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Thursday, 21 September

00:50

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

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

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

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

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

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00:38

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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Wednesday, 20 September

22:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:12

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

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

And then he went on the attack.

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

First in his sights, North Korea

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

Kim Jon...

22:02

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

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

Public Polling: Ipsos

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

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

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

21:44

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

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

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

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

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

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

21:31

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

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

20:43

The persistence of (belief in) socialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

I find the persistence of belief in socialism surprising (an example here), particularly given that Venezuela and North Korea both, in their different ways, display, yet again, the disastrous results in poverty, human misery and tyranny of actually existing socialism: that is, state domination of the economy. The lesson of Venezuela is, if anything, even stronger, as it is an example of the democratic path to socialism.

Now, it is possible that by socialism such folk mean something other than a state-run and dominated economy, but if they do, they need to pick a different term because that is what, socialism, in practice, means. Trying to get it to mean something else this late in its history is not practical. And using socialism as a placeholder term for some unspecified system of common ownership is empty moral self-indulgence parading as political commitment.

Recently, I had drinks with a very well-read friend who grew up in the Soviet Union and so has some lived insights into this. He made two very cogent points:

(1) What other language of justice-inspired of major social change is there? There remain all sorts of reasons to be morally repelled by aspects of contemporary society: what is the alternative political vision for a post-capitalist society? If there isnt any, then socialism wins by default, as it has no effective competitor in the moral marketplace.

(2) For the Left, history is not the past, its the future. For folk like my friend and I, history is what happened in the past, from which we can learn and draw lessons. For the Left, history is what is going to happen, it is what has an arc that bends towards justice while the past is something to be judged, censored and transcended.

(As an aside, it is a nice illustration of a wider tendency for secular appropriation of religious ideas that Barack Obama liked quoting Martin Luther King who was quoting Theodore Parker on the arc of history bending towards justice, but turned what was a kingdom of God religious point into a very different secular claim.)

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20:30

marigold fable | a birth story "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On one of our final days in Bali last year I was preparing to have a massage and wondered why the masseuse didnt want me lying on my front. But you have baby, she said, gesturing to my belly. No, I replied. She looked perplexed but let me lie down and as I looked through the hole in the massage table I saw a ring of marigolds around an Om symbol and, for the very first time, felt a presence within me.

There she was.

Two whole weeks later a pregnancy test confirmed what that intuitive Balinese woman already knew.

For someone who has preached the importance of faith in the body and power in the mind to hundreds of pregnant women over the years, I journeyed towards Marigolds birth anxious and fearful.

My previous birth, with Percy, was positive but, at times, traumatic. He was born healthy and I recovered quickly and without complications. And yet for the first six months of his life I soothed a very traumatised baby who would only settle in my arms and whimpered like he was scared. I didnt discuss it much at the time because I simply thought I had an unsettled baby. But in retrospect we were both recovering from a frightening experience; one that he would soon forget and one that stayed at the forefront of my mind.

I opted to birth at the local hospital as opposed to the low-risk birth centre I had previously chosen. I knew that I would feel more grounded and secure if medical back-up was close by. Instead of requesting a particular midwife I made the conscious decision to let the universe decide for me it felt like the right thing to do.

At 11weeks I answered the phone and heard Sues voice. And there she was, delivered to me, and just what I needed.

She asked about my previous birth and listened to me wail as all the fear that lay just below the surface bubbled up and overpermission to release. So began a conversation that would continue throughout my pregnancy and right up to the day before birth; my fear soothed by considered and encouraging words.

Apart from low iron levels, I relished in a smooth, enjoyable pregnancy. My belly continued to grow as I went about mothering three children and as the weeks ticked by I reminded myself to savour it allthis would be my last pregnancy and I didnt want to wish it away.

On Mothers Day I had the most vivid dream...

20:30

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per mile. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. Here...

20:01

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

19:57

Fireworks tonight? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maybe somewhere around the PCYC.

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19:50

The Future of Work in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im really excited to be on a panel at the University of Tasmania in a few weeks on The Future of Work in Tasmania! Its a free event, and there are refreshments! Come along! You can learn more, and register, on the UTAS website.

19:47

Australia: stop being blindly aligned with nuclear weapons nations: sign the treaty! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. New Matilda, By Rewena Mahesh on September 19, 2017 A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isnt one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Given the current volatile...

19:43

Nuclear lobby bringing top USA nuclear spruiker Michael Shellenberger to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Michael Shellenberger  will visit Australia in November to promote a rethink on nuclear at a minerals industry conference.

A radioactive wolf in green clothing: Dissecting the latest pro-nuclear spin https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/a-radioactive-wolf-in-green-clothing-dissecting-the-latest-pro-nuclear-spin,10735

 Noel Wauchope 20 September 2017,  Michael Shellenberger is a nuclear salesman posing as a new generation environmentalist with unsubstantiated energy solutions, writes Noel Wauchope.

LAST WEEK, The Australian excelled itself in uncritically regurgitating nuclear lobby propaganda in the...

19:41

An Australian to be proud of Dr Tilman Ruff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Whats your alternative? CommonSpace talks to anti-nuclear expert Dr Tilman Ruff Ahead of the UN signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, CommonSpace discusses disarmament with Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Dr Tilman Ruff

THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS was passed by the United Nations in July after being voted for by 122 countries, making it the first legally-binding international agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons.

This historic development came about amid heavy opposition from the nuclear-armed states and rising tensions between the United States of America and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, who have warned that recent sanctions will only accelerate the North Korean nuclear programme.

On 20 September, the ban treaty will be open for signature at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Once the treaty is ratified by at least 50 countries, it should come into force within 90 days.

One among many of the anti-nuclear activists who brought the treaty to this point was Dr Tilman Ruff, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which collectively received a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts towards disarmament in 1985, and founding member of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Following his...

19:39

Rural South Australia could end up with the curse of stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Robyn Wood, Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 Sept 17

Greg of FLAG has a letter to the editor in todays Advertiser for those who can get around the paywall

On the charge

HEA...

19:37

Trumps first United Nations appearance was not well received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trumps First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker, Slate, 19 Sept 17  But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this? By Fred Kaplan  President Trump got off to an underwhelming start at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday morning. He sat on a panel flanked by various diplomats, including Ambassador Nikki Haley, who introduced him before he delivered some brief remarks, and it would be charitable to describe the welcoming applause as light.

Then came the clunker. Haley had told the assembled that the new American president sees tremendous potential in the U.N.a cold enough slap at an organization thats been around for 72 years and, for all its flaws, has accomplished quite a bit. But Trump followed that dig with a face-splash of ice water, saying that the real potential he saw was right across the streeta reference to one of his East Side real-estate projectsand noted that the U.N.s presence was what gave it such potential.

ts so typical of Trump to view the rest of the world, even the official assembly of the worlds leaders, as a footnote to the saga of his own wealth.

Trumps remarks, which he read from notes, were brief and inc...

19:36

Australia VERY QUIETLY signs up to help develop new nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

How is it that Dr Adi Paterson of ANSTO signed up to this, in advance of Parliamentary approval, and that the whole thing can be done without any proper public consultation? Australian tax-payers are now to be supporting the development of these new dreams of nuclear power  advanced nuclear reactors that exist now only as blueprints, and will be expensive, require government funding, and will not be commercially operational for many decades, if ever.
Surely it is time for a thorough inquiry into ANSTOs funding and finances. The New Generation nuclear reactors are controversial, to say the least. They are in fact, part of the global nuclear lobbys push to save itself  its future being threatened by its dire economics, and by its connection to the nuclear weapons industry.
The Australian media is regularly used to promote ANSTOs nuclear reactor as having as its purpose medical research  and medical isotopes saving lives despite the fact that non nuclear production of these isotopes can be, and is, being done.  The reality is that ANSTO is part of the global nuclear...

19:35

BHP supports climate change action is at odds with Minerals Council "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

But dont lets forget that BHP is a big member of the nuclear industry   which claims (incorrectly), that nuclear power is  clean energy, and the solution to climate change

 

BHP considering Minerals Council exit over lobby groups climate policies

Key points:

  • BHP under pressure to quit lobby groups that dont support clean energy target
  • Activist group backed by big investors including ANZ, AMP, Australian Super, Blackrock
  • Board considering move before next months AGM

BHP announced it would review its membership of all industry associations, and publish the findings, by the end of this year.

The review comes hot on the tail of a demand by activist shareholders that the miner sever ties with the council, which successfully advocated for the abolition of the carbon price and is currently lobbying the Federal Government to reject a clean energy target.

We are aware that some civil society and other organisations believe that, where an industry body advocates for a position which does not align with our own, we should cease to be a member of that in...

19:33

Most Britons would not be happy living near mini nuclear power stations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Guardian 18th Sept 2017 Most Britons would not be happy living near the mini nuclear power stations that Rolls-Royce and several other international companies want to build in the UK, a survey has found.

The government has promised the developers of small modular reactors a slice of a 250m funding pot in a race to position the UK as the place where the first generation of the power stations should be built.

Polling by YouGov, however, believed to be the first survey of public attitudes towards the plants, found that 62% of people would be unhappy living within five miles of one.

The poll, commissioned by the climate change charity 10:10, found that only 24% would be unhappy living near an onshore windfarm, which the Conservative party has stymied with tougher planning rules. The figure fell to 17% for community-owned windfarms.

Ellie Roberts, a campaigner at 10:10, said:
These results show just how wildly out of step with public opinion UK energy policy has become. Most small modular reactors (SMRs) would generate less than a tenth of the power the projected Hinkley Point C will provide, but are backed by industry as a cheaper option to big nuclear plants and an opportunity for British firms to be first in a new technology. Harry Holt, the president of nuclear at Rolls-Royce, said: With demand for energy set to rise in the near future, in part due to
the growing popularity of electric cars, we believe that a UK SMR programme is a vital addition to our national infrastructure....

19:32

Donald Trump at the UN threatens to totally destroy North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Donald Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea in UN speech
President castigates a small group of rogue regimes
Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States, Guardian, 
Julian Borger 20 Sept 17, Donald Trump has threatened to totally destroy North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on righteous countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

In an address heavy with echoes of George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests....

19:21

MEDIA RELEASE 20/09| FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later. This is good news for(...)

19:20

What do you do for a crust? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Among the trees of Matong State Forest are areas with cryptogamic crust.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:14

Putting the blame where it belongs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

19:04

Undermining Adani with the Melbourne Climate Choir "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same. Jeannie Marsh

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19:01

Waiting For The Moment The Demolition of Building 7 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Building 7 Seconds from free-fall

By Dee McLachlan

A Gumshoe reader, Jaz, has sent us what seems to be unreported background audio, from a video that has been viewed over 146,000 times. He was supposed to have a meeting in Manhattan on 9/11, but his work called to changed the venue. He describes the moment the first tower fell, and that he knew the world would never be the same.

The video (below) is noted as the Westside Highway CBS Camera Angle and seems to run continuous...

18:56

Debt Rattle September 20 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Edward Hopper Automat 1927   Australia: A Delusional, Stuffed, Basket Case, Bubble, Third World Economy (MB) With QT On The Way, This Market Is Headed For A Brick Wall (Boockvar) Where Deutsche Bank Thinks The Next Financial Crises Could Happen (CNBC) Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin (HowMuch) MPs

The post Debt Rattle September 20 2017 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

18:40

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

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18:39

Video: Inequality is hurting Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

As a society we need to acknowledge that inequality is growing in Australia and this is the first step towards doing something about it.  We need to decide on whether we want an Australia where the gap between the a few at the top and the rest of us is getting bigger, or one that values equality  and go for it.

Video from Australian unions

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Inequality is Hurting Australia

Unions are critical in addressing inequality. Attacking unions makes inequality worse.

Posted by Australian Unions on Monday, September 18, 2017

The post Video: Inequality is hurting Australia appeared first on The Pen.

18:37

Going Away? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi everyone, my family and I have just given up renting and are giving house sitting a go for as long as we can sustain it so we can save up for our dream of travelling Australia. So if you or anyone you know in the Moreland area are taking a holiday please keep us in mind! 

We are available from mid Oct and love all pets and respect all properties as if they were our own. 

Justine 0425 340 536.
 

18:36

Girls Rock "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi All,

Just letting you know that public tickets are available to come to the post-camp Girls Rock Showcase the Sunday after the Grand Final and it is being held at Coburg RSL (so lovely, so local) if you are keen to see what rockin' gals get up to, support the cause. 

Free tix for under 18s!!

18:35

Stop Adani Action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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There will be a national day of action to Stop Adani on Saturday October 7th. ACF and STOP ADANI are organising a big event at Princess Park 1-3pm.  

To quote the event page: "Bring your family and friends (dogs welcome) and a picnic for a fun, festival event. There will be face-painting, music and lots of fun activities as well as a giant human sign you can be part of! Together, we can stop this mine and create a better world, powered by clean energy, where our reefs and communities thrive.  

You can find out more about it here 

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18:33

Electrician and Painter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Friendly, reliable local electrician (REC 24154) and painter available for jobs of all sizes at reasonable prices. 

Free quotes. See reviews of business here and here.


Contact Aref (Alex) 0423 278 327.

18:31

School Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts academy is now taking last minute enrolments for their school holiday music & performing arts camp. This community music school is run Natasha who has over 25 years teaching experience.

They will be working in collaboration with Ally Kiddyrock to create a wonderfully enriching performing arts experience for children 4-18 years of age and will also have some amazing music and performing arts specialists in attendance including African drumming specialists and more.

More details about registration and our programs both during Term 4 and during the holidays can be found here

We also offer subsidised programs for low income and single parents families.
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18:30

Magnet Recording Studio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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17:57

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

17:46

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

17:35

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

17:30

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found...

17:24

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and []

17:16

MEDIA RELEASE: COAL FOUND IN CALEY WETLANDS. ADANI CANT BE TRUSTED TO STOP POLLUTION "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.

Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.

ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.

It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.

The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.

The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.

The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.

I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.

Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.

IMAGES AND INDEPENDENT WATER TESTING REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

For more information or interviews please contact Gemma Freeman (AMCS) on 0412 505 405.

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17:06

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

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17:03

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

16:43

The Golden Solution to the Worlds Biggest Debt Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Yesterday, we told you about a special report Nick Hubble has prepared on why gold is the perfect investment for any Australian right now.

Its called The AUSSIE Case for Gold. And you can get a sneak peek here.

Nick is the Editor of Jim Rickards Strategic Intelligence advisory here in Australia.

And while it seems people all over the planet have their heads firmly stuck in the bitcoin frenzyJim and Nick have been quietly investigating the REAL threat to the world economy.

Australia is a key part of it.

You can think of this report as the missing chapter of Jims bestseller, The New Case for Gold.

So, were releasing a special, 2017 limited print run package. Why? To help navigate your wealth through what Jim calls the next monetary reset.

This is something that could finally bring down the global eight-year-old bull market.

What could be the trigger?

As Jim explains below, one factor people still seem to ignore is ever-rising US national debt, which, as of today, is over US$20.1 trillion

The blame for this comes from the cost of major wars, the 2008 financial crisis, and a bevy of irresponsible government spending.

But, as much as we like to criticise government for being completely irresponsible with our money, the past is in the past.

What matters now is how we get out of this mess.

Thats why I want to share with you Jim Rickards latest take on the situation.

Read on below for the current state of the debt crisis, but, more importantly, a clever first step on how we can get out of it

The Golden Solution

Jim Rickards

Right now, the United States is officially $20 trillion in debt. Over half of that $20 trillion was added over the past decade.

And it looks like annual deficits will be at the trillion-dollar level sooner rather than later when projected spending is factored in.

Basically, the United States is going broke.

I dont say that to be hyperbolic. Im not looking to scare people or attract attention to myself. Its just an honest assessment, based on the numbers.

Now, a $20 trillion debt would be fine if we had a $50 trillion economy.

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16:39

US Defence Firms Want Control Over Tech in Make In India Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Companies do not want to be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under the Make in India drive to build a military industrial base.

A U.S. naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

A US naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal, September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they wont have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby groups letter to Indias defence minister....

