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Monday, 19 September

00:02

Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 19th, 2016 By Diana Rose Kottle Guest writer for Wake Up World Being an authentic voice of change can be what breaks through the collective illusions — especially when itâŹ"s hard to even speak above the deafening roar of unconsciousness, judgments, and social programming. Such authenticity has the power to dissolve the veils of separation, awaken ...Continue Reading - Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When ItâŹ"s Hard To Speak
 
 

00:01

Toxic Cookware Chemicals Have Polluted Drinking Water for Millions "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:00

From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 19th, 2016 By Ethan Indigo Smith Contributing writer for Wake Up World In the late 1700’s, people in servitude to their respective oligarchies began to question exploitative conditions and revolt against harsh treatment. Around the world there were revolutions with new ideas being discussed. There were revolutions in Scotland, the Caribbean, the Americas, Russia and France. ...Continue Reading - From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly
 
 

00:00

Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 19th, 2016 By Open Contributing writer for Wake Up World You might be one of those with a strong sense to want to change your reality, and indeed the wider world. Yet we’re so often told of the need for “acceptance and surrender”. The two truths, the two impulses, seem to conflict. And how ...Continue Reading - Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change?
 
 

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Sunday, 18 September

23:01

Report: Anwar’s lawyers to push for house arrest if acquittal bid fails "IndyWatch Feed National"

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team will settle for house arrest if efforts to get the jailed former opposition leader’s sodomy conviction reversed fails, the Weekend Australian reported. US lawyer Kimberly Motley was quoted saying that Anwar’s lawyers would again highlight the lack of DNA evidence and inconsistency of Saiful Anwar Bukhari’s testimony in the […]

22:52

On Australia's role in the massacre of Syrian soldiers - Questions to Ms Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state. On 17 September 2016 eighty SAA soldiers were killed in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria. Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia's participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government's condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria. Tim Anderson, speaking for Hands Off Syria Sydney, asks, "Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?"

Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers

Dear Ms Bishop

I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.

Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.

Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.

Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.

How is the following Australian Defence Department's statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation caused by Australia's aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?

[“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation … Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident … While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).â€]

A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.

The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.

Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.

With great pain

Marlene Obeid
Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.

The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney

Sunday 18 September 2016

Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.

Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.
Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.
The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.

Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined b...

21:44

Hey Australia, Wake Up! "IndyWatch Feed National"

WHAT THEY FEAR MOST The thing these actors fear the most is being identified as the character they have created.  Their ability to play the role of the villain is hinged upon their capacity to change into their real person after the task is complete and therefore blend back into society and never have to be held accountable for the damage they have done to the psychology of their nation.

21:12

Targetted Individuals and Microwave "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mary W Maxwell Yesterday Dee McLachlan wrote about the “Fakebook” thing, in which censors named some of the “hot” websites. They must be not too bright to go around calling our intention to these. I would probably never have discovered, without this assistance, Govtslaves.com. (Wouldn’t it be funny if it were govtslaves.gov?). “Government slaves” […]

20:00

Russia: US-led coalition defending ISIS endangering US-Russian ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"


US-led coalition air strikes have reportedly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, endangering a US-Russian brokered ceasefire and prompting an emergency UN Security Council meeting as tensions between Moscow and Washington escalated. The United States military said the coalition stopped the attacks against what it had believed to be Islamic State positions in northeast Syria after Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit. The 15-member Security Council met on Saturday night after Russia demanded an emergency session to discuss the incident and accused the United States of jeopardising the Syria deal. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, chastised Russia for the move. "Russia really needs to stop the cheap point scoring and the grandstanding," Power told reporters. She said the United States was investigating the air strikes and "if we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention and we of course regret the loss of life." When asked if the incident spelled the end of the Syria deal between Moscow and Washington, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said: "This is a very big question mark." "I would be very interested to see how Washington is going to react. If what Ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction then we are in serious trouble," Churkin told reporters. Moscow cited the strikes, which allowed Islamic State fighters to briefly overrun a Syrian army position near Deir al-Zor airport, as evidence that the United States was helping the jihadist militants. "We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying. Zakharova said the strikes threatened to undermine the ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia. The Russian Defence Ministry said US jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in four air strikes by two F-16s and two A-10s coming from the direction of Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, cited a military source at Deir al-Zor airport as saying at least 90 Syrian soldiers had been killed. Australia also participated in the strikes and the Australian Department of Defence offered its condolences to the families of Syrian soldiers killed or wounded in the incident. The ceasefire, which took effect on Monday, is the most significant peacemaking effort in Syria for months, but has been undermined by repeated accusations of violations on both sides. Apart from the US and Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is supported by Iran and Arab Shi'ite militias, while Sunni rebels seeking to unseat him are backed by Turkey and Gulf Arab states. All the warring parties are also sworn enemies of Islamic State, whose territory extends along the Euphrates valley from the Iraqi border, including around Deir al-Zor, up to land near Syria's frontier with Turkey. In its sixth year, the conflict has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced half of Syria's pre-war population, prompted a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe and inspired a wave of jihadist attacks across the world.   Source: news.com.au
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19:42

Australia also involved in murdering Syrian soldiers & illegally flying over Syria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australian jets involved in US-led air strike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, Defence confirms Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers who were apparently mistaken for Islamic State fighters, the Defence Department has confirmed. Between 62 and 83 Syrian soldiers who had been fighting IS militants […]

19:35

How to ‘Kill’ a Birth Certificate, by Jaro "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Maine Republic Email Alert:
Back in the de jure Republic, all you needed to prove Citizenship (of a state of the Union) was a BIRTH RECORD, which could be recorded in a family bible or come from a hospital. But as the default citizenship became FEDERAL (not State) citizenship, i.e. the 14th…

18:44

People to know: Natalie Kiryk – Second Loves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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KP – Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?
  World traveller, nomadic wild child aka party animal haha! 
Personal claim to fame – Living a more sustainable lifestyle, learning to slow down and live simply in our fast paced world. These are conscious decisions I have made over the last few years and will continue to refine into the future. 

KP –  Is it your passion or just something you do? My passion is vintage and secondhand clothing and somehow have the knack of finding {sometimes they find me}, beautiful and unique, good quality, vintage pieces that I love on-selling to happy customers. Through this process I feel its most important to spread the word about conscious consuming, up-cycling and re-using. It’s a way life and clothing is a great place to start, simply by buying vintage and secondhand. My furniture, towels, linen and most things in my house are all secondhand or vintage. Along with my van, bike, surfboards, you name it, you can get it pre-loved. And it’s usually cheaper, better quality and can come with a pretty cool story. 

KP – Typical day?  That’s a tricky one as my job is far from a 9-5 or set weekly roster. I feel lucky to have a lot of freedom and flexibility. Although there are some very long days at times, when necessary, market days are physical and require long hours. Last year was one of the toughest with some near to 24 hour days, while I was building and designing my website, as well as working three other jobs. But now the rewards are infinite and I feel I have designed a life I love. 

Rough idea…
– Wakeup – Meditate + stretch
– Surf/yoga/run
– Emails + social media / marketing / press
– Research + applications for upcoming markets
– Washing clothes / mending pieces {my sewing lady is the best!}
– Up keep of the website / design / online store
– Lunch in my backyard or by the ocean, or at a cafe. I especially love to find new cafes when I’m on the road. I’ve      spent hours in some and also libraries getting work done, hence I’m at the Pass Cafe now.
– Sending parcels + running errands.
– Sourcing new items. Maybe a quick stop at the local op shops when I have time or more of a planned day of       sourcing when I’m on the road. A vintage store if I’m lucky to stumble across one. When I’m travelling I love not knowing what’s around the next corner, letting things happen organically.
– Steaming clothes / photography of clothing / photo editing
– Evening- surf/yoga
– Dinner/friends/movie/music/soirees/dancing
...

17:23

US-led Forces Kill 80 Syrian Soldiers in ‘Unintentional’ Strike, Triggering Standoff With Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Syria says the attack is proof the US is actually supporting the Islamic State while Moscow says it is evidence of Washington’s “stubborn refusal” to coordinate its actions with Russia’s government.

Children play with a bicycle near the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Children play with a bicycle near the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Beirut: U.S.-led coalition jets bombed a Syrian army position at Jebel Tharda near Deir al-Zor airport on Saturday, killing at least 80 Syrian soldiers according to credible sources, paving the way for Islamic State to briefly overrun the area.

The U.S. military, in an apparent admission that it may have hit the position, said in a statement that coalition air strikes near Deir al-Zor had been halted when Russia told coalition officials they may have hit the Syrian army.

At the time of publication, a report on the Australian network ABC said the airplanes involved may have been from Australia.

Syria‘s army general command said in a statement that the air strike was “conclusive evidence” of U.S. support for Islamic State, noting that the strike was “dangerous and blatant aggression”.

Islamic State said in a statement on its Amaq news channel that it had gained “complete control” over Jebel Tharda but both Syrian state television and Russian state media said the positions lost to the militant group were later recaptured.

The defence ministry in Russia, which has been aiding Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war, said U.S. jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in four air strikes by two F-16s and two A-10s coming from the direction of Iraq.

Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias in close proximity, but coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit,” U.S. officials said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group with contacts across the country, cited a military source at Deir al-Zor airport as saying that at least 80 Syrian soldiers had been killed in the strike.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said that if the coalition bombing was a mistake, it was evidence of Washington’s “stubborn refusal” to coordinate its actions with Russia’s government.

The U.S.-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against Islamic State since September 2014 and is also supporting rebels against Assad elsewhere in Syria.

The Observato...

15:46

TRASH: We’re taking over this Country ‘Ottoman Germania’ Subculture threatens Germany in music video "IndyWatch Feed National"

An extremely violent Muslim Gang within the German Sub-Culture ‘Ottoman Germania’ has released a video with a clear message:

We’re Taking Over This Country


.… Read More

14:35

Don Dale Kids—Victims of the NT Intervention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Skyrocketing rates of Aboriginal imprisonment, child removal and social catastrophe have been produced by resurgent assimilationist policies argues Paddy Gibson. The graphic video footage of Aboriginal children and youth being tortured in the Don Dale juvenile detention centre aired on ABC’s Four Corners has sparked international outrage. The footage showed children as young as 11-years-old […]

14:09

Masterminds Of 9/11 With Don Fox "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Larry Silverstein is all smiles after signing a deal in which the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hands over the World Trade Center Twin Towers and buildings 4 and 5 to Silverstein Properties for 99 years for $3.21 billion.… Read More

13:46

Money and mining men behind the shadowy Australian Christian Lobby "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pen is reprinting this article by Josh Taylor and published by Crikey, because it is likely to be of considerable interest to many readers...

The post Money and mining men behind the shadowy Australian Christian Lobby appeared first on The Pen.

13:15

Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria The Holden manufacturing plant at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne has been bought by the Victorian Government, which plans to turn it into...

The post Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend appeared first on The Pen.

12:48

Taking on Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment At The Pen it’s been quite a time dealing with the stir caused by the article on Centrelink’s treatment of applicants for Disability...

The post Taking on Centrelink appeared first on The Pen.

11:51

‘Unbelievable’ that US strike on Syrian army was mistake – former MI5 agent "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

We are asked by the United States to believe that the murder by the US Airforce of 80 soldiers in the Syrian Arab Army (the army of the elected Syrian government) was simply a 'mistake'. It seems more likely that the US is trying every trick in the book to stuff up all attempts at peace in the region. Is their ultimate aim is to wipe the Middle East clean of any organised peoples, stuff up Russia (using NATO/EU which they are desperately trying to prop up) and take over the petroleum assets? Whilst the US is an uninvited and illegal presence in Syria (whereas Russia is invited) it is also, with cooperation from the Saudis, keeping the price of oil down (by flooding the market with short-term fracking products) to assist promotion of instability in the oil-dependent states in the Middle East and South America/Central America, which the US hopes also to take over. The only hope here is for a Trump win because Hillary will only keep all this going, whereas he has made noises about keeping the US nose out of other peoples' business. As to whether all the American troops and commanders and allies in the Middle East and Syria are in on this, it is possible that they are not, as the following article from RT suggests, which makes the whole thing even more shocking. The following videoed interview and article were published as breaking news on RT news on 17 September at https://www.rt.com/op-edge/359690-us-syria-airstrike-unlikely-unintentional/.

Annie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for MI5, the UK Secur­ity Ser­vice, who resigned in the late 1990s to blow the whistle on the spies’ incom­pet­ence and crimes with her ex-partner, David Shayler. Draw­ing on her var­ied exper­i­ences, she is now a pub­lic speaker, writer, media pun­dit, inter­na­tional tour and event organ­iser, polit­ical cam­paigner, and PR con­sult­ant. She is also now the Dir­ector of LEAP, Europe. She has a rare per­spect­ive both on the inner work­ings of gov­ern­ments, intel­li­gence agen­cies and the media, as well as the wider implic­a­tions for the need for increased open­ness and account­ab­il­ity in both pub­lic and private sectors.

‘Unbelievable’ that US strike on Syrian army was mistake – fmr MI5 agent

The US must cooperate with Russia on intelligence matters in Syria, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT, expressing doubt over Washington’s explanation for the “unintentional†raid which killed over 60 Syrian soldiers on ISIS’ frontline.

“Russia has better human intelligence on the ground because it is cooperating, it is working with the Syrian authorities. So they have access to proper human intelligence, which is much better than the Americans tend to use, which is satellite surveillance and electronic surveillance,†Machon said.

11:42

The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today. The Nauru files set out as never before the assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm attempts, child abuse and living conditions endured by asylum seekers held by the Australian government, painting a picture of routine dysfunction and cruelty. Children are vastly over-represented in the reports. More than half of the 2,116 reports – a total of 1,086 incidents, or 51.3% – involve children, although children made up only about 18% of those in detention on Nauru during the time covered by the reports, May 2013 to October 2015. The findings come just weeks after the brutal treatment of young people in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory was exposed. Allegations of sexual assault ... are a persistent theme of the files. In one report an asylum seeker described being told she was “on a list” written by local Nauruan guards naming single women they were “waiting for”. In [another] report a “cultural adviser” for Wilson Security, the company that employs guards at the detention camp, allegedly told an asylum seeker who had been sexually assaulted in camp that “rape in Australia is very common and people don’t get punished”.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in government and sexual abuse scandals.

10:46

Mareeba newspaper’s selective court reporting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from contributing editor Robert J Lee in Cairns

A reader has advised Cairns News the local newspaper at Mareeba in FNQ, the Tablelands Advertiser, owned by Rupert Murdoch has been selectively publishing court cases involving drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We are advised as many as 10 or more DUI cases could be heard each week in the Mareeba Courthouse yet staff of the newspaper arbitrarily or otherwise select which case will be reported. Only a few of the full list of court cases have been published in recent editions.

This practice is contrary to the unwritten, long-standing rule of responsible regional publishers to either publish full details of every court case or not to disclose the name of the accused and selectively report on the merit of the case, or in many cases not to publish court news at all.

This small weekly newspaper that is supposedly reporting for the northern Tablelands communities, not dissimilar to most other News Ltd publications, is doing the community a disservice by discriminating against those whose name has been published.

There have been cases of suicide caused by indiscriminate publishing of DUI cases where the driver was charged while under the influence due to innumerable personal reasons some of which have been depression, family deaths and in a recent case the loss of a custody battle in the Family Court.

The ‘one size fits all’ .05 blood alcohol content limit in itself is woefully discriminatory. Those with a large body mass react much differently to those of smaller bodies or the ability of others to handle larger amounts of alcohol.

We advise readers affected by the Advertiser’s (or any other newspaper’s) selective reporting to contact us at cairnsnews@hotmail.com to get assistance for making a complaint to the Press Council or how to seek a legal remedy.

We should note the Press Council is largely a toothless tiger which has been accused of having News Ltd patronage.

A complaint can be sent to: http://www.presscouncil.org.au/making-a-complaint/

A local complaint can also be sent to the editor at katherine.kokkonen@news.com.au


10:27

Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is leading the world in implementing microchip technology as thousands of citizens turn themselves into “super-humans” by implanting RFID chips under their skin.  According to a new report, Australians are willing to embrace microchips so that they can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computer with a wave of their hand. News.com.au reports: Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told news.com.au. “It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it. “With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.” The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer [...]

The post Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse appeared first on Your News Wire.

09:48

Focus on a winged Ood up to no good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Looking like a winged Ood up to no good, Masked Lapwing (Spur-winged Plover: Vanellus miles) targets me at Cattle Creek. They're mostly bluffers, and the spurs are not such high-speed threats but collision wouldn't be pleasant. Hard to keep them in focus so pays not to be thinking 'what if?'.

Short walk into wetland aimed to look for Latham's Snipe. They've gone from some other areas as the migrants continue on south after stopping locally to feed following their long flights from Northern Hemisphere. But I did find five birds between the highway and the rail bridge about 500m east. Be warned, the open pool is home to big Salty. Above picture is holdover from the early arrivals.

09:31

Animal Parts Use Image. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Don't forget the brains can be used to brain tan animal skins. Bones can be used to make tools, spear & arrow points. Horns for containers; powder horns, tinder horns, grease horns, cups & other vessels. Tendons for bow strings & cordage. The hide for making many leather items & for making hide glue. 

08:09

Meet Debelle and Lowe, the odd couple who'll be running the Reserve Bank "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

2XX was built on the edge of an indoor basketball court at the unfashionable northern end of Canberra's Australian National University. The brown carpets were mouldy and coffee-stained, the programming resources were vinyl albums in blue milk crates. When it wasn't putting to air foreign language programs, it broadcast talks about Palestine, land rights and trade unions. It was known around town as the "communist radio station", except for when it played music.

In an unusually deep and resonant voice, Guy Debelle would introduce "Velvet Nights", a 90-minute homage to the Lou Reed-fronted band Velvet Underground, leavened with so-called "greasy pop" from Adelaide bands including the Spikes, Exploding White Mice and Mad Turks from Istanbul.

By day a foreign debt specialist in the federal Treasury, at night he would relive his university years in Adelaide rocking to music at the Thebarton Town Hall, the Tivoli Hotel and the Adelaide University Bar where he once lost his voice screaming as Midnight Oil played to an audience of just 100.

He wrote his thesis (on labour economics) to repeated playings of the 11-minute cataclysmic epic The End by the Doors. A science and maths student at school, he might not have studied economics at all were it not for the intervention of a family friend, Richard Blandy, an economics professor who acted as a mentor to him after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

"He was casting around," Blandy tells BusinessDay. "I thought he would do very, very well in economics." His father, lawyer Bruce Debelle, who later became a Supreme Court judge and conducted a royal commission on sex abuse in South Australian schools, suggested law. Debelle told him he would prefer to have weekends.

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Half a continent away and a few years earlier, a small boy with brilliant red hair, the oldest in a family of five, was blitzing two high schools in the NSW regional hub of Wagga Wagga. Philip Lowe was dux of St Michael's Regional High School, which went up to year 10, then dux of Trinity Senior High School in year 12. "He was very popular, the brainiest kid in the school – he stood out because of his red hair, if ever there was an award for maths or science he would win it," says Michael McCormack who followed him at both schools and later went on to edit The Wagga Daily Advertiser.

On graduation day his economics teacher wrote a citation. Lowe would one day be teaching his "latest brilliant theories" which would have "solved the international economic crisis".

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There was more to Debelle than music. He was an extremely fast runner over 800 metres, an impressive AFL player, a swimmer and a distance cyclist. The holder of a first-class honours degree, he left the Treasury to briefly work at the Reserve Bank in Sydney before taking leave to study for a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inadvertently joining what would come to be known as the "MIT crew" who run the Reserve Bank of Australia. The bank's three top economists; Debelle, Lowe and Christopher Kent, who heads the economic division, obtained their PhDs at MIT. It's known for open inquiry, for taking nothing for granted, and for robust exchange of ideas.

By day Debelle worked on his thesis on inflation targeting under Stanley Fischer who later successfully steered the Bank of Israel through the global financial crisis and is now the vice-chair of the US Fed. At night in the seedier parts of Boston he checked out legendary local bands the Pixies (among his all-time favourites), Dinosaur Jr> and Buffalo Tom. He was later invited back to the MIT to lecture, and could have stayed, in such high regard was he held.

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Lowe j...

07:53

Meet Debelle and Lowe, the odd couple in charge of the RBA "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

2XX was built on the edge of an indoor basketball court at the unfashionable northern end of Canberra's Australian National University. The brown carpets were mouldy and coffee-stained, the programming resources were vinyl albums in blue milk crates. When it wasn't putting to air foreign language programs, it broadcast talks about Palestine, land rights and trade unions. It was known around town as the "communist radio station", except for when it played music.

In an unusually deep and resonant voice, Guy Debelle would introduce "Velvet Nights", a 90-minute homage to the Lou Reed-fronted band Velvet Underground, leavened with so-called "greasy pop" from Adelaide bands including the Spikes, Exploding White Mice and Mad Turks from Istanbul.

By day a foreign debt specialist in the federal Treasury, at night he would relive his university years in Adelaide rocking to music at the Thebarton Town Hall, the Tivoli Hotel and the Adelaide University Bar where he once lost his voice screaming as Midnight Oil played to an audience of just 100.

He wrote his thesis (on labour economics) to repeated playings of the 11-minute cataclysmic epic The End by the Doors. A science and maths student at school, he might not have studied economics at all were it not for the intervention of a family friend, Richard Blandy, an economics professor who acted as a mentor to him after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

"He was casting around," Blandy tells BusinessDay. "I thought he would do very, very well in economics." His father, lawyer Bruce Debelle, who later became a Supreme Court judge and conducted a royal commission on sex abuse in South Australian schools, suggested law. Debelle told him he would prefer to have weekends.

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Half a continent away and a few years earlier, a small boy with brilliant red hair, the oldest in a family of five, was blitzing two high schools in the NSW regional hub of Wagga Wagga. Philip Lowe was dux of St Michael's Regional High School, which went up to year 10, then dux of Trinity Senior High School in year 12. "He was very popular, the brainiest kid in the school – he stood out because of his red hair, if ever there was an award for maths or science he would win it," says Michael McCormack who followed him at both schools and later went on to edit The Wagga Daily Advertiser.

On graduation day his economics teacher wrote a citation. Lowe would one day be teaching his "latest brilliant theories" which would have "solved the international economic crisis".

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There was more to Debelle than music. He was an extremely fast runner over 800 metres, an impressive AFL player, a swimmer and a distance cyclist. The holder of a first-class honours degree, he left the Treasury to briefly work at the Reserve Bank in Sydney before taking leave to study for a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inadvertently joining what would come to be known as the "MIT crew" who run the Reserve Bank of Australia. The bank's three top economists; Debelle, Lowe and Christopher Kent, who heads the economic division, obtained their PhDs at MIT. It's known for open inquiry, for taking nothing for granted, and for robust exchange of ideas.

By day Debelle worked on his thesis on inflation targeting under Stanley Fischer who later successfully steered the Bank of Israel through the global financial crisis and is now the vice-chair of the US Fed. At night in the seedier parts of Boston he checked out legendary local bands the Pixies (among his all-time favourites), Dinosaur Jr> and Buffalo Tom. He was later invited back to the MIT to lecture, and could have stayed, in such high regard was he held.

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07:37

Never retrospective, the super changes are a win for Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Limiting the amount anyone could contribute out of their own money into tax-advantaged super on top of employer contributions was never retrospective, but those who thought it was can relax.

The government is imposing a limit by another means.

The plan was to impose a lifetime limit of $500,000 - a figure so large as to be of use to less than 1 per cent of the population. How many of us know someone who can afford to pay money into super over and above their employer contribution and has half a million to spare?

It was said to be retrospective by many on the Prime Minister's own side because high earners might have planned for something else. Which makes it about as retrospective as a tax cut, or a price rise: it applies to future actions, but someone might have planned for something else.

The replacement regime will be just as (non) retrospective, but it'll be harder to paint as retrospective. Anyone who wants to put extra into super from their own funds will be able to do it up to $100,000 per year, down from $180,000 per year. Because only the size of the limit has been changed rather than its form, it'll be harder to claim that the nature of it has changed.

Of course, not many of us have a spare $100,000 to put into super over and above our employer's contribution, so for almost all of us, there will effectively be no limit.

Even if we came into a windfall and wanted to put it into super, the rules will allow us to use three years' worth of the limit at once, as they do now.

To pay for the extra generosity to Australia's richest, the government will delay for one year until 2018 a change that will allow people who have gone a year or so without making contributions to "catch up" by having their employer take out extra to compensate when they are back at work.

It will also shelve a plan that would have made it easier for Australians aged 65 to 74 to make extra contributions even though they are not working, something most wouldn't have been able to take advantage of in any event. It's hard to make extra contributions when you're not working.

Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are set to achieve what they wanted. All up, the package will save what it would have before: $6 billion over four years, with the key features still in place. There will still be a limit of $1.6 million on what you can put into super to earn income tax-free in retirement, the amount you can put in per year will fall from $30,000 ($35,000 for ages 50 and over) to $25,000, and very high earners on more than $250,000 will pay 30 per cent tax on their contributions instead of 15 per cent.

Labor supported the package apart from the question mark over retrospectivity and will feel duty-bound to support this. Turnbull and Morrison will have taken a small step towards making Australia's super system fairer, the biggest in its 25-year history.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

07:35

The real cost of offshore detention: $573,100 is just the start "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

What if our government really wanted to save money?

As well as going after $6.7 billion in its omnibus savings bill, it could go after the billions more it costs to run our immigration detention centres: $9.2 billion in the past three years, $3.9 billion to $5.5 billion in the next four, according to the most complete accounting yet of the costs normally hidden in inaccessible parts of the the budget.

It comes as an Audit Office report identifies the cost per offshore detainee: a gobsmacking $573,100 per year.

For that price – $1570 per day – we could put them up in a Hyatt and pay them the pension 15 times over.

It costs less than half that, $200,000 a year, to house a typical onshore prisoner; a mere fraction of that, $72,000 including super, to pay a typical full-time worker, and just $20,700 a year to pay a full pensioner.

Ninety-nine per cent of the population don't come anywhere near $573,100 a year in income or cost. The census stops asking when income sails past $156,000.

But the comparison with wages isn't strictly valid. It understates the outrageousness of the $573,100 price tag. The $573,100 isn't being paid in return for a detainee's labour, in return for a contribution to society, as are wages. It is being paid to prevent the detainee contributing to society. It is what economists call a deadweight loss. We get nothing in return for it, apart from less of what we could have had.

And perhaps because it is not meant to make economic sense (and perhaps because the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has operated as something of a law unto itself), it hasn't even made financial sense.

The Audit Office says the department breached public service guidelines by not conducting proper tenders for the contracts to provide services to Manus Island and Nauru, at times falsely claiming it faced urgent and unforeseen circumstances.

"The available record does not indicate that urgent or unforeseen circumstances existed," the Audit Office says. "The record suggests that the department first selected the provider and then commenced a process to determine the exact nature, scope and price of the services to be delivered."

The department's approach to selecting one provider to service both centres from 2014 "removed competition from the outset". There is no record of staff completing conflict-of-interest declarations, no record of the checks that would have discovered that a director of one of the subcontractors had faced bribery charges and was later acquitted.

After being selected without a proper tender, the new provider extracted an extra $1.1 billion from Australian taxpayers, which was agreed to without going back to the contractors who had just been sacked. The price per detainee shot up from $201,000 to $573,100.

Astonishingly, the report says the department didn't tell its minister at the time, Scott Morrison, that the deal required the Commonwealth to pay a "significant premium over and above the historical costs". Nor did it tell him the price per head.

The department was not only shielded from public accountability, it also managed to hide things from its minister.

UNICEF and Save the Children get the $9.2 billion figure in their report At What Cost? from the numbers scattered around various parts of the official record. They say there are less specific other costs they haven't included, among them regular independent and senate inquiries, the defence of High Court challenges, and compensation for detention centre employees who have suffered as a result of what they have been expos...

