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Thursday, 24 August


NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a sexual assault that occurred on York Place, outside the Brunswick Centre in Scarborough, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, reported that she had been touched on her body by a man who walked past.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 9in tall, short black hair with a large/broad build.

We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the publics help to establish full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information from anyone who observed the incident or recalls seeing the man.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for David Hinchliffe. You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170149734

Contact details:

David Hinchliffe #0336 | 30336

Incident reference:


Explainer: Marriage Equality Postal Plebiscite High Court Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre has taken urgent legal action in the High Court on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice against the Australian Government to stop the marriage equality postal plebiscite.

We want marriage equality

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. We have been working closely with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community for years to achieve marriage equality.

In 2014, we represented Australian Marriage Equality in a High Court case on ACTs marriage laws, and helped to convince the court to rule that the Australian Parliament has the power to pass laws to achieve marriage equality.

This is how marriage equality can be achieved in Australia with a simple vote right now by our elected Members of Parliament. The majority of the nation backs this straightforward reform. But the Coalition Government refuses to allow this vote to happen without a plebiscite first

We dont need a marriage equality plebiscite

A plebiscite is a vote by the public to decide a particular issue. Legally, we dont need a plebiscite to achieve marriage equality. But the Coalition Government decided that it wants to run a plebiscite on marriage equality. The decision to push for a plebiscite was a tactic by MPs opposed to marriage equality.

Parliament doesnt want a plebiscite

The Government twice asked the Parliament to approve laws to allow the plebiscite to happen. Twice the Parliament rejected these laws in August last year and again in August this year.

So whats the postal plebiscite?

Because Parliament refused to approve laws for a plebiscite, the Government has tried to sidestep Parliament by asking the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to run what the Government has called a postal plebiscite.

Postal plebiscite is unnecessary, divisive and harmful


The solar step: Our community is ours to change "IndyWatch Feed"

From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer

Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.

Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser Sren Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor Mark Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables in the electricity grid.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Sydney economy back into pole position "IndyWatch Feed"

Sydney jobs surge

Employment growth picked up to an even stronger +242,600 or about +2 per cent in July 2017.

Quite good numbers!

Employment has now increased by a somewhat impressive +671,000 in three years, or +5.8 per cent.

That's well ahead of the rate of population growth, and also enough to push the unemployment rate into a downtrend.

Sydney has displaced Melbourne as the economy creating the most jobs over the year to July 2017, at more than +71,000. 

Melbourne created +58,200 new jobs on a net basis, with Brisbane at a much more moderate +19,000.

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to trend down, with the monthly unemployment rate in the harbour city well below 4.5 per cent in July. 

It now takes just 12 weeks to find a job in Sydney on average - down from 17 weeks two years ago -which compares very favourably to a turgid 23 weeks in Brisbane, and a morose 25 in Perth.

Despite Sydney's low unemployment rate, there have been relatively few signs of stronger wages growth in New South Wales to date...


Gold "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, looking at the analysis of Socrates on gold we see that the Momentum is bullish, trend is bullish, cycle trend is bullish, but Long term is bearish, how does that square with your call that Gold is going up to $5,000.00 when the long term is bearish.

Thank you.

ANSWER: Looking very long-term is different from the relevant time frame. Gold has not broken out and I have given the number where that becomes a possibility. We are not yet there. Events on the horizon are the critical issue. The world is not ready yet and the stock market also reflects this pending threshold. Socrates comment is thus concerned with the immediate outlook and until gold gets through key points, there is no breakout. The extreme target is not due on this cycle but the next.


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Does anyone have any boxes suitable for moving? Let me take them off your hands!

Please text Clare 0421 442 314.

Thank you!


Tubs and Technology "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlands Community News,

I'd like to promote my local business I run from my workshop in Coburg North.

My business name is Tubs and Technology and I specialise in washing machine, clothes dryer. and technology repairs.  I love working in my local area I have been doing repairs and maintenance in this field since I was 17 years old (that's over 25 years eeps!!).



Poll Roundup: Newspoll Moves! It Is Alive! (includes same-sex marriage polling) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2PP: 53.5 to Labor (+0.3 since last week)
Labor would win an election "held now" with a large majority

Time for another roundup of the state of play in federal polling.  This week's exciting development was that Newspoll, after a record six consecutive 2PPs of 53-47 to Labor, finally moved by a whole point to 54-46!  I am especially excited by this because had this week's result been another 53-47, I was going to lead off with a mock Death Certificate, and now I do not have to.

This briefly took my aggregate to an equal term high 53.8 to ALP (I tweeted this as 53.9 but later found a very small error) but then Essential moved back a point the other way after two 54s, and the primaries in YouGov didn't do a lot, so I currently have it at 53.5 to ALP. That was the Coalition's winning lead in the 2013 election, and also just shy of what Labor had when Tony Abbott was removed.  

The strange 2PP results of YouGov continue to baffle - this week it has the Coalition with a 51-49 lead off primaries that would normally imply something like 53.1% to Labor.  I discussed this issue last time, and the average difference between YouGov's 2PPs and the last-election 2PPs for their primaries is now running at a massive 2.9 points.  As noted last time, it's possible that the current last-election 2PPs are overstating Labor's lead, especially because of One Nation issues, but it's highly unlikely that they're doing so by three points.  Much more detail on the YouGov mystery from William Bowe here.

Once again an event of great interest to the political beltway - the Section 44 eligibility crisis - was widely expected to produce massive polling movement but so far hasn't amounted to much.  Here's the smoothed tracking graph:

Prime Minister Turnbull's self-imposed "Newspoll clock" reached eighteen consecutive Newspoll losses.  As noted last time, this was an unfortunate choice of metric by Turn.....


Australian Lawyer Jane Connors, Appointed as First UN Rights Advocate for Victims of Sexual Exploitation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

23 August 2017 United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has appointed Jane Connors, Australian law professional and long-time human rights advocate, as the first United Nations advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Jane Connors, newly-appointed Victims Rights Advocate for the United Nations. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr

The appointment is in line with the Secretary-Generals pledge made in his report on Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: a new approach that the UN will put the rights and dignity of victims at the forefront of its prevention and response efforts.

Connors, currently International Advocacy Director, Law and Policy, for Amnesty International in Geneva, brings to the position a long and multi-faceted career in human rights advocacy, as well as human rights and humanitarian assistance in the academic, UN and civil society spheres.

As Victims Rights Advocate, Connors will support an integrated, strategic response to victim assistance in coordination with relevant UN system actors.

She will work with government institutions, civil society, and national and legal and human rights organizations to build networks of support and to help ensure that the ful...


Elements of Byron takes major UDIA Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Gala Awards held at The Star in Sydney on August 4th, Elements of Byron took one of the few coveted Major Awards.

The property received the Award for Excellence for development across regional New South Wales and Canberra, beating every other development outside Sydney. Over 1,000 guests were in attendance at the event.

The UDIA Judges stated that they were impressed by the strength of the commitment of the owners and the whole development team to the holistic vision for an authentically Australian experience that harmoniously integrates with the natural features and ecosystems. Other major UDIA Awards went to Barangaroo South and 50 Martin Place.

Jeremy Holmes, Development Director for North Byron Beach Resort (which includes Elements of Byron resort) attended the event with resort owner Peggy Flannery and a number of the development team members. This is a very special award for me personally said Holmes. Elements of Byron has been blessed to receive numerous awards at state, national and international level. This one, however, is for my development team, some of whom have been working on this project for seven years.

The development team has taken the construction of Elements of Byrons second stage in-house rather than hiring an external building company. This unique approach has enabled them to more carefully manage construction impacts on adjoining neighbours and resort guests. We had the experience and the team said Jeremy Holmes. By doing the job ourselves we are able to have more control with work hours, quality and noise impacts. For example we start later in the morning and dont work Saturdays.

This UDIA Award follows a string of major awards the property has received over the past two months, including a major Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects, a Commendation in the Commercial Category from the Australian Institute of Architects and being named Best Large Scale Corporate Retreat in Australia at the Qantas Business Travel Awards. Elements of Byron has also just been announced as a finalist in the Hotel Management Awards in both the Regional Property and Meetings and Conference Property categories.

The post Elements of Byron takes major UDIA Award appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


IncrEdible Food Swap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Two fabulous workshops on this September simultaneously to celebrate Spring!

-          Book Binding with plant fibres with Rowan Kirby Brown
-          Sustainable Scented Gardens with Yvonne Pecujac


Schromen-Wawrin, Wojnowski talk about issues at Port Angeles council candidate forum "IndyWatch Feed National"

PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water, annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.

Schromen-Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not running for re-election.

Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the Clallam County Bar Association.

Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home Owners Association.

I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water, Wojnowski said.

The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.

Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation, cast the deciding vote last summer.

I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to intake, Wojnowski said.

And given the fact that none of us really know how much is required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it. But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.

Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride, saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.

Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly, provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and arsenic in the water.

Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.

I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public health matters.

So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said, with my caveat that Im not go...


Barbara continues her research into jewellery, bronze and iron materials "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inside the ferro battuto studio of Carlo at Civitanova Alta, a third generation regional metalsmith now retired and closing his forge. He has found no one local who is interested to learn the craft and cant compete with the cheap Chinese products flooding Italy. We are hoping that local council can work to house his stock and trade tools. We were overjoyed when staff opened up the museum for us at Monteloupone, as it was holiday season. Invaluable to have access and time with these old makers.


Protect Toolangi's Greater Gliders - email Minister D'Ambrosio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AC_GG_IMGP5228_copy.jpgThe Greater Glider is Australias largest gliding marsupial. Once common, Greater Gliders have declined by 80% in the last two decades.  

Logging operations have wiped out large areas of its habitat and it's the latest Victorian animal to become a threatened species.


Government scientists advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider. Unfortunately, Victorias Environment Department has urged the Environment Minister not to follow this advice.

Greater Gliders continue to be killed and their habitat destroyed by logging.

The latest area up for destruction is Glenview coupe (298 516 0001) in the upper headwaters of the Kalatha Creek in Toolangi State Forest.

Please, let the Minister know you expect Greater Gliders in Glenview coupe to be immediately protected from logging.

Send your email below and follow up by calling her office on (03) 9637 9504



US State Department Science Envoy Resigns After Trumps Charlottesville Response "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Washington: One of the US State Departments three science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over President Donald Trumps response to a white nationalist rally in...


Ein bemerkenswertes Comeback "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Eigener Bericht) - Angesichts der Aufstockung der US-Truppen in Afghanistan warnen Experten vor einem neuen Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen der NATO und Russland am Hindukusch. Wie Beobachter einhellig erklren, hat Russland seinen Einfluss in Afghanistan in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich ausbauen knnen. Zudem hat das erbrmliche Resultat des beinahe 16 Jahre whrenden NATO-Krieges das Ansehen des Westens in dem Land ganz erheblich beschdigt; Moskau knne sich das inzwischen zunutze machen und sein Prestige aufbessern, wird berichtet. Ein einstiger Spitzenfunktionr der US-Geheimdienste urteilt, fr den russischen Prsidenten Wladimir Putin sei Afghanistan heute "ein weiterer Hotspot, um Einfluss auszuben" und um Moskau "als Problemlser und Friedensbringer darzustellen". Falls die NATO und Russland sich am Hindukusch mit unterschiedlichen Krften zusammentten, drohe dort - wie in Syrien - ein Stellvertreterkrieg.

Wisst ihr noch, als ich davor gewarnt habe, Nazi-Webseiten ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wisst ihr noch, als ich davor gewarnt habe, Nazi-Webseiten zu zensieren, weil wenn man erstmal anfngt mit dem Zensieren, dann sind bald auch linke Webseiten dran?

Nun, es ist soweit.

Oh und der aktuelle Stand von Zensur auf Youtube ist: Youtube verhngt einen "Community guideline violation strike" gegen Account wegen eines Interviews bevor das berhaupt auch nur aufgenommen wurde. Weil es um Gategame ging, und das wei doch jeder, dass jeder, der das Wikipedia- und Medien-Narrativ zu Gamergate nicht fr die ganze Wahrheit hlt, automatisch ein Masku-Arschloch und Frauenhasser ist. Auch wenn die Interviewerin eine Frau ist. Der Link geht brigens auf eine Seite, die aussieht, als sei ihr Ziel, alle negativen Stereotypen ber misogyne Gamer zu besttigen. m(


Victoria Police states while assaulting a minor "I can do whatever I want" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria Police have been trained that the law that applies to the herd population does not apply to them or the 'administration'.

This is the result of their training;

Source: Supplied.


Western NSW Primary Health Network shows what works in delivering effective Aboriginal health services "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The AHHA has released a Deeble Institute Evidence Brief on 'What works' in partnering to deliver effective Aboriginal health services: the Western New South Wales Primary Health Network experience.This Evidence Brief has been written because early evidence is suggesting that the partnership between the Western New South Wales (NSW) Primary Health Network (PHN) and Aboriginal primary healthcare services in the Western NSW PHN region is proving effective in terms of increased trust and supporting a stronger network of services for local Aboriginal communities. In particular, the structure and governance of services in this PHN region are unique in Australia, and could possibly provide lessons for other PHNs and Aboriginal health programs generally.

The brief outlines and discusses the Western NSW PHN arrangements and how they are supporting and building a stronger platform for the delivery of Aboriginal primary healthcare services in this region.'Western New South Wales Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has had some exciting and inspiring success in delivering effective primary health services to Aboriginal people', says Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

In particular, the number of Aboriginal people using integrated care services for chronic conditions more than doubled in the space of only 4 months.

The Evidence Brief is available at:


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


18 hospitals from around Australia have signed up to the Lighthouse Hospital Project aimed at improving the hospital treatment of coronary heart disease among Indigenous Australians. Lighthouse is operated and managed by the Heart Foundation and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). It is funded by the Australian Government.

The 18 hospitals cover almost one-half of all cardiac admissions in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Heart Foundation National CEO Adjunct Professor John Kelly said closing the gap in cardiovascular disease between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was a key Heart Foundation priority, and it was highly appropriate that today's announcement coincided with National Sorry Day.

'Cardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is serious business. Australia's First Peoples are more likely to have heart attacks than non-Indigenous Australians, and more likely to have early heart disease onset coupled with other health problems, frequent hospital admissions and premature death. Deaths happen at almost twice the rate for non-Indigenous Australians, yet Indigenous Australians appear to have fewer tests and treatments while in hospital, and discharge from hospital against medical advice is five times as high', Professor Kelly said

More at:


PERTH Trust servant faces theft charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Trust servant faces theft charges .

August 23, 2017 at 06:15PM .

A 52-year-old woman from the northern Perth suburb of Landsdale is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court next month on two charges of stealing .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


PERTH Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

snip .

Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker .

August 24, 2017 at 02:05AM .

In January 2015, Davidson failed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court to answer to those charges and absconded to Bali on a one-month tourist visa. .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


These are the 7 Types of People You Need to Cut Out of Your Life Immediately! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Toxic people are everywhere, these toxic people have an extremely negative impact on our lives. We need to make sure to identify these toxic people and cut them out of our lives before they sink their teeth into our well-being.

Getting rid of toxic people can and will mean kicking friends out of your life, romantic partners, and in some cases family members. Unfortunately, sometimes it is something that has to be done. If you have ever gotten rid of a toxic person before you know how relieving it is. The following types of people are the most common types of toxic people but some people will fit into more than one of these categories.

I am more than aware that it can be hard to exile people who you care about, but when they are negatively impacting your life and refuse to stop you need to do something. Cutting ties is sometimes the best answer and you should never feel bad for doing so. You have to put yourself first no matter the situation.

7 Types of People You Need to Get Out of Your Life:

1. The Antisocial Personality

This person takes advantage of you and can sometimes become violent. While he or she may care about you to an extent they are not worth the trouble they put you through. These people are what most call sociopaths. If you know anything about sociopaths you know there is no place for them in your life.

2. The Critic

This person judges you all the time. He or she makes you feel as if you are not good enough in all aspects of life and enough is enough!

3. The Arrogant Prick

This person is annoying and intimidating; they are someone you already do your best to avoid. Cutting him or her out of your life only makes sense! People who make you uncomfortable to this extreme extent are not people you need to be around.

4. The Passive Aggressor

This person will always keep you waiting and in some cases make you late to most of your appointments. He or she will never truly allow you to understand what point it is that they are trying to get across, and you will forever be walking on eggshells around them.

5. The Narcissist

While a narcissist can sometimes be an arrogant prick they are usually a bit worse than that. He or she thinks that the world revolves around them, and you dont really mean anything to them anyway. They will look down on you and manipulate you so that they can get...


I Went to a Balinese Trance Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed National"

An unanticipated phone call in the afternoon alerts me that a Daratan ceremony is taking place in a matter of minutes at Pura Dalem Agung, a Hindu temple in the coastal mountains of Seraya Berat. Suddenly, I am beaming; I have been waiting to attend one of these ceremonies for years.

I uncurl from my stupor in the hammock and dash to my bedroom as if I am Beyonc running late for the Met Gala. I plough through the cupboards for my ceremonial get-up, find my udeng (ceremonial hat) and slap it atop my frazzled hair at a crooked angle, throw a sarong around my waist and neglect to put underwear on a favourite new trend of mine. I then dive into the car and haul-ass up a serpentine trail filled with potholes, frightened chickens and topless Balinese women.

I make it just in time.

The banten (offerings) have gone out to the gods; sembahyang (Balinese-Hindu prayers) have just ended; bakso (traditional Balinese soup) has been slurped; the local men have smoked their gudang garum cigarettes. I am the only foreigner present.

It all happens so fast. Drumming erupts and suddenly the Balinese villagers, hundreds of them, are scurrying atop the meadow grass towards the front of the temple a towering structure of carved volcanic rock contorting skyward all cheering and chanting as mankus (Balinese priests) stand atop the cracked cement steps, flicking holy water over the crowd with their bamboo sticks. I follow en masse, pretending I know whats going on. Those of us who receive a douse of the cleansing liquid clamber backwards against the oncoming tide of villagers.

As I back away, an elderly woman catches my gaze. A cheeky grin of knowingness sweeps across her face, and Im mesmerised as she moves into the centre of the field to join the other dancers. The crowd expands around the procession of dancers floating into the centre of the ringed space as the smoke from hundreds of incense sticks swirls into the air. The dancers begin moving their bodies to the riveting sound of 30 men bashing away at drums and gongs as the hubbub stirs through the crowd, leading to an eruption of cheers. The dancers hands twist in the air, their bodies twirl in a dream-like dance and their eyes goggle towards the heavens.

The drumming and cheering amplifies throughout the arena, the temple vibrates with energy, and darkness descends upon the crowd as the horizon flutters in a fiery haze from the dying sunset.

Then th...


Jenny Blackfords Loyalty of Chickens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jenny Blackford, The Loyalty of Chickens (Pitt Street Poets 2017)

chickensLike Jenny Blackfords earlier book, The Duties of a Cat, this is beautifully presented collection of poetry. This ones bigger there are more pages and more poems, and it has a broader scope of subject matter and tone.

As in the earlier book, there are sweet celebrations of pet cats (All that he asked / was total control) and a range of animals wild and domestic, including the chickens, which, according to the title poem,

show no loyalty. It seems that any girl
wholl delve a scoop of free-range mix
is She Who Brings the Grain,
or close enough for these
red-feathered hens
to worship her.

Jenny Blackfords biography mentions that her work is published regularly in The School Magazine. One of the attractive features of this book is the way poems that are eminently suitable for children are mixed in with poems of mature sensibility, with no sense of incongruity. The lovely imagistic sweeping (the wind is sweeping / the tide out to sea), is followed by South Steyne, which recalls childhood events from an amused adult perspective (The South Steyne ferry was heaven / for me, though doubtless hell for parents), and then by Some slight redemption, a meditation on Coventry Cathedral as a monument not to war / nor even peace / but to forgiveness.

It seems inevitable that any collection of poems by a person of a certain age that touche...


Should solo bikes have cheaper rego? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.

Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.

Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!

Indian Scout Sixty soloScout Sixty

A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.

Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.

There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 America USA soloMV Agusta Brutale 800 America


Fight for solo rego

South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).

When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.

We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.

Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts.



Building (Only) Toilets Isnt Always the Answer to Ending Open Defecation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In north Bihars Kosi, groundwater is very close to the surface, so people prefer to have their toilets farther away from home or they think defecation will contaminate their drinking water supply.

A boy standing near a river channel in Saharsa district, Bihar. Credit: Ranjeet Kumar Sahani

A boy standing near a river channel in Saharsa district, Bihar. Credit: Ranjeet Kumar Sahani

Ranjeet Kumar Sahani is a PhD student at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru.

In a speech in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, We are living in the 21st century. The poor womenfolk of the village wait for the night, until darkness descends, to defecate in the open. Cant we make better arrangements of toilets for the dignity of our mothers and sisters? Two months later, he launched a campaign called Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to end open defecation throughout the country by 2019, together with the construction of 75 million toilets.

It is important to discuss Swachh Bharat Abhiyan now because the deadline of the mission is not very far. Also, the recent trend in terms of open defecation has been not-so-satisfactory for the ambitions of the mission started in 2014. This is because its success rate seems to be very low even though the program is supported by central and state...


ReachTEL: Bob Brown Foundation Peddles A Poll Porky "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ReachTEL (commissioned) Liberal 41.2 Labor 33.3 Green 13.1 PHON 4.4 Ind/Other 8.0

Interpretation Liberal 41.2 Labor 37.1 Green 10.4 Other 11.3
Most likely seat result based on this poll 12-10-2 plus one seat undecided between the three main parties
Disclaimer: Polls are snapshots not predictions.

I may get taken off their media mailing list for saying it, but the Bob Brown Foundation have released a grossly deceptive claim concerning their current ReachTEL poll to the Tasmanian press.  Question two of their poll and its results are as follows:

The question design is a bit odd, but I think it is OK.  The results are 38.3% support, 44.7% oppose and 17.1% don't know/not sure.

On this basis the BBF's press release has claimed:

"A ReachTEL poll commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation shows that a clear majority of Tasmanians oppose Tassal's invasion [sic] of Okehampton Bay with Atlantic salmon fish farms.


The telephone poll, of 1,617 residents across Tasmania last Thursday, revealed that 44.7% of people opposed Tassal's move, 38.3% supported it and 17.1% were undecided. If the undecided vote is allocated proportionately, opposition to fish farms on the east coast is 54% to 46%."

But from the actual polling figures, the first claim is clearly false. "A clear majority of Tasmanians" means more than 50% of Tasmanians.  A Tasmanian is still a Tasmanian even if they Don't Know or are Not Sure about a proposal on fish farms.  They don't softly and suddenly vanish away just because they pressed button 3 on a ReachTEL poll! It might be that if they did form an opinion that they would break the same way as the support/oppose breakdown (53.9% oppose), or they might break completely differently, but at this stage they don't have a view.  In fact, since not having a view on something is clearly not the same as opposing it, the poll  more correctly shows that for now, a "clear majority" of Tasmania...


Poll shows most Tasmanians oppose Tassal at Okehampton Bay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A ReachTEL poll commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation shows that a clear majority of Tasmanians oppose Tassal's invasion of Okehampton Bay with Atlantic salmon fish farms.


Alanna and Alicia Announce Album Launch Show in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be []


It is Always a Matter of Capital Flows "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Do you use astrology as one of your inputs as to cycles? There are, as you most likely know, financial astrologers who have tracked the patterns of planets that co-incide with market movements.

ANSWER: No. I am fully aware that some people use that and I have been told sometimes it lines up with our targets once in a while. Our model is strictly correlating hard data nothing subjective. Following the movement of capital is the breadcrumbs through the forest.

My personal goal is to step back and let the computer write the reports and forecast the world.


#freeisnotfair: a response from the Copyright Agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias copyright system can continually be improved. But there are better ways to do it than merely importing a controversially complex copyright approach from the US. Our system needs to be more nuanced than that and there is scope for the government to facilitate discussions aimed at reasonable, sensible reforms.



Ahead of her apperance at Septembers GLOBAL RHYTHMS festival, ALPHAMAMA talks to Eastside Radio about her inimitable style and latest release, revisiting her Indonesian heritage, the way forward for women in music and what you can expect from her performance on September 24th at Bicentennial Park in Glebe. With jazz, soul, hip hop and non-western forms shaping her music, Alphamamas full blown band experience for Global Rhythms festival will be one of the highlights. 

Wow! This year has flow by, says Alphamama, the woman once described by the Purple Sneakers crew as hip and strong [with] one hell of a voice.

Having spent much of 2017 launching her own spiritual clearing/coaching business, writing a book for musicians about income streams and finally clearing six years worth of taxes, Alphamama also found time to release a new single and video clip called Stranger In Asia.

What was the creative spark for the song Stranger In Asia did the idea come out of an experience?

There was a very definite purpose and reason to writing that song. I was in Indonesia and experiencing my own spiritual awakening. I felt very unsafe physically over there as a woman and felt the danger around me because I am a woman. It really woke up the sleeping dragon inside me. My father is Indonesian and I have always loved that part of my heritage, my culture. But in that moment, I was walking down a street in shorts and a T-shirt and I could feel the eyes on me and the danger I was in walking alone. It made me feel very foreign and disconnected to the place I love so much. I suddenly felt so strongly the suppression on female sexuality and womens bodies that religion and culture has afflicted on us. It seemed so wrong to me that the portal through which all human beings come when they are born, are vilified, humiliated, shamed, raped and abused. It dawned on me how much of the feminine aspects of humanity are rejected and denied when it is so divine.

Youve described the song as an ode to the uprising of the divine feminine. Given all the debate around the issue of women being underrepresented on many festival line-ups, what in your opinion is the best way to combat these inequalities?

This is is so deep for me and I could go on all day talking about it. Im really glad that were talking about it here, but also in the media! A lot of great people are doing really great things to change this and I see how the awareness has increased a lot in the last few years. I believe that this change is happening and will continue to shi...


The Pineal Gland, Higher Self Protection & Geomagnetic Field Correlations w/ Heather Sartain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

010 The Pineal Gland, Higher Self Protection & Geomagnetic Field Correlations w/ Heather Sartain

by: Enlighten Up

We welcome Heather Sartain to our show today who is a professor at the University of Houston, has a degree in Geophysics and Astronomy, is an expert on the pineal gland, and was recently on Cosmic Disclosure with David Wilcock and Corey Goode. She is currently working on 3 books, one which is called The Devolution of the Pineal Gland. She will be sharing with us some information that isn't even published yet so we are excited to have her on the show.

Topics discussed:

What is the pineal gland? What is its purpose? What is the connection to pineal gland calcification and fluoride? Why is fluoride being added to our water supply? Does fluoride really prevent cavities and if so, do we really need it?

How does fluoride effect our spiritual connection? What are the ways we can decalcify our pineal gland? What will happen to us spiritually when we do? What is the relationship between the pineal gland and 'crossing over' to the other side when one passes?

Is there a correlation to the energy field of our pineal glands and the geomagnetic field? What does this mean and do humans have an influence on this? Do we as humans possess a much stronger power than we're lead to believe?

Plus a bonus introduction to E.Ts! Heather's father worked for NASA and Lockheed Martin as an aerospace engineer before passing away in 2013. Before he did he shared with her some interesting information about UFO's and their technology found in the infamous Roswell crash as well as others. Does some of our communication technology actually come from recovered and reverse engineered UFO technology found?

Find all of this out and more in episode 10!

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Three arrested, hydroponic set-ups found Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Three people have been arrested after police executed multiple search warrants in northern NSW.

Strike Force Glynn was formed by officers from Richmond local area command to investigate the alleged ongoing supply of prohibited drugs.

Following inquiries, six search warrants were executed this morning (Thursday 24 August) at homes in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino.

At a home in Goonellabah, police located four separate hydroponic set-ups containing a large number of enhanced cannabis plants.

A cannabis plant, along with cannabis leaf, was also seized from a Lismore home.

Three men aged 54, 31 and 24 have been arrested and are currently at Lismore Police Station assisting police.

A 61-year-old man is expected to be issued a future court attendance notice for cultivate a prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.

The search warrants are continuing.

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Cliff Munchers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Digging out the cliff for a carpark between McElhone and Brougham sts in Woolloomooloo. Another study while getting started on the Weave canvas


Garden of Delights Artists and Garth's broomdance cabaret "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We got Mel from Weave to come over and shoot some photos of the finished Garden of Earthly Delights at the Record Crate in Glebe . I'll post those in a day or two. But while we had the furniture out of the way Grace Woods came over and and we had a bit of fun in front of the mural, and Garth did a cool broondance, like vaudeville, stills don't quite do it justice. There's also a couple of movies that I'll upload later where Grace and I point out features of interest in the mural - I bet you can't wait.

Thanks Garth for helping to move the tables and camera work


Hillary Clinton's book sounds like a rip-snorter! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that little number Hillary! Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones call for destruction of Bill Clinton statue AUGUST 17, 2017 BY KYLE OLSON Why does America honor an accused rapist? Thats what Juanita Broaddrick wants to know. Speaking exclusively to The American Mirror, Broaddrick denounced the lack of efforts to uproot...


Smart Arts Podcast 24 August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week, Richard Watts sprukes the Australian Ballet's "Symphony in C" playing at ACM's State Theatre with dancers and choreographers Alice Topp and Richard House, Rollercoaster Theatre company's Artistic director Sarah Sutherland and David Baker chat about their debut musical 'Fish' on at Melba Spiegeltent and Curator Juliette Hanson about "Borderlines", a gallery celebrating the Indigenous Australian artwork focusing on Central Australia, now showing at Domain house in South Yarra.


Inside View on properties "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of Australias largest online property portals,, has established a new marketing and sales partnership with the Ocean Grove Voices parent company Star News Group.
Star News Group managing director Paul Thomas was excited to launch the partnership.
Our extensive portfolio of more than 30 weekly and monthly newspapers, and their respective high-performing websites are a vital part of the lives of consumers living in regional markets.
This partnership with allows us to innovate, adapt and stay more relevant to the community weve been serving for many years.
Star News Group is an independent Australian family-owned media company which publishes across Victoria and Queensland. The arrangement with also includes other independent media groups North East Media and Mornington Peninsula News Group.
The partnership is a cross-promotional, commercial arrangement allowing to increase exposure across important, regional community mastheads from Berwick News to the Wangaratta Chronicle.
It provides with a strengthened digital offering and a platform to amplify digital advertising inventory to local real estate agents.
The promotion commenced Monday and readers can now see digital and physical representation of the relationship across all of the groups newspapers and other media assets and key publications.
There will also be an editorial partnership that will allow to provide up-to-date property insights and commentary that are invaluable to regional property investors. chief executive officer Enzo Raimondo agreed the partnership was exciting and would be very beneficial.
We have a very strong, loyal network of regional real estate agents, he said.
This partnership with the regional and community publishers allows us to strengthen our regional exposure even further, and drive more traffic to

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Mapping the Worlds Most Liveable Cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you want to move to one of the worlds most liveable cities, pack your bags and book flights to Australia or Canada

Infographic: The World's Most Liveable Cities | Statista

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As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, The Economist assessed 140 major cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, declaring Melbourne the most liveable city in 2017 for the seventh year running. Australias second most populous city scored 97.5 out of 100. Vienna, the Austrian capital, came second and three Canadian cities rounded off the top five Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

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As well as those three Canadian cities, a total of three in Australia made the top-10 list (Adelaide and Perth as well as top-placed Melbourne). Interestingly, U.S. cities are notably absent from the top of The Economists list with Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all boasting high liveability scores.

The Syrian capital of Damascus was at the very bottom of the ranking with a score of 30.2, along with Lagos in Nigeria (36.0) and Tripoli in Libya (36.6).

Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.

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Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered go home. That was in January 2002, just three Continue reading "Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan"

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Yoda bat happy to be recognized as new species "IndyWatch Feed"

The character Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master from the Star Wars franchise, may have come from a galaxy far, far away, but his face seems to pop up a lot here on Earth. Earlier this year, two new species of tarsier were described by scientists. Tarsiers look so much like Yoda that they inspired an unconfirmed rumor that the character was based on the small but surprisingly capable creatures from the island nations of Southeast Asia. A new fruit bat species found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and described in the Records of the Australian Museum this month also resembles Yoda closely enough that it has actually been referred to simply as the Yoda bat at least until now. Since most remote Papuans have never seen Star Wars, I thought it fitting to use a local name: the Hamamas meaning happy tube-nosed fruit bat, Nancy Irwin, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York in the UK and author of the study describing the species, said in a statement. Irwin explains why the happy moniker seemed an appropriate choice: The species is very difficult to tell apart from other tube-nosed bat species. Bat species often look similar to each other, but differ significantly in behaviour, feeding and history. Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile. The Hamamas (happy) tube-nosed


ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- August 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Young sports gear up for new season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another Geelong Little Athletics Centre (GLAC) season kicks off on Saturday 7 October.
The season will begin with its Induction Day/Come and Try Dry at Landy Field, South Geelong, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
Our local squad of athletes is the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics Club, which competes against other clubs in the region on Saturday mornings at Landy Field between October and March.
The Ocean Grove club was established in 1971, and has an outstanding record of personal achievements and team spirit. Little Athletics is not about becoming a champion, although many of our children aspire to this height. It is about doing your best, developing good skills, building self-esteem, becoming and staying fit and most of all having fun and building friendships with other athletes.
Due to the recent grant success from Ocean Grove Connected Communities for the coming season, the club is again able to provide training locally at Barwon Heads Village Park on Sundays, between 4pm and 5pm, this year led by club coach Bec Dalton.
The information session for new and returning members is on Sunday 10 September at Barwon Heads Village Park from 4pm. Its an opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to Little Athletics. On the day, youll find out about the season ahead, show you how to register, and fire up the barbie.
For more information, jump onto the clubs Facebook Page @OGBHLittleAthletics or the website The club is also trialling Team App: OGBH Little Athletics for information updates during the season.
If your child is interested in little athletics, get down to the information session, and look out for promotional flyers and presentations at local schools in the coming weeks.

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Government Says Tough New Penalties Are All About Road Safety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theyre a familiar sight on the road these days. Sometimes alone, other times in pairs or groups. Theres no doubt theres been an upsurge in the popularity of cycling, but having more cyclists on the road has done little to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists. Like cats and dogs The reason for the

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Why Its Important to Understand the Different Types of Floods "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recognising the different kinds of floods helps in understanding the various factors and forces at work, based on which remedial steps can be taken.

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road. Credit: Reuters

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road. Credit: Reuters

As vast areas in India are again submerged by floods, the priority at present is to intensify the rescue and relief effort. However, sooner rather than later, we also have to confront and attempt to answer uncomfortable questions regarding why the vast investments towards flood-control efforts have not yet yielded any significant results. Expenditure incurred in various plan periods on floods adds up to around Rs 1,50,000 crore at 2010-11 prices. Over 35,000 kms of embankments have been built. However, the area classified as flood-prone has increased from around 40,000 million hectares in 1980 to around 50,000 million hectares at presen...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

US and S. Korea Launch War Drills against DPRK
The US imperialists and the south Korean war maniacs on August 21 launched Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drills aimed at making a preemptive attack on the DPRK, according to CBS of south Korea.

Despite the repeated warnings served by the DPRK, they kicked off the war rehearsal under the pretext of resolutely "countering" the "provocation by the north." This is aimed at igniting a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost.

What is more serious is the fact that brass hats of the US military including the commander of the US forces in Pacific and the commander of the Strategic Forces visited south Korea on the eve of the rehearsal, the number of the GIs involved in the drill far outnumber the one in the last year and even mercenaries from seven vassal countries including Australia and the UK have joined them.

The situation on the Korean peninsula has plunged into a critical phase due to the reckless north-targeted war racket of the war maniacs.



3CR advocates for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

3CR is actively advocating for equality in the lead up to the national postal survey on same sex marriage. We provide a media space to enable progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change. As such we will not give airtime to the NO campaign on the basis that it prejudiced, homophobic and harmful to LGBTIQ+ people and our families.

We acknowledge that our community may hold different views on marriage as an institution, yet we stand in agreement that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is a political stunt, designed to circumvent the legitimate role of parliament, appeasing prejudiced and homophobic views in the process.