16:37

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

16:18

Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

16:16

Alex The Astronaut Announces New EP and National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Alex The Astronaut Indie-folk singer-songwriter and current triple j darling Alex The Astronaut is everywhere at the moment, and with a new single, an EP on the way and a tour in the works her star is only set to continue rising. The new single is the queer positive Not Worth Hiding []

15:59

Are Uber Drivers in Bali an Endangered Species? "IndyWatch Feed National"

300,000 rupiah, the taxi driver said, claiming that the ride home would be twice as much as what it cost to get there. Scooters whizzed past as we haggled on the side of the road.

300,000 is my final price.

I pulled out my phone and clicked on the Uber app. There were four cars in the area. The taxi driver peered over my shoulder, then took a hasty step back.

You cannot take Uber in this country! he shouted. Uber drivers get decapitated here.

My widened eyes exchanged anxious looks with the people I was travelling with. With shaking hands, and disinterested in watching our Uber driver potentially getting pounded, we began to negotiate a price with the taxi.

On the drive home, we noticed several worn out banners reading, NO UBER.

I later found out that our driver that night wasnt alone in his hatred for ride-hailing services.

In 2016, Balinese man Ida Kadek Anom was ambushed by a group of taxi drivers. Kadek was on his way to pick up his Uber customer when a mob stopped in front of his car and demanded he pay a fine of 375 000IDR ($37.50AUD). Kadek called his boss, who agreed to hand over the money, but as Kadek tried leaving the scene to collect it, he was chased down the road and beaten up until he needed to be hospitalised. His white Toyota minivan was then vandalised with bricks and sticks.

Competition ignited by technology has the market for conventional ride services hard. Ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Grab became a trend, taxi and private car drivers have found it difficult to make adequate earnings especially in Indonesia. A violent protest occurred in Jakarta, the countrys capital, in March 2016 that saw bus, car and scooter drivers rally against illegitimate driving services, claiming mobile apps like Uber and Grab werent registered as public transport. Their expression of anger rallied thousands of armed police, and in response, Indonesias ministry of transport...

15:47

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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15:39

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

15:34

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

15:33

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

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15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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14:42

start - [Future meetings] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan OConnell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks 25th September, 2017

14:38

Israel and Palestine: a journey through the Unholy Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Driving through the West Bank, you get the sense that the hope-turned-disappointment cycles of the failed, successive peace accords have been replaced by grim resignation to the reality of an implacable occupation and settlement project. All the trappings of occupation and land theft have only reinforced the incongruity of the Israeli settlements, not least of which is the prison-like fencing and barbed wire that encircle them.

14:30

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

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. 

Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy.

Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations.


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14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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14:10

Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016 [AIHW - ABS] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

4343.0 Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016

The publication presents national-level results from the Survey of Health Care 2016 (Survey). The Survey explored experiences of coordination and continuity of care by people aged 45 and over who had at least one GP visit in the 12 months prior to selection of the survey sample. It covers health status, access and appropriateness of care, plus demographic information for reporting on equity measures.

The Survey was funded by the AIHW and conducted by the ABS. It was designed to provide robust samples for each of the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and new information for the primary care sector to improve patients' experiences and outcomes. While the forthcoming publication presents national-level results, in 2018 the AIHW will release a series of publications with results by PHN area.

Media release: Over 45s report positive experiences with Australia's health care system.

Download publication: 4343.0 - Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016.

13:41

Will you help us get to the truth in The AWU Scandal - and hold those responsible for misleading us to account? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An important anniversary ticked over in June this year but few people noticed it. We did. 24 June 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Australian Workers' Union - Workplace Reform Association Inc. Here's the handwriting of one of the people who filled out the application to...

13:06

Timeline to incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an important precis of evidence in the case against Ms GILLARD. You'll recall Ms Gillard told the Trade Union Royal Commission that she received this letter from Ray Neal, and that she provided Ralph Blewitt with the legal advice in the memo below. GILLARD's testimony is at odds...

13:01

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

radical Islamic terrorists

radical Islamic terrorists

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

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.

12:59

I Went to School in an Indian Commune "IndyWatch Feed National"

Her followers call her The Mother: a French woman who began forging her vision of a Utopian society in Tamil Nadu, one of Indias southernmost states, before her death in 1973. The international community is based on her dreams of universal acceptance, where people of all countries may live and flourish as a collective, or what is more commonly referred to as a commune.

Since its founding in 1968, Auroville or City of Dawn has grown from a dry mass of wasteland into a living, thriving community of over 2000 people. In one of the largest experimental townships on earth, residents speed from place to place on motorbikes or amble past on bare feet and bicycles.

In the late morning, the Indian sun strolls across the sky intensely, as if through a magnifying glass. My bare feet are planted firmly in the rust-red dirt, which stains my skin heavily even after a wash. I squat outside, most of the other students attending Deepanam School crouching alongside me. An atypical education system taught mainly in English, Deepanam caters to children whose families live and work within Auroville, who want access to a less structured, more hands-on approach to learning.

During a time when my parents were fed up with the pace of American life, offered a place for my sister and I to enjoy our education. Where class is somewhat unstructured and flexible in Auroville, everything in the United States public school system is meticulously planned. It is not uncommon to gulp down lunch faster than a starving dog due to the lack of time, to forgo food altogether in order to have a break or to fake illness on a test day to postpone the doom that a bad grade could potentially cause your permanent record.

On this day, away from the harshness of many of our home countries schooling, we are completely engrossed in our work. Its history class, or art Im not sure. All subjects seem to blend together, as our learning is not defined by overcrowded classrooms, filled with textbooks and tests, a world that I will soon be thrust into, headfirst. Today I spent hours pouring turquoise and tobacco-coloured sand into a precise pattern of radial symmetry. Pride rises in my chest as I stand up, staring at the finished piece of work. Taking a deep breath in, my mouth turns upward into a smile. I sigh, breathing out, satisfied with my mandala.

By the time lunch rolls around, the ground has turned to a hopscotch course of do-not-step-on-todays-assignment, plastered by the childrens sand art. By the time the break passes, most of the work of the day has been destroyed, smudged into a grey pow...

12:46

Mandatory Over-Vaccination - The Australian Experience "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Elizabeth Hart Recently there have been calls for mandatory vaccination in the UK, as discussed by Tom Moberly, UK editor of The BMJ, see UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination. The United States and Australia are at the...

12:28

Life at the Palace with Joy Jobbins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Arts Wednesday 20 September 2017, Sylvias guest was 90-year-old Joy Jobbins, talking about her recently published book, Life at the Palace, which is Volume 2 of her memoirs. Listen to the conversation below:

That was Part 1 of the Conversation and now for Part 2:

And now for the final part:

The post Life at the Palace with Joy Jobbins appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

12:20

Turnbull - "If it's NO, that's it". Says SSM won't be issue at next election. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe this guy in anything he says? If the plebiscite returns a "NO" vote, that's it hey Mal? If Labor under Shorten says it'll be "YES" and gains ground will the Liberals just watch them Mal? If its No, thats it:Turnbull govt won't try and change Marriage Act...

12:13

A Tribute to Moroccan Medics "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was September and Europe was getting cold, so we found ourselves a quaint fishing village on Moroccos Atlantic coast. With our hostel situated right on the sand, we closeted our shoes and from our balcony stared into the sunset, beaming at what the following week promised. I envisioned catching wave after wave, fisherman grilling up freshly caught fish for lunch and Tom and I camelback, taking sunset strolls. Wed source black-market beers to accompany our bonfire, and it would be all sunrays and happy days.

Being weak boned and accident-prone, I should not have been surprised when instead, I found myself lying on the side of a desert Moroccan road, baring the weight of Tom and our hired rental scooter. It was just when I thought I had parted with my old ways, and was starting to forget what the inside of a hospital waiting room looked like.

Tom was tentative at best when it was my turn to navigate our rental scooter. Latching on for dear life, he warned, The accelerator is sensitive, okay H? I distinctly remember verifying this warning when I thrust it towards me, but thats about all I recall. The rest was a panicked fast-forward to the rock we arrived face to face with. Its accurate to say I nailed the acceleration phase of driving, but not so much the steering or braking that typically follows.

My flexibility has in the past been compared to that of a concrete slab, thus the unnatural U-shape alignment of my body that resulted from the crash was likely owing to the 85kg man, motorbike and rock face that I was sandwiched between. I could feel the chalking bone of chipped and loose teeth, as well as a stream of lukewarm liquid running down my neck. When the white spots and darkness eventually cleared, I learned that I had in fact not been shedding tears, but valuable blood.

Our friends Fergus and Sam, having watched the whole episode unfold, were quick to peel me off the rock. Dazed and confused Tom, stared on. Fergus appropriately adopted a paramedics touch and tended to my wounds. He kept calm and denied my efforts to pass out, insisting I maintain my semi-conscious state. Meanwhile Tom, continuing his streak of uselessness, took one look at my chin and yelled, Holy fuck its bad!

With not a single taxi in a 15-kilometre radius, Sam waved down a tattered Mercedes van. He negotiated with its occupants, who were just arriving for an afternoon of paradise at the valley,...

12:03

Childrens Gallery a first for regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Childrens Gallery a first for regional Australia

ART FOR THE KIDS The new Shepparton Art Museum will be home to the first regional Australian Childrens Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

PARENTS, teachers and visitors will welcome the first spaces in any gallery in regional Australia to be dedicated to meeting the specific creative needs of children.

These spaces will be provided in the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and will include both indoor and outdoor places purpose-designed to encourage even the youngest visitors to explore and become more aware of their immediate surrounds.

They will be stimulated to touch, see, hear and feel to satisfy their curiosity and natural desire for learning in opportunities impossible to provide in the current SAM building.

The childrens gallery and outdoor space will encourage curiosity and learning through the sensory, emotional and intellectual stimulation of the children. Experiences will include a dedicated Childrens Gallery and Art Play space curated by artists alongside the temporary exhibition gallery. There will also be an outdoor clay playground to allow visitors to explore the materials used in the making of ceramics, inspiring interest and introducing children through play to SAMs unique collection of ceramics.

The vision for these art spaces includes experiences for school groups. Working with educational partners, the new SAM will deliver services to cater for curriculum needs from pre-school to tertiary programs.

As Kidstown has drawn tourists to Greater Shepparton, it is expected that this unique Childrens Gallery will draw visitors from across the nation. Taking account of the varied and specific needs and abilities of children, the arts precinct by the lake will be a welcome resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, students and tourists alike.

12:02

Final nominees named as businesses prepare for announcement of category winners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Final nominees named as businesses prepare for announcement of category winners

THE FINAL nominees for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have been named, and now each of the 100 nominees from this years awards are eagerly awaiting the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, to discover who will be crowned the winners of each category.

This week, Trevor Phillips Photographics received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Professional Services category, Shop 221 received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, The Carrington received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, GV Ls 2 Ps received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, MBCM Shepparton received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Furphy Foundry apprentice fabricator engineer, Adam Menzie received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and All Farm Gates received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.

All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.

12:00

Biodiversity grants announced for Shepparton groups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Andrews Labor Government has announced an additional $4M in community biodiversity grants funding for 110 projects across the state as part of its support for the Biodiversity On-ground Action program.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said local community initiatives, such as the Breathing Life into the Bushland and the renewal of threatened plant conservation projects along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system, will receive part of the $4M in funding to help protect, improve and expand habitats for Victorias native plants and animals.

Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton will receive a $29,092 community biodiversity grant to help them conserve and improve the significant urban bushlands of the Australian Botanic Gardens in Shepparton.

Goulburn Valley Environment Group will receive $44,945 in community biodiversity grant to enable themto re-assess the status of habitats and species populations along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system and other reserves in the eastern Northern Plains.

Mr Gepp said, Many people within our rural communities are already hard at work helping protect and preserve local native flora and fauna.

In the last year many dedicated local community groups inNorthern Victoriahelped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species.

The Government is committed to biodiversity and encourages Victorians to learn more and participate in their local community, Mr Gepp said.

Community Biodiversity Grants of up $50,000 each have been allocated to 110 projects across Victoria.

12:00

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPCOMING

 

THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 1:30pm at the Welsford Street centre. Guest artist is Johnny Doyle. Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For enquiries or bookings, phone 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.

 

THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 30 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jan Dohertys Splinters Live Band. There will be a program of old time favourite dances, lucky spots, door prizes and raffles. Proceeds go to Shepparton Uniting Church Building Fund. All welcome. Admission is $8. Please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, contact Ted on 5822 0424.

 

SENIORS WEEK BUS TRIP is run by Murchison Neighbourhood House and will be going to Cactus Country Strathmerton on Wednesday, October 18. Cost is $35 and covers morning tea, entry, lunch and afternoon tea. Leaves Murchison at 9am with pick up in Mooroopna and Shepparton available (please ask when booking). Seats are limited and bookings are required by phoning 5826 2373 between 9:30am and 2:30pm weekdays.

 

THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP is now open between 9:30am and 4:30pm every Saturday. Come in and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna.

 

DO YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE ASTHMA? Come along to a free community education session at North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre (training delivered by The Asthma Foundation Victoria). Here you will find out more about Thunderstorm Asthma, who is at risk, how to perform Asthma First Aid and the link between Asthma and hay fever.  Phone (03) 5821 5770 to reserve your spot.

 

BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.

 

 

 

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MENTAL WELLBEING: DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? ISOLATED? SUFFERING GRIEF OR LOSS? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? The Shepparton Grow group meets wee...

12:00

Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TIME FOR SPORTS TO SHARE THE SPOILS

Dear Editor,

One of the success stories of the Greater Shepparton City Council over the past decade has been its impressive roll out of major sporting events. This has been well delivered by the current council events team who have built upon the exceptional legacies of former managers who had the vision and insight to plan and develop facilities that can host major events.

Despite this success and the many millions of dollars generated each year for our economy, it is time that local sporting bodies that make these events possible receive greater financial support from the council. Despite the many thousands of hours these organisations contribute to these major events, financial returns are minimal.  Burn out of volunteers with little reward for efforts is not a sustainable path.

Councillors have a unique opportunity to build upon the benefits of developing infrastructure for major sporting events, by establishing a funding program to create 3-5 year strategic partnerships with sporting organisations that can attract events and visitors to Greater Shepparton and deliver economic benefits to our community.

This funding program would recognise the need to ensure that sporting organisations have the staff and resources to remain sustainable and can more effectively contribute to the social and economic well being of our region. The regions major events calendar will grow with the type of support.

Maybe some of the few million dollars a year the council spends on publicity and propaganda promoting its achievements (also known as delivering services) could be diverted to a more positive use and fund a Sports Strategic Partnership Program. Lets say $300,000 for starters in 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Gosstray

Kialla

 

JUDGE AND EXPOSE FALSE TEACHERS

Dear Editor,

I take exception to the push of gay marriage with liberal supporters like Frank Purcell (recently in the media), because he is the fruit of a secular world and where does he get his figures from?

It is only natural that there will be people with different views but what do they base them on? Frank is not setting a moral example for people to follow because he is luke warm and Jesus had a bit to say about that

(Rev 3:15, 16).

As a fundamentalist I base my beliefs on what the bible teaches because it is a truth far beyond the wisdom of man. If we call ourselves Christian we bear the name of Christ and in doing so we have to believe what He teaches and gay marriage is not a part of it.

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11:59

Schools could unite under new education plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOUR schools across the Shepparton region could unite under the Andrews Labor Governments plan for improving education across as part of a new Shepparton Education Plan.

The plan will look at learning opportunities from birth to post-secondary, however many of the initial findings relate to the structure and operation of the regions secondary schools.

The latest phase of consultation will consider proposed scenarios of how Sheppartons secondary education could look into the future. The options already developed through the first phase of consultation with the community include the regions four schools remain operating as is, the four schools remain with minor improvements, one secondary school on one main campus with an additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development and one secondary school on two campuses, additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development.

As part of the transformational change, suggestions for a number of options for new facilities are to be considered, including a new secondary school, a new tech school, a Mooroopna precinct redevelopment and a new integrated childrens centre.

Further options for consideration will be enhancing teacher capabilities, upgrading school facilities and establishing new approaches to teaching and learning that put students first.

