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Monday, 12 November


This Child Trafficking is NOT Being Investigated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Survivors and their advocates wouldnt be under such attack if it was.

Many people are content just to stay online and read Q posts- which breeds apathy by telling people to trust the plan when it is obvious the plan is to keep people from doing anything.

Qanon is nothing more than controlled opposition pretending to be heroes but in reality is just a psych op to keep people placated. Not that is hasnt attracted a myriad of concerned people but it has all but hog tied them into doing nothing.

Survivors and our advocates are facing prison or death. If this was truly being dealt with- this would not be the case.

Max Spiers, Jenny Moore, Lori King- all dead. They are trying to murder me with their directed energy weapons. And people like the VOP and Timothy Holmseth are facing jail for fighting to expose this child trafficking mess.

The lies that are being perpetrated are keeping people from doing anything meaningful to try and stop these evil practices of touring and murder children.

And Trump is NOT secretly organizing forces to take these groups down. This is obvious since NOTHING has happened thus far.

But still we are told to KEEP WAITING and trust in the plan. But in truth- the only plan is to wait this all out so this mess can continue unbated- as it ALWAYS has.

While anyone who tries to do anything meaningful to help stop this are murdered or imprisoned.

Who loses? Society- and ESP our children.


Vietnam ratifies Pacific trade pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vietnam on Monday became the seventh country to ratify a sprawling Pacific trade pact set to come into effect later this year, despite US President Donald Trumps pullout from a deal he decried as a job killer.

Australia last month became the sixth country to ratify the deal, paving the way for the pact to come into force at the end of December with more than half of its members officially signed on.

AFP/File | Vietnam has become the seventh country to enter the landmark Pacific trade deal, which will take effect at the end of the year

Vietnam followed suit on Monday with a unanimous vote to approve the deal by lawmakers in the countrys rubber stamp parliament.

This is an important political decision, affirming our countrys active role in international integration, said Nguyen Van Giau, head of the National Assemblys external relations department.

Vietnams fast-growing export economy stood to gain enormously from open access to US markets, a key outlet for cheap manufactured goods like Adidas shoes, Gap T-shirts and Samsung phones, before Trump pulled the plug on Washingtons participation.

The protectionist president called the deal a death blow for American manufacturing and singled out Vietnam for taking jobs he would rather see on his home turf.

The trade pact was spearheaded by former US president Barack Obama who dubbed the comprehensive deal a gold standard for 21st century trade rules and a crucial counter to Chinas rising global economic might.

The deal will bind members into a tougher legal framework for trade, lower tariffs and open markets.

It will also introduce new labour standards a sticking point for communist Vietnam, where all labour unions are controlled by the one-party state.

The establishment of independent labour unions may bring about some challenges Giau said Monday, but added the government was open to making the necessary reforms.

Even without the US in the mix, the now-renamed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been described as a game changer.

It covers many rapidly growing economies that account...


The Coathanger from Milsons Point Station "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Milsons Point station is built into the northside approach to Sydney Harbour Bridge  The view is from the very end of the platform closest to it. I started a few months ago on warm days in winter. Then I got sick which delayed things for a bit, and when I recovered and had done a little more it then rained incessantly for weeks.

Now its getting close to summer I've been worried it would be too hot to get back, as there's no shade at all. Today it was reasonably cool so I went there toand got much closer to finishing, who knows, maybe finished. Perhaps I'll go back once more, perhaps not.Everyone there has been really cool, except one officious bloke at the start who worried I might worry the train drivers into thinking I might leap in front of them. None of the drivers or guards (who stop right next to me where I'm painting), have complained, some have been very appreciative. The attendant today came and looked a few times and said it made her day, which is mad

Some earlier versions of the painting are here


Speeding driver nabbed at Otford "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

police 5A DISQUALIFIED driver will face court next month after being detected travelling more than 60kmh above the sign-posted speed limit in the Royal National Park at the weekend.

Sutherland Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on Lady Wakehurst Drive, Otford, about 2pm on Saturday when they detected a VW Golf hatch allegedly travelling at 145kmh in an 80kmh zone.

Police spoke to the driver, a 24-year-old woman, who produced an international drivers licence. The womans breath test was negative; however, checks revealed the womans NSW Learners Licence was disqualified until 2021.

The Chinese National was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for drive while disqualified and she is due to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday December 13.

The woman was also issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45kmh, which carries a penalty of $2435 and six demerit points.


Zero hour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I hopped off the ferry in New Farm today to take a look at what's going down on the new wharves.

Howard Smith Wharves are set to open imminently which is a cool addition for the area.

Just one of several projects boosting the inner suburbs of Brisbane over the next few years.


Employment up +427,000 "IndyWatch Feed"

Employment growth solid

Roy Morgan's survey estimated that Australian employment soared +427,000 higher over the year to October, or a very strong +3.6 per cent, albeit with a substantial contribution from part-time jobs.  

There are a couple of very important data points due out on Wednesday and Thursday this week from the ABS, being the wage price index and the closely-watched labour force survey. 

The market median forecast sees wages growth moving beyond the nadir to post +0.6 per cent growth for the quarter in Q3 and +2.3 per cent for the year.

The seasonally unemployment rate suddenly dropped to 5 per cent last month, so it will be interesting to see whether that can hold. 

ING thinks it can go even further - down to 4.9 per cent on lower participation - but let's see on Thursday. 


Crucifying Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assanges sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Morenowho calls Assange an inherited problem and an impediment to better relations with Washingtonis making the WikiLeaks founders life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including making him pay his medical bills, imposing arcane rules about how he must care for his cat and demanding that he perform a variety of demeaning housekeeping chores.

The Ecuadorians, reluctant to expel Assange after granting him political asylum and granting him citizenship, intend to make his existence so unpleasant he will agree to leave the embassy to be arrested by the British and extradited to the United States. The former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, whose government granted the publisher political asylum, describes Assanges current living conditions as torture.

His mother, Christine Assange, said in a recent video appeal, Despite Julian being a multi-award-winning journalist, much loved and respected for courageously exposing serious, high-level crimes and corruption in the public interest, he is right now alone, sick, in painsilenced in solitary confinement, cut off from all contact and being tortured in the heart of London. The modern-day cage of political prisoners is no longer the Tower of London. Its the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Here are the facts, she went on. Julian has been detained nearly eight years without charge. Thats right. Without charge. For the past six years, the U.K. government has refused his request for access to basic health needs, fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper dental and medical care. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated. His examining doctors warned his detention conditions are life-threatening. A slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in the embassy in London.

In 2016, after an in-depth investigation, the United Nations ruled that Julians....


Labor Pushes For Senate Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Discrimination In Schools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Federal Labor are moving a Senate inquiry to scrutinise the federal governments draft bill to ban discrimination against gay students in religious schools, as advocates call on the LGBTIQ community to give their views on the issue. Following the leaking of parts of the Ruddock religious freedom review last month, it emerged a little-known legal ...

The post Labor Pushes For Senate Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Discrimination In Schools appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Remembering the Peace Makers: What the Armistice Commemorations Forgot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those in the war industry and the business of commemorating the dead have little time for peace, even as they supposedly celebrate it. For them, peace is the enemy as much as armed opposing combatants, if not more so. Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian War Memorial is every bit the propagandist in this regard, encased in armour of permanent reminder: Do not forget the sacrifice; do not forget the slaughter.  The issue is how war, not peace, is commemorated.

That theme was repeated, for the most part, in Paris on November 11.  US President Donald Trump spoke of our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes.  French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 100th anniversary of the Great War by having a dig at nationalism, calling it a betrayal of patriotism (is there a difference?).  The nationalists, he warned, were getting busy, these old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.  The intellectuals (and here, he alluded to Julien Bendas 1927 classic, La trahison des clercs) were at risk of capitulating.

But Macron, rather slyly, was hoping that the French obsession with universal values would somehow render his message less parochial: to be French was to be an internationalist, not a tunnel-visioned, rabid nationalist.  The soldiers who perished in the Great War did so in the defence of Frances universal values in order to repudiate the selfishness of nationals only looking after their own interests.  Much room for disagreement on that score, and Marine Le Pen would have been a suitable corrective.

The peace activities of the Great War, asphyxiated, smothered and derided in texts and official narratives, are rarely discussed in the mass marketed solemnity of commemorations.  The writings of those prophets who warned that any adventurism such as what transpired in 1914 would be met with immeasurable suffering are also conspicuously absent.  Jean de Bloc, whose magisterial multi-volume The Future of War appeared in 1898 in Russian, found it impossible that Europes leaders would embark on a conflict against each other; to do so would cause humanity a great moral evil civil order will be threatened by new theories of social revolution. The end would be catastrophic.  How many flourishing countries will be turned into wilderness and rich cities into ruins! How many tears will be shed, how many will be left in beggary!

These sceptics were the enlightened ones, scorned for not having the sense of fun that comes with joining battle and being butchered in the name of some vague patriotic sentiment.  If human beings are animals at play, then play to the deat...


Compare & contrast- Vic Govt case study on Pellegrinis cafe - Islamic terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Exhibit One - from the Victorian Government's business development department. This is a Case Study in decency, customer service, and building something great that makes money, employs people and delights customers. The way Sisto gives of himself so freely in this piece speaks volumes about his generosity of spirit and...


Sunshine Coast Pelagic November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Providence Petrel

We departed Mooloolaba Marina at 6.25am on Sunday November 11, 2018 under sunny skies with an unusually cool south-easterly (for this time of year) that kept up for the rest of the day at 10-15 knots. As we headed east we encountered a few small groups of migrating Short-tailed Shearwaters heading south and several Wedge-tailed Shearwaters before coming across an unusual congregation of four Pomarine Jaegers over the Barwon Banks.

Pomarine Jaeger flock
We stopped over the shelf at 9am in 600m, 32 nautical miles offshore (26.42.645 S; 153.42.689E), where we began laying a berley trail. A mild swell of about a metre and a small chop in the sea with steady winds made for pleasant conditions. We saw our first Providence Petrel shortly before stopping and quite a few were about out there, although it is getting late in the year for this species.



Tony Thomas's review of Anne Summers's memoir. Magnificent Tony, magnificent. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I love Tony Thomas's writing - which you can find regularly at The Spectator! Tony has been kind enough to share with us his take on Anne Summers' biography - Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir. Anne Summers Allen & Unwin, pp.496, $39.99


We are taking a huge leap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

We are flying free from charity status as of this week we want to support civil disobedience and all types of non-violent resistance loudly and proudly. When all else fails, it is our moral duty to act and there are a whole heap of people out there who want to act on climate, on issues of racial and social justice but lack the resources, training, infrstructure, pathways or experience to do it safely.

We also increasingly are asked to collaborate with folks outside the environmental sector, and whilst we think all things are related the government is a bit more uptight about such things. So weve left the good folk of Friends of the Earth, and are stepping out on our own we did some great work collaborating, and we wish them the best, but its time for our own adventures.

We will have more to come, and a new look which will be simply faaaahbulous, but we are getting input from you our supporters and allies first. I know. Were weird. But that is why you love us right?

So we are going to have an awesome launch party on Wednesday 14th November you can RSVP here. There will be no shiny new logos, but lots of fun, and awesome people. We will be celebrating successes over the last five years, and getting input into our project ideas for the next couple.

We are going to be working on more resources, more webinars, and work that will connect people who cant turn out to actions. Weve got big plans for supporting legal teams, continuing support for Frontline Action on Coal and extractivist work, and being able to respond and support emerging movements such as Extinction Rebellion and the Climate School Strike.

Come and join us and give us feedback we want to know what we do well, and how to do things better an online survey will then circulate based on the face to face event launch.

You can also DONATE here we need regular CounterActivators our monthly supporters, now more than ever we are still ironing out the kinks, so if you have any issue at all, get in touch. No tax receipt anymore, but a heck of a lot more freedom. Join us on the adventure!

Got ideas and projects for us to take on let us know.


The post We are taking a huge leap appeared first on CounterAct.


Bridezillas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

*quietly unfollows David Simon because now he's weighing in on how to do a street protest*

It will always be a thrill to see just far otherwise smart people will freak out about how a protest looks.