3CR will continue to advocate for equality in all areas - to do anything else would contravene our code of practice to not broadcast material that is likely to stereotype, incite, vilify, or perpetuate hatred against, or attempt to demean any person or group, on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, language, gender, sexuality, religion, age, physical or mental ability, occupation, cultural belief or political affiliation. At this particular time in our political climate we need to ensure that our LGBTIQ+ members, friends and colleagues know that 3CR is a safe space for all of our community.

For news and views from our LGBTIQ+ community tune in to Out of the Pan, Queering the Air, In Ya Face, and Intersections.



Government of Turnbull recognises organised crime in media release - won't do anything about known cases "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last year the Government of Turnbull told us the same thing it's telling us this year. George Brandis QC identity theft - legislation & warrants signed may be worthless Monday, 21 November 2016 Front page of AG Dept website UPDATE - to an original report I made to the Attorney...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Quest of the New
The Sungni Senior Middle School in Rangnang District is known across Pyongyang as one whose students are bright at their lessons. When I visited the school to know its secret, headmaster Kim Sok Ryol, Labour Hero and Peoples Teacher, was examining the contents of the teaching program of physics. He showed the program to me. The teaching program of last year was filled up closely with new notes leaving no blank, whereas the new teaching program was clean, edited from last years program. Its fuzzy pages are eloquent of the painstaking efforts of teachers to find out a new teaching method, writing in notes about the questions brought up in class.

Here is a note jotted down by a teacher in the space of his program of instruction:

The lesson went on by questions and answers and the students who answered my questions gratified me. But when I posed a problem relevant to the subject of the lesson, many of them failed to solve it. This was because I did not take into consideration their difference in ability. So, poor students feeling small in the presence of bright students remain dumb in class. I think it is required by the present-day education to enhance the average capacity of the students to nurse them into a large force of talent.

To give the different-levelled students enough time for thinking, the teacher cut the time of explanation in the lessons on condition that they prepare enough for the lessons, while letting them settle simple problems by means of discussion among each study group. Then he made it a rule to conduct a lesson where detailed explanation is given only about a difficult problem when it came hard for all students to understand and rewrote the teaching program accordingly. This enabled the weak students to have more opportunity to have their say and give full play to their latent faculties and encouraged all students to devote themselves to studies with greater zeal. His experience was generalized in the school, bringing forth various new teaching methods, and this resulted in a new school-years teaching program for every subject which was just like an essay.

While making much account of the teachers fluent speech in conducting classwork by the heuristic method, the school jud...........


The journalists union tells an entire industry how it thinks on a very personal matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

The MEAA released this statement today. The union's a bit up itself speaking on behalf of an entire industry. I know many performers who don't feel the same way as the MEAA tells us they do. But whether they agree or not, members money is spent to promote same sex...


It Could Be Cheaper To Leave The US Navy in the Docks "IndyWatch Feed National"

By G5 The McCain suffered a steering failure as the warship was beginning its approach into the Strait of Malacca, causing it to collide with a commercial tanker, The USN 7th Fleet is currently in operational pause. Does that mean that Russia, China, or North Korea are going to misbehave while the policeman is out of []


Ruby Fields announces her national P Plates single launch tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.

Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.

Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.

Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.

It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.

On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.

Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,

Ruby Fields P Plates Tour 2017

With Totty

Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)

Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 25th
Brighton Hotel...


Indigenous Nations Secure Their Economic Future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While the Australian government continues to be the only Commonwealth nation not to have established a treaty with First Nations people, some Indigenous nations in northern Queensland have entered into a first of its kind international treaty with a Chinese consortium. On August 12, the Wik people of Aurukun in Cape York signed an economic

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MACKAY Thief ripped off Mackay businesses, then lost her cool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Have your say: Cairns Shipping Development Project EIS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dredging in Cairns is back on the table 

Only 24 hrs left to have your say! Make a submission using the form below.

Its no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the great wonders of our natural world, worthy of our very best endeavours to protect it. It is also no secret that our reef is under enormous pressure following two consecutive years of bleaching.

The cumulative impact of new capital dredging projects proposed along the Queensland coast threatens our already vulnerable reef. So much so the Queensland Government have banned it in most places  including Cairns.

But theres an exception.

Right now, there is a proposal on the table to expand Cairns Port by dredging 1,000,000 m3 from the Trinity Inlet. 

The Queensland government need to hear from the Cairns community who see this project as a lot of risk for little reward. Together, we can protect what makes Cairns a unique destination.

Will you help protect the Trinity Inlet, the Barron River and the Great Barrier Reef from this large, unnecessary and risky project?


Make a submission using form below.

Read the EIS documents here

Find out more about the submission process here

Use the submission guide provided below or:

  • Submit online here using Qld Government online form
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    PO Box 15517
    City East Qld 4002 Australia
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Country Boy Hospitalised After Greeting Every Passerby on Stroll in Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A man from country NSW is suffering from third-degree vocal cord tears after he personally greeted every single person he walked past during a short stroll in the big smoke today.

To make matters worse, not a single person acknowledged him in return, he told The Sydney Sentinel in an interview conducted via Morse code.

I started out with the classic combo of a gday and a head nod, which is a big hit back home, the man said. After that failed to get a response, I tried alternating between good morning and hows it going for a few hours before stripping things right back to hello. Nothing.

The man estimates that he greeted approximately 12,345 people during his CBD stroll, which is 12,343 more people than he usually passes on a walk of a similar length back home.

The mans luck didnt change on his bus ride to the hospital, where everybody he smiled and nodded at or even just caught the eye of either moved away, got off the bus or asked if he was looking for a fight.

It was almost like nobody cared about anyone, he said. International trends are always a bit slow to come to the country so its not my fault this happened but, when I get home, Ill be sure to tell everyone about the turmeric lattes, strange beards, and rudeness I encountered to ensure no one else suffers these kinds of injuries.



Stealthing, by any other name "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the term stealthing may not be preferential, it isnt the first time that movements have had to reclaim terminology in order to initiate their own conversations. From the feminist pop culture magazine titled Bitch, to The Vagina Monologues acrostic classic Reclaiming Cunt, to the now common usage of the term queer in the LGBTQI community as Paul Baker, a professor of English Language at Lancaster University in the UK says, control language and you control the society.


Cape Cod Shark Cull Lunacy "IndyWatch Feed"

I am livid after reading the County Commissioner of Barnstables stupid shark cull proposal for Cape Cod. He has proposed what he calls a localized shark hazard mitigation strategy that would involve luring and killing sharks that lurk too close to the Capes popular swimming beaches. Tagging the sharks and studying them is all well and good, Ronald Beaty said by phone. But when the day comes an innocent child is eaten or maimed for life by the time somebody is killed by a shark here, its too late.

South Australia's Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

South Australias Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

Beatys language just wreaks of jaundiced PR spin. Terms like Innocent child maimed for life pulls at our heart strings. Then for sharks he portrays them as evil with terms like lurking too close to shore, as though the sharks shouldnt even be there. The trouble is this is just persuasive language that totally ignores the facts.

For example, since 1937 not a single person has been killed by shark attack in Massachusetts, yet over 20,000 people have died by murder or car accident. Each year in Massachusetts alone, around 26 people drown for goodness sake. And 10 people die by falling out of bed. If Beaty, a convicted felon I might add, is so worried about the lives of his constituents, perhaps he should be legislating on bed heights, guns, beach swimming and road safety, rather than going after the poor old sharks that have been falsely maligned ever since Jaws came out.

Beaty made a few other crazy statements as well. His proposal, he claimed, is modeled after the successful baited drum line techniques used in South Africa and Australia. This is more bullshit. The program in South Australia was a dismal failure, and has now been abandoned after their EPA ruled it never made the beaches any safer, while killing a large number of non-target animals.

And dont get me started on South Africas cull, which has been ridiculed by Scientists for decades. I witnessed it first hand last year and it is a disgrace They parade dead sharks in front of school groups and tourists, trying to justify their cull, but in reality the program has simply evolved into a cushy employment program that exploits animals, and benefits corrupt officials. There is no scientific evidence supporting the cull in South Africa or Australia, nor in Cape Cod.



Newtopian Dream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I'm sleeping outside at Newtown Square on August 29 as part of a funds and consciousness raiser for the Newtopian Dream a project organised by Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to shine a spotlight on homelessness and how our system produces it, and bring out about real social change and eliminate homelessness by providing affordable housing. That's not something available to most people in Sydney right now. And nor is Sydney alone in this

I'm going to take my sketch book along and draw the scene and maybe some portraits which I'll post on the blog later. If I sell any of these I'll donate the proceeds

Please follow the link and make a donation to support the Newtopian Dream


Project Updates August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Weve tapered off a little in the last month or two with regards to active projects, but heres some updates on what weve got on the boil, as well as some info about an upcoming project for the end of the year.

Standby Teddy Project

The Standby Teddy Project is still ongoing and crafters are welcome to send teddies along for this project at any time.  Standby 24hr Response Service provides counselling and support to families bereaved by a loved ones suicide.  For more information on the project and how to get involved, check out the project page here.

Many thanks to the crafters of the Holy Cross Primary School Craft Group at Wooloowin, who recently sent along a second batch of teddies for this project (pictured below).



Suong Nguyen was scared of woman in niqab before racist attack, court told "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 14 2017 5:53PM
Stephanie Gardiner

Suong Nguyen was scared of a woman wearing a niqab when she banged on her car door, told her to take off her mask, and called her a terrorist.

The victim, Semaa Abdulwali, filmed the racist attack in the car park at Macquarie University on January 20, and the footage was watched by millions of people when her husband Ramzy Alamudi posted it online.

Nguyen was on Monday handed good behaviour bonds and a fine, after pleading guilty to intimidation and causing damage.

Magistrate Suzanne Seagrave said Nguyen displayed an unexplainable prejudice that has no place whatsoever in our multicultural society.


Suong Thao Nguyen during a racist rant outside Macquarie University in January 2017.

Suong Thao Nguyen during a racist rant outside Macquarie University in...


Filled With Blood And Drugs, These Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives In Africa "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You might still be waiting for pizza delivery by air, but in Rwanda (and soon in Tanzania), drones are already in the air, and doing much more important work.

Inside a drone delivery center in Rwandathe first in the world to make medical deliveries at a national scalestaff answered an emergency call in July. A hospital needed blood for a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth by caesarian section. The hospital had transfused her with two units of blood. But she bled out of those units in 10 minutes.

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Free busses cost taxpayers $3 million and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Free bus fares offered by Brisbane drivers have cost taxpayers more than three million dollars after more than four weeks of industrial action (image source: flickr Brisbane City Council)

The industrial action was launched last month by stopping services between 4:30am and 6:30am which escalated to six full days of free fares with another scheduled for this friday.

Free bus fares are individually estimated to have cost more than five hundred thousand dollars and mean the financial impact on state government is about to hit more than three point five million dollars. 


Queensland Government to introduce new black-lung laws

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Sleepmakeswaves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency present:
With special guests Rosetta (USA)


Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.

Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:

This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.

Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.

These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.

Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:

We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.

sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...


Tourism symposium hears calls for more govt investment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Paul Bibby

Basic infrastructure must be improved to support the Byron Shires thriving festival and events scene and its up to the NSW and federal governments to foot the bill, the founder of the Byron Writers Festival has told a tourism conference.

Chris Hanley OAM told the Beyond the Boom tourism symposium on August 18 that it was time for government to reinvest some of the money it had made from the hard work of event organisers.

How about giving us some money back for our infrastructure so that people dont break their axles coming into town? Mr Hanley said to an audience of around 100 local business people gathered at Elements of Byron.

The government makes more money out of this Shire than any other regional shire in NSW.

If you give money to this area, well do more with every dollar because were really good at that.

Mr Hanley also said faster, more reliable internet and IT infrastructure was also badly needed. How do you operate in the modern world without these things? he said.


Sustainability was a key theme at the symposium and, in his opening address, Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson said that this meant being prepared to say no to tourism growth for the sake of the community.

This community is not going to sit by and watch its housing stock disappear, its amenities disappear and its cultural and community integrity disappear, Cr Richardson said. We are a community; we are more than beaches and lighthouses and cafes.

Death by popularity

Continuing that theme, former mayor of Queenstown in New Zealand, Vanessa Van Uden, spoke about the risk of death by popularity, which she said can result from the loss of housing affordability.

Many of our people are struggling to pay the rent, the bills and put food on the table, Ms Van Uden said.......


Up among the best "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove star players James Linton and Brent Macleod were standout performers from the BFL Les Ash Medal on 23 August.
Linton came second with 18 votes, while Macleod finished in third place with 17 votes.
Torquay on-baller James Darke was the runaway BFL Les Ash Medal winner with 31 votes.
Linton (ruck-rover), Macleod (half-forward flank) were named in the BFL Team of the Year, while team-mates Andrew Jarvis (ruck) and Jake Carmody (centre-half forward) also made the 22-man side.
Grubber netballer Kylie Collett won the Division 3 league best-and-fairest award.
Ocean Groves Candice Parker made the BFNL Premier Division team of the year, while team-mate Lucy Vercher was the leading vote getter with 11 votes.

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Lismore Op Shop battling black mould after flood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This photo shows an example of black mould. (wikipedia)

This photo shows an example of black mould. (wikipedia)

A Lismore Op Shop is being closed today for a black mould treatment amid allegations that volunteers have been put at risk.

A former volunteer has claimed that volunteers at the the Magellan Street Lifeline store have walked off the job as they are concerned for their health.

This has been disputed by Lifeline Distribution manager Sharon Sawyer, who told Echonetdaily that anyone with an allergic reaction to mould could leave.

We dont force people to stay (working) there, she said.

The former volunteer, Mark Bailey, in a series of Facebook posts last night, claimed that volunteers had asked Lifeline management to guarantee in writing that the store had been cleared of black mould.

A volunteer has alleged that the Senior Manager, Alicia Federer, has stated that she is under no obligation to provide this guarantee in writing, and that it is alleged that Ms Federer has stated that all she has to do is have the store treated, Mr Bailey said.

Ms Sawyer responded saying that the mould was being treated today, and that it was not extensive.

Someone is making accusations that dont have much fact in them, she said.

Weve been acting according to the health department regarding the management of the mould, she said.

We sprayed it at the time during the restoration of the shop but it is starting to come back, she said.

Ms Sawyer said Lifeline was not the only shop in town being impacted by mould, and that the council had been made aware of the issue.

She said she was not aware of any volunteers who had become sick as a result of the mould.

There have been some reports of sinus issues but the health department has advised that it could be an allergic reaction to spores in the air, she said.

Mould will be an issue for many months to come because there was so much moisture in buildings.

There is also likely to be a lot of mould spores in the air but there has been no evidence that the mould is toxic

She urged anyone feeling unwell however to seek medical advice.

The health department...


Roundhouse DA lands in court conciliation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores will soon be a building site after a community action to stop the sale of the blocks failed in court.

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores.


A developers plan to plonk eight dwellings on two Roundhouse lots on prime Ocean Shores land is still being thrashed out with Council, say staff.

The matter is before the Land and Environment Court after Byron Shire Council refused a development application to put eight dwellings on two of the Roundhouse blocks in March 2017. 

Acting legal services manager Matt Meir told The Echo, During the course of conciliation the applicant has revised the number of proposed dwellings to six.

There was a conciliation conference, as part of Land and Environment Court proceedings between Byron Shire Council and an applicant (Glassington) on Tuesday August 15. 

He added, This matter was reported to the Byron Shire Council meeting on August 3 where Council resolved to delegate staff to finalise the matter via conciliation if possible.

Loss of amenity

Its upset longtime Ocean Shores local Karen Owens, who told The Echo she has suffered much stress and a loss of amenity owing to the close proximity of the structures to her home. There are eight townhouses on half an acre! says Karen.

She says that given the very close proximity of the buildings to her home, she has lost her privacy, the sun has been blocked and there are now flooding issues. Her home has been devalued, she says.

I defy anyone to want to live in my house now. For years and years I have had construction metres from my boundary and will have for many years to come. After construction has been completed, I could have eight to ten three-bedroom residences surrounding me within metres on three sides.

Karen added, Till the day I do die, I will never understand why Council fought the community for this Roundhouse land in court for decades only to sell it at arguably half its value.

Formerly Council-managed land, eleven Roundhouse blocks were quickly sold w...


Transportation: How long can we adapt before we fall off the Net Energy Cliff? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is an older post (2014) from Alice Friedemanns blog, which somehow flew under the radar. There is one bullet point in this that stunned me:

  1. America is likely to be outbid by China, India, etc., for oil exports.  At Chinas current growth rate, China alone would consume ALL exported oil by 2020.

IF you have been following this humble blog long enough, you might know that Ive been forecasting that Australia will be totally out of oil by around 2020, and will therefore need to import 100% of our liquid fuel needs.  what happens then?

When I asked Alice for more details, she replied I suspect when I wrote this it was common knowledge, theyre rising empires as other nation fade. But now with Chinas housing and other bubbles, and the corruption in both China and India, and ecological destruction, its probably not true now. Ive met Australians who fear a China invasion someday but dont know how realistic that is.

Furthermore, as Chinas spectacular growth rates have somewhat shrunk, we may get a few more years relief. but how long will it last? Heres Alices post, very interesting as usual.


alice_friedemannThe problem we face is a liquid fuel crisis.  Absolutely essential vehicles, such as agricultural tractors and combines, railroads, and trucks run on d...


Youth innovation project kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullumbimby High School captains Zak Hosking and Ellie Svikis with Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser with principal Donna Pearson. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby High School captains Zak Hosking and Ellie Svikis with Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser with principal Donna Pearson. Photo supplied.

A new initiative that aims to create opportunities for young people is off and running with a focus on inspiring young people to think like entrepreneurs and create their own opportunities.

It is called the Byron Young Innovators project, and Byron Shire Council recently held a breakfast talk with Matt Pfahlert from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) in Victoria.

This was a chance to hear his ideas about successful youth entrepreneurship programs and proven social enterprise models, said Sasha Graham, Byron Shire Councils social innovation officer.

ACRE is running successful programs in northeast Victoria, an area that has similar social issues and untapped economic opportunities to Byron Shires.

It has introduced programs in schools across Victoria. As part of the program students created, developed and ran their own businesses within their school and donated the profits to a social cause they were passionate about.

Byron Young Innovators will include a number of projects to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Byron Shire, which will be aimed at different age groups.

The first project will be aimed at primary school students and will involve a two-day entrepreneurship program. Future events are planned for 2018. For schools and a chance to get involved call Sasha Graham on 6626 7000 or visit

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FixedIt: Child abuse is not a sex scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Mercurys front page yesterday called one of Tasmanias worst cases of child sexual abuse a sex scandal. Why? Because a powerful white man (former state MP Terry Martin) was found guilty of raping the 12 year old and taking pornographic images of her.

As a 12 year old girl and ward of the state, she was sold to up to 200 men by her mother and stepfather.

Only one man was charged with the rape and abuse of this child because police either could not identify the rapists or could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the men who paid money to rape her couldnt tell the difference between a 12 year old and an adult woman.

This is not a sex scandal. It was a monumental failure of state care in looking after a vulnerable child. It was grotesque abuse of a helpless girl by her mother and step father. It was revolting choices by the men who raped her to pay money to rape and abuse a 12 year old girl.

The victim in this case is not a disgraced former MP, its the child who was abused so terribly.

The men who colluded with her step father and mother to abuse her were not committing sex acts they were committing rape and sexual abuse of a child.

And describing it as renting the girl is obscene. She was not an apartment or a car, she was a person and a child who had no ability to consent to what was done to her and no one to help her make it stop.



Lets have a peek at the states first rail to rail-trail legislation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

Hans Lovejoy

According to the recently passed Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line Between Rosewood and Tumbarumba) Act 2017, the corridor will be managed by a rail infrastructre owner yet that authorisation is limited to the land being dedicated under Crown Lands legislation.

According to Fairfax online news site on June 23, the new law clears the way for the construction of a 21-kilometre rail trail in what will be a first for NSW.

The reports, The TumbarumbaRosewood corridor is expected to be declared a Crown reserve, with Snowy Valleys Council appointed to oversee the trail development.

Similarly, the Wagga rail trail group say on their website that the Snowy Valley Council will be appointed to oversee development of the trail.

It reads, This is similar to the process adopted by other Australian states in which rail trails have flourished.

Yet according to, the Wagga Rail Trail draft strategic directions and an implementation plan are yet to be announced.

Local Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith told The Echo that her party and Labor pushed for an explicit statement in the Bill where the line could never be sold off to the private sector.

Greens opposed to track removal

Asked what model she supports for rails, she replied, I support any model that retains the rail corridors in public hands, is managed by a public trust that does not have any member who has a commercial interest in the trail or businesses in close proximity to the trail, and that does not rip up the tracks.

The public trust model is proposed by the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association...


Real Estate Talk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Catch me on the Real Estate Talk show here (or click the image below).

If you're in Brisbane you can also catch me on 4BC Radio live this weekend from 8am to 9am on the Real Estate Talk show. 


Bangalow Weir upgrade kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Federal funding has been confirmed for Bangalow Parklands and the local Bangalow community are thrilled to hear that all their hard work is finally paying off.

Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team told The Echo, Since hearing the exciting news of the governments $250,000 grant, the Bangalow Parklands team has been working closely with Byron Council staff on plans to transform the old dip site in the park into a useful carpark, and to create a fabulous new adventure playground for the western end of the park.

At this stage, were discussing the idea of building a tree-house around a couple of huge camphor laurel trees in the park as the focus of the playground.

The project began in 2010 with concern over the collapsing state of the weir in Byron Creek and should result in as an exciting overhaul of this delightful local parkland and waterway.

Byron Shire Council mayor Simon Richardson said, The Bangalow Weir and park is an area that has gone from a tired space to a well-loved place for Bangalow families to gather for play dates and celebrations.

Three new benches were recently installed, thanks to funds donated by the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, and there are long-term plans by Landcare, who are planting out the creek banks and wetlands.  A mural is planned for the amenities block, rock circles and more.

added Christobel, There are also plans for a new shelter shed that will recall an early settlers cabin, but with new barbecue facilities and a water tank.

Since the work all has to be completed by April 2018, things are moving fast.

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Politics, science and snow! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Snow fun with kids from The Pocket, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul. Photo supplied.

Snow fun with kids from The Pocket, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul. Photo supplied.

Two buses, 93 kids and an 18- hour drive were just the beginning of a wild week away as the kids from The Pocket, Coorabell, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul went for a trip they will never forget.

It was a visit to Parliament House and Questicon, and a chance to frolic in the snow!

For most of the children they were seeing snow for the first time and they were screaming with excitement, Durrumbul primary school teacher, Mr Durkin said.

Every two years, the Valley of Small Schools (VOSS) come together and take their students on a mammoth trip via Canberra to the snow.

It was really amazing to see new friendships formed within the valley of the small schools and to see their confidence and ability grow on the trip in such a small space of time, continued Mr Durkin.

Questicon, the national science and technology centre, provided a chance to get hands on in science while Parliament House and the War Memorial highlighted to students why we live in such a beautiful, free country, said Mr Durkin. It was an awesome experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life, concluded 12-year-old Kane from Durrumbul.

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Watch the New Marlon Williams Video Vampire Again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams Celebrated New Zealand born alt-country artist Marlon Williams has just released his amazing new video Vampire Again. Vampire Again is Williams first new material since his 2015 debut album and its quirky, croony and features an amazing video. The germination of this song began in LA last year, Marlon Williams []


I Still Call Venestralia Home "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sing and cry with me ..

I been to cities where economics fall down.
From Darwin to Adelaide and Old Hobart Town.
But no matter how far or how wide I roam.
I still call Venestralia home

Im taxed too much and once I was free.
The government we have is a big comedy.
But my heart lies waiting over the foam
I still call Venestralia home

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


Aris on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Young photographer Ari Messina and his subject Mishi Messina, in front of his work, Dark Side of a Girl . Photo supplied.

Young photographer Ari Messina and his subject Mishi Messina, in front of his work, Dark Side of a Girl . Photo supplied.

The list of finalists for the Olive Cotton Award in 2017 features many of the biggest names in Australian portrait photography, but it has also continued the emergence of a talented young local.

In 2014, Ari Messina was a winner in Tweed Regional Gallerys Les Peterkin prize for portraits for local primary school children.

Fast forward just three years and Messina, now aged 12, has become the youngest finalist for the Olive Cotton Award, which has been touted as Australias leading prize in portrait photography.

His piece, Dark Side of a Girl, hangs among the other 71 finalists for 2017, on exhibition in Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 8 October.

Messina said his selection as a finalist was a really big surprise.

I wasnt expecting it to be a finalist. I was shocked at first but it felt so good, he said.

At the time I took it, I didnt have any intention to entry it in the Olive Cotton Awards but after I looked at it on the computer, my mum and I knew it would be good to enter.

Messina said he was exposed to photography from a very early age because his grandfather and uncle are both photographers.

Being immersed in it really got me to enjoy taking photos, he said.

Messina said he did not have any particularly ambitions with his photography.

Right now I am just enjoying taking photos and learning how to use my camera.

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Donating to Ballinas community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina RSL has handed out its annual ClubGRANTS for the 11th year running. Photo Supplied.

Ballina RSL has handed out its annual ClubGRANTS for the 11th year running. Photo Supplied. 

Giving back to the community is something Ballina RSL Club is extremely passionate about. 

Since the inception of the ClubGRANTS imitative. Ballina RSL has made an enormous difference to community groups with an extraordinary 4 million dollars, cash and in-kind given out alone to the Ballina Shire Community.

Each year through ClubGRANTS, Ballina RSL Club provide support to around 100 local community organisations, sporting groups and charities that make a difference in the local Ballina Shire region.

This is our 11th year we have had this initiative in place said Bill Coulter CEO Ballina RSL Club.

Giving donations and seeing how the money makes such a difference to the recipients is so rewarding, added Bill.

To be eligible to apply for a ClubGRANT, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website or click here

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Giant freshwater crayfish gets recovery plan and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The future of Tasmania's iconic giant freshwater crayfish has scored a big win with the state and federal governments signing off on a recovery plan for the unique species.(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The crayfish is the largest freshwater invertebrate in the world, found in remote areas of the state's north-west in river catchments running into the Bass Strait.

Vica Bayley from The Wilderness Society congratulated the Government on its decision but warned "the rubber really hits the road now".


Summit Will Empower Kimberley Women 


23.9 Percent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

23.9 Percent.  Very specific number.  Ring any bells for anyone?

Well apparently, in his Sydney Institute speech yesterday, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, said:

We wont allow our tax revenue to rise any higher than 23.9 per cent of our economy over the next ten years.

Impressive commitment, especially from a member of a coalition unlikely to be in government for a significant number of years beyond year 2 of this 10.

But still, the precision.  Not 24 percent.  Not even 23.5 percent.  23.9 percent.  It is impressive to be so specific and strick.  Much like the number pi, it carries a magic to it.

Shall it be one of the governments 10 commandments amongst:

  • I, Turnbull shall be your Prime Minister.
  • You shall have no other Prime Ministers before me.

Apart from the 10 year measurement period and the lack of definition of our economy, Spartacus is truly confident that this country is on the right economic track.

As a guide though, perhaps Senator Cormann actually have a look at the budget he co-delivered, oh, less than 3 months ago.  The same budget that projects government receipts as a proportion of GDP hitting 24.4% in FY19, 25.1% in FY20 and 25.4% in FY21.

Amazing that this is claimed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.

PS. Also from Senator Cormanns Sydney Institute speech, herewith is the Governments economic plan.  Dont laugh too hard.


The Government is committed to growing the economy and helping to fund the services Australians rely on now and into the future. To do this, our economic plan puts in place incentives to reward success by:

  • Committing not to increase the overall tax burden in the economy beyond 23.9 per cent of GDP;
  • Having an economic-growth friendly tax system;
  • Pursuing an ambitious free trade agenda to give our e...


Popeye on The Malliard Report (08-15-2017) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(POPEYE) Conspiracy an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot. A word that has become quite a regular staple to the vocabulary of listeners of The Malliard report, and this weeks guest is certainly no stranger to this rule. Awakened, red-pilled, truther, or whatever moniker you want to give this weeks guest, one thing for sure is that he is no stranger to venturing down the rabbit hole. On this episode Jim welcomes the one that helped push him into the realm of the shadowy cabal, and that is none other than Popeye of Down the Rabbit Hole Radio and Popeye joins up with the report to discuss geo-engineering, 9/11/, the right/left paradigm, unrest in the US, the bastardization of the word conspiracy and much more. So go ahead and press play, and take a step through the looking glass and venture down that hole

Just try and scroll through a news website, or turn on a channel without seeing something about the mass unrest that is transpiring not only in the south eastern states, but across the nation. Alt-Right, ANTIFA, Neo-Nazis, Far Left, social justice, (insert group here) lives matter, us-vs-them. As it was once stated: In times of trouble, everyone joins a team. No one waves a flag for all human beings. No ones excited unless they are divided. Someones going to have to give in While the perceived chaos seems to be spreading at an exponential rate, one cant help but to stop and ponder at the possibility of this being a contrived epidemic.

When the idea of induced civil unrest is brought up, the first notion is to question why such a thing would even happen in the first place. While a simple answer may appear difficult to convey at first, four little words may be able to explain everything: order out of chaos. It is far simpler to gain control of a situation or a people when things are completely out of order. The authoritative figure almost appears as a savior of sorts. By turning people against each other in an asymmetrical warfare fashion, this allows the powers...


Ballina to consider beach clean-up again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo

A group of Ballina councillors will today have another go at making the council clean-up local beaches and waterways after the March floods.

The councillors also want the council to develop  a clean-up policy for future flood events.

Cr Sharon Cadwallader moved a notice of motion for the clean-up at the last meeting of the council but she was unsuccesfull.

Today she also has the support of Crs Eoin Johnson and Sharon Parry.

In a comment to todays motion, the councillors say It is also acknowledged that council did resolve many years ago not to provide a regular beach cleaning service.

There is also a risk in that removing flood debris that further debris may continue to arrive or another weather event, they say.

This is why it is important we have a policy that clarifies Councils level of service which can then be communicated to the community.

We have all been approached by people wanting us to provide this service based on the current condition of our beaches and a policy will help Councillors and staff answer the questions we receive.

We do need to provide some level of service in respect to removing excess debris, as our beaches and foreshore areas are a major attraction for residents and tourists.

Staff have pointed out that funding for beach clean-ups was not available from the Federal .or state government under flood relief arrangements, and would therefore the council would be footing the bill.

Also the clean-up can interfere, to a certain extent, with natural processes as tree debris is a source of habitat for some fauna in the coastal dunes and the flood events are a source of replenishment for this, staff said.

The matter will be debated at todays council meeting, which begins at 9am in the council chambers in Cherry Street..

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Hassad Australia sells Clover Downs Station for $27M "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

24 Jul 2017 | GAIHassad Australia, a $469 million farming company and wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has sold the Clover Downs Station located in Queensland, Australia, to farmer Bill Zell for $27 million.


Tweed water improves, but residents still urged to limit use "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Tweed water supply has been contaminated with salt water. (file pic)

The Tweed water supply has been contaminated with salt water. (file pic)

Tweed shire residents are being urged to reduce the amount of water they use as the council battles to remove salty water from its water supply.

Council workers last night managed to reduce the salt concentration in drinking water treated at the Bray Park Treatment Plant, but have been unable to produce enough good water to satisfy demand.

A small surface pump was used yesterday to draw the good water from the top strata of the dam, avoiding as much as possible any draw of the heavier salty waters from the bottom levels.

The amount of total dissolved solids in the treated supply fell to within the good range however, a number of reservoirs need to be recharged today.

The council has again urged residents to use as little water as possible while it works to get more good water into the system.

The treatment plant operated all night to treat the water intake but with inflow rates of good surface water at just 128 litres per second, the council says it does not yet have the 20 megalitres of good water it will need today to recharge the reservoirs.

Consequently it will start the main intake pump and run it at minimal capacity to limit the draw of salty water and, together, both pumps should draw a greater volume of a suitable shandy of good to fair quality water to boost production.

Water manager Anthony Burnham said the dredge pumping the salty water from the bottom of the weir was now drawing very salty water from a depth of 8.5 metres at about 160 litres a second and releasing it downstream.

If we can minimise the amount of water consumed and maintain a higher production level of fair quality water, the situation will gradually improve from here on, Mr Burnham said.

But, if the demand for water is not contained, we will have to draw more salty water into the system to guarantee supply.

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines rule <600mg/litre of dissolved solids is good quality; 600-900mg/litre is fair quality; and, >1200mg/litre is of unacceptable quality. Water produced last night had a dissolved solids concentration of 204mg/litre. By bringing the main pump online the council expects that to rise t...


Modern alchemy turns plastic into diamonds "IndyWatch Feed"

It was the pipedream that mesmerised medieval monarchs: to finance castles and conquests by turning lead into gold. Now astrophysicists have gone one better, turning plastic into diamonds.

Californian scientists say they have used a laser and the worlds brightest X-ray to recreate the diamond rain thought to occur deep inside planets Uranus and Neptune. The experiment, outlined in the journal Nature Astronomy, supports a theory that extreme pressure and heat distils methane into piles of diamonds.

The researchers, based at an accelerator laboratory managed by Stanford University, used polystyrene to simulate the methane that gives Neptune its bluish tinge.

They bombarded it with pairs of shockwaves caused by a high-powered laser, in an experiment designed to mimic conditions about 8000km below the planets surfaces.

Diamonds were formed during the pressure peak when the second shockwave overtook the first.



UK backpackers warned of Aust exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

On the anniversary of the death of a young English tourist in Queensland, British backpackers have been told to contact their government if their working conditions in Australia are unsafe.

The advice, posted online by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday, warns tourists heading to Australia on working-holiday visas that while most enjoy their holiday, occasionally issues can arise.

In the first year of their trips, backpackers can choose to do 88 days of regional work, usually agricultural, so they can get a visa to stay in Australia for a second year.

But there have been reports of travellers being underpaid, or not at all, lured to places without work, having their passports taken and having to work in unsafe conditions.

The foreign office says young Britons can contact the UKs National Crime Agency office in Canberra directly on a special email to report any illegal behaviour by an employer or accommodation owner.

The advice comes a year after the death of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung who was killed in a frenzied knife attack which also left fellow Briton Tom Jackson dead at a north Queensland hostel.

French national Smail Ayad has been accused of their murders.

He is being held in a mental health facility.

Since her death, Ms Chungs mother Rosie Ayliffe has campaigned to expose what she says is rife exploitation of young travellers in Australia.

In a blog post marking the anniversary of her daughters death, Ms Ayliffe claims her daughter was working in unsafe conditions at the hostel Home Hill, which she calls a Hell Hole.

The UKs Foreign Office said travellers must do their due diligence before going to stay with a stranger in a remote area, let family know where they were going, and remember phone and internet signals are not always available in remote parts of the country.

It also reminded travellers of their workers rights and that the Fair Work Ombudsman can provide them with advice on their rights.

Tourists who may have been exploited and are actively helping an investigation will not lose their visas.

The post...


US Navy removes admiral after collisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Wikipedia)

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Wikipedia)

The US Navy has relieved Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin of his duties after two fatal collisions involving warships in Asia in less than three months.

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, relieved Aucoin from duty at the US Navys Yokosuka naval base in Japan, a US Navy spokesman said.

Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer, the deputy commander of the Pacific Fleet, will assume command immediately, he added.

A pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday was the fourth major incident in the US Pacific Fleet this year .

The decision to relieve Aucoin was made due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the spokesman said.

Aucoin was due to step down next month.

An international search-and-rescue operation involving aircraft, divers and vessels from the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia is looking for the 10 US sailors missing since Mondays accident.

On Tuesday, US Navy and Marine Divers found human remains inside sealed sections of the damaged hull of the USS John S McCain, which is moored at Singapores Changi Naval Base.

The Navy has not yet announced the identities of the bodies discovered.

The US Navy is also working to identify a body found by the Malaysian navy about eight nautical miles northwest of the collision site.

The latest collision has already prompted a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in US Navy operations.

The USS John S. McCains sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship on June 17.

The bodies of seven US sailors were found in a flooded berthing area after that collision.

The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the US ship was approaching Singapore on a routine port call.

The impact tore a hole in the warships port side at the waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area.

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SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings

  • a brief  In My View report by NIGEL WARD.