Feedback from the second consultation phase will be used to guide the continued development of the Shepparton Education Plan, with a final recommendation due to government early next year. The Shepparton Education Plan will be delivered over three stages this first stage focusing on the towns secondary schools.

Minister for Education, James Merlino said, We want to genuinely look at all options and to have an open conversation with the community about opportunities and benefits as well as challenges and constraints.

The community has spoken, it wants to see change so the young people of Shepparton and Mooroopna have better access to a high quality education and we are listening.

11:59

Saving the future of our children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saving the future of our children

A PLAYFUL, YET EFFECTIVE THERAPY METHOD From left, Local paediatrician, Dr Peter Eastaugh and Therapeutic Play Specialist and Interventional Therapeutic Play program coordinator, Peta Van Popering have been working to create better outcomes for local children who are at risk of becoming disengaged later in life, through a unique and revolutionary therapeutic play program. Photo: David Lee.

Revolutionary program creating better outcomes for children at risk of becoming disengaged

THE lives and future direction of hundreds of children across Greater Shepparton are already on the path to improvement thanks to a unique psychotherapy through play program being run at schools, and this is only the beginning for the revolutionary program.

The Interventional Therapeutic Play program, which aims to curb the negative future outcomes for those that have acquired neurological impairments stemming from early childhood environmental trauma, has seen accredited therapeutic play specialists hired from the beginning of the year to work with schools and parents to identify at risk children, and work with them to improve their educational and relationship outcomes, eventually leading the child to go on and be positively and actively involved in the community.

Local paediatrician, Dr Peter Eastaugh said, The statistics that we are gathering are already showing that there is a real problem and we have let this issue get out of control.

The number of children who have experienced environmental trauma that has had an impact on their growth has increased by 10 fold in the last 20 years.

Programs like this can make a huge difference to the lives of children.

They give us an opportunity to intervene and change the trajectory that the childrens lives may take.

Studies suggest that most adult family violence behaviour comes from early childhood, so early intervention is important.

In 2011, there were in excess of 200 children from schools in the Shepparton district who were on a waiting list for developmental or behavioural paediatric assessment, with approximately 50 percent of these children attending the Shepparton Neighbourhood Schools, which is a collaborative effort of five schools across the Shepparton region who service some of the most disadvantaged communities/children in the Shepparton re...

11:58

Sports precinct opens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THIS Friday will see a series of celebrations taking place in recognition of the hard work that has brought the vision for the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct to a reality.

The sports precinct is a unique facility that is rarely found in a regional area, a facility that will reinforce Greater Shepparton as regional Australias sporting capital.

Work commenced on the precinct back in early 2015 starting with the construction of the synthetic hockey pitch evolving into a $21M state-of-the-art sporting venue.

The sports precinct will provide a significant boost to the local economy and will ensure that Greater Shepparton remains a leader in the hosting of major sporting events. The sporting precinct is anticipated to create visitation of approximately 265,000 participants, officials and spectators over 10 years for national and state-wide events alone, approximately 132,500 of whom will be from outside the region.

Visitor spending to the region will approximately be to the value of $82M over 10 years or $8.2M per year. The precinct will support approximately 105 full time jobs on an ongoing basis in visitor-related sectors such as accommodation, retail, cafes and restaurants.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This is undeniably a world class facility that we in Greater Shepparton should be immensely proud of.

We can see that the years of hard work have paid off, with a facility that can be utilised and enjoyed by our community, while having the potential to attract and host national and international events. Its the perfect blend.

Goulburn Valley Hockey Association president, Ian Ritchie said, Having access to two fields has now given the Association a great deal of flexibility in hosting more matches in Shepparton, particularly when accommodating competing teams from Euroa, Benalla, Echuca and Bendigo.

The redevelopment of the hockey fields, together with the soccer, netball and athletics tracks is certainly making the precinct very attractive to other user groups, particularly schools, as the precinct now is a one-stop shop for a wide range of sports activities.

Shepparton South Soccer Club president, Gino Cirillo said, We have found the new precinct to be a huge improvement, and were fortunate that we can play on fields of such quality.

The beauty of the precinct is that it will entice young kids to play soccer and their families to come along to watch. Were also hoping to see many national and international competitions come to Shepparton to use these great the facilities, Mr Cirillo said.

Shepparton Netball Association president, Diane Orr said, The new Shepparton Sports Precinct has given our community a first class sporting facility wh...

11:56

Get body corporate advice from the experts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get body corporate advice from the experts

SIMPLIFYING BODY CORPORATE MANAGEMENT MBCM Strata Specialists are made up of two very knowledgeable and likeable professionals who will help you get the best out of your investment. From left, co-directors, Amelia Wright and Emma Glazebrook. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

MBCM co-directors, Amelia Wright and Emma Glazebrook are thrilled to have won two awards at the recent MBCM Strata Specialists Franchise Awards the Community Spirit award for their work with the MBCM Northern Country Womens League this season and the award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing for 2017.

Amelia said, Were really proud of the work that we do and we really want to help people understand how body corporates work. For anyone who already owns or is thinking of buying a unit in a body corporate, we are launching our strata community advisory sessions on Tuesday October 3 at 6pm with a free, no obligation information night, open to anyone with any interest in body corporates or owners corporations, such as developers, owners, investors and agents.

There will be a short presentation on the basics of Owners Corporations and then an open Q&A session for anyone to raise any queries they may have in relation to units, body corporates, rules and regulations, rights and responsibilities etc. Refreshments will be served.

MBCM Strata Specialists have moved to a new purpose designed office at 98A Wyndham Street in Shepparton. Check out MBCMs new offices at the free owner information session on Tuesday October 3: To register your interest, call Emma or Amelia on03 5831 2913 or email us at info@mbcmshepparton.com.au

11:55

Stephens new Marketplace store "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stephens new Marketplace store

JUST IN TIME FOR THEIR BIG SPRING SALE From left, Stephens Jewellers second in charge, Annie Dimitipoulos and sales assistant, Mary Mulkeen are enjoying their beautiful new work space. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

STEPHEN Schneider owner of Stephens Jewellers is very proud to bring his vision of sleek modern store design and functionality to Shepparton Marketplace.

Stephen said, Weve come a long way since the beginning of our journey as Shepparton Showcase Jewellers in Fryers Street, Shepparton, back in 1994. The new Shepparton Marketplace store is a design three years in the making and draws on design elements gathered in more than 20 years of research of the jewellery industry within Australia and internationality.

We have once again partnered with several local professional trades to deliver the end result and wed like to thank prominent local businesses Kitchenwise, Moretto Building, Midland Electrical, Mooroopna Glass, Signs and Lines and Shepparton Carpet court for their commitment to this project. We are all very proud of the end result and to be nominated in the 2017 Shepparton Chamber of Commerce retail Business awards is a nice acknowledgement.

For Lisa, Annie and the Stephens Jewellers Marketplace customer service team, the sleek store delivers some amazing new jewellery collections and shopping experiences to their consumers. Such as the latest Shop in Shop experience from PANDORA Jewellery the worlds most popular jewellery collection. Stephen has also introduced a new collection of unique Australian Argyle Diamond set jewellery into the new store.

Stephens Jewellers Marketplace sales team leader, Lisa said, We have also been conscious of maintaining the quality jewellery and watch brands our Shepparton Marketplace customers have enjoyed over the past 18 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality gift giving opportunity across all price points.

Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace is open 7 days a week and most public holidays for added shopping convenience.

11:53

Bruns Terrace Park POM tabled Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy O'Meara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals' concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy OMeara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Formalising management for one of the three holiday parks in Brunswick Heads will be up for discussion at this Thursdays Council meeting.

While NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) operate all three Brunswick Heads holiday parks and 35 across NSW councillors are required to give their consent to the plans.

Staff have recommended in the agenda that councillors place conditions on the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads as a way of going forward for the state-run NSWCHPT to lodge an approval to operate with Council for the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park. 

The current Terrace Reserve Holiday Park map presented within Councils extra agenda suggests 7m foreshore setbacks to the operational boundary.

Cabins rejigged

The plan also proposes reducing the 98 powered/unpowered camping sites to 66 but increasing southern camping from 29 to 38 sites.

Increasing cabins from 10 to 22 is also proposed, along with maintaining the level of permanent residents at 27.

Staff suggest that the contentious southern Cypress Pine precinct, known to have been planted as a memorial to locals who fought in WWI, should be restricted to short-term camping sites with no permanent residents or cabins to be relocated to the area. 

Camping practices in Southern Cypress Pine Precinct will observe and protect structural root zones of the Cypress Pines. 

Staff also suggest that remaining permanent residents will be relocated to the north western precinct. 

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11:48

NSW govt puts holiday-letting policy on hold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paying for touristsThe NSW planning department have deferred Byrons holiday-letting strategy until the government releases its own options paper on the issue.

According to a letter sent to Councils general manager (GM) Ken Gainger by the department on May 16 this year, that paper is to be released in the near future.

Councils push for action comes from the absence of a statewide strategy to address holiday letting; a proposal by Council for its own short-term rental accommodation (STRA) policy was tabled in 2014.

Planning Services executive director (regions) Stephen Murray said in the letter which is contained within the upcoming September 21 Council agenda that the-yet-to-be-released paper follows a parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday-letting strategy.

Mr Murray said that while the issue is important for Council and the Byron community it is equally important across many other parts of NSW and therefore any regulatory provisions must be carefully considered and consistent across the state.   

At this Thursdays Council meeting, Greens Cr Michael Lyon will call on fellow councillors to not proceed to enable Council time to reconsider and resubmit a more detailed and well-thought-through planning proposal following the outcome of the state governments consideration of the Short Term Holiday Letting in NSW options paper.

He writes in the agenda, As our experience thus far in attempting to regulate STRA through our planning instrument shows, this is a landscape that is constantly shifting. With the NSW governments release of their options paper and therefore imminent decision on a potentially statewide approach to regulating STRA, it does not make sense to continue with our planning proposal in its current form when we do not know how it may interact with the NSW governments finalised approach.

It is noted that an option to continue with the current situation, that is with the power for individual councils to choose how to best regulate STRA in their local government areas, including the ability to amend their own LEPs as they see fit with the support of the minister for planning, is absent from the options paper.

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11:42

Echo beginnings: Tales from the Magic Beanstalk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the early days when The Echo crew enjoyed a stint in Brunswick Heads and experimented with printing the paper themselves. Photo John McCormick, 1988.

In the early days when The Echo crew enjoyed a stint in Brunswick Heads and experimented with printing the paper themselves. Photo John McCormick, 1988.

Thirty-one years have passed since Nicholas Shand dreamed up this newspaper and collected a band of similar dreamers to help him make it real.

In those 31 years The Echo has grown, like a magic beanstalk, far taller than we ever imagined, and it is now one of the primary institutions of Byron Shire.

Being an institution is a bit of a challenge for a paper that has always adopted a larrikin tone, opposes authority and the status quo, and stands firmly left of centre. But The Echo is more than just a radical voice to counter the arrogance of wealth and power; it is a long-lived experiment in community building, and lately an example of how to disprove predictions of the death of newspapers.

Indeed, more like a giant figtree than a beanstalk, it is rooted in the essence of what makes Byron Shire different from anywhere else, and it both encapsulates and reflects that essence. Nowadays many kinds of vegetation grow among these roots, other publications which you can choose to read and which advertisers can choose to support. Some may be ephemeral weeds that will perish at the slightest change of weather, but some may have the potential to grow and affect the Shire in their turn as The Echo has done.

Given that newcomers are constantly arriving and discovering the local media jungle, a little history might serve to separate the weeds from the natives.

This will be an occasional series, written from the perspective of the newspapers longest-serving drudge, David Lovejoy.

The pointy end of Nicholas Shand in the early days of The Brunswick Valley Echo.

The pointy end of Nicholas Shand...

11:35

Hope for a handful, but fear, despair and limbo for 2000 left behind on Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today up to several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. Refugees have been told the transfers could take place next week but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

Today, after 4 years of fear and violence and shootings and death, a handful of people finally got some good news. But the tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesn't end the suffering of the 2000 innocent people left behind.

Over 2000 people remain warehoused on Manus and Nauru, 1783 of whom have already been assessed to be refugees. Among these 2000 innocent people are 169 children.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. That was an important and long overdue concession. Now, it is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind. Not one life can be abandoned in limbo.

The announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian Government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Their safety is Malcolm Turnbull's  responsibility, not Donald Trumps. Their lives - their futures - are in Malcolm Turnbull's hands, and he must ensure no one is left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painful chapter in their lives does not end - until every single man, woman and child tormented on Nauru and Manus for the last four years is finally safe. Anyone who can't go to America must immediately be brought to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

For a handful of families separated by the Australian Governments offshore detention regime, the US deal still offers no way forward.

There are a handful of families ripped apart by offshore detention. Fathers separated from children. Sisters separated from brothers. For them, the US deal won't end their pain. It is not a pathway for their fam...

11:34

PERTH Man arrested in Perth CBD after telling police he just stabbed someone "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man arrested in Perth CBD after telling police he just stabbed someone .

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A 46-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after he walked up to police in the Perth CBD and told officers he had just stabbed

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11:27

Rev. 12 Sign With Laura Walker of the Oracle Report "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tonight on Phoenix Rising Radio: Laura Walker of the Oracle Report! Topic: The Revelation 12 sign Sep. 23rd Plus MORE! Tuesday, September 19, 2017 We will discuss September 23, Trumps chart, and a look ahead, among other things! The power of will and freewill will be in full force this month. Much will be answered

11:26

Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCCs proposed cable car: Letter to the Editor ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on Aerial cableways as urban transport systems in 2011. This report states that, Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions Mercury: Electors poll likely on Hobart skyscrapers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

11:26

Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCCs proposed cable car ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on Aerial cableways as urban transport systems in 2011. This report states that, Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions Mercury: Electors poll likely on Hobart skyscrapers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

11:18

Death Notice: Maxwell William Sward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maxwell William Sward 10/01/1940 -17/09/2017 Dearly beloved husband of Grace, father of Corinna, Craig, Lilea and Petina. Adored Grandad of James, Abbey, Mitchell, Jordan, Tomika, Petar, Ewan, Matilda and Thomas []

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11:06

Paulines a roll model for future surfers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pauline Menczer. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pauline Menczer is a great roll model for all junior surfers. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

Its not easy being a world champion. It pretty much means putting everything else in your life on hold until that goal is achieved. There are always a lot of sacrifices along the way, a lot of things you could have done, but didnt, in the pursuit of one goal.

Thats why there arent many of them. You could probably count the world champions living in the Byron Shire on one hand. Maybe even one finger.

A Byron Shire lass for over 20 years and now based in Bruns, Pauline Menczer has won 28 major surfing tournaments she has three Bells bells, has won Hawaii three times, as well as wins in Brazil, France, Japan and Portugal, to name a few.

Pauline volunteers with the Byron Bay indigenous surf school Burra Jurra and is a member of the Lennox All Girls club. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pauline volunteers with the Byron Bay indigenous surf school Burra Jurra and is a member of the Lennox All Girls club. Photo Tree Faerie.

She also has three world titles  World Amateur 1988, World Pro in 1993 and World Qualifying Series in 2002. You could safely say Paulines a pretty good surfer....

11:05

Body Cameras for Hospital Staff and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mackay Health and Hospital Service is rolling out body cameras for its staff, after recent figures have revealed they experience more violence than any other hospital in Queensland. (Image source: Pixabay)

In this year alone, there have been 190 incidents of aggression towards doctors and nurses, 102 of which were physical.

The assaults range from spitting, right through to punches and biting; weapons have also been confiscated by security in Mackay and Proserpine hospitals.

The body cameras are to help in reporting incidents, and also passively reduce violence, and some are wary of what they do when they see the cameras, which are similar to those used by the Queensland Police Force.

New Deputy Mayor for Ipswich

10:50

First Manus refugees to the US this weekend; now, stop the forced closure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later.

This is good news for these refugees who have been illegally held on Manus for four years, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, But uncertainty hangs over the future of the people on Manus. Even if the US deal is met in full, there are not enough places for all those who need protection. The government should immediately halt its moves to forcibly close the Manus detention centre until there is a safe solution for everyone on Manus Island.

