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This Is The Email Exchange Between Myself and IEATBABIES Who I Believe Is Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just a few things- my 1/2 sister, who I call Chris- is Christina. I DID attack my nephew when I was 13- which I have been quite open about. He was NOT, however, part of the Hester household. Af the time of that attack- I also, directly after, tried to kill myself so at the same time the police came- so did an ambulance. It was determined I was having a psychotic break, which being forced to light a man on fire when I was 10 contributed too, so social workers were ordered into my fathers house. Two months later I tried to kill myself again- believing the only way to prevent me from becoming the AntiChrist was for me to kill myself- so a week after my 14th birthday I was directed to sign myself into Cherokee Mental Health Institute- where I spent 5 months.

But you can see- through this exchange- how sick this IEATBABIES is- and how he constantly just throws shit at the walls- hoping something will stick.

You can also see his claims that he is directly connect to Michael Aquino but then, as they say, birds of a feather flock together.



The Sports Gene "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As this is my second sports-related post in a row, you might be thinking Whats happening with James? Where are the show tunes and theatre reviews youve come to associate with me and this blog? The truth is I dont really have much of a sports gene. As a child I was never naturally gifted in that area. As well


1) Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Statement from Benny Wenda on Indonesian military attacks in Nduga, West Papua.
1) Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga
Gemma Holliani Cahya
Jakarta | Sun, July 15, 2018 | 01:30 pm
Human rights activists have urged the National Police and the Indonesian Military to withdraw their joint operation from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, after a shootout between security personnel and unknown armed assailants.
We urge the police and the military to stop their security operation in Alguru village, the activists said in a press release on Saturday. 
The activists, which comprised members of 13 non-governmental organizations, including the Papua Legal Aid...


Just a heads up for anyone planning to go the the show this week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Remember to bring your reusable plastic bags to get your show bag items

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Oberon review - Australia - Letter | Truth will prevail on fluoride and its use "IndyWatch Feed National"

THEY say the first victim in war is the truth. Is this a war? Its certainly a war of words, and a war for the truth. When I first realised that everything Id heard and seen about fluoride from the government, dentists and television wasnt entirely kosher it was 2014, and Id been living in this little town of ours for about four years. Although Ive lived many places, Oberon was the first place Id landed where I felt a strong sense of community.  
What got me out of my chair about fluoride in 2014 (the last time it reared its scaly head) was that deep sense of community among the people standing against it. They were and still are a very sincere and well-focused group of concerned local people who have spent an inordinate amount of time researching and understanding as much of the information available about sodium fluoride as they can. Their company and encouragement in the last four years has been deeply inspiring and helped me see the truth about many big issues we all collectively face in this troubled world of ours. Sodium fluoride and its uses are but one. Getting this type of fluoride (unnatural) exposed and revealed for all to see how dangerous it is to human health and, more importantly, how much were consuming already, is the challenge ahead and together it can be done.  
Out of convenience and profit, fluoride has penetrated our industrial, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors over the last 60 years via slick marketing and good engineering. It happens to be very useful in medicine, machinery, cookware, lighting, food, beverages and welding&...




How the submissions scored on the first 6 Terms of Reference

NAME  and number on the Senate website


Financial compensation for land was OK Satisfied about broad community support Satisfied about indigenous support Satisfied about community benefit program Community support should mean  local only Added  related  matters
(ATLA).(No 42) No No No No strongly
Ashton 73 No No No No No Lack of trust
ACF 70


yes No No No No Wants wider Inquiry
ANFA 71 No No...


Grey Falcon & Diamantina National Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Grey Falcon

In April last year I visited Lark Quarry and other sites in the channel country of western Queensland with Scott Baker and Bernie O'Keefe in search of Night Parrots and other goodies. The three of us decided it was time for another foray so we returned to the region, this time checking out the southern end of the Brighton Downs cattle property and the northern sector of Diamantina National Park along the main road (2-4 July). 

Diamantina National Park



Leyonhjelm rejects misandry claim by Hanson-Young: not all men are rapists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Senator Fraser Anning moves a sensible motion to protect women from violence and allows self-protection

from Senator David Leyonhjelm

A number of supporters have contacted me in the last week to clarify what was said in the senate and why in the exchange with Sarah Hanson-Young. You may have heard media discussion, but many media accounts have lied about, misrepresented or distorted what I said.

The purpose of this email is to correct the record and allow you to judge for yourself.

The Greens nutcase Hanson-young should stop shagging men according to Senator Leyjhohelm


18/06/2018 Senator Hanson-Young appeared on Sunrise following the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon to speak on womens safety. During this interview she said:

I think that women around this country are sick and tired of being made to feel responsible for the fact that men cannot control themselves and deal with their own issues. Its not womens fault that men behave like morons and like pigs.

28/06/2018 Senator Anning introduced a motion in the Senate calling for women to be permitted to...


Matika Little // Queer, Female and Aboriginal: Surviving And Thriving As A Minority "IndyWatch Feed Allstate" // Queer, Female and Aboriginal: Surviving And Thriving As A Minority: Growing up in regional New South Wales, finding other queer people much less Indigenous queer people felt almost impossible. I didnt look like the stereotype of either community. I have pale skin, blue eyes and brown hair so I definitely didnt look like representations of Aboriginal women I saw in the media. As for the queer community, all I had to look up to was a dancing Ellen DeGeneres on daytime TV. While I loved Ellen, I was again faced with no true representation. I was an outcast in my own community at times those who I had hoped would be educated about Indigenous Australians or queer-identifying people consistently let me down, deepening my feelings of isolation and loneliness.


If Theyre Raiding a House, Expect a Gift "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Geoff Hoon, UK Defense Secretary,  (C) Paul Bremer, Governor of Occupied Iraq, and (R) Mia Bloom, Professor

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On October 6, 2016, The Independent, UK, had this headline:

US government spent over $500m on fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos that tracked location of viewers.

The article, by Feliks Garcia, was about a PR firm in the UK that helped the war effort during the 2003 Iraq war. I will show in a moment that there is good news here for the Boston Marathon non-bomber, Jahar Tsarnaev.

But first, I hope every parent of a US soldier is reading this.

The PR firm in questio...


NSW traffic cops prey on farmers drought misfortune "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cops hit hapless truck drivers with unlawful traffic fines

NSW Liberal Government just as bad as Labor when it comes to farmers and the transport industry

from The Land

Hay carriers are upset that they are being targetted for minor infringements on the Newell Highway as they try to bring relief to drought-hit farms.

Scores of hay trucks travel the Newell Highway each day, bringing hay up from Victoria, but according to one driver the Roads and Maritime Service inspectors were  picking them off almost one by one.

One major place to stop trucks was in the park at  Narrandera where Eugowra truck driver Peter Cox was hit with a $330 fine but no infringement- for being over length. Ironically, if he had just one bale on the back of his truck he wouldnt have copped a fine. But because he had 43 bales, his split-tray truck was classified as having two divisible loads.

He had to undergo a drugs test and face a log book inspection. Hed never been through a drugs test before. Well, this is your first, an officer said.

Peter Coxs truck is pulled over at Narrandera and classified as overlength. He was drug tested, his log book...


PERTH Burglary and evade police arrest, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Burglary and evade police arrest, WA .

July 14, 2018 at 09:37AM .

Midland Detectives have charged two 18 year old men and they are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court this morning (14 July 2018) as a .



US agrees to Full Implementation of United Nations gun control pact "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Has Australia and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also agreed to sign us up?

Posted on July 8, 2018

Free Thought Project by Rachel Blevins

While the United States is typically set apart from other countries when it comes to gun laws, a recent conference with the United Nations has raised major red flags, as the U.S. agreed to enact full implementation of an international agreement on gun control that will violate Americans constitutional rights by adding their personal information to a global database.

The Third Review Conference (RevCon) of the United Nations Program of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons was held in New York last week with a 2018 agreement, which states that its purpose is to serve as a renewed commitment to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.



Future Of Media: Every Time You Share A Daily Mail Story, An Independent Journalist Somewhere Dies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the weekend, New Matilda editor Chris Graham spoke on a panel at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas with Amanda Pepe (from the Adelaide Review) and Professor Peter Fray, Co-director of the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney. The topic was Future of Media, and specifically asked these questions: Given the 24/7 news cycle and even faster social media platforms, how can we control information? Is this development the ultimate democratisation of what used to be strictly-controlled offerings of the powerful few? Whos making sure were not being duped? Below is a speech Chris Graham prepared, but never delivered (the group just chatted instead).

One of the key questions in todays discussion is given our new, fast-paced media world, how can we control information?

I think the short answer is we cant. And to be honest, I dont think we really should anyway. I think government believes its job is to control information, and I can see some cases where thats obviously necessary national security, commercial in confidence etc etc. But in this day and age I think theres a lot of overreach by government in the control of information. The current prosecution of Witness K in the East Timor oil and gas scandal is a disgraceful, outrageous example of that.