The sheer panic is almost inspiring. It's nice that you care so much about the big issues that you need any activity around it to go off like your wedding day.


Community Billboard 12th November -19th November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 12th November -19th November appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Pacific Highway reopens after motorcycle accident "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter on the scene of Mondays (November 12) motorcycle accident at Tabbimoble. Photo WRHS

Southbound lanes of the Pacific Highway have reopened 10 kilometres south of Tabbimoble after a serious motorcycle crash.

The road had been closed to allow the Westpac Rescue helicopter to land at the crash site.

The 59-year-old rider crashed into the rear of the car in front of him, according to the Rescue Helicopter Service.

The helicopter has now left the site and the man is being transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Heavy traffic is now easing, with the southbound queue up to 10 kilometres at one stage.

Motorists are advised to continue to take care and allow plenty of extra travel time.

For the latest traffic information, visit

The post Pacific Highway reopens after motorcycle accident appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Defining the Indefinable: Descriptors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Cultures and their Links to Health and Wellbeing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 This report was funded by the Lowitja Institute and is part of the development of Mayi Kuwayu: The National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing; a national longitudinal study exploring the relationship between Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander wellbeing and culture. This review was conducted to explore what cultural factors are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and gain an understanding of how these factors relate to health and wellbeing.


We examined the Australian literature as well as publications from countries that have experienced similar colonisation events; primarily Aotearoa (New Zealand), Canada and the United States. Our main findings from this synthesis determined 6 main domains used to describe culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These domains were: Connection to Country; Cultural Beliefs and Knowledge; Language; Family, Kinship and Community; Expression and Cultural Continuity; and Self-determination and Leadership. Defining the Indefinable: Descriptors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Cultures and their Links to Health and Wellbeing



Finding Voice- a new documentary about writers who are refugees and asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Finding Voice is a 25 minute documentary produced by Eastsides Mick Paddon together with Bangladeshi poet, writer and journalist Humayun Reza

When I first met Humayun Reza, all I knew about him was that he was from Bangladesh and was seeking asylum in Australia with his wife and two daughters. He is a quiet and reflective man, and I knew the last thing to ask an asylum seeker, straight out, is why? The experiences are too personal and often too raw for that. So it has taken conversations over months for me to get to know him. I found out he is a published poet and very experienced print and digital journalist. His exposures of genocide in the 1971 war for Bangladeshi independence, led to him seeking asylum following serious and repeated death threats. He and his family now have refugee status in Australia, but he has yet to recover his voice as a poet and writer.
He is not alone. Many people seeking asylum or who are refugees have been writers. Most of them, like him, have, in effect, been silenced. They face the same challenge: if the written word and language are part of your identity and how make your living, how do you express yourself in another place where the language is different and the words have no context?
In Finding Voice you will hear from Humayun and from another journalist and novelist, Behrouz Bouchani, a Kurdish writer incarcerated on Manus Island who has just published a 400 page book, No Friend But the Mountains, in English, written as text messages and sent by phone. You will also hear from three Australian writers who have worked with refugees, Janet Galbraith, Mark Isaacs and Debra Adelaide.
Humayun dreams of being a writer in the English language, but his final thoughts are that a writer has no specific nationality, his or her identity is a writer.
Mick Paddon

You can listen to the documentary at by pasting this link into your browser


The original music in Finding Voice is from Fathers, Sons and Brothers by Three Seas, courtesy of Matt Keegan.

This piece was made for the CBAAs National Features & Documentary Series 2018, a showcase of work by new and emerging Australian community radio producers, with training and mentoring provided by the Community and Media Training Organisation. Produced with the assistance of the Department of Communications and the Arts via the Community....


Labor examines partys history on environment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A scene from David Bradburys film Loggerheads. Photo Frontline Films

How can community movements work with progressive governments to achieve real outcomes for the environment?

Thats the question former Carr government environment minister Bob Debus and long-time North Coast activist Dailan Pugh will debate in an event being presented by the Labor Environment Action Network and Ballina candidate Asren Pugh on Friday evening (November 16).

The pair will appear in conversation at Byron Community Centre following a screening of Loggerheads, by local filmmaker David Bradbury, about the local struggle for our forests.

Dailan Pugh, who was recently inducted into the Nature Conservation Councils Hall of Fame, is a local environmentalist best known for being a founding member of the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA).

NEFA was formed in 1989 to bring together community groups and individuals with the aim of protecting rainforest, old-growth, wilderness and threatened species. Throughout the 1990s NEFA ran a campaign of forest blockades, rallies, court cases, submissions, lobbying and negotiations to achieve their aim of protecting the forests of North East NSW.

It was not until the Carr Labor government was elected in 1995 that there was significant progress in permanently protecting some of these precious forests.

Bob Debus was NSW environment minister between 1999 and 2007. He held a front row seat, as a member of cabinet and ministerial decision maker, as the public fights and negotiations continued in the efforts to protect the forests of north east NSW.

Dailan and Bob worked in very different roles to bring about the current forest protections we enjoy.

How did NEFA balance working with and sometimes against a progressive government to achieve tis outcomes?

And what do we need to do today to ensure that if a Labor government is elected in NSW it will continue to protect our environment?

If you want to find out the answers to these and other questions, dont miss this panel discussion and screening of the film Loggerheads.

Where: Cavanbah Room, Byron Community Centre.

When: 6:30pm Friday November, 16.

Tickets: $20 at the door.




MACKAY Peak Downs miner goes from big-time to broke amidst domestic violence convictions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The threat is not Islam but those who seek to undermine our rights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Coalition remains bent on promoting division and diversions to push through its political agenda. One method is to continue fanning the Islam scare and the other one is to build a law and order campaign.

This is why young Africans in Melbourne have been targeted, and why the terrible attack Bourke Street in Melbourne has been tied to the so-called Islamic terrorist threat. In its typical fashion of putting out the big lie to make a story, Murdocks Herald-Sun mirrored this in its front-page heading. The tycoon and his empire have a lot to answer for.

No evidence has been put forward that connects the attack by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali to political or religious motivation. But why let this get in the way of good story? Could it be that the man has mental health issues? Those who know him have said this and some have mentioned that he has had substance abuse problems. He is not a practicing Muslim. He is of African appearance and vulnerable to be set up as a target, by those who wish to whip up racial hatred.

The state of his metal health was explained in a letter sen to Channel 9 by Alis family. It was a plea to stop the incident being used for political purposes. Cafe owner Sisto Malaspina died and two others were injured by knife wounds. Hassan died from a gunshot wound.

Family letter sent to Channel 9

Still, News Corp and much of the other major news outlets persisted on peddling rumours and hearsay, showing no regard for finding the truth. It reveals just how far the quality of our media has descended.

This locks in very well with the election campaign going on in Victoria. Liberal Party leader is Matthew Guy is putting himself forward and the champion of law and order. He falls in with the Murdoch claim that crime is running rife. No matter that this is not true and police data shows that overall crime is on the decrease. But again, why let the facts get in the way of the story?

Over it all, is the assertion that our society needs more policing, and those making it, hope that enough people will buy it, at least until its put in place.

All fair-minded people must call pout the lie for what it is.

This is not a Victoria only development. Scott Morrison is hitting the stumps and has joined in with his attack on radical, violent, extremist Is...


Literature and culture for all! And other reasons to love Overland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its never been an easy choice to be a writer, and its never easy to get published. But we try strive to make Overland a series of spaces where you can have a voice in our print magazine, our daily only magazine, our special fiction and poetry editions (which publish primarily emerging writers, and are produced by emerging editors), our residencies for under-represented writers, our literary competitions and countless other opportunities.


NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas  Tasteless and Complacent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Benjamin Folk Thomas has just released his new album Modern Man on Aveline Records and one of the finest moments on the records is this track, Tasteless and Complacement. Its a song that rides along with effortless momentum, wordless melodies cascading around the Swedish songwriter as he sings of dark clouds, acid rain, missing inspiration Continue reading


British growth strengthens in September quarter 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

On Thursday (November 8, 2018), the British Office of National Statistics (ONS) released the GDP first quarterly estimate, UK: July to September 2018 data, the first release under their new publication model, which is designed to improve the accuracy and reliability of the initial (formally denoted the preliminary) release. The next update will come in December and the expectation is that there will be less revisions, which is a good thing for those trying to assess where things are at. Remember, also that national accounts data is a rear-vision view of the economy where its been rather than necessarily where it is at, although the two views are obviously linked. The third-quarter national accounts data shows that Britain grew by 0.6 per cent, with all four sectors contributing to what is a strong result. But, under the headline, are mixed trends: household consumption spending continues to grow with rising debt, although wages growth appears to be moving finally; business investment was negative; and net exports contributed 0.8 percentage points with a strengthening of exports. What the data tells us at this stage is that Britain continues to defy the claims that a meltdown is imminent as a result of Brexit. There appears to be a resilience that is driving relatively strong growth. And, for all those who have been hammering the point that Britain is the worst-performed (in growth terms) of the EU Member States, they will have to revise their scripts. Britain is now growing much faster than many other European economies.

Robust British growth in September-quarter 2018

The quarterly growth in real GDP rose from 0.4 per cent to 0.6 per cent in the September-quarter 2018.

The economy has been steadily gaining strength since the beginning of the year March-quarter 0.1 per cent, June-quarter 0.4, then 0.6 per cent in the September-quarter.

The annual growth rate is now 1.5 per cent and accelerating.

The following graph shows the quarterly and annual real GDP growth performance since the March-quarter 2004.



Greater government power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne came under attack last Friday afternoon.

A crazed man took to the streets, set his crappy blue ute alight, and ran about Bourke Street trying to stab the people of Melbourne.

He would have been a terrifying presence, too. All six feet, four inches of him.

Some people ran for their lives.

Most people, however, turned on their phones.

Thanks to the hundreds of smartphone videos taken at all angles, folks at home were able to watch the moment two street cops tried to subdue the attacker.

That same footage also gave us Trolley Man.

During times of acute stress, the human body releases a bunch of hormones that trigger the fight or flight response.

At least, that was the typical response until 20 years ago.

Nowadays, it appears there are three ways the body deals with acute stress: Fight, flight or footage.

And it turns out that footage is what most people went with on Friday.

A tall, strong-looking man took to Bourke Street in Melbourne and tried to stab people.

The majority of people fled the scene.

Once they reached safety, they whipped out their phones and recorded the mans confrontation with police. Less than 100 feet away from the attacker, I might add.

The upside of this is that Australia scored a new hero, Trolley Man.

And from other angles, theres some other dude walking around behind police with a chair. Someone we shall now call Chair Guy.

Trolley Man and Chair Guy clearly have the fight response when in danger.

The thing that Im still wrestling with, though, is that the ever-present smartphone footage meant I was able to watch the moment a Victorian policeman shot the attacker dead.

Its confronting. It made me uncomfortable too.

But it didnt seem real.

Perhaps Im somewhat desensitised after years of watching violent Hollywood blockbusters.

Never let a crisis go to waste

Im not sure what the media coverage is like outside of Melbourne right now. But the local rags are chewing over every fact.

Trolley Man and Chair Guy are gaining notoriety.

And the Victorian policemen who dealt with the situation are being hailed as heroes.

An example of the top-notch boys in blue coming out of the Victoria Police Academy.

Turns out, one of those coppers only graduated three months ago. Ill bet both were terrified as the situation played out.

But what happens next...


Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Opioid use and its associated harms is an issue of great public health interest, both within Australia and internationally. This report shows that opioid harms are an issue in both Australia and Canada. Rates of opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations in Australia increased in the last 10 years. In 2016, pharmaceutical opioids were involved in more opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations than heroin.

Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada

Media release: Report sheds new light on opioid harm in Australia and draws global comparisons.


Australian Loneliness Report (Australian Psychological Society) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Loneliness is a growing concern globally, because of its reported impact on health and wellbeing.

The Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University have produced the Australian Loneliness Report, based on a national survey of adults. This examines the prevalence of loneliness and how it affects the physical and mental health of Australians. It is the most comprehensive study of loneliness completed in Australia.

Survey highlights:

One in four Australian adults are lonely.

One in two (50.5%) Australians feel lonely for at least one day in a week, while one in four (27.6%) feel lonely for three or more days.

#8226; One in four Australians experience high levels of social interaction anxiety

Lonely Australians have significantly worse health status (both physical and mental) than connected Australians.

Lonely Australians are 15.2% more likely to be depressed and 13.1% more likely to be anxious about social interactions than those not lonely.

Australians over 65 years are least lonely; other age groups experience similar levels of loneliness.

Australians over 65 years also report better physical and mental health, lower levels of social interaction anxiety, fewer depression symptoms and greater social interaction than younger Australians.

Younger adults report significantly more social interaction anxiety than older Australians.


Chronic conditions and disability 2015 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Chronic conditions and disability 2015

This report explores the association between 8 selected chronic conditions and disability in Australia: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and related disorders, back pain and problems, osteoporosis, asthma and emphysema. These conditions are generally long term and persistent, and can lead to gradual deterioration of health, and disability. This report examines disability prevalence and severity; and the types of impairments, limitations and restrictions experienced by those with the selected conditions.


Legal experts say proposed discrimination law amendments will fail to protect LGBT children at religious schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter, leading legal academics and antidiscrimination law practitioners have strongly criticised aspects of the proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) designed to deal with discrimination by religious schools against LGBT students.

We need changes to protect LGBT students from discrimination by religious schools, but this proposal fails to do that. Instead of simply removing existing exemptions for religious schools, these changes introduce unnecessary complexity and confusion and undermine the protection provided by the Sex Discrimination Act, said PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor.

Kids in schools should be focused on classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are. All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families, said Anna Brown, co-chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

We understand there is concern to ensure religious schools can maintain a religious ethos. But we dont need to complicate the law or provide special rules for religious schools to allow this. The current law already allows for schools to impose conditions on students to promote the schools values, provided such conditions are reasonable, said Mr Hunyor.

The proposed amendments add unnecessary complexity to an already complicated area of law and add religious susceptibilities as a special matter to be considered to justify discrimination against kids. This drafting fails to deliver on the governments commitment to protect LGBT students from discrimination, said Ms Brown.


The test for indirect discrimination is already very broad and allows a school to demonstrate their conduct is reasonable in the circumstances. Adding religious sensitivities as a further matter to be considered distorts this test in a dangerous way and fails to keep students safe, added Ms Brown.

The proposals come in the context of a broader debate about religious exemptions and discrimination law, PIAC and the Human Rights Law Centre have urged the Government to wind back exemptions for religious organisations that allow them to discriminate against LGBTI people in education, employment and providing goods and services.

Discrimination law is notoriously complex. The proposed changes add another level of unnecessary complexity. Anything more than a simple repeal of the exemptions for religious schools should be rejected, said Mr Hunyor.

The letter proposes an alternative, simpler way to...


Dreamtime Divas And Comedian Steven Oliver Headlining Brown Sugar Dance Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Dreamtime Divas Lasey Dunaman and Nova Gina are set to electrify Brisbane as the headline act at this years Brown Sugar dance party on November 30. The annual event, organised by the garbandjeelum network and IndigiLez, brings together the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities in a ...

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PFLAG Toowoomba Hosting Special Event For Families And Allies Of LGBTIQ Youth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Peer support group PFLAG Toowoomba is hosting a free information evening next week to benefit parents, families and supporters of LGBTIQ+ young people. The seminar, Supporting LGBTIQ+ youth: keeping our children safe and well, will focus on youth mental health and will hear from two experienced psychologists from the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital, Olivia Donaghy and ...

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Police Officer Who Endangered Victim Refuses to Testify "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Police officer found to have illegally accessed the police database and leaked a domestic violence victims address to her abusive former partner a man who is reported to be his mate- has relied upon the privilege against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions about the conduct. Yet, the officer

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The Young Dancer is Dead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the early evening of November 7th, 1993 (25 years ago last Wednesday); a group of aboriginal teenagers were hanging out in Musgrave Park. One of them was Daniel Boonie Yock, an 18 year old who performed around Brisbane with the Wakka Wakka dance troupe.

The boys in the park did something to attract the attention of a police car according to the police behaving in a disorderly manner. The car approached them and the boys ran.

Why did they run? We dont know. Maybe they were carrying yarndi or alcohol. A later report indicated Daniel had both in his system. Maybe it was just adrenaline. Maybe it was because of a long-standing and well-documented history of police violence against aboriginal people in Queensland.

Whatever reason it was, they took off in the direction of Boundary Street. Even for fit young dancers though its hard to outrun a police car; and on the corner of Brereton and Boundary Streets (near where the Coles supermarket is now), the cops caught up with the boys. Two were arrested, but Daniel Yock in particular came in for rough treatment.

Exactly what happened is disputed by different sources. Police claimed Daniel picked a stake out of the ground and threatened them, though the Criminal Justice Commission later concluded it is more probable than not that Yock did not have a free stake in his hand. He was definitely tackled to the ground and handcuffed by a police officer. One of the boys present told the Commission his face hit a rock as he went down. Two said they saw a female police officer kick Daniel in the head while he was held down.

Most of the boys kept running, but Daniel and ...


International agencies have disrupted attempts to transport almost 300 asylum seekers to Australia by boat "IndyWatch Feed National"

International authorities, with the assistance of Australia, have disrupted at least 10 alleged attempts to transport almost 300 asylum seekers to Australia by boat in the past 14 months, documents obtained under freedom of information reveal.

The documents, from the federal home affairs department, record the number of foreign law enforcement agency (Flea) disruptions since 2013.

Flea disruptions were set up as one of three components of the Abbott governments border policy alongside boat turnbacks and offshore detention and processing.

Since the establishment of the new policy there have been 78 disruption operations involving 2,525 potential illegal immigrants the terms used in the documents referencing suspected passengers.

In the year to August there were 10 disruptions involving 297 people, the majority occurring in Indonesia but also in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Flea disruptions are operated by a multi-agency taskforce led by Australian federal police and reporting to the head of Australias border enforcement operation, air vice marshal Stephen Osborne, and seek to prevent vessels carrying asylum seekers from leaving international ports including Indonesia.



Ice cream run lands Casino teen in court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Macdonalds ice cream cone. Photo Macdonalds

When police from the Richmond Target Action group stopped a car at 11:20pm on Saturday (November 10) on Brewster Street, Lismore, the driver thought he had them licked.

The 19-year-old Casino man told police that he was driving to McDonalds to get an ice cream.

But, police say, they could not help but notice that he was already holding a McDonalds ice cream in his hand.

On searching the teen they allegedly found two rounds of high calibre ammunition in his bumbag.

The man, who does not possess a firearms licence, will face court next month.

A Richmond PD spokesperson said, The laws on firearms and ammunition in NSW are clear; you cannot possess a firearm or ammunition unless you are licensed. It is however OK to possess an ice cream.


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Country fans rejoice! Theres a huge new festival coming your way in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just like the Christmas decorations in the shops, it seems that festival lineups are getting announced earlier and earlier every year.

This rings especially true for the newly announced Country to Country music festival(C2C), a European based country music event that is set to touch down in Brisbane and Sydney next September.

Headlining the inaugural Australian event will be country superstar Tim McGrawbringing with him an extensive back-catalog that includes a cool 50 million record sales and three Grammys.

Also featuring on the first lineup announcement is pop-country fusion queen Kelsea Ballerini & American act Midland (not the Perth suburb).

With the event making its world debut at the O2 arena in the UK in 2013, and expanding throughout Europe in 2015 expect this to be one of the biggest new festivals on the calendar, offering a companion event to the likes of Tamworth Country Music Festival, Sounds From The Vines and CMC Rocks.

The event is set to host 10 hours of some of the finest international and local acts, spread across multiple stages, bringing the sounds of the traditionally rural music scene into the heart of Brisbane and Sydney.

While admittedly only taking in two cities and bypassing a vast majority of the country music market in Australia, itll only be a matter of time before the event expands out to more territories.

Check out Tim McGraws latest single Neon Church


While many purists might scoff at the idea of a country music festival establishing itself on the seemingly unending Aussie festival  summer circuit, expect to see C2C bringing a refreshing change to the beat-ridden, glitter-dominated festival grounds, as well as a whole crop of new Aussie acts stepping up alongside some of the worlds best.

More acts are expected to be announced soon but for now, check out the details below.

Country to Country Music Festival, 2019

Saturday, September 28th 2019
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD



La Boites 2019 Season Is A Beautiful Collision Of Incredible History And Future Vision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Isnt there something extraordinary about going to the theatre? When the lights dim, the audience hush, and then suddenly being transported to another world? Well, Brisbane we have a little hidden gem right here. At 94 years young, La Boite is Australias longest continuously running theatre. From humble beginnings as the Brisbane Repertory Theatre ...

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Byron Writers Festival presents Germaine Greer On Consent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHEN: November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
Byron Theatre
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481
COST: Full $30 | Members $25 | Ages 16+

Academic and feminist Germaine Greer speaks about the history and complexities of consent.

Join one of the great feminists of our time, Germaine Greer, as she discusses her controversial new essay, On Rape. Amidst the throes of the #metoo movement, which has brought the pervasive nature of predatory behaviour to the fore, Greer argues that we need to understand the important difference between sleaze and assault.

In On Rape, a new essay commissioned by Melbourne University Publishing, Greer writes that centuries of writing and thinking about rapeas inflicted by men on womenhave got us nowhere, and she calls for a better way. Renowned for her original and fearless writing and opinions, Greer will challenge us to rethink the social norms and power dynamics that influence our understanding of consent.

This event will feature a presentation of Greers ideas, followed by a conversation exploring how we can equip ourselves, our legal systems and future generations with a more nuanced understanding of consent.

We understand that this event addresses topics that will be confronting for some people.

Please note this event is not suitable for persons aged 16 and under.

If you or someone you know needs help or information about sexual assault or domestic violence, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

About Greers essay On Rape

Its time to rethink rape. Centuries of different approaches to rape as inflicted by men on women have got us nowhere. Rape statistics remain intractable: one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Very few rapes find their way into court. The crucial issue is consent, thought by some to be easy to establish and by others impossible. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. In On Rape, Germaine Greer argues there has to be a better way



NEW MUSIC: Johnathan Rice Meet The Mother "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Johnathan Rice recently released this new single, Meet The Mother, that came from a conversation he had with Bill Murray. The song ebbs and flows and slowly build up with elements of Dylan-esque phrasing and power pop melodies. Rice is one half of Jenny and Jonny with Jenny Lewis and has toured with bands such Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Jim Lauderdale Time Flies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jim Lauderdale is now 30 albums deep into his career and his latest is indeed a pearl of a record, blending his customary mix of country, soul and swing with sweet and subtle ease.  The title track opens the album on a high with an aching sway that blossoms into a soaring chorus reminiscent of Continue reading


Love, Simon Director Greg Berlanti To Helm Rock Hudson Biopic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gay Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson is getting a big-screen biopic. Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Mark Griffins biography of the actor, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, and are planning to adapt the book into a film directed by Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hudson was a ...

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 5 to 11 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Only Half of the Serious Injuries on Our Roads are Recorded The NSW government has been allocating funds for roads based on inaccurate data, neglecting many of the areas that need it most. Click here to read the article Re-Radicalising

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Overflow channel could spare Lismore CBD in future flood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith says plans to channel Leycester Creek overflow away from the town will reduce flood risk and increase business confidence.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has welcomed the announcement of $8.2 million from the NSW Government for flood mitigation works, saying it could bolster renewed business growth.

The flood mitigation funds will be used to excavate 410,000 cubic metres of soil from behind the Lismore Airport in order to channel Leycester Creek overflow into the floodplain.

Mayor Smith said the reduced risk of flood would boost industry confidence and allow Lismore City Council to seek funding and explore opportunities to create an activation hub.