The forced closue and forced transfers are pushing people into unsafe conditions in Port Moresby and East Lorengau, when there are no plans for ensuring they have a secure future.

The first appointments for Nauru refugees to receive US resettlement answers are scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, 21 September.

Above is a photo of Manus refugees checking the detention noticeboard yesterday.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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10:47

First indigenous PhD archaeology graduate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Christopher Wilson. Photo supplied.

Dr Christopher Wilson. Photo supplied.

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The first indigenous Australian to graduate with a PhD in archaeology will officially toss his cap at a graduation ceremony at Flinders University on Wednesday.

Dr Christopher Wilson, a Ngarrindjeri man, whose work has revealed new evidence of indigenous occupation in South Australias Lower Murray region dating back 8500 years, says his doctorate will hopefully plant the idea of possibility to inspire others.

Ive found that pursuing higher education provides opportunities that are beneficial for the whole community, Dr Wilson said.

10:43

The Claytons Inquiry: The Media Reform You Have When Youre Not Having Media Reform "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Senate has voted to reform Australias media laws. Its not really a reform, writes Ben Eltham.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifields aims for media reform, which he ushered through the Senate last week, were modest.

The bill, which took months to negotiate through a difficult Senate, is entitled the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017.

But there isnt really a whole lot of reform. The new law will remove several of the remaining regulations on media ownership in Australia. But it wont save the mainstream media, even it does let a few more legacy media companies merge.

The bill removes outdated 1980s rules about the reach of a single broadcaster irrelevant in the internet age. It also removes cross-media ownership rules that also seem antiquated in a time of machine learning IT and locked and integrated phone-app-social media environments. In theory, this frees up some of the existing players to merge: Seven and Fairfax say, or News Corp and Nine.

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But the bill does nothing to address the basic and insoluble problem that is destroying the Australian commercial media: the disappearance of advertising, their primary source of income.

The bill wont achieve any of the aims advanced for it by Communications Minister, such as propping up the sustainability of big media companies. It cant do that, because ownership is not the main problem facing the Australian media.

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As anyone with an internet connection can understand, the contemporary media environment is utterly dominated by a handful of giant US tech firms. An industry estimate from 2016 put Facebook and Googles combined share of global advertising revenue at 70 per cent.

The main problem faced by for-profit media companies in Australia like Fairfax and News Corp is the destruction of their old business model by the US tech giants Google and Facebook. The existential threat posed by the tech giants is the m...

10:35

Tweed Council looks at prosecution over Limpinwood logging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertook a joint inspection yesterday of the south eastern area of a logging operation near Limpinwood. The operation, that is part of a private native forestry agreement, has recently come under fire for unauthorised logging and roading.

An EPA spokesperson said: The EPA identified some issues which will need to be further investigated.  The landowner has agreed to cease logging on the property for the short term while matters are further looked into.

Prosecution

A report to the Tweed Shire Council meeting this Thursday will recommend that Council engage solicitors to provide preferred options for prosecution and   to pursue a stop work court order, said Tweed Shire mayor, Katie Milne.

I will be asking that the State Government urgently revoke this logging licence due to the serious and repeated offences in this highly sensitive area.

The area where logging and roading has taken place is in a key regional wildlife corridor between two World Heritage Areas Wollumbin, Mt Warning and The Border Ranges. Around a kilometre of clearing for significant roadworks and logging has been undertaken in this protected area.

Irreplaceable

The National Parks and Wildlife Service website describes World Heritage Areas as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration  places of such value that the international community has agreed they must be conserved for all time.

As well as concerns for threatened species and World Heritage values, there are major concerns for the potential of extensive sediment loads entering waterways, and the safety and stability of the works due to the po...

10:33

TPP claims of economic gains without US debunked by senior UN economist "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

September 20, 2017: A new economic study has completely undermined previous claims that the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement without access to the giant US market would still result in significant economic gains for the remaining 11 countries.

The study has emerged as the TPP-11 countries meet again in Japan on September 21 22 to negotiate possible changes to the TPP text without the US. Some governments only agreed to US proposals like increased monopolies on medicines and copyright, and foreign investor rights to sue governments, in order to gain access to the US market. They want to drop or renegotiate these clauses.

The new study by Rashmi Bunga, a senior economist working for the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development, has been published by the University of Munich.

The study is a detailed critique of the attached paper by Kenichi Kawasaki from the Japanese National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. The Japanese and other TPP governments have been using this paper to argue that there would still be economic gains from an agreement between the 11 remaining TPP governments without access to the giant US market.

The UN economists paper shows  that the economic modelling used in the Japanese paper rests on a series of completely unrealistic assumptions that ignore negative outcomes from trade agreements and always come up with a positive result (p. 3).

These assumptions include that there are no unemployment effects and no trade deficit effects, which are in fact two of the main real-world negative impacts resulting from trade agreements.

The UN study also shows that Japanese paper vastly exaggerates positive economic outcomes resulting from removal of non-tariff measures in the TPP, by assuming that all such measures will increase overall economic welfare and ignoring any negative effects (pp. 4-5). But some of these are the most controversial clauses on medicines and copyright monopolies that other governments are rejecting because of their negative effects.

The nontariff measures in the TPP include increased medicine monopolies which will delay the availability of cheaper medicines and increased copyright monopolies which will increase pa...

10:25

Ballina Boat Harbour rehab done "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Ballina Boat Harbour. Photo supplied.

Dredging of the Ballina boat harbour was carried out prior to Christmas 2016 to ensure better boat access to Fishery Creek. The bagged sediment was dried and has now been removed

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin says the original dredging work involved the removal of more than 26,500 cubic metres of sediment 17,670 from Ballina Boat Harbour and 8,850 cubic metres from Fishery Creek.

The sediment removed was dried on-site in large bags and have now been disposed, said Mr Franklin. The site has been levelled, rehabilitated and sprayed with a mixture of grass seeds to restore the area.

The dredging and sediment removal work was funded under the NSW Governments Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast.

This project supports the local and regional economies by maintaining safe navigation for our commercial and recreational boaters operating out of the harbour.

 

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10:19

Rigour or Rigor Mortis? The Dumbing Down Of Debate And Intellectualism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Making language accessible is important, writes Dr Richard Hil. But what if were making it meaningless?

Ive recently returned from a conference in drizzly Auckland titled Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change. It was a ripper. One of the best cerebral gatherings Ive ever attended.

It reminded me of things that Id perhaps forgotten: the incredibly detailed, rigorous and necessary work undertaken by academics; the power of thoughtful, informed assemblies of this sort; the chance to share ideas and talk about strategies and tactics.

Academics are too often maligned as crusty old farts, purveyors of verbal diarrhoea, or these days, robotic devotees of the corporate university. Thats mostly nonsense.

The fact is there are still great, committed progressive intellectuals residing in universities, who do important and socially useful work across disciplines, which includes critiquing the excesses of power and engaging students in discussions about a counter-future.

I met some outstanding academics at the conference, like Dr Cameron Jones (University of Auckland) whose knowledge of the antecedents of neoliberalism is breathtaking. This is knowledge accumulated over many years of careful reading, critical analysis and discussion.

In Camerons case, this has involved burrowing into the primary texts of Von Hayek and other economic libertarians of the Austrian School; appraising the inchoate ramblings of the Chicago boys, as well accessing numerous sociological, economic, political science and philosophical texts.

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This is indispensable work borne of a commitment to a form of intellectualism that is nowadays often derided that is: scholarship. Immersing oneself in scholarly pursuits if done with due care and critical attention is arduous labour carried out amid all the constraints of the corporate university. But the knowledge gained through such work contrasts, often starkly, with the superficiality that derives from a brief foray into Google-land.

These days too much opinion making is passed off as serious considered commentary when its anything but. The cobbling together of articles from Googled fragments, without due regard for context, detail and nuance is, Im afraid to say, a sign of the times. Everyone, it seems, can be a public commentator, thanks to the wonders of cyberplace. Sadly, rigour has, in many quarters, been replaced by cerebral rigor mortis, serious analysis by opinion making, and detail by generalities.

I...

10:17

Listen to the New Phia Single Oxide "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Phia Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single Oxide. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths. The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Bjrk late last year. Late last year Bjrk released []

10:09

No full-scale biography of Carl Menger? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Interesting situation, given the number of books that have been written about second and third order intellectual figures, how come none about Carl Menger, one of the leaders of the marginal revolution and founder of the Austrian school of economics?

There is a monumental volume about Ludwig von Mises, his most influential follower and an equally wordy story about half the life of Karl Popper, another Austrian who spent a deal of time in New Zealand.

When von Mises was born the Austro-Hungarian empire encompassed Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, as well as parts of present-day Poland, Romania, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro. After World War I the empire was dismembered in the name of national self-determinism, and so the Balkans were balkanised, laying the foundations for further conflagrations up to the present day. The glory of the empire at its height can be seen from the number and size of the public buildings, monuments and museums in Old Vienna today.

Writers, scholars, administrators, entrepreneurs and revolutionaries moved backwards and forwards between the major centres of the empire. They created a rich tradition of culture and learning that was multicultural in a way that is scarcely comprehensible to Anglo-Saxons. With at least ten languages in the empire, they fed on the thoughts of Russians, Poles and Germans with the same facility that they absorbed ideas from England and France, thought their accents betrayed them when they fled to safety in the west during the 1930s.

Some of the most important threads of modern thought passed through Vienna, not necessarily through the university but also through the coffee shops and private seminars. The best known were the circles of Schoenberg (progressive music) and the Vienna Circle of logical positivists. Others included a Freud group and seminars convened by Ludwig von Mises, Karl Menger (son of the great economist) and Richard Mises (brother of Ludwig).

Karl Popper almost came to the University of Sydney in 1945. John Anderson invited him to join the staff in Philosophy but Popper delayed his decision in the hope of an offer from the London School of Economics. When that offer came Professor Anderson was spared the confrontation with a colleague as assertive and argumentative as himself.

Popper died in 1994 at the age of 92 and this is the first comprehensive book to appear on his life and work, although he detailed account stopped halfway through Poppers life....

09:55

Abbott threatens to cross floor on energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference at Parliament House. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference at Parliament House. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

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Tony Abbott has warned hell vote against the coalition government if it tries to legislate a clean energy target, with up to six backbenchers tipped to follow him.

He has let the government know his position. He wont vote for a clean energy target, a government source told The Australian on Wednesday.

In an opinion piece, Mr Abbott argues the recommendation by the chief scientist for such a target should be dropped.

It would be unconscionable for a government that was elected promising to scrap the carbon tax and to end Labors climate change obsessions to go down this path, he writes.

Tony Abbott is yesterday's man, stuck in the past with his 'coal is good for humanity mantra'.

Tony Abbott is yesterdays man, stuck in the past with his coal is good for humanity mantra.

Mr Abbott claims it is bordering on absurd for a country with the worlds largest readily available reserves of coal, gas and uranium it should have some of the worlds highest power prices.

But thats what happens when policy is driven by wishful thinking and green religion.

On Tuesday, Mr Abbott told 2GB the Turnbull government could send a strong signal to AGL by dumping all subs...

09:47

Russia linked to WikiLeaks documents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The latest release in WikiLeaks documents claim Moscow are using state surveillance to monitor and spy on internet and mobile users (Image: flickr).

The document appears to detail how a St Petersburg based technology company, Peter-Service, assisted state entities to gather data from mobile users as part of a national system of online surveillance, by the System for Operative Investigative Activities.

The release of Spy files Russia is seen by Edward Snowden as a Plot twist, as the organisation has previously been reluctant to publish documents negatively affecting, or embarrassing the Russian state.

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09:42

Shark nets, drones and drum lines beach safety the focus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shark in the ocean. Photo supplied.

Shark in the ocean. Photo supplied.

Staying safe in the water as the weather heats up and the school holidays start is important to keep at the top of your mind. Rivers as well as the ocean can have strong currents and snags that are dangers to swimmers  though rivers generally have less sharks.

From September 23 a helicopter and drones will be taking to the skies on the NSW north and mid north coasts, as aerial surveillance and further drone trials get underway in time for school holidays. It will also see the launch of the new patrol season for NSW surf life saving who will be back on the beaches every weekend and public holiday through to April 25, 2018.

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Spring and school holidays are here, and now that the weather is a little warmer we expect locals and holiday makers to flock to this States beautiful beaches these school holidays, said NSW Department of Primary Industries, Sarah Fairfull.

Helicopters will fly daily, weather permitting, from Point Danger (Tweed Heads) to South Ballina, Wooli to Sawtell, Nambucca Heads to Port Macquarie and Crowdy Head to Birubi during the school holidays.

Sharks are a natural part of our environment, however a better awareness and understanding of sharks and their behaviour can help everyone enjoy the beach and reduce their risk of a shark encounter these school holidays, continued Ms Fairfull.

Drones fitted with a siren to alert swimmers and surfers if a shark is spotted nearby, will be flying every half hour each morning of the holidays at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach Ballina and Evans Head. Check out drone vision here.  

A network of 21 VR4G listening stations, which provide real time shark alerts to beachgoers when a tagged shark swims within 500m. Aerial surveillance sightings and tagged shark information is automatically sent out via the Sharksmart App and on @NSWSharkSmart on Twitter.

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09:39

PUNKEST XMAS BASH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest  fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!

On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.

Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities

 

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09:36

World stunned after Trumps fiery speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

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President Donald Trump has delivered a fiery maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly, which included threatening North Korea and urging nations to stop Irans nuclear program.

Here are some reactions from world leaders to his speech:

* The office of the British Prime Minister Theresa May said: As President Trump said, the international community must continue to work together to confront rogue regimes and that is exactly what the Prime Minister will be doing in discussions with world leaders in New York this week.

No one wants to see military action, but as we progress with efforts to secure a peaceful diplomatic resolution it would be wrong to rule anything out.

* Australias Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is representing Australia at the UN General Assembly this week, told reporters: I think the focus should be on North Koreas behaviour, rather than the way the president may or not describe it.

* French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to play a mediation role between Iran and the US to ensure that Tehran was involved in finding a political solution in Syria.

If we dont resolve the Syrian problem with Iran around the table, then we will not have an efficient response because Iran today is among the powers that have an influence on the ground, Macron told a news conference.

He told the UN that renouncing the Iran deal would be a grave error.

* Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying: Trumps shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Irans fight against terrorism, displays his lack of knowled...

09:32

Refugees to receive decisions from the US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A 2014 file image of asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

A 2014 file image of asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

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After years in limbo on Manus Island and Nauru, some refugees will soon know whether they will be moving to the US to start a new life.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed on Wednesday US authorities would begin handing out resettlement decisions in the next few days with the first group to leave in coming weeks.

He says the processing of other individuals continues and further decisions by US authorities are expected in due course.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there would be about 25 from each centre in the first wave, with more extreme vetting to follow.

President Trump had some reservations about it but nonetheless, he is honouring the commitment made by his predecessor and I want to thank you for doing so, he told the Seven Network.

Some refugees received appointment slips on Tuesday afternoon.

People are a bit surprised, some people had given up hope that it would happen, Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul told AAP.

Right now theyre experiencing anxiety and anticipation.

A document on a notice board on Manus Island warns refugees every case is different and moves through the required process at different speeds.

Please be patient, the US Resettlement Support Centre document says.

It says more decisions will be issued over coming months.

The Manus Island detention centre is slated for closure by the end of October.

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09:31

The UN wants to focus on people - but is more 'peace diplomacy' the answer? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The UN has called for a surge in 'peace diplomacy'. With UNGA 72 under way, Mareike Schomerus asks, what is 'peace diplomacy' and is it the answer?

09:26

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea

Paul Craig Roberts

Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle East, and repair the damaged relations with Russia, is over. The CIA and the military/security complex are in full control of the US government. Trump has accepted his captivity and his assigned role as the enforcer of Washingtons hegemony over every other country. Washington uber alles is the only foreign policy that Washington pursues.

At the UN Trump actually threatened to wipe North Korea off of the face of the earth. He added to this threat threats against Venezuela (http://stephenlendman.org/2017/09/trump-threatens-venezuela/) and Iran. He demonized these countries as rogue states, but it is Washington that is playing that role. Washington has destroyed in whole or part eight countries in the young 21st century and has 3 to 5 more in its crosshairs.

