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Thursday, 21 September

22:30

This 1-Acre Permaculture Farm in Australia Can Feed 50 Families "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

By Amanda Froelich

By 2050, the worlds human population is expected to reach 9.7 billion. Considering 795 million people still go to bed hungry each evening, this is concerning. Fortunately, sustainable solutions exist, and they include vertical gardening and permaculture farming  among others. The latter has been employed on a one-acre farm in Australia and reportedly works so well, enough produce is grown to feed 50 families.

The Limestone Permaculture Farm may be minute in size, but it produces enough produce to feed dozens of families. Started when wife Nici developed an illness, the farm now educates the local community about permaculture and even offers internships.

TreeHugger reports that the Coopers have been farming for close to a decade. At Limestone Permaculture Farm, they grow organic produce, raise sheep goats and chickens, keep bees, and even build with recycled materials. Much of the farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun.

The premise of permaculture is to mimic the social design principles observed in natural ecosystems. Opposite of large-scale mono-cropping (growing one crop at a time), permaculture farming creates symbiosis so a variety of plants may thrive. Some of the permaculture principles implemented by the Coopers include swales, a chicken tractor and even self-seeding edible ground cover.

Credit: Limestone Permaculture Farm

Reportedly, husband Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald,

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22:30

Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is

22:07

Recent Polling On The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The national ABS postal "survey" on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage in Australia is now in its second week.  A number of pieces of polling have been published or alluded to since my last general polling update, but what do they really tell us about the outcome and how reliable are they?  At this stage there is still much that we do not know.  It is too early to be certain Yes has it in the bag, but the widespread narrative that support for Yes is crashing rapidly and that this is another Trump or Brexit coming is so far not that well supported by the evidence.

Public Polling: Ipsos

Firstly, the public polling.  Last week saw an Ipsos poll which buoyed some worried Yes supporters with a 70-26 Yes response, one of the highest Yes votes ever recorded in a poll in Australia.  Indeed, as far as I'm aware, this score has only been exceeded in a few commissioned polls and one Morgan-SMS (a suspect polling method) which did not use an undecided option.  The Ipsos also found a 70% Yes response among the 65% of voters who rated themselves as certain to vote, and found a gender gap with 72% of women and 59% of men saying they were certain to vote.

However, I am treating these Ipsos figures with a lot of caution.  Firstly we know that Ipsos greatly overestimates the Green vote compared to other pollsters and compared to election results, and Green voters very strongly support same-sex marriage.  Although that's probably only worth a point or two on the headline figure for same-sex marriage, it could be a concern if whatever causes Ipsos to over-poll the Green vote also might cause them to over-poll the left end of the Liberal base.  Some evidence for the latter concern might be suspected in the perpetually strong results for Malcolm Turnbull in Ipsos compared to other polls.

The second issue is whether Ipsos, as the only national pollster still using exclusively live-interview phone polling, is affected by "social desirability bias".  When talking to another person on the phone, voters may be more reluctant to say they oppose same-sex marriage, since they may be concerned about offending the interviewer.  When clicking boxes on a computer survey, or pressing numbers on a robo-poll, these issues don't arise.  Some overseas studies (mainly American) have found live phone polling more prone to desirability bias than other polling methods, while some haven't, and some have even challenged whether it's a thing in polls at all, but I don't recommend assuming that it isn't.  A spectacular difference that may have been down to this was that between the phone polls and the online polls in the Brexit vote.  The phone polls had large leads for Yes until ve...

22:01

Kid Wrangling 101 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hey there neighbours. I've just launched a new online resource for parents. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

When you look for resources on parenting, youll find plenty of advice on caring for your kids.

Sometimes, you might find some support for your emotional health as a parent.

But rarely, if ever, does anyone talk about the practical basics of physically handling your kids and the daily demands of parenting.

Im Michael Cann, a Feldenkrais Practitioner and movement teacher. Im also a proud father of two beautiful kids.

At Kid Wrangling 101, I combine my love of parenting with years of experience helping people overcome long-term pain problems by moving better.

All too often I work with people who started getting pain during pregnancy or in the early years of parenting. Decades later, they come to me wondering why their problems have gotten worse rather than better.

I dont want that to be you, so I created Kid Wrangling 101 to share what I know about looking after yourself while taking care of your kids.

Visit Kid Wrangling 101 here: www.kidwrangling101.com

22:00

Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too clo...

21:59

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Fun & engaging Dance classes for children?

I am looking for an enigmatic dance teacher who would like to or who already does teach creative dance to 7-10 year olds. I am looking for a movement class with a bit less structure, I dont mind the classics, jazz, ballet or tap dance involved but I would like it to be creative and fun with a possible performance at the end of the term/year where they have choreographed with the help of their mindful teacher to give them something to aspire to.

If somebody knows of this elusive class or teacher, preferably in the Newlands, Preston, Coburg or Reservoir area could they please inform me? Or if you are a teacher with these skills and are looking for a class, we could probably drum up a few students to start off with. Even if you are a student of dance and are looking for some income and was thinking about starting a class, maybe nows the time!

Am looking to start kids in next term if these classes become available.

Please call/text Jo on 0432 361 038 with any information please.

21:59

Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All diffe...

21:44

Chinese dairy company Yili makes substantial offer for Murray Goulburn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.

Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.

Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.

A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis

Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.

Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...

21:30

Australia Cites Blockchain In 'Digital Economy' Strategy Launch "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia is plotting an ambitious new Digital Economy initiative and blockchain is part of the plan, a new paper reveals.

20:58

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

20:57

New Matilda Is Going To Hell (Where There Are No Breasts) For Revealing Christian Lobbys Reply Paid Glitter Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is NOT fake news because frankly there isnt sufficient weed on the planet to unleash enough creativity to come up with a story like this.

Okay, so this gets a little weird. Youve been warned.

A few weeks ago, New Matilda stumbled across a tweet from the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, objecting to people sending him nasty letters about Adolf Hitler.

Lyle, while light-heartedly noting that people were mailing him lots of glitter, took a sterner tone towards the Nazi stuff, and included a picture of what hed received replete with the envelope which revealed that the ACL has a Reply Paid postal service.

And so naturally, New Matilda published details of the Reply Paid service, and urged our readers to send glitter, which Lyle would actually have to pay for.

The story went viral, and I think we can all agree well played New Matilda. #yourewelcomelyleshelton

However, since then, weve been getting all sorts of random emails warning us that were going to hell. Make that Hell with a capital H.

This afternoon, a man named Fade Nissan reached out, to let us know that the devil is very smart. Fade Nissan, of course, sounds like a character from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a movie full of false idols ipso facto we reminded Fade that in all likelihood, he would probably be joining us.

 

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Undeterred, Fade referred us to the video below, in which a clearly delusional man, Mario Martinez, claims to have been to Hell, survived, and is now back to tell us what its like.

Long story short, its apparently quite warm.

The video is 31 minutes long (so, you know, spark one up before you sit down to watch it) and includes this especially excellent description: Mario Martinez grew up in the projects on the east side of Los Angeles. His father was a drunkard.

 

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. OOPS. YOU CAN HEL...

20:45

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

20:39

In solidarity with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I am a Christian and I stand with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends today at Parliament House to protest against the Meat & Livestock Australia ad for lamb. Let me say, I do like lamb. And in many ways I do like the ad for lamb.   I like the idea of spiritual icons from []

The post In solidarity with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends. appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

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20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

Article

20:22

China Begins Rounding Up And Detaining Bitcoin Executives "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

China has begun rounding up and detaining Bitcoin executives who run exchanges in the country, amid a huge crackdown against cryptocurrencies. 

As the war on Bitcoin continues, Chinese media is reporting that executives who operate Bitcoin exchanges are being told they are not allowed to leave Beijing whilst the government conducts an investigation.

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Trustnodes.com reports: Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchanges, with trading volumes in the country dropping considerably.

Chinese trading volumes now account for only around 5% 10% of bitcoins or ethereums global trading volumes. With price there significantly lower. Leading CoinMarketCap to exclude them from calculations of average prices.


20:13

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

20:11

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

20:10

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

18:25

Hazelwood Health Study completes baseline cancer analysis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study has completed a crucial background analysis of cancers in Latrobe City and surrounding areas in the five-year period prior to the 2014 mine fire. These results will provide a baseline against which to compare future cancer patterns that occur after the fire. Monash University researcher Professor Malcolm Sim said []

18:07

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

17:52

King Cobras away to a good start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Collendina will begin its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association premiership defence with an away game against Anglesea on 7 and 14 October.
The Cobras then face a mouth-watering match against last seasons fellow grand finalists Barwon Heads at home in round two.
Collendina faces a long trip to Winchelsea, but drew other BPCA newcomers Inverleigh and Little River at the Snake Pit.
All sides will play each other in a two-day format, and there will be no one-day games this season.
The Snakes only play two home games before the Christmas break.

Collendinas fixture for the coming season
Round 1: 7 & 14 October v Anglesea (away).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November v Inverleigh (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November v Winchelsea (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December v Drysdale (away).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December v Jan Juc (away).
Round 7: 6 & 13 January v Barrabool (home).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January v Queenscliff (away).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February v Ocean Grove (home).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February v Portarlington (away).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March v Little River (home).

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17:42

Kurilpa Feature Poet SEAN WEST, Sunday 24th Sept "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading

17:38

Out of the starting blocks into expanded competition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove will start its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A Grade season with two home games.
The new-look BPCA has expanded to 12 A Grade clubs with the inclusion of Winchelsea, Little River and Inverleigh.
The Grubbers kick their season off with a home game against Queenscliff on 7 and 14 October followed by another home game against Drysdale in a Saturday-Sunday clash on 21 and 22 October.
The Battle of the Bridge grudge match against Barwon Heads is also a home game, to be played on 9 and 16 December before the competition breaks for Christmas.
The other big game against cross-town rivals Collendina is at Collendina on 3 and 10 February.
The semi-finals are on 17 and 18 February and the final is on 24 and 25 February.
All teams will play each other once during the season.

Ocean Groves fixture for the 2017/18 season is:
Round 1: 7 & 14 Ooctober vs Queenscliff (home).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October vs Drysdale (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November vs Portarlington (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November vs Little River (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December vs Anglesea (home).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December vs Barwon Heads (home).
Round 7: 6 & 13 December vs Inverleigh (away).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January vs Winchelsea (home).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February vs Collendina (away).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February vs Jan Juc (home).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March vs Barrabool (away).

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17:36

Lower House passes Victorian Renewable Energy Target "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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MEDIA RELEASE: 21 September 2017

Lower house passes Vic Renewable Energy Target: "Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action"

Friends of the Earth have welcomed the passage of the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017 in the Victorian Parliament, saying the result brings Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and action on climate change.

"Passage of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target brings our state a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action," said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

"This outcome is a big win for the community, the labour movement, business, and everyone hungry for action on climate change."

17:16

Assault on the senses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Voice journalist JUSTIN FLYNN examines the epidemic and pure evil that is drink spiking and what it is doing to young people at pubs and clubs and how an Ocean Grove woman is tackling the issue head on.

What drives me is getting the message out. Its bringing drink spiking to the forum and getting people to talk about it. It takes one second for someone you love to be drink spiked and be sexually assaulted or robbed.

Drink spiking is on the rise and an Ocean Grove woman is doing something about it.
Michelle Hoffman, who moved to Ocean Grove from Bendigo two months ago, invented a drink glass cover called Slip Me Not, which helps prevent drink spiking.
The device works as a type of recyclable plastic wrap by covering the entirety of a glass, allowing just enough space for a straw. The space also allows the liquid out without having to take off the cover so people can still drink from the glass with the wrapper attached. The cover can be used three times before being discarded and can be scrunched up without affecting its performance. At $3.50 for a pack of five, its an inexpensive way to stay protected during a night out.
However, Michelle has put the Slip Me Not on the backburner while she considers an upgrade and a new look. The Slip Me Not will be back on sale in the near future, though.
Michelles son Zachary has also played a huge role in the development of the Slip Me Not, developing the website, handling social media and shop orders.
It takes one second for someone to spike a drink, Michelle said.
The journey hasnt been about sales of the Slip Me Not for me, its about bringing this message out to the public. Back in 2000, a close friend was sexually assaulted after drink spiking by one of her friends. She was 15. It was so devastating.
Drink spiking mainly affects young women aged between 15 and 35, but it can happen to anyone. The motive is usually sexual assault, but it is sometimes done as a joke, often by people known to the victim.
Young men have been targeted by former girlfriends who are intent on revenge, while men have also been drink spiked with the intent to rob them.
Drink spiking is difficult to prove and therefore is often not reported to police.
Michelle said ketamine (sometimes used as a horse tranquiliser) and GHB were the main drugs used to spike a drink, but often it was as simple as adding extra shots of vodka to a drink to affect a young and inexperienced drinker. Vodka has no taste and is a clear liquid, which cant usually be detected.
Michelle said a new elephant tranquiliser is all but certain to hit Australian shores in the future.
Alcohol is the most commonly spiked drink, but it can also be added to tea, coffee, soft drinks, juice and even milkshakes.
Its been a journey of enlightenment for me to see just how sinister...

17:07

ACCC offers no answers to government created energy crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Appointed as head of the ACCC by Rudd Gillard, Rod Sims has a long association with the ALP going back to the Whitlam years. His re-appointment by the Coalition is unsurprising given the callow nature of conservatives and the fact that many have interventionist sympathies that accord with those of the leftist intelligentsia that Sims represents.

In his speech to the Press Club Sims addresses two points that have been warmly embraced by like-minded people within the media.

The first covers the gas crisis. Sims, though tiptoeing around the wanton political destruction of state government bans, notes that the firms that undertook massive capital investments could not have expected to face a shield-wall of obduracy on the part of politicians with custody over our economic welfare banning the exploration for gas. Only Queensland, where the ALP has kept Coalition openness largely in place, has a relatively open policy.

However he favours a nudge approach, which he says the producers have followed, whereby they support the local market as much as possible (even if this is contrary to their commercial interests). He also says, offering a big hint I am not disclosing the detail of what is in the ACCCs report to the Treasurer on gas supply and demand. That will be made public shortly. In other words he will advise the Commonwealth to force firms to break overseas contracts to redress the damage that state governments and environmentalists have created in starving the nation of new gas supplies. Naturally, like all such leftists he will advise on such actions that are pregnant with implications about the reliability of the nations export contracts, with a heavy heart.

In the case of electricity his speech addresses two aspects that have driven up prices: network charges and generation/retail costs.

In the case of network charges that are regulated,, like any self-interested bureaucrat, hed prefer his agencys decisions were not reviewable by another. He may be right but he is the wrong person to be making such judgements.

In the case of other costs (accounting for 60 per cent of the recent price increases) he lumps them together but in side briefings with sympathetic journalists like Paul Kelly he spelled out the breakdown as being caused by 24 per cent retail margins, 19 per cent generator price increases and 16 per cent green schemes. These are fantasy totals that obscure rather than enlighten policy.

Why,, given the fact that there are three major retailers and two dozen others (some,....

17:00

Will of iron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grover Adam Marks competed in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon World Championships held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The mens event was held on 10 September in the mountain town and had 2426 competitors, of which Adam, 39, placed 872nd.
Not a bad effort given he was scheduled to fly Melbourne to Houston the week Hurricane Harvey hit. He was re-routed to Los Angeles and due to expense and circumstances opted to drive across the country, crossing all four continental US time zones.
Extreme jetlag and stress brought about shingles two days before the race. Despite fatigue and being unwell, Adam rallied to the start line in the 40-44 age group (the largest group of competitors).
Adam completed the tough course in five hours and 34 minutes. Pros and amateurs alike commented that it was a particularly challenging course with steep bike climbs and a constant incline on the run.
Adam qualified for the World Championship in February when he competed locally in the Ironman 70.3 race held in Geelong.

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16:55

Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is denying access to basic rights to equality, work and income for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through its racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program.

In a joint statement lodged with the UN Human Rights Council, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT and Human Rights Law Centre urged the Council to abandon its racially discriminatory Community Development Program and replace it with an Aboriginal-led model.

John Paterson, a CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that the Governments program requires people looking for work in remote communities to work up to 760 hours more per year for the same basic payment as people in non-Indigenous majority urban areas.

The program discriminates on the basis of race, with around 83 per cent of people in the program being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This is a racially discriminatory program that was imposed on remote communities by the Government and it's having devastating consequences in those communities, said Mr Paterson.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the program is also denying basic work rights to many people in remote communities.

Some people are required to do work that they should be employed to do. Instead, they receive a basic social security payment that is nearly half of the minimum wage in Australia. People should be paid an award wage and afforded workplace rights and protections to do that work. said Ms Walters.

The statement calls for the Federal Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a model that treats people with respect, protects their human rights and provides opportunities for economic and community development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities want to take up the reins and drive job creation and community development. Communities need a program that sees people employed on decent pay and conditions, to work on projects the community needs. Its time for Government to work with us, said Mr Paterson.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT has developed an alternative model for fair work and strong communities, called the Remote Development and Employment Scheme, which was launched in Canberra two weeks ago with broad community support.

The new Scheme will see new opportunities for jobs and community development and get rid of pointless administration. Critically, the Scheme provides incentives to encourage people into work, training...

16:45

A Social Call from Jazzmeia Horn is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (21-27 Sept) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A Social Call from Jazzmeia Horn is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. Jazzmeia is a jazz vocalist from Dallas, Texas, who was encouraged onto the mic by her music family. Inspired by Sarah Vaughan at a young age, Jazzmeia went on to study jazz at the high school and tertiary level. Her prowess eventually won her the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition AND the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition.

Ill let Jazzmeia tell you more herself:

A Social Call was produced by Chris Dunn and features the following musicians: Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums and percussion, Stacy Dillard on tenor saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, and Frank Lacy on trombone.

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Heres a live rendition of the albums opening track:

An impressive vocalis...

16:42

Give plovers right of way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its that time of year when the beaches along the Bellarine Peninsula coastline become the creche for the rare and threatened hooded plover as the breeding season commences.
These tiny, black, white and red birds nest along the surf beaches of Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Breamlea from late August and, as the months get warmer, face some of their greatest dangers from beachgoers and dogs.
The hooded plover or hoodie spends its whole life on the beach and nearby wetlands and is one of Australias most threatened birds. Survival has become nearly impossible on beaches with Australias current human population, given the popularity of our beaches on the Bellarine in the warmer months.
An adult pair of hooded plovers will lay up to three eggs in a scrape in the sand and incubate them for four weeks until the eggs hatch. The chicks cant fly until they are five weeks old and must forage for their own food up and down the beach and along the waters edge, avoiding the beach-goers, dogs and other predators.
Chicks move along the beach to feed.
Research has shown that a simple formula of alerting beach users with signs and temporary fencing, putting out wooden teepees for chicks to hide in and requesting dogs be on a lead is enough to tip the balance and give these endangered birds a better chance of having their chicks survive.
Hooded plovers are a rarity along the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula, which makes protecting these little birds a very high priority, City of Greater Geelong acting director of city services Peter Godfrey said.
Dogs and cats are seen as predators of the species, just as foxes, ravens and other birds of prey are, and for this reason the City works closely with Birdlife Australia to put measures in place to protect the birds.
The hooded plover is protected under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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16:34

Crossing the line "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luke Voogt

A retired Ocean Grove bishop has accused a local MP of barring him from grilling Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Australias secretive Border Protection policy.
Former Anglican Bishop Peter Danaher joined about 50 people protesting outside an invitation-only community meeting at Highton Bowls Club on Monday.
They dont want us to be any part of the discussion, said Rev Danaher, who is president of the Victorian Council of Churches.
It was an absolute waste of time and an insult to people who have a view on a subject.
Rev Danaher contacted Corangamite MP Sarah Hendersons office when the Combined Refugee Action Group informed him on Friday about the meeting.
But Ms Hendersons office told him the meeting was at capacity.
I went to the venue regardless, in case there happened to be any spare seats.
Two police officers blocked the doors to the meeting but a fellow protestor saw plenty of spare seats prior to it commencing, Rev Danaher said.
He was on Ms Hendersons mailing list and was disappointed not to receive notice of the so-called community meeting, he said.
He had planned to question the minister on women and children living in appalling conditions on Manus Island and Nauru.
All the issues pale into insignificance when you look at the way people are treated, he said.
But Ms Henderson said the meeting was at capacity and that she worked very hard to represent her constituents views on asylum seekers.
It was simply not possible to accommodate everyone who wished to attend, she said.
I respect Rev Danahers right to protest and I would be pleased to assist him in any way I can.
Ms Henderson promoted the governments immigration policies, which included abolishing 457 visas and deporting non-citizens who commit serious crimes.
Our government has removed 2000 children from detention, closed 17 detention centres and is working hard to re-settle asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru who were put there by Labor.

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16:28

In the line of duty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue Ribbon Day is on Friday 27 September.
The day honours the ultimate sacrifice that police officers have made in the line of duty.
A total of 159 Victorian police officers have been killed while doing their jobs with 30 being murdered, which underlines the dangers faced by police on a daily basis.
Victoria Police invites all Victorians to pause on Friday to remember those members of our police force who have paid a price beyond measure for safety in our community.
To donate to the cause, go to www.remember.org.au/Donate

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16:25

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,

16:13

Porchland Festival Announced for December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions, where artists perform intimate shows in backyards and verandahs, has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland on Saturday 2nd December at The Range Hall, 45 minutes from Adelaide. Described as a Porch Session on steroids Porchland has been []

16:13

24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (14-20 Sept) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. The 12 track record is a bold and experimental fusion of world music, cinematic orchestral jazz, futuristic percussion and subtle electronic touches.

Rogeon, a Melbourne based musician and composer, travelled to Rio Di Janiero to record the percussion group of Tiago Loei, then returned home to compose the score, which was recorded with Orchestra Victoria. He then amassed a formidable array of vocalists including Heidi Vogel from Cinematic Orchestra, US MC Raashan Ahmad, crooner Bobby Valentine and Australias own Ella Thompson, among others.

This album, released under his own name, is just one of Rogeons musical channels, he also records with the RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland (widely celebrated in the Australian underground electronic music community), and is commissioned for other diverse projects. You can find more information on Rogeons projects here on his personal website.

24 Hours In Lapa is available on the independent Heard & Felt label out of Melbourne at heardandfelt.com. Well be playing selections from this great record all week on Eastside Radio.

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16:08

The Three Arguments Against Gold and Why They Are Nonsense "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Its no secret that I am a big believer in gold.

But today, I want to take a look at the case against gold.

Starting from a low of about $250 per ounce in mid-1999, gold staged a spectacular rally of over 600%, to about $1,900 per ounce, by August 2011.

Unfortunately, that rally looked increasingly unstable towards the end.

Gold was about $1,400 per ounce as late as January 2011.

Almost $500 per ounce of the overall rally occurred in just the last seven months before the peak.

That kind of hyperbolic growth is almost always unsustainable.

Sure enough, gold fell sharply from that peak to below $1,100 per ounce by July 2015. It still shows a gain of about 350% over 15 years.

But gold has lost nearly 40% over the past five years. Those who invested during the 2011 rally are underwater, and many have given up on gold in disgust.

For long-time observers of gold markets, sentiment has been the worst theyve ever seen.

Yet its in times of extreme bearish sentiment that outstanding investments can be found if you know how and where to look.

So far this year, theres already been a change in the winds for gold.

A change that, in many ways, I predicted in my most recent book: The New Case for Gold.

But today, I want to show you three main arguments mainstream economists make against gold.

And why theyre dead wrong.

The first one you may have heard many times

Argument #1: Not enough gold to support the financial system

Experts say theres not enough gold to support a global financial system.

Gold cant support the entire worlds paper money, its assets and liabilities, its expanded balance sheets of all the banks, and the financial institutions of the world.

They say theres not enough gold to support that money supply; that the money supplies are too large.

That argument is complete nonsense.

Its true that theres a limited quantity of gold. But more importantly, theres always enough gold to support the financial system.

But its also important to set its price correctly.

It is true that at todays price of about $1,300 an ounce, if you had to scale down the money supply to equal the physical gold times 1,300, that would be a great reduction of the money supply.

That would indeed lead to deflation.

But to avoid that, all we have to do is increase the gold pri...

16:04

J Coin: A New Shot Fired in the War on the Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Uh-oh. Jamie Dimon and the crypto haters better pay attention. Japan is making them look behind.

The banks there are getting together to launch something called the J Coin.

Its a digital currency, and its designed to mimic the national one the yen.

The banks there are working overtime to protect their market share from the encroachment coming from Apple Pay and the Chinese behemoth Alipay.

These banks know if they dont carve out a niche in this new market, theyll get left behind.

J Coin would offer commission-free remittances, instant transfers, and cheaper overseas movement, for starters.