Were excited to explore the creation of an activation hub and investigate bringing industry to Lismore including increased transport, freight, aviation and value adding for local agricultural production, Mayor Smith said.

As a regional city we have the ability and potential to support large industry hubs having flood-free land means we can accelerate that growth and we have a good case to bring state and national industry to Lismore. That would be an enormous boost for the city.


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Federal government nuclear waste compromises Safety and Security in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

 Nuclear Brief (10 Nov 2018) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner The Federal gov. is compromising Safety and Security in SA with ANSTO irradiated nuclear fuel waste to be shipped through Whyalla or Port Pirie to an indefinite (for approx. 100 years) above ground nuclear waste Store to be imposed on to SA at Kimba or at Hawker.

Two shipments of ANSTO nuclear fuel waste are intended in the first 2 years of Store operations....


Doctors slam media claim that California fire is no problem regarding radiation "IndyWatch Feed"


On November 10, Los Angeles Magazine ran an article claiming there was no risk related to SSFL contamination from the Woolsey fire that we now know actually began on the SSFL property itself. Below is our response.

Los Angeles Magazine must print a correction this article is filled with errors and misinformation:

  1. There is no need to put quotes around significantly contaminated SSFL is one of the most contaminated sites in the nation, subject of a promised but long-delayed state and federal cleanup; it is heavily contaminated with well documented nuclear and chemical contamination, from, among other things, a partial nuclear meltdown.
  2. The claim in the first hours of the fire by DTSC, an agency that has no public confidence to the point that the state legislature commissioned an Independent Review Panel to investigate its failings (which include the Exide fiasco in Vernon,) that it didnt believe there was a risk is cover for its failure to live up to its cleanup commitments (it had promised the site would be cleaned up by 2017 and the cleanup hasnt even begun). It is pure conjecture. DTSC does not have have any scientific data to back up the claim. It based the spurious assertion on its claim that the fire in its first hours was not in areas where contamination could be released, but the state fire department now shows almost all of the contaminated site as within the fi...


California fire likely to expose residents to radioactive ash, from nuclear polluted site "IndyWatch Feed"

This secret gave her daughter cancer

Last night, the Woolsey fire burned the contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), a former nuclear and rocket engine testing site. Footage from local television showed flames surrounding rocket test stands, and the fires progress through to Oak Park indicates that much of the toxic site burned.



Tis the season for resurfacing roadworks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Riders should be aware that spring and summer is the season for resurfacing roadworks in most southern areas because the warmer weather makes asphalt more stable and easier to compact.

NSW alone has more than 175km of road resurfacing scheduled over the next few months. However, asphalt resurfacing occurs all year round in Queensland, north NSW and northern parts of South Australia and Western Australia.

Roads and Maritime Service Regional Maintenance Director John Dinan says asphalting work starting this month includes the Ballina Bypass (Pacific Highway), the Bruxner Highway near Alstonville, Pacific Highway where to intersects with the Oxley Highway, and at Coffs Harbour.

Oxley crashes

Oxley Highway campaigner Ken Healey says lazy road crew left heaps of gravel on six corners with no warning, causing five riders to crash over the weekend.

10 reasons you should ride to Save the Oxley temporary repairs resurfacingKen Healey

Lazy bastards think its funny, Ken says.

Caused five riders to come down on the weekend. Three on Saturday and two on Sunday.

One needed the helicopter due to a broken leg.

Ken warned riders recently of the roadwork angers.

You should always ride to the conditions, but be particularly cautious if you see any evidence of recent roadworks activity, whether there is a sign or not.

Dangers for ridersRoadworks etiquette Resurfacing Roadworks

Poor roads, inferior roadworks and...


Ozone layer predicted to totally heal within 50 Years "IndyWatch Feed"

Ozone layer hole will totally heal within 50 years  By Lianne Kolirin,  November 6, 2018 CNN) The hole in the Earths ozone layer is expected to fully heal within 50 years, climate change experts predict in a new UN report.


Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

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Has the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management lost its independence? Cumbria Trust "IndyWatch Feed"

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) which advises BEIS on dealing with nuclear waste, has recently published a paper which Cumbria Trust believes calls into question their independence. They are supposed to act as an independent body, but some of their recent actions suggest to us that they are too close to BEIS []

via Has the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management lost its independence? Cumbria Trust


By definition nuclear weapons are genocidal, xenophobic and racist "IndyWatch Feed"

Hayley Ramsay-Jones ICAN 

11.11.2018 Madrid, Spain  Tony Robinson At the II World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, in Madrid from the 5th to the 8th of November, Pressenza took the opportunity to cover activities carried out by the international team of activists from ICAN.

A combined presentation by Dr. Aurora Bilbao from IPPNW and Hayley Ramsay-Jones from Soka Gakkai International covered two very important topics: the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the intersectional aspects of gender and race discrimination in nuclear disarmament.

We were especially interested to find out more about the gender and race aspects to nuclear disarmament, so after the presentation we caught up with Hayley to ask her a few questions


Concern over New South Wales zurconium mine also mining uranium and thorium "IndyWatch Feed"

Kazzi Jai  Kazzi Jai  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 11 Nov 18, 



President Trumps nuclear weapons plans will now meet with opposition in Democrat controlled Congress "IndyWatch Feed"

Divided Congress to clash over Space Force, nuclear arsenal, The Hill, BY REBECCA KHEEL  11/11/18

Democrats next year will control the gavels for the defense and foreign policy committees in the House for the first time since 2010.

The party h...


November 11 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed"

Opinion: What Changes Will Maines New Government Bring to Your Life? Swept to sizable majorities in last weeks elections, Maines Democrats will be in full control of state government for the first time since 2010. They are likely to look for ways to address a number of pressing issues, one of which is climate []

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PERTH Former AFL player Chris Yarran charged after bizarre crime rampage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former AFL player Chris Yarran charged after bizarre crime rampage .

November 11, 2018 at 03:55PM .

Yarran, 27, who was arrested outside the Pan Pacific hotel on Adelaide Terrace on Friday night, was granted bail in Perth Magistrates Court yesterday, .



Byron Writers Festival brings Best of Insiders back to the Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ABC TVs Barrie Cassidy is back by popular demand, and he is bringing his Insiders entourage to Byron Bay for Best of Insiders on Tuesday 27 November at Elements of Byron Resort.

Australian TVs most-watched Sunday morning show will be coming to you live for a spirited and enlightened discussion on all the political developments of 2018 with panellists David Marr (The Guardian, The Monthly), Alice Workman (BuzzFeed) and Peter van Onselen (The Australian, ABCs The Drum and Network 10s The Project).

Famous for its unique mix of news, interviews, witty videos and analysis, Insiders takes you to the heart of the action, with a few laughs along the way [because] if you took politics too seriously youd go mad, says host Barrie Cassidy.

When: Tuesday 27 November, 6.00pm 7.15pm
Where: Banksia Room, Elements of Byron Resort, 144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
Tickets: $30 members / $35 general
Ticket URL:

Dont miss one of Byron Writers Festivals best-loved annual events. Tickets from $30 via or by calling (02) 6685 5115.

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RFK Jr. and ICAN Win Case Against US Government For Vaccine Safety Violations "IndyWatch Feed National"

[Editors note: Extracts from three articles.]

In January 2017, Scientific American, in an article entitled, How Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Distorted Vaccine Science, they wrote:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he will head up a panel on vaccine safety for Donald Trump Lets hope Trump drops any idea of a vaccine panel headed by Kennedy. For more than a decade, Kennedy has promoted anti-vaccine propaganda completely unconnected to reality.

Kennedy made his name in the anti-vaccine movement in 2005, when he published a story alleging a massive conspiracy regarding thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that had been removed from all child...


Pricing meat out of reach for low income Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

The signs of austerity are already upon the people of Australia.

While this may not be clearly evident to the average 'Joe' in the more populous cities of Australia, the people in other places around the nation see or rather feel it quite clearly from the hip pocket.

The photo below has a caption at the bottom of it commenting on the contents of the mixed grill pack being family size at 1.79kg being sold for $54.33, or at $30.35 per kilogram of mixed meat.

(Source: supplied)

The origin of the package is from Coconut Grove in the Northern Territory.

Don't forget there's always a great excuse reading in the wings to justify the price.


Mates rescue man from surf at Broken Head "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a near drowning at Whites Beach, near Broken Head, on Sunday afternoon.

The choppers full medical team were winch inserted and assisted the road ambulance paramedics to treat a 36-year-old male who had been rescued by a fellow beach-goer..

They then winch extracted the patient on a stretcher and flew him in a stable condition to Lismore Base Hospital.

Disaster waiting to happen

Local resident Ian Cohen described the situation at the beach as a disaster waiting to happen.

The spear fisherman nearly drowned but was saved by a guy with a boogie board.

There we...


NSW Premier promoting the Photios fraudster Felicity "Duplicity" Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Julia Gillard got to be PM because people who knew her didn't call out her dishonesty. Australia is still paying for their weakness. Right now Australian politics is promoting another fraudster. This time the cancer is in the NSW Liberal Party. Her name is Felicity - aka "Duplicity" Wilson. Ms...


Arni gets his own territory on the north coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Arni was bred in captivity as part of a breeding program at Taronga Zoo but has been moved to a new home at Macadamia Castle. Photo supplied.

The Macadamia Castle was thrilled to welcome Tiarni (or Arni for short) a two-and-a-half  year old male koala into their care recently.

Arni was breed in captivity as part of a breeding program at Taronga Zoo but has been moved out of Taronga as he was coming into full maturity as a breeding male.

Owner of the Macadamia Castle Tony Gilding said, Koala conservation is close to our heart here at the Macadamia Castle we are deeply concerned about the loss of koala numbers in our area.

No handling

Arnis enclosure was opened to the public on Friday after he had had a chance to settle in but there wont be any photos with Arni on your shoulder.

Visitors can go into the enclosure and have a photo taken near Arni, said a spokesperson for Macadamia Castle.

But the public arent able to handle the animals.

Likes his own space

Koalas are solitary animals and are very territorial and as it became clear Arni wasnt the dominant male, living in a group of males was no longer appropriate or safe for Arni. If he remained he would suffer ongoing stress and it was in his best interests to have his own space as soon the dominant koala would push Arni out.  

Dominant males enforce their dominance through the depth of their bellow, their size, behaviour, attitude and determination.

Arni will now mature more quickly than he would have at Taronga as he doesnt have to present to other males and is now happily marking his territory using his sternal scent gland. Koalas do this as a warning to other males not to intrude on their territory. Bellowing also is a deterrent to other males as they do prefer not to challenge and wont engage if they can avoid it....


FauxMo is not cutting through so he's started the flag routine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 2018

Standing in front of two Australian flags, interim Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison has "called out" violent, extremist Islam, saying it is the biggest religious threat to Australia. Scott Morrison says radical Islam threatens Australia's way of life.

Given Morrison history of politicizing his own extreme religious views pushback was inevitable.......


Australian Drag Queen Story Hour Brings Erotic Performers to Childrens Bookstore "IndyWatch Feed National"



If you think the drag queen story hours here in the US are bad, theyre going far overboard in Australia. Read More


Mullum going green for farmers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Drought conditions have seen farmers struggling to feed their animals over the last few months. File photo

It is time to get the green on. Thats right, Mullumbimby is going green in support of drought affected farmers and they are asking everyone to get involved and dig deep on this Friday November 16.

Instyle Living Mullum came up with the idea of choosing green because that is the colour of grass and therefore hope for the future, said Jenelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.

The president of the CWA in Bingara has also kindly donated some badges that will be on sale at selected businesses throughout the day. They are three colours combined; brown to represent the earth, blue for water, green the grass and a yellow button for the sun.

The Mullumbimby Chamber has been supporting Gwydir Shire with a range of supplies from feed for horses to financial assistance and essential domestic supplies.

Last week we purchased another half a tonne of calf formula in our ongoing support for the Gwydir Shire, said Jenelle.

So get dressed up in green, pull out the streamers and get involved supporting our farmers.

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Remembrance of World War One must be about ensuring we dont go down that road again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Sunday 11 November was Armistice Day, marked the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One, and it was observed around the world, including Australia.