07:18

Turnbull promised economic leadership. We're waiting "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Unveiling his surprise strike against Tony Abbott a year ago, Malcolm Turnbull identified just one reason for rolling a sitting prime minister: "economic leadership".

"It is not the fault of individual ministers," he told a packed press conference in a Parliament House courtyard. "Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs.

"We need a style of leadership that explains complex issues, sets out the course of action we believe we should take, and makes a case for it. We need advocacy, not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people."

Twelve months on it's easy enough to assess the economy. It's improved. The unemployment rate has slid from 6.1 to 5.7 per cent. The economic growth rate has climbed from 2.5 per cent to 3.3 per cent. We've got jobs and growth.

But as for leadership ("advocacy, not slogans") the jury's still out.

There's no doubt that Turnbull consults. Within weeks of taking office he gathered together in the Cabinet room 25 leading economic advocates who had spoken earlier at a Financial Review summit and went around the table asking each what they thought should be the highest priority. In a complete break with the Abbott era, the group included union and social service representatives. A month later amid debate over the best shape for superannuation tax concessions, he phoned Deloitte Access director Chris Richardson at home and asked him to walk him through the arguments.

Yet his actions after consulting widely have been timid. His much-vaunted innovation statement included nothing extraordinary. A Turnbull insider who was proud of the statement sold this as its chief virtue. It did little harm.

On tax, after seriously considering the case for a 15 per cent GST, Turnbull said "no" on the basis that treasury modelling found it would do next to nothing for economic growth and would require very big compensation payments. His treasurer Scott Morrison was slower to reach the conclusion, talking up the idea even as Turnbull killed it.

Turnbull and Morrison inherited a budget deficit set to hit $33.7 billion in 2016-17 then blew it out to $37 billion by boosting spending and cutting tax in a pre-election budget full of talk, but little action, about controlling spending.

Even their omnibus savings bill, due to finally go before Parliament on Wednesday, will save just $1.6 billion per year, about 0.4 per cent of budget spending. That cautious approach is the right one, but it's hard to reconcile with talk about budget repair.

Where they have been bold is in their approach to company tax and superannuation. Independent modelling conducted for Treasury finds the promised company tax cuts will eventually cost $8 billion per year. The Parliamentary Budget Office puts the figure at $14 billion. Neither Turnbull nor Morrison have said how they'll pay for them. They've placed a lot of faith in modelling that shows the tax cuts will boost growth, but none has them boosting it enough to become self funding.

The superannuation changes will make back just a fraction of what the company tax cuts will lose: $770 million per year. They too are based on Treasury advice and ought to be saleable if much of an attempt was made to sell them.

For all his talk about explaining complex issues and building a case, Turnbull has done it rarely – usually after rather than before making a decision. More often he hasn't needed to, because he has decided (perhaps wisely) to leave things as they are.

To a large extent the economy has been improving of its own accord as commodity prices rebound and the impact of the lower dollar settles in. Two Reserve Bank rate cuts have helped as well. Really bold decisions of the kind the Reserve Bank has been urging such as borrowing big for infrastructure, haven't yet been made. It's easy to get the feelin...

07:10

Turnbull promised economic leadership. A year later we're still waiting "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Unveiling his surprise strike against Tony Abbott a year ago, Malcolm Turnbull identified just one reason for rolling a sitting prime minister: "economic leadership".

"It is not the fault of individual ministers," he told a packed press conference in a Parliament House courtyard. "Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs.

"We need a style of leadership that explains complex issues, sets out the course of action we believe we should take, and makes a case for it. We need advocacy, not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people."

Twelve months on it's easy enough to assess the economy. It's improved. The unemployment rate has slid from 6.1 to 5.7 per cent. The economic growth rate has climbed from 2.5 per cent to 3.3 per cent. We've got jobs and growth.

But as for leadership ("advocacy, not slogans") the jury's still out.

There's no doubt that Turnbull consults. Within weeks of taking office he gathered together in the Cabinet room 25 leading economic advocates who had spoken earlier at a Financial Review summit and went around the table asking each what they thought should be the highest priority. In a complete break with the Abbott era, the group included union and social service representatives. A month later amid debate over the best shape for superannuation tax concessions, he phoned Deloitte Access director Chris Richardson at home and asked him to walk him through the arguments.

Yet his actions after consulting widely have been timid. His much-vaunted innovation statement included nothing extraordinary. A Turnbull insider who was proud of the statement sold this as its chief virtue. It did little harm.

On tax, after seriously considering the case for a 15 per cent GST, Turnbull said "no" on the basis that treasury modelling found it would do next to nothing for economic growth and would require very big compensation payments. His treasurer Scott Morrison was slower to reach the conclusion, talking up the idea even as Turnbull killed it.

Turnbull and Morrison inherited a budget deficit set to hit $33.7 billion in 2016-17 then blew it out to $37 billion by boosting spending and cutting tax in a pre-election budget full of talk, but little action, about controlling spending.

Even their omnibus savings bill, due to finally go before Parliament on Wednesday, will save just $1.6 billion per year, about 0.4 per cent of budget spending. That cautious approach is the right one, but it's hard to reconcile with talk about budget repair.

Where they have been bold is in their approach to company tax and superannuation. Independent modelling conducted for Treasury finds the promised company tax cuts will eventually cost $8 billion per year. The Parliamentary Budget Office puts the figure at $14 billion. Neither Turnbull nor Morrison have said how they'll pay for them. They've placed a lot of faith in modelling that shows the tax cuts will boost growth, but none has them boosting it enough to become self funding.

The superannuation changes will make back just a fraction of what the company tax cuts will lose: $770 million per year. They too are based on Treasury advice and ought to be saleable if much of an attempt was made to sell them.

For all his talk about explaining complex issues and building a case, Turnbull has done it rarely – usually after rather than before making a decision. More often he hasn't needed to, because he has decided (perhaps wisely) to leave things as they are.

To a large extent the economy has been improving of its own accord as commodity prices rebound and the impact of the lower dollar settles in. Two Reserve Bank rate cuts have helped as well. Really bold decisions of the kind the Reserve Bank has been urging such as borrowing big for infrastructure, haven't yet been made. It's easy to get the feeling that we...

06:46

Marijuana Australiana at the Byron Bay International Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Marijuana Australiana is a rambunctious, intelligent and timely documentary about the history of cannabis culture in Australia – from its beginnings as a recreational drug among the country’s youth to its emergence into the mainstream as an alternative and effective medicine – and the political posturing around it.

Mullumbimby-based Richard Baron’s informative and often funny film takes us to the nation’s cannabis capital, Nimbin, where he captures the sheer anarchic merriment of the legalise-it movement in footage of the MardiGrass.

The Ganja Fairies Dance, the police join in a tug of war with the locals and everything seems rosy.

Meanwhile the war on drugs smoulders on: users are busted, producers of the medicine are imprisoned despite them being “motivated by compassion”, as Baron says.

There are eye-opening and entertaining interviews with the smokers and reformers and the connoisseur breeders and growers, bush pharmacists behind the underground medical cannabis trade.

The police and others in the anti-camp, including the director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre Institute, Prof Jan Copeland, are also given their say.

But it’s the growers who are the more persuasive: the dedicated, determinedly maverick larrikin producers like bush doctor Tony Bower.

They adore their plants, take pride in their product and, tellingly, are benevolent, barely making a living, risking their freedom to produce medicine.

Most eloquent are the mothers of children with extreme forms of epilepsy or cancer, quietly celebrating their survival, and the improvements in their kids’ quality of life and survival.

One mother’s quiet testimony is the most powerful voice of all: “It saved my son’s life,” she says.

The festival begins October 14. Tickets to the Opening Gala are on sale now.

Visit bbff.com.au for more information.

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05:18

Hilary Clinton channels George Soros "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 9th September 2016, Hilary Clinton called people who would vote for Donald Trump, “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic.†Now, where have we heard those words together before? Ah, yes, from Moveon.org, GetUp.org's United States prototype. Moveon.org pretends it is independent and that it survives from small donations from its supporters, but it is actually billionaire George Soros's major propaganda vehicle. He teaches his workers to bring people down politically or shut them up through contrived accusations of racism etc. Hilary Clinton and Soros have had a close relationship for years and Moveon.org is the source of most of the mainstream media's repetitive anti-Trump chorus.

Moveon.org leads anti-Trump beat-up

Currently Moveon.org employs organisers to push a line that Trump is a racist etc out to destroy America. And the only way to save America, is to elect Hilary Clinton. Here are direct quotes from Moveon's website:

"MOVEON.ORG HIRING DOZENS OF ORGANIZERS IN 8 BATTLEGROUND STATES TO DEFEAT TRUMP. In an expansion of MoveOn.org’s United Against Hate campaign to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House while demonstrating that hatred, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia are a losing strategy, MoveOn is hiring more than three dozen organizers to lead door-to-door volunteer canvassing operations in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania." by Brian Stewart, August 26, 2016

"We know that the only way to defeat Donald Trump is by electing Hillary Clinton. And we applaud Secretary Clinton’s commitments to overturn Citizens United — proposing a constitutional amendment within her first month in office — and appointing Supreme Court justices who will “protect Americans’ right to vote over the right of billionaires to buy elections.†(Source: https://medium.com/@MoveOn.org/its-time-to-unite-against-hate-50798df7bdf4#.48i8842sw

It is ludicrous for Moveon.org to pretend that billionaire Soros's puppet, Clinton, a multi-millionaire herself, is anti-billionaire.

Soros is behind Moveon.org

“Wes Boyd [...] was also creator of the radical website MoveOn.org, which he founded during the Clinton impeachment trial to get the nation to "move on" to "more important issues" and since then had made an Internet cash cow for leftwing Democrat candidates. Soros offered Boyd a deal. He and Peter Lewis would match up to $5 million for any new money Boyd raised to expand MoveOn's reach for 2004.†[Source: Perazzo, John; Horowitz, David. From Shadow Party to Shadow Government: George Soros and the Effort to Radically Change America (Kindle Locations 147-150). David Horowitz Freedom Center. Kindle Edition.]

Soros Media Influence, the Australian Press and the ABC

The bulk of the Australian mainstream media is actively...

02:22

2016 House Of Reps Figures Finalised "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I'm not sure exactly when this happened, but sometime in the last two weeks while I have been away overseas, the AEC has released the final detailed set of federal election results.  Although all House of Representatives seat results were already known, the release of final information on two-party preference flows and preference distributions is very useful for many things, including assessing the performance of polls.  Final results are here.  This article is a general roundup of various details, and soon I will be using the figures to conduct an in-depth review of polling accuracy at the election, and after that to start a new polling aggregate model.  There is quite a backlog of other articles that I want to write, so I hope I can get through as many of these as possible in the next three weeks before another round of fieldwork.


The final two-party preferred result is 50.36% to the Coalition to 49.64% to the ALP.  This represented a clear success for the last-election method of preference prediction, which would have predicted a 2PP of 50.53% for the Coalition based on the primaries actually cast.  The respondent-preferences method (on average across polls using it) expected a shift in preferencing large enough to shift the 2PP result by at least 0.6 points (ie Labor would have won the 2PP).  This continues the superior track record of last-election preferences, and I will continue to treat respondent preferences with caution. 

The major source of what error there was in preference prediction was the appearance of the Nick Xenophon Team as a lower house party.  Although NXT polled only 1.85% nationally, these split 60.2% to Labor, increasing Labor's 2PP by 0.26 points compared to treating NXT as like "others" from the previous election.  This was partly counterbalanced by Green preferences being all of 1% (oooh!) better for the Coalition than in 2013.  Overall both Greens and the generic Others preferenced very similarly to in 2013.

These are the preference flow figures I'll probably be referring to a lot in the next few years:

* Greens to Coalition: 18.1%
* Others including NXT and PHON to Coalition: 50.8
* NXT to Coalition: 39.8
* PHON to Coalition: 50.5
* Others excluding NXT and PHON to Coalition: 52.9
* Coalition loss from three-cornered contests: 0.13 points

This was the weakest ever flow of One Nation preferences to the Coalition.  At previous elections they have generally flowed in the 54-56% range.

 As for the remaining 0.27 points of error in my polling aggregate's prediction of the national 2PP (I had it at 50.8%), this is a modest error well inside what could easily occur just by sample noise in the final polls.  But I suspect the major cause of it was that I continued to apply a 0.3-point global house effect correction based on apparent (but far from clearcut) evidence that the polls overall had been leaning slightly to Labor.  However in the final week, the difference between Newspoll and Essential on the one hand, and the remaining polls on the other, suddenly more or less disappeared.  

The net 2PP swing was 3.13%.  As a uniform swing this would have resulted in fifteen Labor gains.  Labor actually gained sixteen seats, more than cancelling out the impact of personal vote effects with unusually large swings in target marginals in Tasmania, NSW and Queensland. &nbsp...

01:58

Ethnic Cleansing In Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Alejandra Ríos for The Bullet - Ilan Pappé (IP): The context is the phenomenon of settler colonialism: the movement of Europeans, because they felt unsafe or endangered, into non-European areas in the Americas, Africa, Australia and Palestine. These people were not only seeking a new home, but also a new homeland. Namely, they had no wish or plan to come back to Europe.

01:57

Moscow and Manila: Natural allies in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tired of being pushed around by the Americans, the Philippines is opening out to Russia in a major way. After a century of living under American dominance - during which the Philippines has remained one of the poorest countries in East Asia - President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to go East. On September 13, making a policy U-turn, he ordered his defense secretary to seek military gear from Russia and China. The strategy switch wasn't entirely unexpected. Earlier this month, Duterte had attacked Barack Obama for questioning extrajudicial killings in Manila's war against drugs, and called the U.S. President a "son of a b***h". He has previously called the Pope a "son of a whore" and the U.S. ambassador a "gay son of a whore." Duterte's resolve to pursue an independent foreign policy may be bolstered by the re-rise of Russian military power and the explosive growth of the Chinese military. In 2014 during the G20 summit in Australia, many Filipinos were impressed by the Russian show of force near their waters. A battle group of four Russian Navy ships, including the heavily armed destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov and the guided missile cruiser Varyag, had accompanied Vladimir Putin's visit.

00:24

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Heavy Jet Charters to Rockhampton Airport Commence - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI Historic First Visit - Qantas A330-200 VH-EBV 'One World' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On a lovely evening on Saturday 17 September, the first of four 'waves' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 kicked off with a pair of historic first visits.


Firstly, Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI touched down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as ANZ1921.  It had earlier positioned into Singapore from Auckland as ANZ6000.








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00:16

So why is the Turnbull Government toadying to the religious right when it comes to marriage equality? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Why is the Turnbull Government toadying to the religious right when it comes to marriage equality?

It is a bit of a puzzle when religion appears to mean so little to couples deciding to marry.

For instance, there were 121,197 marriages registered in Australia in 2014 and only 31,336 (or 25.8%) of the marriage services were conducted by a minister of religion, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

At least 79.4 per cent of all these couples co-habitated before marriage.

In 2014 a total of 299,697 births were recorded of which an est. 34.6% were born outside of a registered marriage.

If one looks at the broader picture – the 2011 Census records that that 67.3% of the population professed to having a religion.

Only 48.7% of the 2011 population over 15 years of age were married, 5.5% were widowed and 45.8% were never married, separated or divorced.

In 2011 a total of 301,617 births were recorded of which an est. 34.18% were born outside of a registered marriage.

Similarly In 2010 a total of 297,903 births were recorded of which an est. 33.63% were born outside of a registered marriage.

Given that the majority of religions practiced in Australia have some form of prohibition on the sexual conduct of unmarried males and females and encourage legally binding...

00:15

Faith-based institutions involved in 62 per cent of sexual abuse allegations reported to Royal Commission in private session "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



PUBLIC HEARING INTO THE RESPONSE OF CATHOLIC CHURCH AUTHORITIES
TO ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BY JOHN JOSEPH FARRELL
CASE STUDY 44

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM
Chair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse


It is now almost three years since the Commission held it first public hearing. In that time we have been able to complete the hearings and provide reports to the Governor-General and Governors in 26 case studies. Twenty two of those reports have been publicly released and four await publication by government. A further 13 case studies have been conducted and are at various stages of completion. Reports in those case studies will be provided to government in due course.

I have previously indicated that it is not possible for the Royal Commission to conduct a public hearing in relation to every institution about which we have received allegations of the sexual abuse of children. The Commission has received information about over 4,000 institutions. Because of the impossibility of conducting a public hearing in relation to each of these institutions we have carefully selected the institutions we have publicly investigated with a view to providing the government, the institutions and the public with an understanding of the nature of the problems which we have identified. The case studies have been selected to ensure an appropriate geographical spread and also an appropriate reflection...

00:06

Cementing Fyansford's future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whilst the Gen Fyansford development on the Moorabool so far only occupies the flats on the east bank of the river, the high ground further to the east of Hyland St is also part of the development and has its own extensive history.
With the arrival of European settlement and the development of Geelong during the gold rush, came the expected social problems and so it was deemed necessary to build an orphanage to house the destitute children of Geelong. The first site chosen was at Fyansford where the Protestant Orphanage Asylum was erected at the top of Fyansford Hill overlooking the Moorabool Valley below. Built in 1855 of local bluestone in the Gothic style, it was designed by Geelong architect Andrew McWilliams, winner of a design competition for the building. A north wing was added to the orphanage in 1857 then in 1865 a Common School designed by Joseph Lowe Shaw was built.

The Protestant Orphanage Asylum/Cement works Retirees Museum June, 2012
Surprisingly perhaps, it was not until 16th November, 1868 that the land where the buildings already stood was temporarily gazetted for use as a Protestant orphan asylum by the government. The area of land totalled just over 15.75 acres. On 7th February, 1881, this order was made permanent and then on 10th June, 1887 approximately 6.75 more acres adjacent to the existing land were also gazetted for the use of the orphanage.
The Protestant Orphanage Asylum 1873 showing the original building and newer
north wing (right). Image by Thomas Washbourne, reproduction rights held by the
State Library of Victoria
From 1889, the remainder of the land between the orphanage and Hyland St was leased by the  Australian Portland Cement Company (APC), established by Peter McCann to exploit the limestone deposit at nearby Batesford. On the low ground beneath Fyansford Hill the company established its cement works. The company operated with limited success over the following years. Liquidated in 1895, re-launched, liquidated again and opened a third time in 1904, it was not until 1912 - some four years after the death of Peter McCann - that the production process and equipment was modernised and the company found a more stable footing. By now, it was under the management of Wesely B McCann, Peter's youngest son.
Over the years, small portions of the original land grant to the orphanage were revoked for the benefit of the cement works. Initially, just prior t...

00:02

An Introduction to Permaculture (and Its Symbiotic Relationship with Agorism) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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September 18th, 2016 By Tim Bryant Guest writer for Wake Up World One of the focuses of both The Last American Vagabond and Wake Up World has been to not only properly diagnose all the problems facing humanity at this current juncture, which undoubtedly is important, but also to evolve past that by discussing solutions to these ...Continue Reading - An Introduction to Permaculture (and Its Symbiotic Relationship with Agorism)
 
 

00:01

Secret Mysteries of the Sun Revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:00

Conscious Eating for Star Souls "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 18th, 2016 By Trinity Bourne Contributing writer for Wake Up World I must admit that, like many of us, I long to shake off the limitations and restrictions of having a physical body. I yearn to fly free in the higher densities, dancing and twirling as an expression of the boundless soul that I am. When ...Continue Reading - Conscious Eating for Star Souls
 
 

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23:52

Australia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Capilano Honey are putting the lives of Australians at risk by knowingly selling honey that is full of antibiotics, toxins, irradiated pollen from China and alkaloids. Capilano are also deliberately concealing from consumers the fact that a large percentage of their honey is imported from China, Mexico, Argentina (where they have a factory), Hungry and Brazil. […]

23:01

Malaysian student makes possible breakthrough in war on superbugs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 25-year-old Malaysian studying at Melbourne University has made a game-changing discovery in medicine on a possible alternative to antibiotics. Reports said that Shu Lam, who’s a PhD candidate at the Australian varsity, has developed a chain of star-shaped polymer molecules that can kill superbugs, which are bacteria resistant to antibiotics, after three-and-a-half years of […]

22:25

Passengers hit with dual aerosol bug bombs while trapped inside airline cabin; ‘It’s like Nazi Germany’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

PERTH, Australia (INTELLIHUB) — A woman traveling through Australia on a connecting flight was horrified to find out that the airline she was aboard forcefully sprays all boarded passengers and staff with a toxic pesticide, an aerosol named d-Phenothrin. The new protocols come in wake of the newly emerging and likely staged Zika virus threat, which the Obama Admin has requested nearly $2 million in funding to fight.

Astonishingly, the woman, Petra Haluska, filmed the entire process from inside the cabin as humans were literally being bombed with the colorless spray like bugs.

During the process Haluska thought it would be good to speak out as an “activist” about the spray; her mother died of lung cancer and she was genuinely concerned for her health and the health of others. After all, being sprayed with a pesticide in a closed aircraft cabin can’t be healthy in any respect. But when Haluska attempted her activism she quickly realized that not one of the other passengers of the plane cared. In fact, one even called her “crazy,” Haluska explained in a Facebook video.

“They all stayed very quiet — like sheep,” Haluska said.

INSECTICIDE-236T-3-summer“We are just sitting around […] being poisoned.”

“I guess if I want to fly […] anywhere then I guess I got to be okay to be sprayed.”

“[…] This is the state of our world.”

Haluska was later escorted off the aircraft by “six police officers.”

According to the National Pesticide Spraying Center:

“d-Phenothrin is used in a variety of products to control a wide range of insects. d-Phenothrin can be formulated in insecticide products as aerosols, liquid sprays, and dusts. d-Phenothrin can also be used in products applied by aircraft or truck-mounted sprayers for mosquito control.”

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d-Phenothrin can kill insects by direct contact or if they eat it. It disrupts their normal nervous system function. It is less toxic to mammals due to their higher body temperature, larger body size, and lower sensitivity to the chemical.

This dovetails with Zika virus fears and heavy spraying in the Florida Keys which I have previously documented in an article titled “...

22:02

Obama Threw Away All Progress In Afghanistan and Iraq "IndyWatch Feed National"

[The following article by an Australian military expert (who also advised Petraeus in Iraq) discusses the nearly terminal damage done to Afghan military/police progress by Obama’s 2-yr. “withdrawal” ploy.  Obama used the Taliban violence, which was certain to plague Afghanistan, as a lever to pry the Afghan govt. off of its firm position of refusing to allow the Pentagon to run roughshod over Afghanistan and the region…FOREVER.  What Obama (and Hillary) did in both Afghanistan and in Iraq amounted to political terrorism–

Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use or threatened use of violence (terror) in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. It is classified as fourth-generation warfare and as a violent crime.”

Barack Obama, the lawyer, runs a foreign policy based on lies, threats, bribery and pure guile.  Both the Karzai govt. in Afghanistan and the Maliki govt in Iraq refused to sign the open-ended “security pacts” that Obama was openly struggling to force upon them.  Obama then used the inevitable violence and the threat of violence from their native insurgencies to coerce the successor govts of those two occupied countries.  He took actions intended to open the tap of violence.  The result should be obvious today to anyone paying attention. 

The following article describes, in detail, some of the unnecessary, unavoidable tragedies which have befallen Afghanistan as a direct result of Barack Obama’s decision to use political terrorism as a tool of “diplomacy” against the National Unity Govt (NUG) of Ashraf Ghani and that of its predecessor, Hamid Karzai.  All of this wasting of progress and lives, just to create the impression that the govt was free to sign the open-ended, “bilateral security agreement” with the United States, if it served Afghan interests, even though the agreement clearly did not. 

Now that the US has its piece of paper, Afghanistan will receive what it needs most…AIR SUPPORT…IF it serves American interests.  The only thing that will get help for Afghanistan now, is public outrage, of sufficient volume as to force Obama’s hand in this election year, demanding that he risk American property and lives, to help the embattled Afghan forces, as needed, as agreed to.]

Hard and soft approach to fight Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan

the Australian

Two weeks ago the Taliban ve...

21:11

Frydenberg, Minister for Coal Environment, speaks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The environment for coal is poor, it's even claimed to be not only  critically endangered but inevitably doomed by some misguided greenies and shills for the sun, not Shell or something bloody else decent - such as my partners and former employers at Deutsche Bank

Coal is good for you  You fucking peasants have been told! Listen to Homo Erectoid guru Tony Abbott clearly repeating it, over and over, in communion with the higher powers residing in and around the suppository of wisdom, an exclusive and somewhat unusual blue LNP cravatte, worn, um, internally. 

Not just good for you, bloody brilliant. Recent trials have confirmed that coal is an absolute killer when it comes to male pattern baldness. You can kiss that monkey goodbye. My hair is thicker than it ever was. Advanced hair, eat your heart out

It's not kaputt or defunct, simply resting, languidly extending and stretching its toes under the bucket carelessly kicked over by communists, Elon Musk and Lee Rhianon of the Watermelon Party. And there is plenty that my ministerial Fist of Frydenberg can do to save this keystone of our spirituality, the most prized fuel for the sacred combustion engine in our soul

It's not too late for coal, it's just coming into its own. Climate change can't faze it. If the wet bulb is at 40c and all living things have expired, coal will just carry on, it has no need to perspire, just inspire(poetic, don'tchaknow)

Policy detail will surely follow, yada yada, when it suits me, and I have received my instructions from the gentlemen of the bank, and the club

21:04

Baracking Gretschen, Rogering the Ailes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Gretschen Carlson to Barack Obama - looks good down there...

On the other hand

Roger  Ailes seems like a bit of a knob

but mind the Scottish drapes.

 In Donald Trump's wrinkly scrotum hang Rupert Murdoch(B1) and Roger(B2). Not all is as it seems

B1 and B2 admiring the banana

Hillary Clinton rolls her eyebrows

20:29

to 18 Sept – climate and nuclear news – Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

a-cat-CANCLIMATE.  Approaching the First Climate Tipping Point — On Track to Hit 1.5 C Before 2035.   Low Arctic sea ice in 2016 – close to record low level. Marshall Islanders culture threatened: emigration as sea level rises.   Polar bears losing habitat as sea ice melting earlier, and refreezing later. Extreme drought: the impact of climate change and El Nino on the Amazon rainforest. Climate change endangers nuclear facilities, as water supplies heat up and evaporate.

NUCLEAR. In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May finally gave the go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project. This decision, like New York’s decision to subsidise the nuclear industry, will have global effects.

The decision was probably inevitable, given the circumstances. The factors at play were:

20:00

Ripple Secures $55M in Funding From Legacy Institutions "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

San Francisco-based Ripple announced it has received $55 million in a Series B funding round. The capital injection makes the startup one of the largest funded blockchain-based projects in the industry.

Also read: New Santander App Combines Ripple & ApplePay

$55 Million Gives Ripple Labs ‘Tons of Runway’

Ripple LabsThe permissioned blockchain has continued to make progress since its current incarnation launched in 2012. With this latest funding round the company is now working with a total of $93 million. According to CEO Chris Larsen’s statements to the Wall Street Journal, the company may “never have to raise money again.”

Many legacy financial institutions took part in the series B round including Accenture, Banco Santander, SBI Holdings, Standard Chartered PLC, Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank, and more. Larsen explains the latest investment gives the firm “tons of runway” to progress their efforts.

Ripple’s newly acquired funds make it one of the largest blockchain-based projects, trailing slightly behind Coinbase, 21 Inc., and Circle Financial. In addition to the capital injection, the startup has also partnered with many new institutions, signing long-term contracts. Some of the contracts are multi-year agreements with groups such as Shanghai Huarui Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac, and others.

System Aimed at Banks, Corporations

Ripple works on slightly different principles to other blockchain and distributed ledger systems. Intended as an instant settlement system on which any digital asset may be exchanged, it has always been more compelling to the corporate world than everyday consumers.