I told readers of Small Cap Alpha recently that we have to follow whats happening in the crypto market even if you dont want to risk a penny on it.

This is because cryptos have so much potential to erode existing revenue streams for established companies.

For example, if you happen to own shares in the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:ASX], you should check out a guy called Professor Mike Aitken.

Hes developed a new asset trading system called digi.cash, which he says would bring instant settlement and practically zero cost to trading.

That could be a problem for the ASX, considering it earns around $300 million a year from clearing and settling the cash equity and derivative markets, according to The Australian Financial Review.

5,000 years of history keeps rolling

The monetary system hasnt sat still for 5,000 years, so theres no reason to think it cant shift again away from what we have now. Im pretty sure were heading into a new phase now digital, or crypto.

Physical cash is becoming irrelevant, whether we like it or not. But it does pose various problems. For example, how long before governments and the elites look to lock us all in a closed loop where there are no private transactions?

Theres latent potential now for official currencies to go completely digital and all of them will be tracked. Everybody wants your data, and to know what you do.

Governments are likely to bring their legal tender laws to bear on cryptos in the same way they force us to use the official currencies of today.

I have no doubt the market can provide a secure, private cryptocurrency. But governments would make it illegal for corporations and companies you deal with to accept it. The usual coercive stuff.

If you want to pay your electricity bill, youll have to use the crypto the government wants you to use. Something like th...

15:58

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

15:56

Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:

The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.

Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off.  Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.

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15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

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MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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15:37

Smart Arts 21 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. 

15:31

Louvre Accord v Plaza Accord "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: I notice you often cite the *Plaza Accord* when on the topic of central bank currency manipulation. That accord was signed in 1985 with an aim to devalue the USD. Could you write a little on the *Louvre Accord signed just two years later, in 1987, with an aim to reverse the unwanted effects of the *Plaza Accord*. Thanks cheers,

TGM

ANSWER: The Louvre Accord was an agreement, signed on February 22, 1987 in Paris, that aimed to stabilize the international currency markets and halt the continued decline of the US Dollar caused by the Plaza Accord. The agreement was signed by France, West Germany, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Italy declined to sign the agreement.

The G7 meeting of central bankers and finance ministers in Paris announced that the dollar was now consistent with economic fundamentals. The announced that they would only intervene when required to ensure foreign exchange stability. The objective was then to manage the floating currency system. Democrats gained control of Congress in 1986 and immediately called for protectionist measures. The dollar depreciation agreed to in 1985 at the Plaza Accord, failed to really improve the trade perspective. In 1986, the trade deficit actually rose to approximately $166 billion with exports at about $370 billion and imports at about $520 billion. The object of manipulating currency to try to create jobs and alter trade flows proved to be completely false.

My concerns warning that volatility would increase made back in 1985 were materializing. What they did not understand was the lowering the dollar in value also led to a shift in capital flows and the selling of US assets. Foreigners were suffering loses by financing U.S. trade through purchasing United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to ease the trade deficit criticism. We were advising Japanese to buy gold on the New York COMEX, export it, and then resell which would also make it appear that the US exports were increasing. H...

15:30

The Making of Monsters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

15:30

What Can Sweet Fennel Oil Do for Your Health? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?

Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family including carrots or parsley, 1 has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed. It is native to Southern Europe, but is also now grown in parts of Northern Europe, Australia and North America. 2

Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil

Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations by the Egyptians for food and medicine and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.

In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts and as a laxative with no side effects. It is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially as an ingredient in massage oils,3 perfumes, toothpastes and soaps.4

Composition of Sweet Fennel Oil

The chemicals found in sweet fennel oil include anethole, fenchone, estragole, a-pinene and -pinene, a-phellandrene and -phellandrene, a-Terpineol, myrcene, campfer and para-Cymol.5

Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil

Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive and excretory system and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue and exhaustion.6 Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:

Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain

Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements

Splenic: protects....

15:08

Grubbers go out with a bang "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mark Heenan

The curtain closed on Ocean Grove Football Netball Clubs 2017 season at the senior presentation night on Friday 15 September.
Up to 130 people attended including senior footballers, senior netballers, committee, coaching personnel, sponsors, supporters and family members, at the Shell Road sports pavilion.
Ocean Grove Football Club senior coach Paul Lynch implored the elite netball and football teams to work hard in the off-season and boost playing stocks in recruiting.
Earlier this month the Grubbers signed experienced key position player Justin Carey from GFL club St Albans for the 2018 season.
Ocean Groves premier division netball grade and senior football team made finals in 2017 but both sides suffered early exits with their BFL elimination final loss on 20 August.
I feel our window is really widely open and they talk on a premiership clock where our clock is and I reckon we are sitting at about 11 oclock, Lynch said in his speech.
I reckon our window is really open and that goes for netball as well.
I have been involved in a football club where we have won the A Grade netball and A Grade football premiership in one year and I honestly believe there is no reason why that cant happen next year.
Grubber gun on-baller James Linton was awarded with his second Damian Clark Medal.
In 2016 Linton won the coveted medal honour in his debut season with the Grubbers.
Damian Clark is an eight-time senior premiership player with Ocean Grove.
I am very honoured, Linton told the Voice.
Ocean Grove senior netball coach Elyse Howard won the premier division top award.
Five netball grades including under-19 netball side and four other senior teams in addition to reserves and senior football teams were presented with awards.
Michaela Giblin took out the under-19 netball honour, while Ali Gannon was named runner-up and Sarah Bastiaan collected the coaches award.
Club great Dennis White was named prestigious recipient of Frank Hose Award for his generous volunteer work in 2017.
Whites involvement has spanned more than 40 years with the Grubbers as a player, reserves coach, junior premiership coach and former committee member.
He was awarded with life-membership at the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club in 2015.
Local business The Driftwood Cafe organised catering on the night.

OCEAN GROVE FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB 2017 AWARD WINNERS
Under 19 Netball
Best-and-fairest Michaela Giblin
Runner-up Ali Gannon
Coaches award Sarah Bastiaan
Division 3 Netball
Best-and-fairest Kylie Collett
Runner-up Jessie Sutton
Coaches award Maddy Goodger
Division 2 Netball
Best-and-fairest Eliza Jane Clarke
Run...

15:04

Investigations underway following serious crash Casino "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Investigations are underway following a serious crash at Casino yesterday.

Police and emergency services were called to the intersection of Hickey and Johnston Streets about 10.25am(Wednesday 20 September 2017), following reports of a crash between a Holden Commodore and a truck.

The driver and front passenger in the Holden were trapped within the vehicle before being released.

A woman in her 80s driving the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.

The male passenger, also in his 80s, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital and then flown to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the truck, a man in his 40s, was not injured and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Specialist crash investigators attended the scene and commenced inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.  Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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14:58

5 things you need to know about voting in the marriage equality survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Caitlin McInnis

The marriage equality survey is now under way, and lots of Australians are showing their support for equal love. If you want to stay inspired on a daily basis, there are many things you can do, including following us on Facebook and Twitter, where well be making the YES case every day.  But first, you should make sure that you are fully briefed on voting, so below youll find five things that you, your family and friends absolutely must know. Happy voting!

  1. If you dont receive your form by Monday, contact the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that all forms will be sent out by September 25. If you do not receive yours in the mail by Monday, you need to get in touch with them ASAP.

  1. If you lose your form, contact the ABS by October 18

So youve lost your form or marked the wrong box. It happens. Dont beat yourself up. Luckily, its an easy fix. Just make sure you contact the ABS by 6pm October 18 and request another form. Details of how to do this havent been finalised by the ABS just yet but they have said not to contact them until September 25 if you do need a replacement. Make sure you follow the YES Campaign for updates.

  1. Do not post a photo of your form that includes the barcode, and dont send glitter!

It is great that people are exercising their democratic rights and getting excited about it by taking photos of their forms or even putting things like glitter in the envelopes. HOWEVER, make sure any photos you post of your form do not include your personalised barcode on the bottom right of the form. This is really important as it may be used by someone else to commit fraud. As for glitter, refrain from that too as due to processing machinery or possible contamination, [it] may result in the survey form also being destroyed and therefore not processed.

  1. Make sure your ballot is in the post by Oct 27

Snail mail is not what it used to be it can take up to 4 days to reach its destination these days. Because of this, the ABS says it is best you get your form i...

14:56

Day was all write "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barwon Heads Arts Council held a successful Meet the Authors day.
Clifton Springs resident Dian Fahey (author of 12 poetry collections, dianefaheypoet.com), Professor of Politics Judith Brett and six-time author Craig Sherbourne spoke to guests at Barwon Heads Golf Club on Sunday 10 September.
Each author spoke for around an hour and invited audience participation.

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14:47

Club gears up for safer surf season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With the generous support of a $2000 Community Grant from the City of Greater Geelong, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club has purchased 17 swim cans to assist in life saving training activities.
The mission of Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club was to keep the beach safe and educate its members and the public in safe beach behaviour, club president David Pavia said.
The swim cans are a vital tool in training life savers in ocean swimming and board rescues. We have trialled the cans over the winter months and found them also useful in training life savers on inshore rescue craft rescues.
IRBs account for the majority of ocean rescues in Victoria, and the marker buoys are a great way for drivers to hone their driving and rescue skills in a safe controlled manner.
The buoys will also be used during the Ocean Grove Open Water Swim to be held next year on Sunday 28 January.

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14:44

When intra-governmental relations turned sour the US-Fed Accord Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

In Part 1 of this mini-series When relations within government were sensible the US-Fed Accord Part 1 I examined the pre-1951 agreement between the US Treasury department and the US Federal Reserve Bank, which saw the bank effectively fund the US Treasury. The nature of that relationship, which began when the central bank was formed in 1913, changed in 1935 when the legislators voluntarily chose to change the capacity of the currency issuer to buy unlimited amounts of US Treasury debt directly to one of only being able to purchase the debt in the secondary markets once issued. But the effect was the same. The central bank could control the yields at any segment of the bond maturity curve at its will. The shift in 1935 was the result of conservative forces that were intent on derailing the governments capacity to use the consolidated central bank/treasury to efficiently advance well-being. They wanted political constraints placed on the Treasury, such that it would have to issue debt to the non-government sector before it could spend, which they knew was an arrangement (similar to formal debt ceilings) that could be used to pressure the government towards austerity. By the time the Korean War ensued, these conservative forces were winning the political debate and big changes were to come, which would limit the fiscal capacity of the US government to this very day. The result has been an inefficient fiscal process prone to capture by conservatives and certainly not one that a progressive would consider to be sensible. I analyse that shift post-1942 in this blog, which is Part 2 in the series. In Part 3, we pull the story together and reveal what was really going on.

Tensions mount 1942-1951

The first graph shows the yield behaviour of long-term government bonds from the end of WW2 to the late 1950s. The vertical line (Treasury-Fed Accord) marks a discrete shift in policy, which we will discuss in this Part and the final Part of this mini-series.

Clearly, the pegged arrangement was effective (it was abandoned, as we will learn, in 1951).

The US Federal Reserve Bank was not necessar...

14:37

Nature gets some hands-on help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ford IT workers got their hands dirty giving Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads a much-needed makeover last week.
Richard Crow was thrilled to get outdoors with the 15 or so workers mulching, weeding, painting and fixing fences at the sanctuary.
I love it, he said, pushing a wheelbarrow of mulch.
We get out in the community and give something back.
Jamie Strzelczyk and Ivona Bilic got up close and personal with the sanctuarys koalas, kangaroos and amusing emus after making the trip down the Princes Freeway.
Ive been here before with my kids so its really good to help out the sanctuary they need all the help they can get, Ivona said.
They help all the animals which are really cute.
Its awesome to connect with the community and get out of the office and do something different, Jamie said, as the pair cleaned an animal enclosure.
Senior keeper Xavier Robertson said projects like this were vital to the sanctuary, which received more than 5000 calls a year to attend sick, injured and orphaned animals.
It would take the better part of a week to get done what these guys get do in a few hours, the Belmont local said.
We always make an effort to get everyone up close and personal with the animals at the end of the day which is usually the highlight.
Karingal St Laurences BacLinks foundation facilitated the restoration project.
Projects such as this are a testament to the exceptional generosity of our local people and businesses, the foundations manager Joanne Forssman said.

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14:35

Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Accurate and consistent energy auditing is critical to the uptake and quality of energy efficiency projects as it is often used as the basis for business case justification, project design and as a baseline to measure post-upgrade savings. Presented in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, the EEC's Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard training program gives energy audit practitioners the skills and knowledge to deliver energy audits that meet with Australian Standard 3598:2014

14:34

Climate Change Primer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Illustrations by JON HAN

Once again we thank NYTimes Science writer Justin Gillis for this primer on a complex and politically weighty issue.

Climate Change Is Complex. Weve
Got Answers to Your Questions.

We know. Global warming is daunting. So heres a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.

1.Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it?

Both are accurate, but they mean different things.

You can think of global warming as one type of climate change. The broader term covers changes beyond warmer temperatures, such as shifting rainfall patterns.

President Trump has claimed that scient...

14:32

Giving as good as she gets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Ocean Grove musician Andrea Robertson is one of the two recipients of the Queenscliff Music Festivals Emerging Artist Grant/Award.
The popular singer/songwriter has been performing since her early teens and her latest accolade comes as no surprise.
It was a huge surprise and such amazing news to receive, she said.
I feel so honoured to have been given this opportunity, knowing how highly sought after this grant is and the fact that hundreds of others from the Barwon South West Region applied for it. Its a real privilege to have been selected from among all of those artists.
Andrea will release her second album this November and the grant will enable her to do a new recording next year.
The grant will be put towards a live recording which I hope to do in April/May 2018, she said.
My proposal for the recording was to include all local creatives from start to finish and on every level from venue, artists, sound engineer, photographers, publicists the works, so not only will I benefit from this project as an artist, but many others from the Bellarine and the Geelong region will be involved and recognised for their work also. Plus a live audience, who I imagine will mostly be locals, will get to be a part of this experience.
Andrea said the local music scene was thriving.
The local music scene is so important and I hope that it just continues to go from strength to strength, she said.
There are so many amazing musicians in our area, and we have some terrific venues supporting those artists. But we could always do with more. That would mean audiences being willing to get out and support not just the artists, but the venues as well though.

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14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.80 AUD
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14:19

Slow, soggy start to spring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The wet and dull spring weather has continued.
Ive never seen so much water in places like Yarram Creek and Freshwater Lake. Its great for the birds and the mosquitoes that theres so much water, just not very pleasant for getting out and about with the camera.
Theres been so much to see despite the rain, I hardly know where to start.
I had one trip to Western Treatment Plant, but alas reached the destination without the gate key, which I had left at home in my jacket pocket. Duh. I drove to Kirk Point to see if there were any waders around, and I did see a few hundred red-necked stints. The highlight of my days was observing a magnificent spotted harrier flying over the canola fields on Point Wilson Road. I didnt manage a decent photo, but seeing a spotted harrier is always wonderful.
Speaking of migratory waders, I did spot a few sharp-tailed sandpipers at Western Treatment Plant, but Kevin saw a pair of these birds at Anglesea during the week and sent me his fabulous photo. Thanks so much Kevin.
I went to the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve with a group from the Clifton Springs Gardening Group, who are keen to learn more about the birds around this region. We just avoided some pretty torrential rain, but did manage a decent walk where we spotted 23 species, including a Horsfields bronze cuckoo and fan-tailed cuckoo. The next day I drove to my favorite spot in Curlewis, where I went cuckoo again, and saw a pallid cuckoo sitting in a bare tree. The days after that I popped into Hospital Swamp, Connewarre, and saw two Horsfields bronze-cuckoos and three pallid cuckoos.
The pallid cuckoo is a large, slender cuckoo, which is identified by its grey plumage, which is darker on the wings and back. It has a barred black and white undertail. The bill is brown, the legs and feet are grey-brown, and there is a bright yellow ring around the eye. Like other cuckoos, the pallid cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of honeyeaters, woodswallows, whistlers and flycatchers. Its no coincidence that the cuckoos were seen in areas where there are many other small species of birds, preparing for the spring breeding season. The female pallid cuckoo removes one of the smaller birds eggs from their nest, and replaces it with one of her own. Speaking of little birds, Ive also seen some beautiful little male superb fairy-wrens molting into breeding plumage, which certainly makes for some lovely photo opportunities, which will be even better when the sun finally shines
Ive seen a few other nests lately, including a red wattlebird, tawny frogmouth, magpie lark, and many black swan nests. The best swan nest I spotted was in Breamlea, where last years nest has been built up so much that it looked comfy enough to jump in for a sleep.
At the end of my street in Ocean Grove theres a family of Australian wood ducks with an even dozen ducklings. Ive watched the parent birds closely and....

14:15

Driving "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I havent had much time for blogging recently. What with one thing and another WP has taken a back seat. Ive taken up part-time employment as a Driver under the Shebah banner. Basically Im a self-employed driver subcontracted to Shebah. Continue reading

14:10

Meals and view are unbeatable "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Perched above the coastline of Ocean Grove, The Dunes cafe and restaurant offers absolute beachfront dining from their location on Surf Beach Road.
Glass frontage ensures the spacious dining area is bathed in natural light, providing panoramic views over the ocean for diners relaxing among colourful decor or celebrating a special occasion in The Dunes welcoming ambiance.
Enjoy an early morning coffee on a table outside enjoying the spring sunshine or book in for a dining experience with family and friends and choose from a menu of global flavours and popular favourites.
Start the day with freshly brewed coffee together with breakfast corn fritters or an eggs Benedict and then from the all-day menu for lunch, try the salt and pepper calamari, fresh Portarlington mussels or caramelised onion and goat cheese tart.
At dinner the choices just keep coming with seafood paella, Scotch fillet with polenta chips or a caramelised sweet potato brown rice salad.
Now is the best time of year to sample delicious food and drink and those exquisite views, open every day from 6.30am.

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14:08

Chillin with the kings of cool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get ready Ocean Grove, the Piping Hot Chicken Shop and Burger Grill is set for a massive October.
The chook shop will feature three highly acclaimed acts, making October the live music month of the year in the Grove.
First up is The Turner Brown Band on 7 October.
The band is a joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner and Ohio-based Sacred Steel vocalist and lap-slide guitar sensation Nikki D. Brown.
Joining Dom and Nikki and are her sisters Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals) who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.
Cass Eager heads to the chook shop on 14 October.
Cass has a brand new beat and shes hitting the road with her band to send her new single Aint No Stopping Me off into the world.
Casss voice carries like the wind and slams you right in your gut where you want it to.
She could sing the phone book to you and you wouldnt get bored, says iconic Aussie rock star Diesel.
Back at the chicken shop by popular demand on 28 October is The Three Kings.
The Melbourne blues super group rocks a hard-hitting and greasy blues style and it will take you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history.
For tickets for all three gigs, go to www.pipinghotchickenshop.com.au/upcoming_gigs.html

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13:50

Ernie Awards (for Sexist Behaviour) 25 Years On. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Each September 300 women head to Sydney to judge the most sexist remarks made by public figures during the previous year in 2017 the Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks is celebrating its 25th year!

Winners are chosen by whichever nomination receives the loudest boos; and in tight contests, a boo-off is required to determine a winner. RTRFMs Georgia Keay spoke to Meredith Burgmann, founder of The Ernies, to find out the purpose behind the awards.

Play Interview with Meridith Burgmann 21st September 2017

13:50

Opening Night Gala Party Byron Bay Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA EVENT + FEATURE FILM
Friday 6 October

Its out and were proud to announce that the documentary The Freedom to Marry has been selected as the Opening Night film at BBFF 2017.

The ultra-topical documentary traces the battle for equality by North Americas LGBTQI community, from the early days of Stonewall through to the Supreme Court decision just two years ago.

The Freedom to Marry ends with a celebration and so does Opening Night at BBFF, with catering by Byron Bays sublime Trattoria Basiloco and with fine wines and other beverages.

Read more about the film here.

Tickets are on sale now for the Opening Night Gala Party (and film).

BOOK NOW

Learn more at bbff.com.au

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13:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Merkel Slams Trumps Threat to Destroy North Korea
Wed Sep 20, 2017 07:56PM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany, on September 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says US President Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy North Korea is wrong, citing economic pressure and diplomacy as the only "appropriate" ways to resolve the conflict.

I am against such threats, Merkel told the Deutsche Welle channel. We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.

From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer. But I consider everything else concerning North Korea as wrong, she added. And that is why we clearly disagree with the US president."

The German chancellor made the remarks in reaction to Trumps debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he said Tuesday that the US was ready to destroy the North to resolve the ongoing standoff over the countrys ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said.

"It is time for North Korea to realize that its denuclearization is its only responsible future," he added.

The Trump administration has been pushing for greater international pressure on North Korea through the UN and by pressuring China, Pyongyangs main trade ally.

The pressure peaked in early September, when the North announced that it had successfully exploded a hydrogen bomb, its sixth overall thermonuclear test.

The UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North as a result, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

Germanys role

Merkel said in her interview that Germanys strong ties China, Japan, South Korea and the United States puts it among the few countries that co...

13:43

ALERTA! Stop fascists rallying @ LGBT Holocaust Memorial, Sydney : Saturday, September 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading

13:39

The hate that dare not speak its name: @burgewords comments on #VoteNo to #MarriageEquality "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would make for a better, fairer and more entertaining match if #TeamNo owned the term homophobes. AUSTRALIA is fighting a very old battle. Its been Trojan-Horsed into every household in the form of the Turnbull Governments postal survey on federal marriage law. Like all wars, the propaganda is rife. Were being asked to vote []

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13:19

The art of misdirection: NZ Labour and xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of the election campaign, the Labour Partys position on immigration was clear. Armed with a raft of new policies and an inflammatory vow to stop tens of thousands from coming to New Zealand, Labour signalled loudly that reducing migration was one its key electoral pledges. With the recent turnover in leadership and accompanying guarded sound bites on immigration, one could be fooled into believing that the party has softened its stance.

13:19

NEWS: Dylan announces massive Bootleg Series release of the gospel years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This has always been one of the more fascinating periods of Dylans career, when he started exploring gospel music and religious-leaning song subject matter.  Due from Columbia and Legacy on November 3rd, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 focuses on Dylans so-called gospel years. The Deluxe Edition features nine discs 8 Continue reading

13:03

GIVEAWAY: Win a double pass to Ruby Boots Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next Wednesday (Sept 27th) Ruby Boots returns from Nashville to play a headline Sydney show at Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst, previewing her forthcoming new LP. This comes hot on the heels of her signing to Bloodshot Records and an acclaimed appearance at the 2017 AmericanaFest where Rolling Stone named her as one of the Continue reading

12:55

Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:4023-4028. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28860810 Abstract Title:  Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, it is always of great importance to explore and develop new potential treatment for glioblastoma. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in a variety of human foods, has been shown to inhibit various tumor cell proliferation. In this study, we found that treating human glioblastoma U251 cells with 10g/mL quercetin for 24 hours, a concentration that was far below the IC50 (113.65 g/mL) and at which quercetin failed to inhibit cell proliferation, inhibited cell migration (30%) and cell invasion as examined by wound scratch assay and transwell assay, respectively. We further showed that 10 g/mL quercetin inhibited cell migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by the conditioned medium derived from U251 cell culture. The inhibitory effect of quercetin on migration and angiogenesis is possibly mediated through the downregulation of protein levels ofVEGFA, MMP9, and MMP2 as detected by Western blot. Our findings demonstrated that low concentration of quercetin antagonized glioblastoma cell invasion and angiogenesis in vitro.

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12:54

Watch the New Video from The Scrims Show Me Your Moves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Scrims Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video Show Me Your Moves. Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the Show Me Your Moves video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out []

12:30

Refugees, Dreamers, and Sanctuary Cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

When my paternal grandparents arrived at Ellis Island in the 1890s, from Ireland, they did not have to fit into any particular category of immigrant, as it was only in 1914 that nations started to require pass-ports. Before that, anyone could wash up on the shores of a foreign country. A refugee is one who enters the host country in a particular category, legally, often under the auspices of a charity group. (At present I am residing in a large apartment complex where the majority of residents are refugees.)

I notice that my fellow Americans seem to be unclear as to how they should regard immigrants nowadays. Should they welcome them with open arms? or criticize them for being a drag on the welfare budget? or fear them as people who may cause trouble?  This article aims to clarify just a bit of the recent talk about immigrants that is appearing in the news, specifically about DACA and sanctuary cities.

The DACA Program

A DACA immigrant is one who entered the US as a child and has only known the US as his or her home country. The acronym stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Deferred action as opposed to what?  As opposed to immediate deportation. Some of these persons are now in their thirties.

They arrive...

12:30

The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy: Radical Islamic Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. 

They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.

Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.

Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

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12:26

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

12:17

Are you Australias next Community Garden great? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now here's an opportunity for your community garden being featured on the front cover of  your local phone book.