This evening, Wednesday 23rd August 2017, I attended a hustings for the by-election to be held on Tuesday 29th August 2017 for the Mulgrave ward of Scarborough Borough Council .

The turn-out, as far as members of the public were concerned, was good, with all seats occupied I would estimate around 30-40 people.

Before the hustings began, I learned from the general conversation that two of the four candidates had tendered their apologies and would not be attending the Conservative candidate Marion WATSON apparently had a more pressing appointment, and the Independent octogenaraian candidate John ARMSBY (a former member; he lost this seat in 2015), who had apparently indicated that his electors knew perfectly well who he was; he needed no further introduction, thank you.

A third candidate was also absent. Lee Francis DERRICK for the Yorkshire Party, had apparently not responded to his invitation.

This latter, in particular, came as no surprise to me. I had written to the Yorkshire Party on 1st August 2017 requesting a little background and a picture of the candidate. No response. I must take that as an indication of the kind of representation Mr DERRICK would offer his electors were there even a hope in hell of him being elected.

This left Hugo FEARNLEY [Labour], the sole attending candidate, to accept the Chairs suggestion that the session could best be salvaged by an open Question & Answer session.

Hugo FEARNLEY introduced himself with a brief resum of his life in the environs of Whitby. He explained the special significance of this particular by-election, that it provides an opportunity to negate the present Tory majority at SBC.

The Question side of the dialogue was hogged by two ladies of a certain age who, whilst professing to be apolitical and impartial, used the opportunity to bombard Mr FEARNLEY with increasingly hostile questions, some ranging far beyond the remit of whichever candidate achieves election to a seat on a Borough Council. That, and singing the praises of paedo-apologist Councillor John NOCK [Con.], who, with his c...


Roll set to close ahead of marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

The electoral commission has made more than half a million changes to the voter roll ahead of the close of enrolments for the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Australians have until midnight on Thursday to enrol, with survey papers expected to start hitting mailboxes in mid-September pending a High Court challenge.

As of Wednesday the Australian Electoral Commission had added 54,545 names to the roll since August 8 and made 577,879 updates.

The survey itself is being run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Jonathan Palmer, the senior ABS official in charge of the survey, has urged all Australians to ensure they are correctly enrolled ahead of the deadline.

Voters can go online at to enrol, or pick up a form at a post office or AEC office.

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High Court kicks off MP citizenship cases "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The High Court will give a clearer picture on how long it will take to consider the futures of five MPs when it holds a directions hearing in Brisbane.

It is also expected former independent MP Tony Windsor will seek to make submissions on Thursday in the case of his former rival, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says hes very confident the court will find in favour of MPs such as Mr Joyce, who recently discovered they are dual citizens by descent.

Attorney-General George Brandis has recommended to the court a hearing by the full court be held on September 13 and 14.

He said in a submission to the court there is a compelling public interest to determine the cases as soon as possible.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce, the deputy prime minister, has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, whose mother over a decade ago signed him up to be an Italian resident abroad.

In the cases of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, they were born overseas.

If any of the senators are disqualified from parliament their seat will go to the next person on their parties respective Senate tickets from the 2016 federal election.

Two other senators, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, will soon also be referred by parliament to the court over their UK citizenship by descent.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson defended the fact that taxpayers were funding the cases.

Its a shame it has got to this and its being challenged, she said, when asked about Senator Roberts situation.

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NSW students taught the wrong maths "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Students at a regional high school have been taught the wrong maths. (file pic)

Students at a regional high school have been taught the wrong maths. (file pic)

Senior students at a regional NSW high school are preparing for their HSC exams after being taught the wrong maths course for several months.

The states education minister is furious at the bungle and has launched an investigation, while parents want staff to be disciplined.

Five year 11 and two year 12 students at Coonamble High School were taught Maths General 1 instead of Maths General 2, a spokesman for the education department told AAP in a statement on Wednesday.

Maths General 2 counts towards a students ATAR, which allows them to enter university, while Maths General 1 does not.

Students and their parents have met with a department representative and were subsequently advised to do their best in upcoming exams with the help of additional tutors.

Its bad timing and the scary thing is it could have been worse, P&C president and parent of one affected year 11 student, Lee OConnor, told AAP.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said the proposed solution was not acceptable.Im angry on their behalf if this was my child I would be furious, he told 2GB on Wednesday.

What the school has come up with, in my view, is not acceptable.

Mr Stokes has instructed a representative of the NSW Education Standards Authority to find a solution and investigate the event.

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His name is Herb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Last Friday we shared with you the story of a goat, who, due to no fault of his own, found himself on the wrong side of the law. He had foiled plot after plot to take him down both by gun wielding police and bow and arrow wielding camouflage-clad would-be hunters, who were no match for the handsome wether. Thankfully, what did hit him was the kindness of a very compassionate marksman. His name is Manfred Zabinskas, from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue.

Its no easy task to drop everything in your life at a moments notice so you can go the aid of an animal in dire need. The early mornings and late nights, missing out on dinners and holidays, like Christmas, with family and friends. One thing that people dont realise when they hear the tales of animal rescues from charities such as ours, is the extent of self-sacrifice that goes on behind the scenes.

But thats exactly what Manfred did on Friday he sacrificed something so special to him, and his sacrifice speaks volumes about the person he is. August 13 marked the 15th anniversary of his dear brother Herbs passing, and every year on that day Manfred would make his way to the beach where his ashes were scattered. But this year, instead of making the trek, Manfred responded to our urgent call for help to save the life of this certain goat, who now bears the name Herb.

Wed like to pay tribute to Manfred, and all the other friends to animals out there, who battle through the emotional toll and give up much of what is dear to them to be there for animals. But in saving them, we are also saving a part of ourselves. To know the world is fraught with injustice, saving the life of one truly does make the world of difference, not least for that one animal.

Weve never met Herb, but we wholeheartedly believe he must have been a wonderful human to have a brother like Manfred. As they say, an apple doesnt fall far from the tree.

Footnote: We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the other selfless heroes for animals who made Herbs rescue possible, Cherie, Diana and Liz.



Bali escapee says hes safe on the run "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shaun Davidson is still on the run.

Shaun Davidson is still on the run.

Bali escapee Shaun Davidson insists hes safe from authorities as an international manhunt continues for the West Australian.

Davidson, or someone purporting to be him, has again taken to social media to taunt police and suggest he could have fled as far afield as the Caribbean.

His most recent Facebook posts show him checking in at Cafe Luna in Oistins, Barbados on Wednesday AEST saying dinner time Im starving.

A separate post about an afternoon training session was from the citys First Fitness Gym.

Bali police on Tuesday said they were focusing their search for Davidson along the border between Indonesia and East Timor.

Theyre searching a few 1000 ks I think I safe, he told his 4800 Facebook friends.

But some of Davidsons Facebook followers have pointed out how easy it is to appear to be anywhere in the world simply by updating Facebook status settings and using location changer apps.

In a message sent to News Corp via Facebook, Davidson said he would have been shot if he had been caught on the run in Indonesia, and that he had no faith in the Australian justice system.

Them still thinking Im in Indonesia is the best thing for me so they can keep looking and thinking Im there, Ill only be shot if I get caught inside Indonesia by Indonesian police and resist arrest none of those things will happen, Im not Indonesia so thier (sic) police cant and when and if ever Interpol come knocking Im not gonna resist Ive never resisted arrest, he said.

I just want to live the rest of my life happily Ive retired and arnt doing anything that affects anyone else badly Im living a normal life in a new place and am happy doing so.

Davidson said he wasnt bothered if people believed his social media posts or not.

Ppl believe it its very entertaining that I can post my locations for real and everyone believes its not real including police haha, he said.

Davidson, 33, from Perth has been the subject of a manhunt after he and three others escaped Balis Kerobokan prison on June 19.

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New parking restrictions for West End become possible and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A two hour parking limit may be put in place in West End as businesses and residents express their frustration over commuters using the suburb's residential streets for parking rather than making use of the citys public transport system. (Image Source: Vancouver Courier)

Council says the changes will only be made if overwhelming community support was found, sending out more than six thousand letters asking households and businesses if they want a residential parking area to help solve the areas on-street parking issues.

Councillor Jonathan Sri supports the reform of parking rules and says that if more than 60 percent of respondents supported the idea of a residential parking area by September 22, two hour time limit signs would be put in place for all streets south of Granville Street.


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The divide-and-conquer strategy of the CIA in France 1985-style "IndyWatch Feed"

A good friend sent me a document that was released under the US Central Intelligence Agencys rules about archives. The CIA has established a fabulous Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room where all sorts of stuff is released after they deem it benign to current security concerns. The 1985 CIA document France: Defection of the Leftist Intellectuals written by CIA operatives, provides an analytical summary of the leading lights in the French left-wing intellectual thought in the 1980s with a view of promoting .. It is redacted but only marginally. There is no doubt as to what the message is. It helps us understand the forces that were mounted against the progressive Left by right-wing, pro-market forces and how the public was manipulated to reject This is part of the research I am currently doing on the way literature, particularly fiction, is used to advance the neo-liberal ideological position to make it look as though the ideas about governments running out of money and the like are just extensions of our usual individual experience in families and households. That research will be disseminated in a paper that Louisa Connors and I are giving at the upcoming MMT conference in Kansas City.

Regular readers will know that I have written extensively about the so-called austerity turn that the Mitterrand Socialist government took in 1983, which has been used, in addition to James Callaghans British Labour Conference speech in 1976, as the turning point in a progressive Left acceptance of the market and the alleged limitations on the capacity of the state to maintain full employment and prosperity.

At the time (and since) Mitterrands decision, driven by the increasingly Monetarist Jacques Delors, who was on his way to leading the charge to Maastricht, was constructed as being the only alternative (an application of what Margaret Thatcher would term the TINA option).

Any coherent analysis the situation in 1983 makes it clear that Mitterrand did have an alternative, just as the British Labour government had an alternative in 1976. Their respective embrace of what we now broadly term neo-liberalism was a choice not an inevitability.

France could have attenuated its chronic problems by breaking the nexus with the dominant German mark (under the European ERM) and floating the franc, a choice which would have freed domestic macroeconomic policy from its recession-prone bias (given the relative trade strengths of the German and French currencies).

The point is that the austerity turn was an explicit decision to embrace neo-liberalism and abandon the Socialist roots of the PS. The alternative, to remain faithful to their roots and to reject the growing Monetarist...


Our new billboards! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


What the world needs right now is a little more kindness. And who better to promote kindness than a few of our very own animal ambassadors?

Around Australia right now, Panky Calf, Daisy Kid, Brad Lamb and Cookie and Candy are larger than life. Along with their beautiful portraits is our quote, asking onlookers to consider If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others why wouldnt we?

Keep your eyes peeled for our superstars and please let us know if you see any! Find them in your state (sorry NT and Tassie!)

VIC: 313 Kings Way, South Melbourne

VIC: 313 Kings Way, South Melbourne

VIC: Racecourse Rd, Newmarket

VIC: Racecourse Rd, Newmarket

WA: Forrest FWY, Westcoolup

WA: Forrest FWY, Westcoolup



People who think punitive measures help drug addicts havent seen what I have "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The following article was written by Alex Wodak, who is president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and perhaps Australias leading expert and advocate for a different approach to dealing with harm full drug use issues. It was published in the Australian edition of the Guardian (22 August 2017). This is worthwhile reading and the points he raises deserve serious consideration, in any attempt to find answers to what is a complex problem that must ultimately be seen as a health issue. Wodak points out that penalysing the user has brought harm to those targeted and failed to reduce harmful drug use.

Drug testing trials for people on income support have been trialled and abandoned in a few countries. In addition to causing significant harm to affected people and the wider community, they came at an enormous cost to the taxpayer.

In 1986 I was part of a group that resorted to civil disobedience to get needle syringe programs started in Australia. HIV had begun spreading among people who injected drugs in Sydney with a real concern of a major national epidemic. But the NSW government refused to allow even a pilot program. From our office near Sydneys Kings Cross, we handed out clean needles. Breaking the law and helping to halt an epidemic was better than waiting till the government agreed and risking a nasty epidemic in the meantime.

Fast forward 30 years and I had hoped Australia would have adopted a more compassionate, evidence-based approach to drugs where illicit drugs were seen as mainly a health and social problem rather than just a criminal justice issue. And where governments stood up to the drinks industry. But things arent looking good with the government today announcing the first trial site for a new drug testing regime for welfare recipients.

In the May 2017 budget, the Turnbull government handed down a number of changes to our income support system. People with alcohol and drug problems were directly targeted. Plans included stripping people off their disability pensions, removing certain protections for people with alcohol and drug problems, and perhaps most controversially instituting a drug testing trial for new income support recipients.

The objective of these policies is as clear as mud. Malcolm Turnbull claimed it will help people get the treatment they need, saying its a policy based on love. The social...


Watch: Veteran owns police chief and mayor after cops killed unarmed man "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After citizens took over a city hall meeting to hold police accountable for a recent killing and subsequent beating, a veteran epitomized the situation perfectly

Euclid, OH Tensions among police and citizens in Euclid, Ohio have come to a head recently after police killed an unarmed 23-year-old man for unknown reasons and officers were seen on video pulverizing another man over a suspended license. A video uploaded to Facebook captured an articulate rant by a military veteran about these recent events, directed at the police chief and mayor, which epitomized these tensions perfectly.

In March of this year, a Euclid police officer, responding to a call about a man sitting in his vehicle, shot and killed 23-year-old Luke Stewart. The police department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have yet to give any reason for the shooting, and an investigation would later reveal Stewart was unarmed. Naturally, the citizens of Euclid are upset and want answers.

The family and citizens demanding answers as to why these recent events unfolded like they did came to a head this week as dozens of people took over a Euclid City Council meeting.

As FOX 8 reports:

The protesters are also calling for a comprehensive investigation into the policies, practices and tactics of Euclid Police.

They point to a recent traffic stop captured on video that shows a Euclid patrolman using his closed fists to strike 25-year-old Richard Hubbard numerous times in the face and head.

Officer Michael Amiott contends that Hubbard was resisting arrest. Amiott, who resigned from the Mentor Police Department in 2014 after his superiors accused him of being dishonest about a traffic stop, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

On Monday night, protesters confronted Euclid city officials about what they perceive as a disparity in justice. A member of Black Lives Matter said, Your officers are backing each other after they hit black people, not just hit, beat.

During the meeting, Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer announced the suspension of the officer who beat Hubbard, noting that he will be suspended for 15 days without pay the maximum number of days he could give officer Michael Amiott due to department rules.

After the announcement, one of the people attending the meeting, Damien Parker, confronted the police chief and the mayor to address the serious problem of corruption and brutality within their department. His well-word...


Commbank faces money laundering class action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

In the wake of the recent money laundering scandal, where Commbank has been caught allowing its payment machines to channel proceeds from illegal activities to other accounts, Australias biggest bank faces what could prove to be the largest scale class action in Australian history.

Commbank is to be taken to court by legal firm Maurice Blackburn, on behalf of a large number of shareholders. The case is expected to cost the bank more than $100 million.

The proposed action will allege CBA breached its obligations by failing to inform the market about the money-laundering allegations when they were first made in 2015.

The CBA [Commbank] admitted in an ASX announcement on 9 August of this year that it was aware of its failures in relation to the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing legislation in the second half of 2015, Maurice Blackburn national head of class actions Andrew Watson told a news conference on Wednesday.

But at that stage, it made no announcement to shareholders of its awareness of those breaches. In fact, on the contrary, it said nothing for nearly two years, Andrew Watson said.

Worse, on its website and in repeated statements to the market, it asserted its compliance with that legislation. The truth is it was not in compliance.

There are more than 800,000 small shareholders, who have suffered a significant share price drop, in the wake of the launching of procedures in the Federal Court by AUSTRAC. They fell by 3.9 percent in one day. If multi-billion dollar penalties are incurred, share prices will fall further.

Public anger against the Commbank is rising and is likely to cause a considerable loss of business. Its recent announcement of a record full year profit of $9.8 billion has not helped. Alleged illegal activities, other questionable practices and record profit together and it spells out what looks like out of control greed and the pressure is on the government to do something to bring this and the other major banks to account.

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Students in the coastal classroom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IMG_6319Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team


YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camps, Kids Go Bush program loves getting our families out and about in the bush each week during  its Bush Playgroup sessions. Building Cubbies, cooking on the fire, seeking in the Bracken ferns, our rope swing and regular journeys around our special areas of the Anglesea Recreation Camp, providing many and varied educational learning opportunities.

On Monday 14 August, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee joined the YMCA team to enjoy a beach adventure at Point Roadknight beach in Anglesea. It was full of surprises, including seeing some hard-to-spot decorator crabs and a pod of dolphins playing in the waves off the point.  Great Ocean Road Coasts Environmental Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, aka possum Pete (pictured above),  provided some very insightful facts about the local area and showed all the kids a collection of marine treasures.

Anglesea is fast becoming the environmental education capital of Victoria with some of the best in the business, working together to help connect the next generation with the diverse Anglesea coastline.

For more information please email kidsgobush@ymca, or call on 5263 1512 or follow the YMCA Anglesea on Facebook.



A Winning Season! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two goals for joint Golden Boot winner Sam Shepherd. Photo Dog Whistle.

Two goals for joint Golden Boot winner Sam Shepherd. Photo Dog Whistle.

Story and pics by dogwhistle 

The Northern Hotel Rams capped an outstanding season with two solid wins over Alstonville in Saturdays final round of the Football Far North Coast Pointscore competition.

Despite and awkward start and an early own goal, the Reserve Grade boys were once again the dominant force. A hat-trick to Sam Tomlinson and a goal to Golden Boot Will Ennis saw the Ressies hit an incredible 100 goals from 17 games this season and secure the Pointscore Championship for 2017.

A back pass from Alstonville handed an indirect free kick and first goal to Joel Wood in the opening minutes of the Premier Division match. Thirty minutes into the first half a cross from Sam Shepherd and a superb strike from Gianluca Bongiovanni gave Byron its second goal of the match. A defensive error just before half time left the Byron goal open and Alstonville pounced and were back in the game. Villa came out firing in the second half and a swift counter attack saw the underdogs equalise. Fifteen minutes later, Sam Shepherd was brought down in the box and left no doubt about his penalty strike, putting the Rams back into the lead. Another two minutes on and Joel Walker broke through the Alstonville back line to drive home his second. A red card for retaliation sent Emanuele Atarui to an early shower and the Rams pressed on with 10 men. Midway through the half, Aaron Walkers through ball put Sam Shepherd on point for his second goal, taking the final score to 5-2. The Rams attacking team of Joel Wood and Sam Shepherds  two goals apiece gave them each a 17 goal total for the season and  a shared Golden Boot.

The Premier Division Rams also took out the Pointscore Championship for 2017 with an equally impressive 93 goals from 17 games, completing the Club record double.

Both teams now enjoy a week off before their first match of the 2017 finals series.

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Newstart is not enough for basic needs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Western Australia

David Ciady reported on the ABCs PM radio that Australians on Newstart, Centrelinks unemployment benefit,researchers at the University of New South Wales say that current payments are not enough to meet basic necessities,

The key points they found are:

  • Payments fall short of basic standard of living cost by $47 to $126 per week.
  • They suggest introducing minimum wage-style mechanism for Newstart allowance
  • Newstart hasnt been increased in over two decades in real terms.

Researchers at the university have calculated weekly budgets for a range of living situations, working out the minimum required to ensure both material and social needs are met.

Among their findings, are that the welfare payment for a single, unemployed person as stated on Centrelinks  Welfare table, needs to increase by $96 a week to $433, while an unemployed couple with no children should be provided $107 more than they do currently, just to get them up to the poverty line.

Peter Saunders, who led the research, said the findings suggest a change is needed in how Newstart payments are determined independent of government.

We should be looking at whether or not its time to introduce a mechanism, a bit like the minimum wage process, for Newstart allowance and possibly for other social benefits, Professor Saunders said.

These are very tight budgets to achieve what we call a healthy standard of living, so that all the family members are healthy in terms of what they eat, they do, [and whether they] exercise.

Newstart recipient Johnny Windus, from the Perth suburb of Kemscott, has been out of work for two years and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

I basically receive a Newstart allowance, which is $580 a fortnight. Nothing in life is free so you do your necessities in a budget, but its all the extras that come into it that drive you under every week, he said.

You end up having to forfeit food, or putting your electricity bill off for another fortnight and it just goes on and on.

Mr Windus said he needs to pay between $30 and $50 a month for internet access to aid his job search, and his phone service drops in and out according to what he can afford.

Everythings going backwards, so I cant see any way out of it basically, unless some bloke walks up to me [with a job], Mr Windus said.

Advocacy groups are calling on the Government to use the so-called budget standard measurements to set welfare payments in the future.



Thoughts For The Week. Battle for the Mind. Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Keith's image choice.

Thoughts For The Week.

Battle for the Mind.

In his essay Politics and the English Language, George Orwell observes that political language serves to distort and obscure reality. Orwells description of political speech in 1940 was prophecy he used the words doublespeak, Newspeak and doublethink words that define our 21st century political information.

Orwell said political language can be designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

The current issues we are confronted with every day are filled with doublethink and doublespeak we have to investigate, sift, and research in our quest for reality.

What is really important to the social engineers that form our New World of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that dont fit with their agenda or program.

The purpose of propaganda is to narrow and limit human consciousness, confuse human conscience, and control and narrow the range of thinking. As all students of Orwellian literature will recall, Squealer, the propagandist porker in Animal Farm, can turn black into white and is expert in new belief.

Examples of the structural nature of the use of doublespeak have been made by modern scholars. Noam Chomsky argues in Manufacturing Consent, The Political Economy of the Mass Media that people in modern society consist of decision-makers and social participants who have to be made to agree. According to Chomsky, the media and public relations industry actively shape public opinion, working to present messages in line with their economic agenda for the purposes of controlling of the public mind.

When the state loses the bludgeon, when you cant control people by force and when the voice of the people can be heard, you have to control what people think. And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in more honest days used to be called propaganda. designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an app...


Poisoned Waterhole "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The fifth and final poem in the Crossing Streams collaboration between Naviar Records and Western Riverina Arts.

Journalist Stan Grant has written about the significance of the name and I wondered if the image of a poisoned waterhole would open up other interpretations of how humans treat their environment.

When I settled on using this poem, I decided to employ a technique promoted by my sometime collaborator Garlo Jo.

He's been encouraging musicians to record the wind playing their instruments on the Vent de Guitares website, which now links to the video below.


Takatas killer canisters? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In effect if Australian safety standards are applied, then all Takata-fitted vehicles, I conclude, are a write-off even some late models


FLASHBACK: Is Putin rebuilding Russia according to Solzhenitsyn's design? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During an informal question-and-answer session at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp on August 29, a young woman expressed concern about the "growth of nationalism" in Kazakhstan. The woman wondered if a "Ukraine scenario" was possible there if longtime Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev left office -- and asked what the Kremlin's strategy was for dealing with this eventuality. "What are the chances of Eurasian integration?" she asked. Putin stressed Kazakhstan's importance as an ally and lavishly praised Nazarbaev as a wise leader dedicated to the welfare of his country. He said Nazarbaev was perhaps the most capable of all the leaders of post-Soviet countries. However, part of his answer raised alarm bells in the Central Asian country.


No more excuses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its time to march on DC and just throw the rascals out.

Charles Pierce is having no more of these Trump supporters.

Before we get to the other stuff, and there was lots of other stuff, Id like to address myself to those people represented by the parenthetical notation (Applause) in the above transcript, those people who waited for hours in 105-degree heat so that they could have the G-spot of their irrationality properly stroked for them. Youre all suckers. Youre dim and youre ignorant and you cant even feel yourself sliding toward something that will surprise even you with its fundamental ugliness, something that everybody who can see past the veil of their emotions can see as plain as a church by daylight, to borrow a phrase from that Willie Shakespeare fella. The problem, of course, is that you, in your pathetic desire to be loved by a guy who wouldnt have 15 seconds for you on the street, are dragging the rest of us toward that end, too.

A guy basically went mad, right there on the stage in front of you, and you cheered and booed right on cue because youre sheep and because he directed his insanity at all the scapegoats that your favorite radio and TV personalities have been creating for you over the past three decades. Especially, I guess, people like me who practice the craft of journalism in a country that honors that craft in its most essential founding documents. The President of the United States came right up to the edge of inciting you to riot and you rode along with him. Youre on his team, by god.

Sasha Abramsky is wondering what he is: a bumbling dolt out of his depth, an opportunist riding the gravy train, or is he actually, deep down, a genuine Nazi, a white supremacist.

The third possible reason is that Donald Trumpthe son of KKK-supporting Fred Trump, the pupil of Joe McCarthy henchman Roy Cohnactually is, to the very core of his being, a white supremacist, a man who always has and always will divide humanity into hierarchies based on race, ethnicity, and religion. Trumps almost pathological inability to do what ought to be the simplest thing in American politicsissue a clear, unambiguous, eyes-looking-straight-at-the-camera denunciation of swastika-waving, weapons-toting Naziscertainly raises this as a strong possibility. He has certainly never needed Steve Bannons or any other advisers encouragement to spout his bigoted obscenities. So Bannons recent ouster, however welcome, will not address the key problem were facing.

I can answer that! We know, and its never been the slightest...


Foreign ministry: 'No doubt' US will try to meddle in 2018 Russian presidential election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Moscow has long been used to Washington's interference in its domestic affairs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, adding that "there is no doubt" the US will try to meddle in the 2018 presidential election. "We are used to American interference, we live with it. It's the same as wire-tapping by US secret services. Someone who doesn't assume it, is an absolutely naive person living on a different planet," Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with Chinese and Japanese media. Answering reporters' questions, the deputy foreign minister said that "of course there will be interference" from the US in Russia's 2018 presidential election. "There is no doubt about that." Meanwhile, Moscow keeps "hearing accusations" that it attempted to affect last year's presidential election in the US, not only through alleged hacking, but also through contacts with some US citizens. Evidence to support the allegations has not been presented, Ryabkov pointed out.


Tarkine - A Sumac National Park here we come! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The proposed 15,000+ ha Sumac National Park is an expansion of the present reserve that will contribute a diversity of other outstanding natural, biological and historical features such as


RFA Death Sentence for Swift Parrot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With a business as usual approach to forestry operations in Tasmania, the 20-year RFA amounts to a death sentence for the species Dr Woehler said. As Tasmanias most threatened species - such as Swift Parrot, Masked Owl and Wedge-tailed Eagle lose more of their woodland habitats to forestry operations, the recently renamed Sustainable Timber Tasmania will lose any hope of FSC accreditation, and Tasmania loses any realistic claim to being clean and green


Why is this? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I took Senator Eric Abetz to the High Court over his right to sit in the Senate as a dual national at my own expense and hopefully - but doubtfully - his


SNF: Top barrister handed over explosive file on murder - he didnt foresee reaction "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On May 11, Victorias leading criminal barrister, Robert Richter QC, met with Tasmanias Premier, Will Hodgman and handed him a confidential dossier known as the white paper Examiner: New Neill-Fraser appeal set for October 30


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

China Urges US to End Sanctions on Chinese Firms it Suspects of Dealing With North Korea
By Zhang Xin
Global Times
Published: 2017/8/23 18:40:27

China's foreign ministry on Wednesday urged the US to end its sanctions on Chinese individuals and companies which the US claims are helping North Korea's nuclear program.

"China is opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the UN Security Council's framework, especially countries which interfere in accordance with their own laws on Chinese companies and individuals," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing on Wednesday.

"China's efforts to fully and accurately implement UN resolutions and to fulfill its international obligations are there for all to see. If any Chinese company or individual violates the UN resolutions, we will handle and punish them in accordance with our laws and regulations," she said, adding that the US action will not help solve the problem, and may damage mutual trust and cooperation with China.

AFP reported that the US on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting the North Korean nuclear program and attempting to evade US sanctions.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

China Slams US Sanctions on Firms
By Chu Daye
Global Times
Published: 2017/8/23 20:48:39

US ignores China's peninsula initiative

China has expressed strong opposition to unilateral sanctions by the US on Chinese companies and individuals for allegedly assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it has listed 10 firms and six individuals from China and Russia for allegedly facilitating North Korea's weapons programs.

China is opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the UN Security Council's framework, especially countries which interfere in accordance with their own laws on Chinese firms and individuals, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday.

Hua said the US action will not help solve the problem and enhance mutual trust and cooperation with China, and urged the US to correct it.

Chinese experts said on Wednesday that the US sanctions are part of its belief that China is responsible for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and that it would have a negative impact on bilateral trade.

Calls to Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Materials Company, JinHou International Holding Company, and Dandong Tianfu Trade Company, all identified by the US Treasury Department, went unanswered.

A person at Dandong Rich Earth Trading Company declined to comment.

L Chao, a researcher on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said that the US action, which cites US law but is outside the UN framework, is utterly inappropriate and infringes on China's sovereignty.

"China's sanctions on North Korea are consistent with the Security Council's resolution. If Chinese companies and individuals violate the sanctions, it's the Chinese government's responsibility to act on them," L told the Global Times on Wednesday.

"If there were such violations, the US should inform the Chinese government through the UN. The US' 'long-arm jurisdiction' is unacceptable," L said.

Starting from August 15, China has banned imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lea...


Examining the Princess Diana conspiracies that just won't die "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With the 20th anniversary of her death approaching, the rumors of dark forces conspiring to kill Diana, Princess of Wales, have far from abated. Twenty years ago this month, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris' Pont de L'Alma tunnel. Her death was the subject of an exhaustive inquiry in the British courts, which ultimately concluded that Diana's "unlawful death" was caused by the reckless driving of limousine driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi pursuing Diana and Dodi Fayed through the streets of Paris. The inquest heard that the driver, Henri Paul, was driving at an excessive speed and had five times the legal limit for driving of alcohol in his system. It was also also suggested that Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, may have survived the crash if they had been wearing seatbelts. Over the years, the findings of the inquiry have been presented as the definitive answer to Diana's death. However, the official explanations have notably failed to convince an army of Diana conspiracy theorists who believe that the death was actually engineered by the British establishment, and that the malfeasance was then covered up. The reasons for the suspicion are not hard to fathom, starting with motive.


Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.

It also catapulted resistance to white nationalism into the limelight, resistance which has taken many forms: Black Lives Matter; INCITE!; subdivisions of socialist organizations; Refuse Fascism, sponsored by Revolutionary Communist Party organization, and leftist parties like Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Each has worked tirelessly to resist not only physical displays of racism but systematic abuses perpetuated by the state.

I spoke to members of the Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democratic Socialists of America, and Refuse Fascism about the ongoing struggle against a system that actively seeks to further marginalize a number of communities, and destroy a growing left movement. They outline not only what a leftist response to white supremacy should look like but also why white nationalist groups will not simply crumble and disappear if they are ignored.

Democratic Socialists of America Jewish Solidarity Caucus (JSC)

Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow

Emily Lever, 24-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and the Socialist Feminist Working Group

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Silberstein: The JSC believes in self-defense, direct action, and materialist analysis. Howeverand this might be a dissatisfying answerthe JSC also comes together with liberal Jewish groups to form coalitions against fascism. The left will have to really think about when and how to organize alongside liberal groups, but not be afraid to call them to task. DSA is holding rallies with [International Socialist Organization], [Industrial Workers Of the World] and [Movement For Black Lives], et al, in attempts to unite the left; but JSC exists in part to radicalize liberal Jews and inform them of Jewish socialist history and praxis [which is enacting or putting theory into practice].

Lever: There is even more of a sense of urgency than there was before and a renewed understanding that the left needs to set aside ideological differences and pull together. DSA may be the largest socialist organization in the country, but 25,000 members is still tiny in the grand scheme of things.

The left needs to both grow, including by calling to action pr...


Mudslide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sometimes helplessness is a blessing. Poetry rarely has any answers. But there is some solace in metaphor when the misery of others is overwhelming.


James Gilliland Q&A on the As You Wish Talk Radio -- August 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published on Aug 22, 2017

James Answers questions from a live audience


Nobody Can Force All the Taliban Factions To the Negotiating Table "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[Fighting the Taliban to force them to negotiate for peace requires levels of force equal to those used against Taliban and Qaeda in their Tora Bora holdout.  Does Trump really intend to inflict wholesale slaughter from the air of sufficient intensity to make them beg for their lives?  Can anyone fight all 20 of those recognized terrorist groups at once, or even just those who answer to the Quetta Shura (Mullah Mansour group)? Does Trump understand the militant on militant action going on right now, the Mansour Taliban against the Mullah Rasoul Taliban, the Syrian/Iraqi ISIS Caliphate against the Taliban Islamist Emirati, or other warlord on warlord fighting?

Somehow, I doubt that he can make any difference.]

Trumps Afghanistan war strategy: Use

military to force peace talks with




Australia: Jihad plot to blow up plane with bomb hidden in Barbie doll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lebanons interior minister has claimed a terror cell attempted to blow up a flight from Australia with bombs hidden in a Barbie doll and a meat grinder.Amer Khayyat planned to detonate an improvised explosive device 20 minutes into an Abu-Dhabi bound flight with 400 passengers onboard. The Islamic State is said to have been involved []


Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Zero Hedge

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

Now, Andrew McCarthy III, the former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led the prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, says there is something very strange about the recent indictment filed against Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi in the District of Columbia.

In a National Review article, McCarthy points out that its not whats in the indictment that is necessarily surprising but rather what is seemingly intentionally omitted.  For instance, McCarthy points out that the indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention that Imran was apprehended while in the process of fleeing the country, a fact that would seem to be the best evidence available to prove the fraud charges.

Lets say youre a prosecutor in Washington. You are investigating a husband and wife, naturalized Americans, who you believe have scammed a federal credit union out of nearly $300,000. You catch them in several false statements about their qualifications for a credit line and their intended use of the money. The strongest part of your case, though,...


Wayne Rooney: England striker retires from international football "IndyWatch Feed National"

Englands all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next months World Cup qualifiers.


The Everton striker was asked by England boss Gareth Southgate to be involved against Malta and Slovakia.

Every time I was selected was a real privilege but I believe now is the time to bow out, said the 31-year-old.

The former Manchester United captain scored 53 times in 119 internationals.

Rooney, overlooked by Southgate for matches against Scotland and Francein June, made his England debut in February 2003, in a 3-1 defeat by Australia at Upton Park.

He made his major tournament debut as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004, and his last international appearance was as captain in last Novembers 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley.



UN atomic chief briefs USs Haley on Iran deal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


MEHR NEWS/AFP/File | US President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign, and it has come under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and Washington imposed new sanctions

VIENNA (AFP)  The head of the UNs atomic watchdog met US President Donald Trumps UN envoy Nikki Haley on Wednesday to brief her on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as concerns grow about the accords future.

Reports by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have shown Iran to be in compliance with its landmark agreement with six major powers.

The deal saw Iran shrink its atomic activities and submit to closer IAEA inspections in order to make any dash to make a nuclear bomb extremely difficult.

Most UN and Western sanctions on Iran were lifted in return, but others related to non-nuclear issues have remained in place or been ratcheted up.

With Trump slamming the terrible 2015 deal, tensions have risen between the two long-time foes, with both accusing each other of not adhering to the spirit of the accord.

President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Iran could walk away within hours, accusing Washington of constant and repetitive breaking of its promises under the deal.

Haley responded that the new sanctions are related to Irans support for worldwide terrorism and other behaviour, and that Iran cannot use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage.

Trump is due in October to certify to Congress whether Iran is sticking to the deal.

In July he told the Wall Street Journal he would be surprised if they were in compliance.

Haley made no comment to reporters on Wednesday as she arrived for her talks with IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan

The Washington Post on Tuesday quoted her as saying her talks were to answer US questions about the watchdogs inspections and monitoring.

We have no decision made about whether to scrap the deal, Haley was quoted as saying.

What we are doing is trying to find out as much information as we can.

The Trump adm...


USS John S. McCains presence undetectable before tragedy of collision struck "IndyWatch Feed National"

SINGAPORE Singapore authorities did not detect the presence of US warship John S. McCain before its collision with an oil tanker in Singapore waters on Monday (Aug 21) morning, surfacing a possible cause for the accident.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) told The Straits Times that its Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) had detected only the presence of the tanker, Alnic MC.

The monitoring system detects and tracks vessels via their radar or the Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals, which all commercial ships have to switch on but warships are exempt from doing so.