Nodes on the Ripple network run a consensus algorithm to confirm value transfers, rather than mining. 100% of the network’s native currency, XRP, already exists. Although XRP may rise and fall in value, it is intended as a “bridge” between other assets, rather than as money to spend.

Ripple CEO Chris Larsen explains to the WSJ finan...

19:59

Australasian Bittern at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve--Rain Tree Glen, Queensland, AU reported by Doug Armstrong on 17-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At 4.45 p.m.. Heard. In dense streamside vegetation, a series of loud, deep, grunts and booms, lasting about 20 seconds. After 5 minutes, a second series, shorter and softer. Location. Approximately 100 metres past the second car parking, on the right hand side, 20 metres before the high steel vent and creek - drain junction.

19:41

BLOCKBUSTER: HILLARY DID NOT APPEAR IN NORTH CAROLINA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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She is a CGI generated image, and the CGI glitched repeatedly. In the video these frames were pulled from, Hillary, (AND ONLY HILLARY) glitches repeatedly while the rest of the screen stays clear.

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19:29

Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of this award are:

Thank the person who nominated you
Share the award on your blog
Share seven random facts about yourself
Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated

Seven random facts about me are:

1. Most visits to my blog this week came from:

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18:34

“Bulldust” "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bill Shorten is claiming that the time difference between Australia and Canada is to blame for Stephen Controy’s resignation taking Australia by surprise.

Independent senator Derryn Hinch wasn’t buying Mr Shorten’s explanation, calling it “bulldust”.

“Cites time difference for failing to talk to Conroy. At 9pm when he quietly quit it was 7am in Montreal,” he tweeted.

Yep. Spending more time with the family is a euphemism. Hopefully Conroy’s sudden resignation is related to the AFP investigation that saw his Melbourne office being raided in May and the Parliament (!) being raided in August.

Being allowed to leave with dignity (often involving immediate resignation) suggests a deal having been cut. So I wonder what the AFP found and if we’ll ever know?

18:22

1) Winds of change for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Pacific forum reveals regional geo-strategic tensions

3) Black brothers Add Flavour to Independence Celebrations
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http://www.looppng.com/content/winds-change-west-papua

1) Winds of change for West Papua

NCD governor Powes Parkop has described the Black Brothers’ concert last night as “winds of change”.

BY: Gloria Bauai
16:44, September 17, 2016

Governor Parkop, who has been vocal about West Papua’s fight for freedom, was behind the band's performance as the final activity of PNG’s 41st independence celebrations in Port Moresby. 

Black Brothers’ is a well-known W...

17:49

Nuclear convoy held up by peace protestor – lucky he wasn’t an ISIS terrorist! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-cat-questionThe holding up of a nuclear convoy by an elderly protestor has relevance for Australia. The Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission craps on about how safe the waste dump will be.  But why are they so quiet about  quiet about the dangers in transporting the high level nuclear waste?

If just two peace protestors can get this close and hold up a nuclear weapons convoy why couldn’t ISIS?

  • 78-year-old anti-nuclear campaigner lies under military truck in Stirling 
  • The vehicle thought to be carrying nuclear warheads was part of a convoy
  • Police intervened and stopped traffic so it could continue trip to Scotland  

By JESSICA DUNCAN FOR MAILONLINE 17 September 2016

The incredible moment a 78-year-old retired teacher managed to hold up four military trucks thought to be carrying nuclear warheads has emerged online.

Shocking moment retired teacher, 77, holds up nuke convoy

The vehicles with their large police convoy were spotted passing through Raploch, in Stirling, at around 5pm yesterday after they had left the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield near Reading on Wednesday to make their way up to Coulport, Scotland.

But they were stopped by two activists including Brian Quail, an anti-nukes campaigner who is also believed to be a former teacher, and his younger colleague Alasdair Ibbotson, 21.

Speaking to the Mail Online Mr Ibbotson, who is a student and Green Party supporter, said: ‘I have been campaigning for nuclear weapon disarmament since I was 16. I am passionate about it because at the end of the day it causes the mass murder of millions of people, and is just wrong on every level.

‘The money spend on trident could be better spent on our NHS.

‘And if a pensioner and a student can stop them, anyone else with actually ill intent could do.

‘The MOD need to think about how this and whether they should use the road at all.‘We knew the convoy was passing through the area around that time because we have a national network tracking when they leave the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield and head to Coulport in Scotland.

‘We don’t know what was on board but we do know they are currently undertaking an upgrade programme and we believe regular parts are being taken between the two bases to be reassembled.’

Mr Quail and Mr Ibbotson were seen working as a duo to stop one of the vehicles.

Mr Ibbotson first jumped out in front of one of the vans with his hands above his head while the OAP quickly lay on the floor wedging himself in front of one of the back wheels.

Police on motorbikes rushed to drag the first protester to the roundabout but it took over two minutes and more than six police personnel to remove Mr Quail from under one of the vans.

The younger man has another attempt to lie down on the road as police move him to the pavement before ten members of the police are required to get them into the back of police vans.

The incident also brought rush hour traff...

17:37

Cover-up of Australia’s Hiroshima -like story – Maralinga "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This March, documents obtained exclusively by news.com.au revealed that hundreds of children and grandchildren of veterans exposed to radiation were born with shocking illnesses including tumours, Down syndrome, cleft palates, cerebral palsy, autism, missing bones and heart disease.

Other veterans posted to the Maralinga nuclear test site blamed the British Nuclear Test for an unusually high number of stillbirths and miscarriages among the group.

“The rest of the Aboriginal people in this country need to know the story as well,”    “This one’s been kept very quiet.”

Nuclear will be on show at the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide, South Australia from 17 September to 12 November.

secret-agent-AustThe secret destruction of Australia’s Hiroshima,  http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/the-secret-destruction-of-australias-hiroshima/news-story/9eabf722dbe2f87e03a297c2a348a8e1   news.com.au, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 WHEN nuclear explosions tore through Australia’s vast, arid centre, some people living there didn’t even know it was coming.

It devastated the country for miles around, annihilating every bird, tree and animal in its path.

Even today, the effects of our very own Hiroshima are still felt by the families it ripped apart, and those suffering horrific health problems as a result.

The British military detonated seven nuclear bombs in remote Maralinga, around 800km north-west of Adelaide, plus two at Emu Fields and three off the coast near Karratha, Western Australia.

They also staged hundreds of minor trials investigating the impact of non-nuclear explosions on atomic weapons, involving tanks, gun, mannequins in uniforms and even tethered goats. In many ways, these smaller tests were equally dangerous, spraying plutonium in all directions.

Yet most Australians know very little about the blasts that shattered communities, and the dramatic story now buried under layers of dust.

Archie Barton was just a child when the nuclear testing took place between 1956 and 1963, stretching across a huge now uninhabitable 120km of land where he and thousands of others lived.

“He was taken away from his mother,” his stepson Steve Harrison tells news.com.au. “He was part of the Stolen Generations. He grew up in homes around Australia, and led a very rough life.

“Before my mum, he was a full-blown alcoholic. He wanted to go back to his birthplace.

 “With his brother, he fought a battle with the British government to come back to clean up the area.

“He came into my life at a very young age. I was 14. I knew him as a strong, proud Aboriginal black man. He ended up getting an OBE.”

‘CHEAP AND NASTY SOLUTION’

Mr Barton’s family was not the only one scattered by th......

17:36

Spring Be Here – at last! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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17:24

Unpleasant consequences for Australia in setting up international nuclear waste dump? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Paul Richards No High Level International Nuclear Waste Dump in South Australia 17 Sept 16 
questionWhat are the probabilities this futurist scenario will unfold via TPP international treaties, setting up a nuclear industry here in Australia controlled by the United States?

1) Strip out State & Federal legislation prohibiting a nuclear industry
2) Legislate to allow US & foreign nuclear submarines to port
3) French Sf/Barracuda sub diesels drive swapped out for reactors
4) Stakeholders in sub reactors to train nuclear engineers
5) Sovereign Capital to fund waste repository and enrichment plant
6) Enrichment plant built next to waste storage [for the world’s unspent fuel including plutonium & weapons grade nuclear material]
7) Commission environmental reports for deployment of reactors
8) Fund reprocessing of unused fuel to fire experimental reactors

Be mindful, defunding of cheap alternative energy systems has already started, as the Federal Government has reduced the ARENA budget; while maintaining carbon energy subsidies and encouraging the nuclear industry sales executives to promote their product

A scenario where the acquisition of nuclear weapons is an obvious long-term objective of our government. Where Australia becomes a platform for not our own Foreign Policy or our sovereign interests, but US sovereign interests, deferring to US Foreign Policy
In doing so, becoming the 52 State of the United States of America by proxy for the Southern Hemisphere

Be aware, the UN Security Council P5; China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA police all international nuclear treaties on weapons & reactors

The IAEA answers nuclear weapons, energy and health issues only to the UN Security Council P5.

The World Health Organisation-WHO, sit’s below this chain of command. Since it’s inception in 1946 the WHO, has always sat outside the then WWII Allied “Big Four”; China, Soviet Union, the UK, the and the US hierarchical structure.

This information is on public record easily found scanning the United Nations Portal   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/


17:21

Britain’s multi $billion nuclear power gamble "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

hungry-nukes 1The £18bn Hinkley gamble: Nuclear deal will cost every UK family an extra £1,000 as May signs off on the plans to protect Britain’s national security 

  • Prime Minister approved plans after restricting influence of Chinese state
  • Britain will guarantee EDF £92.50 per megawatt hour, up on current market price of £38.91
  • Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said the plant would generate ‘most expensive energy in the history of energy generation’

By JASON GROVES DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL, 16 Sept 16 ……….ministers faced criticism as it emerged they had failed to reduce massive subsidies for French firm EDF, which is building the Hinkley plant, and its Chinese partners.Britain has agreed to guarantee EDF a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity, or £89.50 if another scheme at Sizewell, Suffolk, goes ahead. The current market price for a megawatt hour is just £38.91.

Electricity bill-payers will be forced to make up the difference once the plant in Somerset comes on stream in the 2020s.

The National Audit Office has warned these subsidies will add almost £30billion to electricity bills over the project’s lifetime. That is an extra £30 for the average annual bill over 35 years – totalling more than £1,000 per household.

Last night Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said by the end of the project ‘this new power plant will have generated the most expensive energy in the history of energy generation’.

And former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson said every independent energy expert believed the Hinkley project was a ‘thoroughly lousy deal’. He said EDF was ‘hopelessly behind schedule’ on similar plants in France and Finland and called on ministers to pull the plug if it encountered similar problems here……..

…..China indicated it will press ahead with funding another nuclear reactor at Sizewell, as well as pursuing plans to build and operate a new nuclear plant at Bradwell in Essex. Chinese state-owned firm CGN, which has a one-third stake in Hinkley, said it was ‘delighted’ with the decision.

……….Costs for Flamanville, situated on the Normandy coast, have exploded from an estimated €3.5billion (£2.97billion) to €8.5billion (£7.2billion). Even worse, there are concerns that it may never be finished.

Last year, the French nuclear safety authority found weaknesses in the steel used to construct the pressure vessel at the heart of the reactor. These faults could mean that either the plant would have to operate at a much-reduced capacity, or the reactor would have to be rebuilt – or worse abandoned.

In extremis, if the vessel fails critics fear it could lead to a catastrophic nuclear accident on the scale of the Chernobyl disaster.

It is the same reactor design EDF plans to use for Hinkley, a so-called European Pressurized Reactor (EPR). This is similar to the Sizewell nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, but on a larger scale and with extra safety features.

Controversially, the Cameron government guaranteed EDF a fixed price of £92.50 per megawatt hour over a period of 35 years, whereas EDF will charge the French government only €64 (£54) per megawatt hour for the electricity it hopes to produce in Normandy……....

17:15

Conservative MPs and business analysts warn on problems with UK’s Hinkley nuclear project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

uk-subsidy-2016MPs and analysts issue fresh nuclear warnings over Hinkley Point project, Business Matters, 16 Sept 16   Fresh warnings have been triggered over the cost, security, and deliverability of Britain’s first new nuclear reactors for decades following yesterday’s green light for the £18bn build at Hinkley Point in Somerset.  Hinkley Point C will be built by France’s EDF with £6bn of Buy-China-nukes-1Chinese investment. It is effectively subsidised by the UK taxpayer under the terms of the guaranteed “strike price” that will be paid by consumers for the electricity generated, reports City AM.

This price is more than twice the current wholesale price of electricity, prompting the Energy Intensive Users Group to describe the subsidy as “astonishingly generous”.
Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith said the deal would produce “the most expensive energy in the history of energy generation”.

The Chinese state-backed firm that is investing in Hinkley, CGN, intends to take a majority stake in another reactor at Bradwell, in Essex. However, this has fuelled security concerns over Chinese involvement in UK strategic infrastructure.

“China has said it has ambitions to proceed with [Bradwell] but having China or a Chinese company running a nuclear reactor like that is always going to be difficult for national security concerns, so I’m not sure how you can bridge that gap,” said Alan Mendoza, executive director at The Henry Jackson Society……..There are also doubts over whether the reactors can be built in the allotted timeframe, and as to whether they can bridge the UK’s looming energy supply gap.

The new reactors are due for completion in 2023 but Whitman Howard utilities analyst Angelos Anastasiou believes a timescale of 2025 to 2030 is more realistic.

“Approval of Hinkley C is necessary but not sufficient to avoid a future supply crunch,” said Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group…….

the cost to billpayers will be substantial. It will be necessary to maintain a focus on cost for future plants,” Institute of Directors (IoD) chair Lady Barbara Judge said. She also said that despite the costs of the Hinkley project, the move signals a clear geo-political strategy being pursued in Whitehall.

She added: “Approving Hinkley shows that the government believes China is an important and strategic market for Britain.”……….http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/mps-analysts-issue-fresh-nuclear-warnings-hinkley-point-project/


17:07

Is “Fakebook” Coming To 1.7 Billion Viewers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan This page on Facebook gives a very long list of “satire, parody, fake news & conspiracy theory sites.” These include: 21stCenturyWire.com, ActivistPost.com, BeforeItsNews.com,   TheCommonSenseShow.com, TheDailySheeple.com,  GovtSlaves.com,  HangTheBankers.com, IntelliHub.com, InfoWars.com and at least a hundred others. What Really Happened is not mentioned — and, damn, Gumshoe has not yet been singled out as fake. Interestingly, in a […]

17:06

A nuclear -led economic recovery for South Australia starting 15 years away – no way! says Liberal leader "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Daniel Wills: Final decision on nuclear waste repository in South Australia could be years away, Daniel Wills, The Advertiser, September 16, 2016 “……..there is an emerging degree of scepticism on the conservative side of state politics.

scrutiny-on-wastes-sa-bankruptOpposition Leader Steven Marshall said he feared the state risked being distracted by a far-off vision of economic utopia instead of focusing on immediate reforms to its economy.

The Liberals have also raised concerns about the cost to taxpayers of investigating nuclear storage without any certainty that international customers would want to use it.

Mr Marshall said the Opposition was open to developing the industry in SA but the Government had shown a lack of focus in examining critical and urgent aspects of the proposal.

“There is just no way that SA can wait 15 years to have a nuclear-led recovery,” he said………..http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/daniel-wills-final-decision-on-nuclear-waste-repository-in-south-australia-could-be-years-away/news-story/5f76e4057d80304c52cccf25d2f2a440

 


17:01

South Australian Premier off to Finland to visit unfinished and costly nuclear waste facility "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Weatherill glowSA premier in Finland to see nuclear dump SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 news.com.au  Australian Associated Press South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has left for Finland to visit the world’s first deep disposal facility for used nuclear fuel as his government continues to grapple with the idea of establishing its own nuclear waste dump.

The facility at Eurajoki is still under construction and is due to open in the early 2020s……..

Mr Weatherill has pledged to outline the government’s final position on the proposal by the end of the year.

Greens MP Mark Parnell said as the premier visits the Finnish facility he should note that it is alreadyParnell, Mark nine years behind schedule and 300 per cent over budget.

 Mr Parnell said the dump was also 20 times smaller than the one proposed for SA and was not designed to make a profit as it will only take Finland’s own waste.

“Having already wasted $10 million of taxpayers’ money on this folly, the premier needs to seriously consider at what point he allows economic reality rather than fanciful dreaming to enter this debate,” Mr Parnell said. http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/sa-premier-in-finland-to-see-nuclear-dump/news-story/2d96fb49559906a7a162ca58f8710b55


17:00

New Continental tyre breaks in quickly "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Continental SportAttack 3 tyres breaks in quicklyIf you’re a bit impatient about riding on your new tyres, German tyre company Continental has updated their popular motorcycle sports tyre with the SportAttack 3 that includes fast break-in technology.

It’s called Traction Skin that uses no greasy release agents on the tyre and leaves the tyre with a dry and tactile tread surface for what they claim is the fastest break-in period in the world.

That would also make it a bit safer for riders who push their tyres a bit too much when they are new.

HOW TO BREAK IN TYRES

Australian importers Ron Angel Wholesale (RAW) now have the tyres from $229 for the front and $289 for rears.

RAW national manager Grant Sammut says Continental makes “the most underrated tyres on the market”.

“As a way of qualifying this statement,  the previous model – Sport Attack 2 – won the shootouts in Motorrad and PS magazines, and the new Sport Attack 3 is a much improved tyre – already winning shootouts in Fastbikes and Motorrad magazines.”




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16:59

Does Donald Trump actually want to win the election? Backchat explores the Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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“You should see some of the e-mails that I get from people in Australia. The alt-right exists in Australia. Look in the comments section man, it’s there.”

With polls tightening, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a close battle for the US presidency. But what if the Oval Office isn’t Trump’s goal?

Political pundits have been abuzz with speculation that Trump doesn’t really care if he wins or loses, and is instead focused on making his campaign the basis for a new alt-right TV empire.

But how likely is “Trump TV”? Who are the alt-right, and do they exist as a movement in Australia?

Backchat reporter Oscar Coleman took a closer look, speaking to Trisha Jha from the free-market Centre for Independent Studies and Dr Peter Chen, Senior Lecturer in media politics at the University of Sydney.

According to Trisha Jha, the alt-right appeals to conservative-leaning young people because of their tactics and fresh, aggressive style they have pioneered.

There’s something special about the alt-right in terms of the kinds of tactics they adopt, the language they use, their strategy, their branding. Milo Yiannopoulos is a good example.

I think there is a tendency particularly among…pre-eminently young men to wear some of the alt-right branding because it’s trendy and because it’s cool. And honestly it’s quite fresh but I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone who kind participates in the signs and symbology is necessarily someone who signs up to the ideology.

While I think aspects of the alt-right do include things like white supremacy, hatred towards women, homosexuals and trans people, that’s not necessarily the entirety of the alt-right.

Dr Peter Chen sees “Trump TV” as a possibility due to Trump’s close personal friendship with former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, who’s now CEO of the Trump campaign.

Chen is sceptical of media narratives drawing parallels between the growing populist movements across the world. Nevertheless, he sees elements of the alt-right existing in Australia in the form of One Nation and Reclaim Australia.

As a non-white person in Australia, I actually see a lot of the alt-right in Australia. I think it’s a sloppy term but I see a lot of it.

Reclaim Australia is this incredibly mainstream organisation in many ways. I think about George Christensen, who theoretically is part of the Liberal Party of Australia – this mainstream political party – but he’s also actually a member of Reclaim Australia, as is Pauline Hanson.

These people are kind of the alt-right in Australia. Mainstream political figures who are dominating th...

16:37

Product Review: Forager Fruits "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Forager Fruits are an exciting new range of freeze dried fruits from Tasmania. There are six different flavours to choose from so you are sure to find one you like. The packets are gluten free with no additives or added sugar.

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I was fortunate enough to try all of the different flavours and my favourite by far was the plain apple followed closely by the banana. You can also buy the apple wedges infused with blackcurrant which gives them a slight purple colour and zingy flavour or infused with raspberry which have a slightly pink colour and berry flavour. The apples and bananas are easy to eat on their own or you could pack them in your lunch box for a healthy snack.

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The freeze dried strawberries and crunchy dried blueberries are better to eat pre-soaked in some apple or orange juice. This will allow them rehydrate and add some complementary flavour. I enjoyed these with coconut yogurt and muesli or finely diced over chocolate ice cream. The freeze dried strawberries would be delicious dipped in chocolate to decorate a cake.

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Any of the fruits could be added to homemade muffins or thrown in to smoothies to add a tasty but healthy ingredient.

The fruit used is bought directly from the farmers who grew them. They are snap frozen to preserve the maximum number of nutrients and stop the fruit from shrinking. This way of preserving the fruit allows them to have a shelf life of two years.

You can order Forager Fruits directly from their website, or ask your local supermarket to stock them.

The post...

16:31

Australian government very wrong to gut ARENA – climate change has health consequences "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fossil fuels are also the main drivers of climate change, which is already causing multiple health consequences, including deaths from heat stroke, dehydration, bushfires, floods, typhoons, storm surges, vector borne diseases, cardio-pulmonary diseases and allergies. All of these problems will worsen if we fail to curb global warming. 

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Comment: Gutting ARENA is just sick – renewable energy saves lives and health costsThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency will be gutted by a funding cut of $500 million. But it’s at odds with the government’s claims to be innovative and support jobs and growth. By David Shearman, SBS World News, 16 Sept 16 

 “……..The news that the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will be gutted by a funding cut of $500 million, after the Coalition and Labor made a compromise deal on the government’s omnibus budget repair package, shows neither party is listening to the concerns of health professionals about the costs of Australia’s coal habit.

The Coalition, as expected, at best doesn’t understand the gravity of the need to transition to renewable energy, or at worst is being destructive, in line with the view of the new head of the Coalition’s environment and energy committee who has attacked subsidies for solar energy.

Labor’s position is also disappointing. It too either doesn’t understand the urgency of a transition or is giving in to political expediency given that renewables are the main plank of its policy.

ARENA is one of the most important mechanisms to aid Australia’s transition from fossil fuels and should be protected.

The mining, transport, and combustion of coal are contributors to air pollution which causes 3000 deaths a year in Australia from cardio respiratory diseases. This death toll is greater than that from road accidents.

Thousands suffer from illness due to the pollution afflicting our cities, ranging from asthma in children to obstructive airways disease in adults.

As doctors, it distresses us to see such suffering in our patients, even more so because the causes are preventable. It distresses us to see the re-emergence of Black Lung disease in young men in their quest to serve an industry that has to be replaced.

Findings indicate at best that coal-fired power generation has no economic value to the community. At worst the industry is a huge economic burden.

William Nordhaus, one of the most respected economists in the US, did a study of full cost accounting of the coal industry in the USA which was published in 2011 in the American Economic Review, the leading economics publication.

Coal-fired power generation was found to produce damages from 0.8 to 5.6 times its value added. In other words, the damage caused is worth at best 80 per cent of the net value of the industry and at worst 5.6 times greater.

The costs that make the industry an economic burden in the US are health costs. Those studies carried out in Australia show a similar picture.

Fossil fuels are also the main drivers of climate change, which is already causing multiple health consequences, including deaths from heat stroke, dehydrat...

16:13

Robert Nelson is grumpy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

“When there bursts froth from one mansion a song of youth and originality, even though harsh and discordant, it should be received not with howls of fury but with reasonable attention and criticism.” Max Rothschild

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Ronnie van Hout, You!, 2016 (at Gertrude Contemporary)

I don’t want to be one of those old critics who go on about how art has lost its path and that some boring, old artist is that last real artist. I don’t want to be Clement Greenberg, Robert Hughes, or, more current, Robert Nelson who this week brought out the old complaint about painting being dead.

I have lived a long time an I’ve yet to see the death of painting, although it has been talked about for longer than I have lived.

Nor do I expect to see contemporary art creating an infinite regression of self-referentiality that swallows up all meaning.

Like Nelson I had also seen Nicholas Mangan’s video of the endlessly spinning coin, Ancient Lights at Monash University Museum of Art. I agree with Nelson that it is ingenious and beautiful but where we differ is over Nelson’s conclusion that video has  replaced painting, or that this means that now “most painters lack most skills in painting”.

The critics who thought that modernism would crash like a Ponzi scheme have been exposed as simply conservative. The fact is that the apocalypse will not occur and there will never be a final revelation that modernism or contemporary art are a load of rubbish. This is because art is not like a cult or even a pseudo-science, like phrenology, it lacks the definition of such organisations, it is more nebulous, living and growing, like fungus.

I am sure based on population size that the greatest artist who ever lived is probably alive today. When you consider increased education, social mobility, women’s rights and other factors it is more than likely that this is the case. Now I can’t tell you who this artist is with the same certainty but I am certain that they are out there and I am looking for them.

I am equally sure that the worst artist who ever lived is also probably alive today but what does that prove? I am not renouncing writing bad reviews; if you see a bad exhibition then give it a bad review just don’t see it as some general example of the decline of art.

I am sure that there were awful, dross fourteenth century altar pieces and frescos because I have seen some of them. Four headless saints their necks still spurting arcs of blood bowing to the crucifixion while their heads sit on the ground in a neat arrangement around the cross. Others of it were probably painted over or replaced and thrown out, like an old TV sets.

To go from specific examples to generalisations is always a mistake but when the size of the present from which to cherry pick examples is so large compared to the smaller sample of memories of the past it is absurd to believe that you have evidence of any value.

Although I am now antique I don’t want to be a grumpy old man. The only problem with current music is that it isn’t loud enough. Or, maybe I now need hearing aids.


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16:00

The Weekend Quiz – September 17-18, 2016 – answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

We are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall. However, until we know the relative magnitudes of these balances, we are unable to conclude the state of the fiscal balance.

The answer is False.

This question requires an understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. But it also requires some understanding of the behavioural relationships within and between these sectors which generate the outcomes that are captured in the National Accounts and summarised by the sectoral balances.

To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

GDP = C + I + G + (X – M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X – M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X – M) + FNI

To render this approach into the sectoral balances form, we subtract total taxes and transfers (T) from both sides of Expression (3) to get:

(3) GNP – T = C + I + G + (X – M) + FNI – T

Now we can collect the terms by arranging them according to the three sectoral balances:

(4) (GNP – C – T) – I = (G – T) + (X – M + FNI)

The the terms in Expression (4) are relatively easy to understand now.

The term (GNP – C – T) represents total income less the amount consumed less the amount paid to government in taxes (taking into account transfers coming the other way). In other words, it represents private domestic saving.

The left-hand side of Equation (4), (GNP – C – T) – I, thus is the overall saving of the private domestic sector, which is distinct from total household saving denoted by the term (GNP – C – T).

In other words, the left-hand side of Equation (4) is the private domestic financial balance and if it is positive then the sector is spending less than its total income and if it is negative the sector is spending more than it total income.

The term (G – T) is the government financial balance and is in deficit if government spending (G) is greater than government tax revenue minus transfers (T), and in surplus if the balance is negative.

Finally, the other right-ha.......

16:00

Malcolm Roberts: Australian senator wants ‘OzExit’ from UN "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A newly elected senator has used his first speech to call for Australia to take inspiration from the UK’s Brexit and leave the United Nations. Senator Malcolm Roberts was elected by Queensland as a member of the anti-immigration One Nation party. He believes climate change is a global conspiracy created by bankers seeking to establish a worldwide…

15:41

Turdball Canape Team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


How does it feel to be a newly minted electoral winner? Practice that shiteater grin PM Malcolm Turnbull- it's time to entertain some guests


Sometime Acting PM Barney Joyjoy and Fiona Nash as well as Julie Bishop have popped over for some dogfood on biscuits


What a colourful bunch of characters, Lucy thinks it's all such a scream


, he's not eating anything he didn't see made

15:34

Razer-sharp – Helen Razer nails the bigots "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Helen Razer is a well-known writer and newspaper columnist.