I think traditional media has also felt a strong desire to and indeed has a long history of controlling information. I think theres a lot of overreach in that area as well. Ill give you an example.

Tomorrow, Im getting on a plane to fly to Italy. From there I board a boat in Sicily to sail to Gaza, in Palestine. Im there to report on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an international group (with representation in Australia) which, every year or so, organizes a few boats from across the world to try and break the Israeli imposed naval blockade on Gaza.

Now, wherever your politics reside on the question of Israel and Palestine, its undeniably a news story. Its undeniably information in the public interest. In the past, Australian media coverage has either tended to ignore the Flotillas entirely, or tended towards mockery and criticism. And yet, its basically universally accepted save for a few countries that Israels blockade of Gaza is illegal under international law. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations says it is, for example.

Gaza is the worlds largest outdoor prison a jail to almost 2 million people. And yet most of the time, we only see it in the news when Israel is slaughtering people. And even then our media strives for balance as though theres a balanced way to report the deaths of hundreds, sometimes thousands of unarmed Palestinians at the hands of one of the worlds most powerful armies.

Ironically, the only way I can see Australian media taking an interest in....


Two bits of Sunday inspiration "IndyWatch Feed National"

People are awesome. ....that's why we should never give up.


Happy Bastille Day - except for the motorbike cops. And the blue-smoke wingman. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mon dieu! #BastilleDay went off with a bang - for these police motorcyclists #14juillet BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 14, 2018


Sara Tomevska // Domestic violence prevention brings together Indigenous men and women in outback community - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Domestic violence prevention brings together Indigenous men and women in outback community - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Domestic violence is not an issue unique to Indigenous communities. On average, an Australian woman dies every week at the hands of a current or previous partner.

So far this year, 34 women have been killed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of domestic violence than any other group of women in Australia.

Domestic Violence Statistics

  • On average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.
  • On average, police receive a domestic violence call every two minutes.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of domestic violence than any other group of women in Australia.
  • One in 10 men have witnessed violence towards their mother by a partner before the age of 15.
Source: Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision


Perth Radio: Should Australia's migrant intake increase or decrease? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias annual permanent migrant intake has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade after a Federal Government crackdown on dodgy claims. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government had restored integrity to the migration program to make sure the best possible migrants were brought into the country through tougher vetting. William Burke from the Sustainable Australia Party spoke to Tim McMillan about the new figures.

Should Australias migrant intake increase or decrease?

Australias annual permanent migrant intake has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade after a Federal Government crackdown on dodgy claims.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government had restored integrity to the migration program to make sure the best possible migrants were brought into the country through tougher vetting.

William Burke from Sustainable Australia spoke to Tim McMillan about the new figures.

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Tim McMillan


Baza's call carries killer rhyme "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Baza is an honest bird
Whose 'Ee-chew' rings true to word
For frogs and insects in the trees
'Ee-chew' equals  'Eat-you', if you please

Pleased to Eat-you. Oops, I mean, meet you.


NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in

The post NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


The Receding Horizons of Renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another excellent article by Nicole Foss  also known as Stoneleigh.

Renewable energy is best used in situ, adjacent to demand. It is best used in conjunction with a storage component which would insulate consumers from supply disruption, but FIT programmes typically prohibit this explicitly. Generators are expected to sell all their production to the grid and buy back their own demand. This leaves them every bit as vulnerable to supply disruption as anyone who does not have their own generation capacity. This turns renewable generation into a personal money generating machine with critical vulnerabilities. It is no longer about the energy, which should be the focus of any publicly funded energy programme.


Nicole Foss

Stoneleigh: Renewable energy has become a topic of increasing interest in recent years, as fossil fuel prices have been volatile and the focus on climate change has sharpened. Governments in many jurisdictions have been instituting policies to increase the installation of renewable energy capacity, as the techologies involved are not generally able to compete on price with conventional generation.

The reason this is necessary, as we have pointed out b...


Does a Rise in Immigrants Correspond with an Increase in Crime? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that any rise in undocumented immigration will lead to increased crime rates. Its looking like [the Democrats] really want open borders, and they want really crime to pour in, Mr Trump has said, labelling undocumented Mexican immigrants as murderers and rapists The

The post Does a Rise in Immigrants Correspond with an Increase in Crime? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018: Hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 4 August


Saturday begins with the perennial issue of the Abuse of Power and Privilege, with author Bri Lee and investigative journalists Allan Clarke and Louise Milligan tackling big institutions from personal and professional perspectives.

In Anxiety: is it Just Me? well known authors Matt Haig, Sarah Wilson, Michael Ableman and local debut author Jarrah Dundler will shed light on the prevailing mental health issue of our time.

Thinking from a fresh perspective may be as simple as switching the power imbalance of gender so we invite you to join Anne Aly, Jacqui Lambie and Bri Lee to ponder What if Women Ruled the World.



21 Inspirational Distributive Property Practice Worksheet Collection "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Because of her love we are fierce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous women weather the trauma of past and present violence, oppression and policy to fight for a better future. #BecauseOfHer


Canberra rents "IndyWatch Feed"

Too damn high...

Median asking rents for houses in Canberra are now up by more than 30 per cent over the past 3 years.

Source: SQM Research

Unit asking rents in the nation's capital, despite a surge of construction, are up by about 17 per cent over the same period. 


Upcycling Denim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Did you know that a new pair of jeans can take up to 13 years worth of drinking water to make? After reading that, I went to the laundry and rescued the boys torn jeans from the rag pile and mended the ones that were still wearable. Theyve still got plenty of life in them []


1) What's Left to Resolve in Indonesia's $3.9b Mine Deal With Freeport? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Expert: Freeport Shares Divestment to Harm State
1) What's Left to Resolve in Indonesia's $3.9b Mine Deal With Freeport?
By : Fergus Jensen | on 2:27 PM July 14, 2018

Vehicles used for transporting workers to t...


Eating for a Better World "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many thanks to Jacqueline who found this excellent must read piece on our farming predicaments.. Since buying a farm myself, I am totally convinced everything written here is accurate, and that until people wake up to themselves about this, we will continue on our road to the edge of the cliff with everyone arguing about how much faster we should be going.

Lifted from this excellent website.

The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm.
Teju Cole

It is not surprising that there are growing numbers of vegans and vegetarians worldwide who are becoming dogmatic about their food choices. Many aspects of the hyper-synthetic cityscapes we inhabit are disorienting to mammals such as ourselves. Over the last hundred years, our food systems have undergone drastic change. Foodthat basic, life-igniting, community-building elementhas become completely outsourced, processed, industrialized, and bland. Worse, animals are distorted and abused beyond recognition to produce it.

The meat we come across in cities looks less and less like a part of the animal it came from, and more like another factory product packaged in layers of thick plastic. We have become detached from the mutualistic relationships we have formed with animals over thousands of years. We are conceptually isolated from trophic cascades. Eating animals in this context surely feels like cheating, since the only models we have for our relationships with them are our relationships with other people.

One by one, city dwellers awaken to the fact that their chicken no longer tastes or looks like chicken and that their bodies are dulled by the meat of the crippled, hormone- and antibiotic-stuffed animals we breed. They begin to feel a visceral, intellectual, and moral repulsion towards the animal products that everyone eats so flippantly.

The slaughtering of animals used to take place within a relationship. There was little room for cowardice, since the act of killing was personal. The hunter looked into the eyes of the deer and was changed by that gaze. The farmer lived in close proximity with her cattle and understood that h...


Australia: Man converts to Islam in prison, threatens to blow up shopping center, is granted bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

What could possibly go wrong? To keep him in prison would be Islamophobic. Im not an extremist: Aboriginal man who converted to Islam after being radicalised in maximum-security terror unit is granted bail despite allegedly planning to blow up a shopping centre, Daily Mail Australia, July 10, 2018: An Aboriginal man who converted to Islam []


Markets Update: HODLers Pray for Higher Lows, Prospective Coinbase Listings Rally "IndyWatch Feed"

Markets Update: HODLers Pray for Higher Lows, Prospective Coinbase Listings Rally

The BTC markets are currently attempting to establish a higher low above $6000 after failing to break above resistance at $6800 at the end of June, whilst BCH appears to have bounced off the critical support area of $600 $650 for the second time in 2018. In recent altcoin market action, Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX) have produced gains of roughly between 10% and 20% after Coinbase confirmed on the 14th of June that it is currently exploring listing said markets.

Also Read: Australian Bank Bans Use of Mortgage Funds for Crypto Speculation 

BTC Rangebound Between $5800 and $6800

Since gaining 18% from the 29th of June low of approximately $5800 to the local high of roughly $6840 on the 7th of July, the BTC markets have retraced by over 8% during the last seven days with current prices hovering at approximately $6250.



Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title "IndyWatch Feed National"

Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the Americans dream comeback as a mum. The German 11th seed, 30, beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-3 to add this title to her 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns. Williams had been the favourite despite it []

The post Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Australia: Muslim on benefits for obesity sends $4,000 to Islamic State jihadi via Paypal "IndyWatch Feed National"

He was too fat to work, but not too fat to support the jihad. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Quranic dictate: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, []


Scammers have cloned MyGov website and are sending out fake emails "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stay Smart Online, 4 July 2018:

Scammers have set up a clone of the myGov website to trick you into sharing your login and bank account details.

The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking you to update your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details, so you can start receiving payments for Medicare benefits and claims.

If you click on the link in the email you are taken a replica of the real myGov website. Youll note the URL includes .net instead of, which is an indication the website is not a legitimate Australian Government domain!



"Bad actor" Facebook Inc given 500,000 maximum fine - any future breach may cost up to 1.4bn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 11 July 20018:

Facebook is to be fined 500,000, the maximum amount possible, for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the information commissioner has announced.

The fine is for two breaches of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users information and that it failed to be transparent about how that data was harvested by others.

 Facebook has failed to provide the kind of protections they are required to under the Data Protection Act, said Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner. Fines and prosecutions punish the bad actors, but my real goal is to effect change and restore trust and confidence in our democratic system.

In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook took 500,000 in revenue every five and a half minutes. Because of the timing of the b...

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I am Not Now- Nor Have I Ever Been- the One or the Chosen One "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Candle Song

Anyone can light a candle,
But not the way that you do.

Anyone can light a candle,
Just like a flower in the rain.
You are unique, the same.
Each step you take, each dream you realize,
Will open your heart, your life.

Anyone can light a candle,
But not the way that you do.
For if we look too close
Pure magic we would see,
Pure magic we will be.

Its all around each one, its all around within,
The perfect union close inside your dreams.
To watch in wonderment as each day begins.
They tell me you can hear this song.

Anyone can light a candle,
But not the way that you do.
For if we look to close,
Pure magic we would see.
Pure magic we will be.

Jon Anderson and Vangelis, Change We Must, 1994


Labor Party self-destruct a couple of weeks before the Super Saturday federal by-elections on July 28th "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the last week the Labor Party have started self-destructing with allegations of lies, fraud, theft, tax evasion and drug dealing flying left, right and centre by Mark Latham and it is almost certain most of it is true. It sounds like some sort of mafia movie but it isnt. It was an internal Labor []


Video: Robert Spencer on Islamic reform, child marriage in Islam, Islamic antisemitism, and more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A wide-ranging and somewhat offbeat interview with El Dia out of Melbourne, Australia, hated by the Left and Antifa for being reasonable!


Madge Digest #151 July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  1. Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash, in Australia in August. #RoundupExposed 

  2. Monsanto on trial in US for Roundup's link to cancer #NonHodgkinsLymphoma.

  3. Mark Lynas is still getting his facts wrong.

  4. Help a farm stay in business.

1) Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash, in Australian in August. #RoundupExposed

Carey Gillam worked as an agricultural journalist for Reuters for over 20 years and reported on the GM revolution in the US. What she saw led her to write "Whitewash: the story of a weedkiller, cancer and the corruption of science."  Roundup, the weedkiller, is sprayed on most GM crops and its use has skyrocketed. It has been found in food, water, air, rain, alcoholic drinks, human urine and breastmilk. It is linked to cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and birth defects. It is likely most of us have it in our bodies.



Bangalow Road truck accident "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An truck accident near Nashua Road on Bangalow Road has stopped traffic in both directions.

The Transport Management Centre reports the accident occurred just after 7pm Saturday evening (July 14).

Between 7 and 8pm a number of emergency vehicles were heard travelling along Bangalow Road.

Motorists are being advised to use the Pacific Highway and Bruxner Highway as an alternative route.

The post Bangalow Road truck accident appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-450 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Wednesday 11 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-450 was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the South as "Trojan 05".

After a little while on the ground, the Herc was spotted above departing to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

Of interest, it appears that A97-450 no longer wears the attractive tail art it was spotted with at Rockhampton Airport last year as shown below.

File photo

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who captured the photo at the top of this post from her backyard as the Herc departed!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Scott Harris  


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Most of Victoria getting under construction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jumpin' jackhammers

Don't normally deal in hyberbole on this blog, but gee whizz this header isn't too far off the truth.

When the latest engineering construction figures were released last month they showed a huge ramp up in work yet to be done in Victoria, as a volley of transport and infrastructure projects underway saw the engineering pipeline explode nearly $10 billion higher, to sit at by far the highest ever figure. 

In a recent report on the end of the construction boom, I also noted that of the capital cities only Melbourne presently has the dynamics to sustain an elevated rate of apartment construction, supported by extraordinary population growth

An unprecedented surge in attached dwelling approvals October and November 2017 had become commencements by the first quarter of 2018, as the number of dwellings under construction continued to rise statewide.

Commercial building work in the pipeline is booming, too, doubling in only the past couple of years to more than $8 billion.

The net result is a wild and synchronised upswing in the total pipeline, with the best part of $38 billion of work yet to be done, also a near-doubling in only the past couple of years. 

Nationally construction activity may be set to fall, but clearly this won't happen any time soon in Victoria.

In fact, looking at this chart Melbourne may even experience the opposite problem, being a constraint on capacity!

Residential construction in particular is known to have a strong multiplier effect, so it's qu...


Mounting collage on canvas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We had a full house for Kerries great tutorial on mounting paper and fabric collages onto canvas (with thanks also to Sue Dove for allowing Kerrie to share this technique with our group). Some of Sues inspirational collages are shown below with the ones Kerrie created at her workshop.

Canvas x 4



Jackie Huggins AO: This NAIDOC Week, I want to acknowledge my sisters in jail. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite being 3% of the overall population, Aboriginal women make up 34% of the prison population. Dr Jackie Huggins AO, asks us to think of those women this NAIDOC week and why there is such a disparity.


Our New garden Chook Tractor! "IndyWatch Feed National"

A roll of plastic road works mesh & some star pickets. Easy to erect, move around & fits any size or shape garden bed.


MACKAY Mackay courthouse listings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hillsong founder Frank Houston teen victim Peter Fowler aged 15 abused at Lower Hutt Assemblies of God in New Zealand in 1972 "IndyWatch Feed National"


The founder of Hilsong Global Church Frank Houston a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile. Confessed in 1999.

The founder of Hilsong Global Church Frank Houston a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile while in Christian ministry. Confessed in 1999.


Peter Fowler, a teen sex abuse victim of the founder of Hillsong Frank Houston, wrote the following to Pastor Philip Powell of Christian Witness Ministries on 13th July 2003.

Christian Witness Ministries is a prophetic ministry which exposed the corruption of Brian and Frank Houston, the Australian Assembies of God and Hillsong, on 13th July 2003. Pastor Philip Powell passed away in 2015.

AOGNZ is short for Assemblies of God in New Zealand.

Peter Fowlers letter to Pastor Philip Powell:

Dear Philip

I am very pleased to be able to report that I have reached a settlement with AOGNZ and the Lower Hutt AOG. The terms of the settlement are confidential to the parties and the only public comment I can make is the following statement: Peter Fowler and the Assemblies of God in NZ and the Assembly of God Lower Hutt Church have confidentially in a Christian spirit resolved all differences between them relating to the alleged abuse of Peter Fowler by Fran...


Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims more.


Australia - Letter | Lawn and vegies will get a good dose of fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

I WANT to alert the people of Oberon that the policy of water fluoridation makes no sense.  
I received water usage information for the town in the 2017 calendar year from the general manager.  The town used 607 megalitres of water in 2017.  


Hillsong founder Frank Houston boy sex abuse victim SA1 testimony boy sex abuse at Assembly of God youth camp in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


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Boy victim SA1 details the sexual abuse of him at age 11 by the pedophile Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church:

The abuse by Frank occurred during one week I was at the Klemzig AOG camp. It would have been in the summer of 1973 or 1974.

I was about 11. I hadnt reached puberty yet

I remember Frank being around the shower block quite a lot, seemed to bump into him there.

One time I was going in and he was coming out and as I went in I saw another boy a few years older standing there with an erection. My mate, David Haig also noticed it because I remember talking about it after, as boys would.

The first time Frank touched me was in a shower. I was showering and he pushed aside the flimsy curtain and stepped in and fondled me.

The second time was in the dorm. My bed was close to the back end on the bottom. He came to the bunk, sat down and masturbated me and had me touch him over his clothes.


On 18 November 2012 boy victim SA1 comments on this my blog site:

On 18 November 2012 a boy victim that nobody had previously heard of wrote the following comment on this my blog site:

Sadly, there were more than six kids, Frank was a regular at youth and family camps in the early/mid 70s at Cudlee Creek, SA ( the church camp) That is where I had my expe...


Hillsong Founder Frank Houston boy sex abuse victim AHA statement to the Australian Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs child abuse victims number in the hundreds. Four hundred plus.