MPA said: The international convention (SOLAS) for mandatory carriage of AIS is not applicable to ships of war and troop ships. In this case, MPAs VTIS and radar only detected the presence of the tanker.

The incident occurred in Singapore waters in the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait. Investigations are ongoing.

The collision in the Singapore Strait left 10 naval sailors missing and five injured. The US Navy said on Tuesday that the remains of some sailors have been found.

It is unclear why the system did not detect the US warship, but military experts say it is not uncommon for na...


Australian Politics: when is a welfare program trial not a trial? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When is a welfare program trial no longer a trial? When the Turnbull Government decides to remove those restriction which made it a trial.

This Bill removes section 124PF of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, which specifies that the cashless debit card trial will occur in up to three discrete locations, include no more than 10,000 people, and will end on 30 June 2018. Removing this section will support the extension of arrangements in current sites, and enable the expansion of the cashless debit card to further sites. Individual sites, once identified, will be determined by disallowable legislative instruments. [Explanatory Memorandum, Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

What the federal government proposes to implement is in practice an open-ended cashless debit card roll-out at the discretion of Minister for Human Services and Liberal MP for Aston, Alan Tudge


Human rights implications
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights conducted a review of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015, which notes that the Cashless Debit Card engages and limits three human rights: the right to social security, the right to a private life and the right to equality and non-discrimination. [Ibid, p. 6]

See Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, ...




There are pioneers among us who have paved the way towards todays burgeoning beer industry Stone & Woods annual limited release is a tribute to these Forefathers.

This year their chosen Forefather is Blair Hayden. A publican and patriarch of one of the oldest pubs in Sydney. Refusing to bow to what beers should line the taps, he built a brewery so he could pour his own. 31 years later, Blairs contributed to the independent beer revolution.

Using the finest English Maris Otter malt, Blair brewed an English Pale Ale. With hints of citrus zest from the addition of bergamot tea, the spicy and floral hop aroma is balanced with a medium bitterness.

Get to know Blair Haydens loveable character and more about the beer by watching their Forefathers video

From Monday 21 August Stone & Woods Forefathers beer is going on tap and hitting shelves at local, independents across the country. Check out their venue listing for where to find it!

The post STONE & WOOD THANKS THOSE WHO PAVED THE WAY appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Bannons GoneBut China War Is On! "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week on Newsbuds China Watch with Peter Lee: Bannons gonebut China War is on!  Goodbye ethno-nationalism, hello economic nationalism.  And it looks like lawfare is out-- and warfare is in--as the uniformed military looks to apply its gray zone conflict toolkit to China.   And look out Australia!  Theres a new threat from China and its down underDown under!

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Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

Bannons departure has huge implications for the U.S.-China relationship

Trump Administration is Said to Open Broad Inquiry Into Chinas Trade Practices

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China Invasion

Does the U.S. Have a Legal Obligation to Defend the Scarborough Shoal for the Philippines?  Not until It Decides Who Owns It.

China a threat to Australias Antarctica claim

China sneaking onto A...



Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The city is approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne, with a population of some 101,686. It is the third largest population for an inland city in Australia. Locals are known as 'Ballaratians'.

Ballarat is arguably the most significant Victorian era gold rush boomtown in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from the state of New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, migrants from across the world had rushed to the district in search of gold.

Unlike many other gold boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades, which can be evidenced to this day in the city's rich architecture. The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat, and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia.

Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens (established 1857), the longest running lyric theatre building (Her Majesty's Theatre, established 1875), the first municipal observatory, established 1886, and the earliest and longest war memorial avenue (the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919).

Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria, as well a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian era heritage, with much of the...

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Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up-You Cant Make Deals with the Mentally Ill Left "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



America has become a sick nation, a nation characterized by mass hysteria and widespread mental illness. Donald Trumps campaign promised to restore some of the sanity lost to the Neocon George Bush and Marxist/Communist former President Obama.

How is America doing? We have to look no further than ESPN and their mentally ill, Deep State philosophies to answer that question.

ESPN Has Lost Their Mind

I interviewed former all-star pitcher, Curt Schilling, on my radio show after Schilling was fired by ESPN for declaring that America was in danger due to the radical terrorism, many of whom were Muslim. Schilling was correct. We sacrificed the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution due to Bushs promise to keep us safe from radical Muslim terrorists after 9/11.

Curt Schilling stands as a symbol that the lunatic leftist media who would not let one of their employees stand up to one of the most dire threats to the peace and security of this nation, namely ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood.

If you thought ESPNs attack upon Curt Schilling was bad wait until you hear about what they did to one of their play by play announcers who was scheduled to broadcast the Virginia University football game.

Whites are White, Blacks are Black, Latinos are Latino, but at ESPN Asians are NOT Asian. They are white supremacists. The Deep State network of ESPN confirmed last night (August 22) that it had decided to pull an announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his presence behind the microphone could prove offensive to certain groups. The announcer that was pulled is Asian. His name happens to be, Robert Lee, Robert Lee is Asian, but in the eyes of ESPN he is a white supremacist. Lee is an Asian name. ESPN needs a quick and accurate history lesson. How many slaves did Asians own in 1861? But dont confuse ESPN with the truth and a sportscaster, because he bears an Asian...


Port Angeles: Council Candidates Discuss Fluoridation Issue "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water, annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.

Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not running for re-election.

Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the Clallam County Bar Association.

Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home Owners Association.

I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water, Wojnowski said.

The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.

Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation, cast the deciding vote last summer.

I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to intake, Wojnowski said.

And given the fact that none of us really know how much is required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it. But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.

Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride, saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.

Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly, provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and arsenic in the water.

Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.

I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public health matters.

So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said, with my caveat that Im not going to be putting lead and arsenic in the water supply in a knowing and intentional way.

Wojnowski said he will oppose fluoridation regardless of the advisory vote.

People can voice their opinion vot...


Terrorism Starts in the Classroom: Lessons from Romania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Charlie Hebdo the Madrid attacks van attacks in Berlin and London Paris 2015 Brussels 2016 Barcelona 2017


The real answer is very intricate, but we can grasp part of it if by knowing more about Arab communities and their educational systems in non-Arabic countries.

Unlicensed institutions, centers and imams in Europe ruin the future of the immigrants. They teach in isolation. Bodies grow in Romania and minds grow in strange lands! Unlicensed institutions become social and religious extremism-generating environments, says Mazen Rifai, a Syrian journalist naturalized in Romania in 1990. Rifai also serves as secretary of the League of Syrians in Romania, and is generally very well informed about the situation of immigrants across Europe.

He believes he has found the essence of a failed approach to integration in non-Arab countries. His basic idea is that part of the immigrants failure to find their place in Europe is the educational system implemented by Arabs in non-Arabic countries. A schizoid manner of teaching them about their identity and purpose in life results into breaking their personality, instead of making them strong and genuinely proud to live in their new country.

Mazen Rifai performs a critical X-ray of this Arabic educational system in non-Arabic countries: The Arabic educational system is isolated from the surrounding community. It happens also in Romania, schools with Arabic educational curricula!

Mr Rifai explains that students in those schools mentally belong to socially, politically, and economically underdeveloped countries and intellectually, they are forced to understand the mindset of other countries, so they learn curricula that are unrelated to the society which they actually live in, and unrelated to science. Their brains are stuffed with information that doesnt interest them and they wont use.

Unlicensed institutions, centers, and imams in Romania build walls separating their students from the society in which they live and develop a schizophrenia inside their students, forcing them to live in two different and contradictory societies, says Mr Rifai. To compensate for the emptiness caused by these discrepancies between two societies and two cultures, Arabic schools educate on a nervous tendency and imaginary superiority over their community. Their thoughts and beliefs contribute in building hatred and seclusion tendencies and a sense of injustice and oppression among their students, so that their loyalty is aimed at a state outside their state, and a community outside their community. They look with a contemptuous eye and sometimes with hatred at their surroundings.

This educational curricula and method leads to loneliness, isolation, fear, anxiety, and social contradictions, foste...


A Comment on Dual Citizenship and Obedience, or Adherence to a Foreign Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan The list of politicians holding dual citizenship has been growing. The first casualties were the Greens. Scott Ludlam quit after realising he had citizenship of New Zealand, then Larissa Waters, born in Canada, did not check the Canadian changes in the law and thus did not renounce her dual citizenship when running for office. []


Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.



Joe's Market Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Ukuleles & one Big Double Bass play Joe's Market Garden

34 Edna Grove, Coburg 
Saturday August 26th 

It's not cold! If you wear your favourite woollen jumper (they are all the rage at the moment!) and close your eyes you can almost believe the near by traffic is the ocean and the warm fire is the raging sun. To top this all off some tropical sounds of ukuleles will keep you nice and toasted this coming Saturday the 26th!  The farm gate will be graced with lovely locals together with their ripper harmonies and tiny ukes. They are also rustling up a double bass player too! 

Come along and get nicely toasted!


RSL Band Night "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Stationary Suns/V/Qwerty/Cunting Daughters/Rosie Haden/Team Epsilon

Coburg RSL, 323 Sydney Road, Coburg
2 Sept 2017
$5 - includes free hot food!

On September 2nd at the Coburg RSL, a lineup of formidable and audacious bands will be featured:

Stationary SUNS - After taking a break from shows to focus on their debut LP, Stationary Suns will be debuting some new angry post punk tracks.


Coburg Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Gold Rush Comes to Coburg!

The gold rush of the mid-1800s brought thousands of hopefuls to Victoria. This tour will tell stories of Eureka Stockade rebels, authors, miners and bankers now resting at Coburg Cemetery. 

Sunday 17 September 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Cost: $10 (or $2 for members) includes tour and afternoon tea.



Magnetic fields "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields (1991) oil on canvas


Meet The Conservative Trying To Unseat Joe Manchin And Redden The Senate In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its a remarkable quirk of our federal republic that U.S. policy often hinges on local races. Regional personalities and issues, emerging from places coastal elites have never visited, will play a significant role in next years midterm electionsmost crucially, the battle for the U.S. Senate.

At stake is not just which party controls the upper chamberthe rough number of blues versus redsbut how faithful senators will be to their governing philosophies. As the dust settles from 2018, will Washington be more conservative? More liberal? More functional? Local politics will determine many of these answers.

In tiny Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, around 100 local Republicans recently gathered for one small episode in that larger drama. Most people arrived from work, still in business attire, but a few were more expressively dressed: T-shirts emblazoned with Dont Tread on Me or West Virginia Citizens Defense League. As volunteers scrambled to bring in additional chairs, and the air conditioning struggled to keep the temperature comfortable, West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey entered the room. Attendees held signs declaring the reason for the gathering: Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate.

It was the official kickoff for a campaign that has long been expected in West Virginia. Incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the few remaining moderate Democrats in the upper house, is widely viewed as vulnerable in the 2018 election. While Manchin walks a tightrope in a state that grows more Republican every year, he has often angered both West Virginians on the one side, and national Democrats on the other. Hes even drawn enough ire to attract a long-shot primary opponent to his Left.

On the GOP side, the field for Manchins seat is even more crowded. While Politico reports that national GOP recruitment for the Senate is slow-going, West Virginiathe reddest state on the electoral map last yearappears to be the exception. Donald Trump won every county here in 2016, trouncing Hillary Clinton by a 42-point margin. Trump is such a dominant figure on West Virginias political landscape that the newly elected Democrat governor put his finger in the wind and announced he was switching parties.

In this promising climate, three Republicans to date have cast their hats into the ring: Morrisey, Rep. Evan Jenkins, and Bo Copley, a political newcomer.

A Record of Fighting Hard Battles

Of these three, only Morrisey has been elected statewide. He first won the attorney general spot in 2012, then was reelected last year. His initial run was something of a David-and-Goliath story: not only was he the first Republican elected attorney general since 1933, he also unseated a 20-year incumb...


The State (episode 3) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Isnt it odd that as soon as you realise that someone who youve admired is a run-of-the-mill antisemite your admiration instantly slams into reverse?
For example I used to like Brian Sewells acerbic critiques of pretentious art until he said something about Manchesters greedy Jews. I mean how many of Manchesters greedy Jews would a self-regarding old queen who makes a living out of sneering actually know? See what I mean? One minute you like, next you dont.

Anyway, this might apply to me and Peter Kosmisnsky. I have to admit his films have their good points. Like Ken Loach, perhaps. But having seem the third episode of The State Im wondering if Ive been over-estimating him.

Yesterday I gave the film credit for aiming beyond the superficial message, its so awful no-ones gonna want to run away and join Isis. I put forward the hypothesis that he was sending a more ambitious and perhaps subliminal signal, i.e., ISIS has got (the real) Islam all wrong; true Islam is peaceful.

Maybe, after all, he is only saying is that joining Islamic State is less romantic than running away to join the Foreign Legion, (isnt that what the disenfranchised used to do?) so dont do it. 

Anyway the drama slid into farce during last nights episode. Two scenes in particular were positively cartoonish. Number one was a slave market where the histrionic sobbing and cowering reminded me of a rather sophisticated sixth-form production of Les Mis.

Number two. The prize for the most implausible scene showed our feisty female heroine, the doctor (no, not that doctor) risking death by making a clandestine, unchaperoned visit to the only nice man shed come across since she arrived, a doctor colleague at the hospital. She had a cunning plan. To avoid becoming the second wife of a horrid scary man, she proposed marriage to her  unmarried colleague, only to deduce from his momentary hesitation a deadly secret that no-one else had ever spotted. Are you gay? (He was.) I cant be the only one who found that scenario particularly laughable. 

There are several other unanswered questions, too numerous to list, though I would quite like to know what happened to the defiant...


MACKAY Woman accused of dealing ice in the Mackay region "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY August 23, 2017 at 06:45AM ,

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Bob Katter to meet with Tony Abbott when parliament returns "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would appear to be, as they say in the political genre, on. Katter seeks meeting with Abbott Updated: 7:50 pm, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 Crossbench MP Bob Katter says he will seek a meeting with Tony Abbott when parliament returns. Key crossbench MP Bob Katter has thrown a political...


North Korea Wont Negotiate Nuclear Deal With Hostile US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pyongyang (TLS) Pyongyang said as long as the hostile U.S. policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, it wont eliminate its nuclear deterrent arsenal.

North Korea, or the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK, will not take its self-defensive nuclear deterrent arsenal to the negotiating table, a Pyongyang envoy has said.

The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is a justifiable and legitimate option for self-defense in the face of such apparent and real threats, Ju Yong Chol, a DPRK diplomat, said at a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

As long as the hostile U.S. policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, the DPRK will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table.

north korea nuclear dealAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic Flickr: NOS Nieuws

RELATED: Why the DPRK Needs a Nuclear Deterrent

Jus comment comes after U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the same forum that U.S. President Donald Trumps top priority was to protect the United States and its allies against the growing threat presented by the DPRK.

The path to dialogue still remains an option for Pyongyang, Ju added.

Delegations from about 20 countries spoke at the four-hour U.N. session, including the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

The DPRK has pursued its defensive weapons programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. It also threatened to fire...


And a pergola, in time for summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thanks to Neil Tait and the guys we now have a lovely pergola! It ties in nicely with the central arbour structure and also connects the tank/pizza oven/benches area with the rest of the garden. Just needs the bench seating re instated, some climbing plants, and some warmer weather. Until we get some climbing plants Continue reading And a pergola, in time for summer


Philippine Police do house-to-house drug testing, but no law allows it Government coercion Poverty is root of drug problem "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Police officers from QCPD Station 6 knock on a makeshift gate in Lupang Pangako, Payatas as they conduct drug testing operations. VERA Files/Luz Rimban

MANILA, Philippines (First published Aug. 22 at 3:31 p.m.)  What would you do if a group of policemen showed up at your doorstep and asked you to pee into a plastic cup for an on-the-spot drug test that could reveal whether or not you had taken shabu or marijuana in the last seven days?

That is the question residents of Lupang Pangako in Barangay Payatas have been grappling with since June when groups of policemen started going house-to-house, armed with do-it-yourself drug testing kits that show, within seconds, that a person is either positive or negative for the use of those banned substances.

Answering the question is not easy, even if you were clean and had nothing at all to fear.

One 19-year-old man who was asked to take the drug test in place of his brother who was the person the police were actually looking for, had no choice but agree to do it.

Yet he could not get himself to pee, possibly out of fear, despite two tries and the police telling him to drink water.

In another home, the police went looking for a woman, but also did not find her there.

Instead, it was her grandmother who opened the makes...


The difference between saying and doing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This evening, your intrepid slave ventured to the Sydney Institute to hear Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate give his (sort of) annual address.

It was so exciting, that the Australian published its story on it about the same time the function ended.

Last year, Senator Cormanns theme was wibble-wobble-wibble-wobble jelly Bill Shorten.  This year it was Shortenomics and the politics of envy.


Just like his wibble wobble effort last year, Senator Cormann regaled the audience with what a Bill Shorten government might do.  Yet, same as last year, Senator Cormann failed to account for what the Abbott and Turnbull governments have done.  The governments in which Senator Cormann was and still is a senior member.

Just a quick list to remind Cats and Corm:

  • Increased regulations on business including the bank BEAR regulations.
  • Increased taxes (bank levy, superannuation taxes, medicare levy, deficit levy, ASIC cost recovery, APRA cost recovery).
  • Record levels of government debt.
  • Gonski 2.0*.
  • $50billion for floating French bath tubs
  • The highest energy prices in the world.
  • Threatened intervention into the LNG export market.

And lets not forget the NBN the No Bloody N-ternet network.

The cherry on top was when mentioning Gonski 2.0, Senator Cormann said that what all parents worried most about when dropping their kids off at school was that the other schools were funded equally and not party to sweetheart deals.  I know thats the main thing I worry about.

Oh and yes.  Apparently (again), the bank levy is good for banking competition and promotes smaller banks.  By that logic, you know what else would be good for banking competition and promotion of smaller banks?  A 100% bank levy.  Hey, why not implement 100% taxes on every part of the economy, it would surely improve national competitiveness.

It used to be said that the  conservatives thought progressives were wrong while progressives thought conservat...


North Koreas angry response to Australia participating in USA- South Korea war games "IndyWatch Feed"

North Korea fires back at suicidal Australia over war games,   PRIMROSE RIORDAN, Political reporter, Canberra, @primroseriordan 22 Aug 17

North Korea has attacked Malcolm Turnbull for sending Australian Defence Force personnel to join US-led war games, describing it as a suicidal act.

After being singled out by the North Korean regime, the Prime Minister issued a statement late yesterday staring down threats against Australia.

North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbours and no regard for international law, he said.

We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and dangerous threats to the peace of our region and the world.

North Korea has warned Australia against further aggression in response to the governments commitment to the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian War Games, which began yesterday.

Not long after the Australian Prime Minister had stated that they would join in the aggressive moves of the US even referring to ANZUS which exists in name only the Australian military announced that they would dispatch their troops to the aggressive nuclear exercises of the US, said a spokesman from North Koreas Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is a suicidal act of inviting disaster as it is an illustration of political immaturity unaware of the seriousness of the current situation.

Defence Minister Marise Payne sent more than two dozen ADF members to join the 10-day war games between the US and South Korea.



By 2050 the number of climate migrants might reach one billion "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050, 

Although not yet based on definite scientific projections, the proven speed with which the process of climate change has been taking place, might lead to such a scenario by 2050. If so, 1 in 9 human beings would be on the move by then.

Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Guidelines

Currently, forecasts vary from 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050, moving either within their countries or across borde...


Non nuclear production of medical radioisotopes st South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute "IndyWatch Feed"

 85% of ANSTO Lucas Heights isotope production is for Technetium 99. This can also be made in a cyclotron by using electricity which makes NO Intermediate Level Waste & NO long lived LLW thereby negating a national radioactive dump facility


Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.  We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country.  We have further litigation challenging their fake land use agreement in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

There will be no surrender. , Mr Burragubba concluded.

Continue reading W&Js statement here:


24 Million Now Impacted by Flooding in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed"

The Heavens Continue to Unleash Their Fury on Southeast Asia 24 Million Now Impacted by Flooding as Hato Approaches

The far heavier rains of a warming world have fallen hard over Southeast Asia for nearly two months. In India and Nepal more than 18 million have been affected. But the floodwaters in these higher lands have combined into great torrents flooding downstream into Bangladesh. A country that is now witnessing its worst flood in 100 years as one-third of its low-lying land mass is covered by water.

The damage for such a poor country sitting at the forefront of a growing climate-change-based destruction from the recent extreme rain event has been tremendous. At least 115 people have died. Nearly six million have been impacted. The government has run out of medicine, water purification tablets, and temporary shelters for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced. More than 400,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed. Fully half a million hom...


Fear and loathing in Americas Environment Protection Agency (EPA) "IndyWatch Feed"

turning the agency into a hollow shell by whacking its budget, overturning rules based on bogus reports and keeping employees in the dark allows Pruitt and his allies to claim publicly that all they are doing is restricting the EPA to its original purpose, not demolishing it.

In fact, the damage that Pruitt is inflicting will take years to repair.

Scott Pruitts EPA Is Crazyland, Clean Technica , August 22nd, 2017 ..By Meteor Blades     Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton at The New York Times report that Pruitt has injected a sense of paranoia at the agency, making career employees feel as if they are the enemy. Those staffers say floors at EPA HQ are frequently locked, and if they wish to see Pruitt, they must have an escort. They are often told to leave their cellphones behind and not to take notes in meetings with him:

Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security.

A former Oklahoma attorney general who built his career suing the E.P.A., and whose LinkedIn profile still describes him as a leading advocate against the EPAs activist agenda, Mr. Pruitt has made it clear that he sees his mission to be dismantli...


23 August More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

  • Origin Energy faces three shareholder resolutions on climate
    Coordinated by environmental finance group Market Forces, shareholders in Origin Energy have filed a series of resolutions with the oil and gas major.


30MW battery to create renewables-based mini grid in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate", By Giles Parkinson on 23 August 2017 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it is providing $12 million towards the $30 million cost of a major battery storage installation to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and close to the Wattle Point wind farm.

The 30MW/8MWh large scale battery will deliver both network services and market services, and is the result of a lengthy study begun in 2014 called ESCRI (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) by local grid operator ElectraNet, Worley Parsons and AGL.

It is designed principally to provide fast frequency response and help balance the local network, but it will also help reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector with Victoria, because its placement means more power can be transported over the line. This should relieve constraints imposed by the market operator.

It will also have the ability to island the local network pairing with the local 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar PV as a local micro-grid to ensure grid security and so keep the lights on in case the network failures elsewhere in the state.



23 August REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

  • BOC to collaborate with CSIRO on revolutionary $3.4m hydrogen project
    BOC will support CSIRO during its $3.4 million ammonia to hydrogen cracking and membrane purification project that is set to revolutionise the global supply chain for hydrogen.


Central banks still funding government deficits and the sky remains firmly above "IndyWatch Feed"

There was an article in the Financial Times last week (August 16, 2017) Central banks hold a fifth of their governments debt which seemed to think there was a challenge facing policymakers in unwinding assets after decade of stimulus. The article shows how central banks around the world have been buying huge quantities of government (and private) bonds and holding them on their balance sheets. Apparently, these asset holdings are likely to cause the banks headaches. I dont see it that way. The central banks, in question, could write the debt off any time they chose with no significant consequence. Why they dont is the question rather than whether they will become insolvent if the values crash (they wont) or whether the yields will skyrocket if they sell them back into the non-government sector (they wont). Last week (August 15, 2017), the US Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board put out their updated data on Foreign Holders of US Treasury Securities. Other relevant data was also published which helps us trace the US Federal Reserve holdings of US government debt. Overall, the US government holds about 40 per cent of its own total outstanding debt split between the intergovernmental agencies (27.6 per cent) and the US Federal Reserve Bank (12.4 per cent). In some quarters, the US central bank has been known to purchase nearly all the change in total debt. That folks, is what we might call Overt Monetary Financing and the sky hasnt fallen in yet as a consequence.

They report, as if it is news, that Leading central banks now own a fifth of their governments total debt which is in the assessment of the journalists:

a sign of the scale of the challenge they will face in unwinding unprecedented stimulus measures deployed over the past decade.

Why is that?

Well central banks in six nations that embarked on quantitative easing over the past decade now hold more than four times the pre-crisis level of assets and the public composition amounts to one dollar in every five of the $46tn total outstanding debt owed by their governments.

Scared yet?

The article recounts that:

Central banks bond-buying has helped push sovereign yields to record lows and in some cases into negative territory, with bondholders paying governments to own their paper.

Okay, that just shows who is in charge the currency-issuing government not the bond markets.

Private bond dealers are being forced into a hunt for yield by the central banks. The idea that the bond traders...


James Clapper: I Question Trumps Fitness For Office, Wonder If He Is Looking For A Way Out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Clapper on Screen with Don Lemon

CNN contributor James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said after watching President Trumps Tuesday night rally in Phoenix he questions his fitness for office. Clapper said Trump seems to be looking for a way out of the presidency.

I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it, Clapper said. Maybe he is looking for a way out.

I do wonder, as well about the people that attracted to this to this rally as others. You know, what are they thinking? Or why am I so far off base? Because I dont understand the adulation. Of course, thats why I think he gravitated to having this rally as ill-timed as it is, Clapper said.

You said you questioned his fitness. Is he a threat to national security? The president? Lemon asked.

Well, he certainly could be. Again, having some understanding of the levers that a president can exercise, I worry about, frankly, you know, the access to the nuclear codes, Clapper answered.


Great Victorian bike ride just 4 months away "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Sunday 26 November over 3000 bike riders will be staying in Foster! The Prom Country Great Victorian Bike Ride Committee is looking for businesses and community groups who []

The post Great Victorian bike ride just 4 months away appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Wordless Wednesday 23082017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cityscape      Filed under: Architecture, Australia, Photography, Travel Tagged: Australia, Brisbane City, Cityscape, Edits, Filter, Photo Art, Wordless Wednesday


The US Has Shown Its Teeth With Trumps Afghanistan Policy, but Can It Bite? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If implemented, the new policy will likely lead to confrontation with nuclear-armed Pakistan, but that does not mean the US should shy away from holding Islamabads feet to the fire.

Trump Afghanistan policy

US President Donald Trump announces His Afghanistan Policy. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump, the 45th US president and the third one to preside over its war in Afghanistan, has finally outlined his much-awaited Afghan policy. The wounded giant has bared its teeth but will it bite? At least thats the question the Pakistani military planners are trying to answer in the immediate aftermath of Trumps speech, which has put that country on notice. In a calculated departure from his predecessor Barrack Obamas Afghan policy speech at the West Point Military Academy in 2009, Trump has vowed to score a military victory in Afghanistan. The words victory or win were conspicuously absent from Obamas address. Trump also underscored that what stands between the US and victory in Afghanistan, inter alia, is the Pakistani support to the Afghan Taliban. And he is spot-on.

There is no way that the Taliban could have waged a relentless war against the Afghan state and people without its leadership enjoying sanctuary in Pakistan. The demise of the Taliban emir Mullah Omar, killing of his successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and the selection of his replacement Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhunzada, all inside Pakistan, show that while the Talibans tentacles may be in Afghanistan, its nerve centre remains on Pakistani soil. The Talibans sword arm, the so-called Haqqani Network (HQN), remains the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, the ISIs veritable arm. The HQNs key financial lynchpin,...


Father bashed unconscious while daughters hid in bathroom during Melbourne home invasion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Government has banned the right to obtain, carry & use anything for the sole purpose of self defence, & this is the result. Australian homes & law abiding citizens are left defenseless. NO guns, NO pepper spray, NO tasers, NO anything!!! One would have thought that it was a human right to defend oneself & ones family!!! NOT IN AUSTRALIA IT ISN'T!


It's time for Queensland to shine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland picking up

Hot on the heels of the SEEK survey, comes another positive set of job ads figures.

Total job advertisements are now +26 per cent higher than at the 2013 nadir, according to the Department of Employment. 

After a torrid time since 2013, Queensland is now leading the way forward, with the strongest annual increase from around the states. 


Many of the finest opportunities over the decade ahead will be found in the Sunshine State.

Townsville is set for an economic lift following a torrid few years, while Cairns, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast will continue to benefit from the Chinese tourism boom.

Then there is the Commonwealth Games coming up in 2018, which will be another welcome boost for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

Of course, the above figures are only one measure of what's going down (or up) in the Queensland economy.

ANZ's 'Stateometer' covers a considerably broader set of measures, and showed Queensland accelerating back to life in the June quarter.....


More Firearms Restrictions! Further Licensing Issues Police Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Property Letters
We are encountering issues regarding property letter sizes.  Specifically, a change in policy within Police Licensing Services (PLS) on what are adequate property sizes for certain calibre firearms.  A client recently had a firearms license application refused for a shotgun on 6 acres.

The PLS maintain they have a duty of care and responsibility to ensure license applicants have access to a property to safely shoot a firearm on.  Property size has a large part to do with this.  They do this by applying arbitrary rules, that do not exist in legislation, to decide whether or not a certain license application should be granted.  PLS will not officially release these figures.  Subsequently, acceptable property sizes change periodically without consultation with the industry or even a warning.

These changes make it particularly hard for firearm dealers to advise clients on suitable firearms for their requirements.  While a certain caliber would be needed to humanely kill certain pests or to engage in a certain style of recreational shooting, there is no certainty that PLS will approve that caliber.  This results in license applications being refused, when similar applications were granted only weeks prior.  Firearm Dealers and license applicants lose money and considerable time is needlessly wasted.  The Police Licensing Services claim to assess applications individually and consider other factors we do not accept this.  Our experience is that little other than property size is considered by assessors in the application process.  License applicants are usually forced to fight to get applications approved, often explaining relatively simple realities of pest eradication to assessors with seemingly little training.




Do your self a favour! The COUNTDOWN has begun. Yep its our annual Spring Ball fundraiser time again and this years theme is the  TVs  COUNTDOWN.  Such an incredible era to dig into for costume inspiration and music.  Tickets, bookings and more details here.


Profit over people "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

In November 2015 I made a very serious attempt on my life and ended up in hospital for a period of time.
This wasn't the first attempt. It was simply the most serious.

It was by the doctor's recommendation that I spend a couple of months on a hiatus with my family where I could be monitored, seek counseling and eventually, when ready, move back into normal life.
I was working a casual job in Sydney at the time, living alone in a studio apartment and my family lived 7 hours away.
I did as the doctor suggested (I would not have been allowed out of hospital if I hadn't) and I stayed at my family's house for 3 months - du...


Don't try to revive the zombie TPP "IndyWatch Feed"

Don't revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Use our online form to send a message to the Trade Minister now!



When are we Australians? Xenophon, Australian born and bred "IndyWatch Feed National"

Racism is a beast that threatens those whom it stares downs and regularly mauls its prey. This beast remains at all times as a firmament in the institutions of this so-called Australian nation. Racism has many veils and layers, institutional and structural and copiously pollutes the overarching documents that define this nation. The citizenship crisis []


Job ads not too shabby "IndyWatch Feed"

Jobs market firing up

Job ads are now a very solid +12.6 per cent higher than a year ago according to SEEK.

Aside from a brief 14-month period in 2007/8, the index has never been higher - although there are more part time jobs advertised today. 

Ads continued to accelerate in New South Wales (+7.3 per cent) and Victoria (+14.1 per cent).

But it was heartening to see that the southern states are now contributing, with a scorching +22 per cent increase in Tasmania in particular. 

The strongest performing industry was mining, and this was reflected by improving numbers in Western Australia (+16.8 per cent), South Australia, and the Northern Territory. 

Queensland also produced a vastly improved result, up by +20.2 per cent over the year, the best result since 2011. 

Advertised salaries are also rising solidly, while the number of applicants per advertised position is also in a pleasing decline. 

Lovely jubbly.


Divorce and long ride inspires Naz Bags "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An Aussie woman has started the Naz Bags canvas motorcycle luggage company after being inspired by the Long Way Round and a year-long motorbike adventure following her divorce.

Narelle Naz Lyons, of Aratula in Queenslands Scenic Rim, says she has been riding since she was 16, but only started riding seriously about eight years ago.

I started off with a Virago, but after watching Long Way Round I knew I had to get an adventure bike, Naz says.

It was a Suzuki DR650 and when my husband suddenly left me a year later I sold up and travelled Australia on it. It was mostly just me and my tent. I loved it.

As I had spent a year travelling on a bike I had a lot of ideas about luggage.

So the marketing and design graduate started Naz Bags about a year ago, making affordable, high-quality canvas motorcycle luggage and tool bags from tough Australian canvas.Narelle

I was working with my sister-in-law, Janine, doing horse rug repairs, she says.

I had sewn most of my life but not so industrially. Janine is a professional machinist who makes horse float covers and she offered me machines to work on and some scrap canvas to see what I could develop.

Naz says her tool rolls are her best seller.

I designed these because when I travelled Oz on my bike it frustrated me digging around in a tool bag to find what I needed, especially in Central Australia in the heat, she says.

They have a strap at the back so they can be attached in lots of different places on a bike. Mine is attached so that I can open it to roll down my seat....


Google has been recording you without your knowledge "IndyWatch Feed National"


Arts Friday 25 August presented by Bronwyn Rennex "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today I be talking about making art accessible. I went along on a tour through the Jenny Watson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia that was run for participants with visual impairment as part of the MCAs Bella Program. Ill be playing part of the tour as well as interviews with the artist educators and the participants in the tour. It will be an interesting way for many to experience the work of Jenny Watson.

I also talk about the Making Airwaves initiative. You can find out more about this on the Eastside Website.

Theres also a wonderful program called Gig Buddies thats worth checking out and getting involved with.

There are some tours for people with visual impairment coming up soon at the Art Gallery of NSW too including a tour of the Archibald Wynn and Sulman prizes on Sat 9 September at 11am.

As always, I present lots of sweet tunes.

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

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Blindman Death Stare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
ENTRY: $12

Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to

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Why I Still have Faith in Ogeros New Management "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive been following up on the internet situation ever since I started blogging and it saddens me to say that nothing much has changed ever since. Its been 7 years now and were still being promised fiber optics but in reality, internet is shit and if it wasnt for 3G/4G connections, half the country would have been running on a 2Mbps connection, if not less.

The MOTs 2020 plan that was announced with Minister Harb made us all believe change is coming. I remember I was so excited back then I wrote the blog post around 4AM from the hospital the same day my wife was giving birth. Unfortunately, the plan was flushed down the drain and what followed was the downfall of the man responsible for the crappy internet situation we are in, a certain Abdel Menhem Youssef.

With Youssef out and Imad Kreidieh in, we were promised once again better internet within months and PM Hariri even went as far as promising a twenty-fold increase in internet speed, which obviously did not happen yet.

However, Ogeros head is making changes and the #UnleashTheSpeed campaign was a success followed by the open speeds plans announced for those living close by to the Ogero stations. New plans were announced with higher speeds and cheaper prices and Fiber Optics plans were listed for the first time ever.

Ogero head went live to answer peoples questions back in April

Is that enough? Of course not. Because unless ALL people get better internet and theres a serious plan to deploy fiber optics, this is what we call Ter2ee3 and will eventually lead to more fail...


As 19 Pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK Leaders Meet TN Governor, DMK Demands a Trust Vote "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Dhinakaran faction in the AIADMK has made it clear that they intend to remove chief minister Palanswami from his post and put forth their own candidate.

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

New Delhi: As political turmoil within the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu continues, 19 pro-T.T.V. Dhinakaran MLAs reportedly met with the states governor on Tuesday and asked that he take action against chief minister E. Palanaswami (known popularly as EPS) for abuse of power, corruption and favouritism.

..the present situation has arisen that the governance of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with provisions of the constitutionI request you Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu to intervene and institute the constitutional process as constitutional head of the state the document submitted by the MLAs to governor Vidyasagar Rao was quoted by India Today as saying.

Speaking to a television channel, Sasikala-Dhinakaran loyalist Thangathamizh Chelvan said, We have told the governor that we will be taking steps to change chief minister Palaniswami.

According to an...


Yes, I know I should be ashamed of myself. But I'm not "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Because nobody else was brave enough to tell the truth about cannibal sea lice. In less than one week. With no editing. Or cover artist.

Available where all good books are sold, even though, you know, it really shouldn't be.


Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Northey Street City Farm Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner This event is for Northey Street City Farm Members Only and for those wanting to become members. It will be a great opportunity to: Meet members of The Farm See what The Farm has acheived in the last year Give Feedback about The Farms future Cost: []

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Movie Vaxxed gets up Qld Health Ministers nose "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Movie Vaxxed exposes CDC research fraud and cover-up

By Brent Melville

QUEENSLAND Health Minister Cameron Dick was either seriously misinformed, ignorant, or flat out lying when, in response to the touring movie Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, he said there is no shred of credible scientific evidence to support claims that vaccinations are dangerous (Gold Coast Bulletin, 15/7/17).

The same with Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy who stated on Seven News in February last year: There are no risks in vaccinating your children the science is really clear.

From left, Meryl Dorey of Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network, research scientist Dr Brian Hooker, UK parent Polly Tommey (both parents of autistic children) and US nephrologist (kidney specialist) Dr Suzanne Humphries.

Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe traces the case of UK gastroenterologist Dr Andrew Wakefield who, in the 1990s, discovered 10 of his patients developed health problems following MMR vaccines. His...


The Coalitions energy policy where is it? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

opportunity-cost.jpgThe Victorian government has announced that it will aim to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).

This measure has been widely welcomed by the environment movement, businesses and the broader community.

The hostile reaction by the Victorian Coalition highlights the negative attitude of the Opposition towards policy action on energy and climate change. They have been 'road testing' anti renewables messages in recent weeks. The following is our response.


The Rising Trend of Civil Unrest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You said that this civil unrest will continue to escalate and that the left is attempting to just suspend government until 2020. It does seem that every possible issue is always turned into an anti-Trump issue from vocal threats against North Korea that seems to have worked and protests against any company trying to work with the White House because they claim Trump is now a White Supremacist.  It seems to me that there have been a lot more leftist protests than alt-right. I think Charlottesville was the first. It is very strange how the left burn cities but thats ok and it is not attributed to Democrats. Is this the root cause of the escalation in civil unrest ahead?

Thank you for really offering a fair vie of things.


ANSWER: Correct. The list of leftists protests far outnumber anything of the alt-right has dome so far. This is why the violence will continue and escalate into some very bloody events going into 2020. Here are the list of the leftist protests:

  • 2009 Oakland, Akron, Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Santa Cruz, Oakland, Los Angeles,
  • 2011 Oakland
  • 2012 Chicago, Anaheim
  • 2013 Brooklyn
  • 2014 Ferguson, New York City
  • 2015 Baltimore
  • 2016 Anaheim, Chicago, St Paul, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Standing Rock, Oakland, Portland
  • 2017 Washington DC, Berkeley, Anaheim, Berkeley (again), Berkeley (again), Olympia, Portland, New York City, Boston, Hot Springs, Ark., Portland, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans

You can see that there has been a stark increase with the Trump election.


Chairman Mal's bollard video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi XXXXXXXX Yesterday I released Australias Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism and I wanted to briefly tell you why this strategy is such an important part of our plan to keep Australia safe. This strategy was developed in close partnership with the states and territories, local government, police...


New Research Reveals Why Avoiding Tuna Is Still a Good Idea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Dr. Mercola

Fish has always been the best dietary source of the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. While your body may be able to produce some of these fats, the process is relatively inefficient, so they are considered conditionally essential.1 This means to acquire sufficient amounts for optimal health, you need to consume the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA from your food.

Unfortunately, as the levels of pollution in the oceans have increased, so have the toxins you consume. If you arent choosy about where your fish is harvested, the pollutants in the fish may outweigh the benefits of the healthy fats. At the same time, many fish species have been overfished and dangerously depleted. Orange roughy is one example. A slow growing, deep water fish, they dont usually reproduce until age 20 and may live up to 149 years.2

In the 1980s the popularity of orange roughy exploded and led to driving it almost to extinction. In some areas, fishing for roughy has been restricted and scientists expect it to take many years for the population to recover, if it ever does. Farm-raised fish are also not the answer as they present problems for both the environment and the consumer.3

Raising fish in a confined area results in the same kind of waste pollution problems as land-based factory animal farms struggle with. Fish farms also reduce biodiversity, spread disease and sea lice, and contaminate water with pesticides. It is important to consider not only your health but also the impact on the environment when choosing seafood for your family.

Why Tuna Is Best Avoided

Historically, tuna has been a very popular fish, and among the most widely consumed. They are known for a distinctive flavor and versatility in the kitchen. There are at least 15 different species,4 but only five are commonly fished and eaten. Depending upon the species, the adults can weigh from 10 pounds up to 500 pounds. The largest is the Atlantic bluefin tuna that is migratory and can travel at great speeds o...


LNP leaves the crocs to eat Far Northerners and their animals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Young dog taken by huge croc near Innisfail

 Two days after a huge crocodile devoured a six-month-old puppy in North Queensland, the major parties have refused to declare KAPs Safer Waterways bill as urgent.

 KAPs Shane Knuth today sought leave to fast track the Safer Waterways bill so it could be voted on by October. Labor and the LNP ganged up to block Shanes request, meaning Queensland will have to wait until at least the end of March next year for a vote.

 In seeking leave, Shane read out a letter from a constituent (who did not want to be named):

LNP an ALP refuse to fast track KAPs crocodile legislation, leaving more North Queenslanders to be eaten by crocs

 We live on the banks of the South Johnstone River in Mourilyan, North Qu...


Peace Pilgrims a Pine Gap tour diary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.

But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.

So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.

For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.

As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.

The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New Zealand; his previous act of anti-war civil disobedience in Australia led to him being assaulted, stripped naked and threatened by SAS soldiers at Swan Island in Victoria. Undet...


DANCE & THEATRE: Khon Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KHON: Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand

Free public event: Celebrating 65 years of Australian-Thai bilateral relations, Khon, Esquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand will soon arrive in Sydney to present one of the countrys most significant dance performances.

Having toured internationally, the Sydney Khon performances will consist of a special presentation and workshop at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Wednesday 30 August).

For one night only, the audience will get a chance to see this Thai extravaganza, as well as the performers glittering handmade costumes and tantalising live music.

Traditionally performed exclusively at significant royal functions, Khon performances depict the story of the Ramakien. The story follows Phra Ram, an incarnation of the god Phra Narai, who is assisted by monkey warriors that help him rescue his wife, Sida, from the demon king, Tosakanth. The story presents the universal belief that virtue always wins over evil.

Khon is a complex Thai classical dance whose history dates back hundreds of years. The masked dance drama is the most refined of Thai theatre forms, requiring strict training from childhood, and combines
music, martial arts, painting and elaborate costumes.

Presented by aMBUSH Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Assajan Collective, the special presentation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will be a free public event, and include an opening.

Dont miss this rare opportunity! There are only 100 seats available, all free of charge, but registrations are essential.

DATE: Wed. 30 August 2017
TIME:2:00 pm 4:10 pm AEST
WHERE:  Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, NSW 2170

To reserve your place at this historic event, register now at




Framing Commonwealth offences - including guidelines on when criminal charges should be preferred "IndyWatch Feed National" The guide can be downloaded through the links below: A Guide to Framing Commonwealth Offences, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Powers [DOC 7543B] A Guide to Framing Commonwealth Offences, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Powers [PDF 1.32MB] Principle in relation to criminal charges A criminal offence is the ultimate sanction for...


Something linear "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first time I fall in love it is with a girl. She tells me if you were a boy you would be my perfect person. You, as a boy. I smile and nod. I say, Ill keep a lookout for a boy like me, for you. I work early mornings at a caf. On the bus home at 11.30am I think about this and lean my head against the white-lit windowpane and cry because I know shes not wrong, but shes not right either. I get breast cancer. They cut off my breast and immediately make moves to replace it.


Corporation-v-Walter court dates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

David Walter has sent advice regarding his next court appearances.

Cairns Magistrate Court October 16, 2017 to face charges of failing to submit a form relating to his bankruptcy action

Cairns Magistrates Court October 30, 2017  to face an assault charge against a court protection officer

We suggest anyone with an interest in the bogus charges against Walter listen to the Australian Patriot Radio podcast on Cairns News.



La Trobe and council to work closer together for better outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

La Trobe and council to work closer together for better outcomes

COMMITMENT MADE From left (back), La Trobe University council member, Adam Furphy, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem, La Trobe University pro vice chancellor (regional), Richard Speed and La Trobe Univeristy Shepparton head of campus, Sue Nalder. (Front, Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott and La Trobe University chancellor, Richard Larkins at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between council and La Trobe University last week. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

LA TROBE University Shepparton Campus and Greater Shepparton City Council will be working even closer together to achieve better outcomes for the local community, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last week.

The signing is a public commitment from both organisations to maximise higher education opportunities, enrolments and research opportunities in Shepparton.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said the MoU sets out the joint aspirations for tertiary education in Shepparton.

Im really pleased that in principle we were able to set out and agree to some long term proposals for our great city.

Council continues to pursue the expansion of tertiary education in the Goulburn Valley and it is fantastic to see La Trobe University shares our vision. Council has a long-term strategy for tertiary education in Shepparton and La Trobe Universitys presence in our city is a major part of that.

Our collaboration also supports regional economic development through the promotion of and participation in Work Integrated Learning and internships for La Trobe University students in the Greater Shepparton region, Cr Adem said.

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott said tertiary education has definite economic benefits for the region.

This is a great opportunity for exchange students to be part of our region.

Council and the community have been instrumental in securing government funding for the La Trobe University Shepparton Campus. We look forward to working closely with La Trobe in this important development, Mr Harriott said.

As part of the collaboration, a new La Trobe University Mooving Art cow was also launched, which can be found at the Sheppa...


Notes from focus group and strategy discussion pro-gay marriage activists in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of our readers was sitting next to a group of gay marriage activists in an inner-Sydney cafe. They were talking strategy and focus group outcomes and our reader made some notes: Campaign needs to: - inject more guilt - "guilt will win this for us" - push polling -...


Charity event full of variety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Charity event full of variety

HELPING THOSE IN NEED From left, Variety Bash participant, John Mcrae, Shepparton Access service users Chris, Daniel, Jason, Aaron and Anthony and Variety Bash participant, John McCarroll. Photo: David Lee.

SERVICE users at Shepparton Access received a bit of a thrill last week, when they spotted two participants of this years Variety Bash, local residents, John McCarroll and John Mcrae with their decked out car just out the front of the business premises on Wyndham Street.

Kicking off the journey from Epping in Melbourne on Friday last week and set to finish the journey to Fraser Island on Friday this week, the locals, who are joined by Kevin McCarroll and Garry Lynch had helped to raise $15,500 for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs before leaving on their journey.

John McCarroll who has been taking part for eight years said, It was great for the service users at Shepparton Access to come out and see the car. This is what its all about, helping these locals.

The car we are taking the journey on is co-owned by myself and Peter Foott from Foott Waste, and we are all pleased to once again be taking part in this years bash.

Id like to thank all the supporters and local businesses who have sponsored us. Without them this couldnt happen, John said.


Dont miss your chance to nominate a deserving business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dont miss your chance to nominate a deserving business

THERE are just three weeks left to get your nominations in for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards, and this week, seven more local businesses have received a nomination.

Tis Hair & Beauty owner/hairdresser received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Trade Services category, Rituals of Self Love received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Trade Services category, Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, SPC Kids Town Adventure Playground received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, Next Office Tech received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, Charlottes Lab owner, Charlotte White  received a nomination under the Entrepreneur of the Year category and PJM Landscaping 3rd year apprentice landscaper, Seth Maher received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category.

All businesses within the Greater Shepparton City Council boundary are eligible to be nominated for an award with each award categorys individual set of criteria available on the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.

Nominations can be made in-store at participating businesses, online at or via post by sending a completed nomination form to Business Awards, PO Box 364, Shepparton 3630.

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.


An invitation to the community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN INVITATION is extended to all readers who are following the progress of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

Visitors to the current museum will be familiar with the Giving Tree, attached to the wall in the entry foyer, and will note the additional leaves, and reserved places for leaves, on several branches. These new contributions to the building appeal follow from the publicity given to the tree in The Adviser in recent weeks.

The Giving Tree is an opportunity for individuals and families to demonstrate their support for this exciting community building initiative. While the building will house and exhibit the outstanding collection currently housed in storage in SAM, it will also provide a safe, welcoming and open space for gatherings, festival events, picnics and many, many other activities in the beautiful and central surrounds of the lake. It will offer a space for everyone, no matter the degree of interest expressed in the art and art objects held inside.

The SAM Foundation was established to undertake fundraising, and is gratified by the response from major Melbourne-based philanthropists, as well as local generous donors. The Giving Tree is the opportunity for local people to record their support and enthusiasm by naming individual leaves in a way that can be seen by all visitors to the SAM, in both old and new locations, now and into the future.

Do feel free to come into the Welsford Street, SAM, take a Giving Tree brochure and choose your own branch or twig as the place for the recognition of your contribution.


Meet you at the square "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Meet you at the square

COMFORTABLE, SAFE AND RELAXING ENVIRONMENT DESIRED From left, local resident, Nicholas Bamford, Wyndham Street trader and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD Revitalisation Sub Committee chair, John Anderson and Fryers Street trader and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member, Wendy Crow enjoying a coffee and a chat in what could become a town square in Sheppartons Fraser Street. Photo: David Lee.

A town square for Shepparton

WITH tenders for options of redeveloping the Maude Street Mall having been considered at a special council meeting yesterday, there is hope that a town square could be introduced as a part of the mall plan to breathe new life back into Sheppartons CBD.

The square would be a family friendly, safe space for socialising, enjoying food and drink with entertainment where people of all ages could congregate.

The idea, which was included in local business owner, Wendy Crows mall concept would also include a playground and landscaping to beautify the area.

Wyndham Street trader, John Anderson said, History shows that the town square was a meeting place for all members of the community.

A town square is alive during the day with people shopping and relaxing in the area and activated at night by local food outlets creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Shepparton has an out-dated mall which does not have the intimacy and warmth of a town square.

Lets have our own town square with all the advantages the cities and towns across the world offer their residents.

Lets make Fraser Street with its northern area and elegant trees our town square located from the Telstra building to the existing mall. This town square could rejuvenate the centre of our town.

Slow moving traffic with free parking available in the mall would allow immediate access to this exciting precinct. Any car parks taken from Fraser Street to enhance the square would be relocated in the vicinity.

The new toilet block under the tower is perfectly placed to provide a convenient amenity to this area.

The previous civic buildings were located on the corner of Maude and Fraser Streets.

What better historic location could there be for a town square for the modern Shepparton, John said.



A collection of the regions success stories to hit the streets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A collection of the regions success stories to hit the streets

OUR REGIONS SUCCESSES The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams is eager to see the positive reaction from the community when they get the chance to read the 2017 Our Goulburn Valley magazine when it hits letterboxes next week. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THERE are an abundance of success stories about local businesses that have helped to shape the Goulburn Valley and continue to help the region thrive, and you can read all about them in this years Our Goulburn Valley magazine.

In one weeks time, 92 pages of success stories from across the region will be delivered to letterboxes across the region, promoting the local residents and businesses that have helped the regions total Gross Regional Product reach $7.517B.

From the primary industries and consumer goods sectors and engineering and manufacturing through to infrastructure and construction, transport, education and the arts and services, there are many businesses that have shared their storiessome of which have never been heard before.

As part of the magazine, The Adviser has gathered messages from dignitaries and visions from notable locals on the future success of the Goulburn Valley, including Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO, Sam Birrell.

Sams story within this years magazine is an inspiring look at the future of Greater Shepparton. The following is a snapshot of Sams piece. Where is Greater Shepparton going to be in twenty years time? Here are a few ideas

Industry: Fresh produce is being exported in great tonnage to China, flying from the new Shepparton airport. Goulburn Valley apples, pears, peaches and milk are in such demand in the supermarkets of Beijing and Shanghai that producers are struggling to keep up with demand.

Population: The population of Greater Shepparton is now 125,000, enabled by high-speed rail connectivity and the de-centralisation policies of government and major manufacturing companies.

Environment: The Goulburn River is back to near perfect health. Murray Cod, once a declining species are now plentiful, and carp have been eradicated.......


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET WINTER EDITION will be held on Saturday, August 26. This is an indoor/outdoor market and is held from 9am to 1pm at St Marys, Hogan Street, Tatura.


THE SHEPPARTON SPIRITUALIST CENTRE next service will be on the August 27 starting at 12:30pm for meditation and 1:30pm for the service. The speaker and mediums for the day will be the Reverend Lorraine, Lee Tet and will be followed by the AGM. Everyone welcome. Please bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. The venue is at 23 Alexandra Street. Mooroopna. For further information phone 0432 088 501.


BLUMES FASHION PARADE will be presented by the Catholic Womens League on Monday, September 11 at St Brendans Parish Centre (behind the church) at 10am. Everyone is welcome. $5 entry. For further information, phone Judith on 5822 0545.


THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 2 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jos Music. 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.


FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT GROUP meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at Primary Care Connect. The support group is for carers who have a loved one with alcohol or drug addiction. All welcome. For further information, contact Tina on 5823 3205.


THE 2018 MS 24 HOUR MEGA SWIM $24 FOR 24 HOUR PROMOTION kicks off on August, 24 where participants can register for just $24. The actual event will be held on February 17 and 18. For further information, or to register, visit


KINDLING WOOD FOR SALE. Approximately 10kg for $5 from 42 Drummond Road. Available Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm and Saturday between 8am and 12 noon. All proceeds to charity. For more information, phone 5821 3215.




HOLISTIC WELLBEING HUB: Drop in and join us every Thursday morning and enjoy a relaxed morning with other women in the community. Open from 9:30am to 12 noon. Listen to conversations provided to guide you on your life journey. Guest speakers attend between 10am and 11am. Morning tea and activities available. Held at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. For more, phone 5823...


Earth Kids Programs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Monthly Program for homeschoolers: One-off sessions. Second Friday of the month: September November Spring School Holiday Program:  September 25th to 29th NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting kids to become nature smart to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world in a fun and interactive way. []

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Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Editor,

The Goulburn Valley Environment Group (GVEG) calls on the Turnbull Government to initiate a judicial inquiry into issues uncovered in the recent ABC Four Corners program which demonstrated what happens when a lack of compliance and monitoring is exacerbated by bad policy.

If allegations raised by the Four Corners Program are accurate, rogue irrigators and their political backers are harming the health of the entire basin and all communities

The NSW governments actions are having an impact on Victorias share of Darling inflows and water availability for both our irrigators and the environment.

Of particular concern is evidence of political collusion surrounding the 2012 Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan and questions over the recent Northern Basin Review processes.

GVEG does not consider the current Government response to call on the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to undertake an independent inquiry adequate in relation to the severity of the allegations which include roles and responsibilities of the MDBA.

We cannot let the implementation of the Basin Plan be undermined by a few irrigators and corruption with-in the NSW water industry.

Only a judicial inquiry with the ability to call witnesses and provide protection for whistle blowers will be capable of investigating issues arising from the Four Corners program and subsequent allegations involving the NSW Nationals and the NSW Government.

Yours sincerely,

John Pettigrew

GVEG president


Lovell welcomes fire services bill select committee final report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEMBER for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has welcomed the tabling of the Fire Services Bill Select Committee Final Report,which was lodged with the Clerk of the Legislative Council last week.

In its report, the Legislative Council Select Committee has made 10 findings and 10 recommendations including recommending the bill should be withdrawn or rejected by the legislative council, findings welcomed by Ms Lovell.

These recommendations reinforce the Liberal Partys view that this proposed legislation is flawed and was formed without proper consultation with Victorias fire services, Ms Lovell said.

In addition the report recommends that legislation relating to firefighters presumptive rights compensation be reintroduced to parliament as a standalone bill.

The Coalition fully supports the firefighters presumptive rights compensation part of the bill and we have always maintained that it should never be lumped with proposed restructure legislation, Ms Lovell said.

Presumptive rights compensation for firefighters has broad support across the parliament and should be reintroduced as soon as possible to become law.

It is interesting that even the Labor Party and The Greens members of the Select Committee agree or agree in principle with the majority of the reports recommendations.

Now the ball is in Daniel Andrews court to take heed of the Select Committees recommendations and scrap his proposed flawed legislation, Ms Lovell said.


Rate payment options have changed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IF YOU pay council rates in Greater Shepparton then you need to be aware that payment methods have changed.

You can now pay by four instalments or 10 monthly direct debits.

For the 2017/2018 financial year, council will not raise penalty interest on outstanding lump sum payments until after the gazetted due date of February 15, 2018. This is to assist ratepayers transition to quarterly instalments.

In future, if residents wish to pay their rates in full, this can still be done by pre-paying the four instalments at once prior to September 30 of that year.


Danya Pigeon crowned 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon receiving her crown from 2016-17 Junior Miss Cherokee Lauryn Skye McCoy.

Published August 23, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Sequoyah High School senior Danya Pigeon, of Hulbert, was crowned the 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee during the 26th annual leadership competition on Saturday.

For the next year, Pigeon will act as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe, promoting the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.

Cherokee Nation Deputy S. Joe Crittenden, 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Three teens competed for the honor at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center in three categories: a cultural presentation, an impromptu question-and-answer, and a speech on their respective platform. Pigeon, 18, earned her crown and sash after giving a special presentation on Sequoyah and the Cherokee syllabary, giving her opinion on connecting citizens inside and outside of tribal jurisdiction, and speaking on her platform, alcohol abuse.

It has been a dream of mine to be Junior Miss Cherokee, and I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to serve the Cherokee Nation, Pigeon said.

Pigeon is the daughter of Tammy West and Walter Pigeon. She previously served in the Cherokee National Youth Choir and is currently a member of the Harvest Time Tabernacle youth group.

The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is held each year in conjunction with the Cherokee National Holiday. The 2017-18 Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6 p.m....


Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?


The Weather Station Announces Self Titled Album "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Weather Station Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station, AKA Tamara Lindeman, has announce plans to release her forth studio album on the 6th October. The self-titled album sees The Weather Station channelling a new, more energetic sound. I wanted to make a rock and roll record, Lindeman explained, but one that sounded []



Stallholder Profile for Grandpa's Toys

Your name:  David Burrage
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
The suburb/town you live in now: Alton Downs Qld (we have a workshop in Marian also which we share with Blacklist Prints)
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade wooden toys for toddlers through to 80 year old. I use carpentry and furniture making skills to create my toys


Unbreakable with Jane Caro "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jane Caro was Sylvias guest on Arts Wednesday 23 August 2017 to talk about her new book, Unbreakable: Women share stories of resilience and hope. Jane edited this sometimes confronting series of contributions, from mostly professional writers, telling storied they have never told before. Janes passion and compassion make for  compelling listening.

That was Part 1of the conversation  and here is Part 2:


And now for the final part:


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Transforming trauma: Shoeb Ahmad on Jack Off With Jack Shit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Shoeb Ahmed :: Interview & Live Songs on Jack Off

Shoeb Ahmad has made some bold changes in the past year somehow transforming the trauma of experiencing a burglary at an interstate hotel (whilst secretly presenting as femme) into a courageous coming out.

This recent interview with Jack Shit is startlingly frank, revealing an extraordinarily brave human being a gifted musician of the Muslim faith, born brown via Bangladeshi parents, then raised in Parramatta transcending multiple levels of discrimination with creativity and grace.

Naturally (given the circumstances) the current attempted sabotage of popular hopes for marriage equality, via the Coalitions cynical and unrepresentative postal plebiscite, was discussed. Neither Shoeb nor Jack were backwards in coming forwards about where responsibility for the harm unleashed by this regressive process will lie. In the days ahead determination of the type displayed by Shoeb will be more vital than ever.

Be organised and ensure that you are correctly enrolled to vote by the cut-off date this Thursday in order to have your say.

Were going to need all the care and kindness our community can muster to endure the hate-speech of reactionary elements who object to the long-overdue extension of equal rights to all loving partners.

If you are looking for a little inspiration right now listen here to Shoebs story and marvel at the two stunningly sincere and plaintive songs (written during all of this upheaval) performed on either side of its telling.


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Providing specialist care under one roof "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Providing specialist care under one roof

MAKING SPECIALISTS ACCESSIBLE GV Specialist Centre, plastic surgeon, Mr Howard Webster is cutting down the waiting times. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

PLASTIC surgeon, Mr Howard Webster could see a big gap in the Goulburn Valleys health care system with a local need for Plastic Surgeons. Mr Webster grew up in Euroa and for 21 years now, Mr Webster has worked part time in Shepparton.

In the early days, typically seeing 80 patients a day during the three days a month that Mr Webster came to town, he got to a point where he understood that the waiting times for patients were too stressful and in 2008 he established GV Specialist Centre.

GV Specialist Centre was purpose built with a commitment to providing the people of the Goulburn and Murray Valleys with a local centre for leading visiting medical specialists.  The GV Specialist Centre offers a continuity of care with nurses and GPs along with specialists under the one roof.

The services include plastic surgery with several plastic surgeons, a GP Skin Cancer Clinic, a Molemap service with trained melanographers enabling early detection of skin cancers and a dermatology service.

Mr Webster said, I wanted to reduce the waiting time for people in need of skin cancer treatment, and now people are being seen quickly and are looked after by an excellent team of people under the one roof.

Located at 20 Wyndham Street in Shepparton, GV Specialist Centre provides a team of GPs and specialists who really know their patients. For more information, phone 5820 0500.


Award nod for our top drop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Undisputable proof that Bellarine wines are among the nations best with local Yes said the Seal awarded Best Pinot Noir in Australia at the inaugural Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, announced on Saturday 19 August.
Yes said the Seals 2016 pinot noir was awarded 98 points by judges and was the clear winner among more than 250 pinot noirs from all around Australia.
Crafted from handpicked Bellarine fruit sourced from sister vineyard Leura Park Estates Block 9, (clone 115), the result is a serious credit to winemaker Darren Burke who spent many hours nurturing the vines including leaf plucking and shoot thinning during the growth phase.
All here are absolutely ecstatic to be awarded the inaugural trophy at the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, it means a lot on so many levels. It is a credit to the skill and dedication of our winemaker Darren Burke who spent hours personally tending our beloved front block, director Lyndsay Sharp said.
The award is also a wonderful result for Geelong and the Bellarine as a cool-climate wine growing region. Pinot Noir has long been a signature varietal of the region and to be recognised at this level reinforces the fact that this great part of Victoria stands tall on the national stage, Ms Sharp said.
Picked at a baume at around 13, the fruit was naturally fermented with 10 per cent whole bunches before enjoying a natural ferment which was cooled as required to ensure the temperature was never greater than 28 degrees celsius. Total time on skins was 15 days.
The ferment cap was gently submerged once daily and 25 per cent new French oak was embraced as the new wood component.
Elevage of 10 months included a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being assembled for bottling, unfined and filtered.
If thats all too technical, dont worry. It just means that this wine is the best of the best due to keen attention to detail, top winemaking skills and great Bellarine grapes.
Pre-release of the 2016 Yes said the Seal is available online via

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More choice with more services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FROM Sunday, August 27 there will be a new V/Line timetable and 151 new services every week in regional Victoria.

The new services will run on weekdays and weekends, giving you more choice when you travel on the Geelong, Ballarat, Ararat, Bendigo, Seymour, Shepparton and Traralgon lines.

A Public Transport Victoria spokesperson said, The changes include, 18 more weekly services on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines, to get you home faster on weeknights and improve frequency from 90 to 60 minutes during the day on weekends.

74 extra services will run each week for the Geelong corridor. This includes 30 new services to improve the frequency of weekend trains from 60 to 40 minutes between 7am and 7pm.

Weekday Warrnambool services will no longer stop at Tarneit or Wyndham Vale. Most weekday Warrnambool services will also run express through North Geelong and Lara. 30 new Geelong line trains will stop at stations that Warrnambool trains dont stop at.

18 trains will run every week on the Traralgon line.

41 more services will stop at Richmond Station to get you to the MCG and other events.

19 Ballarat and Wendouree services will be extended to run to and from Ararat each week, including three weekday services and a return service every Saturday and Sunday.

A service to and from Seymour and Shepparton will be added on Saturdays and Sundays, and an extra 219 weekly services will stop at to Deer Park and extra 88 trains will stop at Caroline Springs, thanks to new stopping patterns for off-peak Geelong and Ballarat trains.


The staff car; a real family affair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The staff car; a real family affair

NOT many people can say that they own a car that has been in the family for over 100 years, but the Nind family can. Having just finished restoring their 1913 TH Schneider, Jack and Scott came to realise the incredible history of the car before they had found it in a paddock at Scotts grandfathers house. While it was a little worse for wear at the time, this particular car was the first vehicle to cross the original Robinvale Bridge when it was officially opened, was in the Sahara Desert Race and survived and was even transformed into a ute at one point during its life.

Scott said, The car was originally owned by my dads grandfather. Its certainly nothing like you see today.

My grandfather turned it into a ute and worked on a vineyard until is was put in a paddock and left to rot. They used to call them the staff car, or a mobster car.

It was pretty much nothing when we got it over 20 years ago.

There is not a thing that hasnt been done to restore it. The timberwork and body work is all new. We rebuilt the enginein fact the chassis is really the only thing that is original.

We decided to restore it because of the sentimental value of it being in the family for so long.

Don Onley in Swan Hill has helped to do most of the work and Mark Healey has also lent a hand.

This car has been in the family for almost five generations now.

Were actually trying to get Joan Rettke, who lives on the east coast of Australia to come down and ride in it now that it is complete. This 90 year old woman was one of the last people to ride in it.


Cruising the Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cruising the Mediterranean

ITS a great way to see the ancient world at your leisure, cursing along on crystal blue waters in a luxury cruise ship stocked with the best of food and entertainment, and thats exactly what it was like.

Aileen and Peter Kemp from Invergordon and their friend, Janet Mills of Shepparton joined forces for this wonderful travel experience.

They Flew to Barcelona for three days before boarding their cruise ship. Aileen says they chose to use the hop-on-hop-off bus to tour Barcelona. It takes you everywhere with full English commentary and you can get off and on as often as you like, or just stay on and watch the world go by.

They loved the atmosphere and the many restaurants and the Paella was just great. On day three they boarded their cruise ship the Royal Princess to begin their tour of the Mediterranean.

First stop was Cartagena Spain and the opportunity to go on a guided Tapas tour. They walked the citys tapas bars and sampled the food along the way. Aileen loved the cobble stone streets the many little shops and the wonderful atmosphere of Spain.

Back on board they sailed to Gibraltar and there was the rock. The ship berthed and all passengers had the opportunity to go ashore and explore.

Then on to Genoa, Florence and Rome. Italy has much to offer; again hop-on-hop-off buses are a great way to go and Rome in particular has it all. If you had the time you could spend weeks there, but on a cruise time is limited so the bus is a great way to go.

Aileen just loved shipboard life. The Royal Princess is a wonderful ship; so opulent. They had a balcony cabin and it was great to relax on and watch the ship arrive and depart port.

The dining facilities are first class the food excellent. You can eat buffet for breakfast or use the dining room where you are served and dinner is a great experience with a number of dining options to choose from. They tried the crab shake and the lobster was wonderful.

Add to all this, the entertainment and you have everything from first class floor shows to movies on the big screen.

Their next stop was Montenegro. They took the ships tenders to go ashore. Its a great place with village life on display. You can just kick back relax, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.



On the trail of elusive rail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres not many birds that are found in these parts that I havent seen, so when I read on Birdline Victoria that Lewins rails were seen at Coogoorah Park in Anglesea on 13 August, I immediately planned a drive down there. Not only were the Lewins rails seen in Coogoorah Park, but they were described as being quite tame and approachable perfect for photos. Lewins Rails belong to the family Rallidae, which includes wetland birds such as rails, crakes, swamphens and coots. Birds of the Rallidae family have stout bodies, short tails, and long toes, and are found in swamps, rushes, reeds, creeks, paddocks; wet heaths and saltmarshes.
The Lewins rail is a tubby, dark rail with a longish pink, dark-tipped bill and chestnut nape and shoulders. The breast is plain olive-grey and part of the wing, underparts and undertail are black with white bars. The Lewins rail is similar to a buff-banded rail but the buff-banded rail has a shorter red-brown bill, a white eyebrow and a buff breastband. Ive never seen a Lewins Rail but apparently it is very obvious when they are around as they have a distinctive, loud call that can sound like a galloping horse.
I drove to Anglesea on an incredibly windy day, so stopped off at Point Addis on the way to look for seabirds. I was lucky to spot a black-browed albatross that came within about 100 metres from shore. The black-browed albatross is around 84-94 cm in length and has the darkest underwing of all the albatrosses. The wings, back and tail are slatey black and the underwing has broad black margins with white central streak. The bill is yellow, tipped pink, and the birds have a small black brow over dark eye. Its always wonderful to spot these magnificent birds.
Once I found Coogoorah Park I wandered around for about an hour, trying to hear clicking noises from the reeds that resembled a galloping horse. I saw many big dogs running riot through the park and I wanted to say to the owners that there were rare birds around, and couldnt the dogs be kept on leads, but I resisted as I wasnt in my patch. I saw a few silver gulls, a few coots and welcome swallows, but alas no Lewins rails.
I thought Id try my luck at finding Lewins rails at Western Treatment Plant a few days later. Once again I lucked out, but did see some spotted crakes, brolga, Horesfields bronze cuckoos and blue-winged parrots.
One day I will spot a Lewins rail (I hope).
Ive been driving home from afternoon shift via Connewarre, and a few times now I have seen an eastern barn owl near the Barwon Heads Airport. I have also seen a tawny frogmouth in the same area.
Its been wonderful to see brolga, albatross, an owl, and a tawny in the one fortnight I couldnt expect much better than that.
Migratory shorebirds should start arriving from the Northern Hemisphere in the next few weeks. I also saw on Birdline Victoria that a Lathams snipe, which migra...


Tallygaroopna celebrates player milestone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tallygaroopna celebrates player milestone

TEAM CELEBRATES Tallygaroopna Football Netball Club will celebrate a special milestone for one of its players this weekend, when Helen Down takes to the netball court for her 400th game. Photo: Supplied.

TALLYGAROOPNA Football Netball Club (TFNC) will help to celebrate a rather impressive milestone by one of its players this coming weekend, Helen Down, who is set to take to the court for her 400th club game.

Helen began her time with the club in 1997, moving over to play with Mooroopna in 2002 where she took to the court for two winning grand finals (B grade 2005, A Grade 2008). She was awarded the Best and Fairest Award in B Grade 1998, 2014, 2015, coached B Grade in 2004 and has been in many club roles including fundraising coordinator from 2009 to 2014 and assistant secretary in 2015.

TFNC vice president netball, Madison Brett said, Helen is a great leader in her team and the club, holding the third highest netball games played for TFNC having only spent one season away, to return home in 03.

H, (as she is affectionately known), has also done a lot off the court for the club holding various committee positions.

Congratulations for this weekend H, and thank you for your service to the club on and off the court.


The Benefit Of The Doubt: Try It Some Time, My Fellow Facebookers "IndyWatch Feed"

Passion is a good thing. Flogging someone to death (virtually) online probably isnt. Nelly Thomas wishes for a gentler conversation.

For those of you who are politically inclined (Im looking at you New Matilda readers) passions run deep. Most of us actually do sincerely care about the issues we fight and agitate about, and for many of us, the issues are personal.

This is both an asset and strength.

If you dont care about an issue, whats the point thats just ego or grandstanding (and yes, we all know people for whom this is true).

If you do care, youre likely easily triggered by the issues and passionate discussion can quickly lead to no discussion at all.

I had one of those experiences recently on Facebook where I was accused of a prejudice I dont believe I hold. Nothing unusual there Ive only been on Facebook for about a month but Ive been in public life for 15 years and know its par for the course to be misunderstood and/or misrepresented.


And I can tell this is even more likely on Facebook where tone and nuance are lost and where theres no conch to pass to piggy. No benefit of the doubt is given and theres little room for good intentions or mistakes. But nonetheless, it made me think.

The world feels like it has gone mad.

I know every generation has said that, and Ive always thought there were mostly wack-a-doodles running the joint, but at the moment I feel genuinely scared. We are facing deep and serious problems and the debate seems to be getting ever more polarised.

Lots of people are talking, not many seem to be listening.