Like so many of us she has Muslim friends, mostly women, who were targeted and harassed by hateful bigots. So she wrote a response.

We loved her powerful response to the tide of Islamophobia that is both encouraged by and threatens to overwhelm social media.

And we remind people that there is an enormous gap between critiques of all religions and vicious, ignorant and violent attacks on the adherents of minority faiths. We also note that attacks on Islam by bigots are usually gendered attacks by the same cowardly morons who would figure as perpetrators of misogynist attacks on women generally.

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SBS guide to dealing with anti-Muslim arguments


15:30

A Look At the 2016 Man Booker Shortlist and the Unexpected Names it Includes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than we’ve become used to.

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The announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist has been greeted with the usual razzmatazz. From an initial long list of 13 hopefuls, six lucky authors have been chosen to go through to the final award ceremony in October: Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Szalay and Madeleine Thien.

As always, the shortlist is not without a surprise or two. Yesterday, William Hill had Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk and Iain McGuire’s The North Water neck and neck, both at 5/1. But it’s only Levy who makes the cut – Iain McGuire’s violent tale of Arctic whaling was a surprise omission. For me, McGuire’s violent depictions of frozen wastes take some beating.

What was already clear from the long list was that this year’s competition was going to include a more eclectic range of writers than perhaps we’ve become used to. The expansive sweep of previous winning novels such as Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North or Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries seemed to be out. Instead, there was a focus on more intimate stories, narratives grounded in what Wyl Menmuir, one of the long-listed authors, termed the exploration of geographical and psychological space. From rural Alabama, to London, a Cornish fishing village, and a remote Scottish crofting community, the long list seemed to exude a fascination with the intimate spaces of our lives.Another eyebrow or two might also be raised at the failure of JM Coetzee’s The Schooldays of Jesus to go any further. Coetzee joins a long list of jilted stars in this year’s competition, including Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan and Jonathan Safran Foer, authors who didn’t even make the long list. Personally, I thought it would have been good to see Virginia Reeves’ ...

15:24

Labyrinths and the Labyrinth at Picnic for Peace – Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Lisa Shortridge of Things of Spirit will be providing a temporary labyrinth and singing bowls experience at Picnic 4 Peace on Sunday 25 September at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, 11am-3pm. In this article we look to different kinds of labyrinths around the world.   The Story of the Labyrinth The labyrinth is an ancient ... Read more...

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15:08

Plovers, Black Swans, and an Old Windmill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On a recent, though brief, stopover in St. Helens we popped in at the bird observation point at Colchis Creek. There is no hide there or anything; just a wooden bench. We were immediately welcomed by two Red-capped Plovers. Well it wasn't really a welcome. More like they were trying to chase us off. I think they may have been nesting nearby. In any case, I managed a couple of photos before we

15:06

The world of VFX according to Finley – Behind the Screens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Regular listeners may have noticed the absence of one of our presenters Finley McNeilage who has been living in Sydney working at VFX production house Iloura. He’s back for a holiday and dropped by to say hello and to give a run down of the type of work he’s been doing and what it’s like starting out in the visual effects industry.

Originally broadcast on 18 June 2016

14:39

Burkini and French Imperalist Mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

453434234234In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’.

Or so at least the official narrative goes.

In France, recent and ugly row over so-called burkinis, a swimsuit used by many Muslim women all over the world, has demonstrated how little tolerance there really is in today’s Europe for other cultures and for different ways of life.

Recently, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that “burkini bans” being enforced on the country’s beaches are illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. Still, more than 90 percent of French people are supporting the ban, which is thoroughly illogical and philosophically as well as ethically indefensible.

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What is suddenly so shocking about a woman wearing a wetsuit on some French beach? And let’s face it: burkinis are nothing else but a wetsuit, which is commonly used on countless beaches of California, Australia, and Europe, in fact all over the world, by surfers and other water sport enthusiasts.

Just compare these images and these. Can you really tell much of a difference?

According to Wikipedia, a wetsuit is:

… A garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy.”

If courts manage to resurrect the ban (and actually some municipalities have already declared that they will uphold it no matter what), are the French police going to interrogate women on public beaches, while trying to determine whether they are wearing these plastic garments simply because they are planning to go surfing, or because of their religious beliefs? Would the first reason be allowed, while the other one forbidden?

Are we heading towards an era when people will be forced to confess to the authorities, why they are choosing to cover their bellies and shoulders? And is this going to re-define the meaning of ‘freedom’?

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Who would be free to cover and who would not? Would the French state be permitted to decide what is the legitimate menace from which a woman should be allowed to protect herself from?

For instance, would the cold be ok? Imagine Paris, in January or February; 100 degrees Celsius below zero… Most of the women you pass on the streets (Christian, Muslim and atheist) are “fully covered”, aren’t they? What can you see of them? Nothing, almost nothing! Their entire bodies are covered; their heads are covered, even their feet and hands are covered (unlike the hands and feet of women wearing burkinis). You travel to Grenoble in the winter, and the chances are that women will even be covering their faces with scarves. You know why, right? Because they are cold! Is this reason OK, or should the French authorities demand that they expose their bellybuttons or shoulders or legs, in order to prove how “European”, how “French” they are?

Fine, so covering yourself up from the cold is most likely admissible; it is not ‘un-European’.

But what about the heat; is it OK...

14:25

Billionaire Twiggy Forrest fights uranium exploration on his cattle station land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Forrest appeals uranium bid
Billionaire Andrew Forrest has launched a battle to stop a junior uranium player exploring on his family cattle station…. (subscribers only) 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/forrest-appeals-uranium-bid-at-family-cattle-station/news-story/50862f76c6e419b91345487d790e9fe8


14:24

Australian economy will still double with gradual phaseout of coal production "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Coal’s death would not kill economy: Australia Institute, ABC Radio AM
By Peter Ryan, 16 Sept 16  
Australia’s economy would not be hurt by a gradual phasing out of coal production across the country, research suggests.The Australia Institute-commissioned study found there would be minimal economic impact if the Government imposed a moratorium on new coal mines or the expansion of existing ones.

It also concluded that the managed winding back of coal production as existing mines are depleted would be an economic blip, given the industry’s share of employment which represents 0.04 per cent of the Australian workforce.

It estimated the economy would grow regardless of a phasing out, with a difference of just 0.06 per cent in 2040.

Professor Philip Adams, who led the research at Victoria University’s Centre of Policy Studies, told the ABC’s AM program environmental policies to put a tax on carbon were effectively a tax on the use of coal.

“The world outlook for coal is fairly bleak. We don’t see much likelihood of strong market conditions for coal over the longer term,” Professor Adams said.

Australia Institute chief economist Richard Dennis said the research was a wake-up call for the coal industry and the Federal Government.

“Look the end of coal is nigh. The question is whether it’s nigh enough,” Mr Dennis told AM.

“The effect is a rounding error — it’s trivial. The Australian economy will still double in size in the coming decades…….http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-16/coal-death-would-not-kill-economy/7851260?section=environment


12:57

A Post I Wrote On Facebook That I Believe Is Important To Share "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay- so reading this astrological stuff that I was sent- the word that sticks out to me is assassination. And I want to deal with this.

Yes- it is quite possible- considering the state of things in the world- and how many people have ended up dead around the Clinton’s- that I could end up killed. I have ALWAYS known of this possibility- and the further I get- the more I am wondering if it isn’t totally probable. They know who I am- they know they are all sick- and they know that I have caused it. In the end- considering how low end of the scale they are- what other choice will they be able to conclude?

However- I want you all to know- no matter what happens- DO NOT LOOSE YOUR FAITH- because EVERYTHING right now is in Heaven’s hands. And what I know- with everything that I have experienced- is that whatever is coming- AND I ASSURE YOU SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY COMING- that I have been told that I get to lead it. Now these idiots who have followed me around for years trying desperately in vain to stop me mock this- but I am not shitting any of you. Believe it- or don’t- it won’t change the truth of what is and what will be. I’m telling you the truth- and how it is- but whatever you believe is up to you.

Magic is real. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed- but it CAN be influenced- with the right focus. I was trained in this focus from before I was even born- and because this was my childhood upbringing- what I do is instinctual. My father used to tell me that I was “an animal- who only went on instinct”- and although it hurt like hell hearing that constantly growing up- I realize in many ways that this is true. When you know how to do it properly- you don’t need RITUALS and SPELLS and SACRIFICES. Actually- all I have to do is focus and ask.

You have to understand- I grew up COMPLETELY BELIEVING that I was going to be the Anti-Christ. I knew there was this war with Heaven planned- and I knew that Charley Manson’s world vision was going to become a reality- and I knew of the camps- and the genocide planned. I was SUPPOSED TO FUCKING LEAD IT.

But not me actually. I was just a shell. But they NEVER REALIZED that I would find a way to release Uriel- and help him back to Heaven- rather than allow him to take me over and use the talents they so aptly trained me to possess.

I not only helped Uriel but ALL the Fallen back- and thus- they had to pass through me to get there. The cult has a good idea of the power and energy that goes along with that- and that is why they have YET to come for me. That kind of energy bonding and transitioning gave ALL MY SPELLS- that I have been casting on your nasty devil worshiping sick fuck assholes selves for long ass time now. (And that is meant for the cult), a life I could have never achieved on my on. Enjoy the darkness motherfuckers- cause it is going to be one HELL of a time.

But I am getting off point here…. look- I don’t much believe in astrology- but knowing the idiots that I am dealing with- I can’t out rule the obvious- and I just want to assure you that Heaven and the New Earth ARE REAL. Getting your vibration up high enough can only be done through unconditional love- and that is what it takes to make this transition. The New Earth- everything that is dying here is WAKING there. It is an absolute paradise- where no veil between man and Heaven exist. You will breath JOY in every breath and it is a PARADISE. I guess you could say that we are getting to return to the Garden.

If ANYTHING happens to me- THIS WILL NOT CHANGE.

But don’t worry about me- really. I am here for as long as Heaven WILLS it- and I know that the moment that time is through- I have an army waiting- on the other side- IN FACT ALL OF HEAVEN. Just because the bad guys have already lost doesn’t mean the battle is over but now however- I do believe the ball is in HEAVEN...

12:51

September convergence at Pine Gap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by joe Montero At his time, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) is readying to take part in a convergence on Pine Gap,...

The post September convergence at Pine Gap appeared first on The Pen.

12:35

Inundation and elation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It promises to be a season for the ages.

A sodden landscape is recharging the wetlands of the plains (stay tuned) and to see the Loddon in flood is awe-inspiring.

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The Loddon River @ Newstead, 14th September 2016 … 9am

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The river at noon

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The confluence of the Muckleford Creek and Loddon River at 9am.


12:16

Rafe’s Roundup Sept 17 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. The Spectator. Charles Murray on the culture wars and the social divisions in the US.

Judith Curry’s week of political pieces. Challenging a doctor of philosophy for his demand that Malcolm Roberts should follow the so-called consensus of experts in climate science. Can you bear it, the University of Queensland has a lecturer in critical thinking who describes Malcolm Roberts as a climate denialist, motivated by politics more than science! Apparently we are supposed to accept that the science is settled in favour of alarmism. In contrast, consider Karl Popper’s view on the purpose of university education.

I want to begin by telling you what I think is the real aim of a university education. I will try to be brief about this, though I must warn you from the beginning that many people think very differently from the way I do. I believe that someone is well educated only if he realizes in great detail how little he knows. And I think that this is really very important. I think that a man who has the feeling that he knows a lot is somehow badly educated. Yes, one can know a lot, namely, about all the problems and theories that have arisen owing to the growth of our knowledge. And one cannot really live in our world today without realizing how quickly our knowledge, and especially our technological knowledge, has grown. But there is a difference between pure knowledge and applied knowledge. And the main point, at least with regard to pure knowledge, is to recognize the many open problems that lurk in all the knowledge that we have achieved. Without that l would say that you are not really educated.

The aim of pure knowledge is to understand: to understand the world in which we live, to understand society, to understand ourselves, and to understand this great miracle of human
knowledge…The more we know about it the more we realize that this is a very huge task—that it is, in fact, an infinite task. And the more we know and the more our knowledge grows, the more modest we should become about all those things that we don’t know.

Compare with Richard Feynman on badly written textbooks which do not convey any impression of gaps in our knowledge. “Thats very bad education. The lesson you learn as you grow older in physics is that what we can do is a very small fraction of what there is. Our theories are really very limited”. From The Pleasure of Finding Things Out page 202.

The situation with nuclear power worldwide. How the campaign against nuclear power enabled the radical left to capture the environmental movement.

The Germans struggle with the attempt to reduce emissions without nuclear power.

Despite the expenditure of many billions of dollars it has failed to achieve any visible reduction in Germany’s emissions or to make a meaningful difference to Germany’s energy mix (renewables still supply only 14% of Germany’s total energy). Its only demonstrable impact has been skyrocketing electricity bills.

The serious...

12:09

meandering signage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

meandering-signage-exhibition-nancy-brownYou are warmly invited to:
Meandering Signage
An exhibition of my paintings prints and new ceramic work
7th October-4th November 2016
Please join me for the opening Night
Saturday 8th October 2016
6pm-8pm
Artworld Studio Gallery
28 Bodalla st Norman Park
Gallery opening hours Saturdays 10-5pm  Sundays 10-2pm

12:05

Existing age pension is not enough "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria Older Australians are finding that they are barely surviving on the meager pension, despite a lifetime of having contributed the building of...

The post Existing age pension is not enough appeared first on The Pen.

11:31

Former judge offers to swap with refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales Eighty eight year old former judge Jim Macken offered to trade places with refugees? He wrote an open letter to...

The post Former judge offers to swap with refugees appeared first on The Pen.

11:17

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces: Finding Your Balance in the Flow of Extremes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 17th, 2016 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing writers for Wake Up World There have been some intense energy patterns this month! With Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in a full phase opposition to Chiron in Pisces, a major theme of this lunar phase was the feeling of being blocked by our environment and the people ...Continue Reading - Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces: Finding Your Balance in the Flow of Extremes
 
 

10:53

A Little Bit Of Pension "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It’s tough to find old people online. They’re usually too busy writing a four page reply to an automated email they received from Telstra. And let’s be realistic, while the rest of...

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09:18

Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.


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08:44

Asian Dowitcher at Osprey House Environmental Centre reported by Andy Jensen on 17-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Presumed returning bird on Pine River this am, upstream of Osprey House on river bend at low tide. Also c.160 Red Knot, c.70 Great Knot and c.300 Blackwit. Birds flew off at high tide towards Tinchi Tamba roost

07:52

“There Are No Forests” "IndyWatch Feed National"


This video, hard as it is to understand in terms of the spoken narrative, is taking the Internet by storm.  Where are we, really?  Read More

07:39

Where to buy Australian Finger Lime Plants "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Great crop of fingerlimes

I am often asked on the blog about purchasing Finger Lime plants and seeds.

The two main questions I am asked are:

Should I buy seeds or plants?
And
Where can I purchase plants and seeds?

So firstly, Plants or seeds.

Why would I buy a plant?

If purchased from a nursery, hardware shop or online, from a reputable supplier, the plants will be grafted. This means that a piece of the Finger Lime variety on the label has been joined to the root-stock of a hardy citrus or citrus relative which gives it superior growing qualities.

These are:

• The tree will bear flowers and fruit at an early age- will often be at a fruit bearing age when purchased.

• The plant will be True to Type – which means it will be exactly the same as its parent plant and will usually be the variety of Finger Lime represented on the label. There are many colours/varieties available in Finger Limes so it is important to know exactly which one you are purchasing.

• Grafted plants are more likely to grow successfully (if looked after) due to the hardiness of the root stock. Root stocks are usually selected for their superior growing qualities, suitability to the local soil conditions and resistance to phytophthora, a soil borne disease that can kill citrus seedlings.

However, the price of grafted plants is quite high due to fact that the grafting process is labour intensive and trees are older than normal stock before they are ready for sale.

Why would I buy seed?

Seed is very cheap and easy to transport over long distance but there are a few issues with growing Finger Limes from seed. They are:

• It can take up to 10-15 years for them to bear fruit as they are a slow growing plant.

• They will not come True to Type- that is they may not look or taste the same as their parent plant.

• Some expertise in propagation is needed to produce plants from seed-you have to have the right propagation mix, know the correct germination temperature and then nurture them through their first few years of growth.

• The root system that develops from a seedling can be unreliable in some areas – all citrus are susceptible to phytophthora, a soil borne disease, plus the root system may struggle if you have a different soil type to the Finger Limes native habitat.

So if you wish to purchase plants:

For blog followers in Australia it is easy.

Most nurseries and hardware stores will have them in stock or they will order them in for you, otherwise plants can be ordered on line from the web sites listed here.

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/bushfood/fingerlime.htm
http://gourmetlimes.com.au/
http://australianfingerlime.com.au/home.html
http://www.citrusmen.com.au/

For blog followers in other countries it is much harder, bio-security laws in most countries prevent people from importing plants or plant material and th...

07:10

The Byron at Byron presents The WellSwung Daddies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The WellSwung Daddies and the Byron at Byron present an afternoon with songs from Frank Sinatra.

Come for lunch and stay for the music or come for the show and stay for dinner.

Sunday Roast
Bookings essential for our signature lamb roast for two.
Available for lunch and dinner.

To make a reservation for The Restaurant call 02 6639 2111

For further information visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au

 

The post The Byron at Byron presents The WellSwung Daddies appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

07:03

Pets are good for your health, the Budget and the economy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown has noted:

“…pets make us happy. They wash away our worries while showing us how life should be lived. And pets are proven to also make us healthier.”

Pets also have economic and budgetary impacts, as recent research by my fellow economist and friend Dr Stephen Thornton has demonstrated. Stephen’s research was presented to a recent forum at Queensland Parliament House which was arranged by Mars Petcare, owner of leading pet food brands such as Chum and Whiskas, as part of its Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign.

Stephen spoke about his recent report Pet ownership in Queensland strata schemes: economic, financial and public health benefits. The report considered the economic, financial and public health impacts that would follow from allowing pets in properties under strata schemes without prohibitions (although a body corporate would be able to set reasonable conditions and have the power to ask for offensive pets to be removed after reasonable notices). Stephen reports that, if dogs and cats were not prohibited in any strata dwellings, likely impacts include:

  • approximately $90 – $180 million of increased expenditure and over 600 new jobs in the lucrative pet industry in the medium term (3 to 5 years);
  • approximately a $25,000 increase in value and $1,300/year increase in rental income for lot owners of an average $500,000 apartment/townhouse; and
  • budget savings for Queensland Health resulting from better public health outcomes.

Please consult Stephen’s report for his specific assumptions and sources.

The current review of Queensland property law being carried out by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre at QUT provides an excellent opportunity to consider changes in property law to make it easier for people to own pets in properties in strata schemes.

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Dr Stephen Thornton speaking at the Qld Parliament House forum on keeping Australia pet friendly


06:55

1) West Papua’s Black Brothers in Pom for Independence Concert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Papua Legislative Council Questions the Plan to Set up Military Base in Biak
3) Road Covered by Mud, Mindiptana Residents Isolated
4) Rice Stocks in Papua are Safe for Three Months Ahead, Says Official
5) Bank Indonesia Official Welcomes Frans Kaiser Image on Rp10.000 Banknote
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1) West Papua’s Black Brothers in Pom for Independence Concert
12 September 2016



Black Brothers took a photo session with Governor of NCD, Powes Parkop – PNG Lopp

Port Moresby, Jubi – Legendary band from West Papua the Black Brothers are in Port Moresby to help celebrate Papua New Guinea’s 41st Anniversary.

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06:53

HIV Positive Zimbabwean Faces Deportation After Having Unprotected Sex with 12 Australian Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Zimbabwean acrobat accused of having unprotected sex with several Aussie women while being infected with HIV has had his Australian permanent residency cancelled and faces deportation. Peter Dutton, Spokesman for Australian Immigration Minister, said that 38-year-old Godfrey Zaburoni had failed the character test under section 501 of the Migration Act. He said as a result of […]

06:47

ChristinaMac "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

1.5 trillion yen spent last year on costs related to reactors

Only three of Japan’s 42 operable reactors are running

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The Unit 6 reactor of the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant.

More than 6,000 workers cycle through the world’s biggest nuclear plant every day to operate and maintain a facility that hasn’t sold a kilowatt of electricity in more than four years.

The buzz at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant plays out daily across Japan, where utilities employ thousands of workers and spend billions of dollars awaiting the green light to restart commercial operations. With only three of the country’s 42 operable reactors running, they’re betting a national government committed to nuclear power will win over local officials and a wary public who don’t believe enough has been done to guarantee safety since the worst meltdown since Chernobyl.

Even though operating expenses of non-generating reactors remain high…

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06:46

Five-and-a-Half Years After Fukushima, 3 of Japan’s 54 Nuclear Reactors Are Operating "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 and the subsequent shutdown of nuclear reactors in Japan, five reactors have received approval to restart operations under the new safety standards imposed by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). Only three of those reactors are currently operating. Applications for the restart of 21 other reactors, including 1 under construction, are under review by the NRA. Some reactors that meet the new NRA safety standards and have been approved to restart continue to face legal or political opposition that may delay or forestall their restart.

After the Fukushima accident, all 54 of Japan’s reactors were shut down. Twelve reactors totaling 7.2 gigawatts (GW) were permanently closed. Restart applications for 20 previously operating reactors (totaling 19.5 GW) and 1 new reactor under construction (the 1.4 GW Oma Nuclear Power Station) have been filed with the NRA. The remaining 17 reactors (16 GW) have…

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06:45

Burning debris from Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Local government officials, rather than objectively scientifically determine whether it was safe or not for the people just accepted the central government political decision to have debris from Fukushima brought and burned in many municipalities and prefectures throughout Japan.

As a result not only the Fukushima people have inhaled radioactive nanoparticles, but also many other people in other locations.

The map below, from year 2012, shows locations where Fukushima debris was burned then, it was really spread all over Japan during the first 3 years, 2011, 2012, 2013.

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Today incineration of Fukushima debris continues in 19 locations in Fukushima prefecture…

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… and some of the Eastern Japan prefectures.

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/flyhigh_2012/e/1c0f117cf0b30ab535f2e74a4534ee3d

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06:30

The Secret Life of Trees ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

… The author, Peter Wohlleben, vocationally was an industrial forester, who changed tack in line with his convictions emerging from a lifetime working with trees.  … … What I appreciate about this author is that he challenges, and convincingly refutes, forest doctrines with not just evidence from what he has literally seen, but with what is emerging from the latest rounds of forestry and arboreal research. This takes guts as anyone who challenges the status quo in a knowledge base is sure to have their opinions and ideas scrutinised to the highest degree … … It will ring so true with many readers looking to validate their feelings. It will be vehemently dismissed as drivel by those committed to traditional beliefs about the value of non-human life … • Australian Geographic: People are ‘blind’ to plants, and that’s bad news for conservation Plant blindness is more than an interesting quirk of human perception. It impacts on our efforts to care for and understand plant species. • Late Night Live Legend Phillip Adams interviewed Forester Peter Wohlleben on Wednesday night on his astonishing global smash-hit, which has already been translated into 19 languages ... here’s an extract: … Unmanaged forests can cool down up to three degrees more than managed forests … trees have to deal with climate change … nowadays we are cutting a lot of timber for example for biomass power plants … we fire climate change by hurting the forest … therefore it would be better to reduce our consumption and leave a bigger percent of the forest alone … • John Hayward in Comments: Even if, like most of us, we don’t give a stuff what other people, much less other life forms,  are feeling, you should be shaken by discoveries about what plant sentience tells us about how little we know about the complexities of the ecosystem … • Ted Mead in Comments: Fantastic review Nicole! – This book should be a mandatory read at primary school because as a child we are far more receptive to the laws and attractions of our natural world.

06:00

Barefoot bowls follows charity ride "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bras and Bikes charity ride Girl Torque bowls

Riders can celebrate the 15th annual Bras n Bikes Breast Cancer Fundraiser Ride with a round of barefoot bowls at the Yandina AFL Club after the ride on October 23, 2016.

The charity ride is organised by Sunshine Coast women’s riding group, Girl Torque.

Group leader Judy Noakes says there were  510 riders and 100 pillions last year, but says they hope for even more this year.

She says the new venue has also provided free music entertainment after the ride and new sponsors have provided better prizes.




    

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06:00

The mutual admiration between ballet and fashion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In setting the historical context for the Ballet and Fashion Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012, Roger Leong wrote that art and fashion have long been associated with each other. Ballet and fashion have inspired each other ever since performers have been dressing up and dancing. We can look back to King Louis XIV, in whose court ballet was formalised and codified, and who himself performed in opulent robes meant to evoke the Sun God.

During the C18th, artists contributed designs for textiles, and in the 1860s the Pre-Raphaelite painters dressed their models in loose, free-flowing gowns that inspired new forms of artistic dress. In the ear­ly decades of the C20th, Parisian couturiers collabor­ated with artists from the avant-garde. Coco Chanel created costumes for Serge Diaghilev’s ball­ets. Paul Poiret commissioned the painter Raoul Dufy to design printed fabrics, Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí devised Surrealist outfits while Jacques Heim helped Sonia Delaunay translate her abstract art into clothing. The Romantic-era ballerinas’ bouffant skirts found their way into Christian Dior’s post-war New Look.

Dancers have long influenced designers and designers have dressed dancers, exciting audiences of both the stage and the runway. But over the past two decades, collaborations between art and fashion have burgeoned at every level. Artists can be inspired by working together - even those separated by centuries are able to draw on each other’s talents to spark innovation.

Ballet itself is a multi disc­iplinary form, invol­ving cooperation with musicians, designers and film­ mak­ers. So the eye of the fashion designer has to find a new way to interpret a silhouette, inspiring a choreographer to devise movements that accentuate it and a photographer to capture it. 

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Choreography and costumes by Oskar Schlemmer,

Consider Scenario, performed in 1997. Much like the American dancer and choreographer  Merce Cunningham’s entire oeuvre, Scenario leads into un­charted formations and art­iculations of body shapes, this time high­lighted by Rei Kawakubo’s costumes. The alteration of proportions, and of one’s relation to one’s body and to the body of the other dancers, create a sense of estrangement. There is an element of ab­surdist humour in Scenario. This is especially evident in the first movement of the piece where the dancers are wearing the costumes with over­sized gingham and striped patterns, which are not altog­eth­er unlike the heavily patterned costumes characteristic of the Commedia dell’Arte—of Harlequin.

Actually I would rather compare Scenario to artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, a new form of abstract dance that must have stopped German viewers in their tracks back in 1922. Like Merce Cunningham decades later, Schlemmer also fused order and cha...

04:10

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This is certainly one of the nastiest election campaign I have been involved in, and I have worked in quite a few since 1973.
[Ian Saunders, Independent candidate, 2016 Clarence Valley local government elections, writing on Clarence Valley Rate Payers, Residents & Business Owners Facebook page on 6 September 2016]

04:07

The new face of local government in the Northern Rivers region of NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Now the final votes have been counted the new face of local government in the Northern Rivers region is revealed (with the exception of Tweed Shire LGA).

The political parties listed against councillor names are those included in final results published by the NSW Electoral Commission and do not necessarily represent the full range of political persuasions on any given council, as many councillors belong to political parties but chose not to stand for election with an official endorsement.

Ballina Shire Council:

Phil Meehan, Stephen McCarthy, Nathan Willis, Jeff Johnson, Sharon Cadwallader, Keith Williams, Ben Smith, Eoin Johnston and Sharon Parry.

Byron Shire Council:

Michael Lyon (THE GREENS), Paul Spooner (COUNTRY LABOR), Jeanette Martin (THE GREENS), Sarah Ndiaye (THE GREENS), Basil Cameron (OUR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE), Alan Hunter, Jan Hackett (COUNTRY LABOR) and Kate Coorey.