The following is the signed statement of boy victim AHA to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October 2014.

AHA is one of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsongs, sexual abuse boy victims.

AHAs statement is dated 30 September 2014, a month before the Australian Royal Commission examined Brian Houston, Hillsong Church and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC).

The ACC was formerly called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG).

Boy victim AHA read this statement to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 7 October 2014.



Chilean archbishops suspects in child abuse cases "IndyWatch Feed National"

This Deutsche Welle video says about itself:

Chilean police have arrested a prominent Catholic priest who is accused of raping seven children.

Chilean priest arrested over child abuse allegations | DW | 13.07.2018

Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo, who was once the chancellor of Santiagos archbishopric, was detained Thursday on charges that he sexually abused seven minors. Its the latest in a series of pedophilia cases in which priests allegedly carried out abuse, ignored it or helped cover it up.

The case: In January, Munoz admitted to abusing a minor. The 56-year-old was initially investigated by the Chilean church, which then referred the case to the Vatican. His arrest came after prosecutors seized church case files on the scandal in June. Munoz is accused of the abuse and statutory rape of seven children. Prosecutor Emiliano Arias said the abuse took place from 2002 on in Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua. Authorities are investigating whether Munoz had accomplices.

Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, who himself has been accused of covering up crimes, said the church would cooperate in everything that is required. Referring to Munoz, he added that he felt a great pain for him, for his family and for the victims.

Munoz was vice-chancellor before being promoted to chancellor in the Santiago archdiocese in 2011. He is one of several senior priests connecte...


Australian Bank Bans Use of Mortgage Funds for Crypto Speculation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian Bank Bans Use of Mortgaged Funds for Crypto Speculation

One of Australias oldest financial institutions, Bank of Queensland, has prohibited the use of home equity loans for virtual currency speculation. The move has been attributed to concerns pertaining to the growing regulatory oversight of the cryptocurrency sector in Australia.

Also Read: Tether Announces Appointment of New Chief Compliance Officer

Bank of Queensland Cracks Down on Customers Using Mortgage Funds to Trade Crypto

Bank of Queensland has banned its customers from using loans that are leveraged against home equity for the purposes of cryptocurrency speculation due to concerns pertaining to the increasing regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency activities in Australia.

Contracts issued by Bank of Queensland will now caution prospective borrowers any loan purpose that involves the acquisition of or usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The Australia...


Uniting Church Of Australia To Allow Same-Sex Marriages "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Same-sex couples will be allowed to wed in the Uniting Church of Australia after the denominations national body agreed to a policy change on same-sex marriage that will allow ministers the option of conducting them. The church will now have two equal views on marriage to show the diversity of Christian belief among its members ...

The post Uniting Church Of Australia To Allow Same-Sex Marriages appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Scarlett Johansson Drops Out Of Transgender Role After Backlash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of her role in upcoming drama film Rub & Tug after backlash over her playing a transgender character. The actor was set to play crime kingpin Dante Tex Gill, who was born Lois Jean Gill but identified as a man. Gill operated his massage parlors as fronts for prostitution in ...

The post Scarlett Johansson Drops Out Of Transgender Role After Backlash appeared first on QNews Magazine.


The Weekend Quiz July 14-15, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

The value of money inevitably declines if the money supply rises.

The answer is False.

While the statement is mostly false there are situations (rare) where it could be true. But as a blanket statement it is false.

The question requires you to understand: (a) the difference between bank reserves and the money supply; and (b) the Quantity Theory of Money.

The mainstream macroeconomics text book argument that increasing the money supply will cause inflation is based on the Quatity Theory of Money. First, expanding bank reserves will put more base money into the economy but not increase the aggregates that drive the alleged causality in the Quantity Theory of Money that is, the various estimates of the money supply.

Second, even if the money supply is increasing, the economy may still adjust to that via output and income increases up to full capacity. Over time, as investment expands the productive capacity of the economy, aggregate demand growth can support the utilisation of that increased capacity without there being inflation.

In this situation, an increasing money supply (which is really not a very useful aggregate at all) which signals expanding credit will not be inflationary.

So if nominal demand kept increasing beyond the capacity of the real economy to absorb it via increased production then the result will be inflation and the value of the dollar would start to decline.

The Quantity Theory of Money which in symbols is MV = PQ but means that the money stock times the turnover per period (V) is equal to the price level (P) times real output (Q). The mainstream assume that V is fixed (despite empirically it moving all over the place) and Q is always at full employment as a result of market adjustments.

In applying this theory the mainstream deny the existence of unemployment. The more reasonable mainstream economists admit that short-run deviations in the predictions of the Quantity Theory of Money can occur but in the long-run all the frictions causing unemployment will disappear and the theory will apply.

In general, the Monetarists (the most recent group to revive the Quantity Theory of Money)...


The Australian Governments frenzied plan for a nuclear sacrifice zone in Kimba or Hawker, South Australia- theme for July 18 "IndyWatch Feed"

Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced that on 20 August, there will be  a ballot to gauge community support for a nuclear waste dump near one of the small towns of Kimba and Hawker, about 450km north of Adelaide. The vote will be confined to the residents in the immediate local area.

The decision will be made in the second half of this year said Canavan We do not want this overlapping with a federal election.

Indeed they dont!  Heck! This nuclear garbage dump idea is a National matter. But Canavan, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, ANSTO, ARPANSA, and the rest of the nuclear lobby, are pitching it ONLY to the small farming communities of Kimba and Hawker, and resolutely keeping the rest of us in blissful ignorance.

Trekking Lucas Heights highly radioactive nuclear reactor wastes for 1700 km across Australia to become a temporary , i.e. stranded waste dump, is a dangerous idea. And unnecessary Lucas Heights has the necessary space, technology, and expertise.

Nuclear medicine itself,  short-lived hospital radioactive wastes, do not need this. Hypocritically, the government  tells the Kimba and Hawker people that its a medical necessity  theyll be Australias heroes. AT WHAT PRICE now and for future generations?

A Senate Inquiry will report on this on 14 August. Too late to make a difference.  Read many brilliant submissions to this Inquiry, posted o...


Australia urgently needs and independent assessment of options regarding its nuclear waste management "IndyWatch Feed"

Matt Canavans urgent new nuclear waste dump: The devil is in the detail,11675 9 July 2018, 

Rather than a hasty new nuclear waste dump, what is urgently needed is an independent and open assessment of the full range of options for managing Australias radioactive waste, writes Dave Sweeney.

IT IS A NATIONAL PROBLEM that has taken 60 years to make and will last 10,000 years, but according to Canberra, it will be sorted by Christmas.

Radioactive waste management has been a challenge for successive Federal governments, with communities across South Australia and the Northern Territory consistently rejecting plans for the dumping and storage of wastes in their region. Now the pressure is right back on regional South Australia, with a concerted Federal push to locate a site either near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula, or Hawker in the iconic Flinders Ranges.

The plan sounds straightforward: take radioactive waste from around Australia to a central site, where low-level material would be disposed of and higher-level wastes stored, pending a final management decision.



Mangroves and their deforestation may emit more methane than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mangroves, the dense tangled forests that buffer land from sea in many coastal areas of the tropics, are renowned for their ability to store carbon and help fight climate change. But new research finds mangroves may emit more carbon as methane than previously estimated emissions made even worse by deforestation. The ability of mangroves to sequester carbon in the ground termed blue carbon is unparalleled, with previous research finding a tract of mangrove can bury 40 times more carbon than a similarly sized area of rainforest. But what exactly happens to this carbon once its in the ground has been something of a mystery. So scientists at universities in Australia decided to find out by examining the soil carbon stored beneath mangroves in Queensland. Dr. Judith Rosentreter, a coauthor of the study, in a mangrove creek in North Queensland, Australia. Her research interest are in carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions from mangrove ecosystems. Photo by Jacob Yeo Their results, published in Science Advances, reveal that mangrove soil carbon doesnt remain stored in perpetuity. Some of it is transformed from carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane (CH4) by tiny microorganisims called archea, and is then released back into the atmosphere. Methane has a much bigger warming impact than carbon dioxide 34 to 86 times more powerful so even a bit of methane has the potential to offset mangrove CO2 storage. Ultimately, the team found that the methane released from mangrove soil carbon offsets blue carbon burial


Australian company Silex pulls out of U.S. laser uranium enrichment projects "IndyWatch Feed"

Silex pulls out of U.S. laser enrichment projects, JUNE 13, 2018

 Silex Systems Limited, an Australian company that own the Silex laser enrichment technology, announced that it will not be participating in the restructuring of the Global Laser Enrichment (GLE), a venture that was set up by General Electric and Hitachi to use the technology to build uranium enrichment facilities in the United States. Canadian company Cameco joined the project in 2008.