12:15

Getting in between HEMM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are there people you feel inseparable from?

Melbourne band HEMM are a bit like this, theyve been making music together for a while now, and their desire to explore the new is what glues them together.

Ahead of their Space Between Us EP launch Taylah caught up with Juice from the band.

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11:52

Disabled 8-Year-Old Put In Restraints, Forcibly Injected On First Day Of School "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An 8-year-old school kid from Toronto was put into restraints and forcibly injected against his will, according a complaint by his mother.  Debbie Kiroff says she is looking for answers after she found out her [...]

11:51

Judge supports drink driving with get out of jail free card? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian 'authorities' (you know, the people actually in government and not the masses according to the Constitution) are full of sayings.

"Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?
(Please note this does NOT apply to the people in government, as many of their documents are sealed never to be released to the public).

How about "Do the crime do the time"?

Unless you've been a 'free man' traveler in the Australian outback, where the mainstream media radio waves cannot reach your television or radio, you would know that the authorities advertise that drink driving is not acceptable behaviour.

Well one New South Wales 'judge' doesn't seem to think so.





Paul Conlon (pictured above) reckons that if you're a "person of good character", where you've been sentenced before to a 6 months prison term for drink driving, he will get you out of gaol (proper Australian term for "jail').

Apparently a Brazilian national Arthur Rohsig (pictured centre) was drink driving in Australia, where he accumulated 36 demerit points and his blew a breath test reading of 0.172.


The police have stated that he had no regard for Australian law and was a danger to himself and others, but (naturally) the police were unable to revoke his Brazilian licence.

As a result of his 'crime' he was sentenced in July to serve six months in the slammer but good ol' Paul Conlon got him out.

As a consolation prize though drink driver Arthur will be apparently deported.

So the message is loud and clear from (judge) Paul Conlon, if you want to drink drive and your a "person of good character" (whatever that means) he'll let you off the...

11:36

Pet chihuahua in Australia chews off owner's toes "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has had to have his toe amputated after his hungry pet Chihuahua started eating it while he slept. Former AFL star Campbell Brown told the gruesome tale of his father-in-law Tom Johnson's ordeal with his dog Sable on SEN. The dog was hungry enough that two years ago it ate Mr Johnson's right big toe. "It's too good of a story not to give to the public domain," The former Hawthorn and Gold Coast star said. "My father-in-law Tom Johnson has got diabetes so he hasn't been able to feel his feet too well for many, many years. They just got cute pet Chihuahua called 'Sable' that sleeps on the end of the bed.

11:33

Gay candidate quits National Party after losing appeal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rod Bruem, one of seven candidates for the seat of Lismore has resigned from the National Party in disgust after it rejected his allegations of a homophobic campaign against him . Photo YouTube

Rod Bruem, one of seven candidates for the seat of Lismore has resigned from the National Party in disgust after it rejected his allegations of a homophobic campaign against him . Photo YouTube

Former Nationals candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Rod Bruem, resigned from the party yesterday after his allegations of a concerted homophobic campaign against him were rejected.

Mr Bruem, who is openly gay, said in a statement that a hastily convened meeting of the partys Ethics Committee refused to act over a series of damaging and defamatory questions levelled at him during last weekends Lismore preselection.

He was one of seven candidates to take part in an initial run-off for the seat of retiring MP Thomas George last Saturday, three of whom will go through to a so-called community preselection next month.

But he told Echonetdaily on Monday that he believed the preselection process had been corrupted from the start and that he had been subjected to an inordinate number of questions about his personal life.

Echonetdaily understands Mr Bruem received an email from the Nationals Deputy State Director Thomas Aubert yesterday stating the committee decided no questions breached the Partys rules protecting members from disorderly personal reflections.

Among the questions Mr Bruem faced were repeated assertions he had hidden criminal underworld links and that his gay male partner made him unsuitable to be a Nationals candidate.

Not contacted

Its disappointing the Nationals Ethics Committee has met and not even bothered to contact me to hear my side of what happened, he said.

Instead it has backed up the State Director Nathan Quigley who sat in the chairmans seat on Saturday and remained mute while I was subjected to a series of ridiculous and damaging character attacks dressed up as questions.

I cant believe a party which has so many honourable members allowed this to pass. The...

11:28

Police live-stream a warning to Listen Out punters about a big drug crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.

Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.

Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.

Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.

Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.

Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.

The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you.

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11:25

Mysterious Flesh eating ulcer cases continue to soar on the Mornington Peninsula and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A rise in cases of Mycobacterium Ulcerans is concerning local doctors as the rise of the disease nearly triples in the past year in the Mornington Peninsular located in Victoria. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Geelong Hospital deputy director of infectious disease, Associate Professor Daniel OBrien says there is no way to tell where it might appear next.

So far the condition has infected up to one hundred and fifty-nine cases which is up from fifty-eight in the same period in 2015.

 

One Nation Senator Faces Court Today over Citizenship Questions

Senator Malcolm Roberts will be questioned in the High Court sitting in Brisbane today over his former british dual-citizenship.

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11:24

Protect koalas and world heritage site this Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Destruction of high value forest and koala habitat have sparked a demonstration planned for this Thursday outside MP Geoff Provests office at 2pm. Residents raised the alarm when they discovered the illegal logging and road building in Environment Protection Zones (EPZ) near Limpinwood, between Chillingham and Tyalgum, with further concerns being raised about the large trucks operating on narrow winding roads that are a hazard to public safety, especially during school bus times.

The Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) will be delivering a letter to Members of Parliament Geoff Provest (Tweed) and Thomas George (Lismore) as part of Thursdays demonstration seeking urgent action to protect the wildlife corridor connecting our World Heritage biodiversity hotspots. They will urge the MPs to contact environment minister, Gabrielle Upton, asking her to stop the logging and unauthorised road building.

Test for new laws

I see this as an early test for the NSW new laws governing land clearing which came into force last month, said Scott Sledge, president of NRG.

During the drafting process, the NSW government gave assurances that the provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act would mean stronger protection for our wildlife than the previous laws. Now we will see if the new laws will result in better outcomes for nature conservation as promised.

Dave Norris, community representative for the Tweed Shire Council, Koala Management Committee said, The environment minister has power to make a stop work order for 40 days if the Office of  Environment & Heritage (OEH) are of the opinion that any action is being, or is about to be, carried out that is likely to result in harm to a threatened species.

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11:15

Escape Artist cant be pinned down on Pure Space "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mysterious Melbourne producer and DJ Escape Artist is a creator thats been busy trying on a lot of hats musically. His debut release Lost Time is an LP of 8 diverse dance tracks, inspired by acid flecked house, drum and bass rhythms and intense jungle.

In an interview with Andy Garvey on Pure Space, he talked about his variety of influences and those really come through in this hour he prepared for the show. Alongside a number of his own tracks, Escape Artist has woven some spacey beats from his pals around Australia to create a mix that never feels familiar for too long.

 

Tracklist:

Escape Artist  Flight Out of Time
Runsthevoodoodown  Orbit E
Escape Artist  Signs of Life
Rudolf C Granite State
Nali  Ascendi
Escape Artist- From Pillar to Post
Jacobs Optical Stairway  The Naphosisous Wars (feat. Josh Wink)
Wax Doctor  Heat
Escape Artist  Zenith

 

Stream back the rest of the show and interview here. Catch all the interdimensional house and cosmic techno of Pure Space every Monday from 9pm 11pm.

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10:55

The Conflict of Congressional War Powers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?

 

      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).

    

      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...

10:53

State may consider peppercorn rent for old Byron Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith is hopeful the state government will lease back the old Byron District Hospital to the council for community use. File photo

Ballina MP Tamara Smith is hopeful the state government will lease back the old Byron District Hospital to the council for community use. File photo

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has gained a commitment from the NSW Health Minister during Question Time that he will consider keeping the old Byron hospital site in community hands and enable Byron Shire Council to lease the site for a peppercorn rent.

Given that there is no need for the site to be sold off to developers in order to pay for the remediation of the wold Mullumbimby Hospital site, there is no need for this valuable community asset to be sold off to the highest bidder, Ms Smith said.

This is a site that has historically supported the community through both frontline medical and allied health services and community meeting spaces. It is perfectly appropriate that it remain so and I am confident from the Ministers response to me that he agrees that this would be the best outcome for the Byron shire community, she added.

The community as a whole deserves the opportunity to pitch ideas to Byron Shire Council and I know that Mayor Simon Richardson would be looking at models for the site that truly do serve the interests of the community.

The Health Minister gave an undertaking that he and Property NSW would look at opportunities for the site and that it would not be sold prior to looking at what the community is proposing.

I call on the NSW government to keep the old Byron Hospital site in public ownership and to let Byron Shire Council lease it at a peppercorn rate, rather than having to raise money to buy back what already belongs to the Byron community, Ms Smith said.

 

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10:35

Call to Frydenberg to keep Tarkine tracks closed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The Bob Brown Foundation will host a peaceful demonstration at Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Melbourne this morning, calling for protection of the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in the Tarkine wilderness.


When: Today at 9:30AM
Where: Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Kooyong.

10:34

10:34

PERTH Its lucky you didnt kill someone: Ben Cousins slammed by judge after crashing into a truck while "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:32

36 underage sex charges against Kyogle man withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Kyogle man will stand trial in the District Court on 14 historic underage sex charges after police withdrew 36 charges against him.

Matthew Robert Frith appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing 56 historic underage sex charges multiple counts of  including aggravated sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16.

Police allege the offences occurred at Kyogle between April 2010 and July 2011.

It is alleged on April 8, Mr Frith, who was then aged 26, had his first encounter with the girl, who cant be named for legal reasons, when she was 14.

Mr Frith was charged with four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, three counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and three counts of aggravated (as the girl was allegedly drunk) sexual intercourse.

Three more times in 2010, May 7August 1 and October 3, the alleged encounters continued.

A further six counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16, two counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 and three counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, were laid over the alleged incidents.

In 2011 police allege Mr Frith met the girl seven times, twice in April, three times May and once in June and July respectively.

Mr Frith was charged with 21 counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, five counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, over the alleged encounters.

The 33 year-old was arrested on April 8 this year and taken to Casino police station where he was questioned and charged with 56 offences involving a girl aged 14 and 15.

Following his arrest Mr Frith was granted conditional bail by police who noted the offences were historical, Mr Frith had no contact with the victim and doesnt know where she lives, he was in a stable relationship and as he had lived at Kyogle since childhood he didnt pose a flight risk.

On Tuesday Mr Friths solicitor lodged an application to waive his right to a committal hearing in the Local Court on 14 charges relating to alleged incidents between April 2010 and July 2011.

He also lodged a section 166 certificate listing six backup charges to be con...

10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

10:12

Tales of housing exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maralyn Schofield, Manager of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, part of the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. Photo supplied.

Maralyn Schofield, Manager of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, part of the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. Photo supplied.

Locals are being forced into exploitative rental exchanges and substandard housing by unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of the regions housing crisis, the head of the local tenants advice service says.

As new figures show that rental vacancy rates remain at record lows, the head of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service, Maralyn Schofield, says people are being forced to work on properties for next to nothing just to have a roof over their heads.

Youve got these big properties with dwellings that often arent approved and are often substandard, such as old vans or sheds, Ms Schofield says.

And tenants are expected to exchange labour at a significantly reduced rate for this substandard accommodation.

A local man, who wishes only to be known as Andrew, says a landlord asked him to do $1,000 worth of building work each week in exchange for accommodation in a tiny caravan and poor-quality food.

It was sweltering hot, not very private and there was no running water, Andrew says.

I was building an outdoor kitchen, putting awnings on all the windows. I hated it but I just felt like there was nowhere else to go.

Ms Schofield said the rents in the Byron Shire had become ridiculous.

Ive been working in housing and homelessness for 15 years and I have never seen it this bad we really are in dire straits, she says.

A growing number of longtime locals are being forced to leave the Shire because they can no longer afford to live here.

Among them is Shakona Rose, the founder of the popular Soulful Abodes for the Tribe Facebook page, who had been living in the Shire full time since 2006. She  has now moved to Gympie, north of Brisbane.

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10:09

'Brains' of the plant world: Tree roots can probe hundreds of feet deep in search of water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. "Charles Darwin once wrote, in effect, that the tips of plant roots are like the brains of plants," Reinfelder said. "Roots sense the environment. They sense the water, where there's more nutrients, and they go for these resources. Roots are the smartest part of the plant." Reinfelder and colleagues published their findings online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study demonstrated the relationship between plant roots and water availability. It shows, through observations and modeling, that soil hydrology is the key force driving local and global patterns of root depths.

10:08

Plastic bags and packaging in councillors sights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

sarah_ndiaye_byron_greens_800x600Greens councillor Sarah Ndiaye will seek fellow councillors support at this Thursdays meeting to support a voluntary ban of single-use plastic bags and packaging in the Byron Shire during Plastic Free July 2018.

She says, Single-use plastic has become one of the biggest environmental problems we face and Im hoping my notice of motion (NoM) will get support, not just on the floor of Council, but in the wider community.

Unfortunately we dont have the power to ban plastic bags and takeaway containers at a council level, so it will take a concerted effort from residents, visitors and business to have a substantial impact.

She says a voluntary single-use plastic bag and packaging ban would involve Council creating a program to educate and assist local businesses and the community in reducing the use of disposable plastic items, hosting events to raise awareness and promoting alternative reduction or recyclable options.

We can also support the positive steps already taking place in the community, identify funding opportunities, provide better facilities for recycling and water stations and explore any legal options we have.

Councils Thursday meeting starts at 9am and is held at the Mullum chambers.

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Alleged Lismore stalker remains behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man accused of stalking three women earlier this month in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square remains behind bars.

Shane Andrew Mitchell appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison and was represented by Ms Fletcher solicitor.

The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.

His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.

Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.

Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.

From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.

When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.

In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.

The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.

He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.

When he first appeared in court following his arrest, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Mitchell to undergo a mental health assessment at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit.

On Tuesday the court heard Mr Mitchell had not been admitted to hospital following the assessment.

Ms Fletcher did not apply for bail for Mr Mitchell, which was formally refused by Magistrate Heilpern.

He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until November 7 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Mitchell is required to enter a plea to the charges at his next appearance.

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10:07

Thorntons Sweet Country wins prizes at international film festivals "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festivals Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territorys MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence. The cast also includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber and Matt Day. Sweet Country was written by Alyawarra man David Tranter and Steven McGregor, who made the documentary Servant or Slave. It will premiere in Australia next month at the Adelaide Film Festival ahead of a planned national release next year.

09:48

Banks Accused of Facilitating Money Laundering "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias big four banks have been allowing organised crime groups to launder up to $5 million a day, according to federal and state policing agencies. Money laundering occurs when funds obtained through illegal activities such as drug trafficking is channelled into seemingly legal assets and enterprises such as businesses, property, gambling and trust funds in

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09:47

Final Queenscliff Music Festival Lineup Additions Announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Queenscliff Music Festival The fifth and final Queenscliff Music Festival artist announcement dropped this week and we couldnt be more excited for this years festival. Heading up the latest round of artists is the legendary and award winning Russell Morris, bringing his extensive back catalogue plus his latest Blues Trilogy numbers to []

09:42

"Questioned By Life..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to...

09:21

Julie Bishop meets charming, delightful Ivanka "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is becoming well acquainted with the Trump clan.

Ms Bishop, who is leading the Australian delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opted not to attend, has had multiple discussions with US President Donald Trump and sat down for a meeting with first daughter Ivanka Trump on Wednesday.

Ms Bishop also posted a photo on Twitter with herself, partner David Panton and Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump together at a UN event.

The foreign minister and Ivanka Trump, who holds the official title of senior adviser to the president, originally met at the UN on Tuesday at events to combat human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery. They then decided to follow up with a sit-down meeting on Wednesday to gauge if there were opportunities for Australia to partner with Ms Trump and her foundation.

Shes charming, delightful, very intelligent and a committed young woman and Im very pleased to get to know her and to be part of opportunities her foundation and the US administration more generally may have in working with Australia on these issues of ending modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, but also more positive areas like promoting female entrepreneurship, Ms Bishop told reporters.

Ms Bishop will deliver Australias address to the UN General Assembly on Friday (Saturday 2am AEST).

The foreign minister said she spoke to Mr Trump at a UN luncheon in New York...

09:20

Can Putin Stand Up To Washington? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Can Putin Stand Up To Washington?

Drake University Emeritus Professor of Economics Ismael Hossein-zadeh explains that the reason Russian President Vladimir Putin so often blinks when Washington confronts him is that the ruling oligarchs in the US and Russia are members of the same financial elite. The more than one hundred Russian billionaires are financially integrated into the West and are able to elevate their interests above Russian national interests.

If this is correct, then Russias only alternative if Russia is to remain a sovereign country and escape being another Washington puppet state like the UK, all of Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan is to nationalize without compensation the holdings of the Russian billionaires. Most of them stole their fortunes in the turbulent days of Soviet collapse and privatization. The Russian people should steal them back.

https://ismaelhossein-zadeh.com/putin-blinks/

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09:15

NSW to consider assisted dying laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

SYDNEY  [AAP]

Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.

Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.

I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.

A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.

Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.

In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.

This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.

But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.

Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.

I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...

09:04

Video: People hitting the streets in Barcelona in support of Catalan independence "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum. This is happening right now.

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09:03

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake quake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

08:37

Theres no time like show time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Murwillumbah Showground, now open for use by recreational vehicles for overnight camping.

Murwillumbah Showground. Photo supplied.

Its gearing up for show time in Murwillumbah and this year the annual show will run for the 117th time.

Organised by the Tweed River Agricultural Society board members and volunteers, preparations for the event to be held on the first weekend in November are well underway.

Its now all systems go for Peita Gardiman who has just been appointed secretary Peita stepped up to fill this  very important role at a late stage in the organisation of the annual show.

Ms Gardiman is pulling out all the stops to make this years Murwillumbah Show something to remember and is working hard to keep the show tradition alive in the years to come.

Its such a great day out for the whole family, she said. Its a fixture in everyones calendar. Its a wonderful feel and celebration of farming, the countryside and outdoor life. I think thats why people love it.

Peita says the show movement is one she is pleased to be involved with. I thank the people who invited me to become a part of the Murwillumbah Show. Being involved with a show with this much history gives you a feeling of achievement and satisfaction in creating something for someone elses enjoyment. I would recommend everyone to become involved in the Show.

Show society President Allan Campbell welcomed Ms Gardimans enthusiasm and says the show is looking at combining the traditional elements we all know and love with new exciting exhibits and headline entertainment. We want to keep people coming back time and time again for many more years to come.

After two successive years of financial losses the Agricultural Society has only sufficient funds for the coming 2017 show. To ensure the ongoing viability of the event the Society is introducing a gate fee this year to be sustainable and to p...

08:34

Prehistoric frog ate dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2014 video about Beelzebufo ampinga is called Prehistoric News : Devil Frog had Spikes and Armor.

From Sci-News.com:

Giant Prehistoric Frogs Ate Small Dinosaurs, Claim Scientists

Sep 20, 2017

Exceptionally large individuals of Beelzebufo ampinga, an extinct species of frog that lived in Madagascar during the Late Cretaceous epoch, about 68 million years ago, were capable of eating small dinosaurs, according to an international research team led by California State Polytechnic University scientists.

This conclusion comes from a study of the bite force of extant South American horned frogs (genus Ceratophrys).

Unlike the vast majority of frogs which have weak jaws and typically consume small prey, horned frogs ambush animals as large as themselves including other frogs, snakes, and rodents, explained co-author Dr. Marc Jones, from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum.

And their powerful jaws play a critical role in grabbing and subduing the prey.

Dr. Jones and co-authors from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia found that small horned frogs, with head width of about 1.8 inches (4.5 cm), can bite with a f...

08:30

Winners for local sustainable building "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Zephyr Leung won first prize in the under 16 category. Photo supplied.

Zephyr Leung won first prize in the under 16 category. Photo supplied.

Seagulls Club played host to Councils Living for the Future Home Expo which included the announcement of the winners for the 2017 regional Sustainable House Day Build It Local design competition awards and view the design entries on display.

Organisers we very happy with the entries and several prizes were awarded in four categories, Professional, Community, Peoples Choice and a Young Designers prize.

This years winner of the $1000 Red Neds Professional Category with a Build it Local theme, which challenged designers to use local materials and labour, was Brisbane and Ballina based architects Aardvarc.

Aardvarc designer Leah Brown said the competition was an opportunity to take design a step further beyond standard practice, and into a realm of unknown possibilities.

This annual event opens an opportunity each year for us to think about how we live and what we really do need to live, minimising our footprint in the process. Designers having to think outside the box creates a pathway for sustainable change to follow.

Children, mum, dads and local governments follow with interest hoping for new ways to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.

Aardvarcs winning design focused on upcycling the Murwillumbahs industrial materials to create a sustainable housing project. Inspired by abandoned sugarcane wagons from the disused Murwillumbah Rail, the house focuses on climatic adaptability with a proposal for a moving roof.

Judges Michael Leung, Zana Wright, Ben Grant and David C Harris all felt it was an awesome use of local/recycled materials, which give the design a real sense of place.

The Judges also have plenty of  praise for second place winner Jaye Irvings Hemp House, which featured at the Open Homes Day on Sunday saying it was a wonderful design and great use of material.

The winner of the $500 Enova Community Category Daniel Stewart wasnt able to make it on the day but was thrilled to have won. The judges agreed that his design captured used a lot of crea...

08:29

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

08:26

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Read More

08:25

Major Bank to Governments: Go on, Give us your Carbon Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Banks have become remarkably coy about demanding carbon tax cash, in return for support for climate investment, but at least one major bank wanted to make sure readers got the hint. Banking on climate change 19 Sep 2017 Andrew Cornell Leaving aside that the energy debate in Australia is almost

08:21

New look $10 note hits our pockets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new $10 banknote has entered general circulation, following the release of the new $5 banknote last year. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said: The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes at the cutting edge in terms of security against counterfeiting. I am pleased that from []

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08:20

Really? Townsville's largest employer can't get an EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) passed and not a peep out of the local press. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

James Cook Uni's EBA was voted down by JCU employees two days ago, and not a word from the Bulletin (maybe it was news on TV?). This is a big deal as it will effect the wages of those employees and how much they can, or can't, spend in the local economy. Can anyone from JCU elaborate?

Can't edit the title(?) but should have said "One of Townsville's largest employers..." Not the largest. Thanks Xedlar.

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07:34

Madrid raids Catalan government to stop independence referendum "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In the lead up to the intended 1 October independence from Spain referendum  in Catalonia, police have raided the Catalan governments offices of the departments for Economic Affairs, Foreign Relations and the Presidency and arrested officials, including the junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove.

The day before, a trove of documents were confiscated from the private delivery company Unipost in the Catalan city of Terrasa.

This followed last Fridays announcement by the Conservative Mariano Rahoy government in Madrid that it was taking over control of the Catalan governments finances, a move designed to hinder the carrying out of the referendum. It has also taken over the payment of public sector workers, effectively making them employees of the central government.

The Catalan government will lose funds to provide for such things as healthcare, education and public infrastructure.

In addition, the banks have been instructed to control all movements of cash in the accounts and credit cards of all Catalan leaders.

The pro-independence parties won the 2015 regional election and were able to form a coalition government between them, with 72 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

This government has accused Madrid of a totalitarian attitude and unlawful arrests and is challenging its actions in Spains Supreme Court, although the court has already announced that it would not intervene until it had made a ruling.

Catalonias pro-separatist government challenged Madrids actions in Spains Supreme Court, but a court spokeswoman said it was in force and would not be suspended while judges rule on its legality.

Despite the barriers set up, the Catalan government remains defiant and determined to press ahead with the referendum. At least 70 percent of the 7.5 million people living in Catalonia behind this.

For Madrid, the move looks like desperation and it will have repercussions, not only in Catalonia, but in the other regions also seeking their independence. It will also impact across a Spain, where much of the population has turned away from the traditional political parties and politicians and demand a new course for the country.

 

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07:34

Island Breakers earn seven grand final berths "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pauleen Boulton competes for the ball against her Wonthaggi opponent in the semi-final battle.

Finley Dempsey rises high to get the header in the semi-final against Wonthaggi last Sunday.

Marco Chiampo and Cameron Boulton were the Gippsland Soccer League top goal scorers for 2017. Boulton was also the best and fairest runner-up.