This was supposed to be the war to ends all wars. It didnt work out this way. Rather than learn the lesson, certain myths got in the way. The chief one was that this was a battle for freedom. It was not. This was a war over colonies in the world of empires, to see who was going to be top dog. Millions of lives were lost to enrich those who sat at the top.

This does not mean that the soldiers who fought and died on the battlefield should not be remembered and honoured. On the contrary. At the same time, it is essential to acknowledge what really happened. Their sacrifice means something, when it contributes to building the conditions for an enduring peace. Lest we forget, is an appropriate slogan.

The war came to a sudden end in 1918, because it contributed to revolution in Russia and had lost the support of the people i9n the home turf of the empires. Germany was heading for revolution and its economy was in ruins.  its leaders were forced to surrender. The Irish Easter uprising had an impact on Britain. Soldiers in all the armies were increasingly refusing to fight, and sometimes turning their guns on their own officers.

Hostilities between governments did not end with the coming of the peace. The setting up of the short-lived League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles, worked to enable the winners grab the spoils and punish Germany. This was an important factor that set the conditions for the next global conflict.

Australia became involved to fight on behalf of the British Empire. After the shooting started, due to a diplomat and member of the Austrio-Hungarian monarchy, the Archduke Ferdinand, was assassinated in Serbia, war broke out, and young Australians were sent to Gallipoli, Egypt and Europe to die, so that Britain could be top dog.

The landing at Gallipoli is the most celebrated, and somehow officially described as some sort of heroic act.  It was not. Turkey was not invading anyone.  Australia took part in the invasion of Turkey instead. T...


Trump says Macron "very insulting" over defence comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018...


Sunday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed"

1. Jordan Orlando on The White Album (which song is the most popular/enduring on that album?  It is difficult to say, but it is now fifty years old).

2. Scott Sumner on global warming.

3. Korean refrigerator onomatopoiea.

4. How placebos work there is no placebo (NYT).

5. Scott Alexander is now more positive on preschool.  And Scott Alexander on marijuana: If the above calculations are true, preventing national legalization of marijuana would save half as many lives as successfully implementing Australia-style gun control in the US. [Please note Scott is not suggesting a particular conclusion on either of these policy issues.]

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Victorian Labor's "relentless efforts to cooperate with China" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Andrews agreed on Shi's opinions about developing China-Victoria relations, expressed that Labor Party of Victoria attaches great significance to cooperating and communicating with China and is willing to make relentless efforts to this end. On 27 March 2012 the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne posted this report. Shi made positive remarks...


Independent Artist of the Week: Bachelor Pad "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo: Jake Delaney 

According to Wikipedia, Bachelor Pad is an elimination-style American reality television game show, but allow us to disambiguate for you its also a wild-eyed Sydney garage punk band that wed much rather get behind.

Over the past 8 years Huw, Tim, Grace & Billy have more or less been churning away with their lo-fi recordings as Bachelor Pad, running the gamut from garage surf rock to garage rock classic and now a little spicier punk rock. Reliably, theyve given us fun, sharp, guitar-heavy jams, with a blend of brash percussion, synth undercurrents and instantly likeable lyrics.

In the three years since they released their second album, Bachelor Pad is for the People, Bachie have gone down another route. This years seen the arrival of the first bunch of jams since BPIFTP, with the decision to cut songs to two minutes and under getting the point across quicker and more effectively. Rather than LPs, theyve also gone for EPs probs keeping in line with their short & sweet ethos, amirite?

With gems like Im an Adult and Living for the Weekend on Augusts nifty-named BPEP17, its follow up is already on the horizon. Easy Living is the first taste of BPEP18, comically addressing the modern-day dilemmas that come with having a lot going on, cos were too busy living. Although its apparently not the case for Bachelor Pad, as BPEP18s due v. soon

Easy Living by Bachelor Pad
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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The Horrors Humans Have Inflicted on the Planets Wilderness "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Only 23% of the planets habitable terrestrial surface now remains as undisturbed wilderness, thanks to the spread of the human horde.

A century ago, as the human population explosion began, 85% of the world was undisturbed living space for all the other species. Yet between 1993 and 2009 in the years that followed hard on the first global summit to consider the state of the planetary environment  an aggregation of areas of wilderness larger than India was delivered over to human exploitation, scientists warn in the journal Nature.

These results are nothing short of a horror story for the planets last wild places, said James Watson, a scientist at the University of Queensland and with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The loss of wilderness must be treated in the same way we treat extinction. There is no reversing, once the first cut enters. The decision is forever.

Ocean impact

Professor Watson and colleagues argued in August that humans had in some way poisoned, polluted, exploited or disturbed almost all the planets oceans: only 13% could now be classified as undisturbed.

Now he and others have addressed the state of the wild terrestrial soils and rocks. Take Antarctica essentially uninhabited, and with no terrestrial wildlife out of the equation, and the scale of planetary devastation becomes more stark: humans have now left their mark on 77% of the worlds living space.

And the remaining wilderness is unevenly distributed: just 20 nations hold or govern 94% of the remaining marine and terrestrial wilderness areas. Russia, Canada, Australia, the US and Brazil host 70% of these unspoiled spaces.

Professor Watson and many others have repeatedly argued that humankind continues to put the worlds wildlife at risk. A new study by the World Wide Fund for Nature highlights the scale of destruction, but repeated surveys by teams of researchers on all continents have pointed up the same danger.

The combination of human intrusion into the wilderness and the spectre of climate change i...


(Video) UFO Sighting Over South Melbourne, Australia 11/8/18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Published on Nov 8, 2018

Date: 8/11/18. TIME OF SIGHTING: 7:29pm Taken next to Kings way, south melbourne


Why Veterans Day is really Palestinian Genocide Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor What we call Veterans Day in the USA is known as Remembrance Day in Australia. Whatever theyre remembering, weve apparently forgotten. The end of the war to end all wars ?  Maybe. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was supposed to usher []


Australia: Jihad murderers family is well known and respected within the Somali community in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police say his family is well known and respected within the Somali community in Melbourne. They attended the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hoppers Crossing, west of Melbourne. Shire Ali most commonly attended prayer in Melbournes northern suburbs. Are these mosques being investigated? If not, they should be. The tendency among law enforcement officials in the []


50-year-old woman arrested over Australia's strawberry needle scare "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Police in Australia have arrested a woman in the state of Queensland as part of their investigation into a food contamination crisis that has left the nation's fruit-lovers in a panic since September. Queensland Police Service said the 50-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday afternoon "following a complex... and extensive investigation," which was spearheaded by the force and involved "multiple government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies" across Australia. Australians have been in a panic over tainted fruit since authorities warned on September 12 of the potential risk of finding needles and pins in punnets of tampered fruit, in particular strawberries.


Australia: Muslims outraged, demand apology over PMs calling out radical, violent Islam after jihad attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Muslim community will not be scapegoated and we will endeavour to keep Australia safe where we can, but the actions of a mentally ill person suffering from a psychotic episode, is not the fault of a whole religious community. Now wait a minute. He was screaming Allahu akbar during his attack, and not only []


This Christmas advert has been banned from TV in the UK for being too political "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


On the 11th Month, the 11th Day, at the 11th Hour 100 Years Ago Today The Great War Ended! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

World War I ended 100 years ago today on Armistice Day, November 11th, 1918.  Millions died in the Great War that they hoped would be the last.

Around the world there were celebrations 100 years ago.  From rural Herring, Iowa, where farmers gathered together to celebrate the end of the war while erecting a flag pole in commemoration, to Wall Street, where Americans celebrated en masse.  The great war was over!

If you travel to Australia today, you will be reminded at 11:11 am of the sacrifices that Australians gave for the great war.  Everyone stops and a voice over the load speaker of whichever business you are at will call for a moment of silence in respect for those who gave their lives in World War I.

On Armistice Day, in 1918, Australians covered Martin Place in downtown Sydney to celebrate an end to the murderous war.  (pic from Australia War Memorial).

Unfortunately this was not the war to end all wars, it turned out only to be a precursor to World War II.

Americans began arriving in Europe towards the end of the war in 1917, after years of President Woodrow Wilson trying to keep the US out of the war.  Little did anyone know that with the USs help, the end of the war would come in a year and a half.

Many Americans who would later become famous for their efforts in World War II were also important to the first World War.  West Point graduates and future generals Patton and MacArthur met during World War I.  The only time they met in person:


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The Indicted and the Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

To be law-abiding and breathing: These are, generally speaking, two commendable qualifications for a candidate to meet when seeking public office. But, as our republic occasionally reminds us, they are not requirements.

For the indicted and the dead have been elected before, and likely will be again. This past election was no different, providing several notable examples of criminal defendants being elected to office, as well as a congressman who sued an elderly constituent for defamation. And, of course, this list would not be complete without the dead pimp who won a race in Nevada.

While it is unusual for such candidates to win elections, it is not unheard of, particularly in Congress. Analysis found that at least 25 sitting congressmen since 1987 have been elected despite being under indictment.

Rep. Chris Collins (R), 27th District of New York: Indicted


Despite being under indictment on federal insider trading charges, incumbent Republican Chris Collins narrowly defeated his Democratic opponent Nate McMurray by 2,910 votes, or 1.1 percent of the vote.

According to prosecutors, Collins learned of failed drug trials involving Innate, an Australian biotech firm, then immediately called his son to tell him to sell $1.4 million in company stock. Collins was captured on video making the call during a June 22 congressional picnic on the White House lawn. At the time, Collins was already the subject of an ethics investigation because of his dealings with Innate.



Full Moon November 2018 Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Full Moon November 2018 Astrology and spiritual meaning, known as the full beaver moon or frost moon. from psychic medium Ian Scott

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World leaders gather in Paris a century after WWI armistice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Netanyahu one of around 70 leaders attending French commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict

Times of Israel and AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, are greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris to participate in a World War I Commemoration Ceremony, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, are greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris to participate in a World War I Commemoration Ceremony, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

World leaders gathered in Paris led global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions.

Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital starting at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT).

Ceremonies in New Zealand, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Myanmar marked the start of the memorial events worldwide for a conflict that involved millions of troops from colonized countries in Asia and Africa.

The leaders of Commonwealth nations whose forces were deployed under British command 100 years ago also sounded a message of peace and hope for the world in the new century.

This was a war in which India was not directly involved yet our soldiers fought world over, just for the cause of peace, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter on Sunday.

For our tomorrows, they gave their today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told people gathered at the Remembrance Day national ceremony in Canberra.

The Paris commemorations, centered on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de T...


Meeting *6pm* this Wednesday: Councils plan to protect our streets from WestConnex rat runners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Instead of the usual format, this months meeting will be devoted to Councils plan to protect our neighbourhood from future WestConnex traffic.

Please note: the meeting will start at 6pm!

You may remember that Council presented us with several options in April/May, including full and partial road closures,traffic lights, turn restrictions, slow points and continuous footpath treatments.

They have received and analysed more than 700 submissions and produced a plan that tries to balance everything everyone wants.

Come along to find out what is proposed.

Following the presentation, ARAG will discuss the plan.

The meeting will be held at Alexandria Town Hall, as usual. Again, please note, it will start at 6pm.


November verse 4: "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Verse 4: Our new home, soon Friday: day to take possession (under licence) of our flat. We got the key and in procession took two chairs there. That was that or so we thought. About 12.30 emails from the lawyers Continue reading


Camille Paglia: It's time for a new map of the gender world "IndyWatch Feed National"

I discovered Camille Paglia's work when I was pursuing my undergraduate arts education at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, in the early 2000s. I was deeply disillusioned with the courses in my arts degree and their monomaniacal focus on social constructionism, and was looking for criticism of Michel Foucault on the internet. I stumbled across a 1991 op-ed written by Paglia for The New York Times, in which she described the followers of Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, as "fossilized reactionaries," and "the perfect prophets for the weak, anxious academic personality." I was hooked. It wasn't long before I discovered that my university's library contained each of her books, including the essay collections Vamps and Tramps and Sex, Art and American Culture. For the final year of my arts degree, (before pursuing my studies in psychology) I spent the bulk of my time at the university reading Paglia in the library. She was like a revelation. Her work was subversive but erudite,...