In 2012 GLE obtained a license to build an enrichment facility in Wilmington, NC. That project, however, was put on hold as the demand for enrichment services dropped after Fukushima. In 2014, GLE expressed interest in building a facility in Paducah, at the site of the gaseous diffusion plant closed down in 2013. The new plant was supposed to enrich tails of the old enrichment operation to produce natural-grade uranium. In November 2016 GLE secured an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to acquire the tails. In April 2016, however, GE-Hitachi announced its intent to leave GLE. Silex Systems considered acquiring the GE-Hitachi stake in the company (which is 76%), but now ti decided against it.

In addition, Silex said it intends to give notice to GLE of the termination of the SILEX technology license unless circumstances change dramatically in the short term. This most likely means that all plans to build a Silex-based commercial uranium enrichment facility in the United States are now terminated.


Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce On the Coffs Coast NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce. Serving businesses & the community in Urunga, Mylestom, Bellingen & Coffs Harbour region. Mid North Coast NSW, Au.

Source: Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce On the Coffs Coast NSW


Dorrigo Tourism Business and Community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dorrigo  Australias National Park Capital.The Dorrigo Plateau offers visitors a range of activities for all ages. RV Friendly Explore Dorrigo today!

Source: Dorrigo Tourism Business and Community


More spent nuclear fuel rods from Lucas Heights reactor to go to France, returned later "IndyWatch Feed"

France signs agreement with Australia on research reactor fuel reprocessing, JULY 9, 2018 Mycle Schneider

On 6 July 2018, the French Official Journal published a decree making formal a 23 November 2017 inter-governmental agreement for AREVA NC (now Orano) to reprocess at La Hague spent fuel from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) research reactor OPAL.

The reprocessing of OPAL spent fuel at the La Hague facility is foreseen to occur between January 2019 and 31 December 2034. The ownership of the extracted plutonium and uranium will be transferred to Orano. The plutonium is to be used in a civil reactor.

The reprocessing wastes are to be shipped back to Australia until 31 December 2035, unless the contract is extended for additional quantities of fuel. In that case, the very last date for waste return is 31 December 2040.

The quantity of spent fuel covered under the agreement and contract is up to 3.6 tons. Under a previous agreement, 0.236 tons of OPAL spent fuel have been reprocessed at La Hague by the end of 2014.

As of the end of 2017, of the...


Bellingen Community Markets Bellingen Community Markets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Bellingen Community Markets is one of Australias largest and most diverse regional markets. Our vibrant marketplace is home to a fantastic range of

Source: Bellingen Community Markets Bellingen Community Markets


Taxpayers pay up for Kimba and Hawker residents to be nuclear-educated at Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

$350k of flights to get nuclear reactions 
Taxpayers have coughed up nearly $350,000 to fly 225 Kimba and Hawker residents to Sydney to learn about nuclear waste, new figures reveal(subscribers only)

Nuclear waste debate soars to nearly $350,000 in tax-payer funded trips   the Australian (subscribers only)


Planned nuclear dump sites Access denied to Barngarla Native Title Representative Body. "IndyWatch Feed"

Everybody For A NUclear Free Future, 14 July 18, After claiming there was no aboriginal heritage issues at the proposed Kimba suppositories, DIIS denies entry to Barngarla Native Title Representative Body.

As part of that assessment team, which included some of the DAC board members here. Mr Brandon McNamara, whos a Barngarla elder, invited the department to come along to a board meeting on 3 March and that invitation was declined. There were also statements made to the assessment team that the engagement of Dr Gorring to carry out the assessment was premature, which we find quite surprising. If the department has already issued statements that theres no heritage and not provided information about what heritage assessments of its own it has made, to then make a comment that for Barngarla to carry out its own heritage assessments was premature is a bit surprising.



Queensland to Open Serco-run Private Womens Prison "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland corrective services minister Mark Ryan announced on 3 July that Borallon Correctional Centre will be expanded to accommodate 349 more male inmates. Once the new cells are ready, the men will be transferred from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. This will allow for that facility to be turned into a womens prison. The minister

The post Queensland to Open Serco-run Private Womens Prison appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Little Animal With Sweet Tooth Gets Head Stuck In Nutella Jar "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sometimes, having a sweet tooth can get you into trouble.

That was the problem for one little possum in Loganholme, Australia, last week when he stumbled upon an open jar of Nutella that someone had thrown away.

Hoping to get a taste of what was left in the jar, he stuck his head inside and then couldnt get it back out.

Credit: RSPCA Queensland

A man walking his dog saw the struggling critter, and knew right away he needed help. Brushtail possums typically eat sweet eucalyptus, flowers and fruits so it was no surprise he wanted to snack on the sweet hazelnut spread.

The man called the local RSPCA and wildlife officer Chantel Sibilla was on the scene to help the troubled animal within minutes.

I wanted to call him Nutty the moment I saw him there, she told The Jimboomba Times. You know you have a problem when you end up in a situation like that.

Credit: RSPCA Queensland

Sibilla put some grease around the neck of the jar and gently twisted it off from around the possums head. Theres no way of knowing how long the little guy had been stuck but if it had been much longer, he likely wouldnt have made it.

The most amazing thing was the way he tried to help me out, grabbing the jar with his little paws so he helped me lever it off, Sibilla said. Possums can scream and carry on, but not this little guy. He seemed perfectly happy where he was.

Sibilla wrapped the possum in a towel and brought him to the animal hospital for a checkup. They had to make sure he wasnt injured or dehydrated from his sticky run-in before releasing him back to the wild.


This Robot Could Soon Be Your Boss "IndyWatch Feed"

Despite vast changes in automation over several centuries, theres little evidence that technology harms human labour.

The long-feared vision of robots lording over jobless masses has always struck us as unlikely.

After all, there are billions more people today than there were during the Industrial Revolution. And yet, somehow, weve managed to find jobs for most of them.

In truth, automation does displace jobs.

But most jobs taken off the market through automation are replaced by others, sometimes in entirely new industries.

Of course, a handful of people will be caught out by a shortage of skills necessary for these emerging new roles. But thats always been the lay of the land. Society doesnt stand still to make sure everyone keeps up.

So dont hold your breath for a robot invasion. Its not coming anytime soon.

If, and when, a robot does take your job, provided youre not retired already, youll likely be doing a job that doesnt yet exist.

Still, despite our indifference towards the impact of automation, were not comfortable with every aspect of it.

In particular, we admit to feeling a little uneasy by whats happening at computing manufacturer IBM.

And if you think robots are a threat to your job security, youll want to sit down for this one.

Its one thing to fear a robot taking your job. Its another matter altogether to have your performance evaluated by one.

Yet thats exactly what IBM has implemented in its workplace.

IBM uses a technology called Watson Analytics. That name may ring a bell. You may recall Watson famously competing on the US game show Jeopardy! in 2011, beating out two former champions.

Watson Analytics is the continuation of IBMs research into AI.

Best of all, its wasting no time working its way up the corporate ladder.

Meet your new performance evaluation adviser

To see how, imagine youre sat across from your manager at an annual review.

Just a single sheet of paper separates you.

That piece of paper is the sum of everything youve done in the past year. It shows how youve matched up against expectations, and whether youve gained any new skills in that time.

There are no grading scales to circle. Just Watsons data.

Using this data, your manager decides whether youve earned the right to a bonus, pay rise or even promotion.

Of course, Watson does have its limitations. It can only measure performance by using data from IBMs internal training...


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Weve collected a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests The Forest Code in Brazil could help both agriculture and the environment, if all of its provisions are carried out (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/EurekAlert). In just four years, between 2012 and 2016, Australia lost 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of forest in the Great Barrier Reef watershed (The Guardian). A Chinese agency allows the trade in the bones of leopards, a species protected under CITES (Conservation Action Trust). Grazing livestock in forests could help boost sustainable agriculture (CIFOR Forests News). Protected forests in India that are farther from roads had 88 percent less deforestation, new research has found (The Hindu). Other news Scientists in Switzerland are combining drone surveys with image analysis to track wildlife in Africa (Swiss National Science Foundation/EurekAlert). A new analysis shows that the chances of contracting Lyme disease are higher in fragmented forests of the eastern U.S. (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies/EurekAlert). Trumps Supreme Court nominee has acknowledged the role of humans in climate change (The Atlantic). What would the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court mean for environmental laws? (The New York Times). Ammonia could be a renewable source of energy (Science Magazine). Several species of whales may have disappeared from the Mediterranean due to hunting by ancient Romans (New Scientist). After centuries of brewing beer, Belgium is becoming a more hospitable place for wine production, thanks to climate change (Reuters). Scientists ask

Scientists urge Indonesian president to nix dam in orangutan habitat "IndyWatch Feed"

JAKARTA Twenty-five of the worlds top environmental scientists have lambasted plans to construct a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, because it would threaten the rarest species of great ape on Earth. The scientists, members of the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT), outlined their concerns in a letter addressed to President Joko Jokowi Widodo, which was hand-delivered to the office of the presidents chief of staff, or KSP, on July 10. The scientists said the $1.6 billion hydropower project threatened the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). The species was only described last year, but is already teetering on the brink of extinction, as its habitat in the Batang Toru ecosystem continues to be fragmented by infrastructure projects. Over the course of three generations, the population of Tapanuli orangutans has plummeted by 83 percent, leaving fewer than 800 individuals surviving in a tiny tract of forest less than one-fifth the size of the metropolitan area that comprises Indonesias capital, Jakarta. The Batang Toru hydropower project could be the death knell for the Tapanuli orangutan, according to William F. Laurance, a tropical ecologist at Australias James Cook University, who led a major study of the species and described it as the rarest and most gravely endangered great ape on Earth. I cannot imagine anywhere else in the world where a project like this would even be seriously entertained, he told Mongabay by email. The Batang Toru project will slice


This Viral 'Shark Attack' Photo Isn't What It Seems "IndyWatch Feed"

Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie was in the Bahamas with her boyfriend when she got into the water with a group of nurse sharks while they were feeding. She wanted to connect with nature, she told SBS News. Then Zarutskie floated on her back amongst the sharks, posing for a photo to share on her Instagram page and something unexpected happened.