PHILLIP Island Breakers have achieved the ultimate with all teams earning a grand final berth in the Gippsland Soccer League finals series.
The Breakers teams will travel to Drouin next Sunday with the hope of bringing a few trophies back to the Island.
Im extremely proud to have all our teams qualifying for the 2017 grand finals. Our coaches and players have worked extremely hard all year and it is great to see them rewarded for their efforts, said Club President Geoff Russell.
Its a huge achievement to have one team make the grand finals, but to have all seven qualify is amazing and I believe its unprecedented.
2017 has been a very successful year for the Breakers with 5 teams finishing on top of the league ladder and winning the minor premiership.
The whole club is buzzing and we are looking forward to the grand finals next week.
Senior Womens Coach Gary Thomas was equally pleased.
It has been a fantastic year for the Womens team, with the team only narrowly missing out on winning the League Championship by goal difference, said Gary.
The team...

07:30

PTUA supports call for better services for Ballarat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballarat single track

The Public Transport Users Association today welcomed Committee for Ballarats new #59minuteballarat campaign, which calls for full duplication of the line to Ballarat, electrification of the line to Melton, and faster, more frequent and more reliable services.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said the region needs a long-term bipartisan plan to deliver the infrastructure and services it needs.

The Ballarat line has always been held back by the long single-track sections. Trains need to wait in crossing loops for trains coming the other way, which adds to journey time and limits how frequently trains can run. It also means that when one train is late getting to the crossing loop, other trains need to wait for it meaning delays spread from one train to another.

Weve seen some fantastic investment recently, with part of the line to be duplicated over the next two years but theres still a long way to go. With Ballarats population expected to grow to 160,000 by 2040, and the western suburbs of Melbourne already growing rapidly, we need the full duplication of the line to Ballarat, and electrification of the line to Melton, as soon as humanly possible.

The good news is, we know this is a sound investment for governments to make from the Regional Fast Rail project to Regional Rail Link, when governments have invested in a better service, people have flocked to it. If governments continue to invest in better public transport, the public will use it

The Committee for Ballarat proposal calls for an express train between Ballarat and Melbourne in under an hour, as well as more frequent and more reliable trains.

The full duplication of the line is going to allow for some dramatic improvements to service on the Ballarat line not just a faster journey once youre on the train, but more trains, more often. Not only would running trains more frequently reduce overcrowding and give people more choice in when to travel, it would cut door-to-door journey time less time waiting on the platform means more time at home with your family.

The State government maintains that Melton cant be added to the electrified Metro network until the Metro Tunnel opens in 2026 even if this is the case, detailed planning needs to start now, so that the two projects can be built alongside each other and open...

07:22

Big Corps Selling Lower Quality Foods To Poorer East EU Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

A Slovenian and an Australian sip a Coca-Cola at the same time, although worlds apart. The latter enjoys a typical formula. But the formers is exploding with elevated sugar content and fructo-glucose. The Coke in Prague might dance a more muted jig on the taste buds than the one in London. What happened?

People have suspected double standards on the part of Big Food corporations and their goods in different countries for decades now. Turns out, they were on to something.

Vra Jourov, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated that multinational food companies are selling vastly different products to different countries, but use identical branding on their packaging.

She says that many foods sold in Eastern Europe by Western multinational corporations are significantly inferior to the same brands product sold in Western Europe.

She voiced the exasperation of the Eastern European people who feel the need to buy things abroad in order to have fish fingers that will contain fish meat, or orange juice that will contain oranges.

The frustration is growing and we should do something against it, she told The Guardian.

However, aside from the Coca-Cola, Sput...

07:21

Half of All Men Cant Answer this Insanely Basic Question About Womens Anatomy, According to Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. A new poll from The Eve Appeal, a cancer research charity, has revealed that 50 percent of men are unable to point to the vagina on a diagram. The survey of 1,000 men came out just before Septembers Gynaecological Cancer Awareness...

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07:16

'City'-like area constructed by octopuses discovered in Australian bay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The discovery of an underwater city built by octopuses, dubbed Octlantis, has led researchers to conclude the mysterious mollusks aren't the loners we thought they were. Octopuses have long been thought solitary creatures, with mating typically the only meeting between the two sexes. The creatures always go their separate ways afterward. However in Jervis Bay, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, researchers recently discovered a 'city' built by octopuses on rocky outcrops using piles of old shells.

07:07

Crew Takeover Charades "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next on the growing list of crew takeovers for Earthcore in the Park 2017 NSW say hello to Charades!

Originally starting as a house & techno event in Sydney, this brand has seen its scope grow wider and wider; hosting acts from Jeff Mills, RDHD, Gilles Peterson, Derrick May to Malaa, LTJ Bukem DJ, Kode9 and Goldie to name just a few.. Charades embraces new music and multiple styles without genre boundaries, whilst still keeping a firm nod to the essence of underground clubbing at its best.

Expect nothing but a solid local line up to take care of your house & techno fix in the Techno Bunker of earthcore in the Park NSW this November!

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06:47

Mother Demands Answers After Son, 8, Put in Restraints and Injected on First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school.

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06:47

7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You Are in A Dysfunctional Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dysfunctional relationships can make life a lot more difficult than it has to be. In the modern day society, we are forced to have many different relationships through work, school, and our personal lives!

Society has forced us antisocial introverts into forming relationships and dealing with other people on the regular. Typically when one hears of a dysfunctional relationship they are thinking of an intimate one or with family members. However, dysfunctional relationships can take on many forms! You know that coworker that is always giving you hell for no reason? Exactly. We all know life would be easier without them in our ear, but we dont really get to pick and choose everyone we have in our lives. However, there are many different tips on managing a dysfunctional relationship.

1. Dont Enable Them

One of the easiest ways to take back control of a dysfunctional relationship is by not enabling them. If you have an alcoholic family member that is causing you grief it would be a much better idea not to leave your wine out in front of them. If a boss is always picking on you then assess the issues of your own job description and nothing more.

2. Try to Understand

Everything we do is a chain reaction from a reaction we had to something else. Everyone does everything for a reason, even if they arent positive things. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with someone try to tap into their own issues. Figure out what is provoking your boss to pick on you.

3. Dont Feed It

When that person starts doing acts that cause even more tension between the two of you simply refuse to feed into it. When they start bickering at you do not bicker back. Two wrongs dont make a right.

4. Be Realistic

When dealing with an extremely stressful dysfunctional relationship your brain will start to try and find possible solutions. It looks for any possible outcome to escape the grief of the relationship. Dont let yourself make answers and solutions for the other person. Dont expect them to automatically change. This mindset will cause you to become confused.

5. Empathize

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06:39

Dont go to work if you are sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen

Access to Sick leave as part of your employment, is something every Australian worker should be entitled to.

Yet many of us dont take our sickies. Is it because were pressured by the employer to turn up to work regardless of how whether we feel well or not?

Many years ago, Egyptian workers building pyramids for their pharaohs were entitled to sick leave. Somehow over the lengthy passage of time, sick leave for workers disappeared.

Paid sick leave is not something Australian workers have always had. At the turn of the twentieth century, access to sick leave was contained under common law, making it a difficult area for workers to obtain their rights.

The effort put in by workers and their unions, began making inroads into this area. In Australia paid sick leave was introduced back in 1907, when the Shearers Award allowed a shearer to take a sick day if he was unwell.

In 1922 the Engineers Award had a sick leave provision included allowing up to a weeks sick leave. By the end of the 1920s sick leave provisions appeared in most Awards. In the next fifty years Australian workers became entitled to 10 or so sick days per year.

As the gains of previous generations are being taken from us, new challenges arise.

A problem now prevalent is called presenteeism, with many workers going to work even though they are unwell. Often sick workers attend work, spreading germs amongst their colleagues.

Youll often hear the boss whingeing how much your sickie costs them, but do they tell you the cost of presenteeism?

In 2014, it has been estimated, presenteeism cost Australian businesses $24. It seems the bosses are so blinkered, they dont even acknowledge it costs them more to have a sick worker on site!

Work can make you sick. Sick leave is yours. Take it.

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06:24

Brian Houston of Hillsongs sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley

 

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs older daughters, on this blog site on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

 

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, Pastor Frank Houston. part 1. Franks Houston...

06:16

Trump Blocks His First Chinese Acquisition of an American Company "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

What's behind the recent national security-driven decision to block a Chinese acquisition of a U.S. firm?

06:14

Australia has just had the driest winter ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

In Australia, we have just experienced warmest winter on record, with average maximum temperatures reaching nearly 2C above average. Rainfall has also been very low. Who can now deny our weather is changing?

This record-breaking winter heat has set the scene for a dangerous bushfire season, which is starting earlier than normal in many parts of the nation.

Extreme weather is occurring and creating havoc around the world, including huge cyclones hitting the Caribbean and United states and South Asia. Millions of people have being displaced and it is only going to get worse.

Its not only this year. Everybody knows that the weather patterns have been different in every part of Australia for over 10 years.

One of the great wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is dying, as the temperature of the ocean begins to rise.

Even in the face of this. Our reliance on burning up fossil fuels and sending greenhouse gases into the air continues. Many people are campaigning for change. Unfortunately, our government is not listening and continues to bow down before the fossil fuel industry.

The question is, when will we no longer be able to grow enough food to feed ourselves, if we continue the same course? This is already a dry land. Crops depend on water.

Australia is already the land of bushfires and as these become more frequent and severe, people are put at risk, as well as our native animals and plants.

It is time Australia did much more about it. If our politicians continue to drag their feet over this, they deserve the boot. We are the ones who must do it.

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05:24

Why didn't Florida's power company do more to prepare for Irma? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy. Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area's power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms. "I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma," Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. "My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We've been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms." McKenna is far from alone. FPL's workers on the ground seem to be doing all they can to fix downed lines and restore power to homes, and they deserve huge credit for working around the clock in awful conditions. But the company's corporate and government-relations wings have serious questions to answer this week after quashing regulations that could have made the energy grid stronger at a slight expense to FPL's billion-dollar bottom line.

05:06

How Graham-Cassidys Funding Formula Gives Washington Unprecedented Power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The past several days have seen competing analyses over the block-grant funding formula proposed in health-care legislation by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bills sponsors have one set of spreadsheets showing the potential allocation of funds to states under their plan, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has another, and consultants at Avalere (funded in this case by the liberal Center for American Progress) have a third analysis quantifying which states would gain or lose under the bills funding formula.

So whos right? Which states will end up the proverbial winners and losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill? The answer is simple: Nope.

Policy-makers arguing over minute intricacies of the funding formula miss the fact that the bill gives the executive virtually unlimited discretion to change that funding formula. Whether the statutory formula benefits a given state could well matter less than what federal bureaucrats want to do to tilt the formula in favor of, or against, that state.

While the bills proponents claim the legislation will increase state authority, in reality the bill gives unelected bureaucrats the power to distribute nearly $1.2 trillion in taxpayer dollars unilaterally. In so doing, the bill concentrates rather than diminishes Washingtons powerand could set the course for the mother of all backroom deals to pass the legislation.

A Complicated Spending Formula

To start with, the bill repeals Obamacares Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, effective in January 2020. It then replaces those two programs with a block grant totaling $1.176 trillion from 2020 through 2026. All else equal, this set of actions would disadvantage states that expanded Medicaid, because the Medicaid expansion money currently being received by 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) would be re-distributed among all 50 states.

From there the formula gets more complicated. (You can read the sponsors description of it here.) The bill attempts to equalize per-person funding among all states by 2026, with funds tied to a states number of individuals with incomes between 50 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level.

The bill would adjust the funding formula to reflect both risk adjustment and actuarial valuein laymens terms, it would work to ensure tha...

04:40

Experts Say People Who Talk to Themselves Arent Weird They Are Actually Smarter! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There is a stigma in todays society that suggests that talking to oneself is actually a sign of mental instability. The action is often portrayed in movies and television as the act of a serial killer or psychopath, someone who is ultimately dangerous, unstable and should be locked up for the safety of all those around them. New research suggests, however, that this couldnt be further from the truth.

Lets start by admitting it we have all talked to ourselves at one time or another. It could be in the process of completing a DIY project, walking through the steps that need to be completed or simply expressing frustration out loud when things in life appear to be going a little off from what we were hoping.

Daniel Swingley at the University of Wisconsin and Gary Lupyan at the University of Pennsylvania set out to better understand this habit and the implications that it has on our mental state in a recent study. The two asked participants to identify a number of familiar objects in illustrations, including items like a balloon, a guitar, and a purse. The first time through the exercise the instructors were delivered as a written message, asking them to locate an object while they were timed. The second time they were asked to repeat the item that they were searching for over and over out loud as they were looking.

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The results provided insight into the way that talking to ourselves can actually improve upon our overall mental performance. In the study, the authors wrote, speaking the name of the target immediately prior to the search display made search significant faster and more accurate.

They then took this information and decided to further test their theory, sending the participants to the grocery store in search of specific items. This second leg of the study turned up the same results, with the participants finding the item that they seek faster and more accurately when they were repeating the item out loud to themselves while browsing the aisles of the store.

Experts speculate that this experience occurs due to the fact that speaking to ourselves allows us to view the situation objectively. We are stepping outside of the situation and removing the distractions that would normally hinder our ability to think through our actions. Ethan Kross, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan explains, Language provides us with this tool to gain distance from our own experiences...

04:33

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum.

The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull government, assisted by the calculating antics of South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, is that diversity will be shored up by such measures as the $60 million innovation fund for small publishers while scrapping the so-called two-out-of-three rule for TV, radio and press ownership. Such dissembling language is straight out of the spin doctors covert manual: place innovation in the title, and you might get across the message.

As Chris Graham of New Matilda scornfully put it, The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Paul Budde of Independent Australia was similarly excoriating. To increase power of the incumbent players through media reforms might not necessarily have an enormous effect on the everyday media diversity, but it will allow organisations such as the Murdoch press to wield even greater power over Australian politics than is already the case.

As the statement from Senator Xenophons site reads, Grants would be allocated, for example, to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, development of apps, business activities to drive revenue and readership, and training, all of which will assist in extending civic and regional journalism. The communications minister Mitch Fifield went so far as to deem the fund a shot in the arm for media organisations, granting them a fighting chance.

The aim here, claims the good senator, is to throw down the gauntlet to the revenue pinchers such as Facebook and Google while generating a decent number of recruits through journalism cadet-ships.  Google, claimed Xenophon in August, are hoovering up billions of dollars or revenue along with Facebook and that is killing media in this country....

04:26

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

The post President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

03:15

Homeless Man Finds 40K, Youll Never Guess What He Does With It "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If you came across a backpack stuffed with $40,000, what would you do with it? For Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, the answer was simple. James is a resident of a Boston-area homeless shelter. On Saturday, Sept. 4, under the canopy at the T.J. Maxx store in the nearby town of Dorchester, James []

03:15

Whens The Best Age To Get Married, According To Science? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If you ask friends, family, or a random stranger when the best time to get married is, youll get a range of answers, ranging from right now to never. Really, if marriage is on the mind, you should get it done whenever you and your partner want but what does science have to say []

03:10

Lee Harvey Oswald CIA Files, Ordered For Oct Release, Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Some things never change. Just as concerned citizens searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, believe they are getting closer to the truth, the lawless [...]

01:35

Australia's Securities Watchdog Might Run Its Own Blockchain Nodes "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia's securities markets regulator is weighing the use of blockchain as part of broader data strategy.

01:27

Right Now as ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join Adrian, Paul and Happy for 2hrs of relief from the non stop madness. We are joined by Australian author Oli Doyle you can find his work on I tunes as pod casts The truth can be painful make this you Wednesday relief website: www.olidoyle.com

01:16

Niacin: The Original Megavitamin Is More Important Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We have been discussing the importance of niacin with Dr. Andrew Saul. So far we have discussed niacins role in overcoming schizophrenia, arthritis, high blood cholesterol, as well as learning and behavior disorders. Now lets look at skin cancer and birth defect news and a general overview of Dr. Abram Hoffers research.

Dr. Andrew W. Saul has been an orthomolecular medical writer and lecturer for 41 years. Dr. Saul has taught clinical nutrition at New York Chiropractic College and postgraduate continuing education programs. He was also on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years. Two of those years were spent teaching for the university in both womens and mens penitentiaries.

Dr. Saul is editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles. His bestselling book Doctor Yourself has been translated into eight languages. He has written a dozen other books, four of them as coauthor with Abram Hoffer, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Sauls educational website is www.DoctorYourself.com, the largest peer-reviewed, non-commercial natural healing resource on the Internet. He is a board member of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. Saul was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2013. He is featured in the documentaries FoodMatters and That Vitamin Movie.

New health benefits of niacin continue to be discovered. As we go to press, an Australian dermatologist, Dr. Gary Halliday, and his team have published a review in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine calling for clinical trials of niacinamide to prevent melanoma (1). Dr. Halliday, professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney, and his team see niacinamide (vitamin B3) as a low-cost way of preventing melanoma skin cancer. They point out that nicotinamide enhances DNA repair and reduces inflammation caused by ultraviolet radiation. The researchers point to the results from the clinical trial, which reduced the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk individuals, and said it would be worthwhile to determine whether it would also be useful for high-risk melanoma patients.

Passwater: Dr. Saul, we have seen reports before this study about niacins protective effect against non-melanoma skin cancer. What is the most likely mechanism involved?

Saul: Niacin (or niacinamide, also called nicotinamide) reduces two key pathways to carcinogenesis: DNA damage and UV-induced
immunosuppression.

Passwater: Figure 1 graphically depicts this from the excellent article in Melanoma Letters (2) by Drs. Diona Damian, Andrew Martin and Gary Halliday, who are Australian researchers. By the way, this is an excellent article for researchers as...

00:51

FBI Seeks to Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

from Its Going Down

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

[Earth First! Newswire editors note: The FBI appears to have taken a special interest in North Carolina activists lately. See this article and the articles it links to for more information.]

00:50

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:

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00:46

Cashless Welfare Card: a denizen of Mount Olympus pontificates on the ignorant masses below "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This was Dr Jeremy Sammut (left) from the Centre for Independent Studies giving his views on the ignorant underclass, Friday, 8 September 2017:

Its a libertarian fantasy that the problem of welfare dependence can be addressed without using the power of the state to compel responsible personal behaviour.

State compulsion, for example, is essential to enforce mutual obligation requirements and force the unemployed to actively seek a job, instead of continuing to loaf on the dole.

My research on the nations child protection crisis has sharply revealed the social damage wreaked by unrestricted welfare and parental bad behaviour among an underclass of dysfunctional families.

I therefore have no problem with the idea that welfare recipients could be compelled to take better care of children by being forced to spend their benefits on food and other essentials, rather than on drink, drugs, and gambling.

This is how we should view the debate about the federal governments plan to expand the trial of the cashless welfare card as a means of addressing the intergenerational transfer of dysfunction and dependence within families.

In philosophical terms, the cashless welfare card is an example of ...

00:45

Singing the heavens, singing the land, singing the lore, singing the people and their history - weaving memory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


And those of us whose forebears stumbled off a handful of British boats in 1788 are still trying and often failing to understand this rich, enduring culture.......

The Monthly, September 2017:

Epic of Gilgamesh is Googles answer to what is the oldest known literature. Unknown scribes in the city of Ur picked the poem out in cuneiform letters some 4500 years ago. These clay tablets preserved an older oral tradition, but that part of the story is usually left out. Instead, the Mesopotamian epic fits easily into that cartoonish diagram of the Ascent of Man, where civilisation means writing, a sequence of metals and a procession of capitals: Memphis, Babylon, Athens, Rome.

Compare this lineage to the ceremonial songs of Aboriginal Australia. Their absolute vintage is unknowable, but the best estimates run to at least 12,000 years old. At this distance in time, the study of literature needs not just linguists but geologists. There are songlines that accurately describe landscape features (like now-disappeared islands) from the end of the Pleistocene epoch. Their provenance may stretch even further back, all the way into the last ice age. They are also alive. The last person to hear Epic of Gilgamesh declaimed in her native culture died millennia ago. Songlines that may have been born 30,000 years ago are being sung right now.

Read the full article here.

00:43

Melbourne: Rival groups face off as police test new anti-mask laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.

00:38

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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00:18

The Demise of Civic Journalism: Australias Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Senator Nick Xenophon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with

00:16

La La Land: Morgan Freeman and Hollywood demand that Trump 'tell us the truth' about "Russian election interference" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman appeared in a political video published Monday, in which he demanded President Donald Trump speak directly to the American people about the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While insisting that the Kremlin's election interference is "no movie script," Morgan said, "we need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth." Comment: Trump already did tell the truth. That Morgan Freeman and many others don't accept the answer is the problem. They can't help but continue to hate on Trump (and Russia) and believe the lies told to them by the incredibly propagandistic and deceptive US media. "We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, 'My fellow Americans. During this past election, we cam under attack by the Russian government," Freeman demands Trump to say, adding, 'I've called on Congress and out intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.'"

00:05

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must prot...

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23:53

Bega Valley: Fluoridation vote deferred as opponents make fresh plea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Council has chosen to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate its water supplies after hearing passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery at the council meeting Wednesday.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them before the matter came back to council.

There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period. Council received a total of 332 valid submissions and of these 86 per cent were against fluoridation. This represents about one per cent of the 29,000 people, to whom council supplies water.

The 14 per cent that supported fluoridation mostly cited dental health benefits. Submissions against fluoridation cited a number of reasons including fluoride being toxic, being against mass medication, being against forced medication, not believing that fluoride reduces tooth decay and not wanting chemicals added to drinking water.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938047/fluoridation-vote-deferred-as-opponents-make-fresh-plea/?cs=509

23:21

Australia Ends Double Taxation of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Bitcoin and other cryptos are no longer double taxed in Australia

23:00

What Amit Shahs Testimony in the Maya Kodnani Trial Means "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss Amit Shahs testimony in defence of Maya Kodnani, and the 2002 riots.

Siddharth Vardarajan: Welcome to this Facebook live video at The Wire with Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra. Mittas is arguably one of the most comprehensive books to emerge out of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. It is unique because it comes at the end of the process of investigation and prosecution and is essentially a critique of the special investigative teams efforts in probing the Gujarat violence in general, and in particular the manner in which it discharged its duty on the task of ascertaining whether the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, along with 60 plus other political and state officials, had a case to answer for when it came to their alleged complicity in the 2002 violence.

The immediate peg for our discussion is the testimony that Amit Shah, the BJP president, gave on September 18 in the trial court for the Naroda Gam massacre case. This was testimony he was asked to give as a defence witness for Maya Kodnani who, at the time of 2002 massacre, was simply a BJP leader. She was elevated to cabinet by Narendra Modi in 2007. Even though there were allegations in the previous five years of her involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre for which she has since been convicted and Naroda Gam, Modi took her in and she resigned only after she was convicted by the trial court in the Naroda Patiya massacre for playing a central role in directing the mobs and being part of the conspiracy to massacre over 90 people. She was sent to jail and she is out on bail right now. The issue at hand is her alleged involvement in the Naroda Gam case. She had earlier complained to the court that she had been unable to reach Amit Shah, and finally Shah was summoned and then he appeared. There he corroborated her claim, that at two moments in the morning, around 8 to half past 8 and at 11 am, Amit Shah corroborated her claim that she was in the first instance in the assembly building and in the second instance in the hospital with her. Some eyewitnesses say she was at Naroda Gam around those times. So Manoj, start by giving us your assessment  about the significance of Shahs testimony in the context of what she has been saying and in the context of the Naroda Gam case itself.

Manoj Mitta: As you said this is something that happened rather belatedly and since it is in the run up to the Gujarat elections, it has raised eyebrows. It trigg...

22:36

Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee on National Radioactive Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Details on how to apply are at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.         Media Contact: 0438 619 987

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility:
Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee

Nominations have opened for the Kimba Consultative Committee. The Committee will give the community the opportunity to have their say about a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The formation of the Kimba Consultative Committee is an important next step in the Phase Two consultation and technical assessment process, which is now underway in the Kimba area.

Most of Australias current and future waste stream is linked to the production of nuclear medicines that, on average, one in two Australians will need in their lifetime.

The waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country, and after landowners volunteered two sites and the community was found to be supportive, Kimba is being considered as the location for the facility where that waste will be consolidated and managed. Barndioota is the other site currently under consideration.

The Committee will ideally be made up of community members with a variety of views on the project, and include business owners, direct neighbours, local government and other stakeholders.

It will meet regularly during consultation as an information sharing source between the Government and Kimba community, providing a forum for:

  • Advice and input into areas that affect the community in relation to the project;
  • Advice on the suitability of proposed projects under the Community Benefit Package;
  • Consulting on, and being informed of, the outcomes of field and technical investigation work;
  • Advice on engagement activities undertaken with neighbouring landowners, key stakeholders and the general public;
  • Helping to identify the key social and community values to be considered in the evaluation of the sites; and
  • Assisting in communicating and disseminating information to the broader community.

Bruce McCleary, General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce, confirmed the details today.

This Committee is a key conduit between the community and the Government, and will reflect the successful model already in place at Barndioota, said McCleary.