Man arrested after standoff at Wilsons Creek property "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has appeared in court after allegedly firing shots on a property in Wilsons Creek, west of Mullumbimby, on Saturday (November 10).

About 7pm, police were called to the address and established a perimeter.

They were informed that the man had allegedly fired a number of shots and made threats towards several people on the property.

Neighbours were evacuated and specialist police resources were called to the location.

At about 8.30pm, a 29-year-old man was arrested without incident by the attending officers.

A number of firearms, as well as drugs and ammunition, were located and seized from the home.

There were no reports of injury as a result the incident.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was charged with possess unregistered firearm, not keep firearm safe, possess ammunition without a permit, handle firearm whilst under the influence and fire firearm in a manner likely to injure.

Further charges relating to the drugs seized are pending.

The man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads bail court on Sunday (November 11).


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The Moon Completely Flipped on the Other Side of the World, And Everyone Is Freaking Out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sure, there are a lot of small interesting things about the universe we call home but a lot of them go overlooked. For instance, did you ever stop to think about the moon and how its flipped on the other side of the world?

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere youre used to the way the moon looks for you so if you were to travel anywhere in the Southern hemisphere you would notice quite the difference. For instance, you might feel quite odd about the moon if you were looking at it from Australia as it would not look the same. The moon would literally be upside down in comparison to what youre used to seeing.

The constellations also do this but are not as dramatic of a change. If you were somehow able to walk from one hemisphere to the other you could even see the moon changing and rotating from one way to the next. Basically, this happens because the Southern hemisphere of our planet is upside down compared to the Northern hemisphere.

Jake Clark an astronomer from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia told Science Alert as follows on this topic:

From our perspective, the Moon and the night sky, is actually rotated 180 degrees compared to our Northern Hemispherical friends,

In the south we see the Moons dark Oceanus Procellarum sea in the south-east corner compared to in the north-west corner for a northern observer.

Next time youre planning a holiday travel to a country near the equator during a crescent moon, when the Moon sets it will look like a smiling face,

It depends upon where youre located on Earth but generally the constellations we see in the Southern Hemisphere are rotated again by 180 degrees compared to the Northern Hemisphere,

In Australia, Orions leg and belt is commonly known as The Saucepan, at it looks like a big old cooking pot!

This might not sound like much but if youve never stopped to think about it, it might be quite mind-blowing. What do you think about things like this? I for one find them to be quite fascinating.



Lismore hospital employee attacked with syringe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A woman has been charged after allegedly assaulting an employee at Lismore Base Hospital on Saturday (November 10).

Just after midday, a woman attended Lismore Base Hospital seeking treatment.

Police allege she threatened staff members and, when a male staff member attempted to intervene, the woman produced a syringe and lunged at the man.

He was treated for a laceration to his left arm.

Police and arrested a 39-year-old woman at the hospital.

She was taken to Lismore Police Station where she was charged with using an offensive weapon, affray, grievous bodily harm with intent, actual bodily harm, assault and resisting a police officer.

The woman was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (November 11).


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Leaders meet in Dubai as World Economic Forums prelude to Davos begins "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Economic Forums (WEF) Annual Meeting of the global future councils began in Dubai on Sunday, with the UAEs Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Al Gergawi gave the opening remarks at the

The WEF conference is attended by more than 600 members from government, academia, civil society and business, as well as other fields. The conference will address global, regional and geopolitical issues and explore topics related to the fourth industrial revolution.

Most of the forums sessions will be off-record and not attended by the media, with talks targeting globalization and preparing for the future.

The speakers at the sessions will include Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Norwegian Diplomat Terje Roed-Larsen.

The WEF event is a warm up to the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2019, where it will shape its agenda based on the outcome and talks at the sessions.

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Freedom for Land and People "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Freedom for Land and People
Ron Healing Nov 1, 2018

Ron Healing tells of the history of colonisation and exploitation of the West Papuans which has rendered them poverty-stricken in their own land.
For years, West Papuans have struggled to retain their sovereignty under Indonesian rule. This struggle is taking place in our own backyard and with West Papuans forgotten and unsupported by the rest of the world. Intense mining operations, transmigration policies, underdevelopment as well as brutal suppression have left West Papuans with few resources. But now growing international attention is putting the spotlight on the human rights violations and the tragic history of this country. It is sparking support from many New Zealanders including parliamentarians.



Sunday 11th November at the Addison Road Community Centre,  Marrickville.

11.00 Honour Roll of Peace  Presentation of 20 new plaques at the front gate  - 5 speakers

AWPA added a number of plagues to the Honour Roll in the past two years in relation to West Papuan leaders and also to Australians who were in Merauke in the war.

Jefferson Lee's (left), Father Dr Norman Lee was in Merauke in the war.



Robots will soon match humans in creativity, emotional intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As if we didnt already have enough to worry about when it comes to artificially intelligent machines being able to perform many tasks faster and better than humans can, potentially stealing our jobs in the future and presenting what some technologists worry is an existential threat to humanity, now it appears AI will soon be able to match humans at being, well, human, too.

An Australian AI expert, Toby Walsh, said during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney recently that he thinks AI will learn and possibly match human traits like creativity, emotional intelligence and adaptability in less than 50 years. And Walsh a Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney predicts robots will be as smart as humans by the year 2062.

But dont worry about them ultimately presenting some sort of threat or something as drastic as potentially wiping out mankind, he adds. Weve been rather mislead by this idea that the robots are going to take over, Walsh told Time Out. The robots have no desires of their own, they do exactly what we tell them to. Im much more worried about incompetence than malevolence that well get the machines to do something and we havent thought carefully about how its going to interact with our complex world Healthcare, transport, how we manufacture things, how we educate ourselves, how we go out and play its going to touch almost every aspect of our lives.

Its interesting to think about this other side of increasingly smarter machines and to ask questions about the fundamental nature of consciousness and emotion. These right-brain characteristics of being human, things like creativity and emotion and the like we like to think they will save us or somehow set us apart from machines that are radically smarter, faster and better at us in other things. But if they eventually get to be as creative as us to complement their already stellar analytical capabilities, what then?

When Walsh says hes worried, though, its not about what the machines will do. Its us hes worried about. Mankind, he says, needs to do a better job of creating machines and AI systems that are aligned with our values now.

The on...


How to fight the toxic culture wars and win "IndyWatch Feed National"

My book review appears in the Weekend Australian newspaper with the great headline: What did you do in the culture wars, daddy-o?:

As soon as Donald Trump unexpectedly won the White House in 2016, commentators and instant experts claimed it was because of economic anxiety. White, working-class Americans voted for the Republican candidate in greater numbers than Hillary Clinton, and the narrative was set: ignorant and insecure voters reportedly had backed the reality TV star because they feared losing their jobs and being discarded by globalisation and free trade. This thesis was only partly true.

In April, Stanford University political scientist Diana Mutz published a study that debunked the myth. In this election, she concluded, education represented group status threat rather than being left behind economically. Those who felt that the hierarchy was being upended with whites discriminated against more than blacks, Christians discriminated against more than Muslims, and men discriminated against more than women were most likely to support Trump.

Australian writer Jeff Sparrow succinctly explains in Trigger Warnings how Trump cleverly skewered his political enemies by appealing to their anger at the elite political and media classes (despite being a member of the elite himself). By damning political correctness without ever describing what it meant, Sparrow explains, Trump convinced his opponents into calling for decorum, at a time when his supporters wanted to scream their rage. Trump and his advisers read the mood of the country well and rode it to victory.

Trigger Warnings is a rare book that takes a necessary scalpel to the leftist political persuasion of its author as much as, if not more than, the right-wing agenda he opposes. Near the beginning, Sparrow outlines the bald facts of 21st-century life. With the worlds eight richest billionaires controlling as much as the poorest half of the planets population a historian of the future might assume that the Left was ascendant: that the injustice under which the planet groaned would be fuelling radical ideas and egalitarian alternatives to the status quo. Such a historian would be wrong.

What follows is a potted history of how phrases such as political correctness and culture wars originated and how they have been weaponised today by the Right in ways that largely have trapped the Left, unsure how to respond. Sparrow writes that although right-winge...


Indigenous science goes far beyond boomerangs and spears "IndyWatch Feed National"

How did the Dyirabal People learn to detoxify cycads? How did the Mithaka People learn to detoxify nardoo?


Automatic Medical Data Transfer For 17 Million Australians, A Dangerous Game "IndyWatch Feed National"


Tacit Agreement is what is being manipulated with this agenda. They force the opt-out knowing most will not, but when it comes to your medical data, you need to pay attention to the following move by the body corporate to have all your data transferred from the protection offered by the realm, into the hands of the private corporations.
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Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsongs love of money "IndyWatch Feed National"


Pastor Brian Houston sure loves money as this funny satirical video from The Chaser, an Australian comedy show, portrays.

Brian has even written a book about money entitled, You Need More Money.

Pastor Brian Houston. The riches of Egypt havent made him happy. Hes on medication and an inner mess.



Do not abandon us Behrouz Boochani tells audience in Wentworth Falls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian journalist and award winning autho, discussed his recently published memoir No Friend But the Mountain: Writing From Manus Prison at the Wentworth Falls School of Performing Arts last Saturday. Mr. Boochani fled from Iran to seek refuge in Australia but was instead sent to offshore detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Boochani is a vocal advocate for Kurdish people and all refugees and asylum seekers. Mr. Boochani Skyped in from East Lorengu, the refugee accommodation on Manus Island where he currently resides, and received a standing ovation from audience members, before talking about his memoir and his time in detention.


Jo Nova on the impending power price tsunami. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tsunamis can start small, a barely perceptible ripple offshore, then they break on land and all hell breaks out. One of the ripples of the power price tsunami came a few months ago when a small recycling firm in Adelaide closed with 40 jobs. There were other signs of course and bigger ones but this one got a bit of news cover and it had human scale.

The silence of the business community is surprising, or have I missed it? I dont mean the firms that are making money out of the scam, but the myriad of places with ovens and freezers like the baker who Judith met in Queensland. The one whose power bill went from 30K to 120K.

At last it seems that a leader in small business has roused from his torpor and said something.

This is the biggest business crisis Ive seen in my lifetime, said Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Australia. The GFC was managed and it affected everybody, but this is only Australia and we cannot see a solution.

What were hearing is terrible. Were seeing closures have already started, I fully expect there will be more closures and staff put off. When youre running a small supermarket, where do you find an extra $70,000?
Well said Peter Strong. But be careful what you wish for. He seems to admire the Finkel proposals. And he blames Tony Abbott and the pesky backbenchers for the painful and protracted paralysis of power policy. Better to blame the RET Peter!

Reflexively abusing Tony Abbott is a bit like blaming Trump or GW Bush or John Howard every time something goes wrong.

But wait, who launched the RET?

PS. Some other things that I cant allow to pass without comment. He seems to think that the GFC was managed, is he referring to the needless plunge into serious debt that Kevin and Ken engineered? Does he really think it is only Australia with power price problems. Has he never heard of Germany and all the other places with RETs?

Be strong Peter, be prepared to mobilise your membership and their employees to generate serious concern and political clout and above all be prepared to find out what is the real root of the problem.

PPS. Tell them that Daniel Andrews deliberately closed Hazelwood and tell them before they vote in the Victorian election!

UPDATE. Calling out Clive Palmer, a nice comment by a Jo Nova threadster.

Ted OBrien November 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

John, from this site we saw the AGW world wide propaganda machine double its effort after Abbotts landslide election win in 2013. But a protest vote had...


Radiation danger in Californias wildfire is downplayed by the media "IndyWatch Feed"

With the wildfires still raging in the area of the Santa Susana nuclear disaster, the mainstream media does what it always does    tries to reassure people, make the public comfortable that there is no radiation danger.

The government and nuclear experts can be depended on to do what they always do in such situations    make sure that no genuine measuring  or assessment of the radiation risk is made.