I leaned back, and then that shark he came and he bit down on my arm and pulled me under," she told BuzzFeed News. "I am lucky to have my hand.

Credit: Instagram/Katarina Zarutskie

After the incident, Zarutskie released photos of the alleged attack, including a photo of her splashing in the water and an image of her injured arm and she told her story to multiple news outlets.

"At that point your body has so much adrenaline going and you just have to get out of the situation, but I stayed extremely calm," she told BBC News. "I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation."

Yet shark experts warn not to believe the hype surrounding the viral shark attack photo. Despite the slight injury, they say, Zarutskie was never in any real danger. Nurse sharks are very gentle animals who feed on molluscs, stingrays and small fish and theyve never fatally injured a person.

Credit: Instagram/Katarina Zarutskie

The nurse shark is likely to have pulled the woman underwater in taking an exploratory bite out of curiosity, but because they have sharp teeth this resul...


Are Bugs, Microwaves and Slaughterbots the New Cold War? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Screengrab from Slaughterbot film

by Dee McLachlan

They say it was President Harry S Trumans decision to drop Little Boy, the atomic bomb that obliterated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 exploding with an energy of about 15 kilotons of TNT. The goal of the two atomic bombs were to end the war, and as the President said, It is an awful responsibility that has come to us.

In 1950, Truman went on to support the development of the hydrogen bomb, a w...


Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel "IndyWatch Feed"

Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel

The diminishing band of nuclear power fans had some rare good news recently. Two of the leading designs for new nuclear power plants the AP1000, designed by US company Westinghouse, and the EPR, developed by Areva in France achieved criticality (that is, the state where nuclear fuel sustains a fission chain reaction) in June. Both the plants are in China, at Sanmen and Taishan respectively.

But good news for nuclear power is never unmixed, and thats certainly the case here. The construction process was as overtime and over-budget as usual, though not as badly as in the West, where construction of similar plants is running as much as a decade behind schedule. In the course of this protracted process, both Westinghouse and Areva have gone bankrupt.

These plants will require a fair bit of operating experience before it can be said whether they actually function as designed. Since the design took place in the 1980s and 1990s, the latest nuclear power plants have the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously untried and obsolescent.

In the decades since the design process of Generation III and Generation III+ nuclear plants began, the technology of renewable energy generation has changed radically. The cost of solar photovoltaic cells has fallen from $30 per watt in the early 1980s to 30 cents a watt today, a factor of 100. The cost of wind power has declined by only a factor of 10 over the same period, but the outcome is costs far lower than that of new nuclear.

Outside China there are now only two AP1000 reactors under construction, both at Vogtle in the US state of Georgia. Another two-reactor plant in South Carolina was abandoned after the expenditure of billions of dollars. There are also two EPR reactors under construction, at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland, both far behind schedule. Finally, theres a new plant proposed for Hinkley Point in the UK, which seems unlikely ever to happen, despite an absurdly favorable deal from the UK government.

India has held out the prospect of a...


Put the Nats last or lose your rights to protest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW government recently gazetted a new regulation under the Crown Lands Management Act that removes the right to peaceful assembly, gathering or protest on public land anywhere in NSW. This is a wholesale attack on the tradition of democracy that can only be described as totalitarian. Under the new law any assembly [...]


Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland.

The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika.

In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast.


New Matilda Editor Chris Graham To Report From Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla "IndyWatch Feed"

The following is a media statement from Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia is excited to announce that Chris Graham, the publisher and editor of New Matilda and Walkley Award winning journalist, will be on board the Freedom Flotilla Coalition boat Al Awda (The Return) later this month as she challenges the devastating and inhumane Israeli government blockade of Gaza.

This latest Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) campaign to raise awareness of the impacts of Israels illegal blockade on the civilian population of the Gaza Strip is called Right to a Just Future for Palestine. It will not only focus on the right to freedom of movement, as all previous flotillas have done, but it will also focus on the right of return that has been denied to dispossessed Palestinian refugees for 70 years.

Chris said: The job of independent media like New Matilda, is to print truths that some would rather not see exposed. Its also to give voice to the voiceless, and there arent many groups on earth with less of a voice than Palestinians. So, Im looking forward to being part of that process.

New Matilda editor Chris Graham, pictured in Hebron in the West Bank in December 2016.

Im obviously anxious about the response of the Israeli Government to the flotilla they killed 10 members of a Flotilla in 2010 during a raid on the Mavi Marmara. But Im also mindful that the Israeli Governments campaign of misinformation and intimidation of journalists and media organisations has been effective in reducing scrutiny of its actions.

Al Awda and her sister ships Freedom, Falestine and Mairead, are currently undertaking a tour of European ports to build support for the campaign and show Palestinian people and communities that while governments and international institutions may have failed them over the last 70 years, there is growing civil society support for their fundamental human rights.

John Pilger said: The freedom flotillas have achieved extraordinary results in informing the world of the inhumanity and cruelty of the Israelis medieval siege of Gaza. He has officially endorsed Right to a Just Future for Palestine, stating I specially appreciate the words, Just Future justice is the basic human right missing from the media reporting of...


Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) : strong Aboriginal resistance to nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed"

They [Government] are not telling the truth about the consultations, we know damn well they havent got broad community support. Theyre not even talking about the broader community, theyre just talking about the few people in town who support it. There are lots more people out bush who dont want the dump, it wont just affect one area, its the whole of South Australia they need to talk to. 

In areas struggling for funding for basic access to and upgrades of facilities, it is highly likely some community members will be swayed by income they would not otherwise receive.

The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) (Submission No 71)  welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the inquiry into the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia.

 ANFA does not support the establishment of a national radioactive waste management facility and urges the government to look at all waste production and management options before imposing a facility on any community. 
The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) formed in 1997, bringing together Aboriginal people from across Australia with environmental non-government organisations and public health groups. The Alliance provides a platform for Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people around the country to raise their concerns with the nuclear industry. Many people involved are actively contesting the development of high-impact projects on their homelands; from uranium mines to radioactive waste dumps and fracking proposals. Since ANFAs inception the scope of issues and the number of affected communities has gr...


Green Finance Is Flowing, From Paris To The Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

Private and public investment in a safe climate future is growing, despite the best and worst efforts of some of the worlds leading polluters, writes Richie Merzian.

On a reclaimed swamp fringing the outskirts of the industrial city of Incheon in the Republic of Korea youll find the G-Tower, home of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). While this purpose-built town is an odd choice for the headquarters of the worlds largest climate fund it is typical of the UN decision-making that defines how the GCF works.

The GCF Board has 24 members split evenly between developed countries (mainly OECD members) and developing countries (mainly non-OECD members) and every decision, from approving the Secretariats pay-scale to billion dollar investments to the location of fund headquarters, has to be by consensus. Climate finance is all about balance and fairness, allowing industrialised countries that have benefited from high greenhouse gas economies to help finance efforts by poorer countries to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change.

Last week, the GCF Board held its 20th meeting and took two days to agree an agenda, failed to consider funding proposals and received the resignation of the Executive Director of the GCF Secretariat. Without background, it sounds like the GCF is in free-fall and Australia should question its AU$200 million investment, especially after American President Donald Trump announced the US would not honour its remaining US$2 billion GCF pledge.

In truth, the GCF has been a major asset for Australia and the international community, by supporting climate action in vulnerable island countries and levering corporate finance for climate change. Australia has been highly influential in the fund, co-chairing the GCF Board for three of the last six years, including overseeing a period of rapid growth in 2016 and 2017. In that two-year window, the GCF Board agreed by consensus to invest in 46 projects totalling US$2.5 billion. Just in our region, eight Pacific island countries succeeded in attracting over US$300 million in GCF investments in renewable energy and climate resilience more than the entire Australian contribution to the GCF.