And when I say listening, I mean being fully present with two ears open and one mouth closed. When I think of this particular moment in history, I think of children shouting into the wind.

A few things for us, as activists, to consider. One is that being an activist is bloody tiring. Theres the necessary thinking, reading, volunteer work and the like, but theres also the energy it takes to live your principles day-to-day and, to remain civil in the face of what can feel like incomprehensible stupidity.

It also absolutely necessary.

Yes, theres a time and place for fighting extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, but this must be the last resort. Wherever possible, I do believe opposing points of view should be debated respectfully if we want a better world. In short, pick your battles....


Economic boost as senior tennis hits the court once more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Economic boost as senior tennis hits the court once more

REGION ATTRACTS ANOTHER BIG SPORTING EVENT The Tennis Seniors Australia, Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships are being held in the region next January. Photo: Supplied.

FOR the second time, Greater Shepparton has been chosen to host the Tennis Seniors Australia, Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships in January next year, which is expected to attract over 1,000 visitors and inject $2M into the local economy.

Held from January 6 to 18, 2019, the championships will see the Australian Teams Carnival team event held in the first week across over 50 courts which will be hosted between the permanent Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club courts with temporary grass courts to be built on the ovals at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve. The Australian Individual Championships will be held in the second week at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This event continues our tradition of hosting major tennis events. Weve recently hosted the 2014 Country Week Tennis, 2015 Asia Oceania Junior Davis Cup and Federation Cup Qualifying Ties and 2016 Tennis Seniors Australia events. The Shepparton Lawn Tennis scene will be buzzing again in January 2019.

This event will be a big win for our tourism and business industry helping create more jobs in the region, Cr Adem said.

As a city we are setting the bar high as we aspire to be Regional Australias sporting event capital.

Tennis Seniors NSW president, Mick Bruton was excited about bringing the 2019 events back to Greater Shepparton after the successful 2016 event.

Tennis Seniors NSW are very grateful to the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club for offering to host the Australian Championships at their popular venue. In 2016, it proved to be a huge success, and we are very thrilled to be returning in 2019.

What impressed us in 2016 was the fact very little travelling from one venue to the other was involved, and the courts were kept in excellent condition. The local community was very friendly, sociable and supportive of the Event which made it very pleasurable for players as well as spectators, Mr Bruton said.

Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club president, Malcolm Thiel said, Wed like to thank Tennis Seniors NSW for c...


Bushrangers show glimpses of matching top team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AFTER travelling to MARS Stadium in Ballarat for the Country Round Triple Header, the Murray Bushrangers have shown glimpses of elite play that matched the Geelong Falcons and in patches, dominated the top team in the competition.

In the first game of the day, the Bushrangers allowed Geelong to get on the scoreboard early conceding the first four goals of the game. The Bushrangers took until halfway through the second term to score their opening goal and headed into halftime 27 points behind.

However, a six goal burst in the third term including four goals to small forward, Joe Richards ignited the team and trailed at the final break by just 10 points. The final term saw the Bushrangers have control for the majority of the term forcing multiple ball-ups and physically outplaying the Falcons. However late goals in the final two minutes allowed the Falcons to get away with a 22 point win.

The result was disappointing but plenty of positives came from the contest; knowing the teams best play can match it with the top TAC Cup teams. Doulton Langlands kicked three goals including two superb running efforts to be the Bushrangers best player in front of a large crowd including recruiters. From a wing, Langlands running game was brilliant. Joe Richards with four goals was the focal point in a restructured forward line and displayed his full talent in a great game in the air and on the ground. Defender Jordon Butts was again superb, often being manned by two opponents but his ability to read the play and then reset was excellent in the Bushrangers revival.

Ben Paton and Laitham Vandermeer were superb through defence and the midfield winning crucial possessions and using the ball to their teammates benefits and allowed the running game of the Bushrangers to drive forward. While Nick Murray featured in the Bushrangers best players for his fourth consecutive game at TAC Cup level after playing a strong physical role in defence.

This weekend sees, the Murray Bushrangers take on seventh placed Northern Knights at Wangaratta Showgrounds in the last home game for the 2017 season on Saturday, August 26 1pm.


Contender or pretender "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contender or pretender

ITS a tough call, but this weeks game at Kings Park between Seymour and Euroa has to be one of the most season defining in recent years. The winner finishes third which will give it a final against Benalla (sixth) in the first week of the finals series and a win there is probable which gives a double chance. The loser will play Rochester in week one of the finals series who played in last years grand final and take away their slow start to this season, are one of the form teams this year.

The Lions travelled to Kyabram last week and showed glimpses that they could match it with the mighty Bombers. Rory Scopel, Xavier McMahon, Harry Wheeler and Brent Ryan were good and they will need a few others to step up this week. The Lions are a good side and will be hard to beat at home.

There is no love lost between these old Waranga North East rivals and Euroa had second spot stitched up until recently and now need to win away from home to secure third spot. The Magpies think they can match it with Kyabram and they certainly did in their last encounter against them and nearly got the chocolates. Many say the Magpies are the real contender to Kyabram but a loss here will make it a long road to meet the Bombers in late September. Brad Cunningham is in great form along with Will McFarlane, Jett Trotter and David Mole.

Seymour at home is normally an automatic selection but the Magpies will not want third spot to slip through their fingers so Euroa for mine.


The Protestant Reformation at 500 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This October, millions the world over will mark the 500th anniversary of what came to be called the Protestant Reformation with worship, music, festivals, gatherings, conferences, books and more. This page lists many resources for the celebration of 500 years of the Reformation.   On Oct. 31, 1517, a dour-faced Catholic monk named Martin Luther ... Read more...


Future planned for Barwon Heads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The City of Greater Geelongs Administrators have endorsed the Barwon Heads Structure Plan after more than a year of community consultation, which included input from more than 1000 residents.
The preparation of the structure plan included a rigorous residential and landscape character assessment, which looked at a range of factors and considered Barwon Heads unique coastal character and design.
Under the adopted plan, the existing western settlement boundary, located near the internationally recognised Ramsar Wetlands, will not be extended.
The structure plan has been shaped by significant feedback
The structure plan will include zoning and overlay changes to protect the unique character of Barwon Heads.
In developing the plan, factors considered included changing demographics, development pressures, housing diversity, residential character, climate change, flooding, transport and infrastructure.
The City will ask the Minister for Planning to immediately intervene to protect native Moonah trees in Warrenbeen Court.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment further when a planning scheme amendment is exhibited to incorporate the necessary parts of the structure plan into the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.
The structure plan has been shaped by significant involvement from the community, City administrator chair Dr Kathy Alexander said.
It takes into consideration the overwhelming feedback received from residents about protecting the unique coastal design, atmosphere and environment of Barwon Heads.
The structure plan can be seen at

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Bullying on the Australian Independent Media Network "AIM" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Taylor, co-owner of The AIM Network, and his on-line associate, Kate Lee, have wrongly and publicly accused me of promoting on the AIM Network site the argument that Martin Bryant was unfairly convicted of the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, using this to characterise me as a 'conspiracy theorist'. My commenting ability was terminated as Taylor was publicly accusing me of lying and insisting on a response. To me, this was clearly an attempt to shout down views that were against their preferred argument and, when that failed, they cut me off. Even if I had written a piece about Martin Bryant and even if it it had been proven to be rubbish, this should not come into an argument about something entirely unrelated - population numbers. For this reason I am publishing this abreviated record of our exchanges, and commenting on the behaviour others have also encountered on this so-called 'alternative media' site. I think it is important to warn people of how they may be treated on the AIM Network, because of the importance of providing respectful true alternatives to the Mainstream Media (msm). The AIM Network purports to be independent media, but many of its articles seem to mirror the propaganda attitudes of the mainstream news. The AIM site seems to be dominated by a socialist alliance brigade that has attempted to take over every indymedia site in Australia.

Other examples of the bullying behaviour include the treatment of an excellent AIM author, Sean Stinson, whose work can be read at His article, "Aleppo has been liberated, so why isnt anyone talking about it?"(December 15, 2016). This was the article that first attracted me to the site. I made comments on it, but the aggressive trolling drove me away. There were over 200 comments on that article, but Stinson's latest article, July 1st, "When Governments Lie: Humanitarian intervention from Serbia to Syria and beyond," has only 21 comments, and similar trolling. Have the trolls destroyed Stinson's readership? To one of the trolls, Sean says, "Honestly, the level of petty tribalism I see here does my head in some times." And, you will see in the extracts of comments from my own recent experience of the AIM Network, that the co-owner of the site, Michael Taylor, and his on-line-associate, Kaye Lee, blithely malign Stinson with the description of 'conspiracy theorist', which is such a gratuitous insult....


Changing the world "IndyWatch Feed"

Whats the problem? Class struggle? Population? Debt? Bank nationalisation? Something else? Something else is more important than each of the others, but we always say its too hard and will never happen! And so we continue to plod along in an economic slough of despond, blaming this government or that government, for not taking this []


High way to stunning shots "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seems just about anyone can take a good picture these days.
However with World Photography Day, Saturday 19 August, just gone perhaps for some things only the best photographers should step forward.
Barwon Heads based Great Ocean Air owner Jeff Brooks has taken his love of photography and flight to the sky shooting images from more than 1000 feet above sea level and said many factors affected the quality of his images.
One of my popular shots is of the reflection of cloud on the Barwon River, he said.
The sun was actually below the horizon at that time. So that shot only worked because there were no disturbances in the high cloud or on the water surface to stop the sunlight bouncing from the cloud, to the river and into my camera lens. I also only had about 20 seconds to take the picture as we flew above it.
To counter the unpredictable nature of his subjects Mr Brooks said he would fly over certain points of interest hundreds of times.
Mr Brooks said it also paid to be an early bird with some of his best work coming from shoots which happened before sunrise.
And despite the finicky nature of taking photographs from way up high Mr Brooks said he was lucky to be based on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Geelong and the Bellarine and Surf Coast offers a rich environment of scenery which looks fantastic from the air, he said.
Most people dont appreciate what it has to offer until they see it.

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The ACTU - the harder you fight us, the more you teach us "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one. You can never crush a belief - the right to be treated equally & fairly - the act...


Loose Change Smiles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday, I walked from from one end of Sydney to the other. I started with lunch at Spice Alley with Big Boy and then walked all the way down George Street to buy a hat at The Rocks. I think its pretty cute As I walked down the main street of our busy city, I []


Timber and Steel Premiere: House of Straw Video from Anna Smyrk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk Were so proud to premiere the brand new video from Melbourne based folk singer Anna Smyrk, the stunning House of Straw. The song was written by Anna Smyrk while she was staying in a Buddhist monastery guesthouse in Northern India during a backpacking trip around the sub-continent. The track itself []


Callout to young musicians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chris Mallory Mentored Monica Brandolini at the Mullum Music Festival, 2016. Photo supplied.

Chris Mallory Mentored Monica Brandolini at the Mullum Music Festival, 2016. Photo supplied.

Creating a connection between young and established musicians is a key part of the Mullum Music Festival and has proven its worth over the last eight years. Highlighting this success is the return of Domini Forster, who sang as a 16 year old at the opening night of the Mullum Music Festival ten years ago, and was the catalyst for the youth mentoring program that has been running since 2009. This year she is returning as a mentor for other young performers following a successful career playing festivals across the country, being a finalist for Triple J Unearthed High, collaborating with renowned Australian songwriter Lior.

The Youth Mentorship Program is at the heart of what we do at Mullum Music Festival, says Festival Director Glenn Wright.

For young musicians seeking to find a path in the music industry, a mentor can be life changing. The connections made between young artists and their mentors often last long after the festival and the Youth Mentorship performances are always a festival highlight.

This years mentors are Husky (Band category), ine Tyrrell (Singer Songwriter), Kodi Twiner from LadySlug (Vocal category) and Domini Forster (Under 15s category).

Domini will be playing at Mullum Music Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shell also be co-hosting a showcase of past Youth Mentorship winners alongside fellow local talent Cecilia Brandolini.

It feels like coming home, playing Mullum Fest again says Domini.

This community was so supportive of me as a young artist And its such a beautifully fitting coincidence that its the festivals 10th birthday this year too!

Applications for the Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program open on 23 August and close on 20 October. With hundreds of applications each year, this is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to make their mark at the fe...


Baby Boomers Bingeing at an Alarming Rate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Experts from Flinders University have found baby boomers to be the biggest consumers of drugs and alcohol, while binge drinking among younger people is on the decline. (Image: Joint Base Langley-Eustis)

Drug and alcohol consumption has decreased in every other demographic, according to joint research between Flinders University and the South London NHS Foundation.

The researchers warn alcohol misuse may increase further as boomers continue to get older.

Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute says alcohol and drug related problems among the older generation will become a critical public health challenge in years to come.

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Heritage in hindsight at stage show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Do you remember when Geelongs waterfront was almost totally excavated to create our new tourist precinct only for workmen to discover a forgotten statue of King Edward VII?
Or when the city decided to bury its Sleepy Hollow reputation by holding a New Orleans-style Jazz Funeral as part of a Jazz Festival on the waterfront?
With the mayor, councillors and council officers as pall-bearers?
Colin Mockett does, and he has pictures to prove it.
Theyll be part of a new stage show titled Geelong Pictures Worth 1,000 Words which opens next month.
The show features heritage images and old film clips of Geelong shown on a cinema-sized screen with updated 21st century hindsightful commentary as well as live music of the times.
Its the latest in a series of original history-driven musical shows presented by Mockett and Shirley Power as part of the Citys Morning Showtimes At The Potato Shed.
As well as the waterfront-building images, the show includes film clips of Archbishop Daniel Mannix laying the foundation stone to St Marys Yarra Street church, Colacs first flight, couta fishing at Queenscliff and the boozy, happy cross-dressing dancing celebrations for 1932 New Years Eve which showed that not everybody had a tough time in the 1930s.
Its clear that if you had a regular job, life was sweet and fun in the Geelong region at that time for some.
And a couple of those old photographs have an eerie reflection today.
Take a close look at the pictures of the Jazz Funeral to bury Sleepy Hollow.
Youll notice one of the lead pallbearers was then-Cr Anthony Aitken, with councils then-PR manager David Withington.
Both have recently nominated to become councillors in the CoGGs Spring election.
History has a habit of repeating, in Geelong

Who: Colin Mockett and Shirley Power with old images and film clips of the Geelong region.
What: A New Show titled Geelong- Pictures Worth 1,000 Words
Where: The Potato Shed, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
When: 10.30am Tuesday, 12 September
Book: All tickets $15 at CoGG service centres of phone 5251 1998

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Record Lowest Number of New HIV Cases in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Record Lowest Number of New HIV Cases in NSW

Sex workers were one of the first communities in NSW to respond to HIV with the virtual elimination of HIV in our community being achieved early and then sustained. Today marks a milestone with the report of a rapid decline in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men.

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Chincogan Charge spots running out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

More than half the spots are now gone for the Chincogan Charge run on September 16, so if you want to run or walk up the mountain, now is your chance to book your place.

Go to and click on The Chincogan Charge link or click here to register.

This is our first year of having the run again after 16 years, said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

We are really excited and are looking to expanding the event in the future. If the run goes well this year, the landholders are open to the suggestions that next year we might be able to do a run on Saturday and then have a general access family walk up the mountain on the Sunday.

A lot depends on how the race goes this year.

The Chincogan Charge originally began as a fundraiser for the building of the Mullumbimby swimming pool and in the future it may be able to fund the development of a permanent access route to the top.

My dream is to open and maintain a path up Mount Chincogan, said Jenelle. 

For the serious contenders in the race, local Geoff Bensley has recently worn his GoPro as he ran the route to give potential runners and walkers a chance to check out what they are up against.

There are parts of the run that are through bush and steep or rocky, continued Jenelle.

Not everyone will want to do the last part of the run and there will be a spot before the last climb where people can turn around and head back down the mountain.

Must be 12 years and older to run

For this year, the run is limited to 12 years old and up and everyone is racing from t...


Splendour/Falls festival site rejigs permanent venue submission "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff Shizzled Dawson.

On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff Shizzled Dawson.

North Byron Parklands, home to Splendour/Falls festival in Yelgun, have reduced event days and patron numbers in their submission to become a permanent venue for outdoor events.

General manager Mat Morris said the changes came after constructive feedback from residents during the consultation process.

The proposal now comprises Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron up to 35,000 patrons and a maximum of five days each; three event days up to 25,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events); and five community event days up to 5,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events).

KPIs must be met

A further component includes an increase of patron numbers subject to meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) for 35,000 event Splendour in the Grass increasing to 42,500 and subject to meeting KPIs for 42.5k event Splendour in the Grass reaching 50,000.

Originally Parklands proposed 12 event days up to 50,000 patrons; four event days between 10,000 and 50,000 patrons; four event days between 3,000 and 10,000 patrons; and unlimited events less than 300 people.

Mr Morris says the feedback proved invaluable in refining our application and preparing our revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

We listened to a wide range of ideas and concerns from the community and have factored these into th...


Yoga fundraiser to help woman access sanitary items "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke will be holding a yoga class next month as part of a part of a national fundraiser to help women access basic sanitary items

The inaugural national yoga event, Yoga4Dignity, is being organised by the group, Share the Dignity.

Anneliese will host a yoga class on Saturday 2 September as part of the national fundraiser.

Its expected that hundreds of yoga classes will be held nationwide at 8am on the first weekend of Spring.

The goal is to have 48,000 participants one for every homeless woman in Australia.

Yoga teachers and participants are encouraged to register to participate at

Speaking on the charity event, Anneliese said: I cant imagine what it must be like to deal with the stress of being in a position of not being able to meet my basic needs. Participating in this event is a way to share the benefits of yoga and contribute in a useful way

Yoga has been as exceptional way for me to learn to calm my busy mind; focusing on being able to respond to a stressful situation rather than just reacting.

I sleep so much better; feel stronger, more flexible, and more peaceful and am connected to an amazing array of people all loving their own yoga journeys.

Proceeds from Yoga4Dignity will go towards installing more dignity vending machines in low-socioeconomic areas and schools.

In an Australian first, the machines dispense a free period pack containing two pads and six tampons  enough to manage one day of menstrual flow.

Packs will be dispensed through the touch of a button up to every ten minutes.

Each vending machine costs $9,000 to create and install.

The goal of Yoga4Dignity is to raise enough funds to install a further 100 or more machines nationwide.

Share the Dignity founder, Rochelle Courtney commented on the charity and its inaugural yoga event: Our mission is to enable and empower all Australian women and children to have the dignity they deserve.

To book a spot at Anneliese class at Pottsville, go to

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Staff interfere with Byron markets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Council staff, headed by general manager Ken Gainger, have taken it upon themselves to prepare a development application (DA) to use Cavanbah Centre on Ewinsgsdale Road as a primitive camping and a market site.

It comes without informing councillors or the agreement of stallholders who operate on Butler Street.

Consultant Mike Svikis, a former Byron Shire Council planner, was paid an undisclosed sum by staff to prepare the 31-page DA, which is on exhibition until August 23.

While the DA attempts to play down any possible competition with the existing markets, Cr Paul Spooner has told The Echo he has concerns it could impact on current stallholders. Cr Spooner is manager of the Byron Bay Community Centre, which manages the markets.

He said, The main problem is that this appears small gain for income; the argument in the DA is about a need for income to cover the large cost of the facility. This small gain may result in a big hit for stallholders and could send some to the wall. This idea is not coming from demand, its from wanting more income.

As for moving the existing Butler Street markets to the sportsfield, Cr Spooner says he hasnt heard one stallholder in favour.

Location is very important. Generally markets are held in towns and are within walking distance. Its more difficult to get to the Cavanbah Centre and it could create more traffic. Its worked well on Butler Street for nearly three decades. 

The Echo understands the genernal manager has long campaigned to move the existing markets from Butler Street to the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.

The Echo asked mayor Simon Richardson whether he was concerned that staff have interfered on a political decision.

He replied after print deadline that, I understand the DA is about providing the possibility for more uses. For example, by allowing a glamping option, we may be able to get sporting teams to use the facility over summer pre season et...


Food hub meeting hears of flawed DA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bangalow food hub image from DA

Bangalow food hub image from DABangalow

Hans Lovejoy

It was standing room only in the Mullumbimby Council Chambers last Thursday as Bangalow residents and proponents made submissions about a large-scale food hub proposal on Lismore Road, Bangalow.

Located opposite the Industrial Estate, the contentious development application (DA) by Allan Abrahams Chase Lismore Road Pty Ltd has faced strong opposition from Bangalow residents and a unanimous council.

Greens state MP Tamara Smith has described the proposal as the right businesses on the wrong site.

Local businesses Brookfarm and Salumi, who are pushing for the development on behalf of landowner Mr Abraham, have both refused to comment or take questions from The Echo.

Both businesses told the meeting they are in dire need of a larger factory and cannot keep up with demand.

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) held the meeting, and chair Garry West told the chamber before submissions that their decision on the DA was based on the public interest.

Owing to the estimated $36.9m cost, the JRPP not Council are the consent authority.

The meeting was not to determine the development, said the former NSW Nationals MP, adding that more meetings were planned.

Those who spoke in favour were either the direct beneficiaries of the development or from the NSW Chamber of Commerce or Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers.

Seven spoke in favour, while 20 spoke against.

A recurring theme throughout the two-hour hearing was that the development application, which was prepared by Bangalow town planner Paul De Fina, was completely flawed and inadequate.



Ting sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon is suing Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of the Borneo Post over allegations that he was a bankrupt in Australia. According to The Malay Mail Online, Tings lawyer Wong King Wei said the DAP representative had filed a defamation suit over Soon []


Pujut rep sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon has filed a defamation lawsuit against Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of a regional newspaper over allegations he was made a bankrupt in Australia. Dr Ting, whom the High Court reinstated as lawmaker following his disqualification by the state assembly, []


Explosive Podcast interview revealing David Walter Kangaroo Court Case "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harry Palmer from Australian Patriot Radio conducted an interview with John ?? who delivers a mine field of information of how QLD Beaty government manipulated the system to remove all peoples rights without them knowing, they do not even own their own property and that David Walter exposing this and more is being silenced by a corrupt judicial system about to collapse.

There are two parts to this podcast you need to hear to be informed Click the pic below to listen


Trump Plays a Familiar Card "IndyWatch Feed"

That was quick

In early July, I wrote that the US would make a strategic play to send American natural gas to Eastern Europe.

Well, guess whatLithuania just became the first ex-Soviet state to import some this week.

The US is stealing market share from Russia here. This wont be good news for the men in Moscow.

Oil and gas dominate the Russian economy even more than iron ore and coal dominate ours. Every lost sale hurts.

Russian gas used to have a monopoly market here, and it gave Russia enormous geopolitcal sway. The implied threat was always shutting down the pipelines.

Except thats now weakening. And make no mistake: Lithuania is definitely giving the bird to Russia right now.

The Financial Times quotes Lithuanias energy minister as saying,

We are happy to reach a point where importing gas from U.S. is not only politically desirable but also commercially viable.

Notice the politics comes first and the price second.

The US will treat the Baltic states and Poland favourably to keep Russia contained on its Western border. Even sweeter, these energy exports are going to send a lot of money back to the US.

This is only just gearing up. The company actually shipping the gas isnt just exporting to Europe. Its also shipping to Latin America and Asia.

More gas will follow, and export cheap energy all over the world.

This is wildly bullish for European countries like Spain, without much in the way of energy reserves. It will bring costs down.

But thats not all

Trump: no real maverick here

We know now that Trump is not the true maverick he appeared to be before the election. Therell be no genuine attempt to dismantle the US military industrial complex.

That means the giant US defence firms will continue to see a river of government money flow to them.

Look no further than Afghanistan for proof of this. Trump has now reversed his position to withdraw the US military from Afghanistan. The US is now going to add more troops and treasure to the 16-year war.

I also find it interesting that Trump has singled out Pakistan for further American pressure. Pakistan has become a strategic place for another big player in town China.


Beijing has built a strategic port on the Pakistani coast, which gives China access to the Indian Ocean, and the potential to send energy imports to its eastern pro...


Melbourne voted most liveable city (again) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been voted the world's most lievable city by The Economist. 

The world's most liveable city without an airport train!


The Important Reason Your Social Media Feeds Will Look Different Today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Never before have Australias leading youth publishers joined forces to make an almighty noise about a singular issue. But marriage equality is perhaps the most important social fight weve faced in the last decade, so today, were doing exactly that.

From 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, August 23, FBi Radio, PEDESTRIAN.TV, Junkee, Broadsheet & VICE will turn darkthat means were blacking out our respective social channels and sites to make it very clear the time is now for you to take action and enrol or update your details for the upcoming postal vote on marriage equality.

The Australian Electoral Commissions deadline to enrol for this vote is midnight on Thursday, August 24, so were down to the wire on this one. And if you think most people have already done their bit, youd be wrong. According to the AEC, more than half a million people between the ages of 18 and 39 arent even on the electoral role. This is alarming, for obvious reasons.

So, please, take the time youd otherwise spend enjoying our content to make sure youre in the best possible position to Vote Yes when the time comes. That means giving your family and friends a nudge too, by sharing with them either this story or a link to the AEC.

Because granting our LGBTQIA+ friends the basic human rights theyve been denied for far too long is in your hands.

Check or update your enrolment now

FBi Radio, PEDESTRIAN.TV, Junkee, Broadsheet & VICE

PS- Today Arvos will sound a bit different. Its ArVOTES!

Tune in from 3pm to hear from some key voices campaigning for marriage equality including Heaps Gays Kat Dopper, Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich, GetUp! Marriage Equality campaigner Sally Rugg, Buzzfeed Reporter Lane Sainty, VICE Features Editor Maddison Connaughton and musician Jack Colwell.


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Tweed salty-water crisis getting worse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

A release of water from Clarrie Hall Dam yesterday has failed to flush salt water from the Bray Park Weir, resulting in Tweed Shire Council asking all residents to minimise their use of water to limit the amount of salty water entering the Tweed reticulation system.

The councils water manager Anthony Burnham said the water release from the dam had limited success.

The wave that went down the river yesterday evening prevented further salt water getting into the weir from another higher-than-predicted tide overnight, Mr Burnham said.

But the salt levels in the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant are higher than yesterday and more residents will have salty water in their taps today.

The salt concentration will spike shortly and then we will see a gradual decrease in the salinity over the coming days. So it is important that the residents work with us and limit their use of water to minimise the quantity of salty water being drawn into the system. Basically all the salty water drawn in will have to be released via household taps so the less drawn in, the quicker this situation can be resolved.

A large release of water from Clarrie Hall Dam yesterday refreshed the top strata of water in the weir but the heavier salty water had sunk to the bottom of the pool.

Our tests have confirmed that the water being drawn into the Bray Park Treatment Plant is saltier than the water we tested yesterday morning, Mr Burnham said.

We have closed the deeper baffles where the water intake occurs to limit the draw of salt water from the lower water stratum within the weir pond and are only drawing from the top strata, which was refreshed by yesterdays release from the dam.

Today we will begin a continual release from the dam of 50 megalitres a day to maintain that refresh as we bring in a dredge to draw the salty water from the bottom and pump it out directly over the weir wall.

However, the salty water already within the reticulation system is going to spread beyond Murwillumbah today and over the coming days.

Tides up to 380mm higher than predicted pushed over the weir wall on Monday night.

Since Saturday, all the high tides have been greater than predicted but the last of these occurred overnight. While the spectacular solar eclipse in...


Audio: A rare earth mine in Madagascar triggers concerns for locals and lemurs "IndyWatch Feed"

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast we discuss a proposed rare earth mining project in Madagascar that worries both lemurs and locals, and we also speak with a researcher who uses acoustic ecology techniques to assess the success of wetland rewetting programs in Australia and shares with us recordings of some of the rare visitors shes documented, listen here:   Our first guest is Eddie Carver, a Mongabay contributor based in Madagascar who recently wrote a report about a foreign-owned company called Tantalum Rare Earth Malagasy (TREM) that is hoping to mine rare earth elements in Madagascars Ampasindava peninsula, a highly biodiverse region that is home to numerous iconic lemur species. Rare earth elements are used in a range of electronic devices and computers, and the deposit in Madagascars Ampasindava peninsula is expected to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Part of the Ampasindava peninsula was granted protected status in 2015 but only after TREM successfully lobbied to reduce the size of the protected area in order to safeguard the boundaries of its mining concession. We speak with Carver about the risks of mining for rare earth elements, how the mine might impact wildlife like the endemic lemur species that are found in Madagascar and nowhere else on Earth, the complicated history of TREM and its ownership of the mine, and how villagers in communities that have already been impacted by TREMs exploratory efforts view the mining project. Our second guest is Jo Wood, an Environmental Water


Sanctuary offers health, relaxation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A chronic fatigue diagnosis has provided a Barwon Heads-based spa owner with a renewed sense of business purpose.
After time off work with the condition and successful treatment of a myriad of its symptoms with practices such as mindfulness and use of services offered at Chi Sanctuary, formerly Lotus Spa, the path for Lyndal McKechnies business was clear.
Lotus Spa always had a focus on offering treatments which provide relaxation and the benefit of increased wellbeing through a mindful practice, she said.
However, after my own successful use of mindfulness practice and our own infrared sauna to treat symptoms of an illness which was debilitating for me, I realised I wanted to increase that focus so much more.
Since coming back to work, Lyndal has named the spa Chi Sanctuary, to emphasise services such as new massage Cloud Hands which seek to correct clients energy imbalances as well as provide relaxation.
She has also sought out practitioners such as Chinese medicine specialist Petra Joly, wellbeing coach and kinesiology specialist Jenny Hunt and children and adult art therapist Emily Cardell.
Im excited to offer our clients much more than they can get at many day spas in the region, she said.
And while some things have changed at the popular Barwon Heads spa, others remain the same.
I worked at the The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in the UK for a number of years, she said.
Its a top spa there, and I think its standing largely comes from the fact that it has a huge focus on providing attention to individual client needs.
I was attuned to every different element of the client experience such as whether they were warm enough, whether the room was too light or dark and how they were responding to the volume of any music playing.
That was extremely formative, and that attention to client care is a huge focus at Chi Sanctuary which we will always have.

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Everybodys Got a Marathon Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell My beautiful book, Marathon Bombing: Indicting the Players, is not yet mentioned on  It does sell at Amazon for $9.95, but Im unable to buy a copy to send to Library of Congress as I have no fixed address to tell to Amazon. Near the Texaco Station on Interstate 65 []


Andrews govt announce big solar and auctions to kick off legislative push on Vic Renewables Target "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lily_VRET_announcement_August_2017.jpgMEDIA RELEASE - 23 August 2017

"A vital stepping stone towards 10,000 jobs"

The Andrews government have this morning announced the first big solar farms in the state as well as auctions to bring 650 megawatts of new projects online to kick off the legislative push on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. 

Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement and say its a vital stepping stone for the Andrews government towards its commitment to deliver 5,400 megawatts of solar and wind by 2025--taking Victoria to 40 percent renewables.


Man accused of Grafton school teacher murder terrorised in jail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Murdered Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

Murdered Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

The husband of a Grafton school teacher charged with her murder says he is being terrorised, assaulted and stood-over in jail, but he was again refused bail.

John Wallace Edwards appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday afternoon, his 61st birthday, via videolink from Cessnock jail.

The disappearance of 55-year-old Sharon Edwards attracted national media attention when she went missing on Saturday March 14, 2015, and again when Mr Edwards was arrested at Redcliffe in June and charged with her murder.

Before the luncheon adjournment, Magistrate David Heilpern was given a 19 page statement of facts relating to the case to read before considering bail.

Barrister Peter OConnor applied for bail for Mr Edwards, stating cause could be shown to justify his release based on three factors; the strength of the bail application, the lack of strength of the prosecution case and medical reasons.

The accused says he has absolutely no involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of his wife, Mr OConnor said.

Aware he was a suspect in the investigation into Mrs Edwards disappearance, Mr OConnor said his client had given police a detailed interview and twice approached them with information.

He has continued, on a number of occasions, to provide police with information, Mr OConnor said.

There have been no attempts on his part to flee or conceal his whereabouts.

The court heard Mr Edwards had worked as a teacher for the NSW Education Department until he was medically retired.

Mr OConnor said he suffered from a number of medical conditions including vitamin B deficiency, chronic emphysema, a pre-cancerous condition, and a growth that had developed in his testes since he had been arrested.

Currently in the high-care unit at Cessnock jail, Mr OConnor said Mr Edwards was assaulted four weeks ago and terrorised by threats from inmates.

Persons in the custodial institution believe he has funds in his annuity and he is being stood over for money, Mr OConnor said.

Since his arrest, Mr OConnor said Mr Edwards had not been able to exercise or get sunshine.

Mr O&#821...


Former Police For Cannabis Legalisation: An Interview with Weeded Warriors Damon Adams "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Growing concerns over the opium trade were central to the League of Nations establishing the 1925 Geneva Convention, which imposed global restrictions on the production and use of opium and coca. Cannabis was added to the agenda at the last minute. After the meeting, the Commonwealth of Australia wrote to the state governments, requesting they

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Casino man jailed over Bangalow Road crash that killed Booyong woman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kenneth John Roberts wept as he was sentenced to 12 months jail over the March 2015 death of a Booyong woman on Bangalow Road at Howards Grass.

The 44-year-old Casino man appeared in Lismore District Court last Friday, August 18, when guilty pleas were confirmed to charges stemming from the collision between his Nissan Navara and a Hyundai I30 Virginia Hanlon was a front seat passenger in.

Officers from the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene of the fateful March 13 incident that claimed Ms Hanlons life.

Following the investigation, Mr Roberts was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death, exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 km/h and not keeping left of the dividing line.

After leaving home at 4.45 am that morning and driving to Stapylton, north of the Gold Coast, Mr Roberts attended an 8.45 am job interview and drove straight back home suffering a headache, the agreed statement of facts said.

Mr Roberts stopped for 20 minutes rest at Chinderah after purchasing and taking two panadol for his headache.

He continued driving home and on Bangalow Road a motorist following Mr Roberts in his blue Nissan Navara near Clunes told police he was veering to one side of the road then correcting himself and speeding up and slowing down.

As he rounded the end of a long bend just east of Howards Grass Road, court documents stated Mr Roberts Nissan crossed the centre lines and collided with the Hyundai, which had swerved to avoid him.

Both Mr Roberts and the driver of the Hyundai were able to free themselves from the wreckage and were treated at the scene before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital with minor injuries.

When the collision occurred, roadworks were underway on Bangalow Road and the speed limit had been reduced to 60 km/h.

The statement of facts about the case revealed during the crash investigation, police calculated Mr Roberts Nissan was travelling between 72 km/h and 80 km/h in the 60 km/h zone.

Judge Laura Wells adjourned Mr Roberts matters for sentencing until Tuesday, August 22, when he sat in the dock with his head down, clearly emotional.

In sentencing Mr Roberts, Judge Wells said he had made substantial progress rehabilitating his lifestyle and managing his fragile psychological state.

Despite finding special circumstances in Mr Roberts case and considering him unlikely to reoffend, Judge Wells said a period of full time custody was necessary as nothing could negate the impact of his actions and their result on Mrs Hanlons family and friends.

Mr Roberts was sentenced to a non-parole period of 12 months and was di...


Afghan decision may increase US air power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

The US Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trumps decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general says.

Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told Reuters, however, he was still examining the matter, as the US militarys top brass had only begun the process of translating Trumps war strategy into action.

Asked whether the Air Force would dedicate more assets to Afghanistan, where the United States has been engaged in its longest military conflict, Goldfein said only: Possibly.

Its actually too early to tell what this will mean in terms of plus-ups and reductions, he said in a joint interview with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

Still, he acknowledged that the Air Force was absolutely examining the possibility of increasing air power, including to support US ground forces, following Trumps promise of a stepped-up campaign against Taliban insurgents, who have gained ground against US-backed Afghan government forces.

In a speech on Monday night, Trump appeared to answer a call for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents, on top of the roughly 8400 now deployed in Afghanistan.

Trump said the United States would not disclose troop numbers, but one US official told Reuters they could start moving quickly.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday he would set troop levels following the review by military chiefs.

During the administration of Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, US military officials privately expressed frustration about their inability to strike at many Taliban targets including training camps unless they could show a direct threat to US forces or major impact on the Afghan state.