Then they can say with confidence  There is no evidence of any danger   having made sure to not look for any evidence.

Experts Say Rumors of Radioactive Ash from the Woolsey Fire Are Unsubstantiated  LA Magazine 10 Nov 18 . authorities from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control who oversee the site say there is no evidence that smoke from the area around the SSFL is any more dangerous than other wildfire smoke.Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fires location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke,

The responding fire agencies from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties also consulted independent hazardous materials coordinators who agreed with the conclusion that toxic material from the site was unlikely to have been spread due to the fire.




Deep freeze "IndyWatch Feed"

Loan sizes trimmed

Average loan sizes took a knock back in September 2018, both for investors and owner-occupiers, although the average loan size remained higher than a year earlier (substantially so for first-time buyers), so perhaps this in itself isn't all that surprising under tighter lending conditions.

It doesn't matter if you're borrowing at a rate of 4 per cent or even lower today, you'll still be assessed at 7 per cent, so there's oodles of headroom, but mortgage processing seems to have become a painstaking process and transaction volumes have crashed.

Frozen fever

The weak ABS housing finance figures - see here - don't pick up the full extent of this yet, especially since there are still thousands of apartments settling from off-the-plan purchases, but the apartments pipeline has shrunk quite dramatically of late so the line in the chart below will continue to fall through 2019.

It's not all doom and gloom for realtors, or property owners, especially around some of the regional markets. 

And the urban services economy is buzzing with people and employment, so some properties with a scarcity value are still faring well with mortgage rates so much lower than they used to be. 



Armistice Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Its 100 years since the Armistice that brought an end to fighting on the Western Front of the Great War. Ten million soldiers or more were dead, and even more gravely wounded, along with millions of civilians. Most of the empires that had begun the war were destroyed, and even the victors had suffered crippling losses. Far from being a war to end war, the Great War was the starting point for many more, as well as bloody and destructive revolutions. These wars continue even today, in the Middle East, carved up in secret treaties between the victors.

For much of the century since then, it seemed that we had learned at least something from this tragedy, and the disasters that followed it. Commemoration of the war focused on the loss and sacrifice of those who served, and were accompanied by a desire that the peace they sought might finally be achieved.

But now that everyone who served in that war has passed away, along with most of those who remember its consequences, the tone has shifted to one of glorification and jingoism, exemplified by the proposal that current and former military personnel should have priority boarding rights in air travel.

In part, this reflects the fact that, for countries like Australia, war no longer has any real impact on most people. As in the 19th century, we have a small professional army fighting in faraway countries and suffering relatively few casualties. Tens of thousands of people may die in these conflicts, but the victims of war impinge on our consciousness only when they seek to come here as refugees, to be turned away or locked up.

In the past, Ive concluded message like this with the tag Lest we Forget. Sadly, everything important has already been forgotten.

Update I havent heard Scott Morrison say much that I agree with. But his observation that War is always a failure of our humanity was one of the better responses to todays centenary, and gives me some hope that the lessons of the Great War have not been totally forgotten.


10 US-based ski resorts showing the way on sustainability "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We all know that ski resorts have a large environmental footprint. As Outside magazine recently noted, with sprawling mountainside villages, water-guzzling snow machines, and high-powered chairlifts, its no secret operating a ski resort can be a dirty business.

Here in Australia some resorts have taken small steps to reduce their impact, but its still fairly dismal when you consider their overall operations. Outside have recently listed the best 10 US-based resorts when it comes to environmental responsibility. While the bigger resorts that come with having a much larger population have greater financial capacity to change their operations, these examples do provide some ideas for any resorts here who are serious about taking their environmental and climate responsibilities seriously.

Megan Michelson, writing in Outside introduces her story by saying in recent years, mountains around the country have started taking steps to reduce their environmental footprints by switching to renewable energy, banning single-use plastics, upgrading to water-saving snowmaking machines, and incentivizing skiers to arrive by public transportation, electric cars, or carpools. Which is all right and good, but is it enough?

Some have gone further. Here are some highlights, taken from Megans article. What I find especially inspiring is that a number have gone from reducing the footprint of their operations to also engaging in advocacy on climate issues (see this recent story on Aspens new climate advocacy campaign for an example of this approach):

Aspen, Colorado:

  • the company captures waste methane from a local coal mine to generate carbon-negative electricity to help power the resort
  • it also engages in advocacy: along with sister company Alterra and Protect Our Winters, Aspen was a strong advocate for electric services company Xcel Energys plan to close two Colorado coal plants and replace them with wind and solar

Diamond Peak, Nevada:

  • free shuttles from town to the slopes, electric vehicle charging stations
  • the resort hopes to run entirely on renewable energy by next year
  • ...


And The Wheels Of The Bus Go Round And Round, But Scottie Morrison Doesnt Notice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town. Scott Morrison has been doing his best to help Victorian Liberal Leader in the election campaign by spending his time travelling round Queensland on a bus and avoiding

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100 years ago today the guns went silent. Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

100 years ago today the St George's Cross was proudly flown in England. What have we done? What did they die for? Lest We Forget.


The importance of ethics in Indigenous research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Research ethics are part of the swag of outputs I am required complete in my day to day job of being a researcher.


Interview: Power Ledgers Jemma Green on Using Blockchain to Power the World "IndyWatch Feed"

Power Ledger, whose mission is to deliver peer-to-peer electricity to people through the blockchain, has been knocking it out of the park this year in terms of global recognition. The Australia-based company has thrust the blockchain into the spotlight, scoring a recent win in Sir Richard Bransons Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) on Necker Island. In

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STAY GOLD A Solo Show by Teazer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Popped Creative is proud to present Stay Gold A solo show by our friend and incredibly talented artist Davey Mac aka Teazer.

November 16 | 5 pm | Popped Space | Habitat | Byron Bay

Teazer escaped the big smoke 5 years ago and feels blessed to call Byron Bay home.
His passion is public art and graffiti, and he has made it his priority to activate any vandalised or forgotten space with colourful murals, doing his best to reflect the shires diverse culture, by the way of engaging other artists with collaborative artworks. Local and international. All emblazoned with the Stay Gold slogan!

After an 8 year reprieve from gallery work, he has returned with his most extensive body of work inspired by retro romance novels merged with street art, all artwork will be affordable and available in limited quantities.

Basically, it is 5 years in the making, showcasing alliances with many local creatives.

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The SEA Electric Project and the Election in Morwell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For some years this blog has been advocating the adoption of large scale projects in or near the Latrobe Valley to help the region have a just transition from brown coal based electricity generation to job intensive renewable energy. As recently as a few weeks ago I outlined five projects that could possibly be part of this transition. Two of these projects would either store or generate as much power as Yallourn W and utilise valley infrastructure. These were Paul Treasures pumped hydro proposal connected with the Thompson River dam and the Star of the South off shore wind project in South Gippsland. The latter project is looking at as many as 12,000 jobs in construction and 300 permanent employees.

Since then we have had the Labor government announcement that they have signed a deal with SEA Electric to set up an electric vehicle manufacture in Morwell. The Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub newsletter summarised the project: This development will create 500 manufacturing jobs in the Valley. Residents who lost work after Hazelwoods closure will be given the opportunity to train with SEA Electric through a worker transition service. The Australian-owned company SEA Electric will set up the factory in Morwell with the first vehicle expected to roll off the production line in about a year. About 2400 electric vehicles will be assembled per year with the potential to ramp up production in the future.

They further noted there are currently about 10,000 electric cars in Australia but interest in them is rapidly growing so getting the infrastructure in place now means we will be ready to meet the demand and that the uptake of electric vehicles will help us reduce travel costs and reduce emissions to help tackle climate change.

This is the nub of the matter. Are Gippslanders going to vote for a new coal fired power station, which because of a number of reasons including the increasingly harmful effects of climate change, is never going to happen? Or will they vote for those advocating a just transition a replacement of the old with the new as quickly and fairly as possible? In the electorate of Morwell Independent Tracie Lund, and the Greens and ALP candidates all recognise the scientific consensu...


In which the pond meditates this Sunday with Dame Slap and the dog botherer ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What better way to meditate on a Sunday, than join with Dame Slap in contemplating the urgent need to save white western civilisation, to redeem white nationalism, to celebrate all the best that noble Anglo-Saxons have given unto the world

Remember there are good volk on both sides, and you might not see a 'k' in the words 'alt right', but that shouldn't diminish the pride in a proper use of a bunk of kkk'ers ...

Yes, it's back to talk of the crusades, a job that's never been finished since the pond first read Sir Stephen Runciman recording noble deeds

The massacre at Jerusalem profoundly impressed all the world. No one can say how many victims it involved; but it emptied Jerusalem of its Moslem and Jewish inhabitants. Many even of the Christians were horrified by what had been done; and amongst the Moslems, who had been ready hitherto to accept the Franks as another factor in the tangled politics of the time, there was henceforward a clear determination that the Franks must be driven out. It was this bloodthirsty proof of Christian fanaticism that recreated the fanaticism of Islam. When, later, wiser Latins in the East sought to find some basis on which Christian and Moslem could work together, the memory of the massacre stood always in their way. (found here - don't worry, academics don't know how to get their certificates together).

Ah noble western civilisation, full of glorious deeds, and so to Dame Slap ...

Say what? They're still talking of Sydney University as the new home for Western Civilisation?


Fusion Whisky and Adelphi Distillery Launch Whisky on the Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fusion Whisky and the Adelphi Distillery have announced the launch of The Winter Queen their latest product to use blockchain technology to track its provenance.

The Winter Queen Marries 17th Century Royalty with 21st Century Tech

It is not only finance that blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt. Other industries are rapidly making moves to explore the innovations implications. One of these is the whisky distillation and distribution sector.

Fusion Whisky have joined forces with the Adelphi Distillery to launch a special blend called The Winter Queen. Each bottle of the special edition whisky will be registered on the blockchain. This will allow buyers to be sure that the product they receive is exactly what the makers claim it to be.

The Winter Queen is the second whisky from either firm to use such a distribution method. The previous one was an Australian blend by Fusion Whisky called The Brisbane. It was released in March of this year. Adelphi has also launched two editions of its own AD spirit on the blockchain.

The blend launched today is also the second time The Winter Queen has been released. The previous occasion was in February of this year. This edition is to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth Stuart, a Scottish princess crowned Queen of Bohemia in the seventeenth century. The whisky itself is said to have echoes of Parma Violets (a popular U.K. candy) and highland toffee, whilst retaining a smokey finish.

Master blender and managing director of Adelphi Distillery, Alex Bruce, spoke to BQ Live about the decision to use blockchain technology to distribute the second release of the spirit:

Such was the success of and acclaim for The Winter Queen, we were very keen to bring out another edition. This is our most complex fusion to date, with more than six different malt whiskies going into the blend.

The idea behind releasing whisky using blockchain technology is to allow its drinker to check the provenance of their liquor for themselves. It is supposed to let them see the whiskys journey from field to bottle. Further details about the history of Elizabeth Stuart are also provided on the entry to the distributed ledger....


The lies and failure of government in the Bourke St knifeman attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the primary objectives of (Victoria) Police as stated in the Victoria Police Manual - Policy Rules is to "preserve the peace, protect life and property, prevent offences", as seen below in an excerpt from the manual.

The 31 year old Somali-born man who knifed the co-owner Sisto Malaspina of Melbourne's iconic Pellegrini's cafe was known to both federal and state police.

According to what was presented in the mainstream media, the 31 year old attacker was not a threat "to the national security environment", which is totally different from being a threat to the general population, which he was.

Victorian Premier Mr. Daniel Andrews states:

"We condemn it. We also take this opportunity to thank those very brave and dedicated members of Victoria Police who did all of us proud in their very quick response in very dangerous circumstances. Theyve done each and every one of us proud."

The real action was taken by a homeless man by the name of Mr. Michael Rogers dubbed "trolley man" who subdued the attacker before police took any action.

Victoria Police have not done "each and every one of us proud" as claimed by Mr. Andrews, but rather failed in their duty to prevent "offences...