There are a number of jobs, business opportunities and community benefits that would come alongside the facility, and this Committee will provide advice to help shape those aspects...

22:12

Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jon...

21:44

13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...

21:43

Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...

21:31

Jill Hennessy Pushes Failed & Dangerous Flu Vaccines Onto Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

21:22

Worried Sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$7300
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Period debt occurred: 
September 2010 to September 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

My stress levels have been through the roof.
I have lost count of the sleepless nights I have suffered since this whole farce began and whilst I am 100% convinced I have done nothing wrong I cant stop worrying about it.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
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21:10

John and Mary Kopke "The Ship Mahogany" LP 1982 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This album features John and Mary Kopke who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, were active folksingers based in Warrnambool in Victoria.
The album features a mix of tracks ably performed by this couple with some good vocal and instrumental backing.

The title comes from a self-penned song apparently about a wrecked ship discovered somewhere near Warrnambool. Of course, regulars to the blog will recognise a number of "standards" in this album.

Tracklist
1. The Ship Mahogany
2. Leaving Liverpool
3. Ballad of Cob and Co
4. MTA (Melbourne adaption)
5. Bo The Banjo Man
6. Flash Jack from Gundagai
7. Reedy Lagoon
8. Mary's Choice (trads)
9. Blame it on the Kellys
10. Drovers Dream
11. Ballarat-o
12. Click go the Shears.

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20:43

The persistence of (belief in) socialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

I find the persistence of belief in socialism surprising (an example here), particularly given that Venezuela and North Korea both, in their different ways, display, yet again, the disastrous results in poverty, human misery and tyranny of actually existing socialism: that is, state domination of the economy. The lesson of Venezuela is, if anything, even stronger, as it is an example of the democratic path to socialism.

Now, it is possible that by socialism such folk mean something other than a state-run and dominated economy, but if they do, they need to pick a different term because that is what, socialism, in practice, means. Trying to get it to mean something else this late in its history is not practical. And using socialism as a placeholder term for some unspecified system of common ownership is empty moral self-indulgence parading as political commitment.

Recently, I had drinks with a very well-read friend who grew up in the Soviet Union and so has some lived insights into this. He made two very cogent points:

(1) What other language of justice-inspired of major social change is there? There remain all sorts of reasons to be morally repelled by aspects of contemporary society: what is the alternative political vision for a post-capitalist society? If there isnt any, then socialism wins by default, as it has no effective competitor in the moral marketplace.

(2) For the Left, history is not the past, its the future. For folk like my friend and I, history is what happened in the past, from which we can learn and draw lessons. For the Left, history is what is going to happen, it is what has an arc that bends towards justice while the past is something to be judged, censored and transcended.

(As an aside, it is a nice illustration of a wider tendency for secular appropriation of religious ideas that Barack Obama liked quoting Martin Luther King who was quoting Theodore Parker on the arc of history bending towards justice, but turned what was a kingdom of God religious point into a very different secular claim.)

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20:30

marigold fable | a birth story "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On one of our final days in Bali last year I was preparing to have a massage and wondered why the masseuse didnt want me lying on my front. But you have baby, she said, gesturing to my belly. No, I replied. She looked perplexed but let me lie down and as I looked through the hole in the massage table I saw a ring of marigolds around an Om symbol and, for the very first time, felt a presence within me.

There she was.

Two whole weeks later a pregnancy test confirmed what that intuitive Balinese woman already knew.

For someone who has preached the importance of faith in the body and power in the mind to hundreds of pregnant women over the years, I journeyed towards Marigolds birth anxious and fearful.

My previous birth, with Percy, was positive but, at times, traumatic. He was born healthy and I recovered quickly and without complications. And yet for the first six months of his life I soothed a very traumatised baby who would only settle in my arms and whimpered like he was scared. I didnt discuss it much at the time because I simply thought I had an unsettled baby. But in retrospect we were both recovering from a frightening experience; one that he would soon forget and one that stayed at the forefront of my mind.

I opted to birth at the local hospital as opposed to the low-risk birth centre I had previously chosen. I knew that I would feel more grounded and secure if medical back-up was close by. Instead of requesting a particular midwife I made the conscious decision to let the universe decide for me it felt like the right thing to do.

At 11weeks I answered the phone and heard Sues voice. And there she was, delivered to me, and just what I needed.

She asked about my previous birth and listened to me wail as all the fear that lay just below the surface bubbled up and overpermission to release. So began a conversation that would continue throughout my pregnancy and right up to the day before birth; my fear soothed by considered and encouraging words.

Apart from low iron levels, I relished in a smooth, enjoyable pregnancy. My belly continued to grow as I went about mothering three children and as the weeks ticked by I reminded myself to savour it allthis would be my last pregnancy and I didnt want to wish it away.

On Mothers Day I had the most vivid dream...

20:30

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per gallon. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. He...

20:01

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

19:58

Said I was working for months I wasn't "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$1612
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Period debt occurred: 
May 2017 to August 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

High anxiety levels before work couldn't focus felt physically sick

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Spoke to 5 people kept passing me on no one providing me accurate information.

19:57

Fireworks tonight? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maybe somewhere around the PCYC.

Anyone know what's going on?

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19:50

The Future of Work in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im really excited to be on a panel at the University of Tasmania in a few weeks on The Future of Work in Tasmania! Its a free event, and there are refreshments! Come along! You can learn more, and register, on the UTAS website.

19:47

Australia: stop being blindly aligned with nuclear weapons nations: sign the treaty! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. New Matilda, By Rewena Mahesh on September 19, 2017 A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isnt one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Given the current volatile...

19:43

Nuclear lobby bringing top USA nuclear spruiker Michael Shellenberger to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Michael Shellenberger  will visit Australia in November to promote a rethink on nuclear at a minerals industry conference.

A radioactive wolf in green clothing: Dissecting the latest pro-nuclear spin https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/a-radioactive-wolf-in-green-clothing-dissecting-the-latest-pro-nuclear-spin,10735

 Noel Wauchope 20 September 2017,  Michael Shellenberger is a nuclear salesman posing as a new generation environmentalist with unsubstantiated energy solutions, writes Noel Wauchope.

LAST WEEK, The Australian excelled itself in uncritically regurgitating nuclear lobby propaganda in the...

19:41

An Australian to be proud of Dr Tilman Ruff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Whats your alternative? CommonSpace talks to anti-nuclear expert Dr Tilman Ruff Ahead of the UN signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, CommonSpace discusses disarmament with Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Dr Tilman Ruff

THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS was passed by the United Nations in July after being voted for by 122 countries, making it the first legally-binding international agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons.

This historic development came about amid heavy opposition from the nuclear-armed states and rising tensions between the United States of America and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, who have warned that recent sanctions will only accelerate the North Korean nuclear programme.

On 20 September, the ban treaty will be open for signature at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Once the treaty is ratified by at least 50 countries, it should come into force within 90 days.

One among many of the anti-nuclear activists who brought the treaty to this point was Dr Tilman Ruff, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which collectively received a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts towards disarmament in 1985, and founding member of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Following his...

19:39

Rural South Australia could end up with the curse of stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Robyn Wood, Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 Sept 17

Greg of FLAG has a letter to the editor in todays Advertiser for those who can get around the paywall

On the charge

HEA...

19:37

Trumps first United Nations appearance was not well received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trumps First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker, Slate, 19 Sept 17  But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this? By Fred Kaplan  President Trump got off to an underwhelming start at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday morning. He sat on a panel flanked by various diplomats, including Ambassador Nikki Haley, who introduced him before he delivered some brief remarks, and it would be charitable to describe the welcoming applause as light.

Then came the clunker. Haley had told the assembled that the new American president sees tremendous potential in the U.N.a cold enough slap at an organization thats been around for 72 years and, for all its flaws, has accomplished quite a bit. But Trump followed that dig with a face-splash of ice water, saying that the real potential he saw was right across the streeta reference to one of his East Side real-estate projectsand noted that the U.N.s presence was what gave it such potential.

ts so typical of Trump to view the rest of the world, even the official assembly of the worlds leaders, as a footnote to the saga of his own wealth.

Trumps remarks, which he read from notes, were brief and inc...

19:36

Australia VERY QUIETLY signs up to help develop new nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

How is it that Dr Adi Paterson of ANSTO signed up to this, in advance of Parliamentary approval, and that the whole thing can be done without any proper public consultation? Australian tax-payers are now to be supporting the development of these new dreams of nuclear power  advanced nuclear reactors that exist now only as blueprints, and will be expensive, require government funding, and will not be commercially operational for many decades, if ever.
Surely it is time for a thorough inquiry into ANSTOs funding and finances. The New Generation nuclear reactors are controversial, to say the least. They are in fact, part of the global nuclear lobbys push to save itself  its future being threatened by its dire economics, and by its connection to the nuclear weapons industry.
The Australian media is regularly used to promote ANSTOs nuclear reactor as having as its purpose medical research  and medical isotopes saving lives despite the fact that non nuclear production of these isotopes can be, and is, being done.  The reality is that ANSTO is part of the global nuclear...

19:35

BHP supports climate change action is at odds with Minerals Council "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

But dont lets forget that BHP is a big member of the nuclear industry   which claims (incorrectly), that nuclear power is  clean energy, and the solution to climate change

 

BHP considering Minerals Council exit over lobby groups climate policies

Key points:

  • BHP under pressure to quit lobby groups that dont support clean energy target
  • Activist group backed by big investors including ANZ, AMP, Australian Super, Blackrock
  • Board considering move before next months AGM

BHP announced it would review its membership of all industry associations, and publish the findings, by the end of this year.

The review comes hot on the tail of a demand by activist shareholders that the miner sever ties with the council, which successfully advocated for the abolition of the carbon price and is currently lobbying the Federal Government to reject a clean energy target.

We are aware that some civil society and other organisations believe that, where an industry body advocates for a position which does not align with our own, we should cease to be a member of that in...

19:33

Most Britons would not be happy living near mini nuclear power stations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Guardian 18th Sept 2017 Most Britons would not be happy living near the mini nuclear power stations that Rolls-Royce and several other international companies want to build in the UK, a survey has found.

The government has promised the developers of small modular reactors a slice of a 250m funding pot in a race to position the UK as the place where the first generation of the power stations should be built.

Polling by YouGov, however, believed to be the first survey of public attitudes towards the plants, found that 62% of people would be unhappy living within five miles of one.

The poll, commissioned by the climate change charity 10:10, found that only 24% would be unhappy living near an onshore windfarm, which the Conservative party has stymied with tougher planning rules. The figure fell to 17% for community-owned windfarms.

Ellie Roberts, a campaigner at 10:10, said:
These results show just how wildly out of step with public opinion UK energy policy has become. Most small modular reactors (SMRs) would generate less than a tenth of the power the projected Hinkley Point C will provide, but are backed by industry as a cheaper option to big nuclear plants and an opportunity for British firms to be first in a new technology. Harry Holt, the president of nuclear at Rolls-Royce, said: With demand for energy set to rise in the near future, in part due to
the growing popularity of electric cars, we believe that a UK SMR programme is a vital addition to our national infrastructure....

19:32

Donald Trump at the UN threatens to totally destroy North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Donald Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea in UN speech
President castigates a small group of rogue regimes
Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States, Guardian, 
Julian Borger 20 Sept 17, Donald Trump has threatened to totally destroy North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on righteous countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

In an address heavy with echoes of George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests....

19:21

MEDIA RELEASE 20/09| FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later. This is good news for(...)

19:14

Putting the blame where it belongs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

19:04

Undermining Adani with the Melbourne Climate Choir "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same. 

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19:01

Waiting For The Moment The Demolition of Building 7 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Building 7 Seconds from free-fall

By Dee McLachlan

A Gumshoe reader, Jaz, has sent us what seems to be unreported background audio, from a video that has been viewed over 146,000 times. He was supposed to have a meeting in Manhattan on 9/11, but his work called to changed the venue. He describes the moment the first tower fell, and that he knew the world would never be the same.

The video (below) is noted as the Westside Highway CBS Camera Angle and seems to run continuous...

18:56

Debt Rattle September 20 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Edward Hopper Automat 1927   Australia: A Delusional, Stuffed, Basket Case, Bubble, Third World Economy (MB) With QT On The Way, This Market Is Headed For A Brick Wall (Boockvar) Where Deutsche Bank Thinks The Next Financial Crises Could Happen (CNBC) Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin (HowMuch) MPs

The post Debt Rattle September 20 2017 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

18:40

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

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18:39

Video: Inequality is hurting Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

As a society we need to acknowledge that inequality is growing in Australia and this is the first step towards doing something about it.  We need to decide on whether we want an Australia where the gap between the a few at the top and the rest of us is getting bigger, or one that values equality  and go for it.

Video from Australian unions

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Inequality is Hurting Australia

Unions are critical in addressing inequality. Attacking unions makes inequality worse.

Posted by Australian Unions on Monday, September 18, 2017

The post Video: Inequality is hurting Australia appeared first on The Pen.

18:37

Going Away? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi everyone, my family and I have just given up renting and are giving house sitting a go for as long as we can sustain it so we can save up for our dream of travelling Australia. So if you or anyone you know in the Moreland area are taking a holiday please keep us in mind! 

We are available from mid Oct and love all pets and respect all properties as if they were our own. 

Justine 0425 340 536.
 

18:36

Girls Rock "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi All,

Just letting you know that public tickets are available to come to the post-camp Girls Rock Showcase the Sunday after the Grand Final and it is being held at Coburg RSL (so lovely, so local) if you are keen to see what rockin' gals get up to, support the cause. 

Free tix for under 18s!!

18:35

Stop Adani Action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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There will be a national day of action to Stop Adani on Saturday October 7th. ACF and STOP ADANI are organising a big event at Princess Park 1-3pm.  

To quote the event page: "Bring your family and friends (dogs welcome) and a picnic for a fun, festival event. There will be face-painting, music and lots of fun activities as well as a giant human sign you can be part of! Together, we can stop this mine and create a better world, powered by clean energy, where our reefs and communities thrive.  

You can find out more about it here 

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18:33

Electrician and Painter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Friendly, reliable local electrician (REC 24154) and painter available for jobs of all sizes at reasonable prices. 

Free quotes. See reviews of business here and here.


Contact Aref (Alex) 0423 278 327.

18:31

School Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts academy is now taking last minute enrolments for their school holiday music & performing arts camp. This community music school is run Natasha who has over 25 years teaching experience.

They will be working in collaboration with Ally Kiddyrock to create a wonderfully enriching performing arts experience for children 4-18 years of age and will also have some amazing music and performing arts specialists in attendance including African drumming specialists and more.

More details about registration and our programs both during Term 4 and during the holidays can be found here

We also offer subsidised programs for low income and single parents families.
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18:30

Magnet Recording Studio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Spring Growth!

Spring has sprung early here at Magnet and we've got a bunch of new services to offer.

Take a look at our 
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17:57

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

17:46

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

17:35

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

17:30

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found...

17:24

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and []

17:16

MEDIA RELEASE: COAL FOUND IN CALEY WETLANDS. ADANI CANT BE TRUSTED TO STOP POLLUTION "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.

Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.

ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.

It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.

The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.

The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.

The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.

I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.

Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.

IMAGES AND INDEPENDENT WATER TESTING REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

For more information or interviews please contact Gemma Freeman (AMCS) on 0412 505 405.

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17:06

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

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17:03

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

16:43

The Golden Solution to the Worlds Biggest Debt Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Yesterday, we told you about a special report Nick Hubble has prepared on why gold is the perfect investment for any Australian right now.

Its called The AUSSIE Case for Gold. And you can get a sneak peek here.

Nick is the Editor of Jim Rickards Strategic Intelligence advisory here in Australia.

And while it seems people all over the planet have their heads firmly stuck in the bitcoin frenzyJim and Nick have been quietly investigating the REAL threat to the world economy.

Australia is a key part of it.

You can think of this report as the missing chapter of Jims bestseller, The New Case for Gold.

So, were releasing a special, 2017 limited print run package. Why? To help navigate your wealth through what Jim calls the next monetary reset.

This is something that could finally bring down the global eight-year-old bull market.

What could be the trigger?

As Jim explains below, one factor people still seem to ignore is ever-rising US national debt, which, as of today, is over US$20.1 trillion

The blame for this comes from the cost of major wars, the 2008 financial crisis, and a bevy of irresponsible government spending.

But, as much as we like to criticise government for being completely irresponsible with our money, the past is in the past.

What matters now is how we get out of this mess.

Thats why I want to share with you Jim Rickards latest take on the situation.

Read on below for the current state of the debt crisis, but, more importantly, a clever first step on how we can get out of it

The Golden Solution

Jim Rickards

Right now, the United States is officially $20 trillion in debt. Over half of that $20 trillion was added over the past decade.

And it looks like annual deficits will be at the trillion-dollar level sooner rather than later when projected spending is factored in.

Basically, the United States is going broke.

I dont sa...

16:39

US Defence Firms Want Control Over Tech in Make In India Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Companies do not want to be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under the Make in India drive to build a military industrial base.

A U.S. naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

A US naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal, September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they wont have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby groups letter to Indias defence minister....

16:37

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

16:18

Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

16:16

Alex The Astronaut Announces New EP and National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Alex The Astronaut Indie-folk singer-songwriter and current triple j darling Alex The Astronaut is everywhere at the moment, and with a new single, an EP on the way and a tour in the works her star is only set to continue rising. The new single is the queer positive Not Worth Hiding []

15:59

Are Uber Drivers in Bali an Endangered Species? "IndyWatch Feed National"

300,000 rupiah, the taxi driver said, claiming that the ride home would be twice as much as what it cost to get there. Scooters whizzed past as we haggled on the side of the road.

300,000 is my final price.

I pulled out my phone and clicked on the Uber app. There were four cars in the area. The taxi driver peered over my shoulder, then took a hasty step back.

You cannot take Uber in this country! he shouted. Uber drivers get decapitated here.

My widened eyes exchanged anxious looks with the people I was travelling with. With shaking hands, and disinterested in watching our Uber driver potentially getting pounded, we began to negotiate a price with the taxi.

On the drive home, we noticed several worn out banners reading, NO UBER.

I later found out that our driver that night wasnt alone in his hatred for ride-hailing services.

In 2016, Balinese man Ida Kadek Anom was ambushed by a group of taxi drivers. Kadek was on his way to pick up his Uber customer when a mob stopped in front of his car and demanded he pay a fine of 375 000IDR ($37.50AUD). Kadek called his boss, who agreed to hand over the money, but as Kadek tried leaving the scene to collect it, he was chased down the road and beaten up until he needed to be hospitalised. His white Toyota minivan was then vandalised with bricks and sticks.

Competition ignited by technology has the market for conventional ride services hard. Ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Grab became a trend, taxi and private car drivers have found it difficult to make adequate earnings especially in Indonesia. A violent protest occurred in Jakarta, the countrys capital, in March 2016 that saw bus, car and scooter drivers rally against illegitimate driving services, claiming mobile apps like Uber and Grab werent registered as public transport. Their expression of anger rallied thousands of armed police, and in response, Indonesias ministry of transport...

15:47

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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15:39

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

15:34

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

15:33

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

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15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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15:16

countless sleepless nights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$7200
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Period debt occurred: 
February 2017 to September 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

It has given me countless sleepless nights an at one stage I contemplated suicide.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

They could not have handled it any poorer if they tried.
Total incompetence and a disturbing indifference...

14:42

start - [Future meetings] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan OConnell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks 25th September, 2017

14:42

Fast flying and youth combine to cause concussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the next few months many juvenile birds of prey begin dispersing to make their own way in the world and as these teenagers venture forth, mistakes are made that result in injuries.

Concussion seems to be a common thread as a result of flying and judgement errors or perhaps just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These high speed flyers then come into contact with both human and natural structures with a force that can have serious consequences. In just the last few weeks one of our specialist raptor carers in the south of the state has had two juvenile Boobook owls, a juvenile Nankeen kestrel and a female Brown falcon in care, all suffering concussion!

This spectacular adult female Brown Falcon, was one recent patient.

Rodney, saw her collide with a structure and fall to the ground so as he was working nearby he kept an eye on her to see if she would recover and take off.

After watching for some time and seeing her starting to be attacked by the local magpie flock and still unable to fly away he decided he had to intervene.

Normally we do not advise people to approach birds of prey as they can be large and feisty birds. In this instance the location was very remote and she was very docile as a result of the concussion, so Rodney was able to safely and gently contain the falcon. He then drove a considerable distance to meet up with Shelly our local, trained raptor carer.

Luckily for her x-rays, observation and flight checks cleared her of any injury and she appeared back to full strength so the decision was made to get her quickly back to the wild. At this time of year she may still have had chicks in a nest.

Although both sexes of this species share incubation of the eggs and both care for the young, it is the female who performs the bulk of these duties while the male supplies most of the food.

The long drive was made back to where she was rescued and after initially trying to exit from the rear of the cage, Shelly reports she was soon airborne and another of our special native raptors was successfully released.

These falcons are known to live for up to 18 years in the wild so we hope she has a second chance at a long life back in the wild.

14:38

Israel and Palestine: a journey through the Unholy Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Driving through the West Bank, you get the sense that the hope-turned-disappointment cycles of the failed, successive peace accords have been replaced by grim resignation to the reality of an implacable occupation and settlement project. All the trappings of occupation and land theft have only reinforced the incongruity of the Israeli settlements, not least of which is the prison-like fencing and barbed wire that encircle them.

14:35

Linton hits the highlight and the low "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mark Heenan

Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan speaks to 2017 Ocean Grove Football Club senior best-and-fairest winner and Damian Clark medallist James Linton at the senior presentation night.

In his second season at Ocean Grove, Linton won back-to-back Damian Clark medals after last years individual triumph. He finished second in the BFL Les Ash Medal at the league best-and-fairest awards. The Colac raised Linton, 26, works as a naturopath in Ocean Grove. He spoke openly about his medal honour, club highlights for the season, thoughts on his suspension after the BFL elimination final loss to Modewarre and his association with the Ocean Grove township.

Mark Heenan: How have you enjoyed fitting into the town of Ocean Grove after two seasons with the Grubbers?
James Linton: I love it down here, football is a big part of the community. If you can be part of a football club I think you kind of work your way into the community a lot easier. Working here and living here was big change for me because it is something different to have done my whole life. I grew up playing in Colac but I moved to Geelong and moved to Brisbane and I was always travelling back to play for Colac. But now living in the one place and playing football in the one town you feel part of the community. The club has really looked after me and I pretty thankful for Ocean Grove.

MH: What does it mean to win the Damian Clark Medal for the second time?
JL: I am speechless to win it for a second time. I am pretty honoured but I dont play football to win these awards and to win this award is a benefit. I would happily hand it in for a flag for sure and thats one thing we are working towards.

MH: The three-week suspension handed to you for rough conduct on Modewarres Tom Worpel during the BFL elimination final loss was it instinctive? Or did you feel you needed to show physical intent given the Grubbers were down at the time of incident?
JL: We were four goals down and every team would need it and I guess being part of the leadership group people look up to you to do something. My intention wasnt to do exactly what happened, but you do try and lift a team in a certain way by kicking a goal or having a holding the ball tackle. The leadership group expect you to do it.

MH: What has been the team highlight for the 2017 season?
JL: We didnt win Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads. Winning that Ammos (Geelong Amateur) after not beating them for five seasons in round nine at home was a sense of achievement because you understand the background of where rivalries are at. That was instrumental for us and the team had a hot patch for month and a half. It was a really good vibe around the club, you do appreciate those games and that was a big one. That was probably highlight for the year.......

14:30

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

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. 

Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy.

Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations.


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14:18

Kids warm to fun run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Primary School held its annual fun run at Ocean Grove Park.
Cool conditions greeted the students, but teacher Nikita Stanley soon had them warmed up with some energetic warm-up dances.
The students had fun running around the park and then got to enjoy a sausage sizzle afterwards.
All students from Foundation to Grade 6 participated in the outing.

The post Kids warm to fun run appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

14:10

Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016 [AIHW - ABS] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

4343.0 Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016

The publication presents national-level results from the Survey of Health Care 2016 (Survey). The Survey explored experiences of coordination and continuity of care by people aged 45 and over who had at least one GP visit in the 12 months prior to selection of the survey sample. It covers health status, access and appropriateness of care, plus demographic information for reporting on equity measures.

The Survey was funded by the AIHW and conducted by the ABS. It was designed to provide robust samples for each of the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and new information for the primary care sector to improve patients' experiences and outcomes. While the forthcoming publication presents national-level results, in 2018 the AIHW will release a series of publications with results by PHN area.

Media release: Over 45s report positive experiences with Australia's health care system.

Download publication: 4343.0 - Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016.