Wilson said Trump appeared to be giving greater flexibility to strike insurgents.

Obviously the Joint Chiefs will work through their plans and make proposals, but I think the guidance was pretty clear from the preside...


Chris Hemsworth is Austs $31 million man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.

The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.

Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.

Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.

The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.

Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.

Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.

Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.

It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.

Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).

The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.

Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...


Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests "IndyWatch Feed National"

When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.

But Dijkstra, a University of New Hampshire marine biologist, saw only a patchy seafloor before her. The sugar kelp had declined dramatically and been replaced by invasive, shrub-like seaweed that looked like a giant shag rug.

I remember going to some dive sites and honestly being shocked at how few kelp blades we saw, she said.

The Gulf of Maine, stretching from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, is the latest in a growing list of global hotspots losing their kelp, including hundreds of miles in the Mediterranean Sea, off southern Japan and Australia, and parts of the California coast.

Among the worlds most diverse marine ecosystems, kelp forests are found on all continental coastlines except for Antarctica and provide critical food and shelter to myriad fish and other creatures.

Kelp also is critical to coastal economies, providing billions of dollars in tourism and fishing.

The likely culprit for the loss of kelp, according to several scientific studies, is warming oceans from climate change, coupled with the arrival of invasive species.In Maine, the invaders are other seaweeds.

In Australia, the Mediterranean and Japan, tropical fish are feasting on the kelp.

Most kelp are replaced by small, tightly packed, bushy seaweeds that collect sediment and prevent kelp from growing back, said the University of Western Australias Thomas Wernberg.

Collectively these changes are part of a recent and increasing global trend of flattening of the worlds kelp forests, said Wernberg, co-author of a 2016 study which found that 38 per cent of kelp forest declined over the past 50 years in regions that had data.

Kelp losses on Australias Great Southern Reef threaten tourism and fishing industries worth $US10 billion ($A13 billion).

Die-offs contributed to a 60 per cent drop in species richness in the Mediterranean and were blamed for the collapse of the abalone fishery in Japan.

You are losing habitat. You are losing food. You are losing shoreline protection, said University of Massachusetts Bostons Jarrett Byrnes, who leads a working group on kelp and climate change.

Kelp is incredibly resilient and has been known to bounce back from storms and heat waves.

But in Maine, it has struggled to recover following an explosion of voracious sea urchins in the 1980s that wiped out many kelp beds.

Now, it must survive in waters that are warming faster than the vast majority of the worlds oceans most likely forcing kelp to mi...


NSW top poker machines' revenue revealed and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Western Sydney dominates the list of highest-profiting machines, with 13 of the top 25 most profitable pokie-hotels located in the Fairfield and Canterbury/Bankstown regions. (Image: Flickr/Denni Schnapp)

Topping the list is The El Cortez Hotel in Fairfield, which made a profit of 13.9 million dollars in the 2016/17 financial year. The statewide revenue figure exceeded 250 million dollars over the same period.

Suburbs in Western Sydney are some of the most disadvantaged in New South Wales, and these figures have prompted calls for the state government to do more to protect vulnerable community members.

Lord Mayor rules out encouraging yes vote

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will not be calling on Brisbanites to vote yes for marriage equality.


Facebook, Google put on spot over revenue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Facebook and other tech companies will be grilled about their tax. Photo EPA/Luong Thai Linh

Facebook and other tech companies will be grilled about their tax.
Photo EPA/Luong Thai Linh

Internet giants Facebook and Google have been grilled about how much they really earn in Australia during a parliamentary inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, amid concerns about an extraordinary discrepancy.

Representatives from both companies gave evidence on Tuesday that they had restructured their operations in order to comply with multinational tax avoidance laws recently passed by the Australian parliament.

But crossbench senator Nick Xenophon said evidence to a separate Senate committee in Sydney on Tuesday into the future of journalism from academics at the Melbourne Business School suggested an extraordinary discrepancy between what Facebook and Google say their revenues are in Australia.

The evidence suggested half of Australias $18 billion advertising market was digital, with Facebook and Google accounting for 75 per cent, putting their revenues in Australia around $6 or $7 billion.

Asked by Senator Xenophon whether Facebooks numbers accurately reflected the advertising revenue received in Australia, the companys vice president of tax and treasury Ted Price insisted the figures were very credible.

He said advertising on Facebook processed by the companys Sydney or Melbourne offices generated revenue of $327 million in 2016, with the company paying $3.3 million in tax.

That compared to a revenue of $33.6 million before the new tax avoidance laws came into effect, with tax payable of just $815,000.

Google said its Australian advertising revenue was $1.14 billion in 2016, with director of international tax, Damon Richardson, insisting that figure was audited by an external firm.

Were paying the appropriate amount of tax that we believe is correct here in Australia, he told the committee.

Both companies are currently being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

Meanwhile, Apple told the committee its tax arrangements in Australia had been given the tick of approval by authorities following a long-running audit.

The companys managin...


Maths and science courses hit in uni cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Science contributes $145 billion to the Australian economy. (file pic)

Science contributes $145 billion to the Australian economy. (file pic)

Australias future engineers, scientists and tech experts will be hardest hit by the federal governments planned changes to university funding.

Universities Australia has a new analysis of where proposed cuts will fall and says science, technology, engineering and maths courses will bear more than a third of the brunt.

The peak body says this runs counter to the governments own science and innovation agenda, which recognises the need to boost the number of people with maths and science skills.

The government wants to cut university teaching funding by 2.5 per cent a year in 2018 and 2019, tie a portion of university funding to performance, increase student fees by up to $3600 over a four-year degree, and lower the loan repayment threshold.

Its labelled the funding cut an efficiency dividend, with Education Minister Simon Birmingham arguing that with more students than ever, universities should be able to teach more efficiently.

He says theres been a river of gold flowing into higher education in recent years.

The Universities Australia analysis finds the cut would reduce funding to STEM courses typically among the more expensive to teach by $405 million over the next four years.

All up, it says the cut will take $1.16 billion out of universities.

If we want Australia to be a STEM powerhouse, we cant afford to cut public funding to train future scientists while also making science students pay more, chief executive Belinda Robinson said.

She pointed to a government-commissioned report that estimated maths and science graduates delivered strong spillover benefits to the economy, including paying more taxes and boosting wider productivity.

Health courses would lose $191 million, behavioural science and social studies $165 million and law, accounting, economics and commerce $138 million.

Senator Birmingham has said the governments package gets the funding balance right between students, universities and taxpayers.

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ADF says determined to stamp out abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

The Australian Defence Force will not forget its past failures in its determination to stamp out abuse, its vice chief says.

The child abuse royal commission has found the Navy and Army failed in their duty of care to junior recruits and apprentices, who were sexually and physically abused decades ago.

The commission also said Defence has not been entirely successful in preventing child sexual abuse within the ADF Cadets despite a number of reviews since at least 2000.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, who apologised to victims during the commissions public hearing, said the courage of the abuse survivors and their families has been an important catalyst for change in the ADF.

What happened to them was wrong, Vice Admiral Griggs said after the commission released its findings on Tuesday.

However, their stories of personal suffering have helped change the ADF and strengthened the resolve of the senior leadership to stamp out abuse in Defence.

Vice Admiral Griggs said the victims who had come forward to the royal commission, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and Defence more generally were owed a debt of gratitude.

The failures of the past will not be forgotten; but it is reassuring that the royal commission has acknowledged the significant work that has been undertaken by Defence to create uniformed child safety procedures and protocols.

He said that did not mean Defence could relax its commitment.

The safety and wellbeing of children involved with, or working within, Defence is paramount, which is why significant resources have been committed to embedding an enduring youth safety culture within the organisation.

The commission found the management systems at HMAS Leeuwin in Western...


Do you want to be a patron of FixedIt? "IndyWatch Feed National"

So this feels very weird, asking for money for a project I wish didnt have to exist. But FixedIt just keeps getting bigger, not smaller. Too many headlines go by that I dont have time to fix because I have to put paid work first.

But it needs to get bigger. It needs to be world wide publications, not just Australia. It needs to be every day and done properly. Unfortunately my landlord wont accept anger in lieu of rent.

I know times are tough and no one should feel any obligation, but if you want to, and if you can, help me have more time to give to this. I also know any support I get is because you believe this matters and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Every little bit helps, please dont feel you have to give big. Even one dollar a month adds up.

Theres a lot more I can do with this project if I can get the time to do it properly, thank you so much to everyone who supports it.

You can have find my Patron page here



New laws following Dreamworld disaster "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pays her respects, laying a wreath outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on Thursday. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pays her respects, laying a wreath outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on Thursday. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Industrial manslaughter laws will be introduced in Queensland following the Dreamworld ride accident that killed four people.

Safety around amusement rides will also be tightened, including increased inspections and record keeping by operators, and possible licensing of people operating rides.

Older rides may also be closed down if they dont meet standards.

The changes follow the recommendations of a best practice review, commissioned after last years Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids ride disaster and a fatal workplace accident at Eagle Farm racecourse last year.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says the government will introduce new maintenance, operation and competency requirements for the inspection and operation of park rides, and the industrial manslaughter law.

She says the the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill seeks to implement the 58 recommendations in the Best Practice Review.

Under our proposed laws, the maximum penalty for industrial manslaughter will be 20 years imprisonment for an individual, with a maximum fine of $10 million for a corporate offender, she said in a statement.

Importantly, companies wont be able to hide behind elaborate corporate structures to evade their responsibilities.

She said families affected by workplace deaths could take heart that individuals or companies responsible will be held to account under our laws.

Our harsher penalties will serve as a deterrent to employers who are tempted to cut corners when it comes to safety in the workplace.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi were killed last October 25 when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned.

The ride has been decommissioned.

On October 6, Ashley Morris, 34, and Humberto Leite, 55, were killed when a 10-tonne concrete slab fell on them in a pit...


Julian Assange Confirms Bernie Sanders Was Threatened To Drop Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

During a recent interview with Australian journalist John Pilger, Assange said that Bernie Sanders was forced to drop out of the race due to threats from the Clinton campaign.

Assanges admission appears to substantiate claims by the Kremlin who revealed they had evidence that Jane Sanders was physically threatened in order to get Bernie on board with Hillarys campaign. reports:

Pilger, who is working on a documentary about Assange, asked:

Julian, we cut you off earlier when you were talking about what you felt were the most significant emails that you have released. Is there any last one that youd like to mention? And also, do you have any thoughts on Bernie Sanders? I mean what is your opinion why Bernie Sanders drop out of the race?

Assange responded:

Look, I thinkyou know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoeverwhatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast. It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And Bernie Sanders was independent candidate trying to get the nomination trough the Democratic Party and if you ask me he did get the nomination, but he was threatened to drop out.

Again, Assange has promised to release incriminating emails which are sure to result in Clintons indictment. He says he has evidence that Hillary made deals with an alleged Islamic state sponsor, as well as damning information about the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton campaign knows hes on to her, too, which is why a strategist called for an assassination of Assange on TV.

Of course, were very interested in revealing the truth about any candidate and yes we have some material about Bernie Sanders that will be published, Assange added.

Source: True Activist


The Hurtful Side of the Marriage Equality Vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Critics of the federal governments twice blocked marriage equality plebiscite which has now morphed into a non-compulsory postal vote have long warned that such a move would unnecessarily subject the LGBTIQ community to a hateful and discriminatory no campaign. On Monday morning, the ugly side of the

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Family Partnership Worker "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Preatures Girlhood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Girlhood, the latest album from The Preatures, is full of songs about growing up in Sydney as a young woman

Expect to hear frontwoman Isabella Izzi Manfredi more vulnerable and exposed than ever before, her voice floating over emotive instrumentals, and delivering some of her best songwriting to date. The rest of the band producer and guitarist Jack Moffitt, drummer Luke Davison and bassist Thomas Champion inject the new album with a palpable energy.

Girlhood is a well-executed album with a strong concept, and this weeks Feature Album on 2RRR.

Highlight tracks: The First Nigh, Lip Balm, Magick, Your Fan and Cherry Ripe.


Tune into Breakfast & Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more!



FixedIt: Women. They are women. Not just sex workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yes, you can rape a woman if she is a sex worker. Because she is a woman and a person before she is her job. Dehumanising rape victims is abhorrent.

Mohammad and Khalid Alibassi raped three women. Their crimes are not diminished by the profession of their victims. The ABC should know better, but yet again, it appears that they dont.

Sex work is dangerous, but not because they are working with toxic chemicals or high risk machinery, its because they are working with men. The men who put sex workers in danger are the ones who believe they are easy prey, theyre bad women and they are therefore acceptable vessels for male violence. The belief is utterly false and should not be given any credence.

No one can buy the right to rape someone.


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Australian National Security. Terrorism. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I did a quick search on the net this morning to see if there were any disaster preparedness surveys or government advice sheets. I found nothing to date. I find this quite amazing. In & post WW2 there was advice on needed supplies, how to preserve foods, how to save money when purchasing food, growing your own food etc etc. The world has changed. My advice, Be Prepared!


Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE EXACT REASON: The short answer is that we don't know.  It isn't necessarily a swear word. Comment moderation is a very complex and

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Hanson speaks the truth about Muslims taking over Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Speech in the senate August 9, 2017

Senator Pauline Hanson sorts out the haunting Muslim problem facing all Australians

I am well known for speaking up about immigration, but what isnt well known is that I am not anti migrant. In 1996, I spoke out about the high rate of immigration from Asia that would have put us on a trajectory of losing our Australian identity. I support immigration when it is in the best interests of Australia, but we have made a mistake in accepting high levels of migrants from countries where democracy is unknown and accepting people who follow Islam and its political ideology.

One of the reasons we dont know enough about the extent of the problems with Islamic immigration is that political parties dont want to upset the Muslim vote. There is plenty of information collected, but it is not published and it is not available to senators like myself. In hiding the evidence of high unemployment and high dependence on social welfare, the government hopes you wont discover the problems associated with Australian Muslim communities.

Despite the best efforts of Labor and the coalition, we have found some reliable information. The unemployment rate amongst Australian Muslims is more than double the average rate and it is m...


PATIENT WOLF GIN OPEN DAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's been 6 months since Patient Wolf launched their premium dry gin in Brunswick. This Saturday, the 26th August, they are opening the distillery doors to the public for the first time. They are putting on tours, free tastings, G&T specials and there'll be a cellar door so people will be able to grab bottle from the source.

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The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.


If You Mail The Australian Christian Lobby An Envelope Full Of Glitter, Theyll Pay For the Stamp! "IndyWatch Feed National"

In fact you can mail the Australian Christian Lobby just about anything you like (although keep it classy folks), and theyll pay for it, because as it turns out the ACL  chief opponents of marriage equality in Australia has a reply paid service with Australia Post. Honestly, wont someone please think of the children.?

You might be asking, how do we know about their super secret tell no-one reply paid service?

Late last night, Shelton tweeted out a picture which was supposed to portray him and his organisation as the victims in the marriage equality debate (ironically, that might just end up coming true). He included the original envelope in the photo and right there on the front, in all its heavenly glory, is a reply paid address for all to see.

Heres the tweet and note, weve had to blur a section of the photo out for reasons that youre definitely going to want to know (read to the end of the article).


For those unfamiliar with a reply paid service, it means you dont have to a put a stamp on your envelope. You just address your letter, pop it in the mail and the muppet at the other end will pick up the tab.

Speaking of which, this is what a muppet looks like. And sounds like.

As chief of staff and then CEO of the ACL, Shelton has led the push against marriage equality in Australia for almost decade, earning him the international Daniel of the Year award from US Christian group World Magazine last year (yes, its a real award, no we couldnt be arsed looking up what a Daniel of the Year Award actually is because it were worried the collective IQ of the New Matilda office will actually drop if were exposed to it).

But heres how World Magazine described the shocking oppression that Shelton and his flock suffer every day.

As the marriage debate Down Under grew more intense in 2016, so did attacks on religious liberty. Gay activists took an archbishop to court for distributing a booklet, Dont Mess with Marriage. A printing company refused to print a doctors book about marriage just before the books scheduled launch. A Christian groups reservation of a hotel meeting room led to threats of violence against hotel staff members. A major accounting firm forced one of its senior executives to resign from the board of a Christian organization. A state Anti-Discrimination Commission treated a marriage-defending newspaper column as hate speech.

Oh, the humanity.



UFO Blows up satellite rocket launch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is footage of the September 1, 2016 failed launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9. In this footage, which is slowed down and zoomed in, showing what appears to be a very

fast-moving sphere passing by the rocket at the very moment that it exploded on the launch pad.

The official statement was, SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for todays standard pre-launch static fire test, there was an anomaly on the pad, resulting in the

loss of the vehicle and its payload. Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries.

The rocket was carrying a satellite commissioned from French satellite operator Eutelsat by Facebook to expand broadband Internet service in sub-Saharan Africa.


Muskies and elms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At this time of year the flowering of the English Elms around Newstead provide a late winter treat for lorikeets.

Musk Lorikeets are by far the most common diners, but if youre lucky both Little and Purple-crowned Lorikeets can also be seen.

Musk Lorikeets, Wyndham Street Newstead, 20th August 2017


Fight Marriage Equality Hate With Goats Doing Parkour And Then Enrol To Vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre a supporter of marriage equality, and youve accepted that you may have to participate in the upcoming postal plebiscite, whether you like it or not, then you may be a bit anxious about whether or not the untapped voting power of the millennials will be realized.

Well, one grassroots Australian organisation Democracy in Colour has taken steps to tackle that issue head on, launching a website where younger voters can watch goats doing parkour, before heading on over to the Australian Electoral Commission to join the roll, or update their details. And by the way theres now less than 24 hours to do that before the rolls close. Chop chop.

The whole process takes just a few minutes not counting the amount of time you invest watching the goats do parkour which is likely to be substantial, because theyre pretty damn awesome.

In a related note, the whole postal plebiscite issue is increasingly posing a potentially curious problem for the Liberal-Nationals. With an influx of young voters onto the roll, presumably overwhelmingly so they can vote yes, theyll also be able to vote in the next federal election.

Seems highly unlikely theyll be voting yes to Malcolm Turnbull and his colleagues, however.

So even if we dont get marriage equality in the life of this parliament, the postal plebiscite will probably (and ironically) help ensure we get it in the next. Malcolm Turnbull will probably cop the blame from conservatives, but lets not forget the postal plebiscite was actually Peter Duttons idea.

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Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia | Middle East Eye "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia | Middle East Eye:

While Brandis strong condemnation of Hanson is to be commended, it does leave one question: where do the vast majority of Australians stand on the spectrum that spans the gamut between multicultural tolerance and extreme anti-Muslim bigotry?

Alarmingly, a slew of data points to a conclusion that Australia is one of the most Islamophobic countries on the planet.

Consider: while only 41 percent of Americans support a temporary ban on immigrants from a handful of Muslim majority nation states, a plurality of Australians (49 percent) support a permanent block on Muslims entering the country.


"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
- Steve Jobs, 
Commencement Speech, Stanford University, 2005

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS []

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In Praise of Trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tree Planting Diary 2009

In 1999 I wrote an article with the same title for a different publication.  This article listed food production, windbreaks and six other benefits that trees provide for us. It concluded: Planting and nurturing a tree is a positive act in terms of humanity (as others will benefit from your act), the environment and even in personal power. It is an act of love for the earth, nature, your fellows and yourself. The article was primarily about planting and reafforestation though it did mention our native forests as a thing of beauty.

However it just made a single mention of perhaps the most important benefit forests as a carbon store. Growing trees as a carbon sequestration is, as various memes in the twittersphere point out, the only form of carbon capture and storage that actually works. For some years whenever I found a massive tree I would measure its circumference and make a rule of thumb calculation as to how much carbon was stored in that particular tree. The calculation was done by measuring the tree circumference at shoulder height then applying this figure to a table to give a return of carbon in kilograms stored. For example a young hardwood tree with a circumference of one hand (28cm) indicated a carbon storage of 33 kilograms; a circumference of 4 hands (100cm) more than 1 ton of storage and a very large tree with a circumference of 3 arms widths (5m) stored about 90 tons of carbon. It is easy then to comprehend that mature ash forest store more than 1900 tons of carbon per hectare.

Shade from trees and their cooling effect is another aspect relevant to a warming climate. Using trees in towns to help mitigate warming is something I hope to look at soon. In the meantime various government departments appear to be doing their best to destroy and remove these precious assets. I have blogged on the need to cease the logging practices of this government which destroys large areas of these stores and produces prodigious amounts of greenhouse gases. This is done to protect a small number of jobs making clear fell logging doubly damaging to our climate. Other departments are clearing trees such as those along little travelled roads fo...


Video: Huge turnout for anti-racism rally in Vancouver "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canada has also seen a rise in hate politics and the presence of fascist groups in the streets and the tide of opinion is definitely going the other way. In Vancouver, an anti-immigrant rally, attended by members of Nazi type groups, is overwhelmed by the opposition.

Video from Freddie Pritchard DaWeedKing


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Ionizing radiation: Radiation protection standards need to be improved "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Translated by Herv Courtois

Doctors and scientists are warning about the health risks of ionizing radiation.

Even small doses of about 1 millisievert (mSv) increase the risk of developing radiation-induced diseases.

There is no threshold below which radiation could be considered harmless.

Summary of a meeting of experts in Ulm (Germany) on 19 October 2013

On 19 October 2013, the German and Swiss members of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) invited doctors and scientists in the fields of radiobiology, epidemiology , statistics and physics at a meeting of experts in Ulm, Einsteins hometown. Participants discussed current knowledge about the health effects of ionizing radiation, especially in the field of low doses.

The panel concluded that a revision of current radiation protection standards is essential to reflect the current level of scientific knowledge. Ionizing radiation is capable of causing detrimental effects on health; Some can be

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QLD wind farm to be the biggest in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

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FREE IMAGE Albany Wind Farm, Western Australia Photo: Juan Alberto Garcia Rivera

Final details have been confirmed for Australias biggest wind farm which will be built north of the Bunya Mountains.

The project, which was approved by the Queensland Government in March 2017, has been enlarged from 115 wind turbines to 123 wind turbines.

The wind farm is known as Coopers Creek Wind Farm. Construction of the wind farm will be completed in 2019.

Coopers Creek Wind Farm is owned by AGL, one of the biggest providers and generators of energy in Australia. The company runs Australias largest solar and wind farms.

The Coopers Creek Wind Farm will be built on land near Cooranga North, between Dalby and Kingaroy.

Last week, AGL announced an agreement had been finalised with General Electric, a global digital industrial company, to use GE wind turbine technology at Coopers Creek Wind Farm.

General Electric will

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Consciousness is the Key to World Change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Paul A. Philips, Guest
Waking Times

Those craftily manipulating and enslaving us are caring less and less about whether or not we buy into their carefully cultivated 5-sense, 3D reality, played out in the world theatre of illusion.

The enslavers are caring less and less about the fact that in this theatre of illusion, we the audience, increasing in numbers, are detecting the gaps in the falling apart scenery once believed to be real, as the brick wall behind is exposed. Then theres more and more of us in the audience detecting the strings attached to the stage puppets, such as the puppeteered politicians: Many of us can now see their strings getting pulled by the puppet masters who are no longer hidden in the shadows

To an extent, our enslavers dont care that the theatre of illusion that has deceived us since time-immemorial with all its fallacies of freedom is being exposed and falling apart: The whole false pretence, the set-up, both the stage and the auditorium has been energy draining and costly for them to maintain. Now, in their arrogance, the enslavers consider themselves to be in such a position that our increasing resistance is futile: Is it only a matter of time before the theatre of illusion will be redundant as they are becoming more and more confident that they will achieve their planned complete world takeover?

-Having found out about their planned world takeover, there inevitably follows the questionwhat can we do about it?

Sure, from a left brain point of view; through analyzing, rationalizing and reasoning theres been quite a lot of talk in terms of possible answers on how to deal with this situation. There have indeed been some good responses with many practical insights

-However, this alone is not the real solution. The bottom line of bottom lines is that the real solution lies in a shift in consciousness.

Our overwhelming uncontrollable mass awakening is what the worlds ruling elite fear the most. Since we greatly outnumber them and their associates...


FixedIt: Desire does not cause murder "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The horrific details of Michael Cardamones crimes against Karen Chetcuti-Verbunt might be tempting to sensationalise, but it should only take a moment to remember that she was a real person not a meaningless cypher from a cheap thriller.

Its beyond imaging what her family and friends have had to live through but we can make some small effort to do so and not add to their suffering with salacious headlines or by making implicit excuses for the man who murdered her.

Michael Cardamone did not murder Karen because of a sexual interest and the unspoken suggestion that she rejected his interest and thereby played any part in his choice to murder her is vile.

Rape and murder are not caused by desire, they are about power and control, and the belief common to violent men that they are entitled to violate women because women are objects to posses or dispose of, not people.

Reporting like this implicitly endorses that belief. When the media confirms that desire is a reason for murder it tells violent men that they are right to think their desire excuses and explains their choices.

It doesnt.

Some cases seem to just send the media into a frenzy. Journalists and editors who do actually know better get caught up in the sensationalism and lose their minds. Michael Cardamones savage murder of Karen Chetcuti-Verbunt is one of those cases.

The headline above was from the ABC but they werent the only ones who failed in their reporting of this case. The Age, which almost never makes an appearance in FixedIt, produced this clanger as the lead in their report of Cardamones trial.

This murder absolutely should have been reported. It is very much in the public interest to know that Cardamone was on parole for raping a 15 year old girl and had already violated the conditions of his parole when he murdered Karen Chetcuti-Verbunt. Theres a good argument to be made that the savagery of the murder should be public knowled...


Is a leather seat better than vinyl? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Is leather better than vinyl when it comes to choosing the best seat for your motorcycle?

We asked longtime motorcycle seat upholsterer John Moorhouse of Ergo Seats in Brisbane for his advice when we dropped off our Ducati GT1000 seat for a new cover and comfortable foam.

Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsJohn with our Ducati GT1000

The seat will be ready in five days and it will apparently take about 1000km to bed in, so we will give you a full review of the performance level in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, theres that issue of whether to go for leather or vinyl.

John talked us into leather, although he says customers are split about 50/50 on the choice.

Leather looks great and, if you look after it, I wont see you back, he says.

Thats not good business but they last 30 years or more if looked after.

He suggests dressing the leather with lanolin or a special crocodile oil mixture.

That makes sense as Ive never seen a croc with old-age wrinkles!

Crocodile seat Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsCroc skin seat

John says he mainly works with cow leather, but he gets requests for croc skin, kangaroo, emu, snake and even stingray which has an unusual finish.

I havent used stingray yet as you need special...


Turnbull government moves to slash chemical safety testing regulations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The following article by Nicole Hasham (The Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 2017), about the proposed relaxation of assessment of toxic chemicals for public threat is extremely worrying, when even the existing laws have meant that we are forced to love in an environment that is compromising the health of the population. Further relaxation is bound to impact further into the health risks face by Australians. The bill is being examined in the Senate and as more people become aware of its existence, the opposition to it is growing.

A Turnbull government move to slash industrial chemical regulation could create toxic chemical disasters and leave the public and officials oblivious to the risks, critics have warned.

Cancer Council Australia, unions and public health advocates have expressed alarm over the proposed changes, which mean more than 99 per cent of new industrial chemicals will not be officially assessed for threats to public health and the environment before being introduced to the public.

Industrial chemicals pervade our daily lives they are present in cosmetics, fragrances, paint, petrol, cleaners, dyes and plastics, and are used in mining, construction and manufacturing.

Under a bill introduced by Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie, industry would be allowed to self-assess whether a chemical new to Australia was low-risk and therefore exempt, meaning it could be brought to market without being reported to the regulator or having its safety assessed.

About 10,500 new chemicals were reported to the regulator, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), last financial year.

Under the proposed regime NICNAS would assess just 0.75 per cent of new chemicals before they are used by industry down from the current rate of 3.3 per cent.

The government said the proposal would reduce red tape and save industry about $23 million a year. It said cuts to the assessment of low-risk chemicals before use by industry would be balanced by increased post-market monitoring, to ensure that health and environmental protections are maintained.

But chairman of the Cancer Councils occupational and environmental cancers committee, Terry Slevin, said while a chemical might be considered safe today, in 10 years time we might have evidence to suggest we were mistaken.

He pointed to toxic compounds used for decades in some firefighting foam, and tattoo inks, one in five of which have been found to contain carcinogenic chemicals.

If a chemical did become problematic, under the new regime the regulator may have no mechanism to identify where that chemical has been in use, where it might currently be in use and the quantity of that chemical in Australia, Mr Slevin...


Eric Abetz: What the High Court said ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In reply I attach an extract from the case Hawkins v Abetz as may be consulted complete on Tasmanian Times 11/20/2010 ( HERE )


Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lone Goat Gallery presents

Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop

Coordinated by Myo Yim &
Monkey Monkey Shake Shake

Workshop & Performance 12 3PM Saturday 26 August

Let Monkey Monkey Shake Shake show you how to channel your inner Grizzly Bear!

Work with MMSS artist and costumier Myo Yim, and take home your own Grizzly Bear felt hat.

Adults and kids (or two adults) can work on a hat as a team or pair, its more fun that way!

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Assistance and guidance will be provided by workshops hosts.

This workshop is suitable for all crafty adults and children at any level of experience, but young children will be best served working with an adult or older child as a team.

Saturday 26 August 12-3pm
$65 (plus booking fee) per hat
Bookings strictly limited
All materials supplied
Afternoon tea Grizzly Bear Picnic!
Hosted by MMSS costumier and collaborator MYO!

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Cops brutalize elderly man trying to intervene in a domestic dispute "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Critics are saying police have reached a new behavioral low with the way they dealt with a 72-year-old man who is now suing the White Plains Police Department for unnecessary and excessive force, and has the injuries to prove it. Charles Pateman was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute between his fiance' and her daughter. The residential surveillance camera shows the elderly man attempting to get into the elevator to go up to his apartment when police grabbed the well-known businessman and developer, slamming him into the wall and then the floor. After several moments of rough handling, they then placed him in handcuffs. The officers involved demanded Pateman "stand up or we'll drag you out," a command which arguably could be difficult for a person over the age of 70 to comply with. After he got to his feet, and was taken to the squad car, Mr. Pateman asked the arresting officer to loosen his handcuffs. The reasonable request was answered rather sarcastically as the officer replied, "they're not built for comfort, sir."


Vigil for Sue Neill-Fraser: eight years in jail, still no final answers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

19Aug2017:  Round about 50 were there in the little park outside the Tasmanian Parliament. Mainly locals, some from elsewhere in the state and 1 from the mainland. It was the vigil for Sue:  Susan Neill-Fraser, who has now been eight years in jail, convicted of the murder of her partner, Bob Chappell, who disappeared from the Four Winds yacht on the Australia Day of 2009 or in the early morning following it Fairfax: Death on the Derwent: Secret file could prove yacht killers innocence


The Rise of the Sleeping Midget "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

To be able to look after Tasmania properly, Tasmanians need to have more of a say in what goes on here, and Canberra less. Federal Legislation often doesnt take into consideration what is best for Tasmania, but is what they believe to be best for Australia. This is not always the case, and I can point to two Federal decisions that have enraged the Tasmanian people, those being the sale of the Van Diemens Land Company to the Chinese, and the rubber stamping of fish farms for Oakhampton Bay on the East Coast. Both Federal decisions


Mysterious microbe discovered in Antarctic may hold keys to puzzle of evolution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Until now it has remained one of the biggest mysteries in evolution. For decades the best biological brains have been left puzzled over the exact origin of viruses. Now biologists from the University of New South Wales in Australia believe they have found the answer - and it is all down to a peculiar Antarctic microbe. Are they an older, simpler form of life - or are they parasites that arose only once cells had evolved? It is thought this microorganism is host to a fragment of DNA that can build a capsule around itself, thus answering that elusive question of how viruses first arose. According to Ricardo Cavichioli and his team from the University of New South Wales, they found a microorganism in the lakes of the Rauer Islands off the coast of Antarctica that might shed some light on the question.


EDFL: Catani beats Ellinbank, plus Round 18 scores "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Catani defeated Ellinbank 10.9.69 to 7.8.50 in their EDFL Round 18 Seniors game on Saturday.


Edison Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Firebombing his Supervisors House "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NEW BRUNSWICK A former Edison officer struck a deal with the prosecutors office Monday resolving two arson cases and a host of charges, including multiple counts of attempted murder

The post Edison Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Firebombing his Supervisors House appeared first on Filming Cops.


Cultural deviation and the Conservative Coalition "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Both wars relate to conscription that beloved tool of Conservative governments such laws put us plebs in our place ... as cannon fodder for the Generals on either side


Fossil baleen whale discovery in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video says about itself:

22 August 2017

Fossil of whale of 15 million years old reveals ancient hatcheries

A second close look at a fossil has revealed a hatchery previously unknown of an extinct whale, and potentially sheds light on how species respond to changing weather conditions. They report a careful reexamination of several fossils of an extinct whale, Parietobalaena yamaokai, which existed around 15 million years ago. Fossils had been collected over the last century from around Hiroshima, and were held at Hiwa City Museum of Natural History. When examining one of the exhibits, part of a skull, Tsai noticed that two of the bones had not completely woven, indicating that the animal must have been less than six months old when he died.

Identification of a possible breeding place of the Miocene for whales in the northern hemisphere also raises some interesting questions, he concludes. When, where and what species of whales initiated the long, annual migration between feeding and childbirth. Answers to these questions could help provide clues about the breeding grounds of modern whales whose locations are largely unknown. This, in turn, will have direct application for conservation strategies.

From ScienceDaily:

A potential breeding site of a Miocene era baleen whale

Researcher identifies evidence of a calf whale from the Miocene of Hiroshima, Japan suggesting the earliest known site for baleen whale breeding in the northern hemisphere

August 22, 2017

Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researchers second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating back over 15 million years.

The research published in the open-access journal PeerJ elaborates on the evidence of the presence...


Dont feed the trolls how to combat the alt-right "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Kazu Haga

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Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Lets start there.

The constitution does not protect violence, and Im happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the free speech of hate groups.

But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I dont want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away.

So what do we do?

Many communities seem to have embraced the militant tactics of Antifa, so much so that it seems like its already an expectation that every alt-right rally will turn into a violent battlefield.

Yet I cant help but wonder if these tactics are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. Is it possible that we could be winning small battles while losing the war? Is it possible that as we celebrate Nazis getting punched, their numbers are growing as a direct result of it?

I dont pretend to have all the answers. I would even admit that a portion of the blame for the rise in violence has to go to those of us committed to nonviolence for our failure to come up with the type of assertive response necessary in these urgent times.

And I do give a lot of credit to Antifa activists, for as much as I have major disagreements in strategy, they have had the courage to put their bodies on the line. When the levels of hatred are as extreme as they are, our responses to it nonviolent or otherwise has to match its intensity, and Antifa has done that.

But as these battles rage on (the alt-right has planned rallies this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley), its critical that we not get dogmatic and are able to evaluate our strategies.

Violence has a simple dynamic that Rev. James Lawson once described as, I make you suffer more than I suffer. If we think that punching Nazis and pepper spraying them will make them suffer so much that they go away, Im afraid that we...


New Zealands Progress Trap is Killing Countrys Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New Zealands drive for more growth and more growth was akin to a progress trap with growth industries like large scale dairying killing New Zealands rivers says a New Zealand environmental author


Need Car-Charging Infrastructure? How About Peer-To-Peer And On The Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Theres already a fairly robust start to a charging system for EVs, but most of its privately owned. A new plan wants to open it up.

To meet the needs of the millions of electric vehicles that may be on the roads over the next decade or two, were going to need a lot more places to plug in. The current facilities are limited to desultory stops in supermarket parking lots (and such places), and offer nothing approaching the peace of mind of the gas station network. There are currently about 44,000 EV charging stations in the U.S, according to U.S. government figures, compared to 168,000 nationwide that sell fuel.

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The Micro-Plastics Nightmare "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The oceans are full of plastic pollution, plastics which are frequently taken in by fish, turtles and birds, and are a tragic cause of marine deaths


MACKAY Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time

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MACKAY Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero

August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

been in a bar with a friend and the defendant walked up and licked her on the cheek, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, August 23, 2017 The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 421

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Art: Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard By Rembrandt

Reading 1  JGS 9:6-15

All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together
and proceeded to make Abimelech king
by the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem.