Clarence Valley Council:

Richie Williamson, Andrew Baker, Karen Toms, Peter Ellem, Jason Kingsley, Debrah Novak,Jim Simmons,  Arthur Lysaught and Greg Clancy.

Kyogle Council:

Kylie Thomas, Hayden Doolan, Janet Wilson, John Burley, Bob Dwyer, Maggie May, Danielle Mulholland, Lindsay Passfield and Earle Grundy.

Lismore City Council:

Darlene Cook (COUNTRY LABOR), Greg Bennett, Neil Marks, Vanessa Grindon-Ekins (THE GREENS), Edwina Lloyd (COUNTRY LABOR), Nancy Zambelli-Casson, Elly Bird (OUR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE), Bill Moorhouse, Gianpiero Battista, Adam Guise (THE GREENS).

Richmond Valley Council...

04:01

Guy Martin primed for 400mph attempt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe sun is out at Bonneville today (September 17, 2016) and Guy Martin is set to attempt a world land speed record for motorcycles and possibly break the 400mph (643km/h) barrier.

The Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter will pilot the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed. Wind is the big thing out here, so it’s not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle.”

The team has been waiting for rain to clear all week for their attempt, but the sun is up today and they expect to make a run in a few hours.

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordDespite having a good course surface for testing, the team felt that the salt wasn’t yet fully capable of supporting a top-speed streamliner attempt. In consultation with FIM course manager Mike Cook  the team are targeting the September dates as the best possible opportunity for the optimal course conditions required for the record attempt.

Just a few weeks ago, officials were considering axing the annual Speed Week for the third year in a row because of the poor layer of salt, but it now seems that all systems are go for Guy for an attempt at the outright record.

Guy is piloting a purpose-built, methanol-fuelled Triumph Rocket Streamliner in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category. Triumph Sport believes the machine can even break the 400mph (643.737km/h) barrier.

The Streamliner has a carbon kevlar monocoque construction with not one, but two turbocharged 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III engines that put out a combined 750kW at 9000rpm....

03:39

How much the Illuminati pay people for this?This qualifies as ‘hate speech’. "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Background)

Pauline Lee Hanson (née Seccombe, formerly Zagorski; born 27 May 1954) is an Australian politician.

Hanson first entered politics as a member of Ipswich City Council in 1994. She joined the Liberal Party of Australia in 1995 and was ...Read More

03:25

I CARE - - Austrian Far-right leader admits his refugee island plan 'went too far' "IndyWatch Feed National"

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 11/9/2016- The far-right candidate in Austria's presidential election has backtracked on a plan to confine asylum seekers to islands. Norbert Hofer told a German magazine he had changed his mind about the proposal made by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to send refugees to designated islands off mainland Europe while their asylum applications were processed. Mr Kurz is believed to have copied the plan from Mr Hofer's Freedom Party after seeing how popular the far-right politician had become, but Mr Hofer now says the idea went “too far” and was “excessive, to put it diplomatically”. Mr Kurz responded by framing the issue as a matter of either stopping refugees from leaving islands like Lesbos in Greece, where they often arrive from outside the EU, or letting them travel on into mainland Europe.

A spokesman for the politician told local media: “If you are honest about the issue, then you have to openly address the current situation in Italy. "The migrants come to the hotspots on the islands and from there are carried to the mainland rather than being stopped and transported back." Mr Kurz’s spokesman challenged Mr Hofer to admit his policy reversal actually amounted to "waving on" refugees, into the mainland. Imprisoning refugees on islands is a popular policy among far-right politicians, with Mr Hofer's German and Dutch equivalents sticking by similar proposals. The plans are inspired by Australia, which confines migrants to offshore facilities such as those on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, both independent foreign territories. Human rights groups have criticised the practice as inhumane and a breach of international law. Several detainees in Nauru have attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire.

03:00

Woman Forcefully Removed From Flight For Questioning Pesticides Being Sprayed ON Her "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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By Natural Health 365

Petra Haluska was landing in Perth, Australia when they began spraying her plane down with dangerous pesticides. She said she decided to become a bit of an activist and ask why they were spraying her down.

Why can’t they do this after the passengers deboard? Well, industry insiders tell us that they are literally spraying the PEOPLE in case they have any bugs on their person.

It’s despicable. Check out the video below and then see other examples of planes being sprayed down with insecticides and other poisons by flight attendants, below. You’ll see in one they are forced to stop their camera. NO one should have to be subjected to this on any flight while in flight.

If the videos on this story weren’t included, I PROMISE you, even I would have a hard time believing this was true. And perhaps the next time you aren’t feeling well after having flown you won’t automatically assume you caught a “bug” but rather, you might wonder if the cabin crew had exposed you to an insecticide, pesticides or other toxic chemicals. On purpose.

Check out the video below. It will blow your mind. Especially when she tells him to stop recording!

Also read: Airlines Spraying Fliers With Pesticides Inside The Plane

If you didn’t previously know about this, it should make you angry. Angry enough to ask an airline why they are doing it WITHOUT your knowledge or permission. And maybe even angry enough to make your voice heard with your wallet. Because when we buy an airplane ticket, we are telling them this is ok, even if we aren’t aware of it. When you purchase your tickets, the info stating that spraying will occur on a flight is stated in the fine print.

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From the article:

“This process is being referred to as “disinsection,” a word that seems to have been made up by the TSA or airline industry. Disinsection, or the spraying...

02:20

Dismal US data keeps rate hike elusive "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The uneven data about the US economy this summer - and drop in oil prices - has investors scratching their heads about 2016 prospects [Xinhua]

The uneven data about the US economy this summer – and drop in oil prices – has investors scratching their heads about 2016 prospects [Xinhua]


Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 0.70 per cent to 16,519.29 while India’s benchmark Sensex index in Bombay gained 0.66 per cent to close 28,599.03 on Friday buoyed by reports the US economy may not be doing as well as thought and therefore lowering chances of a rate hike.

US August retail sales and manufacturing output fell more than expected amid weak purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, data from the Federal Reserve showed late Thursday, while consumer prices rose beyond forecasts.

The fall points to cooling domestic demand that continues to diminish, with sales at department stores, notably, down five per cent on the year.

US stocks fell in opening trade on Friday: The S&P 500 fell 0.47 per cent to 2,137.09 at press time, while the Dow Jones Industrial average scaled back 0.34 per cent to 18,151.22.

The Nasdaq slipped 0.17 per cent to 5,240.68. Lower energy prices also played a role amid continuing fears of an oil glut.

Meanwhile, a separate report from the Labor Department showed producer prices, excluding food, energy and trade services, increased 0.3 per cent in August after being level in July.

The core Producer Price Index – which gauges changes in the prices of goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy – increased 1.2 per cent in the 12 months through August, after a jump of 0.8 per cent in June.

The total increase makes this the biggest gain since December 2014.

The Federal Reserve could still raise interest rates as inflation pressures gradually firm.

The Federal Reserve has set a two per cent inflation rate as an ideal level to maximize economic growth. In August, the inflation rate was at 0.8 per cent, year on year.

However, a Fed rate hike is beginning to look less likely in September or October as the US services sector hit a 6.5 year low this month after sharp drops in production and orders.

The utilities sector has also witnessed a sharp decline in output, lowering overall US industrial production for the month of August.

Industrial output – which measures the productivity of sectors comprising manufacturing, mining; and electric and gas utilities – fell 0.4 per cent last month after a downwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in July.

Last month, manufacturing output also declined 0.4 percent.

In other Asian markets, Singapore’s STI index rose 0.78 per cent to 2,827.45; Australia’s ASX closed up 1.08 per cent to 5,296.699. Markets in China, South Korea and Malaysia were closed for seasonal holidays.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

00:25

Australia Down-Scheduling Cannabis, to Legalize Medicinal Use Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

marijuana-cannabis-cancerby Steven Maxwell, Contributor | Waking Times

The TGA has recognized the medicinal use of some cannabinoids since 1984, yet Australia’s National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) has kept cannabis a Schedule 9 controlled substance.

“The scheduling of cannabis and its extracts has been considered by the National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) on a number of occasions,” the TGA states in a description of the scheduling history. “Currently, cannabis is a Schedule 9 substance, i.e., a prohibited substance which may be abused or misused and the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which is prohibited by law.”

Australia has gone through a similar heart-wrenching legalization process as many other nations, driven by parents illegally treating their epileptic children with cannabis while citizens also openly participate in mass civil disobedience of recreational smoking events as depicted in the video report below.

In January of this year, the TGA launched a public proposal to re-schedule cannabis to allow medical use. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of rescheduling.

35 submissions were received. 27 submissions supported the proposal, 4 submissions opposed, 3 submissions did not state a position, and 1 submission was for information only.

In February, the Australian Parliament passed a measure that allowed medical cannabis to be legally cultivated for medical and scientific purposes. Internet searches for “how to grow weed” surged in Australia.

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00:16

Butterflies in the Clarence Valley, Overview Presentation, 5.30pm Monday 19 September 2016 Grafton Primary School, Queen St, Grafton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


EARTH MATTERS - Butterflies in the Clarence Valley


In the fourth Earth Matters session of the year Fig Forest, Landcare Project Officer, local botanic expert and butterfly enthusiast, will give an overview of the basic ecology of butterflies. He will talk about the 110 species, mainly from the Clarence Valley, that he has observed, identified, researched and photographed.

Fig’s presentation will cover what plants to use to attract butterflies to your garden, how to identify the butterflies you have and what butterflies feed on and more.

Earth Matters is a session on environmental issues which is conducted every two months by the Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition in conjunction with the Clarence Environment Centre.

Time: 5.30 pm, Monday September 19.  Venue: Staffroom, Grafton Primary School, Queen St, Grafton.

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00:15

Teaching history and culture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Guardian, 3 September 2016

Yuendumu is a Warlpiri community of around 800 people located about 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. It was established by the Native Affairs Branch of the Federal Government in 1946.
The country surrounding Yuendumu includes many places with spiritual power created by ancestral beings in the Jukurrpa (Dreaming), which is sacred to Warlpiri people.

The Yuendumu Doors project

Five Warlpiri male elders at Yuendumu initiated a 'fauve' art of bright colour. This art was first seen in the Yuendumu Doors project of 1983-84.

The elders created a set of 36 kuruwarri (ancestral designs) to teach young Warlpiri their true Jukurrpa (Dreamings). The elders worked with the speed of graffiti artists, scribbling their designs down with untidy abandon using shiny school acrylics on the primary school doors; the modern equivalent of a cave wall.

The doors became an ever-present and indelible symbol of the older men's authority, which ran counter to the messages Warlpiri youths were receiving in the classroom or on television.

00:10

Australian Psychological Society issues apology to Indigenous people for decades of mistreatment and exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Apology acknowledges exploitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and silence in face of forced removal of children The Australian Psychological Society has made a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for decades of mistreatment through exploitative and disrespectful practices that contributed to the erosion of Indigenous culture. The apology, delivered by director of the society's board, Tim Carey, acknowledged exploitation of Indigenous people by psychological researchers and "inappropriate use of assessment techniques and procedures that have conveyed misleading and inaccurate messages about the abilities and capacities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people". Carey, speaking at the Australian Psychological Society Congress in Melbourne on Thursday, said treatments were developed that "both implicitly and explicitly, dismissed the importance of culture in understanding and promoting social and emotional wellbeing".

00:02

Apprehension, Detention and Forced Vaccination: The CDC’s Quarantine Proposal for Suspicion of Infection "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 17th, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World YouâŹ"ve had this dry cough for a couple of days but are otherwise feeling ready for your much-awaited annual ski trip to Utah. On the security line, an officer signals for you to come with him. Not knowing why youâŹ"re being selected out ...Continue Reading - Apprehension, Detention and Forced Vaccination: The CDCâŹ"s Quarantine Proposal for Suspicion of Infection
 
 
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00:01

More Evidence for Reincarnation "IndyWatch Feed National"


More Evidence for Reincarnation
Mental Clarity During Near-Death Experiences Suggests Mind Exists Apart From Brain

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If the mind is just a function of the brain, it stands to reason that the worse the brain is injured, the worse the mind would function. While this is what much of current brain research is finding, a body of evidence exists suggesting otherwise: under extreme circumstances, such as close to death, the mind may function well—or even better than usual—when the brain is impaired.

This suggests the mind may function independently of the brain.

One of the researchers who has been studying such cases is Dr. Alexander Batthyany, a professor of theoretical psychology and the philosophy of psychology in Liechtenstein and at the cognitive science department at the University of Vienna.

In his most recent study, published this month in the Journal of Near-Death Studies, Batthyany and his colleagues reviewed thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) to determine the quality of vision and cognition.

He reported: “The more severe the physiological crisis, the more likely NDEers are to report having experienced clear and complex cognitive and sensory functioning.”

Part of Batthyany’s goal was to replicate earlier studies, few as they are, that have looked at the quality of vision and cognition during NDEs.

In a 2007 study by researchers at the University of Virginia, titled “Unusual Experiences: Near Death and Related Phenomena,” 52.2...

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Friday, 16 September

22:47

And a Pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules Aircraft - A97-467 & A97-468 - Arrive at Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Making a most welcome arrival into Gladstone Airport during the afternoon and evening on Friday 16 September were a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft.


They were identified as A97-467 and A97-468 of the RAAF's No. 37 Squadron medium tactical airlift squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, in New South Wales.

Both Hercs looked to flying into Gladstone from RAAF Base Williamtown via airwork at the Gold Coast.  In fact, on arrival into Gladstone, A97-467 completed more airwork including an overshoot off Runway 28 at Gladstone, as well as a touch-and-go.






A97-467 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Ausy 698", while A97-468 was "Ausy 699".

Both Hercs are due to spend the night at Gladstone Airport with (I'm told) a busy day of 'community engagement' on Saturday 17 September including a flight opportunity for local Air Force Cadets.  I don't believe that anything specific has been organised for the general public.

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22:00

‘Days like this… #33’04/08/15 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



‘Days like this… #33’

04/08/15

21:57

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules Transport Aircraft Also Come and Go at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While the arrival of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles into Rockhampton Airport was a highlight, on Friday 16 September, a pair of RSAF Lockheed C-130H transport aircraft departed and arrived also at Rockhampton Airport.


After arriving the previous day from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley, RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '732' departed Rockhampton Airport early on Friday heading to Darwin as "Singa 9665".





Then, touching down in the middle of the F-15s, fellow RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '730' arrived at Rockhampton Airport also from RAAF Base Amberley but as "Singa 9666".  Of interest, it had arrived at Amberley from Darwin the previous day.



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19:52

Hobart Friday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Late this afternoon I was faced with a choice: would I go for a swim, or would I go for a beer? The Hobart Aquatic Centre is right across the road from the ABC. Pubs are a little further away. It was a case of convenience vs temptation.

Two seconds later, I’d made my choice. As if I would ever choose to go for a swim in preference to having a beer🙂 But would I go to “The New Sydney” or would I go to “The Quartermaster’s Arms”, both of which had been recommended by colleagues? “You could go to both”, a colleague suggested with a smile.

And so I headed off firstly to “The Quartermaster’s Arms”, and what a delight it was. Almost empty when I arrived, I had a craft beer from Launceston, and some King Island scallops. Brilliant. Having enjoyed the experience, I wandered around the corner to “The New Sydney”. I walked in, walked around and left. Though I’ve had a previously very enjoyable experience there, it was a little too crowded for my liking.

After a busy week, I felt like nothing more than a few moments of simply coming back to the hotel and enjoying the silence. The last few weeks have been crazy busy with work, and they’re undoubtedly about to get busier. So it’s best to rest up when you can, I figure.

Though as I look back at the photographs I’ve taken in the last 24-hours you would have to wonder if I’ve done any work at all. A lovely dinner last night, and then a lunchtime walk today, which included eating some oysters and having a glass of wine at Constitution Dock. I swear, I’ve been working very hard🙂 But I guess it’s the fact you can walk out at lunchtime in Hobart, enjoy the sunshine, and have a nice lunch. In contrast, back in Sydney, I usually end up gulping down a sandwich at my desk.

Hobart – a nice place.

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19:46

After the Deluge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unplanned, uncontrolled growth. And I’m not talking about Melbourne, or its hinterlands. Our garden has sprung, sprawled and sprouted after the recent rains. Messy could be one word, but there’s something very lovely about the way the plants have responded to a good drenching, weed or not. It’s also a bit overwhelming. Mowing anyone? I’m … Continue reading After the Deluge

19:12

Australian Efforts to Dump the United Nations Gain Momentum "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Gordon

Australian Efforts to Dump the United Nations Gain Momentum

Thursday, 15 September 2016

by

Senator Malcolm Roberts

As the United Nations becomes increasingly radical in its assaults on liberty and national sovereignty, the movement for free nations to leave the dictator-dominated UN has now officially arrived in Australia. Speaking on the floor of Parliament in his inaugural address, newly elected Senator Malcolm Roberts (shown) with the One Nation party said Australian values were under threat from “insidious” institutions such as the unelected UN. To deal with it, he called for an “OzExit.” In a passionate defense of freedom, Roberts also blasted privately owned central banks and the incestuous relationship between global mega-banks and Big Government.

The tide is already turning. Roberts said the historic Brexit vote, in which British voters decided to secede from the European Union, should be seen as a model worldwide as nations work to reclaim their sovereignty from globalist institutions. The Australian lawmaker, who represents the state of Queensland, joined a growing chorus of anti-UN voices stretching from the halls of the U.S. Congress to the Presidential Palace of the Philippines.

“Australia’s values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations,” Roberts, who belongs to a pro-sovereignty, pro-borders political party, said on the floor of the legislature in his maiden speech. His comments promptly made headlines worldwide, from RT and the BBC to the Washington Post and the U.K. Express.

He also blasted the increasingly totalitarian EU and other controversial institutions of what globalists call “global governance,” and celebrated the growing uprising against transnational government. “The people of the United Kingdom recently spoke, and I have great admiration for the way they broke free of that socialist, monolithic monster, the European Union,” he said.

“The EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, f...

19:03

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Make a Spectacular Arrival at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As expected, on Friday 16 September, six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.


The six F-15s flew up to Rocky from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley where they have been recently photographed completing sorties with RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets.  Prior to this, the six F-15s (plus another two) were involved with the RAAF's Exercise Pitch Black 2016 in the Northern Territory.

On Friday 16 September, the six RSAF F-15s ventured North in two flights of three and initially completed familiarisation exercises including low overshoots at Rockhampton Airport.







All six then joined together and completed airwork within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before landing at Rockhampton Airport and parking...

18:59

Drop plans to open off-road vehicle tracks on takayna / Tarkine coast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 16 September 2016

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Midden destruction. Photo: Chris Crerar

Bob Brown Foundation has called on the State Government to abandon plans to re-open off-road vehicle tracks in takayna / Tarkine, following the Full Court of the Federal Court handing down its judgement in the Tasmania Government’s appeal.

“This debacle has gone on long enough, the Government should drop its project and keep this treasure trove of Aboriginal heritage on the takayna / Tarkine coast protected,” Bob Brown said.

“Tasmania’s taxpayers are paying dearly for a petty piece of political obstinacy – in refusing to ask the Federal Environment Minister to tick off its plans to open the tracks in takayna / Tarkine,” Bob Brown said.


Contact
Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

18:48

Three State Leaders Invited to Speak at Public meeting to Save Macquarie Island Base "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 16 September 2016

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The three state political leaders have been asked to speak at the Hobart Town Hall meeting to Save Macquarie Island base, as well as scientists with experience in Macquarie Island, as the campaign grows to save the base from closure.

"The more scientists reveal about the importance of Macquarie Island base, the more the public can see what a disaster it will be in so many ways if closed," Bob Brown said.

Save Macquarie Island Base
Public Meeting
Hobart Town Hall
Wednesday 21 September 2016
1:10pm - 2pm

Contact Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

18:38

The weather has been wicked and merciless, but we are not… "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Recently surrendered into our care is this little guy. So cold and almost frozen is he, that we have been unable to register a temperature.  Shivering and shaking and without a sucking reflex, our only hope is to tube feed life enhancing and immune building colostrum, shower the wee one with warmth and kindness and wait…

17:48

1) Forum’s ability to dialogue with Jakarta questioned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) West Papua’s Forgotten Struggle for Independence
3) Papuan students receive US scholarships
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1) Forum’s ability to dialogue with Jakarta questioned
11:53 am today 

A West Papuan leader has questioned whether the Pacific Islands Forum will hold constructive dialogue with Indonesia about Papua
Forum leaders at their...

17:45

Open Letter (2), University of Wollongong, “Vaccines can and do Cause Autism And Chronic Illness "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong
Australia
16 September 2016

Dear Professor Alison Jones,
To date I have not received a response to my open letter dated 26 August 2016. This letter requested the supportive evidence for your statements that the link between vaccines and autism has been discredited. In particular I asked you to provide evidence for your statement that my thesis provided “no compelling evidence for a causal link between vaccines and autism”. Many doctors, scientists and parents disagree with your statement and you did not provide any supportive evidence for your statements in the article published in the journal Vaccine; an article which attempts to suppress this important scientific debate.

I have outlined below some of the evidence that exists for a link between autism and vaccines and I urge you to watch the recently released film “Vaxxed: from cover-up to catastrophe” that documents fraudulent studies being used by the US CDC researchers to discredit this link and testimonies from thousands of parents whose children developed autism after vaccines. Please take a look at this evidence, in the interests of population health, and I hope that you will provide your professional opinion as a toxicologist to the concerned global community.

We look forward to your rapid response because the Australian government has already expanded its vaccination registry to cover mandatory vaccinations for an expanded schedule of vaccines for adults in employment and social welfare policies. Here is Peter McIntyre, director of Australia’s Vaccination Surveillance and Research Unit (NCIRS) for 12 years, informing the public that a long-term health study of vaccinated and unvaccinated children has never been done – in animals or humans. This study is critical to debunking the causal link between vaccines and autism and there are many small scale studies (in children and animals) that are supporting a causal link – as does the skyrocketing autism and chronic illness observed in Australian children.

Some of the Evidence for a Causal Link between Vaccines and Autism

The evidence I have seen for this conclusion is overwhelming and vaccines are also linked to the escalating increase in chronic illness in global populations – in particular autoimmune diseases.
Please investigate the following information:
1. US Congressman Bill Posey hears evidence of fraudulent science and misconduct by Paul Thorsen, a CDC researcher and co-author of the Denmark studies that were used to debunk the vaccine-autism link resulting from the use of thimerosal (mercury-compound) in vaccines.  The CDC also admits in this video that there are no long-term health studies of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups.
2. A medical practitioner describes the cover-up of the vaccine-autism link
3. Many of the studies used to claim that thimerosal in vaccines is safe are flawed (“Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal (Mercury Compound) in Vaccines is Safe”, Hooker et al, 2014).
4. Here is a link to a scientist from...

17:30

Friday 5pm Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

State Emergency Services are handing out sandbags around Adelaide and the Mount Lofty ranges, as metropolitan areas prepare to be hit with more rain.

A new report has found that an e-mail highlighting the chemotherapy under-dosing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, went unnoticed by cancer clinicians.

A former taxi driver has been found guilty by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving, and three counts of causing harm by dangerous driving in the District Court.

Labor senator Stephen Conroy’s sudden retirement, announced earlier today, has been met with surprise from many other ALP senators.

Football Federation Australia has admitted many W-League players have been playing for nothing, with clubs using amateurs who receive no ongoing pay.

Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have started Australia off with a 2-0 lead at the Davis Cup playoffs in Sydney.

 

Producer: Darcy Simper-Brown. News Reader: Jordan Curtis. Web Editor: Tom Jordan. Journalists: Darcy Simper-Brown, Jordan Curtis & Tom Jordan

17:24

Vic Simms And The Painted Ladies Give A Moving Performance At NGV "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vic Simms And The Painted Ladies Give A Moving Performance At NGV

For the last three months, Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria has been transformed each week into one of the city’s best music venues, with its series of Friday Nights At NGV hosting a curated range of talent from Australia and overseas, including Jen Cloher,

One of these nights hosted a vital Australian act in Vic Simms & The Painted Ladies, the artists behind the fascinating tale of Australia’s first Aboriginal protest album, who delivered a moving performance recently of Vic’s ‘Stranger In My Country’.

There’s one last chance to see some music at NGV before the current series comes to a close, with Hottest 100 winners Augie March taking to the stage tonight to close it out in style.

17:17

ECCV highly critical of issues raised in Senator Pauline Hanson’s first speech to Senate "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has expressed strong opposition to a number of key
issues raised in One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson’s first speech to the Senate.
ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said many of the issues and themes raised by Senator Hanson had the
potential to be highly divisive, were counter productive and seemed intent on promoting racism within this
country.
“We are concerned about the impact of the racist content in her speech to the Senate and believe it lacked
integrity and was factually inaccurate.
“The focus of her attack has moved away from the previous immigrant groups from Asian countries as the
main target - which she outlined in her original maiden speech to Parliament as the independent member
for Oxley more than 20 year ago - to the new target who are now Muslims.
“One of this country’s greatest assets is the highly successful multiculturalism that is practiced here, and we
believe that the majority of Muslims in Australia have made an outstanding contribution to this country.
“ECCV supports a strong stance against the kind of inflammatory rhetoric that was in the Senator’s speech
as being divisive and going against the principles of social cohesion which is a significant underlying
strength of our society.
“We are against such insidious attacks which have the potential to be highly divisive and to marginalize
minority groups within our society.
“Much of what the Senator outlined in her speech is factually inaccurate. Rather than being ‘swamped by
Muslims’ as she claims in her speech, the 2011 Census shows that Muslims made...

17:04

Aware "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sometime I notice people who are so caught up in their own little world they forget where they are and seem to forget common decency.

At nearly every car show I’ve been to I’ve witnessed someone doing something silly with no regard for other people. The most common thing I see is people leaning into car windows admiring the interior, oblivious to the fact that their belt buckle is rubbing along the paintwork. And how about those tactile people who just can’t admire without the need to brand the vehicle with their fingerprint/smudge.

This young chap was under direction of his mother who had her phone out taking pictures of him. I missed the next shot because I lowered the camera in shock when she directed him to lean over the bonnet. Like he could reach anyway!

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17:00

Honda confirms X-ADV adventure scooter "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter

Honda Europe has confirmed it will build their first adventure scooter, called the X-ADV, but it won’t be coming here, says Honda Australia.

Honda Motorcycles Australia spokesperson Kristy Ganter says “I can advise that currently there are no plans to release this model in  Australia”.

That doesn’t mean it won’t ever come here. They may test the market first.

Honda Australia took a long three years before they realised the Grom was worth importing, even though it was an immediate big hit overseas. They didn’t import it until about nine months after an independent started having success importing the adult mini bike.

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter

Meanwhile, the X-ADV scooter was first revealed as the City Adventure Concept at the 2015 Milan show amid some puzzled looks and plenty of giggles, but it was no joke. Except for the stupid name!

It is based on the NC750X and Integra with the same frame, 745cc parallel-twin engine and fitted with DCT transmission as standard fitment. DCT is included as an option on Honda’s Africa Twin, so they are confident of its abilities in off-road situations.

The X-ADV features an upright riding position for high visibility, long travel suspension, mildly knobby tyres, a five-stage adjustable windscreen, upside-down forks, wire wheels, storage space for an off-road style helmet and a higher-clearance body and exhaust.

Honda has previously released two videos of the concept scooter on tarmac roads and then dirt roads, to show its versatility.

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16:47

Skepta Cancels Australian Tour 24 Hours Out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Skepta Cancels Australian Tour 24 Hours Out

Acclaimed UK emcee Skepta was slated to launch his Australian tour tomorrow in Perth, but has now pulled out of all dates, citing unexpected circumstances. Skepta, who’d sold out several dates of his Aussie tour, was recently awarded the Mercury Prize.