One question is: why did not the UN audience shout Trump down, a man standing before them telling obvious lies? The answer, of course, is money. The US taxpayers pay roughly one-quarter of the UNs annual budget, leaving the other 130+ countries a light load. Washington is succeeding in driving the world to Armageddon, because the worlds leaders prefer money to truth, to justice, to survival. The UN diplomats see in their cooperation with Washington the opportunity to make money by sharing in the Wests exploitation of their own countries.

Washington, absorbed in its effort to destroy Syria, left it to its Saudi Arabian puppet to destroy Yemen. The Saudi autocracy, a major sponsor with the US of terrorism, has done a good job, thanks to US supplying the weapons and to the US refueling the Saudi attack airplanes. This totally gratuitous war has helped to maximize the profits of the American military/security complex, a collection of evil never before present on the face of the earth. UNICEF reports that one million Yemeni children will be the victims of American compassion of which Trump bragged in the CIAs UN speech.

One wonders if the Russians and Chinese are so absorbed in getting rich like Americas One Percent that they are unaware that they are on the list of countries to be eliminated for not accepting Washingtons hegemony. Really, where was the Russian government when Washington overthrew the Ukranian government? It was at a sports event. And I call Americans insouciant. Where was the Russian government? How could it have not known?

To be frank. T...

09:17

Mullum High students get the groove on for charity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullum High year 12 students collecting donations for Brunswick Rescue Squad in the mina street of Mullumbimby, Photo Aslan Shand.

Mullum High year 12 students collecting donations for Brunswick Rescue Squad in the main street of Mullumbimby, Photo Aslan Shand.

Out in force collecting for their annual charity year 12 students from Mullumbimby High School have hit the streets with flare this morning now that classes are at an end.

They have chosen the Brunswick Rescue Squad as their charity this year.

The tradition has been going for as long as many locals can remember and each Wednesday after their classes have finished forever the students hit the streets collecting for their nominated charity.

Tomorrow will see them more formal attire as they have their presentations a the High School before they knuckle down for their last few weeks of study before the HSC exams begin in earnest on October 16.

Good luck to everyone as they head into the home stretch of the future of their lives.

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09:16

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

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act []

08:55

Baw Baw Shire director quits to join Frankston City "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Phil Cantillon, the Baw Baw Shire's community assets director of five years, has resigned to take a position at Frankston City.

08:46

Putting the bite on bitou "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bitou Bush. Photo Wikipedia.

Bitou Bush. Photo Wikipedia.

Chrysanthemoides monilifera or as its know to its friends, Bitou Bush, is native to South Africa, but the subspecies rotundata has manage naturalise itself along our coast and its not really welcome.

In an effort to eliminate Bitou, Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers plan to  host a day of Bitou Bush weeding with Shearwater primary students on Friday.

The event, coordinated by class 5 teacher Julie Marx, is part of the school celebration of the Spring Equinox.

The growing awareness of the devastation to our coasts by our desire to live and holiday by the sea was brought into the schools consciousness during Professional Development earlier this year, says Marx. This developed into a theme for our winter festival and now, with the spring equinox we would like the opportunity to bring the children to the dunes with a clearer picture of how we can support our precious coastline.

This also completes the head, heart and hands cycle, giving the individual a deeper understanding and relationship with this aspect of their past, present and future.

The group of up to 130 students and teachers will gather at Torakina Beach and walk down to the chemical free dune care site south of the Brunswick Surf Club.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare project co-ordinator Nadia de Souza Pietramale says they are now working on the far south boundary of the site, where it joins Tyagarah Nature Reserve. There is less than one acre of Bitou Bush primary work to be completed, she says. There were more than 12 acres when we started.

Although it is a bit of a walk, it is amazing how much the volunteers have achieved in the last seven years and the high standard of the work.

The shape of the frontal dune has changed and Coastal Spinifex now catches the sand after storms where once the Bitou Bush formed higher dunes which were often eroded badly by storm waves.

Nadia says that s...

08:30

SHABU SHABU "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Jo Rittey   Shabu shabu; so good they had to say it twice. And what is this repeated wonder, you ask? A Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water, served with dipping sauces, the term is onomatopoeic, representing the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the []

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08:30

Travelling all day today "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I am travelling all of today to the US for the MMT Conference in Kansas City which begins on Thursday. I hope to see some of you at the conference which will be a major development in our program of work and advocacy. From there I am onto London for the British Labour Party Conference presentation (Monday) and the book launch of my latest book (with Thomas Fazi) Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Tuesday see below for free ticket access). For details of all the events associated with my speaking tour in the next fortnight see below.

While I am away, the blog might be rather sketchy. The itinerary is very tight with lots of travel which is disruptive for considered research and writing.

I also wont be able to attend to comments in the next 24 hours or so.

At the very least, while I am away, I will keep a daily diary and post audio, interviews, photos, videos etc where possible.

But for now some music .

Some music to listen to ..

On Thursday night I am playing guitar in Kansas City with a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). This is the sort of stuff we will be exploring although it might go from this to some things a little more raucous as we go!

This is the title track from the 1963 Album Midnight Blue by American guitarist Kenny Burrell.

It is one of my favourite records of all time. A Blue Note label jazz classic.

Reclaiming the State Lecture Tour September-October, 2017

Thursday, September 21: Kansas City International Conference of Modern Monetary Theory see program for details.

Friday, September 22: Kansas City MMT conference, as above.

Monday, September 25: Brighton (UK) I will be speaking at a fringe event Economics for a Progressive Agenda associated with the British Labour Party Annual Conference.

Location: The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD.

Time: The event will run from 14:00 to 17:00.

Entry: Free. All are welcome.

See RSVP page.

Also The fringe event that promises to empower Labours Progressives against neoliberalism f...

08:26

Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend the weekend partying at a bush doof. But as

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08:04

Defendants With Disabilities Face Injustice At Every Level "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian inmate population is continuing its steep incline. In June this year, the number of adult inmates detained in the nations correctional facilities rose to 41,204, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. This marks a 7 percent increase over the previous 12 months. The rise is despite

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08:00

Conscientious objector loophole scrapped for child immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The federal government's 'no jab no pay' laws take effect from Friday (March 18). Photo Shutterstock

The state government have closed the loophole for conscientious objectors. Photo Shutterstock

With the conscientious objector option now scrapped for parents who refuse to immunise their preschool-aged children, how will it affect the northern rivers region, an area known to have the lowest immunisation rates in NSW?    

Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool.

Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption. Fines of $5,500 apply. It follows the 2015 no-jab noplay policy which the then Abbott government rolled out across the nation.

Labors Walt Secord spoke to the changes in parliament.

He said, In 2014/15, the Byron Shire rate was 61 per cent, the Mullumbimby rate was 46.7 per cent, and Murwillumbah rate was 76 per cent. These are at dangerous levels. Across the northern NSW local health district, the vaccination rates for children under the age of two is just 84.9 per cent. That is the worst local health district in the state.

According to www.immunise.health.gov.au, the national immunisation program funds vaccines to prevent diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type B (hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, poliomyelitis (polio), rotavirus, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw) and varicella (chickenpox).

Throughout a childs early life, a program schedule by the government outlines when those vaccines are administered. At birth, hepatitis B is recommended, followed by bundled vaccines at the ages of two, four, six, 12 and 18 months. Another round of shots is recommended at age four.

Greens supp...

07:38

Energy World Rocked as China Cuts Coal Imports, Aims for Fossil Fuel Car Ban "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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The global energy posture is changing almost as rapidly as a climate increasingly choked with greenhouse gas emissions. And few parts of the world show this emerging trend more clearly than China. In short, China is adding restrictions to both domestic coal production and coal imports even as it is rapidly building new solar generation capacity and moving to ban domestic fossil fuel based vehicle sales.

Cutting Coal as Solar Grows

Recently, China made two major policy moves that have rocked the global energy markets. The first was its recent closing of terminals to coal imports which may result in a net reduction of imported coal by 10 percent during 2017. Since July, China has closed approximately 150 smaller facilities to coal imports. These ports, which China has designated as tier two, are less able to test coal for compliance with Chinas new emissions standards. As a result

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07:36

Crew Takeover Manifest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first crew to be taking over the psychedelic Hydra stage at earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD is here!

Introducing Manifest QLD, who will be taking over the Hydra Main Floor! The Queensland festival recently celebrated their five year milestone with a bumper lineup of cutting-edge music, amazing visual and performing arts, delicious food and craft markets and more.

International and local acts TBA!

read on

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07:34

This time, surely for the Parrots "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA will face Maffra in this Saturdays Gippsland League grand final at Moe for the second consecutive year, hoping for redemption.
The Parrots finished on top of the ladder again in 2017, after also claiming the minor premiership in 2015 and 2016, but ultimate success has eluded the club since 2001.
Why will this year be different?
The Parrots have addressed areas that showed up as weaknesses in previous grand finals.
They have bigger bodies in the midfield, with Cam Stone and Pat McGrath giving Tom Marriott more help, while Josh Schelling provides relief for Ben Willis in the ruck.
The emergence of Jack Ginnane as a forward has released Cade Maskell into the midfield where his ball use is supreme.
The Parrots have a settled defence, led by Chris Verboon and Sean Westaway, thats capable of handling any combination.
Theres a good spread of goalkickers at the other end with Chris Dunne, Aaron Hillberg and Ginnane all capable of kicking a bag.
Theres also great depth across the board these days and thats due to a strong Reserves side that will also be in action on Saturday.
The depth has shown in the fact the Parrots had just three players in the team of the year announced last night; full back Sean Westaway, Tom Marriott in the centre and Chris Dunne in the forward pocket.
As far as injuries go, the Parrots will be almost at full strength. Young Louis Riseley had established himself in defence but a hamstring injury ended his season before the finals.
Theres a couple of Leongatha players who would have been glad to have the weekend off and should play, although Tim Sauvarin is among a couple of players on standby for a call up.
For Maffra, the Parrots will have to watch goal sneak Mitch Bennett while Daniel Bedggood is hitting form at the right time.
The Eagles also only had three players in the team of the year; Sam Pleming at centre half back, Bennett in the forward pocket and Danny Butcher on the bench.
The start will be crucial for Leongatha.
The Parrots have played catch up footy in the past two grand finals and havent been able to get back into the game.
But they now have as much finals experience as their opponents and should break though for a win.

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07:23

Coal country backs renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A new ReachTEL poll, commissioned by The Australia Institutes Climate and Energy Program, asked residents of the electorates of Hunter and Shortland about energy policy, including government investment in coal, renewables and the Liddell coal power station.

via Coal country backs renewable energy: Poll RenewEconomy


07:21

The Seaweed Solution and the Silverbuckshot Approach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kelp Drying King Island

A recent Catalyst show on ABC TV featured Tim Flannery of the Climate Council put forward a silver bullet solution to climate change. Cultivating fast growing seaweeds would draw down the CO2 in the atmosphere thus mitigating greenhouse enhanced global warming. Flannery wrote about this in his Atmosphere of Hope (Text, Melbourne, 2015) when he said:

Seaweed is hugely productive, outstripping the fastest growing land-based crops many times over in its rate of growth and CO2 absorption. Globally, the potential scale of seaweed farming is 600 times greater than any other method of cultivating algae One study asserted that seaweed farming could produce 12 gigatonnes per year of biomethane, while storing 19 gigatonnes of CO2 per year directly from biogas production, plus up to 34 gigatonnes per year from carbon capture of the biomethane combustion exhaust gas. All of this would come from seaweed forests covering and area equal to 9 per cent of the worlds ocean surface. (p.41)

In the TV show Flannery emphasized the carbon captured by the seaweed dropping to the deep ocean floor where it would be permanently stored. He also outlined many of the problems facing such a massive project such as the problem of nutrients required for seaweed growth in the open ocean.

Personally although the optimism associated with Flannery is a breath of fresh air I have a problem with concentrating on a single solution the silver bullet.  Washington and Cook in their Climate Change Denial (Earthscan, London, 2011) talked of the silver buckshot approach. They noted:

Climate change also impacts on almost everything we do whether its water use, food production, forestry, house building or industry. If we accept the reality of the problem how do we go about solving it? Hume refers to what have been called wicked problems, a term derived from cultural theory. Wicked problems have no simple solutionRather than just one silver bullet to solve the problem he suggests silver buckshot. No single solution is sufficient (Pittock 2009). The silver buckshot are the multiple solutions one applies to the problem. We agree that solving climate change and the underlying environmental crisis it is a symptom of will require several different approaches, a number of silver buckshot. (p.119)

Th...

07:19

Murdoch media gets it wrong on renewable energy and Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australians story linking excessive renewable energy subsidies to the Moree solar farm, a rich Saudi playboy and the singer Rihanna is very interesting. It is also hopelessly wrong (at least on the renewables bit).

via Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys RenewEconomy


06:57

Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.

The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMPs Yorkton detachment.

We do have an investigation that is ongoing, said Laurent.

Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.

Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the bands co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the bands director of operations Chris Lafontaine.

Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the...

06:16

Bigger is better small businesses once employed over half of private sector workers but no longer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office, part of the Queensland Treasury:

While small business makes a significant contribution to total employment in Queensland, its share has fallen from 55.9% in June 2007 to 44.2% in 2016.

The trend decline occurred across Australia, although the fall was greater in Queensland than the rest of Australia, on average.

While small business employment declined, employment in medium-sized businesses (20-199 employees) increased. The Government Statisticians Office reports:

Between June 2007 and June 2016, the number of persons employed in a small business in Queensland decreased by 166,000 (down 15.4%)Conversely, the number of persons employed in a medium or large business increased by 128,000 (38.0%) and 172,000 (33.5%) respectively.

Incidentally, medium-sized businesses and large businesses (200+ employees) make up only 2.6 percent of total businesses, but account for 56% of employees (see chart below).

Why have small businesses declined in relative importance? Many factors have probably contributed to the downward trend, including, among others:

  • Consumer preferences, with consumers preferring to shop at bigger stores with more variety and lower prices (as the bigger stores benefit from economies of scale);
  • Information and communications technology improvements which have made it easier for successful businesses to extend their business models into new regions;
  • Government regulations, particularly in workplace relations, which impose costs that massively eat into the margins of small businesses and can more readily be absorbed by larger businesses; and
  • Deregulation (e.g. of retail trading hours), which has gradually been eliminating many of the small corner stores that were once prevalent in Australia.

Of course, technology is now allowing many people to set up micro-businesses, such as consultancies or Uber driving businesses, so there may be a reversal in the longer-term trend to some extent. But the longer-term trend away from traditional small businesses, such as a corner store or newsagent employing half a dozen people, appears unstoppable.

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06:15

How (Not) to Run a Modern Society on Renewable Energy ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For people who may be perplexed by the current energy debate (and who isnt?) here is a nice educational article that goes back to basics and explains what is in store for us as we try to transform society to run on dilute energy forms The Conversation: How better data would improve the electricity market The Australian Electricity Regulator is investigating whether wholesale electricity generators in New South Wales are bidding in good faith in the electricity market. Good faith means price changes are the result of real problems, such as weather or machinery failure, rather than market manipulation. The reason the regulator doesnt already know the answer to this question is that the market is opaque the data are not easily workable for analysis. In our ongoing research into the electricity market we have run into the same problem. Weve only been able to make headway by applying big data tools. Although not bidding in good faith isnt illegal in the Australian electricity market, it is reminiscent of fradulent bidding in United States Treasury bond markets in the 1990s. We can learn from how this scandal was dealt with brokerage firms were required to provide data that could be clearly monitored. This increased transparency and led to lower costs EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... A pumped hydro bonanza for Tasmania ... ? Most of it wont happen. Heres why Its a state election year, and what better than to announce a brave new, multi billion pumped-hydro phantasmagorical bonanza for the state. Fifteen dams, two new Basslinks, Tasmania the national hero. The sort of grand vision that can get governments elected Examiner: Media leak to be investigated by Tasmanian Parliaments Privileges Committee Mercury: MLC Ivan Dean delays motion to refer leaks to Parliamentary Privileges Committee

05:55

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Dont Say You Didnt Know "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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You cant stop things like the blockchain. It will be everywhere, and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust John McAfee, Founder of McAfee As youre aware by now, the worlds largest corporations and most governments are already testing the incredible potential of it. Australia, Japan, and Germany are []

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05:42

Who's the world's leading eco-vandal? It's Angela Merkel | George Monbiot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor's record on environmental policy has been a disasterWhich living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel. Related: Germany won't lead the free world. It barely looks beyond its own borders | Natalie [...]