Summary of events in West Papua (8 October to 11 November 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua  (8 October to 11 November  2018)

KNPB holds Congress
Jubi reported (2ndNovember) that the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held its Second Congress between the 23-25 October 2018.  The new elected KNPB Chairman Agus Kossay said, as the national representation of West Papuans, the KNPB would continue to fight for the right of the Papuan people to self-determination through a referendum.

All participants of the Congress who consist of central and regional leaders and consulate members decide to fight for one political goal via a referendum as a peaceful and democratic solution, that is the independence of the West Papuan nation, he told reporters on Tuesday (30/10/2018). To achieve this goal, said Kossay, KNPB calls on all West Papuans to participate in the National Civil Strike as a national agenda of Papua. Yesterday we decided to put off our microphone, but today we will reuse it against the colonialism, said Kosay.



Beautiful video of the late Sisto Malaspina, "I feel young, I feel happy". Rest in Peace you great man. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This beautiful man, gone. Unspeakable. Thank you so much for sharing this Ms Fonseca. I feel young, I feel happy, I feel loved. These words shared last month by Sisto Malaspina, owner of Pellegrini's Espresso Bar in Melbourne. Killed in yesterday's Bourke Street attack. He loved helping others. Full of...


I agree with Craig Kelly MP. Good on him for talking straight on climate change. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lefties are going nuts over this "secret recording" of a good bloke talking sense. #EXCLUSIVE: This is just a few seconds of the recording obtained by @GuardianAus where Liberal MP Craig Kelly gave a presentation mocking climate change for more than an hour: "It's not fossil fuels that make the...


Anne Aly thinks terrorism is hilarious, she's laughing about it in this video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to the incomparable Jill Jacks. I'll just leave this here. #Perthnews #SPRINGST IF SHORTEN wins the election ............... THIS is his 'expert'. BE VERY AFRAID ! This quota filler is a nut case. #WeekendLive #AUSPOL jill (@1Swinging_Voter) November 10, 2018


Holocaust Revisionism, Part 2: Ursula Haverbeck and the Letter from Birmingham Jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo from the website of Buelefeld Prison where Ursula Haverbeck is doing time

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In 1963, Martin Luther King wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail. It was addressed to eight white religious leaders.  He said:

You deplore the demonstrations that are presently taking place in Birmingham. But I am sorry that your statement did not express a similar concern for the conditions that brought the demonstrations into being..

I would not hesitate to say that it is unfortunate that so-called demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham at this time, but I would say in more emphatic terms that it is even more unfortunate that the white power structure of this city left the Negro community wit...


Philoria Trip 2018 (2/4): Sphags, Subs and Pseuds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our second day of the trip took us to New England National Park. An extraordinary place with so many vegetation types and amazing areas to explore. On arrival to the campground, we again set up camp, changed into frogging attire and began our search for the sphagnum bogs, home to the Sphagnum Frog (Philoria sphagnicola). []


Australian Politics 2018: the emperor's new clothes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

i360 sits on the bleeding edge of technology, delivering innovative products and services through the strategic use of data, software and analytics. Bringing together this unique set of data science, marketing and analytical capabilities, i360 drives innovation and results for our customers in both the political and commercial spaces..Using predictive modeling and state-of-the-art grassroots tools, i360 helps candidates and issue advocacy organizations target the right individuals with a strategy guaranteed to make an impact whether at the local, state or national level. []

Its no secret that the Liberal Party of Australia has contracted the services of data miner and political micro-targeting analyst i360,a conservative-aligned platform funded by hard right US billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

i360s services were used in this years South Australian state election and it is rumoured these serv...

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November 1918, the counterfeit peace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
Jim Morrison

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.  John 3:16

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 saw an end to four years of carnage on the western front and the end of of the First World War. The armies were demobbed and men went home to lives that were changed utterly:  British and French, Austrian and German, Belgian and Italian, Serbs and Bulgarians, Turks and Arabs, and also, soldiers from across the ocean Americans and Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders,  South Africans and Indians. Friends and foes.

The victors retired to a restless peace,, but the vanquished, Germany, Austria, and Hungary, descended into revolution and civil war for a time with gangs of former soldiers fighting on the left and the right. In eastern Europe, the crumbling of empires, the Russian revolution, civil war and the struggle to establish the borders of newly established states meant that armed violence continued, leaving deep scars and bitterness that many ways set the stage for the autocracies of the 1930s and further bloodshed.

The Polish-Soviet war lasted until 1921. The Russian Civil War, ending in 1923, raged across most of todays Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and the Baltic region. British, Australian, American and French soldiers were dispatched to Murmansk and Archangel to fight the Red Army; Poles fought Ukrainians and Lithuanians, and defeated the Soviets at the gates of Warsaw; pogroms were perpetrated against Jews just as they had been for years, decades, centuries prior, accelerating Aliyah to America and, with subsequent consequence, to Palestine.

The Greek-Turkish war of 1919-1922, which saw the Greeks, with British and French support, endeavouring to seize Constantinople, led to terrible massacres, and a forced exchange of populations that uprooted one and a half million Greeks and Turks from towns and villages they had occupied for a millennium. Armies marched back and forth across the Great European Plain, bringing devastation and starvation and destroying millions of lives.

And in John Bulls Other Island, as expat GBS Shaw called it, a terrible beauty was born WB Yeats exquisite words the doomed intifada that was the rebellion of Easter 1916, launched, opportunistically yet quixotically whilst English eyes were elsewhere, led exponentially into open rebellion, a qualified victory, and a civil war and partition that rested, roused and then resurrected in Derry in 1968 an...


2018 Victorian state election : far right (and left) candidates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Below : Serial pest Neil Erikson interrupts a Channel 7 broadcast from Bourke Street yesterday. ALA candidate Avi Yemini also sought to capitalise upon the tragedy, today holding a smol rally at the site. This political opportunism is explored by Continue reading


Fresco explorations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its strange how a technique that reigned supreme since the Bronze Age has fallen so deeply out of practice. Ive been exploring ideas with plaster of Paris and pigments combining fresco painting with pigment printing and carving. Im now working towards an exhibition titled Archaeology at Logan Art Gallery with the work of extraordinary FS Helfisch.

Some ideas from a weekend session exploring fresco, I believe that the mummified rat was gifted to FS after an archaeological dig At the School of Art. .



MACKAY Mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Labor party leader Luke Foley resigns in Australia in #MeToo alleged inappropriate behavior "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Labor party leader Luke Foley resigns over harassment allegations

The leader of the opposition in Australias most populous state was replaced on Saturday after he resigned over a #Metro row sparked by alleged inappropriate behavior.

Former New South Wales (NSW) state Labor party leader Luke Foley resigned on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing an ABC journalist, four months before a state election he had been in a position to win.

Foley denies the allegations and said he has hired lawyers to sue for defamation over the claims.

NSW Labor deputy leader Michael Daley defeated opposition water spokesman Chris Minns to win the vacant leadership in a caucus meeting on Saturday afternoon.

He promised to build his government on four pillars: investing in schools and hospitals, lowering the cost of living and lowering energy bills.

We will make Sydney more livable, and stop the unfairness and overdevelopment in the planning system, he told reporters in Sydney.

Daley also said his party would re-task $2.2 billion earmarked by the states conservative Liberal government to upgrade sporting stadiums to instead train young people for employment.

Daley will lead NSW Labor to the March 23 election in Australias largest state, but despite Foleys resignation the scandal is likely to dent Labors chance of winning power.

A ReachTel poll in September had Labor and the ruling conservative coalition running neck-and-neck in the state.

The NSW economy accounts for one-third of Australias gross domestic product and at $400 billion is larger than the economies of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Editing by Nick Macfie



#Narrm / #Melbourne: Graffiti mural for Mikhail Zhlobitsky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Graffiti mural in Narrm / Melbourne to commemorate Mikhail Zhlobitsky.

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Narrm / Melbourne so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB (Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.

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ADVISORY-Court order on media coverage of Melbourne knife attacker story - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ADVISORY-Court order on media coverage of Melbourne knife attacker storyThomson Reuters FoundationNov 10 (Reuters) - The following stories are now subject to a media suppression and take down order by an Australian court. The stories will be reissued with the statements subject to the order removed. An alert and urgent timed at 05:06:41. USN ...and more 


Canada should oust Chinese telecom Huawei, say security experts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Experts are warning Canada that working with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is a grave mistake after an explosive Australian report last week alleged the company had hacked a foreign network and shared the information with Beijing.


+ 5 more Zavelsky family commissions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I prefer Barbaras pic below:

Bh Rebecca Zavelsky Five Ring Gem Stack Set of rings with family gems; Emerald cut diamond 1=0.37ct rub-over setting and fine square section band 18ct white gold. Old cut diamond 1=0.50ct rub-over setting 18ct white gold fine round section 18ct rose gold band, marquise cut ruby 1=0.11ct rub-over setting and fine round section band 18ct rose gold, round faceted emerald 1=0.22ct rub-over setting and fine square section band 18ct yellow gold, round brilliant cut diamond 1=0.08ct in pav flower 18ct white gold setting with surround of x4 rubies 4=0.09ct and one tiny diamond 0.01ct and band of round section 18ct white gold. As per sketch and discussion. Size T.


The job description is all we need here "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bh Elan Zavelsky The Fools Desire Ring Mokum Gane billet of 18ct yellow gold, Shakudo and 925 Silver as a broad band14mm wide at top tapers to 12mm at back. Ring has family diamonds; old mine cut diamond 4.6 x  4.9mm 1=0.55ct set to inside of band and small single cut 1.4mm 1=0.02ct set to outside of band. Raw worked finish as discussed. Size W. #jewellertothelost


Kurilpa Open Mic October Review 28/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Good day, fine citizens! Twas a hot and heavy afternoon when we gathered at the Hallowed Croquet Grounds to celebrate the spoken word. The Curious Followers of the Humble Water Rat were blessed, many times blessed by a hot sweet Continue reading


What is the safest way to get back home late at night? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I'll be working near the lagoon until midnight every night but living in Parramatta Park. The nearest bus stop is Cairns Central, which is a 7 min walk from my place (I think I'd have enough time to catch it before it stops for the night). Is it safe to walk that that late alone (female)? Maybe a bike? I don't have a car, but thought about getting a moped, not sure how hard parking will be in the city though. Don't want to use Uber if I can help it since it's at least $8/ride. Thanks!

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Melbourne knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police say - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police sayThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A Somali-born man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, Australian police ...November 9, 2018 - TwitterTwitterall 2,756 news articles 


Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State - Australian police - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State - Australian policeThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man who set fire to a gas-laden truck in the centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person before he was shot by police was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, Australian police ...and more 


How sweet it is "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spring is here and with it comes the growth of new sap-rich leaves, particularly on eucalypt trees. This means that it is time for the sap-sucking insects to put in an appearance. Insects of the order Hemiptera make up a diverse range of creatures all distinguished by having sucking mouth-parts. The adult and young insects []


Melbourne attacker's brother arrested last year - police - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne attacker's brother arrested last year - policeThomson Reuters FoundationSYDNEY, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man who killed one person in a terrorist attack in the Australian city of Melbourne was known to police and was the brother of a man arrested on terror charges last year, Australian police said on Saturday. The Somali-born ...and more 

Friday, 09 November


GV Pride Christmas BBQ all welcome! Sun 9 Dec Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


GV Pride members and friends alike are invited to share in the joy and happiness of the holiday season @ Victoria Park Lake this Christmas ALL WELCOME! Meet us at the new BBQ pavilion on Wyndham Street (near the servo) BYO steak or anything fancy, but in the spirit of giving well provide FREE sausages, onions, bread, sauce, soft-drinks and salads! We may just have some bon bons and Christmas confectionary to share with you all too depending on whether youve been naughty or nice See you there! Ho, ho, ho! Please arrive by 12.00pm otherwise the BBQs might get hijacked by Christmas elves (i.e. random strangers!)

GV Pride Christmas BBQ all welcome! Sun 9 Dec Shepparton (11.30am 2.30pm)

Facebook event here.

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