“With deep disappointment, Skepta is not able to travel to Australia and New Zealand at this time for an unexpected and personal reason,” a statement reads. “His tour, planned to commence on Saturday 17 September 2016 is regrettably cancelled.”

“Full ticket refunds will be available on all shows from point of purchase. We are working in close conjunction with the Artist’s booking agency and management in order to organise a new run of shows in 2017.”

“You will receive an email from your local ticketing agency on how to obtain your refund.” The award-winning grime star had completely sold out shows in Sydney, Brisbane, two nights in Melbourne, Auckland, and Perth shows within minutes.

16:45

Connected with Brexit: Hinkley nuclear deal bad for UK, France, investors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It’s rare that a deal leaves every side worse off. Yet that’s the case with Britain’s newest nuclear power plant, which belatedly received government approval on Sept. 15. Consumers, investors and Britain itself are all likely to end up bathed in toxic waste.

The economics of building Hinkley Point C for 18 billion pounds haven’t changed since last year, but they’re still not good. British energy users will effectively pay the difference between what operator EDF has been promised per megawatt hour, and the going market price. In September the UK government put that at 37 billion pounds over the contract’s 35-year life, or 15 billion pounds in today’s money.

It’s not much better for the French group. Should all go to plan, EDF could make a return on investment of around 9 percent a year, it says. But similar plants underway in France and Finland have run wildly over time and over budget.

Britain loses in another way too, because the new government is using Hinkley to launch a wide-ranging review of its authority to intervene in foreign takeovers of “critical infrastructure”. Over a decade ago, lawmakers deliberately took politics out of mergers. Interventions have been limited to matters of national security, media plurality and the stability of the financial system. The government now points out that other “major economies” have more stringent controls on foreign investment in infrastructure projects. That misses the point that Britain’s appeal has been that it is more open than places like France, China and the United States.

Why go ahead with such an unappealing project? The answer is Brexit. Voters’ decision to leave the European Union means Britain needs friends prepared to sign favourable trade deals. Scrapping Hinkley would poison the water for future talks with China, which is putting up a third of the cost of the project. Meanwhile, since almost half of Britain’s gas comes from continental Europe, developing more home-grown nuclear power may strengthen Britain’s hand ahead of negotiations over access to the single market.

Seen that way, going ahead with Hinkley may deliver a short-term benefit in the next couple of years, as Britain’s post-Brexit arrangements are hammered out. But the long-term disadvantages and financial costs will, like nuclear waste, contaminate the country for decades


16:35

Australia Becomes First Country To Begin Microchipping Its Public "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Earlier this year we announced that NBC said all children would be micro-chipped by the year 2017, but it looks like Australia might have beaten us to the punch.

Back in 2010, CBS news reported that the Australian government had a major RFID micro-chipping plan in the works related to the health care system. Now it seems that this plan is beginning to unfold but the push is not a result of mandated health care reforms, but rather an extremely clever propaganda campaign that equates RFID micro-chipping to becoming a superhuman.

Australia’s premiere media news outlet news.com.au reports:

It may sound like sci-fi, but hundreds of Australians are turning themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand.

Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the center of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin.

Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards.

“You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs,” she told news.com.au.

“It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it.

“With Opal, you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.”

The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer contact details to smartphones, and hold complex medical data.

In her interview, Shanti claims that her friends and family are envious of her micro-chipping lifestyle, “My nana wants one. I’ve had more opposition to my tattoos than I’ve ever had to the chip. My friends are jealous.”

As a matter of fact, the 27-year-old has found a way to profit off the propaganda and set up a distribution service called Chip My Life with her husband, Skeeve Stevens. For just $80 to $140, people can become “superhuman.”

It is clear that the push for RFID micro-chipping and assimilating the public with robots and technology, is something that will be pushed onto the public; helping them to become “superhuman.” But if you are smart you will realize that if you become part machine/computer, there will be someone out there who can control that technology.

16:30

Friday 4pm Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

State Emergency Services are handing out sandbags around Adelaide and the Mount Lofty ranges, as metropolitan areas prepare to be hit with more rain.

A new report has found that an e-mail highlighting the chemotherapy under-dosing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, went unnoticed by cancer clinicians.

A former taxi driver has been found guilty by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving, and three counts of causing harm by dangerous driving in the District Court.

Labor senator Stephen Conroy’s sudden retirement, announced earlier today, has been met with surprise from many other ALP senators.

Football Federation Australia has admitted many W-League players have been playing for nothing, with clubs using amateurs who receive no ongoing pay.

Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have started Australia off with a 2-0 lead at the Davis Cup playoffs in Sydney.

 

Producer: Darcy Simper-Brown. News Reader: Jordan Curtis. Web Editor: Tom Jordan. Journalists: Darcy Simper-Brown, Jordan Curtis & Tom Jordan

16:19

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th September "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week GLASSELLLAND – Jordie Lane & The Sleepers iTunes Violet Road – Sam Newton iTunes Ballads Of The Broken Few – Seth Lakeman & Wildwood iTunes Timber and Steel Presents Bluegrass at Yulli’s feat. Timber & Steel, Golden Whistler Timber & […]

16:10

Barber Shop Ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Sydney barber shop has made waves recently after banning women from entering. Hannah Powley and Henry Wilson chat about the uproar and ask the public what they think of the issue.

16:00

The Weekend Quiz – September 17-18, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. We are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall. However, until we know the relative magnitudes of these balances, we are unable to conclude the state of the fiscal balance.



2. A fiscal deficit means that the stock of government spending is larger than the tax revenue it receives.



3. The only obvious thing we can conclude when a government records a fiscal surplus is that the government is seeking to attenuate the growth in aggregate spending by withdrawing net spending from the economy.





15:45

Five new faces on Byron Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Newly elected Greens councillors and supporters rallied on Saturday night at Mullum’s Poinciana Cafe celebrating the news of the big win. Photo Jeff Dawson

Newly elected Greens councillors and supporters rallied on Saturday night at Mullum’s Poinciana Cafe celebrating the news of the big win. Photo Jeff Dawson

Michael McDonald

In a remarkable change to the local political climate, five new councillors have been voted on to Byron Shire Council.

They are the Greens’ Michael Lyon, Jeanette Martin and Sarah Ndiaye, Country Labor’s Jan Hackett and Cate Coorey of Community Byron. They join Greens mayor Simon Richardson, Country Labor’s Paul Spooner, Alan Hunter of Byron Shire in Balance and Our Sustainable Future’s Basil Cameron.

The Greens group total was 6,773 votes, followed by Country Labor 3,048, Byron Shire in Balance 1,746, Our Sustainable Future 1,482, and Community Byron 630. The only other councillor seeking re-election, Rose Wanchap, picked up 613 for her group The Middle Ground.

Of the councillor candidates, Lyon was elected first on the massive preference flow from Richardson’s mayoral run, followed by Spooner, Martin, Ndiaye, Cameron, Hunter, Hackett and Coorey.

In the mayoral race, Mayor Simon Richardson achieved an ‘absolute majority’ – 50 per cent of the vote plus one vote – on the distribution of preferences last Thursday, when candidate Jack Sugarman was the first to be eliminated.

On that distribution the vote tally was Richardson 8,182, Paul Spooner 3,394, Alan Hunter 1,934, Basil Cameron 1,860, Rose Wanchap 990, Jack Sugarman 483. There were 16,474 formal votes and 741 informal votes, out of a total 24,856 electors enrolled as of August 1.

Though the Greens and Labor are likely to have differences of opinion it will probably be  a much more civil atmosphere than that generated by the argumentative 2012–16 council. Alan Hunter, a former National Party federal candidate, could be regarded as the ‘odd man out’ in ideological stances.

See the full result at http://vtr.elections.nsw.gov.au/byron-shire-council/councillor.

The post Five new faces on Byron Council appeared first on Echonetdaily.

15:04

Your Say: Comments on safety in importing nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

safety-symbolLachlan Childs 14 Sep 2016 We are not a rich country, we don’t have money to just throw in the air. A Nuclear waste dump would not only harm the environment, and radiate the land for future generations, but it would put the country into bankruptcy. The nuclear waste dump may in fact cost millions of dollars just to set up and manufacture. I understand that the government will then say “Oh! but if we go forward with the Nuclear Waste Dump, a total of $279 billion dollars with be made,” Yea but at the risk of thousands being affected by radiation and if the shipping makes a mistake which could possibly happen, Australia would become another wasteland.

Marisol Da Silva 12 Sept 16 People predicted the Fukushima accident could happen years before it did happen. Chernobyl had it’s disaster because of human error. Because, as humans we do get it wrong. Years after both of these major catastrophes it is still costing money to maintain, clean up, not to mention the health issues of the people and children left behind to live with nuclear devastation. To this date there has been no real solution on how to store nuclear waste. It has been proven that it costs way to to much to plan, build, maintain now and far into the future as this stuff is going to stick around for what is essentially a forever (far beyond several human lifespans and our imaginations into the future). With all the information out there on radiation sickness and the unpredictability of natural disasters occurring, how can anyone hold a straight face and claim nuclear waste, power, mining, bombs are safe? Because ultimately all these things are linked. If you feel you have forgotten then ask the children of Chernobyl and the former USSR, Fukushima, the Marshall Islands, the survivors of the atomic bomb, British Maralinga SA tests, the tribals in Jagugoda Jharkhand India, and the list goes on. We don’t learn. Why don’t we learn from their stories? Why do you think South Australia suddenly will solve what no one has solved? Do you think future children are ever going to thank you for even entertaining this idea? It is a shame that a few greedy people can ruin the earth for the rest of us. We can’t let this happen. We wont let this happen here.

Craig Gordon 01 Sep 2016 I have a question relating to sea transport and geology.

When I stopped at a “Know Nuclear” stand recently the person I spoke to mentioned that with 10km’s of the coast lost cargo would be retrievable.. but past that it wouldn’t be accessible/safe/whatever to bring the waste back to the surface.
She wasn’t quite sure how to answer my follow up question though.. (her expertise was physics, not geology).
My (limited) understanding is that unlike continental crust, which is stable, oceanic crust is constantly being subducted into the core of the earth into the mantle… I understand the rate of this is slow.. but I was wondering how that process might relate to any high level waste that was lost at sea? 
http://nuclear.yoursay.sa.gov.au/get-invol…/statewide-survey


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14:53

Oh Pep chat their debut album and play live versions of Wanting and Trouble Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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  • Oh Pep :: Interview with Alex Pye
  • Oh Pep :: Wanting (Live)
  • Oh Pep :: Trouble Now (Live)
 

Before they take off to conquer the world on their huge North American and European tour, Melbourne duo Oh Pep made a pit stop to Sydney to chat with Alex Pye and play two live songs ‘Wanting’ and ‘Trouble Now’.

After recently releasing their debut album Stadium Cake, which was recorded on a frozen lake in Canada, the duo gave us a run-down of how that experience went down:

“It was all consuming at the time. We were actually over there twice, so the first time we were there it was the middle of winter and everything was iced over and there was so much snow. There was a steep driveway and it was so dangerous to get into the studio. You kind of would walk out the door, plant your feet and slide down to the house. It was really, really full on and Australians, we hadn’t had much exposure to that.”

On working with Dan Ledwell while in Canada to produce the album, they explained:

“Dan was really great. We tracked the whole album which we’d never done before on a recording, so it meant we could kind of go crazy and use these incredible instruments and gear that he had there. So you can hear lots of keys and effected guitars and drum pads, which we were really interested in. He let us do that and enabled it.”

Oh Pep will kick off their international tour in Baltimore on September 18, which will see them all the way through until November 9, where they will play the final show in Ireland. You can check out all the details at their website.

Listen to the full chat and live songs above.

 

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14:49

Make your mark for Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

noelenewebAt the annual general meeting of the Korumburra Business Association earlier this week, new KBA president Noelene Cosson (pictured) appealed to Korumburra residents to get on to the shire’s Your Say website and have their say!

She said the town’s response to the Community Capital Works Allocation Project, offering $400,000 in funding for the town, based on a community wish-list, hadn’t been as good as it might have been.

At the time of writing, Mirboo North people had registered more votes than Korumburra, with Foster not far behind.

So get on the shire’s website and make your vote count, bearing in mind the funding criteria though: “Please ensure your idea is related to a capital works project on Council managed land that could be completed with a budget of $400,000 or less. This forum will be moderated to ensure all ideas and comments are in keeping with the aims of the project.”

Here are a few of the projects so far suggested for Korumburra:

* Create a Korumburra Skate Park/Youth Precinct

* Replace the bitumen path from the high school into Korumburra

* Remove the clutter of information signs as you enter Korumburra from Melbourne

* Turn the outdoor swimming pool into an aquatic centre

* Use the money to fix up the main street.

What’s your suggestion? Where will you place your vote?

It closes on Tuesday, September 20.

Other towns

People in Mirboo North, Foster and Venus Bay are urged to do likewise – this isn’t a competition between the towns because each will be allocated $400,000 but it is a competition within towns for the best project.

The new shire council will have to pick the winners and it may not necessarily be the project that gets the most votes – but that will help.

 

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14:43

Meet the new Clarence Valley Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Candidates in order of election to Clarence Valley Council from 16 September 2016:

Richie WILLIAMSON (incumbent), 
Andrew BAKER (incumbent)
Karen TOMS (incumbent)
Peter ELLEM
Jason KINGSLEY (incumbent)
Debrah NOVAK
Jim SIMMONS  (incumbent),
 Arthur LYSAUGHT (incumbent)
Greg CLANCY.
Clarence Valley Council - Party or Group and Candidates Result Report
Candidates to be Elected: 9
Counts Required: 19
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14:42

With careful planning, Kangaroo Island could be independent with renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A balanced local electricity supply solution and a transition to 100% renewable power could deliver a range of economic development and other benefits to the local community.

renewable-energy-pictureKangaroo Island’s choice: a new cable to the mainland, or renewable power, The Conversation,  September 16, 2016 South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island, the site of Australia’s first free settled colony, could pioneer a new age of renewable energy, according to our new research.

The first hardy settlers in 1836 had to decide whether to go it alone with a settlement on the island or revert to the mainland. Today, the 4,400 or so people who call the island home face a similarly stark choice: energy independence, or continued reliance on the mainland.

On one hand, the ageing existing cable could simply be replaced, at a cost of between A$22 million and A$50 million. This is the “preferred network option” proposed by the local electricity distribution network, SA Power Networks (SAPN).

On the other hand, SAPN is also currently considering an alternative mix of local wind, solar and biomass generation, complemented by diesel generation, battery storage and demand management.Simple vs smart?

The new cable option is straightforward and well understood, if a little uninspiring. The local renewable power supply option means energy independence, more local investment and economic activity, and a boost for the tourist mecca’s clean, green brand. But it also requires solutions to a series of tricky technical and regulatory issues, at a scale never before attempted in Australia.

To help inform this crucial decision by SAPN and the Kangaroo Island community, I and my colleagues at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney yesterday published a studyof the feasibility of renewable energy for the island.

We conclude that Kangaroo Island could be powered by 86-100% renewable energy for about the same cost as replacing the cable to the mainland.

We examined ten different electricity supply scenarios for Kangaroo Island. The direct costs of the three most interesting scenarios are shown below. (Graph on original)

The most cost-effective alternative to a new cable is local supply of wind, solar photovoltaics and diesel generation, complemented by battery storage and “demand management”. This hybrid solution could supply the island with 86% renewable energy for only A$10 million more than a new cable option. This option would also meet SAPN’s tight deadline of being able to meet the island’s entire electricity demand by December 2018……….

Renewable future

A balanced local electricity supply solution and a transition to 100% renewable power could deliver a range of economic development and other benefits to the local community. But it wi...

14:35

Australian company exporting lithium "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Lithium is essential for wind turbines, as well as for so many 21st Century recycle-rare-earths-2technologies. However, it is another potentially toxic extractive industry. There’s so much of it dumped in discarded devices. Design should be the answer, so that lithium can be recycled.

MinRes beats Galaxy in lithium export race Jarrod Lucas – The West Australian on September 16, 2016  The first shipment of spodumene concentrate from the Mt Marion mine, 40km south-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is set to depart Fremantle next month bound for lithium processing plants in China.

The product, the equivalent of about 6 per cent lithium, will be delivered to Mt Marion co-owners Ganfeng Lithium (43.1 per cent), which builds batteries out of Jiangxi province and recently branched out into manufacturing electric cars.

Mt Marion, jointly owned by Chris Ellison’s Mineral Resources (43.1 per cent), and Neometals (13.8 per cent), will beat Galaxy Resources to market after its first shipment via Esperance from the revamped Mt Cattlin mine near Ravensthorpe was delayed until December.

It comes as Mt Marion’s neighbours Maximus Resources yesterday trumpeted a “new lithium discovery” on the doorstep of the mine……..https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32629967/lithium-set-for-export/#page1


14:23

Australia’s Global ‘Exit’: Tribalism and International Institutions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations.

— Senator Roberts, One Nation Party, September 14, 2016.

It all begins with a promise. A promise, less for a better future than a reclaimed past. Reclamation of the familiar, in fact, being the fundamental idea. “As a servant to the people of Queensland and Australia, I’m here to discuss with the chamber and the Australian people how we will rebuild our great nation.” These words from the inaugural speech of One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts set the trend in the Australian Senate Chamber.

He venerated the party’s founder Senator Pauline Hanson as the source of his inspiration, as the great interrogator of Australian complacency since 1998, when she spoke of the “swamping” effects of Asian immigration and the benefits the indigenous population were supposedly receiving.  Roberts was certainly on secure ground observing that many of Hanson’s views were stealthily incorporated into Australia’s policies, be they on security or refugees.

That venerated leader seemed visibly uncomfortable at such praise, but proceeded to tweak the swamping theme in her own senate inaugural address, using Muslims as the great substitute.  “Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own.”

Hanson and Roberts hail from a long line of populists suspicious of the “international institution,” which they regard as something of a meddling, threatening Frankenstein. But it is Roberts who couches matters with greater meaning, adding zest to armchair paranoia. (It is doubtful, for instance, whether Hanson has any serious understanding about what global institutions actually do.)

In truth, there is very little to be suspicious about such institutions as the UN, so bogged down in its own self-serving wishes, a bureaucratic clot incapabl...

14:05

Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3

Not sure what's going on in US politics anymore? You're not alone! That's why 2SER has teamed up with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and The Conversation to bring you 'Race to the White House', which will keep you updated on the Presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump right up until election day!

Race to the White House airs on 2SER 107.3FM Wednesdays 7:30-8pm and podcasted on the 2SER website here.

13:36

Should we use the OECD’s analysis of the private financial benefits of tertiary education? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I’m quoted this morning in The Australian‘s report on graduate earnings across the OECD, which is in the latest issue of Education at a Glance.

The reported numbers seemed low compared to work Grattan and others have done for higher education, and I have had a bit more time since to work out why.

An issue I noted in the Oz is that the analysis included people with diplomas. In 2012, diploma holders were 28 per cent of everyone with a diploma or higher qualification. Their lower average earnings will bring down the overall average.

Another issue is that the OECD’s data source may be understating graduate income. They used a source I had never heard of for analysing educational returns, the ABS Disablity, Ageing and Carers survey. It was a general population survey so the issue is not that it is a sample of graduates with a disability. However, looking at the way the unit record data is made available to researchers it seems income is only available in ranges, the top one of which is $1,730 a week or more. We hit this problem in the 2011 census as well, with their top range of $2,000 a week or more. 11 per per cent of diploma holders, 21 per cent of bachelor degree holders, and 33 per cent of postgraduate degree holders reported incomes of $2,000 a week or more. As some of these would have incomes well over $2,000 a week, the average is artificially held down by the income category cap.

The OECD numbers are net present value, which means that income expected to be received in the future is counted as of less value than income received now. There is plausible time value of money theory for discounting the future – for example, an 18 year old prospective student would probably rather receive $1,000 now than $1,100 when they finish their 3 year degree, even though there is a favourable implied interest rate on offer.

But in our Graduate Winners report that was not the way we presented the data, which we left undiscounted in the key sections. This was partly because the undiscounted number is easier to understand, and partly because despite the plausibility of time value of money theory in various contexts I was not sure it was so persuasive in this one. In my view, one reason people pursue higher education is so that they will have a good job and a high income in 30 years time. How much theoretical sense does it make to heavily discount the value of achieving a major objective?

Some interesting data on male hourly earnings by years of experience from the latest HILDA report highlights this issue. For the first five or so years, male graduates don’t earn much more per hour than men with vocational education. But after that time a wide earnings gap develops – in the later years that are most discounted by the OECD methodology.

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13:09

Our pie makers on gold-medal gravy train "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

OCEAN Grove’s iconic Rolling Pin Pie and Cake Shop has done it again.
The award-winning pie shop added to its already impressive haul of trophies with three more gongs at the Great Aussie Pie Competition.
The team’s country lamb and rosemary pie won the overall best pie in the gourmet section and the best pie in the red meat section. They also won the best pie in the breakfast section with the sumptuous breakfast pie.
It didn’t end there.
They also won the best poultry pie with the garlic pepper chicken pie.
Overall they won 12 gold medals, three plaques and a giant trophy at the awards, which judges the best pies in the country.
To put it all into context, Rolling Pin makes the best chicken, best breakfast and best red meat gourmet pies in Australia.
Rolling Pin’s Nathan Williams said the awards were the result of the hard work that his team puts in and that the country lamb and rosemary pie was a staple favourite.
“It’s probably been the most consistent over our 12 years,” he said.
“It would be easy to rest on our laurels, but everyone keeps pushing and trying to improve.”
Rolling Pin’s breakfast pie is a pioneer in pie judging.
The Great Aussie Pie Competition introduced a new category – the best breakfast pie – after the Ocean Grove version.
Despite the awards suggesting that Rolling Pin specialises in gourmet pies, Williams said there are a steady stream of customers who stick to the more simple pies.
“Generally the traditional ones and the ones that people want to eat,” he said.
“It’s about the customer at the end of the day. We have people who come in and say ‘we have friends who said to us to come in and try one of your pies’.”

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12:51

Thirty years of co-operative management of the Alps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

National Parks now cover much of the higher terrain in the Australian Alps, from the Baw Plateau to the east of Melbourne, all the way across the mountains almost to the outskirts of Canberra.

Those of us who enjoy these parks owe a great debt to the people who argued for the creation of the reserves in the first place, and to the generations of land managers that have looked after them.

While it is a discrete series of parks in Victoria, NSW and the ACT, there is also overall co-ordination of the parks through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the three state and territory and federal governments.

The MoU has allowed the Australian Alps to be managed co-operatively by the various agencies. Treating the Alps as a single bioregion makes a lot of sense, especially in a time of climate change. Yet like all good government decisions, the concept of co-operative management didn’t just appear. It took decades of work by a range of big picture thinkers and visionaries, and engagement in political processes at many levels that saw the creation of the agreement.

Whereas in the early stages after European colonisation, the Alps were seen largely as summer grazing grounds for cattle and sources of wood, gold and other materials, the history in the newsleter makes it clear that there was concern about the state of the Alps from the early to mid 1940s.

The history says:

“Baldor Byles, who was an early government research scientist, advocated for the protection of the Snowy Mountains and his report led to the establishment of the NSW Soil Conservation Authority. This was followed by similar efforts in Victoria, forming the Soil Conservation Authority of Victoria in 1940.

Conservationist Myles Dunphy had proposed a vast interstate wilderness between the Cobberas mountains in Victoria and the Grey Mare Range north of Kosciusko. The proposal was revised in 1943, now proposing that the area to be managed separately by state, but as a jointly recognized area.

In 1942 the then Premier of NSW Sir William McKell, took an eight-day horseback inspection to establish a view of the Snowy Mountains – surely a sign of what was of popular concern.

This was a trip reminiscent of those undertaken by John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt in the early part of the 20th century.

In Victoria, Professor John Turner was working with ecologist Masie Fawcett to undertake a wide-ranging botanical survey which involved setting up the famed grazing-exclusion plots in the mid 1940s”.

There were many other people seeking to develop data to inform good land management decision making, and a Royal Commission was held into the condition of the mountain catchments. In 1944, Kosciuszko State Park was established and grazing was eliminated from the park in the mid 1950s. Conservation groups started to campaign for larger protected areas, including a proposal for a continuous park across the high country of the Alps.

In the 1960s and ‘70s the first large series of major alpine parks were established. The next logical stage in the development of the parks system was to ensure there was co-ordination across all the reserves. Prime Minister Whitlam made a policy statement in 1972 about establishing a national park across the Australian Alps.

Co-operative management was finally achieved with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 1986.

The deeper issue of recognising the displacement of indigenous peoples took longer. There is a brief summary of some of the recent process around the recognition and involvement o......

12:49

12:41

Chilled and skilled – The Lulu Raes talk success and perform a live rendition of Never Leave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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  • The Lulu Raes :: Never Leave (Live)
  • The Lulu Raes :: Interview with Lucy Smith

Chilled and skilled – this was the mantra repeated by The Lulu Raes when chatting with Lucy Smith. It’s a simple belief from an anything but simple band, and it’s proving to be The Lulu Raes’ key to success. Performing a live rendition of their track titled ‘Never Leave,’ the band asserted themselves as an act worthy of attention.

From the latest EP titled All Our Parents Are Divorced, their latest song really showcases The Lulu Raes potential. Throughout the interview, the band thanked those who helped them in their early days.

“[Little Bastard] We’re close mates and they’re the reason we got our first gig and that’s how our manager met us. We played the Bright-side with them.”

Currently touring across the nation, The Lulu Raes show no sign of slowing down. When revealing their key to success, the importance of maintaining and developing connections proved to be important.

“Just be friends with Sticky Fingers [laughs]…get those connections out there. Nah, but it’s really tricky because there’s so many bands out there but none of them get noticed. You have to join a bit of a community. A lot of bands, they get together and you get to know other bands and then you meet new people – sort of like a cascading effect.”

“You’ve just gotta get out there, you can’t spend all your time in your room.”

When seeing what’s coming up within their live shows, The Lulu Raes, have a few new songs to share.

“We’re doing five new songs…we’re doing songs from the upcoming album and it sounds way more dynamic.”

You can check out the Lulu Raes live track and full interview above.

WHO: The Lulu Raes
WHERE: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
WHEN: September 30th
HOW MUCH: $15

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12:37

Premiere: Tobias Draws Us In With The Gentle And Evocative ‘Just A Boy’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiere: Tobias Draws Us In With The Gentle And Evocative ‘Just A Boy’

‘Just A Boy’ is the new one from Melbourne folk-pop artist Tobias, taken from his upcoming second album Alive.

It’s a gorgeous piece, the lyrics vividly evoking childhood memories of campsites and sun-drenched paddocks in bittersweet fashion, all draped over a gentle acoustic trickle. The video, produced by Henry Glover Films, serves as the perfect melancholic accompaniment, with sepia-tinged glimpses of Tobias’ family throughout.

You’ll be able to hear these dulcet tones live on his East Coast tour, which has just kicked off in Queensland, while the new record will be out this November.

Tobias Tour Dates

Sunday 25th September | Songfest @ Peregian Beach Hotel – Peregian Beach, QLD

Friday 21st October | City Sounds, Queen Street Mall – Brisbane, QLD

Friday 28th & Sunday 30th October | Happy Wanderer Festival – Benalla, VIC

Saturday 5th November | ‘Alive’ Album Launch @ Labour In Vain – Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 12th November | The Front, Canberra – ACT

Friday 18th November | The Fox Den, Gloucester – NSW

Friday 16th December | Imperial Hotel Eumundi, QLD

Sunday 8th January | Imperial Hotel Eumundi, QLD

12:26

Action Bronson Dines At Australia’s Best Restaurant & Freaking Loves It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Action Bronson Dines At Australia’s Best Restaurant & Freaking Loves It

Action Bronson is basically living the dream. Not only does he enjoy a successful career as a rapper, which gives him plenty of opportunities to practice his judo throws on fans who go too far, but he’s also the host of Vice’s F**k That’s Delicious.