14:10

Its your move, mate! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Primary School sent a team to the Geelong Middle School Chess Tournament with stunning results.
They competed against players up to Year 12. The team representatives included Gabe Lunz, Fletcher Anderson, Finn Corby and Mietta Corby. The team finished first in the Middle School Division.
All players had some challenging games. Finn won a terrific six out of seven games to take an individual third place behind Geelong Grammar Year 10 and 11 students.
Last month the school sent a team to the Geelong Primary Interschool Tournament. The additional team representatives included Zach, Harrison, Sunny, Henry and Gus.
The Ocean Grove team finished in second place out of the competing six schools and will now progress to the state semi-finals.
Gabe Lunz won an outstanding six out of six games to win the junior individual trophy. Sunny in his first competition won an impressive three games.
Chess Club at school is every Monday lunchtime. New members are always welcome.
Excellent chess coaching is also available after school at the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood House on Tuesdays at 4pm.

The post Its your move, mate! appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

13:41

Will you help us get to the truth in The AWU Scandal - and hold those responsible for misleading us to account? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An important anniversary ticked over in June this year but few people noticed it. We did. 24 June 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Australian Workers' Union - Workplace Reform Association Inc. Here's the handwriting of one of the people who filled out the application to...

13:06

Timeline to incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an important precis of evidence in the case against Ms GILLARD. You'll recall Ms Gillard told the Trade Union Royal Commission that she received this letter from Ray Neal, and that she provided Ralph Blewitt with the legal advice in the memo below. GILLARD's testimony is at odds...

13:01

Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

radical Islamic terrorists

radical Islamic terrorists

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.

12:59

I Went to School in an Indian Commune "IndyWatch Feed National"

Her followers call her The Mother: a French woman who began forging her vision of a Utopian society in Tamil Nadu, one of Indias southernmost states, before her death in 1973. The international community is based on her dreams of universal acceptance, where people of all countries may live and flourish as a collective, or what is more commonly referred to as a commune.

Since its founding in 1968, Auroville or City of Dawn has grown from a dry mass of wasteland into a living, thriving community of over 2000 people. In one of the largest experimental townships on earth, residents speed from place to place on motorbikes or amble past on bare feet and bicycles.

In the late morning, the Indian sun strolls across the sky intensely, as if through a magnifying glass. My bare feet are planted firmly in the rust-red dirt, which stains my skin heavily even after a wash. I squat outside, most of the other students attending Deepanam School crouching alongside me. An atypical education system taught mainly in English, Deepanam caters to children whose families live and work within Auroville, who want access to a less structured, more hands-on approach to learning.

During a time when my parents were fed up with the pace of American life, offered a place for my sister and I to enjoy our education. Where class is somewhat unstructured and flexible in Auroville, everything in the United States public school system is meticulously planned. It is not uncommon to gulp down lunch faster than a starving dog due to the lack of time, to forgo food altogether in order to have a break or to fake illness on a test day to postpone the doom that a bad grade could potentially cause your permanent record.

On this day, away from the harshness of many of our home countries schooling, we are completely engrossed in our work. Its history class, or art Im not sure. All subjects seem to blend together, as our learning is not defined by overcrowded classrooms, filled with textbooks and tests, a world that I will soon be thrust into, headfirst. Today I spent hours pouring turquoise and tobacco-coloured sand into a precise pattern of radial symmetry. Pride rises in my chest as I stand up, staring at the finished piece of work. Taking a deep breath in, my mouth turns upward into a smile. I sigh, breathing out, satisfied with my mandala.

By the time lunch rolls around, the ground has turned to a hopscotch course of do-not-step-on-todays-assignment, plastered by the childrens sand art. By the time the break passes, most of the work of the day has been destroyed, smudged into a grey pow...

12:46

Mandatory Over-Vaccination - The Australian Experience "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Elizabeth Hart Recently there have been calls for mandatory vaccination in the UK, as discussed by Tom Moberly, UK editor of The BMJ, see UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination. The United States and Australia are at the...

12:28

Life at the Palace with Joy Jobbins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Arts Wednesday 20 September 2017, Sylvias guest was 90-year-old Joy Jobbins, talking about her recently published book, Life at the Palace, which is Volume 2 of her memoirs. Listen to the conversation below:

That was Part 1 of the Conversation and now for Part 2:

And now for the final part:

The post Life at the Palace with Joy Jobbins appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

12:20

Turnbull - "If it's NO, that's it". Says SSM won't be issue at next election. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe this guy in anything he says? If the plebiscite returns a "NO" vote, that's it hey Mal? If Labor under Shorten says it'll be "YES" and gains ground will the Liberals just watch them Mal? If its No, thats it:Turnbull govt won't try and change Marriage Act...

12:13

A Tribute to Moroccan Medics "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was September and Europe was getting cold, so we found ourselves a quaint fishing village on Moroccos Atlantic coast. With our hostel situated right on the sand, we closeted our shoes and from our balcony stared into the sunset, beaming at what the following week promised. I envisioned catching wave after wave, fisherman grilling up freshly caught fish for lunch and Tom and I camelback, taking sunset strolls. Wed source black-market beers to accompany our bonfire, and it would be all sunrays and happy days.

Being weak boned and accident-prone, I should not have been surprised when instead, I found myself lying on the side of a desert Moroccan road, baring the weight of Tom and our hired rental scooter. It was just when I thought I had parted with my old ways, and was starting to forget what the inside of a hospital waiting room looked like.

Tom was tentative at best when it was my turn to navigate our rental scooter. Latching on for dear life, he warned, The accelerator is sensitive, okay H? I distinctly remember verifying this warning when I thrust it towards me, but thats about all I recall. The rest was a panicked fast-forward to the rock we arrived face to face with. Its accurate to say I nailed the acceleration phase of driving, but not so much the steering or braking that typically follows.

My flexibility has in the past been compared to that of a concrete slab, thus the unnatural U-shape alignment of my body that resulted from the crash was likely owing to the 85kg man, motorbike and rock face that I was sandwiched between. I could feel the chalking bone of chipped and loose teeth, as well as a stream of lukewarm liquid running down my neck. When the white spots and darkness eventually cleared, I learned that I had in fact not been shedding tears, but valuable blood.

Our friends Fergus and Sam, having watched the whole episode unfold, were quick to peel me off the rock. Dazed and confused Tom, stared on. Fergus appropriately adopted a paramedics touch and tended to my wounds. He kept calm and denied my efforts to pass out, insisting I maintain my semi-conscious state. Meanwhile Tom, continuing his streak of uselessness, took one look at my chin and yelled, Holy fuck its bad!

With not a single taxi in a 15-kilometre radius, Sam waved down a tattered Mercedes van. He negotiated with its occupants, who were just arriving for an afternoon of paradise at the valley,...

12:03

Childrens Gallery a first for regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Childrens Gallery a first for regional Australia

ART FOR THE KIDS The new Shepparton Art Museum will be home to the first regional Australian Childrens Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

PARENTS, teachers and visitors will welcome the first spaces in any gallery in regional Australia to be dedicated to meeting the specific creative needs of children.

These spaces will be provided in the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and will include both indoor and outdoor places purpose-designed to encourage even the youngest visitors to explore and become more aware of their immediate surrounds.

They will be stimulated to touch, see, hear and feel to satisfy their curiosity and natural desire for learning in opportunities impossible to provide in the current SAM building.

The childrens gallery and outdoor space will encourage curiosity and learning through the sensory, emotional and intellectual stimulation of the children. Experiences will include a dedicated Childrens Gallery and Art Play space curated by artists alongside the temporary exhibition gallery. There will also be an outdoor clay playground to allow visitors to explore the materials used in the making of ceramics, inspiring interest and introducing children through play to SAMs unique collection of ceramics.

The vision for these art spaces includes experiences for school groups. Working with educational partners, the new SAM will deliver services to cater for curriculum needs from pre-school to tertiary programs.

As Kidstown has drawn tourists to Greater Shepparton, it is expected that this unique Childrens Gallery will draw visitors from across the nation. Taking account of the varied and specific needs and abilities of children, the arts precinct by the lake will be a welcome resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, students and tourists alike.

12:02

Final nominees named as businesses prepare for announcement of category winners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Final nominees named as businesses prepare for announcement of category winners

THE FINAL nominees for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have been named, and now each of the 100 nominees from this years awards are eagerly awaiting the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, to discover who will be crowned the winners of each category.

This week, Trevor Phillips Photographics received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Professional Services category, Shop 221 received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, The Carrington received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, GV Ls 2 Ps received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, MBCM Shepparton received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Furphy Foundry apprentice fabricator engineer, Adam Menzie received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and All Farm Gates received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.

All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.

12:00

Biodiversity grants announced for Shepparton groups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Andrews Labor Government has announced an additional $4M in community biodiversity grants funding for 110 projects across the state as part of its support for the Biodiversity On-ground Action program.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said local community initiatives, such as the Breathing Life into the Bushland and the renewal of threatened plant conservation projects along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system, will receive part of the $4M in funding to help protect, improve and expand habitats for Victorias native plants and animals.

Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton will receive a $29,092 community biodiversity grant to help them conserve and improve the significant urban bushlands of the Australian Botanic Gardens in Shepparton.

Goulburn Valley Environment Group will receive $44,945 in community biodiversity grant to enable themto re-assess the status of habitats and species populations along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system and other reserves in the eastern Northern Plains.

Mr Gepp said, Many people within our rural communities are already hard at work helping protect and preserve local native flora and fauna.

In the last year many dedicated local community groups inNorthern Victoriahelped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species.

The Government is committed to biodiversity and encourages Victorians to learn more and participate in their local community, Mr Gepp said.

Community Biodiversity Grants of up $50,000 each have been allocated to 110 projects across Victoria.

12:00

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPCOMING

 

THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 1:30pm at the Welsford Street centre. Guest artist is Johnny Doyle. Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For enquiries or bookings, phone 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.

 

THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 30 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jan Dohertys Splinters Live Band. There will be a program of old time favourite dances, lucky spots, door prizes and raffles. Proceeds go to Shepparton Uniting Church Building Fund. All welcome. Admission is $8. Please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, contact Ted on 5822 0424.

 

SENIORS WEEK BUS TRIP is run by Murchison Neighbourhood House and will be going to Cactus Country Strathmerton on Wednesday, October 18. Cost is $35 and covers morning tea, entry, lunch and afternoon tea. Leaves Murchison at 9am with pick up in Mooroopna and Shepparton available (please ask when booking). Seats are limited and bookings are required by phoning 5826 2373 between 9:30am and 2:30pm weekdays.

 

THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP is now open between 9:30am and 4:30pm every Saturday. Come in and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna.

 

DO YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE ASTHMA? Come along to a free community education session at North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre (training delivered by The Asthma Foundation Victoria). Here you will find out more about Thunderstorm Asthma, who is at risk, how to perform Asthma First Aid and the link between Asthma and hay fever.  Phone (03) 5821 5770 to reserve your spot.

 

BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.

 

 

 

ONGOING

MENTAL WELLBEING: DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? ISOLATED? SUFFERING GRIEF OR LOSS? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? The Shepparton Grow group meets wee...

12:00

Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TIME FOR SPORTS TO SHARE THE SPOILS

Dear Editor,

One of the success stories of the Greater Shepparton City Council over the past decade has been its impressive roll out of major sporting events. This has been well delivered by the current council events team who have built upon the exceptional legacies of former managers who had the vision and insight to plan and develop facilities that can host major events.

Despite this success and the many millions of dollars generated each year for our economy, it is time that local sporting bodies that make these events possible receive greater financial support from the council. Despite the many thousands of hours these organisations contribute to these major events, financial returns are minimal.  Burn out of volunteers with little reward for efforts is not a sustainable path.

Councillors have a unique opportunity to build upon the benefits of developing infrastructure for major sporting events, by establishing a funding program to create 3-5 year strategic partnerships with sporting organisations that can attract events and visitors to Greater Shepparton and deliver economic benefits to our community.

This funding program would recognise the need to ensure that sporting organisations have the staff and resources to remain sustainable and can more effectively contribute to the social and economic well being of our region. The regions major events calendar will grow with the type of support.

Maybe some of the few million dollars a year the council spends on publicity and propaganda promoting its achievements (also known as delivering services) could be diverted to a more positive use and fund a Sports Strategic Partnership Program. Lets say $300,000 for starters in 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Gosstray

Kialla

 

JUDGE AND EXPOSE FALSE TEACHERS

Dear Editor,

I take exception to the push of gay marriage with liberal supporters like Frank Purcell (recently in the media), because he is the fruit of a secular world and where does he get his figures from?

It is only natural that there will be people with different views but what do they base them on? Frank is not setting a moral example for people to follow because he is luke warm and Jesus had a bit to say about that

(Rev 3:15, 16).

As a fundamentalist I base my beliefs on what the bible teaches because it is a truth far beyond the wisdom of man. If we call ourselves Christian we bear the name of Christ and in doing so we have to believe what He teaches and gay marriage is not a part of it.

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11:59

Schools could unite under new education plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOUR schools across the Shepparton region could unite under the Andrews Labor Governments plan for improving education across as part of a new Shepparton Education Plan.

The plan will look at learning opportunities from birth to post-secondary, however many of the initial findings relate to the structure and operation of the regions secondary schools.

The latest phase of consultation will consider proposed scenarios of how Sheppartons secondary education could look into the future. The options already developed through the first phase of consultation with the community include the regions four schools remain operating as is, the four schools remain with minor improvements, one secondary school on one main campus with an additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development and one secondary school on two campuses, additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development.

As part of the transformational change, suggestions for a number of options for new facilities are to be considered, including a new secondary school, a new tech school, a Mooroopna precinct redevelopment and a new integrated childrens centre.

Further options for consideration will be enhancing teacher capabilities, upgrading school facilities and establishing new approaches to teaching and learning that put students first.

Feedback from the second consultation phase will be used to guide the continued development of the Shepparton Education Plan, with a final recommendation due to government early next year. The Shepparton Education Plan will be delivered over three stages this first stage focusing on the towns secondary schools.

Minister for Education, James Merlino said, We want to genuinely look at all options and to have an open conversation with the community about opportunities and benefits as well as challenges and constraints.

The community has spoken, it wants to see change so the young people of Shepparton and Mooroopna have better access to a high quality education and we are listening.

11:59

Saving the future of our children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saving the future of our children

A PLAYFUL, YET EFFECTIVE THERAPY METHOD From left, Local paediatrician, Dr Peter Eastaugh and Therapeutic Play Specialist and Interventional Therapeutic Play program coordinator, Peta Van Popering have been working to create better outcomes for local children who are at risk of becoming disengaged later in life, through a unique and revolutionary therapeutic play program. Photo: David Lee.

Revolutionary program creating better outcomes for children at risk of becoming disengaged

THE lives and future direction of hundreds of children across Greater Shepparton are already on the path to improvement thanks to a unique psychotherapy through play program being run at schools, and this is only the beginning for the revolutionary program.

The Interventional Therapeutic Play program, which aims to curb the negative future outcomes for those that have acquired neurological impairments stemming from early childhood environmental trauma, has seen accredited therapeutic play specialists hired from the beginning of the year to work with schools and parents to identify at risk children, and work with them to improve their educational and relationship outcomes, eventually leading the child to go on and be positively and actively involved in the community.

Local paediatrician, Dr Peter Eastaugh said, The statistics that we are gathering are already showing that there is a real problem and we have let this issue get out of control.

The number of children who have experienced environmental trauma that has had an impact on their growth has increased by 10 fold in the last 20 years.

Programs like this can make a huge difference to the lives of children.

They give us an opportunity to intervene and change the trajectory that the childrens lives may take.

Studies suggest that most adult family violence behaviour comes from early childhood, so early intervention is important.

In 2011, there were in excess of 200 children from schools in the Shepparton district who were on a waiting list for developmental or behavioural paediatric assessment, with approximately 50 percent of these children attending the Shepparton Neighbourhood Schools, which is a collaborative effort of five schools across the Shepparton region who service some of the most disadvantaged communities/children in the Shepparton re...

11:58

Sports precinct opens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THIS Friday will see a series of celebrations taking place in recognition of the hard work that has brought the vision for the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct to a reality.

The sports precinct is a unique facility that is rarely found in a regional area, a facility that will reinforce Greater Shepparton as regional Australias sporting capital.

Work commenced on the precinct back in early 2015 starting with the construction of the synthetic hockey pitch evolving into a $21M state-of-the-art sporting venue.

The sports precinct will provide a significant boost to the local economy and will ensure that Greater Shepparton remains a leader in the hosting of major sporting events. The sporting precinct is anticipated to create visitation of approximately 265,000 participants, officials and spectators over 10 years for national and state-wide events alone, approximately 132,500 of whom will be from outside the region.

Visitor spending to the region will approximately be to the value of $82M over 10 years or $8.2M per year. The precinct will support approximately 105 full time jobs on an ongoing basis in visitor-related sectors such as accommodation, retail, cafes and restaurants.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This is undeniably a world class facility that we in Greater Shepparton should be immensely proud of.

We can see that the years of hard work have paid off, with a facility that can be utilised and enjoyed by our community, while having the potential to attract and host national and international events. Its the perfect blend.

Goulburn Valley Hockey Association president, Ian Ritchie said, Having access to two fields has now given the Association a great deal of flexibility in hosting more matches in Shepparton, particularly when accommodating competing teams from Euroa, Benalla, Echuca and Bendigo.

The redevelopment of the hockey fields, together with the soccer, netball and athletics tracks is certainly making the precinct very attractive to other user groups, particularly schools, as the precinct now is a one-stop shop for a wide range of sports activities.

Shepparton South Soccer Club president, Gino Cirillo said, We have found the new precinct to be a huge improvement, and were fortunate that we can play on fields of such quality.

The beauty of the precinct is that it will entice young kids to play soccer and their families to come along to watch. Were also hoping to see many national and international competitions come to Shepparton to use these great the facilities, Mr Cirillo said.

Shepparton Netball Association president, Diane Orr said, The new Shepparton Sports Precinct has given our community a first class sporting facility wh...

11:56

Get body corporate advice from the experts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get body corporate advice from the experts

SIMPLIFYING BODY CORPORATE MANAGEMENT MBCM Strata Specialists are made up of two very knowledgeable and likeable professionals who will help you get the best out of your investment. From left, co-directors, Amelia Wright and Emma Glazebrook. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

MBCM co-directors, Amelia Wright and Emma Glazebrook are thrilled to have won two awards at the recent MBCM Strata Specialists Franchise Awards the Community Spirit award for their work with the MBCM Northern Country Womens League this season and the award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing for 2017.

Amelia said, Were really proud of the work that we do and we really want to help people understand how body corporates work. For anyone who already owns or is thinking of buying a unit in a body corporate, we are launching our strata community advisory sessions on Tuesday October 3 at 6pm with a free, no obligation information night, open to anyone with any interest in body corporates or owners corporations, such as developers, owners, investors and agents.

There will be a short presentation on the basics of Owners Corporations and then an open Q&A session for anyone to raise any queries they may have in relation to units, body corporates, rules and regulations, rights and responsibilities etc. Refreshments will be served.

MBCM Strata Specialists have moved to a new purpose designed office at 98A Wyndham Street in Shepparton. Check out MBCMs new offices at the free owner information session on Tuesday October 3: To register your interest, call Emma or Amelia on03 5831 2913 or email us at info@mbcmshepparton.com.au

11:55

Stephens new Marketplace store "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stephens new Marketplace store

JUST IN TIME FOR THEIR BIG SPRING SALE From left, Stephens Jewellers second in charge, Annie Dimitipoulos and sales assistant, Mary Mulkeen are enjoying their beautiful new work space. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

STEPHEN Schneider owner of Stephens Jewellers is very proud to bring his vision of sleek modern store design and functionality to Shepparton Marketplace.

Stephen said, Weve come a long way since the beginning of our journey as Shepparton Showcase Jewellers in Fryers Street, Shepparton, back in 1994. The new Shepparton Marketplace store is a design three years in the making and draws on design elements gathered in more than 20 years of research of the jewellery industry within Australia and internationality.

We have once again partnered with several local professional trades to deliver the end result and wed like to thank prominent local businesses Kitchenwise, Moretto Building, Midland Electrical, Mooroopna Glass, Signs and Lines and Shepparton Carpet court for their commitment to this project. We are all very proud of the end result and to be nominated in the 2017 Shepparton Chamber of Commerce retail Business awards is a nice acknowledgement.

For Lisa, Annie and the Stephens Jewellers Marketplace customer service team, the sleek store delivers some amazing new jewellery collections and shopping experiences to their consumers. Such as the latest Shop in Shop experience from PANDORA Jewellery the worlds most popular jewellery collection. Stephen has also introduced a new collection of unique Australian Argyle Diamond set jewellery into the new store.

Stephens Jewellers Marketplace sales team leader, Lisa said, We have also been conscious of maintaining the quality jewellery and watch brands our Shepparton Marketplace customers have enjoyed over the past 18 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality gift giving opportunity across all price points.

Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace is open 7 days a week and most public holidays for added shopping convenience.

11:53

Bruns Terrace Park POM tabled Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy O'Meara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals' concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy OMeara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Formalising management for one of the three holiday parks in Brunswick Heads will be up for discussion at this Thursdays Council meeting.

While NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) operate all three Brunswick Heads holiday parks and 35 across NSW councillors are required to give their consent to the plans.

Staff have recommended in the agenda that councillors place conditions on the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads as a way of going forward for the state-run NSWCHPT to lodge an approval to operate with Council for the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park. 

The current Terrace Reserve Holiday Park map presented within Councils extra agenda suggests 7m foreshore setbacks to the operational boundary.

Cabins rejigged

The plan also proposes reducing the 98 powered/unpowered camping sites to 66 but increasing southern camping from 29 to 38 sites.

Increasing cabins from 10 to 22 is also proposed, along with maintaining the level of permanent residents at 27.

Staff suggest that the contentious southern Cypress Pine precinct, known to have been planted as a memorial to locals who fought in WWI, should be restricted to short-term camping sites with no permanent residents or cabins to be relocated to the area. 

Camping practices in Southern Cypress Pine Precinct will observe and protect structural root zones of the Cypress Pines. 

Staff also suggest that remaining permanent residents will be relocated to the north western precinct. 

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11:48

NSW govt puts holiday-letting policy on hold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paying for touristsThe NSW planning department have deferred Byrons holiday-letting strategy until the government releases its own options paper on the issue.

According to a letter sent to Councils general manager (GM) Ken Gainger by the department on May 16 this year, that paper is to be released in the near future.

Councils push for action comes from the absence of a statewide strategy to address holiday letting; a proposal by Council for its own short-term rental accommodation (STRA) policy was tabled in 2014.

Planning Services executive director (regions) Stephen Murray said in the letter which is contained within the upcoming September 21 Council agenda that the-yet-to-be-released paper follows a parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday-letting strategy.

Mr Murray said that while the issue is important for Council and the Byron community it is equally important across many other parts of NSW and therefore any regulatory provisions must be carefully considered and consistent across the state.   

At this Thursdays Council meeting, Greens Cr Michael Lyon will call on fellow councillors to not proceed to enable Council time to reconsider and resubmit a more detailed and well-thought-through planning proposal following the outcome of the state governments consideration of the Short Term Holiday Letting in NSW options paper.

He writes in the agenda, As our experience thus far in attempting to regulate STRA through our planning instrument shows, this is a landscape that is constantly shifting. With the NSW governments release of their options paper and therefore imminent decision on a potentially statewide approach to regulating STRA, it does not make sense to continue with our planning proposal in its current form when we do not know how it may interact with the NSW governments finalised approach.

It is noted that an option to continue with the current situation, that is with the power for individual councils to choose how to best regulate STRA in their local government areas, including the ability to amend their own LEPs as they see fit with the support of the minister for planning, is absent from the options paper.

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11:42

Echo beginnings: Tales from the Magic Beanstalk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the early days when The Echo crew enjoyed a stint in Brunswick Heads and experimented with printing the paper themselves. Photo John McCormick, 1988.

In the early days when The Echo crew enjoyed a stint in Brunswick Heads and experimented with printing the paper themselves. Photo John McCormick, 1988.

Thirty-one years have passed since Nicholas Shand dreamed up this newspaper and collected a band of similar dreamers to help him make it real.

In those 31 years The Echo has grown, like a magic beanstalk, far taller than we ever imagined, and it is now one of the primary institutions of Byron Shire.

Being an institution is a bit of a challenge for a paper that has always adopted a larrikin tone, opposes authority and the status quo, and stands firmly left of centre. But The Echo is more than just a radical voice to counter the arrogance of wealth and power; it is a long-lived experiment in community building, and lately an example of how to disprove predictions of the death of newspapers.

Indeed, more like a giant figtree than a beanstalk, it is rooted in the essence of what makes Byron Shire different from anywhere else, and it both encapsulates and reflects that essence. Nowadays many kinds of vegetation grow among these roots, other publications which you can choose to read and which advertisers can choose to support. Some may be ephemeral weeds that will perish at the slightest change of weather, but some may have the potential to grow and affect the Shire in their turn as The Echo has done.