05:31

Family films three kangaroos 'squaring up and hitting each other' in neighborhood garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

The family came across the three roos as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night A brawl of the marsupial kind has been caught on camera on somebody's front lawn. A family came across the three kangaroos apparently fighting as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night.Footage shows the group of animals squaring up to each other in the battle, which took place in the front garden. The family stayed safely inside their car as they spotted the trio of raging roos on the other side of the road. Two of the animals appear to box in slow motion as the video starts, jumping and slinging their arms. The third then gets involved, and they push one another before one kicks out with its powerful back legs.

Family films three kangaroos 'squaring up and hitting each other' in neighborhood garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

The family came across the three roos as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night A brawl of the marsupial kind has been caught on camera on somebody's front lawn. A family came across the three kangaroos apparently fighting as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night.Footage shows the group of animals squaring up to each other in the battle, which took place in the front garden. The family stayed safely inside their car as they spotted the trio of raging roos on the other side of the road. Two of the animals appear to box in slow motion as the video starts, jumping and slinging their arms. The third then gets involved, and they push one another before one kicks out with its powerful back legs.

05:22

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Eight months of lengthy discussions came to an end on Monday night when Moncton city council voted to stick to the status quo of not adding fluoride to the municipalitys water.

In 2011, after a contentious debate, Moncton council voted to suspend adding fluoride to the citys water for five years.

At the time, council asked the provincial Department of Health and the New Brunswick Dental Society to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of water fluoridation, which neither group did.

After a meeting with speakers representing both sides of the fluoride debate in June this year, and soliciting input from the public, staff recommended the city continue to not add fluoride to the Great Moncton water supply unless directed by the federal or provincial governments to do so.

Fluoridation has been widely studied and, if the fluoride doesnt exceed a particular level, is a tool endorsed by both higher levels of government for reducing tooth decay.

Coun. Pierre Boudreau moved the motion Monday night, expressing concern the city may be held legally responsible if any dangers were ever found to be associated with water fluoridation.

We should err on the side of caution, said Boudreau.

Boudreau said an expert report should be provided by the provincial government before council approves reinstating fluoride into the citys water. Coun. Shawn Crossman seconded the motion.

Mayor Dawn Arnold weighed in, saying the city had a responsibility to be thorough.

We need to be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are doing no harm if we were to introduce this and thats a tough one to make, said Arnold.

[There] are simply too many questions and a lack of consistent scientific consensusis worrisome to me.

Fluoride supporters disappointed

After the meeting, Dentist, vocal fluoride supporter and Vice President of the New Brunswick Dental Society Susan Drapeau-McNally said if council refuses to protect the teeth of the citys disadvantaged citizens through fluoride, then it should start working on another way to bring dental hygiene to people who cant afford it.

I am very disappointed, said Drapea...

04:31

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

04:31

Journalists Ask South Koreans Who Scares Them Most- Trump Of Kim Jong Un: Here Is Their Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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04:18

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

The post FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina appeared first on It's Going Down.

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

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

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

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

 

03:50

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

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

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

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

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in the 2017 financial year. 

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

I'd take the data series back further, but since it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year, I can't.


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


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

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03:29

Please. Education is not a horserace. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive mentioned before that I dont use the classroom to proselytize atheism. I have a job to do, and that is to help the students learn biology, and thats all I care about that they graduate after a few years and understand the concepts and can apply them, and if can do that while believing in Jesus or Allah, thats just fine.

Theres another thing I dont do, and that is penalize them for their health or situation. Youve got clinical depression or your grandmother died or you had a nasty break-up with your romantic friend? Ill make what accommodations I can, because I want you to get through all of that and learn biology. Thats all I can judge you on, is your mastery of the material, but I will welcome any changes that can help you out.

But all too often I run into non-academics (and sometimes even academics) who dont understand this basic idea, that were supposed to help our students learn. So someone like Margaret Wente can write drivel like Why treat university students like fragile flowers?

The first answer is that we dont. We have standards that have to be met in order to pass a course, and theyre not be free of mental health concerns or have a stable family life or be rich enough that you dont have to work part-time. If you have an illness that makes mastering the course material difficult for you, that doesnt mean you get a free pass; it means you should talk to me and Ill do what I can to give you the opportunity to learn it in spite of your handicap. My job is to make all the flowers blossom, not to make half of them wither if they need a little extra watering.

However, there are things that Wente objects to.

Today, any proper university has registered therapy dogs to cheer you up. If exams have you down, drop in for a lick and a cuddle and youll feel better in no time. And if youre too depressed because of Grandma, no problem. The disability office will provide you with a private room and extra time to write your final. Your professor never even needs to know.

Today, colleges and universities are highly concerned with the mental well-being of their students. Student distress, were told, is at an all-time high. Its the pressure. The competition. Social media. Career anxiety. Long commutes. Money worries. Cyberbullying.

Therapy dogs are bad? Why? I want a therapy puppy to visit when grading gets me down! I suspect students learn better when theyre less stressed. All I care about, remember, is student learning.

I have students who take their exams at our office of student learning. We have students with agor...

02:11

Blockchain Powered AI Doctors to Revolutionize Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Doc.ai's AI-based doctors, through masses of information on the Blockchain, will be able to have natural language conversations with patients, and provide medical answers.

01:32

An Empire of Chaos: The Real Reason the US is in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USA's longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the country's mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is "Why is the USA in Afghanistan?" Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else? The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

00:46

"You're an absolute disgrace" Coalition and One Nation senators "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie on the floor of the Australian Senate, 14 September 2017.

Senate Hansard,  12 September 2017:
Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (13:56): The government wants One Nation support for this package so badly that it has agreed to invite a razor gang into the books of the ABC. And it wants Nick Xenophon's support for the package so badly that it has agreed not to embarrass him into being forced to vote in support of One Nation's proposal. But make no mistake, voting for this bill means voting for One Nation's deal. I know that, One Nation knows that and you can bet your last dollar that Nick Xenophon and his team know that, too. As for what the details are, we still don't know. The government won't tell us and they won't tell us. All we know is that it commits the government to review the ABC and ask if it is reducing the profitability of its commercial rivals. Guess what? The job of the ABC isn't to make money for its commercial rivals. Its job is to guarantee all Australians have access to news, programming and information that affects their lives, no matter where they live or how wealthy they are. The deal the government has made isn't designed to improve the ABC; it is designed to defund it. It's a deal to set up a rigged kangaroo court that is de...

00:45

Australian society in 2017: national gaol population hits record high "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Australias jail population has hit a record high of more than 41,200 prisoners, as a 20-year surge in incarceration rates shows no sign of waning.

The daily average of full-time prisoners in custody rose 7% to 41,204 over the year to the June quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

That represented a 133% leap in prisoner numbers since the June quarter of 1997, meaning the national jail population grew at more than four times the rate of the overall population over the last two decades.

The cost of running prisons in Australia is likely to have hit around $3bn a year, based on Productivity Commission figures.

Inmates on remand awaiting court sentences (11%) and women (10%) were the fastest-growing groups of prisoners over the last year.

Indigenous prisoner numbers rose 7% in line with the overall increase but they remain grossly overrepresented in jail, making up 2% of the general population but 28% of the prison population.

According to the ABS ...

00:41

Hells Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theyre all very well dressed, Debra Lawrence said to the overlay, as we walked on to the set of Hells Kitchen, the celebrity cooking program thats screened on Australian television over the last few months. Even before the comment, she was our favourite, as we got down to the final four, ahead of the programs []

00:41

Catalan Mayors Exercise Right to Remain Silent in Referendum Questioning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BARCELONA The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

The first three mayors to declare exercised their right to remain silent, the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) said.

Years of separatist feeling in the industrial northeastern region will come to a head in less than two weeks as the fiercely pro-independence regional government calls a referendum on splitting from Spain.

Madrid has declared the referendum illegal and the Constitutional Court has suspended the vote that was approved by the regional government earlier this month.

So far, 745 of 948 municipal leaders have said they will provide venues for the referendum.

Voting is not a crime, said Marc Solsona, mayor of the town of Mollerussa, one of nearly 750 mayors facing charges of civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of public funds, as he left the state prosecutors office in Barcelona.

Im just the mayor and I have to serve my people. I am committed to the people being able to vote on Oct. 1 in accordance with the law passed by the Catalan parliament and what happens to me is not important, he said.

Solsona smiled, kissed and gripped hands with dozens of clapping supporters gathered outside the state prosecutors office as he entered to chants of You are not alone

We consider ourselves privileged to have a mayor who represents the townspeople above any other interests political or fin...

00:27

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

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

00:24

How to Find Out Whos Tracking You Through Your Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[alltechbuzzWhatever the work we do, our first priority is Safety. Safety states that the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.

Everyone and everything in this world need Safety. Even our Smartphones we use. We all just use Smartphones to play games , chat, call, etc but do we really care about the threats that our phone receive?

Dont panic. We are here to help in this case. With the help of just a few short-codes, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and work out whether or not your messages and information are protected and whether youre being tracked.

We gathered together some of the most useful and important codes for Smartphones here.

CODE-1: *#21#

Discover the settings for your call forwarding. Youll see whether you have voice, data, fax, SMS, sync, async, packetaccess , and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.

This code will let you find whether your calls, messages, and data are being diverted. The status of the diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone screen.

CODE-2: *#62#

Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.

This code will let you find where calls, messages, and data are being redirected to from your phone. The chances are that your voice calls are being redirected to one of your cell phone operators numbers.

CODE-3: ##002#

This USSD code deactivates all call forwardings with one single command.

This code can be used to switch off all the redirections from your phone. Its a good idea to use this before you have to use roaming. In this case, money wont be taken from your account for calls that are redirected by default to your voice mail.

CODE-4: *#06#

IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information, it identifies you to the provider network.

This code helps you find your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). This code also helps you find your phone if someone steals it. When the phone with a particular IMEI is switched on, the location of the phone will automatically convey to the network operator even after you insert...

00:19

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

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination []

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23:53

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

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23:45

BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The future of computing depends on it.

By Fiona MacDonald

For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.

Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they wont produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices.

This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons.

We say in theory, because, despite companies such as IBM and Intel pursuing light-based computing, the transition is easier said than done.

Coding information into photons is easy enough we already do that when we send information via optical fibre.

But finding a way for a computer chip to be able to retrieve and process information stored in photons is tough for the one thing that makes light so appealing: its too damn fast for existing microchips to read.

This is why light-based information that flies across internet cables is currently converted into slow electrons. But a better alternative would be to slow down the light and convert it into sound.

And thats exactly what researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have now done.

The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain, said project supervisor Birgit Stiller.

It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.

23:33

Octlantis is a Just-Discovered Underwater City Engineered by Octopuses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gloomy octopusesalso known as common Sydney octopuses, or octopus tetricushave long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there's proof these cephalopods sometimes hang out in small cities.

In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named "Octlantis." The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).

The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. "These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."

Octopus cities suck.


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23:30

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

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

23:30

How Virtual Reality Could Help You Fall In Love "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fall in Love VR, for the Oculus Rift, shows how integrating natural-language processing in virtual reality can create a sense of real intimacy.

In 2015, The New York Times caused quite a stir by publishing The 36 Questions That Lead To Love, based on work by the psychologist Arthur Aron. The main idea was that people would have to be incredibly vulnerable to ask and answer such questionsand doing so could quickly build intimacy.

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23:25

DavidShurter.com "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

22:58

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

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


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




22:51

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

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





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22:41

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

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

21:56

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

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

21:56

Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!

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21:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:53

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

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

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

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

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

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

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

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

21:51

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

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

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



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



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



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



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

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21:34

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

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:30

The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

These common questions may feel clichd, but theres a reason why recruiters keep asking them.

Some interview questions lead to eye rolls by just thinking about them: Where do you see yourself in five years? Whats your biggest weakness? When youre preparing for a job interview, it can be hard to know how to avoid giving trite answers to these equally trite questions. But one solution is simply to know what hiring managers and recruiters are actually trying to learn by asking them in the first place. So Fast Company hit up a few experts to find out.

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21:26

VOTE YES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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YES!!! - Dont forget to vote!

Greetings Newlanders,

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

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

Phil
0425 748 328

21:20

Foster Pool Needs You! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

21:15

Sandy Points Mens Shed Receives Grant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

21:11

Wild things happening at Stockyard Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

21:06

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

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

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

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

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

Article below

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

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

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

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

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

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

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

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

ABC News Australia

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

19 September 2017

 

21:06

Vote for your favourite photos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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21:03

China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

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

20:54

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

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

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20:44

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

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

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

20:30

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

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

20:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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20:09

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #560 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

19:57

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

19:30

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

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

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

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


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

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

Corporation:$$$, People:$000.00

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

19:14

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

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

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

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

19:09

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

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

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

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

PFI is bankrupting Britain (Guardian)

Private firms poised to make another 1bn(Guardian)

Hundreds of schools held hostage over PFI contracts (Telegraph)

Costly legacy of Labours PFI shambles (Daily Mail)

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

NHS leaking millions in PFI contracts (BBC)

19:01

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



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18:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18:39

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

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

September 19, 2017 at 04:45PM .

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

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

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

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18:39

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

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Police charge man over obscene acts in Perths Western Suburbs .

September 18, 2017 at 06:37PM .

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

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

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

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17:55

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

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

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

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

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

17:48

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

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

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

Source: Spiked

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

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

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

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

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

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

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17:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wang to...

17:47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:36

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

 

19th September 2017

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17:24

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

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

Farmers gun licence under review after confronting intruder with unloaded rifle

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

Father fears justice system stacked against victims after guns confiscated
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17:22

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

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

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

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

17:11

Same to you mate! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

and

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

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

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

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

16:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:35

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

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

 

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

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

16:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:20

Introduction to Survival for Teens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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16:19

Yandina Wetlands surveys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ken
friarbird43@bigpond.com

16:16

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

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

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

16:08

Korumburra CWA needs you! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

15:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:56

Hannah Fiddelaers on the move "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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15:36

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

QUESTION:  Hi Martin,

Firstly I appreciate your insight into world events. I dont see anyone else coming even close to what you do.

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

Thanks for your time.

PJ

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

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

This w...

15:00

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

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

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

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

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

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

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

14:57

First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

14:30

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

14:27

Sea Eagles thump Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

14:23

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

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

14:11

Unwriting myself "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

14:07

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

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

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

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

14:00

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

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

13:58

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

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

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

This does not necessarily seem to be the case.

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

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

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

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


Bit of a bugger that!

13:57

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

MEET YOUR NEW COUNCILS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:40

Students and mentors raise youth empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:39

Diamond Anniversary for Margaret & Robert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:39

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

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

13:38

Older Person Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:38

NEW LOOK RYDE CITY COUNCIL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:37

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

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

13:37

HAPPY DIAMOND ANIVERSARY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:36

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

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

13:36

Priorities for New Ryde Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:36

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:34

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:34

Lyric actors to show diverse talents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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13:31

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

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

13:31

5 intentions for spring "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

13:30

App helps children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

13:30

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

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

13:30

Cottage Crafts Exhibition/Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:30

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

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

13:28

Bass Coast shows future looking shaky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:27

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13:24

Highway barriers to save lives "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

13:20

New jetty coming to life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:20

Pauls recipe for success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:19

9th Birthday Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:19

Broiler farm objectors plea to council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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13:18

High pie recognition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

13:17

Burra Foods praises top farmers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

13:16

Health emergency "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

 

13:15

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

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13:13

Youth unemployment rises "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

13:08

Costs revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

13:07

TIMBER OUTRAGE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

12:59

Jelbarts Caldermeade herd to sell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

12:58

Introduced Animals in Danger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

Play Dr Arian Wallach

12:58

Tim shows his auctioneering flair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

12:57

Expo excitement builds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

12:53

Knights stay strong against Lang Lang "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

12:52

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

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

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

12:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:51

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

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

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

Jenny Weber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:51

Climate Change and Homelessness Forum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date: 

Oct
17
2017

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

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

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

Places are limited - register online here

Venue: 

Minor Works Building

22 Stamford Court
AdelaideSouth Australia 5000
Australia
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12:49

Swimmers amaze at championships "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

12:48

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

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

12:45

IK bring home the cup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

12:41

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

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

12:36

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

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

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

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

From: Media                                                                           18 September 2017 1:21 PM

To atcra@protonmail.com 
CC Media 

Hi Rosie,

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

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

12:34

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

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

12:29

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

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

Bluesfest director Peter Noble comments on the announcement:

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

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

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

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

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

12:21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

None at all.