The web series sees the Queens rapper travelling the world, hitting up the world’s best and most interesting eateries. A man with a big appetite, a single episode might see Bronson going from a Michelen star restaurant to his favourite submarine sandwich joint.

In one of the series’ most recent episodes, Bronson was in Melbourne and got the chance to hit up Attica, considered the best restaurant in Australia and one of the best in the world. A chef by trade himself, Bronson understood the privilege of getting to eat there.

The emcee and food lover hung out with head chef Ben Shewry, widely considered one of the best and most innovative chefs in the world, inside the Attica kitchen, where he became a lover of egg fu yung for the first time and tried Shewry’s mind-blowing desert.

12:19

Civil society to banks: get off fossil fuels! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over 100 civil society organisations and prominent Australians have signed an open letter, published today, that calls on Australia’s major banks to live up to their climate change commitments.

The letter, signed by environmental and faith-based groups, unions, artists, writers, academics, health professionals, climate change scientists and some of Australia’s most respected musicians calls on the banks to back up their support last year for the Paris climate agreement with action that actually matches this ambition.

You can read and sign the letter here.

 

12:15

MELBOURNE SNAP | JANINE FINNIGAN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne Snap lets us meet residents of our city as they go about their business. Our photographers capture their portraits and whatever they want to share with our readers. You might be next!

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12:14

Playmate :: ‘This, This is Mine’ at various locations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I don’t want to tell you anything about this play except that you should go because the whole time is a really nice surprise. Unfortunately that’s not going to cut it, so read on if you need convincing.

There is wine/beer there.

Still need direction?

It starts out in fresh air with nice music and you just get to chill for a bit.

You can do that anywhere?

Yeah, but each run is limited to 16 tickets so you wont be crowded and you get to meet cool people who also like stories, plus you get to see a play at the end. It’s good.

Details?

Fine. There are two characters – most of the play is a conversation between them in an inner city living room. Both actors are very good. They play people with depth, that are likeable, vulnerable and flawed. They’ll both probably remind you of someone you know, or maybe yourself. It’ll be challenging to witness their conversation but it’ll also give you enough space to process as you go. You might not like them at times, but your time with them is intimate and you’ll learn a bit about your own hang ups.

More?

You’re being a bit greedy now but whatever, that’s one of the themes so just live that truth I guess. The play is called ‘This, This is Mine’ and it explores how humans create ownership of gender, race and space in the building of their identities. The real magic lies in the grey areas; what is right, what is kind, what is cruel, what is true, what is effective, what is rape, what is love, what is abandon, what is purpose?

That’s all I want to tell you, except to see this play and tickets are limited so get them now. Take your mates so you have someone to dissect it with. Message me about it maybe?

 


WHAT: This, This is Mine
WHERE: Various inner city locations
WHEN: Until September 25

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12:06

M.I.A. Interview: Outsider Feminism, Social Media and Political Responsibility "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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M.I.A.’s fifth album, AIM is out now via Interscope and Polydor Records 

  • M.I.A. :: Interview with Tanya Bonnie Rae

 

“I think it’s great that the newer generations are becoming more conscious and aware and political and opinionated. All of those things I feel like I’m a part of, and they’re a part of me.”

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam is the Sri Lankan-raised, now UK-based rapper, singer, director, activist, designer and photographer known as M.I.A. On the eve of releasing her fifth and apparently final album AIM, Maya spoke to FBi’s Tanya Bonnie Rae. The international queen of controversy shared her thoughts on how pop music has changed since she’s been involved in the industry.

“I think there are a lot of closed doors now, where you can’t come into the music industry if you’re from a different class, or a different background, or a different political idea.”

Elaborating on where she sees herself within the spectrum of pop music, she said:

“I don’t know how I did it, but I sort of got through the net. I have such a big mouth that when I want the space, I fight for it, and when I don’t, I walk away. But a lot of kids are not like that. And I think sometimes they get scared or they can get tricked into selling out quicker than they’ve established who they are and their strengths. I think that’s why some of them don’t survive long.”

Maya arrived in London as a refugee in the mid 1980s, a survivor of the genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka. She is now the only artist in history who has been nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Brit Award, Mercury Prize and Alternative Turner Prize. She’s also a visual artist (Jude Law was one of the early buyers of her work) and a single mother with a 7-year-old son.

Talking about feminism in the age of social media, Maya is wary of the power that online platforms hold. Her views stem from personal experiences:

“When you talk about feminism – there are very clear issues that I’ve been through that could have really done with a hand from feminists, you know, fighting in my corner. But they don’t, and it doesn’t apply to me. For example, when I was going through a custody battle in the US courts, and the US laws are not often in favour of the mother. That’s where feminism needs to really change things in America, and not worry too much about whether a girl in India gets to wear a short dress or not.”

“On social media, the view of feminism is like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re liberating women in the Middle East from wearing burqas and stopping Indian women getting raped, and we’ve done that with a hashtag – we’ve all achieved it. That’s the perception on social media. So I feel like I’m stuck in this environment as an artist, where on the one hand I know that a hashtag doesn’t fully change anything… but I can’t criticise anything in the US because if I do, then my social media platform gets curbed.”

“If you’re talki...

12:02

Track By Track: Harts Runs Us Through The Searing Guitar Licks Of ‘Smoke Fire Hope Desire’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Track By Track: Harts Runs Us Through The Searing Guitar Licks Of ‘Smoke Fire Hope Desire’

Today, Melbourne guitar maestro Harts has dropped his latest album Smoke Fire Hope Desire, an immaculately-produced collection of searing riffs, soaring melodies, and straight-up rock joy.

Having already taken us behind the scenes of his ‘Power’ video shoot, and talked to us about self-producing a record like this, he’s now gone in-depth for us on the driving forces behind each track.

Released today, Smoke Fire Hope Desire is available now on iTunes via Dew Process/UMA.

Smoke (Intro)

This is the intro to the record. The idea started with me playing with tape speed edits and effects over the song ‘Ain’t Too Far Gone’ just for fun. Then I decided to use that and have it build and slam into a drum and bass groove from there, setting up the musical direction for the record.

Lyrically this track also sets up the intention and concept for the album. The chorus sections on this intro track are one of my favourite moments on the record. It also bridges nicely into the next song.

Fear In Me

I had the main riff for this song written and floating around in my head for years, possibly five years...

12:00

AGV helmet hydrates riders on the go "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AGV Pista GP R with hydration system

AGV Pista GP R with hydration system

Italian motorbike helmet manufacturer AGV has introduced a hydration cooling system which allows riders to sip liquid while riding.

The AGV Pista GP R, presented in five graphics and two carbon variants, will be available from November 2016 starting from €1200 (about $A1800).

There is no word on when it will be available in Australia, but under new laws, it can be legally imported and worn without the need for extra Australian certification.

The Pista GP R is the first helmet to include a hydration system, featuring internal channels and a drinking valve placed inside the chin area. It is completely removable.AGV Pista GP R with hydration system

There is an elastic tube at the back of the helmet which draws water from a hydration kit which can be worn as a backpack, or integrated into the aerodynamic hump in many modern racing leathers.

The AGV helmet was launched with ambassador Valentino Rossi at the recent Misano MotoGP in addition to the launch of new Dainese Mugello R D-air leathers featuring the hydration pack.

AGV has long been an innovator with helmet technology including AGVisor that changes tint in less than a second at the touch of a button thanks to a thin liquid crystal (LCD) layer powered by a small rechargeable battery.

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11:35

Are retailers failing to properly value rooftop solar generation? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

According to the Victorian pricing authority – yes they are. But is this a “market failure” that justifies regulatory intervention, or are we missing something?

10:35

Don Watson’s Enemy Within "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Don Watson,  Enemy Within: American politics in the time of Trump (Quarterly Essay 63, September 2016)

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This Quarterly Essay is closer in form to the classic essays of Addison and Lamb than to the engaged argument of most issues. It doesn’t so much push a thesis as offer a series of ruminations and perspectives.

Don Watson is a lugubrious bemoaner of abuses of the English language, so visiting a US election campaign must have been a melancholy experience for him. One of the joys of this essay is the attention it pays to language – my favourite moment being this comment on Bernie Sanders’ repeated use of the word ‘incomprehensible’:

An election processes reality into platitudes. Even the images become platitudes. It grinds all the tendons and marrow and flesh of history, and all the cultural overlays of Los Angeles, and the ukuleles and ‘You bets’ of Janesville, into something universally digestible. Hearing a word like ‘incomprehensible’ in the middle of it is like finding a bone in a fish finger.

More substantially, Watson is also a historian. Rather than give us a blow-by-blow account of Donald Trump’s tweets and other provocations or Hillary Clinton’s emails, he turns to the past for perspective. He likes Hillary Clinton best when she delivers a history lesson rather than a stump speech at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund meeting. He sees Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a resurgence of ‘a much assailed and greatly debilitated, but unbroken American tradition of democratic socialism’, which he presents to us by way of a sketch of the history of Wisconsin, where Fighting Bob La Follette ‘took on the elites for forty years’ and the current mayor, Paul Soglin, continues in his footsteps. He discusses Trump in the context of twentieth century fascism,  concluding somewhat reassuringly:

[Were] he to win the presidency in ways resembling Hitler’s or Mussolini’s, it’s inconceivable that Trump’s next steps would resemble theirs. His brutish and ingenious destruction of the country club Republicans, and the capitulation of most of the remainder, are shameful and concerning, but even if this means the end of the Republican Party, that is not the same as the end of UIS democracy. The Germans of 1933 had had a decade of democracy. The Americans have had a a lot more than that.

Then, less reassuringly, he asks:

And if Trump doesn’t win, will he walk away? Will his followers? He is telling them if he loses it means the vote was rigged. He doesn’t need to be an actual fascist for the day after election day to be a worrying prospect.

What oft was thought but is here so well expressed.

I’m glad to report that most of the essay is about the US rather than specifically about Trump. Not that Watson is reluctant to repeat witty take-downs of either main candidate, but the ‘time’ of the title was also the moment of Muhammad Ali’s death, of Marilynne Robinson’s writing, of Bernie Sanders’ speaking – about all of which he writes beautifully.


Roughly two thirds of this QE is devoted to correspondence on the previous issue, in which James Brown put a case for greater public engagement and debate in Australia’s approach to the possibility of war. Two elder historians lament young Brown’s apparent historical ignorance, other correspondents take exception to aspects of his argument. But there’s a general consensus that more thought and discussion is needed. Brown...

10:23

Cobargo here we come! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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On October 7, eight female crime and mystery writers will converge on Cobargo, just inland from Bermagui on the NSW coast, to take part in their inaugural crime convention.

http://fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/sisters-in-crime/

The writers are an eclectic mix, from a gynaecologist living in far north Queensland, Caroline de Costa, to a former member of the RAAF, who also has a BA in medieval history, Ilsa Evans, to a writer of historical crime (Sydney/1930s), Sulari Gentill, to yours truly, author of a Canberra-based quartet, now embarked on a sea-change mystery series.

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One of the festival organisers, in a welcoming email, said that they were washing the streets of Cobargo in honour of our arrival. Thank you, Louise!

While this is an attractive idea, I wonder if it really fits a collection of crime writers, who might be more comfortable with dirty streets, even blood-stained ones?

Jennifer Rowe once referred to crime writers as ‘good housekeepers’, by which she meant that we like to tidy things up, which has an element of truth in it, at least for some exponents of the genre. But even PD James said that order is never really re-established at the end of her novels.

My approach to clean streets is that I like to dig beneath them – ha...

10:03

Four Corners’ Backing Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project will feature on Four Corners on Monday, the 19th of September at 8:30pm.

For a short insight into the episode visit the Four Corners website

You can also watch the promo here:

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is a demonstration of how justice reinvestment can work in Australia and its appearance on Four Corners provides a timely opportunity to raise awareness of the advantages of a justice reinvestment approach.

We hope that you watch Four Corners on Monday and encourage others to as well.

If you would like to help promote Just Reinvest NSW and justice reinvestment, online and through your networks we have some resources to help you.

The Supporter Kit includes:

  • An email you can send to your networks
  • Suggested social media posts
  • A draft newsletter copy you can adapt for publication
  • A brief news story for a website

You can also find a link to a Fact Sheet, as well as a Q&A.

This is an exciting opportunity to capture the nations attention and we encourage you to adapt and share this content as broadly as possible.

Just Reinvest will continue to work with the Bourke community to demonstrate that a community driven, collaborative approach to justice reinvestment offers a real solution for Australian communities seeking to tackle problems around offending and incarceration, while creating alternate pathways for young people.

We hope you take the time to watch the Four Corners on the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project Bourke and use this opportunity to raise awareness of the advantages of justice reinvestment.

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10:02

Reinvesting in a smarter approach to youth justice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

‘Our corrections systems are at a crisis point and a smarter ­approach urgently is needed ­nationally,’ writes Dr Tom Calma in The Australian today.

‘The overall prison population and over-representation of Aboriginal people in our prisons are increasing, while recently released statistics show that property and violent crime rates are falling. Something isn’t working.

‘Meanwhile, more and more taxpayer money is being poured into building new prisons. The NSW government, for example, has just announced plans to spend $3.8 billion on new prison beds across the next four years. This money could be better invested elsewhere — in early intervention and the prevention of crime. The outlook is particularly stark for Aboriginal young people.

‘The imprisonment rate for Aboriginal Australians has increased by an alarming 52 per cent in a decade, and more than half (59 per cent) of the young people in jail are Aboriginal, despite making up only 5 per cent of the population aged 10 to 17.

‘The latest figures show about $409 million is spent each year detaining young people in Australia.

‘This translates to more than $440,000 a year for each young person in detention on an average day.

‘We simply cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. We need to come together and find a better way to address the problem — not just build more prisons. This “better way” is justice reinvestment, and I have been championing it since 2009.

Justice reinvestment is a smarter, data-driven approach to justice that finds alternative pathways for potential offenders and builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and support.

‘It is tough on crime by preventing it from happening in the first place, and that is what ultimately reduces the number of victims of crime and builds safer communities.

‘The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures the community is involved and committed to taking ownership not only of the problem but also of the solutions.

‘Importantly, it has been proven to work. In the US, there are 30 justice reinvestment initiatives at the state level and another 18 at the county level that are reducing offending and saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

‘Next Monday, the ABC’s Four Corners program will report the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke in northwest NSW. This is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia and aims to provide a demonstration of how justice reinvestment can work here.

‘I visited Bourke a year ago and was impressed. What I saw had the potential to be replicated ­nationally and it was not complicated.

‘Simply, it was about the community working together to address a challenge that affects us all. Under the stewardship of Aboriginal leader Alistair Ferguson, and with the support of Just Reinvest NSW, key agencies on the ground, such as schools, police and health services, look at data and work with the Aboriginal community to identify what is causing people to commit crimes, be they minor or...

09:45

Guy’s Vision for Macquarie Point "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Click through to the site to view the cartoon.

09:38

Friday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While many residents continue to clean up after the floods, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for the next 10 days.

The bus union has called for New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance to resign over a bus fire that held up traffic for several hours on the Sydney Harbour Bridge last night.

Oscar winner and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has weighed in on the Great Barrier Reef’s future.

The federal government passed the omnibus bill after a long debate last night.

The OECD has come out with a report shows that, despite more funding than other countries, Australian schools are lacking.

The Australian Psychological Society has issued a formal apology in Melbourne today to Indigenous Australians.

 

 

In Sport…

Australian war veteran Curtis McGrath has won gold in the KL3 canoe sprint in Rio this morning edging out Markus Swoboda of Austria.

Renowned bowler Mitchell Starc has had surgery on his shin following a freak training ground accident, says Cricket Australia.

Midfielder Billy Hartung is set to make a comeback on Hawthorn’s side for tonight’s sudden death AFL semi-final against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG.

 

 

News Reader: Matthew Wellings. Sports Reader: Marianne Close. Producer: Samantha Smith. Web Editor: Marianne Close. Journalists: Matthew Wellings, Marianne Close, Samantha Smith

09:37

Paul Madigan – Live Music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne musician Paul Madigan is a musician known for his unique brand of songwriting that largely dwells on an Australian long past as well as his wicked sense of side splitting humour.

Peter Inglis and Peter Starkie are guitarists from the original line up of legendary Australian band, The Skyhooks. They will be joining Paul for a performance Sunday night at the Gov.

Breakfast host Ian Newton was joined by Peter Inglis and Paul Madigan in the studio for some live music. 

 

Produced by Alicia Franceschini

09:33

Facebook, Twitter join coalition to “improve” online news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/facebook-twitter-join-coalition-improve-online-news-193958420.html

Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks.

First Draft News, which is backed by Google, announced Tuesday that some 20 news organizations will be part of its partner network to share information on best practices for journalism in the online age.

Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft, said the partner network will help advance the organization’s goal of improving news online and on social networks.

“Filtering out false information can be hard. Even if news organizations only share fact-checked and verified stories, everyone is a publisher and a potential source,” she said in a blog post.

“We are not going to solve these problems overnight, but we’re certainly not going to solve them as individual organizations.”

Sargent said the coalition will develop training programs and “a collaborative verification platform,” as well as a voluntary code of practice for online news.

“We live in a time when trust and truth are issues that all newsrooms, and increasingly the social platforms themselves, are facing,” she said.

“Each partner is committed to sharing knowledge, developing policies and devising training in how journalists use the social web to find and report news.”

The announcement comes amid concerns over the growing role of social networks, especially Facebook, in delivering and filtering news, and sometimes allowing hoaxes and misinformation to proliferate.

The partner network includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, The New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, CNN, ABC News of Australia, ProPublica, AFP, The Telegraph, France Info, Breaking News, Le Monde’s Les Decodeurs, International Business Times UK, Eurovision News Exchange and Al Jazeera Media Network.

Other organizations in the network include Amnesty International, European Journalism Centre, American Press Institute, International Fact Checking Network and Duke Reporters’ Lab.”

First Draft was formed last year with support from Google News Lab and has worked with YouTube on verifying user-generated videos, among other projects.

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09:31

Foreign investment curtailments add to our self-harm "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Chinese investment risks remain prominent, their profile having been boosted by the treasonable behaviour of Senator Dastyari.  I have a piece in the Herald Sun today that addresses the issue and our very own Foreign Minister is pictured here with Boris and Ambassador Downer advising the Brits on the issue.

The Famous Five

Foreign investment is both as a means of facilitating tech and know-how transfer and for supplementing domestic savings.  In my own piece I point out that Australia’s chronic undersaving makes foreign investment far more important than in other countries – at least 20 per cent of our investment is courtesy of capital inflows.

The reasons for Australian undersaving go to the policy disincentives to avoid it – highlighted by the present superannuation debate.  Most Australians have long taken the view that, assurances notwithstanding, governments desperate for money to continue fuelling impecunious voting coalitions, would eventually pillage personal savings.  Whether you take James Kirby’s view that today’s “compromise” is to be welcomed or Judith’s more robust criticism, we have the retrospectivity of a tax on savings that were not previously to be taxed with a stated annual $800 million boost to the budget bottom line.  Nobody seriously thinks that is the end of the matter – indeed, the lack of proper indexation will see the plundering steadily increase (with the public servants offering advice to gullible ministers that leaves their own nest eggs untouched).

All this means we are not about to see an increase in savings to allow a greater self-reliance in investment.  And as half the world’s funds that are investable outside of home economies are from China, our own reliance on this source of capital can only increase.

Yet even before revelations of Dastyari’s cash-fed behaviour, we have been discriminating against Chinese investment.  The Government has conjured up grounds to oppose Chinese stakes in Rio and agricultural land and housing investments.

In respect of agricultural land, the bottom line is that 90 per cent land is fully Australian owned; agricultural output is stagnating as a result of government measures to buy water for the environment, use of planning powers to prevent clearing of scrub and impositions of restraints on new technology like GM plants.  At least until we decide to reverse course on the harmful impositions we place on farming, foreign investment might offer a partial offset.

This applies equally to mining – today the new NT government  joined its supine counterparts in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania in banning fracking for gas, buckling to...

09:28

The Australian Psychological Society apologises to Indigenous Australians and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An apology to Indigenous Australians has taken place by the Australian Psychological Society for staying silent on the effects of the Stolen Generation. Image Souce: Flickr.com

Formal Apology to Indigenous Australians

The Australian Psychological Society has formally apologised to Indigenous Australians for failing patients in the past.

The apology was issued in Melbourne, with the twenty-two-thousand member body saying sorry for staying silent on the effects of the Stolen Generation.

09:16

Joseph Tawadros "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following the release of his 13th album World Music, Joseph Tawadros is returning to Australia, playing at Nexus Arts in Adelaide on Saturday, September 17.

Producer: Ian Newton

Image: Joseph and James Tawadros | TEDxSydney 2013 by David Clare (CC)

08:42

Friday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Psychological Society has issued a formal apology in Melbourne today to Indigenous Australians.

While many residents continue to clean up after the floods, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for the next 10 days.

The federal government passed the omnibus bill after a long debate last night.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says that there will be no deal between Nauru and New Zealand to take Refugees from Nauru.

The OECD has come out with a report shows that, despite more funding than other countries, Australian schools are lacking.

Liberal backbencher George Christensen has called for immigration to be restricted from countries where violent extremism is present.

 

In Sport…

Australian war veteran Curtis McGrath has won gold in the KL3 canoe sprint in Rio this morning edging out Markus Swoboda of Austria.

Renowned bowler Mitchell Starc has had surgery on his shin following a freak training ground accident, says Cricket Australia.

Midfielder Billy Hartung is set to make a comeback on Hawthorn’s side for tonight’s sudden death AFL semi-final against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG.

 

 

News Reader: Matthew Wellings. Sports Reader: Marianne Close. Producer: Samantha Smith. Web Editor: Marianne Close. Journalists: Matthew Wellings, Marianne Close, Samantha Smith.

08:40

Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian scientists recently made an incredible discovery.

They have found that one obscure type of honey is capable of killing just about every virus and disease scientists throw at it, including some of the worst bacteria known to man.

The study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (June 2009 edition). It really is being seen as hugely significant at a time when many of the world’s top antibiotics are failing, especially against resistant “superbugs.”

The amazing honey we are eluding to is known as manuka honey, which is a  New Zealand produce and also goes by the name of jelly bush honey.

Manuka honey has boomed in sales so much over the past few years that shortages have been reported. This has lead to fake products being sold, leading New Zealand manuka producers to seek trademark protection (similar to French champagne or Scottish whiskey for example).

Now that the secret out, It’s easy to see why is this honey’s incredible health benefits and being widely regarded as nothing short of miraculous.

Manuka Honey Kills MRSA, Other Superbugs

Bees foraging on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the New Zealand manuka bush,  make the mauka honey. These trees are native only to Australia and New Zealand.

In the study Australian researchers concluded that the honey killed every bacteria or pathogen they tested it on. According to a report by The Australian, the honey can be applied topically to help fight against infections of the skin, cuts and insect bites, or taken internally.

Manuka honey is darker than most traditional honey.

The most promising result of the manuka honey test was that none of the superbugs killed by the honey were able to build up immunity, a major problem with today’s antibiotics and the future of mankind.

Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences said:

“New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant. Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save many lives.”

Dr. Carter states that manuka honey contains a compound called methyglyoxal. This compound binds with other unknown compounds to cause “multi-system failure” that destroys the bacteria.

Where Can You Find Manuka Honey?

The supply levels have fluctuated in recent years and fake honey scams have been documented. When looking for manuka honey it is best to look for one that is UMF certified.

You can buy the honey from health stores and online market places but always ensure that you know what you are buying.

‘UMF’ stands for Unique Manuka Factor. It is the phytochemical property derived from the manuka bushes that gives it its unique fighting properties. This term is regulated by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand and a handful of certified manuka products can be found on Amazon.com.

The brand Comvita manuka honey is available on Amazon and is UMF certified. One particular customer on Amazon said that it this type of honey helped to erase their MRSA:

“I had done a fair amount of research when a friend of ours got MRSA, and then, unfortunately, I got it too., said user JoshuaOne9 on Amazon. Thankfully, I had already done the research so I knew exactly what to do. As soon as I saw the red bump (thinking the first day that it was a mosquito bite) I scratched it, but the second day I realized that it had to be something else. My husband immediately knew what it was since we had been dealing with our friend’s case of MRSA. I got my hands on this Manuka honey and put on the area of skin that was affected and then it is very important that you...

08:33

Premiere: Sydney Rapper Rapaport Makes His Solo Debut In Absolute Style "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiere: Sydney Rapper Rapaport Makes His Solo Debut In Absolute Style

Having spent the last six years running Sydney label Big Village, and performing in former project Loose Change, Rapaport is finally taking the opportunity to drop his debut solo record through his own label.

‘What I Got’ is our first taste from the upcoming album Village Idiot and, appropriately enough, gives us an idea of what he’ll be bringing to the table. We like what we hear. Produced by emerging Sydney artist Ribongia and featuring the talents of Billie McCarthy on the hook, it’s a damn solid mix of bouncy, insistent beats and raspy braggadocio.

One thing’s for certain: it’s guaranteed to bang hard when it launches at Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar on October 8, and we’ll definitely be waiting for the whole album to drop in 2017.

08:33

Bus driver praised after Sydney blaze "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Smoke from the bus blaze on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday. AAP Image/Lauren Farrow

Smoke from the bus blaze on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday. AAP Image/Lauren Farrow

Dan McCulloch

Sydney [AAP]

A bus driver has been praised for his quick-thinking and selfless actions after his vehicle burst into flames on the Sydney Harbour Bridge during peak hour on Thursday.

The 35-year-old driver and two of his passengers suffered smoke inhalation, while dozens of others escaped unharmed, after the bus caught alight at Milsons Point.

Firefighters say 30 people were on board when the fire broke out at about 5.25pm.

Traffic came to a standstill as flames and thick smoke billowed from the bridge while firefighters worked to control the blaze.

The driver and two women, aged 24 and 48, were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital suffering minor smoke inhalation and remained in a stable condition on Thursday night.

‘Upon discovering the fire [he] took immediate action and had utmost in his mind the safety of those passengers on the bus,’ NSW transport minister Andrew Constance told reporters in Sydney.

‘The driver got off the bus, obviously had a look at the engine bay of the bus, and took immediate action to prioritise the safety of those customers.’

The cause of the blaze aboard the 20-year-old bus is unknown, with the Office of Transport Safety told to investigate.

‘Obviously with this type of fire and the very nature of it, it is not one which is going to please many; it is a shocking looking fire,’ Mr Constance said.

A tow truck removed the scorched bus from the bridge around 6.30pm, with traffic returning to normal about two hours later.

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08:30

Vic floods: ‘grave’ fears for farmer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A police image of a ute found submerged in a dam in the district of Wallacedale in western Victoria, on Wednesday. AAP Image/Victoria Police

A police image of a ute found submerged in a dam in the district of Wallacedale in western Victoria, on Wednesday. AAP Image/Victoria Police

Kaitlyn Offer, Helen Velissaris & Luke Costin

Melbourne [AAP]

There are grave concerns for an elderly farmer missing in Victoria’s floods, while the country town of Charlton is bracing for a river peak of 7.5 metres.

The search continues for the 84-year-old farmer, whose ute was swept into a dam by floodwaters in Wallacedale.

Police divers scoured the dam and nearby areas on Thursday after the ute was found submerged on Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe the man was not in the car at the time, but he did have three dogs tied to the back, one of which died.

‘Without a doubt, we have grave concerns,’ Police Assistant Commissioner Deb Abbott told reporters.

Heavy rain has inundated most of the state this week, with the central and northwest region still bracing for major flooding.

The Avoca River in Charlton is expected to peak near 7.5m on Friday morning – just short of the 7.9m peak at the town during the September 2010 flood.