Given that newcomers are constantly arriving and discovering the local media jungle, a little history might serve to separate the weeds from the natives.

This will be an occasional series, written from the perspective of the newspapers longest-serving drudge, David Lovejoy.

The pointy end of Nicholas Shand in the early days of The Brunswick Valley Echo.

The pointy end of Nicholas Shand...

11:35

Hope for a handful, but fear, despair and limbo for 2,000 left behind on Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today up to several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. Refugees have been told the transfers could take place next week but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

Today, after 4 years of fear and violence and shootings and death, a handful of people finally got some good news. But the tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesn't end the suffering of the 2000 innocent people left behind.

Over 2000 people remain warehoused on Manus and Nauru, 1783 of whom have already been assessed to be refugees. Among these 2000 innocent people are 169 children.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. That was an important and long overdue concession. Now, it is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind. Not one life can be abandoned in limbo.

The announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian Government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Their safety is Malcolm Turnbull's  responsibility, not Donald Trumps. Their lives - their futures - are in Malcolm Turnbull's hands, and he must ensure no one is left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painful chapter in their lives does not end - until every single man, woman and child tormented on Nauru and Manus for the last four years is finally safe. Anyone who can't go to America must immediately be brought to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

For a handful of families separated by the Australian Governments offshore detention regime, the US deal still offers no way forward.

There are a handful of families ripped apart by offshore detention. Fathers separated from children. Sisters separated from brothers. For them, the US deal won't end their pain. It is not a pathway for their fam...

11:34

PERTH Man arrested in Perth CBD after telling police he just stabbed someone "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man arrested in Perth CBD after telling police he just stabbed someone .

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A 46-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after he walked up to police in the Perth CBD and told officers he had just stabbed

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11:27

Rev. 12 Sign With Laura Walker of the Oracle Report "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tonight on Phoenix Rising Radio: Laura Walker of the Oracle Report! Topic: The Revelation 12 sign Sep. 23rd Plus MORE! Tuesday, September 19, 2017 We will discuss September 23, Trumps chart, and a look ahead, among other things! The power of will and freewill will be in full force this month. Much will be answered

11:26

Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCCs proposed cable car: Letter to the Editor ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on Aerial cableways as urban transport systems in 2011. This report states that, Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions Mercury: Electors poll likely on Hobart skyscrapers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

11:26

Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCCs proposed cable car ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on Aerial cableways as urban transport systems in 2011. This report states that, Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions Mercury: Electors poll likely on Hobart skyscrapers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

11:18

Death Notice: Maxwell William Sward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maxwell William Sward 10/01/1940 -17/09/2017 Dearly beloved husband of Grace, father of Corinna, Craig, Lilea and Petina. Adored Grandad of James, Abbey, Mitchell, Jordan, Tomika, Petar, Ewan, Matilda and Thomas []

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11:06

Paulines a roll model for future surfers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pauline Menczer. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pauline Menczer is a great roll model for all junior surfers. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

Its not easy being a world champion. It pretty much means putting everything else in your life on hold until that goal is achieved. There are always a lot of sacrifices along the way, a lot of things you could have done, but didnt, in the pursuit of one goal.

Thats why there arent many of them. You could probably count the world champions living in the Byron Shire on one hand. Maybe even one finger.

A Byron Shire lass for over 20 years and now based in Bruns, Pauline Menczer has won 28 major surfing tournaments she has three Bells bells, has won Hawaii three times, as well as wins in Brazil, France, Japan and Portugal, to name a few.

Pauline volunteers with the Byron Bay indigenous surf school Burra Jurra and is a member of the Lennox All Girls club. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pauline volunteers with the Byron Bay indigenous surf school Burra Jurra and is a member of the Lennox All Girls club. Photo Tree Faerie.

She also has three world titles  World Amateur 1988, World Pro in 1993 and World Qualifying Series in 2002. You could safely say Paulines a pretty good surfer....

11:05

Body Cameras for Hospital Staff and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mackay Health and Hospital Service is rolling out body cameras for its staff, after recent figures have revealed they experience more violence than any other hospital in Queensland. (Image source: Pixabay)

In this year alone, there have been 190 incidents of aggression towards doctors and nurses, 102 of which were physical.

The assaults range from spitting, right through to punches and biting; weapons have also been confiscated by security in Mackay and Proserpine hospitals.

The body cameras are to help in reporting incidents, and also passively reduce violence, and some are wary of what they do when they see the cameras, which are similar to those used by the Queensland Police Force.

New Deputy Mayor for Ipswich

10:50

First Manus refugees to the US this weekend; now, stop the forced closure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later.

This is good news for these refugees who have been illegally held on Manus for four years, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, But uncertainty hangs over the future of the people on Manus. Even if the US deal is met in full, there are not enough places for all those who need protection. The government should immediately halt its moves to forcibly close the Manus detention centre until there is a safe solution for everyone on Manus Island.

The forced closue and forced transfers are pushing people into unsafe conditions in Port Moresby and East Lorengau, when there are no plans for ensuring they have a secure future.

The first appointments for Nauru refugees to receive US resettlement answers are scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, 21 September.

Above is a photo of Manus refugees checking the detention noticeboard yesterday.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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10:47

First indigenous PhD archaeology graduate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Christopher Wilson. Photo supplied.

Dr Christopher Wilson. Photo supplied.

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The first indigenous Australian to graduate with a PhD in archaeology will officially toss his cap at a graduation ceremony at Flinders University on Wednesday.

Dr Christopher Wilson, a Ngarrindjeri man, whose work has revealed new evidence of indigenous occupation in South Australias Lower Murray region dating back 8500 years, says his doctorate will hopefully plant the idea of possibility to inspire others.

Ive found that pursuing higher education provides opportunities that are beneficial for the whole community, Dr Wilson said.

10:43

The Claytons Inquiry: The Media Reform You Have When Youre Not Having Media Reform "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Senate has voted to reform Australias media laws. Its not really a reform, writes Ben Eltham.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifields aims for media reform, which he ushered through the Senate last week, were modest.

The bill, which took months to negotiate through a difficult Senate, is entitled the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017.

But there isnt really a whole lot of reform. The new law will remove several of the remaining regulations on media ownership in Australia. But it wont save the mainstream media, even it does let a few more legacy media companies merge.

The bill removes outdated 1980s rules about the reach of a single broadcaster irrelevant in the internet age. It also removes cross-media ownership rules that also seem antiquated in a time of machine learning IT and locked and integrated phone-app-social media environments. In theory, this frees up some of the existing players to merge: Seven and Fairfax say, or News Corp and Nine.

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But the bill does nothing to address the basic and insoluble problem that is destroying the Australian commercial media: the disappearance of advertising, their primary source of income.

The bill wont achieve any of the aims advanced for it by Communications Minister, such as propping up the sustainability of big media companies. It cant do that, because ownership is not the main problem facing the Australian media.

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As anyone with an internet connection can understand, the contemporary media environment is utterly dominated by a handful of giant US tech firms. An industry estimate from 2016 put Facebook and Googles combined share of global advertising revenue at 70 per cent.

The main problem faced by for-profit media companies in Australia like Fairfax and News Corp is the destruction of their old business model by the US tech giants Google and Facebook. The existential threat posed by the tech giants is the m...

10:35

Tweed Council looks at prosecution over Limpinwood logging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertook a joint inspection yesterday of the south eastern area of a logging operation near Limpinwood. The operation, that is part of a private native forestry agreement, has recently come under fire for unauthorised logging and roading.

An EPA spokesperson said: The EPA identified some issues which will need to be further investigated.  The landowner has agreed to cease logging on the property for the short term while matters are further looked into.

Prosecution

A report to the Tweed Shire Council meeting this Thursday will recommend that Council engage solicitors to provide preferred options for prosecution and   to pursue a stop work court order, said Tweed Shire mayor, Katie Milne.

I will be asking that the State Government urgently revoke this logging licence due to the serious and repeated offences in this highly sensitive area.

The area where logging and roading has taken place is in a key regional wildlife corridor between two World Heritage Areas Wollumbin, Mt Warning and The Border Ranges. Around a kilometre of clearing for significant roadworks and logging has been undertaken in this protected area.

Irreplaceable

The National Parks and Wildlife Service website describes World Heritage Areas as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration  places of such value that the international community has agreed they must be conserved for all time.

As well as concerns for threatened species and World Heritage values, there are major concerns for the potential of extensive sediment loads entering waterways, and the safety and stability of the works due to the po...

10:33

TPP claims of economic gains without US debunked by senior UN economist "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

September 20, 2017: A new economic study has completely undermined previous claims that the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement without access to the giant US market would still result in significant economic gains for the remaining 11 countries.

The study has emerged as the TPP-11 countries meet again in Japan on September 21 22 to negotiate possible changes to the TPP text without the US. Some governments only agreed to US proposals like increased monopolies on medicines and copyright, and foreign investor rights to sue governments, in order to gain access to the US market. They want to drop or renegotiate these clauses.

The new study by Rashmi Bunga, a senior economist working for the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development, has been published by the University of Munich.

The study is a detailed critique of the attached paper by Kenichi Kawasaki from the Japanese National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. The Japanese and other TPP governments have been using this paper to argue that there would still be economic gains from an agreement between the 11 remaining TPP governments without access to the giant US market.

The UN economists paper shows  that the economic modelling used in the Japanese paper rests on a series of completely unrealistic assumptions that ignore negative outcomes from trade agreements and always come up with a positive result (p. 3).

These assumptions include that there are no unemployment effects and no trade deficit effects, which are in fact two of the main real-world negative impacts resulting from trade agreements.

The UN study also shows that Japanese paper vastly exaggerates positive economic outcomes resulting from removal of non-tariff measures in the TPP, by assuming that all such measures will increase overall economic welfare and ignoring any negative effects (pp. 4-5). But some of these are the most controversial clauses on medicines and copyright monopolies that other governments are rejecting because of their negative effects.

The nontariff measures in the TPP include increased medicine monopolies which will delay the availability of cheaper medicines and increased copyright monopolies which will increase pa...

10:25

Ballina Boat Harbour rehab done "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Ballina Boat Harbour. Photo supplied.

Dredging of the Ballina boat harbour was carried out prior to Christmas 2016 to ensure better boat access to Fishery Creek. The bagged sediment was dried and has now been removed

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin says the original dredging work involved the removal of more than 26,500 cubic metres of sediment 17,670 from Ballina Boat Harbour and 8,850 cubic metres from Fishery Creek.

The sediment removed was dried on-site in large bags and have now been disposed, said Mr Franklin. The site has been levelled, rehabilitated and sprayed with a mixture of grass seeds to restore the area.

The dredging and sediment removal work was funded under the NSW Governments Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast.

This project supports the local and regional economies by maintaining safe navigation for our commercial and recreational boaters operating out of the harbour.

 

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10:19

Rigour or Rigor Mortis? The Dumbing Down Of Debate And Intellectualism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Making language accessible is important, writes Dr Richard Hil. But what if were making it meaningless?

Ive recently returned from a conference in drizzly Auckland titled Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change. It was a ripper. One of the best cerebral gatherings Ive ever attended.

It reminded me of things that Id perhaps forgotten: the incredibly detailed, rigorous and necessary work undertaken by academics; the power of thoughtful, informed assemblies of this sort; the chance to share ideas and talk about strategies and tactics.

Academics are too often maligned as crusty old farts, purveyors of verbal diarrhoea, or these days, robotic devotees of the corporate university. Thats mostly nonsense.

The fact is there are still great, committed progressive intellectuals residing in universities, who do important and socially useful work across disciplines, which includes critiquing the excesses of power and engaging students in discussions about a counter-future.

I met some outstanding academics at the conference, like Dr Cameron Jones (University of Auckland) whose knowledge of the antecedents of neoliberalism is breathtaking. This is knowledge accumulated over many years of careful reading, critical analysis and discussion.

In Camerons case, this has involved burrowing into the primary texts of Von Hayek and other economic libertarians of the Austrian School; appraising the inchoate ramblings of the Chicago boys, as well accessing numerous sociological, economic, political science and philosophical texts.

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This is indispensable work borne of a commitment to a form of intellectualism that is nowadays often derided that is: scholarship. Immersing oneself in scholarly pursuits if done with due care and critical attention is arduous labour carried out amid all the constraints of the corporate university. But the knowledge gained through such work contrasts, often starkly, with the superficiality that derives from a brief foray into Google-land.

These days too much opinion making is passed off as serious considered commentary when its anything but. The cobbling together of articles from Googled fragments, without due regard for context, detail and nuance is, Im afraid to say, a sign of the times. Everyone, it seems, can be a public commentator, thanks to the wonders of cyberplace. Sadly, rigour has, in many quarters, been replaced by cerebral rigor mortis, serious analysis by opinion making, and detail by generalities.

I...

10:17

Listen to the New Phia Single Oxide "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Phia Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single Oxide. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths. The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Bjrk late last year. Late last year Bjrk released []

10:09

No full-scale biography of Carl Menger? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Interesting situation, given the number of books that have been written about second and third order intellectual figures, how come none about Carl Menger, one of the leaders of the marginal revolution and founder of the Austrian school of economics?

There is a monumental volume about Ludwig von Mises, his most influential follower and an equally wordy story about half the life of Karl Popper, another Austrian who spent a deal of time in New Zealand.

When von Mises was born the Austro-Hungarian empire encompassed Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, as well as parts of present-day Poland, Romania, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro. After World War I the empire was dismembered in the name of national self-determinism, and so the Balkans were balkanised, laying the foundations for further conflagrations up to the present day. The glory of the empire at its height can be seen from the number and size of the public buildings, monuments and museums in Old Vienna today.

Writers, scholars, administrators, entrepreneurs and revolutionaries moved backwards and forwards between the major centres of the empire. They created a rich tradition of culture and learning that was multicultural in a way that is scarcely comprehensible to Anglo-Saxons. With at least ten languages in the empire, they fed on the thoughts of Russians, Poles and Germans with the same facility that they absorbed ideas from England and France, thought their accents betrayed them when they fled to safety in the west during the 1930s.

Some of the most important threads of modern thought passed through Vienna, not necessarily through the university but also through the coffee shops and private seminars. The best known were the circles of Schoenberg (progressive music) and the Vienna Circle of logical positivists. Others included a Freud group and seminars convened by Ludwig von Mises, Karl Menger (son of the great economist) and Richard Mises (brother of Ludwig).

Karl Popper almost came to the University of Sydney in 1945. John Anderson invited him to join the staff in Philosophy but Popper delayed his decision in the hope of an offer from the London School of Economics. When that offer came Professor Anderson was spared the confrontation with a colleague as assertive and argumentative as himself.

Popper died in 1994 at the age of 92 and this is the first comprehensive book to appear on his life and work, although he detailed account stopped halfway through Poppers life....

09:55

Abbott threatens to cross floor on energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference at Parliament House. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference at Parliament House. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

CANBERRA AAP

Tony Abbott has warned hell vote against the coalition government if it tries to legislate a clean energy target, with up to six backbenchers tipped to follow him.

He has let the government know his position. He wont vote for a clean energy target, a government source told The Australian on Wednesday.

In an opinion piece, Mr Abbott argues the recommendation by the chief scientist for such a target should be dropped.

It would be unconscionable for a government that was elected promising to scrap the carbon tax and to end Labors climate change obsessions to go down this path, he writes.

Tony Abbott is yesterday's man, stuck in the past with his 'coal is good for humanity mantra'.

Tony Abbott is yesterdays man, stuck in the past with his coal is good for humanity mantra.

Mr Abbott claims it is bordering on absurd for a country with the worlds largest readily available reserves of coal, gas and uranium it should have some of the worlds highest power prices.

But thats what happens when policy is driven by wishful thinking and green religion.

On Tuesday, Mr Abbott told 2GB the Turnbull government could send a strong signal to AGL by dumping all subs...

09:47

Russia linked to WikiLeaks documents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The latest release in WikiLeaks documents claim Moscow are using state surveillance to monitor and spy on internet and mobile users (Image: flickr).

The document appears to detail how a St Petersburg based technology company, Peter-Service, assisted state entities to gather data from mobile users as part of a national system of online surveillance, by the System for Operative Investigative Activities.

The release of Spy files Russia is seen by Edward Snowden as a Plot twist, as the organisation has previously been reluctant to publish documents negatively affecting, or embarrassing the Russian state.

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09:42

Shark nets, drones and drum lines beach safety the focus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shark in the ocean. Photo supplied.

Shark in the ocean. Photo supplied.

Staying safe in the water as the weather heats up and the school holidays start is important to keep at the top of your mind. Rivers as well as the ocean can have strong currents and snags that are dangers to swimmers  though rivers generally have less sharks.

From September 23 a helicopter and drones will be taking to the skies on the NSW north and mid north coasts, as aerial surveillance and further drone trials get underway in time for school holidays. It will also see the launch of the new patrol season for NSW surf life saving who will be back on the beaches every weekend and public holiday through to April 25, 2018.

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Spring and school holidays are here, and now that the weather is a little warmer we expect locals and holiday makers to flock to this States beautiful beaches these school holidays, said NSW Department of Primary Industries, Sarah Fairfull.

Helicopters will fly daily, weather permitting, from Point Danger (Tweed Heads) to South Ballina, Wooli to Sawtell, Nambucca Heads to Port Macquarie and Crowdy Head to Birubi during the school holidays.

Sharks are a natural part of our environment, however a better awareness and understanding of sharks and their behaviour can help everyone enjoy the beach and reduce their risk of a shark encounter these school holidays, continued Ms Fairfull.

Drones fitted with a siren to alert swimmers and surfers if a shark is spotted nearby, will be flying every half hour each morning of the holidays at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach Ballina and Evans Head. Check out drone vision here.  

A network of 21 VR4G listening stations, which provide real time shark alerts to beachgoers when a tagged shark swims within 500m. Aerial surveillance sightings and tagged shark information is automatically sent out via the Sharksmart App and on @NSWSharkSmart on Twitter.

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09:39

PUNKEST XMAS BASH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest  fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!

On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.

Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities

 

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09:36

World stunned after Trumps fiery speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

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President Donald Trump has delivered a fiery maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly, which included threatening North Korea and urging nations to stop Irans nuclear program.

Here are some reactions from world leaders to his speech:

* The office of the British Prime Minister Theresa May said: As President Trump said, the international community must continue to work together to confront rogue regimes and that is exactly what the Prime Minister will be doing in discussions with world leaders in New York this week.

No one wants to see military action, but as we progress with efforts to secure a peaceful diplomatic resolution it would be wrong to rule anything out.

* Australias Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is representing Australia at the UN General Assembly this week, told reporters: I think the focus should be on North Koreas behaviour, rather than the way the president may or not describe it.

* French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to play a mediation role between Iran and the US to ensure that Tehran was involved in finding a political solution in Syria.

If we dont resolve the Syrian problem with Iran around the table, then we will not have an efficient response because Iran today is among the powers that have an influence on the ground, Macron told a news conference.

He told the UN that renouncing the Iran deal would be a grave error.

* Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying: Trumps shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Irans fight against terrorism, displays his lack of knowled...

09:32

Refugees to receive decisions from the US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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

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

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After years in limbo on Manus Island and Nauru, some refugees will soon know whether they will be moving to the US to start a new life.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed on Wednesday US authorities would begin handing out resettlement decisions in the next few days with the first group to leave in coming weeks.

He says the processing of other individuals continues and further decisions by US authorities are expected in due course.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there would be about 25 from each centre in the first wave, with more extreme vetting to follow.

President Trump had some reservations about it but nonetheless, he is honouring the commitment made by his predecessor and I want to thank you for doing so, he told the Seven Network.

Some refugees received appointment slips on Tuesday afternoon.

People are a bit surprised, some people had given up hope that it would happen, Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul told AAP.

Right now theyre experiencing anxiety and anticipation.

A document on a notice board on Manus Island warns refugees every case is different and moves through the required process at different speeds.

Please be patient, the US Resettlement Support Centre document says.

It says more decisions will be issued over coming months.

The Manus Island detention centre is slated for closure by the end of October.

T...

09:31

The UN wants to focus on people - but is more 'peace diplomacy' the answer? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The UN has called for a surge in 'peace diplomacy'. With UNGA 72 under way, Mareike Schomerus asks, what is 'peace diplomacy' and is it the answer?

09:26

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle East, and repair the damaged relations with Russia, is over. The CIA and the military/security complex are in full control of the US government. Trump has accepted his captivity and his assigned role as the enforcer of Washingtons hegemony over every other country. Washington uber alles is the only foreign policy that Washington pursues.

At the UN Trump actually threatened to wipe North Korea off of the face of the earth. He added to this threat threats against Venezuela (http://stephenlendman.org/2017/09/trump-threatens-venezuela/) and Iran. He demonized these countries as rogue states, but it is Washington that is playing that role. Washington has destroyed in whole or part eight countries in the young 21st century and has 3 to 5 more in its crosshairs.

One question is: why did not the UN audience shout Trump down, a man standing before them telling obvious lies? The answer, of course, is money. The US taxpayers pay roughly one-quarter of the UNs annual budget, leaving the other 130+ countries a light load. Washington is succeeding in driving the world to Armageddon, because the worlds leaders prefer money to truth, to justice, to survival. The UN diplomats see in their cooperation with Washington the opportunity to make money by sharing in the Wests exploitation of their own countries.

Washington, absorbed in its effort to destroy Syria, left it to its Saudi Arabian puppet to destroy Yemen. The Saudi autocracy, a major sponsor with the US of terrorism, has done a good job, thanks to US supplying the weapons and to the US refueling the Saudi attack airplanes. This totally gratuitous war has helped to maximize the profits of the American military/security complex, a collection of evil never before present on the face of the earth. UNICEF reports that one million Yemeni children will be the victims of American compassion of which Trump bragged in the CIAs UN speech.

One wonders if the Russians and Chinese are so absorbed in getting rich like Americas One Percent that they are unaware that they are on the list of countries to be eliminated for not accepting Washingtons hegemony. Really, where was the Russian government when Washington overthrew the Ukranian government? It was at a sports event. And I call Americans insouciant. Where was the Russian government? How could it have not known?

To be frank. T...

09:17

Mullum High students get the groove on for charity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullum High year 12 students collecting donations for Brunswick Rescue Squad in the mina street of Mullumbimby, Photo Aslan Shand.

Mullum High year 12 students collecting donations for Brunswick Rescue Squad in the main street of Mullumbimby, Photo Aslan Shand.

Out in force collecting for their annual charity year 12 students from Mullumbimby High School have hit the streets with flare this morning now that classes are at an end.

They have chosen the Brunswick Rescue Squad as their charity this year.

The tradition has been going for as long as many locals can remember and each Wednesday after their classes have finished forever the students hit the streets collecting for their nominated charity.

Tomorrow will see them more formal attire as they have their presentations a the High School before they knuckle down for their last few weeks of study before the HSC exams begin in earnest on October 16.

Good luck to everyone as they head into the home stretch of the future of their lives.

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09:16

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

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act []

08:55

Baw Baw Shire director quits to join Frankston City "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Phil Cantillon, the Baw Baw Shire's community assets director of five years, has resigned to take a position at Frankston City.

08:46

Putting the bite on bitou "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bitou Bush. Photo Wikipedia.

Bitou Bush. Photo Wikipedia.

Chrysanthemoides monilifera or as its know to its friends, Bitou Bush, is native to South Africa, but the subspecies rotundata has manage naturalise itself along our coast and its not really welcome.

In an effort to eliminate Bitou, Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers plan to  host a day of Bitou Bush weeding with Shearwater primary students on Friday.

The event, coordinated by class 5 teacher Julie Marx, is part of the school celebration of the Spring Equinox.

The growing awareness of the devastation to our coasts by our desire to live and holiday by the sea was brought into the schools consciousness during Professional Development earlier this year, says Marx. This developed into a theme for our winter festival and now, with the spring equinox we would like the opportunity to bring the children to the dunes with a clearer picture of how we can support our precious coastline.

This also completes the head, heart and hands cycle, giving the individual a deeper understanding and relationship with this aspect of their past, present and future.

The group of up to 130 students and teachers will gather at Torakina Beach and walk down to the chemical free dune care site south of the Brunswick Surf Club.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare project co-ordinator Nadia de Souza Pietramale says they are now working on the far south boundary of the site, where it joins Tyagarah Nature Reserve. There is less than one acre of Bitou Bush primary work to be completed, she says. There were more than 12 acres when we started.

Although it is a bit of a walk, it is amazing how much the volunteers have achieved in the last seven years and the high standard of the work.