When this was reported to him,
Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there,
cried out to them in a loud voice:
Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you!
Once the trees went to anoint a king over themselves.
So they said to the olive tree, Reign over us.
But the olive tree answered them, Must I give up my rich oil,
whereby men and gods are honored,
and go to wave over the trees?
Then the trees said to the fig tree, Come; you reign over us!
But the fig tree answered them,
Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruit,
and go to wave over the trees?
Then the trees said to the vine, Come you, and reign over us.
But the vine answered them,
Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men,
and go to wave over the trees?
Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, Come; you reign over us!
But the buckthorn replied to the trees,
If you wish to anoint me king over you in good faith,
come and take refuge in my shadow.
Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthorn
and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'

Responsorial Psalm  PS 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (2a) Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
in your victory how greatly he rejoices!


Market Talk- August 22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Asian markets loved the fact that the US managed to turn around yesterday and so we opened with an air of confidence for this mornings trade. After an initial sell-off in the Nikkei early session we saw a bounce that unfortunately failed. By mid afternoon we had slipped back to the days lows and watched as stocks struggled into the close (-0.1%) completing the fifth day of losses. The JPY continues to play around the mid 109s, which is interesting as equity markets are rounding yet the safe-haven bid remains for the yen! The SENSEX saw a similar pattern to the Nikkei having failed a concessive move in either direction.The Shanghai also managed small positive gains but the Hang Seng gained 1% as property companies closed well bid. ASX bounced with an encouraging resources rally (BHP +3%) and sees currency almost unchanged at 0.792.

It has been clear recently, that the US markets have been global leaders in trend. Asia bounced because of a better close and this afternoons trading in Europe accelerated because of a strong opening. The DAX was the strongest performer for Europe (+1.35%), but probably not surprising having been the most beaten-up in recent trading. This was followed closely by both the CAC and FTSE (+0.9%) with IBEX +0.5%. Volumes have been light however , as we are still in summer trading and we were led by basic resources. Worth keeping an eye on Global Market Watch for copper which has been forecast for a while now. Data from Germany was a hot topic earlier in the day after the ZEW index released way below expectations disappointing expectations. BREXIT headlines are never far away and today we hear the UKs desire to retain English Law governing business law following the divorce. GBP and the Euro both fell around -0.5% which helped the stock indices but the hot topic remains Jackson Hole for the immediate concerns. Talking around it sounds like the DXY is a heavy short amongst many players so worth being flexible especially when volumes are so light.

1%+ gains for all major US indices with the VIX losing 12% (last seen 11.60%). Interesting that the S+P bounced off of the 100 day moving average and is happy waiting for central bank news later in the week....


When Will The United States Transcend White Supremacy? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Robert Jensen for Dissident Voice - Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced white supremacy into our political vocabulary, lets ask an uncomfortable question: When will the United States transcend white supremacy? My question isnt, What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpisms success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics? I want to go beyond easy targets to ask, When will U.S. societynot just neo-Nazis and the Klan, but the whole countryreject all aspects of white supremacist ideology and take serious steps toward rectifying the material inequality justified by that ideology? The answer is obvious: Never. Theres no evidence the dominant culture is interested. The wealthin fact, the very existenceof the United States is so entwined in the two foundational racialized holocausts in our history that transcending white supremacy requires not only treating people of color differently, but understanding ourselves in new and painful ways. To transcend white supremacy, white America would have to come to terms with the barbarism of our history and our ongoing moral failures. If that seems harsh, heartless, or hopeless, lets start with history.


4 Questions to Ask About how Your Kids get to School "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It's Back to School season and for most people, that doesn't just mean picking up notebooks and pencils at the store or figuring out class schedules. It also means determining how your kids will get to school. Where is the bus stop and how early do the kids need to get up to make it on time? Which parent will drive the children to their respective schools? How does the drop-off area function?

But here are four questions you may not have thought about yet as you prepare for the school year. They cover issues that we've written extensively about at Strong Towns and we think they'll invite important reflection on the state of school transportation for kids like yours and kids across the country.


1. In your town, is it safe for children to walk or bike to school?

1. In your town, is it safe for children to walk or bike to school without adult supervision? 

That's a key question on the Strong Towns Strength Test, a simple method for figuring out how strong your town is. Take a second to consider this question seriously. Ask yourself, would you allow your child (or grandchild, or nephew, or cousin) to walk to school by himself? Would you feel good about that decision and know that he was going to have a safe path, free from the risk of getting hit by a driver? If you're like most Americans, the answer is No.

This simple fact tells us a lot about our towns. After all, if it's unsafe for a child to walk or bike, chances are it's not much safer for an adult, not to mention a senior or someone with a mobility impairment. That means your transportation options are limited to cars (and perhaps buses) and that your whole community is likely designed around this mode of transportation (with big parking lots, wide roads, etc.).

Picture, for a moment, what a bike- and walk-friendly town would look like. Would it have more substantial sidewalks? Safer intersections? Drivers who travel slowly and look out for children instead of speeding through neighborhood streets? Perhaps all of these things...

And yet, we have become used to a life where driv...


Palestinians Seek Answers From US Envoy Kushner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RAMALLAH, West Bank A top Palestinian official says the Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers from the U.S. when White House envoy Jared Kushner returns to the region this week.

Ahmad Majdalani, a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Palestinians asked Kushner for the U.S. position on two key issues Israeli settlements and support for Palestinian independence during his last visit to the region in June.

Since then we didnt hear from them, he said Tuesday. We hope they bring clear answers this time.

Majdalani says the peace process cannot resume from scratch.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trumps son-in-law, is expected to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday as he tries to restart talks. The last round broke down over three years ago.


2017 Deadliest On Record For Killings By Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Rachel Blevins for Mint Press News - In 2017 alone, police have killed 746 people in the U.S., according to the Killed By Police database, which puts this year on pace to become the deadliest year on record. In contrast, in the first seven months of 2016, police killed 714 people; the number was slightly higher in 2015 with 725 killed, and it was noticeably lower in 2014 with 663 killed and in 2013 with 353 killed. One case from this year that received a host of media attention occurred on July 15 when Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman was shot and killed by police in Minneapolis, after she called 911 to report a disturbance in her neighborhood. As The Free Thought Project reported, while audio was released from the shooting, neither one of the two officers on the scene chose to turn on their body cameras, and the officer who shot and killed Damond had several complaints on his record. In addition to the increase in police shootings, the U.S. is also under a new administration, which has expressed overwhelming support for all of the characteristics that lead to an empowered police state. In an address to the National District Attorneys Association conference on July 17, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to increase the federal governments civil asset forfeiture programs. In addition, we hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeitureespecially for drug traffickers, Sessions said. With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.


Parthenolide is a potential novel therapeutic agent for aggressive colorectal cancer treatment. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Intest Res. 2017 Apr ;15(2):174-181. Epub 2017 Apr 27. PMID: 28522946 Abstract Title:  Parthenolide promotes apoptotic cell death and inhibits the migration and invasion of SW620 cells. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/AIMS: Parthenolide (PT), a principle component derived from feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), is a promising anticancer agent and has been shown to promote apoptotic cell death in various cancer cells. In this study, we focused on its functional role in apoptosis, migration, and invasion of human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells.METHODS: SW620 cells were employed as representative human CRC cells. We performed the MTT assay and cell cycle analysis to measure apoptotic cell death. The wound healing, Transwell migration, and Matrigel invasion assays were performed to investigate the effect of PT on cell migration/invasion. Western blotting was used to establish the signaling pathway of apoptosis and cell migration/invasion.RESULTS: PT exerts antiproliferative effect and induces apoptotic cell death of SW620 cells. In addition, PT prevents cell migration and invasion in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, PT markedly suppressed migration/invasion-related protein expression, including E-cadherin,-catenin, vimentin, Snail, cyclooxygenase-2, matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), and MMP-9 in SW620 cells. PT also inhibited the expression of antiapoptotic proteins (Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL) and activated apoptosis terminal factor (caspase-3) in a dose-dependent manner.CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that PT is a potential novel therapeutic agent for aggressive CRC treatment.

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Ron Paul: Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Photo courtesy of Ron Paul)

OPINION Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The alt-right elevates racial identity over individual identity. The obsession with race leads them to support massive government interference in the economy in order to benefit members of the favored race. They also favor massive welfare and entitlement spending, as long as it functions as a racial spoils system. Some prominent alt-right leaders even support abortion as a way of limiting the minority population. No one who sincerely supports individual liberty, property rights, or the right to life can have any sympathy for this type of racial collectivism.

Antifa, like all Marxists, elevates class identity over individual identity. Antifa supporters believe government must run the economy because otherwise workers will be exploited by greedy capitalists. This faith in central planning ignores economic reality, as well as the reality that in a free market employers and workers voluntarily work together for their mutual benefit. It is only when government intervenes in the economy that crony capitalists have the opportunity to exploit workers, consumers, and taxpayers. Sadly, many on the left confuse the results of the mixed economy Alt RightAntifwith free markets.

Ironically, the failure of the Keynesian model of economic authoritarianism, promoted by establishment economists like Paul Krugman, is responsible for the rise of the alt-right and antifa. Despite a recent (and likely short-lived) upturn in some sectors of the economy, many Americans continue to struggle with unemployment and a Federal Reserve-caused eroding standard of living. History shows that economic hardship causes many to follow demagogues offering easy solutions and convenient scapegoats.

Left-wing demagogues scapegoat businesses and the one percent, ignoring the distinction between those who made their fortunes serving consumers and those who enriched themselves by manipulating the political process. Right-wing demagogues scapegoat immigrants and minorities, ignoring how these groups suffer under the current system and how they are disproportionally impacted by policies like the war on drugs and police militarization.

As the Keynesian-Krugman empire...


Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

One MP's stunt points to a wider problem in Australian society's attitude towards Muslims


The Emerging Sperm Count Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

If sperm counts continue declining at the current rate, humans could become extinct.

Analyzing nearly 200 studies, researchers have found that the sperm counts in men across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have halved in less than forty years. The study found that the decline in mens sperm counts may also be accelerating.

Although the study didnt investigate the potential causes of this sharp decline, prior research has implicated exposures to man-made chemicals, especially endocrine disruptors that are plentiful in many consumer products and the pesticides sprayed on our food.

Weve previously reported the evidence that GMOs could also be culprits in declining sperm counts. In a Russian study on hamsters, scientists observed that consumption of GM soybeans tended to slow their sexual maturation, and completely eliminating their ability to reproduce. This can take several generations to unfold. Another study uncovered similar infertility in third-generation mice that consumed GM corn.

There are natural ways to improve male fertility in addition to protecting oneself from exposure to endocrine disruptors, which can be found in unexpected places, such as dental offices or checkout receipts. Natural medicine specialists can also help with more sophisticated tests as well as the right food, supplements, and exercise. Something as simple as enough Vitamin D can make all the difference in restoring fertility.



Who's Who in Charlottesville "Unite The Right" Rally litigation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eighteen far right groups and every single person who marched as part of the Unite The Right Rally on 11-12 August 2017 is being sued by two female Charlottesville residents injured when a car allegedly driven by a rally participant crashed into the back of their car.

This driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was charged with second degree murder, malicious wounding and hit and run by Charlottesville police on 12 August 2017.
This may not be the last lawsuit in relation to this violent white supremacist rally.


Things are crook at Tallarook for the Turnbull Government in August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 21 August 2017 The Australian published the 18th Newspoll in a row with negative numbers for the Coalition Federal Government:

The Turnbull government has taken a battering after a week of turmoil over the citizenship of key ministers, with the Coalition trailing Labor by 46 to 54 per cent in another brutal verdict from voters.

Labor has climbed to its strongest primary vote this year, with its core support at 38 per cent, giving it a convincing lead that would see it form government with a gain of 20 seats if the trend held at the next federal election.

The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, shows the governments primary vote has fallen from 36 to 35 per cent over the past two weeks, amid internal rows over same-sex marriage and the storm over the foreign citizenship of three cabinet ministers.

Malcolm Turnbull has lost ground to Bill Shorten in his personal standing with Australians but has held his lead as preferred prime minister, favoured by 43 per cent of...


Barbie doll bomb was set to bring down airliner with 400 passengers aboard: Plot foiled "IndyWatch Feed National"

A plot to bring an airliner down using an IED was foiled after airport security caught a barbie doll and a meat grinder packed with explosives

(INTELLIHUB) A piece of luggage containing two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which were disguised as a Barbie doll and a meat grinder were found by airport security before making it aboard an UAE-bound flight on Monday.

The luggage was 15-pounds over the allotted airline weight limit which prompted a security screening of the bag.

Australias Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk told reporters that four Lebanese-Australian brothers were behind the diabolical plot to destroy the airliner which was carrying around 400 passengers.

Sky News reports:

One brother, Amer Khayyat, has been detained in Lebanon while Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat were arrested in Australia, the minister added.

The fourth, Tarek Khayyat, is claimed to be a senior Islamic State (IS) member living in the terror groups de facto capital Raqqa, northern Syria.

The suspects were arrested on July 29 and are set to appear in court later in the year.

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A Power of Nurturing Love is Before Us Now that the Explise is Over "IndyWatch Feed National"

I often focus on the devil lovers- but this video is for all of us. Have hope- live your faith- and lets love all that you are able.

What you need to know about the ILLUMINATI CARD GAMEabsolute MADNESS!

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BACCHUS MARSH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bacchus Marsh is a rural centre and regional locality in Victoria, Australia located approximately 57 kilometres north west of the state capital Melbourne and 15 kilometres west of Melton at a near equidistance to the major cities of Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong. The population of the Bacchus Marsh urban area was 20,345 at the 2016 census. The State Suburb by the same name is home to 6,394 people and contains the central business district.

Bacchus Marsh is the largest rural area in the local government area of Shire of Moorabool. Traditionally a market garden area, producing a large amount of the region's fruits and vegetables in recent decades it has transformed into the main commuter town on the Melbourne-Ballarat corridor with its affordable starter homes proving popular. It was named after one of its original inhabitants, Captain William Henry Bacchus, who saw the great value of this locality as it was situated on two rivers the Lerderderg and Werribee.

One of the first white men to reach the Bacchus Marsh valley was pastoralist Kenneth Scobie Clarke (c. 180679), a native of Sutherland in Scotland. Clarke was a manager for the Great Lake Company of Van Diemens Land and arrived in the Port Phillip District from George Town on 25 March 1836. Captain Bacchus credited Clarke as being the first man to shear sheep in Victoria, although the Hentys had arrived in Portland with their sheep some two years earlier.

On 29 November 1836, Clarke headed west from Port Phillip with a large flock of sheep, arriving in the Bacchus Marsh district a few days later. He built a hut on the west bank of the Lerderderg River near Darley, and lived there until early 1838. According to pastoralist George Russell, Clarke had acted on information obtained from Mr Aitken, an Edinburgh man, who was most put out when he discovered that Clarke had beaten him to the Pentland Hills run.

In 1838, Englishman Captain Will...


The Defenders Substitutes Politics For Storytelling, And The Result Is Boring "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With The Defenders, the Marvel-Netflix enterprise comes to intersectionality. This was inevitable, because Marvel brought to Netflix a dramatization of the closing of the liberal mind: stories all about race, class, and gender. But up to now, their stories were simply not sufficiently woke.

There was always the possibility that good storytelling might win out; but instead, series sold the idea that binge-watching prestige television was the same thing as social justice.

This is as good a time as any to look back on what Marvel-Netflix has accomplished so far, so lets review how we got here. This all started with a show about social class, Daredevil, still Marvels only real dramatic success in any medium. I dont think that was an accident, because Daredevil is Marvels only really astounding hero: he is unique for his overt Christianity, but also because the source of his power is in a weaknessblindness. He has the rare humanity of focusing on his neighborhood, where things like poverty and crime are real, as well as the political exploitation of housing. And to top it off, he was a lawyer with a commitment to fighting off corruption in the name of the rule of law.

In short, this was Marvels amazing answer to Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. Not only is Daredevil an answer to Batmanaside from striking similarities of look, there is this commitment to the installation of the rule of lawbut Daredevil is American in ways Batman cannot be. He has a Christian commitment to human equality, and therefore to not killing people, even if they deserve it. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord! That, of course, could be a guide for people who want to understand why use of force is so problematic in America.

What Made Daredevil Unique And Exciting

But this all went to hell because the story abandoned Hells kitchen. Daredevil had to be turned into some silly fantasy about fighting an evil ninja-devil organization. Im unfortunately not joking. This is what passes for sophistication in prestige television, even beyond Game of Thrones. The first seasons seriousness about the lower classes was abandoned. Partly, thats because it would have been hard to keep up. After all, prestige television is almost always dedicated to ignoring the lower classes, even when it sells fantasies of violence and non-middle class living. Had the writers taken their setting and their hero seriously, they would have had to reflect on the changes New York has undergone since the days of horrifying crime rates. Far easier to tell a foolish story about cartoonish devils. Im not saying the abstract fight between West and East is not an interesting topicmore on this laterbut it sacrificed Daredevil to fake mysteries and devil-slaying adventures that are as cheap as they are fake.

Then Marvel went with a show abo...


Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82077 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport with Two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Before dawn on Tuesday 22 August, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82077 made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport, touching down direct from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA4962.

It parked on Gate 6 at the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron and after Customs and Border Force duties were finalised, the Antonov commenced unloading with the its front landing gear being raised and the aircraft placed into its unique 'kneeling' position to allow the unloading of its cargo.  On this flight, a pair of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - believed to be serials '88190' and '88192' - were unloaded.  It was interesting to note that 88192 still wears its commemorative tail flash for the Chinook's 20th anniversary with the RSAF!



Trip Report - Esk Weekend Away "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Black Falcon [Steve Popple pic]
Another successful weekend away for our group with good company and good birds and wildlife.

Blue billed Duck [poor pic by Ken Cross]
The weekend started at 5-30pm on the friday afternoon or it was going to start then however one of our number was delayed by a massive fire which caused a chaos that in turn caused massive traffic delays. It was soon forgotten though as we drove up over the Blackall Range through Mapleton and Maleny before dropping down west of Peachester enroute to Kilcoy and our evening meal. Next stop was our digs for a two night stay - Esk Caravan Park.


"Tell Me, And Tell The Truth..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Tell me yourself, I challenge you answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature... and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears: would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.
- Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"


How To Turn Your Five-Figure Freelance Career Into A Six-Figure Startup "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Heres your guide to going from solopreneur to CEO.

Whatever you call yourselffreelancer, consultant, or solopreneuryoure getting by just fine as your own boss. Youre regularly pulling in a comfortable five-figure income, and it feels good answering to nobody but yourself. But now youre ready to think bigger. You want to build your solo operation into a proper company by making a few key hires and expanding your customer base beyond the handful of clients that just you yourself can personally manage. Heres what it takes to make that happen.

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Moving Boxes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Free moving boxes along with packing material (paper and bubble wrap).

Sms 0449 708 565 for the address.



Weed Out African Weed Orchids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Weed out African Weed Orchids before they invade the whole of Merri and Edgar's Creeks!

These invasive plants spread thousands of seeds - we need to get them before they start!

This Saturday 10-12 in Reservoir.

Ngarri-djarrang (Central Creek Grassland) Davidson St Reservoir, Melway 8 B12



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Wooden cot & mattress for sale.

127cm in length.

One side has height adjustment to easily lower in baby.

Roller wheels attached to legs for convenient movement.

Thick comfortable mattress comes with, so you dont have to look for mattress separately.



Writers Block and Regional Galleries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 24 August focuses on regional galleries in NSW and the psyche of creative people..

Firstly, we explore why so many creative people suffer anxiety and self-doubt.

peta landman for publicationPsychotherapist Peta Landman, herself an arts practitioner, author and former arts manager speaks to us about some of the issues creative individuals face in their work.

Whether this is writers block, procrastination or self-denigration, Peta works to assist each individual to understand the cause of their concerns and advises on ways to overcome these problems and move forward in their work.


john Cheeseman for publicationThen follows a conversation with John Cheeseman, both President of the Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW and Director of Mosman Art Gallery who speaks with us about regional galleries in NSW, their role and importance.

If you love art and are travelling around the state then you should be aware of the many regional galleries you can visit.


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Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing
How official science is deployed to advance a political agenda

by Jon Rappoport

The public wants to buy every official scientific claim the mainstream press pounds into their brainswhether the issue is vaccine safetyglobal warmingthe overwhelming success of medical drugs, the Big Bang theory of the universes origin

The notion that a political agenda underlies such scientific pronouncements is unthinkable. Read More


Stat News Runs Incomplete Interview with Robert Kennedy Jr: Read Full Transcript "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Anne Dachel Below is a link to an interview by Helen Branswell of StatNews with Robert Kennedy, Jr. This interviewer was argumentative and out to discredit Kennedy. The narrow scope of the questions showed that. A legitimate journalist would...


Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Also at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Also popping into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 22 August was four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.  They looked to fly in together from the North and were heard to be using the one radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

They four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville.  They were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.


Cliff Dwellings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This cliff is going to play a starring part in the right side panel of the weave painting. Louis Nowra told me, the cliff between Potts Pt and the Loo has been hacked away over the years. Even now a development is chopping away at the rock between McElhone and Brougham Sts for a carpark, One day Bob Askin's DMR will have achieved its dream of converting Woolloomooloo and the Cross into a flat plain


Further Research into Artificial Wombs Brings Us Closer to a Future Where Babies Grow Outside the Body "IndyWatch Feed National"

Innovative artificial womb technology successfully incubated lambs for one week and might soon be helping preterm babies to fully develop. The device and its accompanying unique method was developed by a collaboration of scientists from Australia, Japan, and elsewhere.
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Nobody will answer if you talk: research on trafficking in emergencies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Human trafficking is often misunderstood or unaddressed in emergencies. It is usually viewed as a problem better left to law enforcement or social welfare services to address.


SYRIZA In Power: 940 Days, And Still No Democratic Structures In The Birthplace Of Democracy "IndyWatch Feed"

The left wing party that rose spectacularly to power in Greece in 2015 has delivered none of the promise so many were hoping for, writes Professor Vrasidas Karalis.

When it was elected we all felt relief. No more austerity, no more fiscal restrictions, no insecurity these were the months of thinking magically. A new hope had emerged, promising policies different to the neoliberal market priorities and inviting the people to protect national sovereignty from being taken over by external forces.

The magic was dispelled some weeks later leaving behind confusion, anger and embarrassment.

Certainly, SYRIZA is not a black and white case: it emerged as a considerable political force when previous policies and institutional practices of the dominant political order reached their most disastrous dead-end, sometime in 2014. It offered optimism and promised change at the moment when the systemic parties were reacting with vulgar populism or alarmist rhetoric of gloom and doom.

When SYRIZA was elected on January 25th, 2015, everything looked promising and optimistic not simply for Greece, but for the whole left-wing movement in Europe. Its election offered an example of how to rekindle interest in politics and how to mobilise citizens in active participation. Or at least, so it seemed in the beginning.


Many intellectuals from all over Europe and the US, both liberal and Marxist, supported it because they found the arrogant way that the EU treated a whole country undemocratic and somehow colonialist. The SYRIZA affair was from its inception a highly imaginative case: it fulfilled an expectation and a premonition. Its main goal was to smash the EU bureaucracy and even proceed with the dissolution of the Eurozone, giving back to nation-states their splendid sovereignty, independence and uniqueness.

It was, however, conveniently overlooked that SYRIZA was the product of the corrupt political order which supposedly came to abolish. A considerable 40% of its elected members belonged to the traditional parties of power, both the Socialist and Conservative. Furthermore it never gained a convincing large majority and opted to share government with a fascist and ultra-nationalistic party, the Independent Greeks.

In Australia that would mean a coalition between Pauline Hanson and Labor, or in Britain a government shared by UKIP and the Labour party. The strange bedfellows, a radical left and radical fascist party together, meant that power was inevitably going to be administered along bureaucratic lines, with party off...


1) No deal yet on Freeports 51% share divestment: Luhut "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) They asked the UN to hand in hand to Deiyai case

1) No deal yet on Freeports 51% share divestment: Luhut
Jakarta | Tue, August 22, 2017 | 10:27 am

Last week, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the government had agreed to extend PT Freeport Indonesias contract to 2041 in exchange for the companys agreement to divest 51 percent of its shares and to construct smelter, but on Monday he made different statement.  
"[The negotiation] is still ongoing, but an agreement is on the way. Our requirements [] cannot disputed, he said.
"Our stance is fixed. We will never back down. The current contract will end in 2021, [but after that] we will not just do what they tell us to."


The Limits of Semantic Ambiguity: A response to Steve Fuller "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny

Mahatma Gandhi

Academics in general are such emotional creatures. We might speak, in fact, of academic feminisation. Theyre so invested in their work, and the good ones are so committed to their students: they nurture, they foster talent and possibility, they provide guidance and professional socialisation. They act like women. They respond irrationally to criticisms of work, or the complaint that a concept is being misappropriated; or they focus on some perceived injustice rather than take an argument at face value and use logic to refute it. Hysterical responses are not uncommon

It is clear, I hope, that the above paragraphs are deliberately ridiculous. In no scholarly outlet, one would hope, would such a flagrantly reductive and offensive set of gender stereotypes find a platform. And yet Steve Fuller was able to publish an article recently on the multi-author blog Sociological Imagination that used flagrantly reductive and offensive stereotypes about autism to support an argument about semantic ambiguity in sociology. I want to respond here to both Fullers blog post, and his defence of said post both in the comments and on Twitter in which he essentially doubles down on his original position.



Christian teaching removed from schools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter on Thursday afternoon questioned the Minister representing the Attorney General on the eradication of Christian moral grounding in Primary Schools across Australia.

Attorney General, secularist attacks upon Christianity inundate Nativity scenes gone. Star removed from Christmas trees. Now QLDs government eradicates Christian moral teachings from schoolyards.

Chairman Mao killed millions due to humanism which is replacing Christianity in State Schools. Charles Darwin was a fraud admitting on his death bed that he had been wrong about evolution

Can we be assured that the replacement wont be humanism to quote Lenin, Communisms father and mother, Stalin Mao 72m dead or Charles Darwin Adolf Hitlers master race 26m dead?

And that education in Australia tells of Pax Romanus replacing Roman tyranny.  Bishop Langstons Magna Carta, the abolition of slavery, the collapse of communism and historys 6 greatest scientists all this from the carpenter preacher from Nazareth?  

The question is in response to a report auditing religious instruction curriculum in public schools  issued by the Queensland Department of Education and Training which noted that students should not be encouraged to evangelise to other students at school and referenced that schools should take appropriate action if a student is found to be doing so.

Mr Katter said Judeo-Christian was the motivating force of some of the most prominent names in our history books.

Pasteur, Newton, Einstein, Galileo, Mandell and Faraday all practiced Judeo-Christianity and the three...


Caught in a canyon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ON Thursday August 17, a Welshpool man was taken to La Trobe Hospital after surviving a horror crash. Sergeant Barrie McCoy was on the scene for several hours and explained []

The post Caught in a canyon appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Why Are All those Racists So Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 22 August, 2017  Racism is not a new phenomenon and while it is an ongoing daily reality for vast numbers of people, it also often bursts from the shadows to remind us that just because we can keep ignoring the endless sequence of minor racist incidents, racism has not gone away despite supposedly significant efforts to eliminate it.


Source: Video provided by the Robert J. Burrowes

I say supposedly because these past efforts, whatever personnel, resources and strategies have been devoted to them, have done nothing to address the underlying cause of racism and so their impact must be superficial and temporary. As the record demonstrates.

I say this not to denounce the effort made and, in limited contexts, the progress achieved, but if we want to eliminate racism, rather than confine it to the shadows for it to burst out periodically, then we must have the courage to understand what drives racism and design responses that address this cause.

Otherwise, all of the best ideas in the world can do no more than repeat past efforts at dialogue, education, nonviolent action and the implementation of legislation designed to protect civil rights or even outlaw violence, which doesnt work, of course, as the pervasive violence in our society demonstrates and was again graphically illustrated by the recent outbreak of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville in the United States.

Racism directed against indigenous peoples and people of color has been a significant factor driving key aspects of domestic politics and foreign policy in many countries for centuries. This outcome is inevitable given the psychological imperatives that drive racist violence.

Racism fear of, and hatred for, those of another race coupled with the beliefs that the other race is inferior and should be dominated (by your race) is now highly visible among European populations impacted by refugee flows from the Middle East and North Africa.

In addition, racism is ongoingly and highly evident among sectors of the US population but also in countries like South Africa as well as Australia and throughout Central and South Amer...



By Cori marshall

Clean drinking water is essential to human survival. People have the right, not only to know what is being added to the water that enters their homes and businesses they have the right to understand in very clear terms what the additive is doing to and for their bodies. It is with this in mind, that we are looking into water fluoridation. 

Fluoridated water is said to have many benefits in preventing tooth decay. Yet the issue remains highly polarized and hotly debated. Is adding fluoride to our water supplies a marvel of mass medication, or a human health risk? 

According to a University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers, 42.6% of Canada's population, on public water supplies, is receiving water fluoridation." In fact, health Canada endorses the process, stating that"fluorides protect tooth enamel against the acids," that cause cavities. At the federal level, the use of the additive is encouraged. 

Water quality policy is under the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories, and the decision to fluoridate or not usually rests in the hands of the...


Whale Shark Found Dead, Plastic Spoon Stuck in Digestive System "IndyWatch Feed"

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
Waking Times

An 18-foot long whale shark washed up dead on Pamban South Beach in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

The cause of death is found to be heavy internal injuries it has suffered when it either hit a rock or a big vessel, local wildlife ranger S Sathish told the Times of India.

Whale sharks are considered endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Its global population has shrank more than 50 percent over the last 75 years. Its greatest current threats include fisheries catches, bycatch in nets and vessel strikes, according to the IUCN.

Whale sharks are the the biggest fish and shark of the seas. The gentle giants are filter feeders that dine on plankton with its massively wide mouth.

But during a necropsy, wildlife officials also uncovered a plastic spoon stuck in the dead sharks digestive system. The plastic spoon was likely sucked into the animals digestive system while it was eating, the officials explained.

It is a stark revelation how plastic waste is getting into the marine eco-system. The marine species cant distinguish between a floating plastic and prey. We should avoid dumping plastic waste inside sea, Sathish added.

Its clear from this story and many others that plastic trash is a major threat to aquatic life. Australian scientists published a paper in July suggesting that plastic pollution is spread throughout the marine environment. An of-citied 2016 study also found that by 2050 there will be...


Zero G - 21 August 2017 Episode 1147 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Podcast Title: Visit To a Small Pod 1147

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: remembering JERRY LEWIS; and "defenders assemble" with THE DEFENDERS

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

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



Ryde Liberals Launch The Ryde Liberal team officially launched their campaign at Anzac Park West Ryde last weekend featuring Trenton Brown and Amy Lee (West Ward); Sarkis Yedelian and Chris Moujalli (Central Ward) and Jordan Lane and Brigid Meney (East Ward). Ross Williams team launches campaign A packed house attended the launch of the Ross []


Man killed as wind brings down wall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THIRTY year old construction site worker Thong Tran was killed in Carlingford last Wednesday when high winds brought a brick wall crashing down on him. Fellow workers and ambulance officers were unable to save Thong Trans life after the wall collapsed on him around 10am. Police will make inquiries into the incident and will prepare []


Three ways Madeca can bring out the inner you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MADECA in Blaxland Road Ryde has everything you need to renew yourself from our award-winning facials, hair treatments, tanning, waxing, to IPL laser hair removal, makeup services, manicures, pedicures and body treatments. The two storey one-stop beauty salon features a hair salon, manicure and pedicure service, a makeup studio and beauty therapy rooms designed for []


The Peoples Mayor trains for election challenge of a lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

City of Ryde Independent candidate Roy Maggio is keeping fit for the upcoming September 9 local government election with the help of Creative Fitness master trainer Aleisha Cossettini. Aleisha and Roy are pictured at Yamble Reserve in North Ryde yesterday where the pair went a few rounds in the open air boxing ring. Creative Fitness []


Make your own skincare Saturday September 9th "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

imagesCome and learn how to make your own skin care products that are all natural without all the chemical nasties. You will take away new skills, recipes and learn how easy it is to make what you need at home.  We continue to run this workshop because it is so popular so grab a friend and make a booking. More details.





WIRES invites you to go 'wild' for a night at the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On October 3, Sydneys newest luxury hotel - Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour - will open its doors to WIRES and 27 other deserving charities.

As part of the Sofitels gala pre-opening night, WIRES has been given 15 overnight stay packages to auction in an online fundraiser.

We expect this will go a long way to raise much-needed funds for emergency wildlife rescue and care, said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor.

We rely on donations to keep our organisation running and this is a unique opportunity to offer our supporters a once-in-a-lifetime experience in return for their kind support, she said.

Those lucky WIRES supporters who are successful in bidding for each of the packages on offer, will have the opportunity to be the first to stay at the new Sofitel - the only new build, five-star hotel developed in Sydney since 1999.

This is a first in many ways, said Ms Taylor. Its a first for Sydney, having such a magnificent new hotel and a first for WIRES in being able participate in this charity opening night.

We cant thank the Sofitel enough for making this possible, she said.

Ms Taylor encourages everyone who supports wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to register for WIRES online auction which will commence on Monday 4 September and close on Friday 8 September, 2017.

Each package being auctioned by WIRES will be named after a much-loved animal native to New South Wales, including: Bandicoot, Blue-tongued Lizard, Cockatoo, Eagle, Echidna, Glider, Kangaroo, Koala, Kookaburra, Platypus, Possum, Python, Wallaby, Wombat.

You can bid to be our official Wombat VIP or our Bandicoot VIP, just bid for whichever animal you love the most, said Ms Taylor, adding that WIRES cares for all these species and many more.

Each of the packages up for auction has the same inclusions:
- One nights stay at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour on 3 October (for two)
- Complimentary breakfast for all hotel guests
- An exclusive invitation to the Gala Ballroom Event (for two)
- The chance to explore this luxurious hotel for the first time offering

All 590 rooms at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour have stunning views of Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour. Guests can also experience a........

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PRACTICING JOY IN THE APOCALYPSE part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We can approach connecting to joy and to our wild roots through the physical body as discussed in part one [below]. But the practice continues as we connect all the fragmented parts of ourselves body, mind, heart/soul.

Wild Mind

When you see the words wild and mind together your first thoughts may be of a mind that is uncontrollable and untameable. But by the term wild mind I mean quite the opposite. A wild mind is at ease, not involved as much in doing as in being. A wild mind is present and connected and not caught up in the ego driven project of list-ticking and achievement making. A wild mind is in a state of flow as opposed to stagnation. A wild mind is not rushing, projecting, planning but is in the state of effortless awareness.

Meditation practice cultivates the wild mind as we settle into our awareness. The practice is simple: Sit, be still and focus. The object of focus can be anything. In Jivamukti Open classes we link the mantra Let Go, with the breath. Another way to approach sitting practice is to take it outside into nature and have your focus be to watch the world around you with care and attention to simply be present in the world around you.

Wild Heart

A wild heart is in love with the Earth. A wild heart loves freely and fiercely. A wild heart feels connected to sacred life, all life. A wild heart is protective and caring and compassionate and reverent.

My favourite poem is Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver. The first few lines cut-through. She writes,

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

We focus so much of our saving-the-world efforts on behaviour change, and when we fail in aligning our actions with our vision for a better world perhaps we chide ourselves, when we, for example forget our reusable coffee cup or shopping bag. Behaviour change is important, however, we cant neglect the source of where these acts of care come from. When we cultivate love and connection with the Earth our actions evolve organically. We align more effortlessly with our caring, altruistic and cooperative nature. And we protect what we love. Our primary focus then, n...


Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Organ Transplant Quartet featuring David Theak, Carl Dewhurst, Steve Barry: Foundry SixOneSix, 616 Harris St, ULTIMO (7-10pm, $10, 02-92119442)


Sunday, 20 August


Chair Yoga begins in term 4 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We will be starting an introductory 4 week free CHAIR yoga course at CCH in October. For those that struggle with movement and mobility but are wanting a supportive way to move and stretch their body, chair yoga maybe for you. Come along and try it out! More Details here.


Celebrating 1500 Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Programs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).

Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.

The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on

Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.

The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.

The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.

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