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

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

They just cant count anything

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

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

But it also hides numbers

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

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

12:08

Its Not All Sunshine and Sushi "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:49

William H Gass & Metafiction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    AS William H Gass was said to be the first to coin the term metafiction, I thought Id post the paragraph in which he does. Its from Philosophy and the Form of Fiction, an essay from his 1971... Continue Reading

11:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post...

11:35

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The schools will accommodate between 1200 and 1500 students each.

 

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11:30

Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

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

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

The Farmer in Albury

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

Then at about 3.30...

11:26

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

Date: 

Oct
19
2017

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

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

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

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

Places are limited - register online here

Venue: 

South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)

47 King William Road
UnleySouth Australia 5061
Australia
...

11:18

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

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

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

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


UK HELPLINE

National Domestic Violence
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1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
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11:06

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

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

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

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

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

He has pled not guilty to all charges.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99

10:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The campaign will focus on three st...

10:50

Ballina Ocean pool design being considered "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:45

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

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

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

 

10:44

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

Dragonfruit

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

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

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10:41

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

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

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

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

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

10:35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:34

Festival extension approved at Parklands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community association unhappy

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

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

Land swap

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

10:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAP

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10:12

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

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

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

LOS ANGELES [AAP]

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

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

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

Make the United Nations great. Such tremendous potential.

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

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

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

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

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

Ms Bishop welcomed Trumps backing of UN reform.

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

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

10:05

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

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

10:01

Private Corporations Direct Global Vaccination Programs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:50

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

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

09:21

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

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:00

Winning Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Short provocative sessions for strategists, campaigners and organisers.

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

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

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

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

Sessions will be one to three hours long, depending on the focus and the size of the group. Fees are charged on a sliding scale depending on means.

Community of practice gatherings, such as cross-organisation networks, book clubs or groups of friends, are also welcome to book a session. If youre intrigued but you cant gather a crew theres potential to book a one-to-one session.

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

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

HegemonyHowToJonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To

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

...

08:57

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

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

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

08:57

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

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

08:52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to participate

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

08:50

Street Art around the world. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

London, England

From Kerri of Beer and Croissants

London has become well known for street art, with locations in Shoreditch and Camden leading the way. Street art tours are conducted regularly and a visit to any of these locations will see lines of people stopping to take their own photos of the vivid art work emblazoning the walls.
Street Art around the world by Wyld Family Travel
 
When I was last in London I uncovered a spot that is well hidden and quite unknown. This is especially ironic given it sits underneath Waterloo Train Station, one of the busiest commuter hubs in the city.
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08:42

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:38

Tweed marriage equality banner erected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Pledging their YES vote
  2. Host a calling party!
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08:28

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



Source: Dinar Chronicles

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

You've seen trillions in US debt reported.

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

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

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

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

It's just air!

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

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

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

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

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

08:27

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

Source: The Root

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But you should see...

08:17

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

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

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

SYDNEY  [AAP]

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

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

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

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

It just doesnt make sense, she said on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:11

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

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08:08

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

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

08:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Howard continued the Hawke-Keating push on universities.

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

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

07:30

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

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

By Jack Burns

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:32

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

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

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06:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:24

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

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

Originally published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

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

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

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

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

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

06:15

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



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06:15

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

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

06:10

Nearly 1,000 US Troops in Syria Are Currently Under Attack by Russians "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  According to the Guardian, an estimated 900 U.S. troops are embedded with Syrian opposition forces that are currently within strike range of the Russian military. Over the weekend, the U.S. military claimed Russian jets had struck Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in Deir ez-Zor east of the Euphrates River. The attack allegedly wounded six of these SDF fighters, but no American personnel were harmed.

The attack came not long after these confident SDF fighters gave the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) a red line not to cross the Euphrates River. According to Reuters, the SAA had already crossed it, anyway. Now that we know Russia is continuing to provide the SAA with air power as it advances throughout this oil-rich region, it is clear these increasing developments are capable of worsening conflict between the fighting powers.

According to Newsweek, the Russian Defense Ministry already warned its American counterparts about the operations it intended to undertake.

To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Further, as quoted by Russian-state owned outlet RT, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said:

Within the framework of this operation, the fighters, armored vehicles, and objects of terrorists are being destroyed on both western and eastern banks of the Euphrates.

At the same time, the Russian Air Force makes pinpoint strikes only on reconnaissance targets confirmed by several channels in IS-controlled areas.

Konashenkov added:

Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any third force. Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can a...

05:54

John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a total fraud: Behold the logic of artificial work "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Natural News) In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail.

In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple)

However, sir you called Bitcoin a fraud. Im a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin its called proof of work.

Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugmans ditch digging fable

The problem with John McAfees explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one pennys worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of artificial work to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars? The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as computational difficulty in mining.

This admission should be shocking to all Bitcoin holders for the simple reason that if Bitcoin drops below $1,000, mining now becomes unprofitable, rendering a very large part of the entire Bitcoin mining infrastructure instantly obsolete. The only thing keeping Bitcoin mining profitable right now is the bubble pricing of Bitcoin itself, and because all bubbles eventually burst, Bitcoin mining will sooner or later reach a point where its not worth the investment of hardware, electricity and time. (Theres also the 21 million coin limit thats rapidly approaching, by the way, which will spell the end of Bitcoin mining as it is conducted today.)

Furthermore, the artificial work aspect of Bitcoin mining and its artificial computational complexity is the digital equivalent of paying people to dig ditches and fill them in again while claiming the activity boosts economic output. This idea, believe it or not, is the classic economic paradox routinely p...

05:51

(Video) The GoldFish Report No. 130 -- Country Roads w/ Winston Shrout: DNA Repair & Fiscal Time "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Published on Sep 15, 2017

On The GoldFish Report No .130 - Winston Answers viewers questions about the St. Germaine Affirmation and DNA Repair that will help humans with Ascension. Winston also travels down the private and public road that explains Fiscal Time and Calendar time and how the discrepancy in time between the two require a reconciliation and what the consequences mean if you don't. He further explains that due to the size the sheer number of commerce transactions on this planet that electronic currency is inevitable and is on our door step.

05:45

US Fires Latest Shot In China Trade War: Warns Beijing Is Threat To Worlds Trading System "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Zero Hedge

Its been at least a few weeks since the topic of trade war with China dominated the news flow, so moments ago U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer decided to poke that particular wound, in during a speech in Washington said that Chinas coordinated effort to create national champions and distort markets is a threat to the worlds trading system.

Some headlines from his speech, via Reuters:

  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS THERE IS A GROWING FEELING AMONG VOTERS THAT GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM NOT FAIR TO U.S. WORKERS
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS WE WILL HAVE CHANGE IN TRADE POLICY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS U.S. CAN COMPETE IF CONDITIONS ARE FAIR
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE U.S. SHOULD BE MORE PROACTIVE IN TRADE POLICY, DEMAND RECIPROCITY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE THAT TRADE DEFICITS MATTER
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS SCALE OF CHINAS EFFORT TO SUBSIDIZE INDUSTRIES IS A THREAT TO WORLD TRADING SYSTEM
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS 301 PROBE INTO CHINAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICES COULD LEAD TO WTO CASES

Bloomberg provides some further details, quoting the US trade rep as saying that WTO isnt equipped to deal with the problem, and the U.S. must find other ways to defend our workers, companies and economic system. As a result, Lighthizer says we will have change on trade policy, a statement that certainly did not come from the Goldman circle of close Trump advisors.

He also said that the real policy difference is not over whether we want efficient markets, but how do we get them adding that the US must be proactive, as years of talking about the problems havent worked and that we must demand reciprocity.

Finally, the US trade rep said that he agrees with President Trump that trade deficits matter and that he agrees macroeconomic factors have an impact on trade deficits, but terms of trade also matter.

In light of what Bank of America just said, namely that the fate of the ongoing game of chicken between the US and North Korea rests in the hands of China, and that any potential provocations by the US could result in a volatile outcome

If Chinas willingness to give more ground ma...

05:32

Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in economics and politics. Here is the summary from the website:

In-conversation with Andrew Leigh and Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow of the Lowy Institute, followed by a Q&A.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?

Please join us for the launch of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australias past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.

Such a discussion is especially needed in Queensland at the moment, given the recent adoption of the Buy Queensland procurement policy, one of the most illogical and misguided pieces of policy implemented in recent times in this State. Recall this is the policy that massively favours local firms in procurement processes, risks a blowout in government expenses, and has upset the New Zealand Government, causing a trade policy headache for the federal government. I strongly suspect Buy Queensland is inconsistent with the views that will be advanced by Dr Leigh in his Choosing Openness paper. I hope that the policy is discussed in either the conversation or Q&A component of the evening.

My previous posts on the new Buy Queensland procurement policy include:

Comments to Radio NZ on Buy Qld policy

Protectionist Buy Qld policy unlikely to survive in current form

Interview on Buy Qld with Dave Pellowe

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05:00

The Equifax Hack Is The Most Disastrous Data Breach In History Because Now Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Michael Snyder

Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans.  We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even drivers license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen anything like this before, and to say that this will be disastrous for the credit industry would be a massive understatement.

What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between mid-May and July of this year

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that criminals exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

So why didnt we learn about this until September?

Somebody out there really needs to answer that question for us.

And even though the 143 million number is being thrown around constantly, according to USA Today we may never know the true number of victims

When asked if theres a way to quantify how many people have been harmed, John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and former employee at Equifax and credit score firm FICO, said: Theres no way to know, and there may never be a way to know.

Personally, I dont see how Equifax can possibly survive after this.  Their stock price is already crashing, and now it has come out that they had put a music major in charge of data security

When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smi...

04:30

Australia's record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Less of an opportunity to clear the mind,' is the verdict from Bidyadanga, where winter highs of 33C were replaced by 36C as records tumbled across the countryIt's always hot in Bidyadanga but a few degrees can make a big difference in the remote Aboriginal community, about 190km south of Broome in Western Australia.It's always hot it's the desert but the difference between 33C and 36C can be quite oppressive, said Shaun Burgess, a teacher in the community. Related: Q&A: [...]

04:02

Stomach growls and bowels sounds: What's normal and what's not "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

Stomach growls and bowel sounds: What's normal and what's not? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

04:02

Your Vaccine Companys President Led Biowarfare Program & Experiments on Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Did you know that your vaccines were made by a corporation whose president led the US biological warfare program? This video explains.

Merck and Co created the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the MMR vaccine, and others.

During the middle of World War II, George W. Merck, president of pharmaceutical company Merck and Co was in charge of the War Research Service, the biological warfare division of the Federal Security Agency in the US military.

George W. Merck secretly led the biological warfare agency during the same years he was the president of Merck and Co.

His trusting customers had no idea he was in charge of a secret biowarfare program: they only saw his face on the cover of Time Magazine, as he was lauded as some kind of hero for health.

His War Research Service was in charge of Ft. Detrick, in Maryland. Academic institutions participated in the War Research Service: the same prestigious colleges that promoted eugenics for decades leading up to World War II, such as Harvard and Stanford.

Ft. Detrick was a mad science center, and it produced biological warfare experiments on Americans. It produced the plan to spray San Francisco with the infertility causing bacteria Serratia marcescens.

Their techniques were improved with the aid of paperclipped Nazi scientist Kurt Blome. Kurt Blome was brought to the US from Germany to advise biowarfare experts at Ft. Detrick. He had a history of experimenting on victims with the dreadful Black Death, or Bubonic Plague.

In the very beginning of these biowarfare efforts at Ft. Detrick, that would lead to the spraying of San Francisco, George W. Merck was there.

George retired from Merck and Co in 1953, years after his retirement from biowarfare. Immediately following his departure, Merck manufactured Eli Lillys polio vaccine, which was found to be contaminated with the cancer causing virus SV40.

Today, Mercks HPV vaccine Gardasil has injured and killed thousands.

Those who wonder about the malicious intent of mandatory vaccination have been searching for answers: this history is sure to open to door to a lot of answers about why Mercks vaccines are killing people today.

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03:55

Exorcisms in bulk: Most in-demand exorcist in Italy performs group demon removals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"[There are] six, seven or eight possessed people here at the moment." Is it cheaper to get your exorcisms in bulk? Is it better? Where would one go to have more than one demon cast out at a time? The answer to the last question and possibly the others can be found in Palermo, Sicily, at the parish of an elderly priest whose fame as the result of a recent documentary has made him the most in-demand exorcist in Sicily, especially since he deals in quantity. "I am talking to you, Satan, Prince of Darkness. I curse you, I chase you out of my life."

03:54

NASA Unintentionally Shows Satellite Imagery of Weather Manipulation "IndyWatch Feed National"

NASA Accidentally Shows Evidence of Large-Scale Weather Manipulation In Satellite Photos

Hurricane Matthew and its successor Irma have turned weather into a dominant theme in the forefront of the publics mind.

From extreme flooding to widespread debris damage, people have witnessed the incredible power of mother nature but is there something else at work here?

Long have rumors circulated that the U.S. government is engaged in a decades-long geoengineering effort and why not? The ability to control the weather could be the ultimate tool for goodor for destruction.

Whether its chemtrails or weather manipulators like HAARP, the link between covert government operations and the effects these can have on weather cant just be discarded as conspiracy theory.



And now, NASAs own satellite images have revealed whats being referred to as shocking proof of climate engineering.

See for yourself:



Near the East Coast of Australia

The above image, along with those to follow, shows what Dane Wigington, writing for Wakeup-World, describes as many variances of radio frequency cloud impacts:

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03:38

Meningococcal Outbreak In Australia Has Many Questioning Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is now in the midst of a meningococcal outbreak causing many people to wonder if stiffer vaccination laws are the culprit. Another theory is that the outbreak is a false flag being used to...

The post Meningococcal Outbreak In Australia Has Many Questioning Government appeared first on Vaxxter.

03:12

The Key Question at the U.N.: What Does North Korea Want? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off the nuclear path at this point

In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.
In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. PHOTO: KCNA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

As President Donald Trump and other world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, a lot of important questions hang in the air, but none more important than this one: What does North Korea want?

That is, what is North Koreas real goal in its relentless, reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons as well as missiles that can carry them as far as the United States? The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off....

03:00

Bitcoin 'Double Taxation' Relief Bill Introduced in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia has introduced a new bill that, if passed, would end the country's bitcoin "double taxation" issue.

02:53

Mysterious 'explosion' rattles homes in Moranbah, Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mystery surrounds a loud explosion that shook Moranbah homes overnight. Just before 11pm, numerous residents reported hearing a huge 'bang' that seemingly shook their homes. A Queensland Police media spokeswoman confirmed police were alerted to a potential explosion around 10.49pm. "We received a call from someone saying they had heard an enormous bang that sounds like an explosion," the QPS spokeswoman said.

02:43

Jewish Tribalism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Israel lobby is never a story (for media that is in bed with the lobby)

US Politics 
 on September 16, 2017

One of the challenges to the claims about the power of the Israel lobby is: What about liberal Zionists? They are very critical of the Israeli occupation and of Netanyahu. In what sense do they constitute a lobby for Israel in the U.S.? The answer is that they establish red lines on criticism of Israel inside the Democratic Party. They work to marginalize progressives who have fundamental criticisms of Israel as a Jewish state or as a burden on American foreign policy.
Here are three recent examples of the ways that liberals set these red lines.
Last week Daniel Biss, an anti-establishment candidate for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Illinois, ditched his running mate over his support for BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel; and many of us thought it was a big story. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the movement for Palestinian human rights, has become an issue in the ongoing Illinois gubernatorial race, Jewish Voice for Peace...