The shape of the frontal dune has changed and Coastal Spinifex now catches the sand after storms where once the Bitou Bush formed higher dunes which were often eroded badly by storm waves.

Nadia says that s...

08:30

SHABU SHABU "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Head along to Tetsujin and find out what all the shabu shabu fuss is about.

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08:30

Travelling all day today "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I am travelling all of today to the US for the MMT Conference in Kansas City which begins on Thursday. I hope to see some of you at the conference which will be a major development in our program of work and advocacy. From there I am onto London for the British Labour Party Conference presentation (Monday) and the book launch of my latest book (with Thomas Fazi) Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Tuesday see below for free ticket access). For details of all the events associated with my speaking tour in the next fortnight see below.

While I am away, the blog might be rather sketchy. The itinerary is very tight with lots of travel which is disruptive for considered research and writing.

I also wont be able to attend to comments in the next 24 hours or so.

At the very least, while I am away, I will keep a daily diary and post audio, interviews, photos, videos etc where possible.

But for now some music .

Some music to listen to ..

On Thursday night I am playing guitar in Kansas City with a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). This is the sort of stuff we will be exploring although it might go from this to some things a little more raucous as we go!

This is the title track from the 1963 Album Midnight Blue by American guitarist Kenny Burrell.

It is one of my favourite records of all time. A Blue Note label jazz classic.

Reclaiming the State Lecture Tour September-October, 2017

Thursday, September 21: Kansas City International Conference of Modern Monetary Theory see program for details.

Friday, September 22: Kansas City MMT conference, as above.

Monday, September 25: Brighton (UK) I will be speaking at a fringe event Economics for a Progressive Agenda associated with the British Labour Party Annual Conference.

Location: The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD.

Time: The event will run from 14:00 to 17:00.

Entry: Free. All are welcome.

See RSVP page.

Also The fringe event that promises to empower Labours Progressives against neoliberalism f...

08:26

Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend the weekend partying at a bush doof. But as

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08:04

Defendants With Disabilities Face Injustice At Every Level "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian inmate population is continuing its steep incline. In June this year, the number of adult inmates detained in the nations correctional facilities rose to 41,204, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. This marks a 7 percent increase over the previous 12 months. The rise is despite

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08:00

Conscientious objector loophole scrapped for child immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The federal government's 'no jab no pay' laws take effect from Friday (March 18). Photo Shutterstock

The state government have closed the loophole for conscientious objectors. Photo Shutterstock

With the conscientious objector option now scrapped for parents who refuse to immunise their preschool-aged children, how will it affect the northern rivers region, an area known to have the lowest immunisation rates in NSW?    

Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool.

Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption. Fines of $5,500 apply. It follows the 2015 no-jab noplay policy which the then Abbott government rolled out across the nation.

Labors Walt Secord spoke to the changes in parliament.

He said, In 2014/15, the Byron Shire rate was 61 per cent, the Mullumbimby rate was 46.7 per cent, and Murwillumbah rate was 76 per cent. These are at dangerous levels. Across the northern NSW local health district, the vaccination rates for children under the age of two is just 84.9 per cent. That is the worst local health district in the state.

According to www.immunise.health.gov.au, the national immunisation program funds vaccines to prevent diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type B (hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, poliomyelitis (polio), rotavirus, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw) and varicella (chickenpox).

Throughout a childs early life, a program schedule by the government outlines when those vaccines are administered. At birth, hepatitis B is recommended, followed by bundled vaccines at the ages of two, four, six, 12 and 18 months. Another round of shots is recommended at age four.

Greens supp...

07:38

Energy World Rocked as China Cuts Coal Imports, Aims for Fossil Fuel Car Ban "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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The global energy posture is changing almost as rapidly as a climate increasingly choked with greenhouse gas emissions. And few parts of the world show this emerging trend more clearly than China. In short, China is adding restrictions to both domestic coal production and coal imports even as it is rapidly building new solar generation capacity and moving to ban domestic fossil fuel based vehicle sales.

Cutting Coal as Solar Grows

Recently, China made two major policy moves that have rocked the global energy markets. The first was its recent closing of terminals to coal imports which may result in a net reduction of imported coal by 10 percent during 2017. Since July, China has closed approximately 150 smaller facilities to coal imports. These ports, which China has designated as tier two, are less able to test coal for compliance with Chinas new emissions standards. As a result

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07:36

Crew Takeover Manifest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first crew to be taking over the psychedelic Hydra stage at earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD is here!

Introducing Manifest QLD, who will be taking over the Hydra Main Floor! The Queensland festival recently celebrated their five year milestone with a bumper lineup of cutting-edge music, amazing visual and performing arts, delicious food and craft markets and more.

International and local acts TBA!

read on

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07:34

This time, surely for the Parrots "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA will face Maffra in this Saturdays Gippsland League grand final at Moe for the second consecutive year, hoping for redemption.
The Parrots finished on top of the ladder again in 2017, after also claiming the minor premiership in 2015 and 2016, but ultimate success has eluded the club since 2001.
Why will this year be different?
The Parrots have addressed areas that showed up as weaknesses in previous grand finals.
They have bigger bodies in the midfield, with Cam Stone and Pat McGrath giving Tom Marriott more help, while Josh Schelling provides relief for Ben Willis in the ruck.
The emergence of Jack Ginnane as a forward has released Cade Maskell into the midfield where his ball use is supreme.
The Parrots have a settled defence, led by Chris Verboon and Sean Westaway, thats capable of handling any combination.
Theres a good spread of goalkickers at the other end with Chris Dunne, Aaron Hillberg and Ginnane all capable of kicking a bag.
Theres also great depth across the board these days and thats due to a strong Reserves side that will also be in action on Saturday.
The depth has shown in the fact the Parrots had just three players in the team of the year announced last night; full back Sean Westaway, Tom Marriott in the centre and Chris Dunne in the forward pocket.
As far as injuries go, the Parrots will be almost at full strength. Young Louis Riseley had established himself in defence but a hamstring injury ended his season before the finals.
Theres a couple of Leongatha players who would have been glad to have the weekend off and should play, although Tim Sauvarin is among a couple of players on standby for a call up.
For Maffra, the Parrots will have to watch goal sneak Mitch Bennett while Daniel Bedggood is hitting form at the right time.
The Eagles also only had three players in the team of the year; Sam Pleming at centre half back, Bennett in the forward pocket and Danny Butcher on the bench.
The start will be crucial for Leongatha.
The Parrots have played catch up footy in the past two grand finals and havent been able to get back into the game.
But they now have as much finals experience as their opponents and should break though for a win.

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07:23

Coal country backs renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A new ReachTEL poll, commissioned by The Australia Institutes Climate and Energy Program, asked residents of the electorates of Hunter and Shortland about energy policy, including government investment in coal, renewables and the Liddell coal power station.

via Coal country backs renewable energy: Poll RenewEconomy


07:21

The Seaweed Solution and the Silverbuckshot Approach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kelp Drying King Island

A recent Catalyst show on ABC TV featured Tim Flannery of the Climate Council put forward a silver bullet solution to climate change. Cultivating fast growing seaweeds would draw down the CO2 in the atmosphere thus mitigating greenhouse enhanced global warming. Flannery wrote about this in his Atmosphere of Hope (Text, Melbourne, 2015) when he said:

Seaweed is hugely productive, outstripping the fastest growing land-based crops many times over in its rate of growth and CO2 absorption. Globally, the potential scale of seaweed farming is 600 times greater than any other method of cultivating algae One study asserted that seaweed farming could produce 12 gigatonnes per year of biomethane, while storing 19 gigatonnes of CO2 per year directly from biogas production, plus up to 34 gigatonnes per year from carbon capture of the biomethane combustion exhaust gas. All of this would come from seaweed forests covering and area equal to 9 per cent of the worlds ocean surface. (p.41)

In the TV show Flannery emphasized the carbon captured by the seaweed dropping to the deep ocean floor where it would be permanently stored. He also outlined many of the problems facing such a massive project such as the problem of nutrients required for seaweed growth in the open ocean.

Personally although the optimism associated with Flannery is a breath of fresh air I have a problem with concentrating on a single solution the silver bullet.  Washington and Cook in their Climate Change Denial (Earthscan, London, 2011) talked of the silver buckshot approach. They noted:

Climate change also impacts on almost everything we do whether its water use, food production, forestry, house building or industry. If we accept the reality of the problem how do we go about solving it? Hume refers to what have been called wicked problems, a term derived from cultural theory. Wicked problems have no simple solutionRather than just one silver bullet to solve the problem he suggests silver buckshot. No single solution is sufficient (Pittock 2009). The silver buckshot are the multiple solutions one applies to the problem. We agree that solving climate change and the underlying environmental crisis it is a symptom of will require several different approaches, a number of silver buckshot. (p.119)

Th...

07:19

Murdoch media gets it wrong on renewable energy and Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australians story linking excessive renewable energy subsidies to the Moree solar farm, a rich Saudi playboy and the singer Rihanna is very interesting. It is also hopelessly wrong (at least on the renewables bit).

via Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys RenewEconomy


06:57

Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.

The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMPs Yorkton detachment.

We do have an investigation that is ongoing, said Laurent.

Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.

Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the bands co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the bands director of operations Chris Lafontaine.

Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the...

06:16

Bigger is better small businesses once employed over half of private sector workers but no longer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office, part of the Queensland Treasury:

While small business makes a significant contribution to total employment in Queensland, its share has fallen from 55.9% in June 2007 to 44.2% in 2016.

The trend decline occurred across Australia, although the fall was greater in Queensland than the rest of Australia, on average.

While small business employment declined, employment in medium-sized businesses (20-199 employees) increased. The Government Statisticians Office reports:

Between June 2007 and June 2016, the number of persons employed in a small business in Queensland decreased by 166,000 (down 15.4%)Conversely, the number of persons employed in a medium or large business increased by 128,000 (38.0%) and 172,000 (33.5%) respectively.

Incidentally, medium-sized businesses and large businesses (200+ employees) make up only 2.6 percent of total businesses, but account for 56% of employees (see chart below).

Why have small businesses declined in relative importance? Many factors have probably contributed to the downward trend, including, among others:

  • Consumer preferences, with consumers preferring to shop at bigger stores with more variety and lower prices (as the bigger stores benefit from economies of scale);
  • Information and communications technology improvements which have made it easier for successful businesses to extend their business models into new regions;
  • Government regulations, particularly in workplace relations, which impose costs that massively eat into the margins of small businesses and can more readily be absorbed by larger businesses; and
  • Deregulation (e.g. of retail trading hours), which has gradually been eliminating many of the small corner stores that were once prevalent in Australia.

Of course, technology is now allowing many people to set up micro-businesses, such as consultancies or Uber driving businesses, so there may be a reversal in the longer-term trend to some extent. But the longer-term trend away from traditional small businesses, such as a corner store or newsagent employing half a dozen people, appears unstoppable.

...

06:15

How (Not) to Run a Modern Society on Renewable Energy ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For people who may be perplexed by the current energy debate (and who isnt?) here is a nice educational article that goes back to basics and explains what is in store for us as we try to transform society to run on dilute energy forms The Conversation: How better data would improve the electricity market The Australian Electricity Regulator is investigating whether wholesale electricity generators in New South Wales are bidding in good faith in the electricity market. Good faith means price changes are the result of real problems, such as weather or machinery failure, rather than market manipulation. The reason the regulator doesnt already know the answer to this question is that the market is opaque the data are not easily workable for analysis. In our ongoing research into the electricity market we have run into the same problem. Weve only been able to make headway by applying big data tools. Although not bidding in good faith isnt illegal in the Australian electricity market, it is reminiscent of fradulent bidding in United States Treasury bond markets in the 1990s. We can learn from how this scandal was dealt with brokerage firms were required to provide data that could be clearly monitored. This increased transparency and led to lower costs EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... A pumped hydro bonanza for Tasmania ... ? Most of it wont happen. Heres why Its a state election year, and what better than to announce a brave new, multi billion pumped-hydro phantasmagorical bonanza for the state. Fifteen dams, two new Basslinks, Tasmania the national hero. The sort of grand vision that can get governments elected Examiner: Media leak to be investigated by Tasmanian Parliaments Privileges Committee Mercury: MLC Ivan Dean delays motion to refer leaks to Parliamentary Privileges Committee

05:55

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Dont Say You Didnt Know "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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You cant stop things like the blockchain. It will be everywhere, and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust John McAfee, Founder of McAfee As youre aware by now, the worlds largest corporations and most governments are already testing the incredible potential of it. Australia, Japan, and Germany are []

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05:42

Who's the world's leading eco-vandal? It's Angela Merkel | George Monbiot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor's record on environmental policy has been a disasterWhich living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel. Related: Germany won't lead the free world. It barely looks beyond its own borders | Natalie [...]

05:31

Family films three kangaroos 'squaring up and hitting each other' in neighborhood garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

The family came across the three roos as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night A brawl of the marsupial kind has been caught on camera on somebody's front lawn. A family came across the three kangaroos apparently fighting as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night.Footage shows the group of animals squaring up to each other in the battle, which took place in the front garden. The family stayed safely inside their car as they spotted the trio of raging roos on the other side of the road. Two of the animals appear to box in slow motion as the video starts, jumping and slinging their arms. The third then gets involved, and they push one another before one kicks out with its powerful back legs.

Family films three kangaroos 'squaring up and hitting each other' in neighborhood garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

The family came across the three roos as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night A brawl of the marsupial kind has been caught on camera on somebody's front lawn. A family came across the three kangaroos apparently fighting as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night.Footage shows the group of animals squaring up to each other in the battle, which took place in the front garden. The family stayed safely inside their car as they spotted the trio of raging roos on the other side of the road. Two of the animals appear to box in slow motion as the video starts, jumping and slinging their arms. The third then gets involved, and they push one another before one kicks out with its powerful back legs.

05:22

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Eight months of lengthy discussions came to an end on Monday night when Moncton city council voted to stick to the status quo of not adding fluoride to the municipalitys water.

In 2011, after a contentious debate, Moncton council voted to suspend adding fluoride to the citys water for five years.

At the time, council asked the provincial Department of Health and the New Brunswick Dental Society to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of water fluoridation, which neither group did.

After a meeting with speakers representing both sides of the fluoride debate in June this year, and soliciting input from the public, staff recommended the city continue to not add fluoride to the Great Moncton water supply unless directed by the federal or provincial governments to do so.

Fluoridation has been widely studied and, if the fluoride doesnt exceed a particular level, is a tool endorsed by both higher levels of government for reducing tooth decay.

Coun. Pierre Boudreau moved the motion Monday night, expressing concern the city may be held legally responsible if any dangers were ever found to be associated with water fluoridation.

We should err on the side of caution, said Boudreau.

Boudreau said an expert report should be provided by the provincial government before council approves reinstating fluoride into the citys water. Coun. Shawn Crossman seconded the motion.

Mayor Dawn Arnold weighed in, saying the city had a responsibility to be thorough.

We need to be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are doing no harm if we were to introduce this and thats a tough one to make, said Arnold.

[There] are simply too many questions and a lack of consistent scientific consensusis worrisome to me.

Fluoride supporters disappointed

After the meeting, Dentist, vocal fluoride supporter and Vice President of the New Brunswick Dental Society Susan Drapeau-McNally said if council refuses to protect the teeth of the citys disadvantaged citizens through fluoride, then it should start working on another way to bring dental hygiene to people who cant afford it.

I am very disappointed, said Drapea...

04:31

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

04:31

Journalists Ask South Koreans Who Scares Them Most- Trump Of Kim Jong Un: Here Is Their Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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04:18

FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina appeared first on It's Going Down.

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

 

03:29

Please. Education is not a horserace. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive mentioned before that I dont use the classroom to proselytize atheism. I have a job to do, and that is to help the students learn biology, and thats all I care about that they graduate after a few years and understand the concepts and can apply them, and if can do that while believing in Jesus or Allah, thats just fine.

Theres another thing I dont do, and that is penalize them for their health or situation. Youve got clinical depression or your grandmother died or you had a nasty break-up with your romantic friend? Ill make what accommodations I can, because I want you to get through all of that and learn biology. Thats all I can judge you on, is your mastery of the material, but I will welcome any changes that can help you out.

But all too often I run into non-academics (and sometimes even academics) who dont understand this basic idea, that were supposed to help our students learn. So someone like Margaret Wente can write drivel like Why treat university students like fragile flowers?

The first answer is that we dont. We have standards that have to be met in order to pass a course, and theyre not be free of mental health concerns or have a stable family life or be rich enough that you dont have to work part-time. If you have an illness that makes mastering the course material difficult for you, that doesnt mean you get a free pass; it means you should talk to me and Ill do what I can to give you the opportunity to learn it in spite of your handicap. My job is to make all the flowers blossom, not to make half of them wither if they need a little extra watering.

However, there are things that Wente objects to.

Today, any proper university has registered therapy dogs to cheer you up. If exams have you down, drop in for a lick and a cuddle and youll feel better in no time. And if youre too depressed because of Grandma, no problem. The disability office will provide you with a private room and extra time to write your final. Your professor never even needs to know.

Today, colleges and universities are highly concerned with the mental well-being of their students. Student distress, were told, is at an all-time high. Its the pressure. The competition. Social media. Career anxiety. Long commutes. Money worries. Cyberbullying.

Therapy dogs are bad? Why? I want a therapy puppy to visit when grading gets me down! I suspect students learn better when theyre less stressed. All I care about, remember, is student learning.

I have students who take their exams at our office of student learning. We have students with agor...

02:11

Blockchain Powered AI Doctors to Revolutionize Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Doc.ai's AI-based doctors, through masses of information on the Blockchain, will be able to have natural language conversations with patients, and provide medical answers.

01:32

An Empire of Chaos: The Real Reason the US is in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USA's longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the country's mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is "Why is the USA in Afghanistan?" Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else? The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

00:46

"You're an absolute disgrace" Coalition and One Nation senators "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie on the floor of the Australian Senate, 14 September 2017.

Senate Hansard,  12 September 2017:
Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (13:56): The government wants One Nation support for this package so badly that it has agreed to invite a razor gang into the books of the ABC. And it wants Nick Xenophon's support for the package so badly that it has agreed not to embarrass him into being forced to vote in support of One Nation's proposal. But make no mistake, voting for this bill means voting for One Nation's deal. I know that, One Nation knows that and you can bet your last dollar that Nick Xenophon and his team know that, too. As for what the details are, we still don't know. The government won't tell us and they won't tell us. All we know is that it commits the government to review the ABC and ask if it is reducing the profitability of its commercial rivals. Guess what? The job of the ABC isn't to make money for its commercial rivals. Its job is to guarantee all Australians have access to news, programming and information that affects their lives, no matter where they live or how wealthy they are. The deal the government has made isn't designed to improve the ABC; it is designed to defund it. It's a deal to set up a rigged kangaroo court that is de...

00:45

Australian society in 2017: national gaol population hits record high "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Australias jail population has hit a record high of more than 41,200 prisoners, as a 20-year surge in incarceration rates shows no sign of waning.

The daily average of full-time prisoners in custody rose 7% to 41,204 over the year to the June quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

That represented a 133% leap in prisoner numbers since the June quarter of 1997, meaning the national jail population grew at more than four times the rate of the overall population over the last two decades.

The cost of running prisons in Australia is likely to have hit around $3bn a year, based on Productivity Commission figures.

Inmates on remand awaiting court sentences (11%) and women (10%) were the fastest-growing groups of prisoners over the last year.

Indigenous prisoner numbers rose 7% in line with the overall increase but they remain grossly overrepresented in jail, making up 2% of the general population but 28% of the prison population.

According to the ABS ...

00:41

Hells Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theyre all very well dressed, Debra Lawrence said to the overlay, as we walked on to the set of Hells Kitchen, the celebrity cooking program thats screened on Australian television over the last few months. Even before the comment, she was our favourite, as we got down to the final four, ahead of the programs []

00:41

Catalan Mayors Exercise Right to Remain Silent in Referendum Questioning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BARCELONA The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

The first three mayors to declare exercised their right to remain silent, the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) said.

Years of separatist feeling in the industrial northeastern region will come to a head in less than two weeks as the fiercely pro-independence regional government calls a referendum on splitting from Spain.

Madrid has declared the referendum illegal and the Constitutional Court has suspended the vote that was approved by the regional government earlier this month.

So far, 745 of 948 municipal leaders have said they will provide venues for the referendum.

Voting is not a crime, said Marc Solsona, mayor of the town of Mollerussa, one of nearly 750 mayors facing charges of civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of public funds, as he left the state prosecutors office in Barcelona.

Im just the mayor and I have to serve my people. I am committed to the people being able to vote on Oct. 1 in accordance with the law passed by the Catalan parliament and what happens to me is not important, he said.

Solsona smiled, kissed and gripped hands with dozens of clapping supporters gathered outside the state prosecutors office as he entered to chants of You are not alone

We consider ourselves privileged to have a mayor who represents the townspeople above any other interests political or fin...

00:27

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

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

00:24

How to Find Out Whos Tracking You Through Your Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[alltechbuzzWhatever the work we do, our first priority is Safety. Safety states that the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.

Everyone and everything in this world need Safety. Even our Smartphones we use. We all just use Smartphones to play games , chat, call, etc but do we really care about the threats that our phone receive?

Dont panic. We are here to help in this case. With the help of just a few short-codes, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and work out whether or not your messages and information are protected and whether youre being tracked.

We gathered together some of the most useful and important codes for Smartphones here.

CODE-1: *#21#

Discover the settings for your call forwarding. Youll see whether you have voice, data, fax, SMS, sync, async, packetaccess , and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.

This code will let you find whether your calls, messages, and data are being diverted. The status of the diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone screen.

CODE-2: *#62#

Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.

This code will let you find where calls, messages, and data are being redirected to from your phone. The chances are that your voice calls are being redirected to one of your cell phone operators numbers.

CODE-3: ##002#

This USSD code deactivates all call forwardings with one single command.

This code can be used to switch off all the redirections from your phone. Its a good idea to use this before you have to use roaming. In this case, money wont be taken from your account for calls that are redirected by default to your voice mail.

CODE-4: *#06#

IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information, it identifies you to the provider network.

This code helps you find your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). This code also helps you find your phone if someone steals it. When the phone with a particular IMEI is switched on, the location of the phone will automatically convey to the network operator even after you insert...

00:19

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

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination []

Tuesday, 19 September

23:53

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

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23:45

BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The future of computing depends on it.

By Fiona MacDonald

For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.

Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they wont produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices.

This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons.

We say in theory, because, despite companies such as IBM and Intel pursuing light-based computing, the transition is easier said than done.

Coding information into photons is easy enough we already do that when we send information via optical fibre.

But finding a way for a computer chip to be able to retrieve and process information stored in photons is tough for the one thing that makes light so appealing: its too damn fast for existing microchips to read.

This is why light-based information that flies across internet cables is currently converted into slow electrons. But a better alternative would be to slow down the light and convert it into sound.

And thats exactly what researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have now done.

The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain, said project supervisor Birgit Stiller.

It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.

23:33

Octlantis is a Just-Discovered Underwater City Engineered by Octopuses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gloomy octopusesalso known as common Sydney octopuses, or octopus tetricushave long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there's proof these cephalopods sometimes hang out in small cities.

In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named "Octlantis." The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).

The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. "These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."

Octopus cities suck.


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23:30

How Virtual Reality Could Help You Fall In Love "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fall in Love VR, for the Oculus Rift, shows how integrating natural-language processing in virtual reality can create a sense of real intimacy.

In 2015, The New York Times caused quite a stir by publishing The 36 Questions That Lead To Love, based on work by the psychologist Arthur Aron. The main idea was that people would have to be incredibly vulnerable to ask and answer such questionsand doing so could quickly build intimacy.

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21:56

Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!

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21:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:53

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

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

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

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

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

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

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

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

21:34

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

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:30

The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

These common questions may feel clichd, but theres a reason why recruiters keep asking them.

Some interview questions lead to eye rolls by just thinking about them: Where do you see yourself in five years? Whats your biggest weakness? When youre preparing for a job interview, it can be hard to know how to avoid giving trite answers to these equally trite questions. But one solution is simply to know what hiring managers and recruiters are actually trying to learn by asking them in the first place. So Fast Company hit up a few experts to find out.

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21:03

China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

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

20:30

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

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

20:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19:57

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

17:48

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

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

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

Source: Spiked

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

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

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

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

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

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

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15:00

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

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

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

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

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

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

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

14:30

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

11:49

William H Gass & Metafiction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    AS William H Gass was said to be the first to coin the term metafiction, I thought Id post the paragraph in which he does. Its from Philosophy and the Form of Fiction, an essay from his 1971... Continue Reading

11:30

Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

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

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

The Farmer in Albury

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

Then at about 3.30...

10:44

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

Dragonfruit

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

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