But its through the GCFs Private Sector Facility that the greatest impact can be made. For example, the GCFs US$250 million investment in the European Investment Banks Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund will mobilise US$30 billion in renewable energy and energy efficiency in emerging markets. Thats a leverage ratio of 120. One of the largest private investors in the project is an Australian superannuation fund.

The Paris Agreement is built on the understanding that climate finance must come from all funding sources. The goal of raising US$100 billion per annum by 2020, agreed at the Copenhagen conference, should come from both gov...


PERTH Gosnells man charged over theft of marked police car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Gosnells man charged over theft of marked police car .

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offences, including stealing a motor vehicle, aggravated home burglary and breach of bail. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .


PERTH Man charged over theft of police car in Cloverdale "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged over theft of police car in Cloverdale .

July 13, 2018 at 03:15PM .

harm, failing to report an incident in which property was damaged and breach of bail. He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. .



Weekend Australian: My way "IndyWatch Feed"

Profile piece today in the Weekend Australian here (paywall).


1) Papuans ask police to withdraw from Nduga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) EMERGENCY SITUATION in West Papua. Indonesian military attacks West Papuan village.

3) Police, TNI Pursue of Armed Men in Papua

4) Hostilities continue in Nduga, Papua
5) Papuan leaders protest Indonesian attack on village
6) A guide to understanding the Freeport divestment deal
7) Freeport remains tight-lipped on fate of furlough workers



History in homebrew "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This week I bottled my first batch of homebrewed beer

It was just the lager that came with the brewing kit but I couldn't help but tinker with the recipe and infused the water with mugwort and yarrow before adding the other ingredients.

As it fermented I remembered assisting my father brew his beer and then reflected on a passage in The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz where he discussed how brewers in previous millenia would call on the spirits to make alcohol.

We now know these spirits are yeasts and other bacterias but I like the idea that brewing beer links me to a tradition going back thousands of years.

The image shown comes from a Sumerian tablet showing people drinking beer with straws to remove the chunks that formed during brewing.

Katz' book also discusses how early European brews had a greater variety than our bottleshops today.

Local alcoholic drinks came to be known as gruits and their flavourings contained a combination of moderately narcotic herbs.

During the 11th Century the Holy Roman Empire awarded monopoly brewing rights as a way of collecting taxes and social control.
"Regulating beers and what could go into them across a vast territory effectively transferred power from the women who gathered herbs and brewed beer with it to the emergent institutions of empire."

Hops started to be used as a flavouring and preservative, particularly among German brewers who were outside of the control of the Empire but began mass production and transport to capitalise on the opportunities.

By the 1400s the beers brewed with hops were competing with gruits and the term beer became associated with barley-based drinks to which hops had been added.

Katz quotes Stephen Harrod Buhner as interpreting the rise of hops as part of competition between faiths.
"One of the arguments of the Protestants against the Catholic clergy (and indeed, against Catholicism) was their self-indulgence in food, drink, and lavish lifestyle... This behaviour was felt to be very un-Christlike indeed."

Buhner identifies that the aphrodisiac and psychotropic herbs used in gruits were discouraged, including yarrow, sweet gale and marsh rosemary.

Hops beer had al...


Madagascars native fauna defenseless against toxic invasive toads "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Madagascar is facing an invasion. Not military, but amphibian. Toxic Asian common toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) have spread rapidly around the port city of Toamasina on the countrys east coast. The invasion has raised concerns that the amphibians could take a severe toll on Madagascars wildlife species, approximately 70 percent of which are endemic to the island. A paper published last month vindicates those concerns: through a genetic analysis of 77 Malagasy species, scientists found that just one demonstrated clear resistance to toad toxins. Our findings stress the importance of the timely investment of resources to monitor and control the spread of this alien species in order to prevent a worsening biodiversity crisis in Madagascar, the scientists write in the journal Current Biology. Asian common toads secrete a milky fluid from special glands behind their eyes when threatened. The fluid contains toxins known as cardiac glycosides, which can kill predators, including humans. Toxin-secreting parotid glands are visible as a large sac behind each eye. Image courtesy of If sufficient cardiac glycosides are present, then the affected individual can suffer from an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiac arrest, and death, study co-author Nicholas Casewell, an expert in snake venom with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the U.K., told Mongabay via email. The situation has drawn fearful comparisons to a devastating invasion of toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina) in Queensland, Australia. The species was introduced from South America in 1935 to control agricultural pests. No one foresaw

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, IOTA, and EOS "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are many angles to view the market despite this relentless sell pressure. First, news of regulations is obviously positive and could open the door for institutional investors to channels their trillions. Secondly, there is widespread cryptocurrency adoption and that []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, IOTA, and EOS appeared first on The Global Mail.


MACKAY Mackay man pleads guilty to more than a dozen crimes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A NORTH Mackay man has pleaded guilty to a slew of charges in Mackay Magistrates Court. Benjamin Beith, 30, began to plead guilty to a slew of

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A review of gold nanoparticles in cancer therapy. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Curr Pharm Des. 2015 ;21(29):4240-51. PMID: 26323426 Abstract Title:  Gold Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapy: Efficacy, Biodistribution, and Toxicity. Abstract:  Gold-based nanoparticles are utilized for cancer therapeutics as a system for drug delivery, or as a mediator for thermal therapy, whether ablation or hyperthermia. This review discusses how the design of the physicochemical properties of the different types of gold-based nanoparticles affects their treatment efficacy. The basic principles and mechanism at which it mediates heating and delivers drugs efficiently in vivo is also summarized. We will also review the in vivo preclinical data on the biodistribution, intratumoral distribution, cell internalization, and its associated toxicity. Lastly, an updated list of the clinical trials based on nanoparticles and future perspectives are provided.

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antifa notes (july 14, 2018) : Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux Down Under +++ "IndyWatch Feed National"

LOCAL After a minor roadbump (seemingly generated by their applying for the wrogn category of visa), Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern were this week issued working visas in order to conduct their speaking tour of Australia. See : Its OK Continue reading


Bank of Queensland Bans Crypto Purchases Using Home Equity Loans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian retail lender Bank of Queensland is updating its borrowers loan contracts to keep them from purchasing cryptocurrency using mortgage funds. Brisbane-based Bank of Queensland, a retail bank listed on Australias primary stock exchange is discouraging its borrowers from using real-estate mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency after deeming it a high-risk investment, according to the Australian

The post Bank of Queensland Bans Crypto Purchases Using Home Equity Loans appeared first on CCN


Our Oceans Are Under Attack, Accumulating Plastic Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spawning coral wrapped in waste plastics

Plastic waste threatens coral reefs

From an Article by Katherine Bourzac, Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 96 Issue 5 | p. 7 | News of The Week, January 29, 2018

A photograph of a spawning coral with a piece of plastic wrapped around it.

Coral reefs around the world face an existential threat from overfishing, climate change, nutrient runoff, and ocean acidification. Now researchers have added another hazard to the list: plastic waste. In a survey of reefs in the Asia-Pacific region, marine biologists found that contact with plastic garbage increased corals risk of disease from 4 to 89% (Science 2018, DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3320).

Researchers and environmentalists have been sounding the alarm about the 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic that lands in the oceans every year. Still, says Douglas Rader, chief oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and one of the studys coleaders, the strong connection between coral disease and plastic was extremely surprising. This is striking, particularly in the context of all the other risks to reefs, he says.

The plastics study, an international effort involving researchers from Cornell University and collaborators in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Australia, studied 159 reefs in Myanmar, Australia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Researchers looked for signs of disease, including bands of necrotic tissue on the corals. They also noted whether the corals were in contact with pieces of plastic 50 mm in diameter or larger. Courtney Couch, a coral disease ecologist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology who surveyed reefs in Indonesia, says she saw many corals wrapped in plastic fishing lines and plastic bags.

This study is the first to show that plastic waste is associated with risk of disease in a marine organism. Although the researchers didnt establish a mechanism to explain the correlation, Couch notes that plastic ocean trash can carry pathogens. Plastic also can wrap around coral, which causes stress and in turn leaves the organism vulnerable to infection.

Marine chemist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who says he reads studies about plastic in the ocean with a skeptical eye, is convinced. It i...


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The LNP state conference was just 3 old real estate agents short of banning sex because it might lead to dancing.  [Possum Comitatus, commenting on conservative politics in Queensland, Twitter,  8 July 2018]

Trump is not an unusual American president with contrarian ideas. He is an off-the-charts repudiation of everything the United States has stood for since 1945: representative government, liberty, the rule of law, free trade, a rules-based international order, open societies, pluralism and human rights.  [Journalist Roger Cohan, writing in The New York Times, 9 July 2018]

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Winter Morning Light Master Blog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whats not to like about living in Paradise on a fine winters morning on Hungry Head Beach. Using the Fujifilm xpro2 & Fujinon 50mm WR lens.