01:26

Novartis to Charge $475,000 for Cancer Treatment US Taxpayers Paid $200 Million to Discover "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A first of its kind revolutionary cancer treatment was approved by the FDA this week which boasts cure rates for childhood leukemia upwards of 70-80 percent. The innovative nature of the treatment lies in how it genetically re-engineers a patients own immune system to find and destroy tumors.

While this is certainly noteworthy news, a major controversy is being overlooked by the mainstream media. As Novartis announced their $450,000 price tag, the media failed to report on who actually paid for the development of this breakthrough treatment. The answer, according to a patient advocacy group, isyou.

As MITs Technology Review notes, the therapy, which will be marketed as Kymriah, is a customized treatment that uses a patients own T cells, a type of immune cell. A patients T cells are extracted and cryogenically frozen so that they can be transported to Novartiss manufacturing center in New Jersey. There, the cells are genetically altered to have a new gene that codes for a proteincalled a chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR. This protein directs the T cells to target and kill leukemia cells with a specific antigen on their surface. The genetically modified cells are then infused back into the patient.

In clinical trials, involving 63 children with a type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 83 percent of patients that received the CAR-T therapy had their cancers go into remission within three months. At six months, 89 percent of patients who received the therapy were still living, and at 12 months, 79 percent had survived, according to MIT.

These results are nothing short of staggering. Given the fact that thousands of children and young adults are diagnosed every year in the USmaking it the most common childhood cancerthe opportunity to save lives is overwhelming.

However, like all opportunity, Kymriah comes with a price.

Novartis announced the price this week of $475,000 per treatment. This was sold to the public as an ostensible win since the drug was predicted to be priced at $600,000 to $750,000 per treatment. If Novartis had solely financed and conducted their own research, of course, they could certainly charge whatever they wanted to charge. But this is not the case, according to the advocacy group Patients for Affordable Drugs.

According to David Mitchell, the founder of the group, $475,000 per treatment is excessive because the federal government threw more than $200 million of your tax dollars into researching CAR-T therapy. According to Mitchell, Novartis simply purchased the rights to the treatment and failed to disclose what amount, if any, they invested in the research.

On Thursday, Mitch...

01:22

Trend new motor sales hit record "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Car sales power on

The so-called "canary in the coalmine" that was falling new motor sales has turned out to be another rubbish indicator.

The canaries have long since carked it, but the trend result for new motor vehicle sales was 100,809 in August 2017, which was the highest ever.


Selfish Urban Vanity

Sports utility vehicles continue to drive the record results, although in reality today's small SUVs, such as the one I drive, is probably more akin to a passenger vehicle rather than anything more rugged. 


Alas, production levels domestically are destined continue their precipitous decline as the industry departs Australian shores. 


Finally, the state level data shows that Melbourne's burgeoning economy continues to power new car sales along.

New South Wales also saw nearly 398,000 units shifted over the past year, for yet another annual record. 

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01:11

Responsibility to Protect the Rohingya? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is a guest post (begun as a series of tweets) by Phil Orchard, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Queensland and the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is the author of A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation, the forthcoming Protecting the Internally Displaced: Rhetoric and Reality and, with Alexander Betts, the co-editor of Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice. He tweets @p_orchard.

The past three weeks have seen remarkable violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. On 25 August, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a series of coordinated attacks on police posts and a military base which killed twelve government officials. The ARSA, an armed insurgency organization which began its first attacks in October, claims that their goal is have the Rohingya be a recognized ethnic group within Myanmar.  While many Rohingya can trace their roots back centuries in Myanmar, the government considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. It does not recognize the term Rohingya, and has refused to grant them citizenship; as a result the vast majority of the groups members have no legal documentation, effectively making them stateless and face significant discrimination and government restrictions.

The Myanmar government has responded to the ARSA by branding it a terrorist organization and claiming that the Tatmadaw, the Armed Forces of Myanmar, is using clearance operations to target militants. Even Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed terrorists for a h...

00:57

"Artificial work": John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a complete fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent CNBC interview that's being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of "smack down" of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud that's doomed to fail. In answering Jamie Dimon's recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple) However, sir... you called Bitcoin 'a fraud.' I'm a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin - it's called 'proof of work.' Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugman's ditch digging fable The problem with John McAfee's explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one penny's worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of "artificial work" to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, "Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars?" The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as "computational difficulty" in mining.

00:52

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F....

00:45

Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance - interim report concerning theft and corruption allegations published 8 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It took a public airing of the issues by ABC TV Four Corners in its Pumped: Who is benefitting from the billions spent on the Murray-Darling? program on 24 July 2017 to force the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australian National Audit Office, Commonwealth Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government into investigative action.
The NSW Government has now published its initial 78-page report into allegations of theft and corruption in the management of water resources in the MurrayDarling Basin.


On 11 September 2017, Ken Matthews issued a statement regarding the delivery of his Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance. The focus of his interim report was to assess whether the department's policies, procedures and actions were appropriate, to recommend whether further actions should be undertaken, and to identify opportunities to improve the departments future compliance and enforcement performance.

00:40

Why is the USA in Afghanistan? An Answer To The Big Question "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

563231231Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USAs longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the countrys mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is Why is the USA in Afghanistan?

Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else?

The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

These answers are insufficient. As for terrorism, since 2001, the presence and strength of terrorist groups in Afghanistan has vastly increased. Al-Queda, ISIS, various warlords, Jundallah, and many terrorist groups, most of which had minimal presence under the Taliban government, are now all across the country. Even the Taliban itself, the government the USA toppled in the 2001 invasion, has not vanished, and still controls a large portion of the country. If the USA is in Afghanistan to fight terrorism, its efforts have not only completely failed, and but had the opposite of their intended affect.

So, is it all about the minerals? Is the USA seeking to get control of these vital rare earth elements which are key in making modern computer chips? Well, perhaps this is a factor for seeking to control the country, but its worth noting that in the entire 16 years of the occupation, the USA and its allied Afghan government have never moved forward with any plan for mineral extraction. Michael Silver, the CEO of American Elements wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on August 30th, essentially begging the US government to go ahead and help Afghans exploit their mineral riches.

If the occupation of the country were motivated purely out of desire to plunder the rare earth minerals, wouldnt it have been done by now? 16 years is a long time to put off something, if indeed, it is the entire basis of the military operations. It is also unlikely that a C...

Monday, 18 September

23:50

Callum Clayton-Dixon: A holistic approach to Aboriginal languages in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Callum Clayton-Dixon Photograph: Supplied Share this Post New South Wales will soon be the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce Aboriginal languages legislation. The draft bill contains statements recognizing Aboriginal peoples right to learn and maintain our languages, and acknowledging the need to take actionto ensure the survival of Aboriginal languages. Ministerial roles, the implementation of a strategic plan, vague references ...

23:40

Transgender ideology's profound incoherence and the end of law "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In The Trouble with Principle, Stanley Fish recites an observation that John Milton included in his Areopagitica: "No law, Milton points out, can permit activity that constitutes an assault on it, no law, that is, that 'intends not to unlaw itself.'" Even more self-cancelling is for a law to permit an interpretation of its text that abolishes the very concepts on which its edict depends. In such case, both the law and its interpretation stall in mutual nullification. Two questions, then. One: Does the federal law prohibiting "sex discrimination" forbid us to countenance the category of "sex"-and thus of "sex discrimination"? Two: Can the rule of law survive a yes answer to question one? In order to do away with the legal decisiveness of the binary of male and female bodies, legal advocates for transgender ideology now brandish the federal ban on sex discrimination in Title IX-which itself depends on the legal decisiveness of the binary of male and female bodies. But banishing the sex binary concurrently banishes the (dependent) prohibition of sex discrimination. And that, in turn, leaves the transgender legal theory empty-handed, having eviscerated the structure on which its own claims rely.

23:37

Australian Politics Is Suffering a Death by Boredom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian.

It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the

23:30

Antarctic Caves Found to be Home to New World of Plants and Animals, Heated by Volcano "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Markab Algedi

In Antarctic ice, cave systems exist underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus. Recently, it was discovered that the ice could be the breeding ground for an exciting new world,according to scientists from Australia National University.

They analyzed DNA obtained from the cave system, and found samples they couldnt fully identify. Apparently being unable to identify such a specimen is an anomaly, and it indicates that unidentified species are living in the unique environment. Moss, algae, and other life was found to thrive there.

The caves in close proximity to volcanic Mount Erebus are among the hottest locations on the continent of Antarctica, along with other geothermally heated areas. Heat from the volcano has created vents in the ice, causing volcanic steam to hollow out ice and form extensive and interconnected cave systems, according to Newsweek.

It can be really warm inside the cavesup to 25 degrees Celsius [77 degrees Fahrenheit] in some caves, the lead researcher on the effort Ceidwen Fraser said. You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

The study was published in a journal titled Polar Biology. In it, a team obtained soil samples from 3 volcanoes in Victoria Land, Antarctica, and from Mount Erebus subglacial caves.

The study found many different types of moss, arthropods, nematodes, and algae at every single site. The findings suggest that geothermal areas (heated by volcanic activity) can support life even when it is like an island, far detached from survivable conditions for miles outside the geothermal region.

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22:50

Surfer bitten by shark in Ponce Inlet, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A shark bit a man surfing in Volusia County on Saturday. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said a shark bit a 28-year-old man Saturday afternoon. Advertisement The Melbourne man was surfing in 8-foot deep water near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he was bitten on his left foot, officials said. The man was taken to Halifax Hospital with several lacerations to the top and bottom of his foot. Officials did not release the name of the man injured.

22:14

John McAfee Accidentally Just Revealed Why Bitcoin Is A Total Fraud: Behold The Logic of Artificial Work "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail. In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see []

22:00

ANSWERS for Javad Heiran-Nia on Kurdistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

1. The Kurdish Referendum is to be held on September 25 despite the opposition of Kurdish movements such as the Gorran Movement. How will this referendum influence Kurdish movements within the region?

The Kurdish Referendum is long over due and must be respected. Kurdistan is a cultural, ethnic, and economic reality even if  the political powers controlled by the Deep State (Rothschilds, Vatican, City of London, Wall Street and their government puppets) do not wish it so.  I anticipate the practical foundation of Kurdistan within five years if the surrounding powers do not collaborate I anticipate all of them falling into a state of civil war; Turkey will not survive in its present state.

2. Concerning the objection of Baghdad and the Prime Minister himself to this referendum which described the referendum as playing with fire, is there a possibility of military conflict between Baghdad and Arbil following the independence referendum?...

17:57

FOBIF September walk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Damien Cook with Crocodile Reservoir in the background.

The sunny forecast for last Sunday meant a big group came to our second last FOBIF walk for 2017. We set out from near the corner of Spring Gully Road and Fryers Road and proceeded across country to Crocodile Reservoir before turning back to the starting point.

Leaders Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes once again provided an informative and entertaining commentary on interesting features of the landscape and local flora and fauna. Julian Hollis helped out with geological information as did Frances Cincotta with plant identification..

As you can see from the photos below there was a spectacular display of spring flowers. Click on photo to enlarge. Photos were contributed by Ruth, Rosemary and Bronwyn.

Our last walk for the year on 15 October will be in Muckleford Forest led by local Geoff Nevill. The focus will be on orchids, other wildflowers and some mining remains.

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17:04

NEGLIGENCE AND/OR DEFECTIVE ADMISTRATION "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Debt amount: 
$9500
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 11 September 2017
Period debt occurred: 
May 2010 to September 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

My case is to prove my innocence against a perceived debt/recovery that HAS now been found 7 years later due to an INEFFICIENT SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT SYSTEM used by Centrelink
I see this as NEGLIGENCE AND/OR DEFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION on Centrelinks behalf.
If the system was EFFICIENT then the problem SHOULD HAVE been detected and dealt with, not 7 years later.

Watch out Centrelink, I'm coming for you, and you will have no where to hide. I will re-educate you in the principals of The AUSTRALIAN Social security System - when in the 2016 THE COALITION POLICY - 'Better Management of the Social security System' - you state that you will look after the most Vulnerable, well I'm one of those most vulnerable....and I'm not scared, and I'm not gonna go away.

16:39

Dont miss this show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountains and Waterways, our latest photographic exhibition at TOGS cafe, finishes on Thursday 28 September. Photos range from a closeup of leaves underwater to landscapes of Mount Alexander and Mount Tarrengower. There are also 5 terrific birds on water images by Patrick Kavanagh, Damien Kelly, Geoff Park and Mitchell Parker. The response to the show has been very positive with a number of people commenting that the photos remind them of why they live here. 

All photos are for sale for under $100 including frames. Proceeds of sales go to FOBIF to cover costs. You can see more Mountains and Waterways photos on our Flickr site and on previous posts here and here.

We would like to thank TOGS once again for their support in mounting this exhibition. This is our fourth show at the cafe and our eighth in total. 

Harcourt reservoir. Photo by Frank Foster. The reservoir is not on most peoples list of local picturesque spots, but this photo makes a claim for its charms.

14:30

GOOGLE, TECH GIANTS THREATEN TO SHUT DOWN FREE SPEECH SOCIAL SITE Gab "IndyWatch Feed National"

Search engine giant Google and other tech platforms have threatened to shut down free-speech social media site Gab in the name of fighting hate speech. Gab, a social media platform known as a free speech oasis, was just recently ordered to transfer their Australian domain elsewhere or face shutdown.

12:12

Along the Roads to Gundagai "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres an old Australian folk song called Along the Road to Gundagai, and it lyrics are

Theres a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai.

Where the blue gums are growing
And the Murrumbidgees flowing
Beneath the sunny sky,

Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me
And the pals of my childhood once more I will see.
Then no more will I roam when Im heading right for home
Along the road to Gundagai.

Apart from the lines Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me, and the pals of my childhood once more I will see the rest of lyrics indicated above were my experience over the last week, especially when home is where the heart is (ie, anywhere my darling wife happens to be). But Gundagai was the end, the destination, of a cycling adventure.

September 11th, 2017.

The cycling adventure started on the date that has unfortunately etched itself in the Western pysche September 11th. But the events of many years ago were furthest from my mind as I left Henty bound for Wagga Wagga via Mangoplah in NSW. This was day one which involved a long 70+ km bike ride, with my Topeak rack and bag on the back of the bike and a back pack on my back. Those bag and pack had in them everything I thought I would need for 5 days of cycling, minus sleeping gear as that was provided at the various places I stayed. The weather was good, but I did have a headwind for pretty much the whole ride so it was hard going and by the time I got to Wagga Wagga I was really looking forward to some lunch and a well earned rest. The cycling for day one was over roads I had travelled before on a number of occasions so it was all pretty familiar. I knew where all the hillss and all the major landmarks were. So that was more a re-acquainting that a true adventure, although it was the first time I was kitted out for a multi day ride along those roads. Wagga Wagga is a large town nestled along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, which is also the river that the township of Gundagai is on.

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11:49

Coast Guardians Forum a day of learning and fun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2017 GORCC Coast Guardians Forum was a day of celebration and inspiration for the 140 year 9 students, teachers and staff from the four local schools who attended at the Surf Coast Shire Grant Pavilion in Torquay. The weather was not in our favour, but the spirits were high for a fun-filled day with delicious food, wonderful donated goods as prizes, local coastal expertise.

Students were treated to a moving Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony provided by the local Wathaurung representatives, Corrina OToole and Norm Stanley. Norms didgeridoo playing provided a magnificent addition to the smoking ceremony which welcomes all people to the Wadawurrung area for a day of clean and clear hearts and thinking. The students listened and absorbed the atmosphere respectfully and joyfully.

Welcome to Country2Norm Stanley played the didgeridoo as a part of a Welcome to Country Ceremony with the assistance of Corrina OToole.

Corrina also conducted workshops for the students to learn of Wadawurrung culture and practices to care for the coast, including painting with clay and weaving plants for hair decorations, which the students really enjoyed.

Further workshops were conducted for the students by local award-winning film maker Jarrod Boord who facilitated making a stop moti...

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