VISAS AND IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ROHINGYA REFUGEES The UN estimates that more than 120,000 Rohingyans have been forced to flee genocidal violence of the Myanmar army since late August. World leaders have called for an end to the systematic violence against the Rohingyans, but the Australian(...)

21:42

MEDIA RELEASE 05/09| PORT MORESBY REFUGEES PROTEST PHONE CARD CUTS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE PORT MORESBY REFUGEES PROTEST PHONE CARD CUTS Refugees transferred to Port Moresby for medical reasons staged Day 1 of protest action outside the Australian Border Force office at the motel where they are being held (photo attached). They are protesting the latest move by Border Force to cut them off(...)

19:50

19:41

19:33

These 13 Families Rule the World: The Shadow Forces Behind the NWO "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The shadow forces behind the New World Order (NWO) are following a slow-paced agenda of total control over mankind and our planets resources. David Icke coined it the Totalitarian Tip-Toe, because they are making very small steps towards our complete and definitive enslavement.

As a result, the masses remain relatively unaware of the fact that their liberties are being gradually taken away, while the power of the NWO octopus grows steadily.

The shadow forces behind the NWO agenda

Somewhere near the very top of the pyramid, an extremely elitist organisation known as the Council of the 13 families orchestrates all of the major world events. As the name suggests, the Council consists of the top 13 most influential families on Earth.

An increasingly number of people is becoming aware that 99% of the Earths population is controlled by an elite 1%, but the Council of the 13 families consists of less than 1% of the 1% elite and nobody on Earth can apply for membership.

In their opinion, they are entitled to rule over the rest of us because they are the direct descendants of the ancient gods and consider themselves royal. These families are:

  1. Rothschild (Bauer or Bower)
  2. Bruce
  3. Cavendish (Kennedy)
  4. De Medici
  5. Hanover
  6. Hapsburg
  7. Krupp
  8. Plantagenet
  9. Rockefeller
  10. Romanov
  11. Sinclair (St. Clair)
  12. Warburg (del Banco)
  13. Windsor (Saxe-Coburg-Gothe)

Personally, I suspect that this may not be the complete list and some very powerful lineages are still unknown to us.

Update: Author and researcher Fritz Springmeiers exposed more of the elite blo...

17:47

When zero waste makes business better "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our guests in the Sustainable Studio on 13 September 2017 are Barbara Ferrante, owner of Salon Eve in Geelong, and Krystina Birch, Sustainable Salons Australias Victorian representative. We visit Gayle English and Phil Slocombe at Its Only Natural, an eco-friendly dry cleaning shop in Yarraville. And over the phone we talk with Tamara DiMattina about Buy Nothing New Month in October.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 186 on 94.7 The Pulse:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/sustainablehour186_032kbps.mp3

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12:24

Victoria and Albert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Seidel's farm - the subject of my last post - was not the only vineyard sketched by Eugene von Guerard during his travels in and around Geelong and the surrounding districts. During one of his stays in the area he also visited (and of course, sketched) what was, even then, one of the region's best-known vineyards: Pettavel's Victoria Vineyard.

Undated sketch of Victoria Vineyard by Eugene von Guerard looking south
west across Waurn Ponds Creek from what today would be private land to
the west of Cochrane's Rd, Waurn Ponds (click to enlarge)
David Louis Pettavel was born in 1817 at Boudry in the Swiss canton of Neuchtel. He arrived in the Port Phillip district in 1842 on the Platina  and was amongst the earliest in a string of Swiss vignerons to migrate to the Geelong region in the mid-nineteenth century, encouraged to do so by Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe.
In 1842 Pettavel along with Frdric Breguet - another Swiss immigrant - established the earliest vineyard on the Barwon River at Pollocksford. As foreign citizens, they could not purchase their own land, instead leasing 25 acres from squatters William Haines and John Highett (John Ttaz, 1995, From Boudry to the Barrabool Hills: Swiss vignerons in Geelong). They called their vineyard Neuchtel.
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Friday, 15 September

13:20

Diary of Death: 15 September 22 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.


FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Luke Million, Nocturnal Tapes Oxford Art Factory
PVT, Nico Niquo, Dongelis  Lansdowne Hotel
Jack Shit  10PM til 3AM Lansdowne Hotel FREE
Ha The Unclear (NZ) Old Manly Boatshed
Wolf & Cub, The Dead Love, Moon Brain Coogee Diggers
Patrick James Leadbelly
Katchafire (NZ), Ria Hall (NZ) Max Watts
A Celebration of Pete Jones music/tribute 6pm Marrickville Bowling Club FREE

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

The Creases-The Lair
Le Pie, Egoism, Moody Beach-Lansdowne
Scattered Order, Astral Skulls, Dracopede 107 Projects
Ha The Unclear (NZ) The Bearded Tit FREE
Ha The Unclear (NZ), Rufflefeather Leadbelly
Bus Vipers9PM  Golden Age FREE
Jack Shit-8PM til midnight  Go...

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