Source: Winter Morning Light Master Blog


Gargoyle: Innovative solution for preventing insider attacks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A group of researchers from UNSW Sydney, Macquarie University, and Purdue University has released a paper on a new and very promising network-based solution for preventing insider attacks. Dubbed Gargoyle, the solution: Evaluates the trustworthiness of an access request context through a set of Network Context Attributes (NCAs) that are extracted from the network traffic Leverages the capabilities of Software-Defined Network (SDN) for both policy enforcement and implementation Takes advantage of the network controller for More

The post Gargoyle: Innovative solution for preventing insider attacks appeared first on Help Net Security.


Plastic bag 'ban' by Coles and Woolies is collusion? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Let's put aside the distractions of; 'better for the environment'.

Let's put aside that now you must officially purchase plastic bags.

Let's put aside that MANY people used these bags for their domestic bins, where now they must purchase 'bin' bags, another WIN for the supermarket duopoly.
(Garbage bag sales were too slow ???)

Let's put aside the distractions that other states in Australia or other countries have done away with these pesky plastic bags.

We can focus on the financial cost savings to both Coles and Woolworths (in Victoria, Australia) for not providing the bags to customers, which in any event the price was incorporated in the products,

where the real focus could be on a lesser known consumer law called collusion.

It (the action of 'collusion') is against Australian consumer law.

SSssssshhhh DON'T tell the ACCC - they're VERY busy.


Advancing responsible radioactive waste management in Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF Briefing note: March 2018


Radioactive waste management in Australia has been a contested, divisive and ultimately non-productive area of public policy for decades. The timing and circumstances are now conducive for adopting a revised approach that is more likely to advance responsible national radioactive waste management and agreed and lasting outcomes.

This approach to responsible radioactive waste management in Australia is founded on not imposing any federal facility on an unwilling community, acting in a manner consistent with both existing state and territory laws and leading international industry practise and ensuring high standards of extended federal interim storage at the two secured sites where the majority of the waste is sited pending an inclusive and robust examination of the range of long term future management options.

Scale and current context:

Australia holds around 4250 cubic metres of low level radioactive waste and 655 cubic metres of longlived intermediate level waste. Around 95% of this material is currently stored at two secured Federal sites. Nearly all of Australias intermediate level waste is held where it was created at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisations (ANSTO) Lucas Heights nuclear reactor facility in southern Sydney. This material is Australias highest level radioactive waste and is the most significant management challenge. Most of the low-level waste is at the Defence Departments Woomera site in South Australia.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Project:

The current preferred federal plan involves the emplacement and covering of containerised low-level radioactive wastes and...


Australian Conservation Foundation: need for nuclear waste dump in Flinders Ranges not proven, alternative options not explored. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The siting of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, is an issue of huge national importance. So is it fair that our small community is being asked to make such a serious decision based on limited and, we believe, misleading information?

The Australian Conservation Foundation Submission [no 70] to the Senate Economics References Committee on the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, Dave Sweeney | Nuclear Free Campaigner |

The Australian Conservation Foundation is Australias national environment organisation. We stand up, speak out and act for a world where reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife thrive...


Areas in Australia recording coldest temps in more than a decade "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australians have been shivering across the country this winter, but a cold air mass combined with clear skies and light winds caused the mercury to really plummet last night. A slow-moving high pressure system will continue to cause notably cold mornings across much of central, southern and eastern Australia during the next three days, leading to widespread frost and fog each morning until Sunday. Some southern parts of the Northern Territory and a few places in southwest Queensland had their coldest morning in three to seven years. After a night of steady cooling, the temperature in Queensland town of Thargomindah dropped to a low of 0.2 degrees just before 7am today - the site's coldest morning since 2012.


Local Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Completes Flights out and back to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was a busy day at Mackay Airport on Tuesday 10 July for locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ with it noted completing two flights to Brisbane and one back into the sugar city.

File photo

UPDATE!  N142GZ reversed its Tuesday flights on Thursday 12 July completing two flights from Brisbane into Mackay Airport and one back to Brisbane.  I suspect that N142GZ might have ferried people to and from Brisbane to watch the third State of Origin rugby league game.

As mentioned below, late on Tuesday 10 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It returned to Brisbane a little while later.

UPDATE!  On Friday 13 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" made an early arrival into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of movements into Mackay Airport, Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-TTX was back on Tuesday 10 July arriving direct from its Toowoomba base and departing to Bowen and Gladstone Airports before returning to Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  VH-TTX did the same on Wednesday 11 July.

Also on Tuesday 10 July, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH arrived in Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base via Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It is due to depart to Emerald Airport and stay for the night.  VH-WPH is then due to continue to Roma Airport on Wednesday 11 July.

While Brisbane-based Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche VH-ZOO departed Mackay Airport for Archerfield.  It had arrived on Sunday 8 July.

Finally, a pair of interesting helicopters visiting Mackay Airport also on Tuesday 10 July included Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESD which was noted visiting from its Townsville base as "Rescue 521".

While Parklea (Air Services) (of Victoria) Agusta AW109SP helicopter VH-CZT was noted depart...


Labor prefers southern votes to croc protection for Far Northerners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KAP State Member for Hill Shane Knuth has again called for the State Government to get real on crocodile management following the release of the 2017 Queensland Crocodile Management Update.

 Todays announcement reaffirms there is a croc issue in North Queensland, Mr Knuth said.

KAP Member for Hill, Shane Knuth warns croc sightings have doubled in two years


The Government is reluctant to make the tough decisions because keeping southern votes is more important to them than protecting the life and livelihood of North Queenslanders.

 The Governments update showed a spike in the number of crocodile sightings, jumping to 684 in 2017 compared to 378 in 2016 and just 176 in 2010.

 This is triple the sightings reported from seven years ago and an 80% increase in sightings from 2016, he said.

 Those are extraordinary numbers and any sane person would argue it represents a large increase in crocodile numbers. Most people I speak to in the region tell me they don...


Flowerdale phascogale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Brush-tailed Phascogale is a little-known native carnivorous marsupial that captured the imagination of many in the local community when remote cameras set up during the Focus on Fauna survey project in 2011/12 revealed its presence at several locations in the Flowerdale Strath Creek area. That indicated that this threatened species was most likely []

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6th Stop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From Atherton Tablelands, it took us 2 days to reach out next destination. Leaving Yungaburra, we drove along Curtain Fig Tree Road and got onto the Atherton Malanda Road which would take us down off the High Country and back Continue reading


Slowly Slowly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Slowly Slowly

On Smile Lines frontman Ben Stewart says: We wrote the heavier sections as a band and had a lot of fun jumping around injecting it with energy. I sat with the quiet elements at home, trying to impart a conflicted narrative, which I felt would be an important backdrop to the more aggressive moments we had in the rehearsal room. The juxtaposition felt right and thats where Michael Roberts and I dreamed up the character of Garrod, the Jekyll and Hyde supermarket employee, harshly torn between his watered-down self and a complex rawness only present behind closed doors. Take what you want from the storyline, but for me the song centres around becoming entangled in your own web the more you thrash around the worse it gets. Thomas Watson (Garrod) was incredible to work with and took us back and forth from stunned silence to roaring laughter over and over again in a very cold house one night in Brunswick.

Riding high from the release of their new album St. Leonards in May and backed up by an almost completely sold out Australian headline tour months in advance  Slowly Slowly are proving exactly why they were earmarked to be one of 2018s breakout bands. Praised for its eloquent storytelling and capturing a portrait of the glory years of life in vivid colour, triple j Music Director Nick Findlay said, Slowly Slowly from Melbourne are harking back to almost like that Kisschasy era of emo pop punk at a time where its just perfect. Rock Sound Magazine echoed the sentiment, stating, St. Leonards sees Slowly Slowly pushing themselves to new heights to ensure no one underestimates them while Kerrang! Magazine say Ben Stewarts raw emotion steals the show. But Stack Magazine truly summed it up best with Slowly Slowly are making gold on their sophomore effort.

Before Slowly Slowly set off on the Smile Lines tour, the band will head up to Brisbane for a bunch of showcases at Bigsound 2018, set to prove exactly why theyve been labelled one of Australia...

Friday, 08 June


Silica "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

View of the Maules Creek coal mine molehill seen from a distance. All that silica.

And according to last nights 7.30 Report, (Coal miners death after silicosis diagnosis a warning on dangerous dust levels) silica dust is 20 times more toxic than coal dust. This can be due to the size and shape of the particles.

Its one of the oldest industrial diseases in the world and is present where crystalline mineral dust is created when materials such as quartz, sand, stone, soil, granite, brick, cement, grout, mortar are blasted, cut or excavated.

There is a handy piece in The Conversation Explainer: what is silicosis and why is this old lung disease making a comeback?

Its not just miners who get affected by silica and victims who are diagnosed with silicosis can lose an average 11.6 years of life.


Global Corporation Backs Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Bob Brown Foundation has just partnered with sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, to save one of Australias most culturally and environmentally significant wild places - takayna / Tarkine - with a goal to have this region in North West Tasmania protected as a World Heritage listed National Park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.

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