About 6pm on Thursday the river had reached 7.13m and was still rising.

Ten homes could be flooded by the Avoca River flood, Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said on Thursday.

About 8,000 customers were without power in Charlton, Wedderburn and surrounding areas when a concrete pole came down in floodwaters on Wednesday night.

Power supply was being restored by Thursday evening with the aim being all customers back on the grid by 8pm.

Mr Lapsley told reporters the Charlton flood was the highest peak seen in this event, which has been dubbed the ‘Floods of September 2016’ and is expected to go on for ‘some time’.

‘The state is saturated, the rivers are full,’ he said. ‘We’re actually seeing roads turn into rivers.’

Mr Lapsley said there would be economic impacts, especially to farmers, and the infrastructure impacts will not be known until the water recedes.

Ms Abbott pleaded with motorists to stop ignoring road blocks, telling reporters while no one had been fined yet, ‘it’s not off the cards’.

Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said emergency relief and recovery arrangements have been activated.

Ten people had accessed emergency relief payments of up to $1300 so far, he said during question time in Parliament on Thursday.

Seventeen people have be...

08:28

Alcohol researchers test Qld liquor laws "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A protest against the Queensland government's proposed lockout laws outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane in February. AAP Image/Cleo Fraser

A protest against the Queensland government’s proposed lockout laws outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane in February. AAP Image/Cleo Fraser

Brisbane [AAP]

A team of leading alcohol researchers are assessing the effectiveness of Queensland’s contentious liquor licensing laws.

The team is developing unique data sets covering assaults, emergency department and ambulance presentations, noise complaints, and pedestrian counts.

The researchers are also interviewing patrons in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and West End, Surfers Paradise and Cairns as part of the two-year project evaluating the laws which include a statewide 2am last drinks call.

In examining the impact of the new liquor licensing regime, the researchers are evaluating the success of targeted policing initiatives, education, liquor licensing and compliance, precinct management, police and court powers, and monitoring and measuring efforts.

Project leader Professor Peter Miller said the $1.2 million federally and state funded research project was extremely important to the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

‘The Queensland government’s decision to implement a comprehensive set of policies … now provides a major opportunity to evaluate these measures and their impact on the community,’ Prof Miller said.

Under the laws introduced on July 1, licensed premises can only operate until 2am, unless they are within a designated safe night precinct where last drinks end at 3am.

There is also a ban on the sale and supply of rapid intoxication drinks after midnight includes jelly shots, bombs and those containing more than 45 millilitres of spirits or liqueur.

The state’s lockout laws aren’t due to start until February.

The research is due to wind up on June 1, 2018 with a report to be provided to the Queensland government four months later.

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07:54

Friday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Psychological Society has issued a formal apology in Melbourne today to Indigenous Australians.

While many residents continue to clean up after the floods, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for the next 10 days.

The federal government passed the omnibus bill after a long debate last night.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says that there will be no deal between Nauru and New Zealand to take Refugees from Nauru.

The OECD has come out with a report shows that, despite more funding than other countries, Australian schools are lacking.

Liberal backbencher George Christensen has called for immigration to be restricted from countries where violent extremism is present.

 

In Sport…

Australian war veteran Curtis McGrath has won gold in the KL3 canoe sprint in Rio this morning edging out Markus Swoboda of Austria.

Renowned bowler Mitchell Starc has had surgery on his shin following a freak training ground accident, says Cricket Australia.

Midfielder Billy Hartung is set to make a comeback on Hawthorn’s side for tonight’s sudden death AFL semi-final against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG.

 

 

News Reader: Matthew Wellings. Sports Reader: Marianne Close. Producer: Samantha Smith. Web Editor: Marianne Close. Journalists: Matthew Wellings, Marianne Close, Samantha Smith.

07:32

Heavy criticism of Qld’s infrastructure deficit at IAQ Infrastructure Summit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Government ministers should accept speaking invitations at important conferences so they can communicate with industry and the public, and, also, so they can deny Opposition members 20 minute speaking slots in which they can criticise the Government’s performance. That is what happened yesterday at the Infrastructure Association of Queensland’s Infrastructure Summit held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, which featured Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington as keynote speaker.

The Deputy Opposition Leader heavily criticised the Queensland Government’s record on infrastructure, noting that, at 1.3 percent of GSP, general government infrastructure spending was at a record low in 2015-16. She also criticised the Government for failing to fully deliver its infrastructure program in 2015-16, with a shortfall of some $2 billion. This appears to be based on a comparison of budgeted and estimated actual expenditure figures for non-financial asset purchases across the whole of Queensland Government for 2015-16, which reveals a shortfall of $1.7 billion (see chart below based on data from the 2016-17 Budget papers, specifically Tables 9.1 and 9.2 of Budget Paper no. 2).

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The Deputy Opposition Leader also said the Government has yet to make a convincing case for Cross River Rail, and called on the Government to release the full business case. She asked what “secret taxes” are being planned by the Government to pay for the project. This is obviously a reference to value capture proposals, which could include a betterment levy on property owners benefiting from increases in property values. An increase in car registration, which was apparently advanced as an option in the business case, has been ruled out by the Government. I hope the Opposition’s rhetoric about secret and sneaky taxes does not preclude it from using value capture to pay for future projects when in Government, as value capture can be a legitimate source of project funding and can promote a fairer sharing of the costs.

The Deputy Opposition Leader would have been very pleased if she had stayed at the Summit, because the next speaker, the Deputy Director-General of Queensland’s Infrastructure Department Darren Crombie, said he supported a lot of what the Deputy Opposition Leader said, and he noted she was correct about the infrastructure shortfall. It appears that public servants, too, and not just industry players, are disappointed with the relatively low level of infrastructure spending in Queensland. As I have noted on this blog, however, government infrastructure spending has started to increase recently, and it is very important to make sure we are spending money on projects that deliver net benefits to the community.


07:19

The Glasshouse – Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

“I’m sorry, we’re fully booked”, the maitre’d told us as we made our way into Hobart’s “The Glasshouse”. “However, we could offer you some seats at the bar or a couch”, she added. We looked over at the couches near the window. Two longish couches which could have seated six, with a low table in the middle. “Perfect”, we all decided instantly.

Though table dining is a lovely thing, for the gathering we had (work colleagues, sharing plates and wine), it was absolutely perfect. The food was excellent: oysters, king fish, lamb, deep fried mushrooms, and the BEST eggplant I’ve had in ages. There was lots of oohing and ahhing. And we all felt absolutely happy with the portions. The service was also excellent: there when you wanted it, and not in your face when it wasn’t there.

The restaurant was recommended by my ex and his wife, who are regular visitors to Hobart (they’ve bought a house here), and I’m glad he did. It was night, and we were deep in conversation, so we probably didn’t take in much of the water views, but I think it would be especially good around lunchtime or sunset. Though it’s a little expensive for “ordinary tastes”, it was a terrific night, and I’m happy to recommend it also.

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07:06

Congratulations to the people of PNG on the 41st celebrations of their country’s Independence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Congratulations to the people of PNG on the 41st celebrations of their country’s Independence 

                                                    



The Australia West Papua Association Sydney, congratulations the people of PNG on the 41st celebrations of their country’s Independence from Australia.  The PNG people have always being supporters and friends of the West Papuan people accepting thousands of West Papuan refugees fleeing persecution from the Indonesian military.
We know that the PNG people are also urging their government to support full membership of West Papua at the MSG. Happy Independence Day
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07:00

Floods continue in Victoria and South Australia following record rainfall "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The floods affecting the Australian states of Victoria and South Australia have continued, leaving dozens of homes damaged and at least 1 person missing. Flooding has been affecting areas of Victoria and South Australia since the start of the week. Further heavy rain in South Australia over the last 24 hours caused further flooding, damaging at least 80 homes and forcing over 70 families to evacuate. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said that 14 September was the wettest September day on record for the Adelaide area. Earlier this wee BoM said that parts of Victoria had seen the wettest 3 day stretch in September for over 100 years. In Victoria, the State Emergency Service (SES) has warned that, despite the easing of the torrential rain there, floodwaters continue to rise. One person is missing after his vehicle was swept away by floods in the south west of the state of Victoria.

06:39

Black Sisters honored to be part of PNG’s Independence celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Black Sisters honored to be part of PNG’s Independence celebrations

BY: Quintina Naime 16:54, September 15, 2016
West Papua music group Black Sisters are honoured to be part of Papua New Guinea’s 41st Independence Day celebrations.
Black Sisters comprise of Petronela, Rosalie and Lea Rumwaropen who are daughters of late August Rumwaropen, the original member of West Papua legendary band Black Brothers.
The trio will be performing alongside the Black Brothers at the Sir John Guise Stadium on Independence Day as part of the National Capital District’s organised celebrations for city residents.
The three sisters are well known in Australia and around the Pacific performing and have performed at three occasions in Moresby in past years.
Petronela said it’s an honour to be in PNG representing their father when they perform alongside the original members of Black Brothers.
“We’ve been to PNG three times on our own and performed here but this time it is different being here with our uncles.
...

06:20

Why remove your helmet at a service station? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Triumph Bonneville fuel rules service station

Australian service stations can legally refuse to serve you fuel if you don’t remove your helmet, yet very few provide anywhere safe for you to place your helmet while you fill up.

The owners say it’s for safety reasons, but really it’s so you don’t ride off without paying, which is happening more frequently. In the US, most gas stations require you to pay first!




  

Avoid filling your motorcycle with ethanol fuel

 

 

06:00

Riderless motorcycles are coming "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yamaha is testing a robot motorcycle, Kawasaki is developing a bike with artificial intelligence and now an engineering student has built a riderless model-sized motorcycle.

Could the bikes of the future ride themselves and not need rider input?

In the above video, micro-engineering student Eric Unnervik, from the Research institution in Lausanne, explains (in French) how his miniature self-balancing riderless motorcycle works.

It will ride at up to 60km/h using an onboard computer to make steering adjustments for balance, while the controller can tell the model bike where to go via a smartphone app.

He says he plans to produce a full-sized autonomous motorcycle that he claims will be be faster and safer than any human rider.

While a robotic motorcycle would take all the enjoyment out of riding, it could be used for inner-city courier tasks, commuting (where the rider is the passenger) and could be employed to take over from a rider if they make an error of judgement.

Kawasaki Rideology will talk with riders Yamaha Motobot, a robot that rides a motorcycle

As horrible as it sounds, it seems self-riding or riderless motorcycles are coming just as much as self-driving cars are imminent.

In fact, Australian governments have been warned to be ready for partially automated vehicles on public roads before 2020, and highly automated and driverless vehicles the following decade.

This message comes from last month’s Austroads autonomous vehicle (AV) summit in Brisbane attended by leaders from federal and state road and transport agencies, motoring clubs, local government and engineering and industry groups.

Austroads deputy chair Neil Scales says AV’s will “change our lives, as well as our businesses”.

Roads Australia president David Stuart-Watt says AVs would significantly reduce, if not eliminate, road deaths and injuries.

“This will free up the nearly $30 billion we spend each year on road trauma for other areas of health research and treatment.  It will also change how we deliver health services to the aged, for example.”

Just as governments have mandated safety devices over the years from seat belts in every car to ABS in European motorcycles, robotic functions could also be mandated in future b...

05:00

Engaging diasporas in development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Migrant- and refugee-led organisations implement innovative, small-scale, low-cost projects that are potentially replicable and scalable. Because of their close connections, these multicultural communities have high levels of contextual knowledge and access to vulnerable populations. However, policymakers have only just begun to appreciate the powerful role that migrant- and refugee-led organisations might play in Australian development efforts.

The role of diaspora communities in international development and humanitarian cooperation is the focus of the Diasporas in Action Conference, which is being convened in Melbourne on 26-27 September by the Diaspora Learning Network. The conference will bring together representatives of migrant- and refugee-led organisations, NGOs, government, the diplomatic corps, and academia from across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific to share insights, good practice, and lessons learned from engaging diasporas in development. Check out the full conference program here, and register for the conference here.

For those who are not able to make it to Melbourne, a public seminar featuring two of the international speakers from the Diasporas in Action Conference will be held in Canberra on Thursday 29 September at 1pm. Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE, Director of Up!-Africa Ltd, will draw on his 30 years of experience in advancing diaspora engagement with government, NGOs and the private sector in the UK to identify possible ways forward for collaboration with diasporas in Australia. He will be joined by Finau Limuloa, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Disaster Law Delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Suva, who will reflect on how Australia’s contributions to development and humanitarian response in the Pacific might be enhanced by leveraging the unique strengths, knowledge and people-to-people connections of diasporas.

For more details about the seminar and to register, please click here.

The post Engaging diasporas in development appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

04:17

Australia to Lead International Blockchain Standards Effort "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

A major standards body has created a technical committee for blockchain and put Australia in charge of the effort.

00:57

ISO Appoints Australia to Take Global Lead on Blockchain Standards "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia will take the driver’s seat in setting a uniform approach for the development of blockchain standards globally. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), widely regarded as the primary global standards authority has approved an earlier proposal [PDF] put forth by Standards Australia – the country’s national standards authority – that sought to develop uniform […]

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Thursday, 15 September

22:07

Sydney Trade Union Choir + Tom Bridges @ The Loaded Dog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

8PM, doors open 7.40pm, Saturday 22nd October, 2016

21:27

WEX Project Lead – Position Vacant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WEX Project Lead

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:                    Work Experience Project Lead

Award:                       Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement – Category: project part time

Hours:                        32 hours per week

Pay rate:                      NSCF Award Agreement Level 3, $24.60 per hour, excluding entitlements as defined in the NSCF Award Agreement.

Contract Position:       Project Based Part-time – approx. 4 month contract.

Responsible to:          Education & Support Team Manager

Person

The WEX Project Lead should be a highly-organised individual with excellent communication and people management skills. They will have experience in leading projects in the community sector and be passionate about assisting unemployed people to move into paid work.

For full position description CLICK HERE

21:19

Market Assistant – Position Vacant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Position:          Market Assistant

Award:             Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement

Hours:              4 hours per week for maintenance (weekday)

8 hours per week (Sunday 4:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Pay rate:          NSCF Award Agreement Level 2, $21.63 per hour, including entitlements as defined in the                                  NSCF Staff Agreement

Contract Position:             Permanent Part-Time

Responsible to:                   Market Coordinator and Enterprise Manager

For full position description CLICK HERE

19:24

Sekisui-what are they up to now? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When the Sunshine Coast Council rightly voted not to amend the newly minted Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 at the Council meeting of 27 April 2015  due to the proposal at the time by Sekisui House being so significantly in conflict with the planning scheme and community wishes, we knew that wouldn’t be the end of it

Come Ma

 

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18:20

Friday is Park[ing] Day – #bneparkingday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join community groups and residents in West End’s Sussex Street and along Boundary Street on Friday 16 September 2016 as we transform parking spaces into people friendly parks. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where teams transform on-street car parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. Events will be held across […]

The post Friday is Park[ing] Day – #bneparkingday appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

16:56

The Operatives present espionage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Big news folks! We are proud to announce that The Operatives present espionage on the Yellow Sunshine stage from 6pm till midnight on Sat 26 Nov at earthcore! The Operatives and it’s Agents are an unstoppable and talented force who are responsible for Melbourne’s most exciting creative output, regardless of genre, be it electronic, drum ‘n bass or soul music

Full Story

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16:54

Melbourne Recording Studio Holding A ‘Pay As You Feel’ Day For Aspiring Musos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne Recording Studio Holding A ‘Pay As You Feel’ Day For Aspiring Musos

Melbourne recording studio and rehearsal space Magnet Rehearsals are doing a good deed for local musos, and have announced they are holding a ‘pay as you feel day’ on Friday September 30.

Following on from their 2015 event, which saw great success for the North Coburg space, they are again giving this rare opportunity to musicians in need of a rehearsal space.

Built inside a former cool room on what was once a mushroom farm, this’ll no doubt appeal to the countless numbers of cash-strapped aspiring musos in Australia who will be able to pay what they feel the experience was worth to them – or perhaps simply what they can afford. While hire gear is not included free, it’s still a fantastic deal.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm, and bookings available online through the website. We’re sure this one will fill out super quickly, so jump on it.

15:48

Deadlam Festival Returns In 2016 With The Drones & Dorsal Fins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deadlam Festival Returns In 2016 With The Drones & Dorsal Fins

Bribane’s Bedlam Records is proud to announce their festival Deadlam will be returning for a third installment this Halloween.

Taking place on the 4th of November, this year’s Deadlam mini-festival is to be headlined by Australian legends The Drones, with Dorsal Fins and Sydney’s Shining Bird also leading the charge.

Joining the already stellar lineup are the immensely talented Twin Haus, You Beauty, Thigh Master, and Astro Travellers to name a few.

Having already established a name for itself as one of the hottest tickets in Brisbane, the 2016 event is sure to yet again blow some minds as it takes over The Brightside, Black Bear Lodge and The Foundry in Brisbane.

Deadlam 2016

Friday, November 4th, 2016
The Brightside, Black Bear Lodge, The Foundry
Fortitude Valley, QLD | Tickets

Lineup

The Drones
Dorsal Fins
Shining Bird
Twin Haus
You Beauty
Thigh Master
Astro Travellers
Romeo Moon
Squidgenini
Rahms
Tiana Khasi
Bugs
Voiid

15:47

Caligula’s Horse Lead Progfest 2016 Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Caligula’s Horse Lead Progfest 2016 Lineup

Australia’s leading progressive rock festival, Progfest, has announced the lineup for its 9th festival.

Since its origin in 2008, Progfest has shuffled between cities in the past, but will return to Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Saturday, December 3rd this year.

Headlined by Brisbane’s Caligula’s Horse as part of their Hands Shape Stone tour, the festival proves its dedication to bringing some of the greatest progressive acts that Australia has to offer.

Joining Caligula’s Horse for the 2016 edition are Circles, We Lost The Sea, Chaos Divine, Alithia, Orsome Wells, Transience, and Adelaide’s Dyssidia.

Progfest is sure to yet again be one of the hottest tickets in the music calendar, so get in early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Progfest 2016

Saturday, 3rd December
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Vic
Tickets

Caligula’s Horse
Circles
We Lost The Sea
Chaos Divine
Alithia
Orsome Wells
Transience
Dyssidia

15:45

The Brothers Comatose Announce First-Ever Aussie Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Brothers Comatose Announce First-Ever Aussie Tour

San Franciscan bluesy-folkers The Comatose Brothers are making their first visit ever down under.

Having recently released their third album, the highly-acclaimed City Painted Gold, the group are happy to finally make the trip to Australia, with a six-date tour of the east coast starting later this month.

The quintet’s folksy sound has been capturing the hearts of thousands of fans all over the United States and abroad, and they’re hoping to continue this as they make their way down under.

Be sure to catch the gorgeous sounds of The Comatose Brothers when they make their way around the country later this month.

The Brothers Comatose Tour Dates

Wednesday, 28th September
Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Thursday 29th September
Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday 30th September
Three Chimneys, Wollongong, NSW

Saturday, 1st October
Dashville Skyline Festival, Lower Belford, Hunter Valley, NSW

Sunday, 2nd October
Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Monday, 3rd October
Flow Bar, Old Bar NSW

Tickets available via Ticketbooth

15:15

Playmate: ‘HeySorryGottaGoBye’ at 107 Projects "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

hsggb-promo-image1

“Hey, just flagging with you that I’m feeling pretty anxious tonight.”

“Yeah babe, that’s fine. No one expects you to do anything- just watch the play”.

This is a pretty generic conversation I had with my mate before watching HeySorryGottaGoBye on Tuesday. We’ve all had one similar, and anxiety is not really a new topic. But this Sydney Fringe show explores the incredibly isolating narrative of social anxiety in a fresh, exciting and intimate way.

Watching the play, you follow Wally through the tumultuous territory of a party where he doesn’t know too many people. But, like him, you’re not really there. You’re in his head.

A projector screen set takes you through his entirely altered reality. It’s intense, and easily overwhelming. The costuming, actor placement and digital props are pieced together perfectly. The scenery takes cues from the sweet-meets-gory, tripped out animations of the early millennium. Think Rocko’s Modern Life, Happy Tree Friends or Rick & Morty – with real people inhabiting the bodies, and dialogue matching all the banal social fears that occupy our private thoughts.

Head along to this one for a zeitgeist of 2016. Short, sharp and filled with references to modern life.


WHAT: HeySorryGottaGoBye by Claudia Osborn at Sydney Fringe Festival
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St
WHEN: Until September 16
HOW MUCH: $15/18 from 107 Projects

 

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13:33

Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer Announce 2017 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer Announce 2017 Australian Tour

No stranger to Australian shores, Maynard James Keenan is bringing his Puscifer project back to Australia for the ‘Money $hot – Round Under Tour’.

Best known as the frontman for Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer project dates back to 1995, back when it was a non-musical comedy concept. Finally releasing the trip-hop heavy “V” Is For Vagina in 2007, Keenan’s Puscifer continued to impress audiences, with a descent into the theatrical aspect of rock following a debut of live shows in Las Vegas in 2009.

Puscifer finally came to Australia back in 2013 for select Soundwave appearances and headline shows, but now die-hard fans will again have the chance to catch the band as they take on a 5 date tour of Australia.

With Puscifer’s most recent album Money Shot featuring guests such as Carina Round, Tim Alexander (Primus), Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age), Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle), and Keenan’s son Devo, his live shows include a revolving door of musicians, including Paul Barker, the former bass player of Ministry.

Be sure not to miss out on Puscifer’s Money $hot – Round Under Tour when it comes your way in January, featuring special guests Luchafer.

Puscifer’s Money $hot – Round Under Tour Dates

Friday, 20th January
Mona Foma, Hobart, Tas
Tickets mofo.net.au

Saturday, 22nd January
...

12:57

A Harrowing Injury Led Dallas Frasca To Independence, And Their Proudest Work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Harrowing Injury Led Dallas Frasca To Independence, And Their Proudest Work

A death-defying experience has driven Australia’s most determined, tough-touring rock trio, Dallas Frasca to bigger and better things with new EP, Dirt Buzz, due out tomorrow.

On New Year’s Day, a harrowing fall from a remote Northern Territory rockpool ledge set in motion a sequence of events similar to those preceding 2015’s record, Love Army.

As with Love Army, when lead singer Dallas was rushed to a European hospital mid-tour for an emergency appendectomy, Frasca found herself laid up for two unexpected weeks this year, reassessing her life, music and the people she chose to share it with.

“I actually thought I’d broken my back,” said front-woman and band namesake, Dallas Frasca, “But I didn’t, thank fuck. It was just the biggest metaphor for all the stuff I wasn’t paying attention to.”

So what exactly was lacking attention in the life of Melbourne’s stalwarts of rock ‘n’ roll? “All of us made some big decisions with the band and in my life,” she said, “Things linger in our life all the time, whether it’s a business decision or who you’re hanging out with, and you just keep plodding along. And until you make those changes life fucking happens to you.”

Frasca remained aloof about the personal stuff, however the big business decisions include a lineup change, new label announcement and a return to the lo-fi style recording that so aptly reflects the band’s renowned live show.

“Jeff and I have always had rotating m...

12:37

Premiere: Trip-Punks The Keepaways Drop Their Experimental EP ‘Baggage’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiere: Trip-Punks The Keepaways Drop Their Experimental EP ‘Baggage’

Brisbane’s experimental trip-punkers The Keepaways have dropped the awesome Baggage EP.

Having spent a while making a name for themselves as one of the most innovative and inventive artists in Brisbane, The Keepaways’ Baggage EP is their most experimental release to date.

Self-produced by the duo, Baggage is a journey through the mind of the group, as they explore a crazy mixture of alternative, electronic, punk, and trip-hop music. Undoubtedly one of the few releases that really does offer something for everyone, The Keepaways are certainly on the right track to capture the minds of fans all around Australia.

To celebrate the release of Baggage, The Keepaways will be performing with Spacecowboy4005 as part of a double EP launch at Brisbane’s The Zoo on Friday, 16th September.

12:32

Bodyjar Join UNIFY Gathering 2017 Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bodyjar Join UNIFY Gathering 2017 Lineup

UNIFY Gathering 2017 has received a major injection of good, old-fashioned Australian punk rock with the addition of Aussie punk legends Bodyjar to the lineup. The addition brings the lineup to a total of 26 bands, who’ll play over two massive nights.

“Bodyjar mean everything to me, I first heard No Touch Red at my best mate’s older brother’s house and was hooked. I’ve been lucky enough to see them so many times and even tour with them. The most honest legendary bunch of blokes around. Such a privilege to call them friends,” said Luca Brasi’s Tyler Richardson.

He’s not the only one to look up to the Melbourne outfit, who burst out of the suburbs 20 years ago and have gone on to influence countless Australian bands, including Violence Soho. “The first time I heard these guys, punk rock became better forever,” said Soho’s Michael Richards.

Bodyjar will be taking the place of local metalcore favourites I Killed The Prom Queen, who have unfortunately been forced to pull out of their UNIFY Gathering spot due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Check out the full UNIFY 2017 lineup below.

UNIFY Gathering 2017

Alexisonfire
Violent Soho
Northlane
Every Time I Die
The Getaway Plan
Letlive
Thy Art Is Murder
Luca Brasi
House vs Hurricane
Bodyjar
Moose Blood
Storm The Sky
Counterparts
Deez Nuts
Trophy Eyes
King Parrot
Ocean Grove
Saviour
Columbus
The Dirty Nil
Polaris...

12:19

Premiere: Melbourne’s The Cherry Dolls Drop Newest Single ‘Fire’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiere: Melbourne’s The Cherry Dolls Drop Newest Single ‘Fire’

Melbourne rock stalwarts The Cherry Dolls have just released their cracking new track ‘Fire’, taken from upcoming EP Lone Palm.

The first taste from their sophomore EP‘Fire’ sees the five-piece at the top of their game. Produced by Dan Horne (Cass McCombs), and mixed by Alex Markwell from The Delta Riggs & Chris ‘Frenchie’ Smith (Jet, Dandy Warhols), the group were definitely in safe hands.

Having recorded Lone Palm while travelling across the US, and with clear influence from some of rock’s great artists, ‘Fire’ shows the band fully embracing their loose, carefree rock ‘n roll roots in grand fashion.

The Cherry Dolls are currently travelling around the country to promote the upcoming release of their EP on Sep 23, so be sure to check out one of their live shows, which are becoming very well known as a display of the true essence of rock.

...

12:03

Premiere: Brissy Rockers The Iron Eye Drop Awesome Backwards Film Clip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiere: Brissy Rockers The Iron Eye Drop Awesome Backwards Film Clip

Brisbane hard-rockers The Iron Eye have released an awesome backwards film clip to accompany their new single ‘Just Started’.

Having already made a name for themselves as one of Queensland’s finest providers of alternative rock, The Iron Eye have upped the ante and have delivered one of the most fun videos that 2016 has seen.

The trio’s signature attitude and exuberance are on display as they perform their newest track all whilst navigating all manner of liquids, solids, balloons, balls, silly string, couches, and motorbikes. Filmed and sung by the band in reverse in one take, it sounds like a pretty insane concept, both visually and logistically, but the group pull it off without a hitch.

With ‘Just Started’ being produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad), the group were undoubtedly in safe hands as they pumped out one of the best rock tracks Australia has seen in a while.

If The Iron Eye’s sound tickles your fancy, be sure to catch them when they hit up Brisbane’s Wooly Mammoth supporting Dallas Frasca on October 8th.

11:59

antifa notes (september 15, 2016) : united patriots front ~versus~ unions +++ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) Blair & Thomas Go To East Melbourne Collingwood The United Patriots Front (UPF) staged another dingbat stunt on Saturday night, on this occasion targeting Yarra councillor Stephen Jolly. The event the UPF attempted to gatecrash was titled ‘Re-elect Stephen … Continue reading

11:44

Holy Balm's 'Fashion' inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Takes a special talent to get the rudest settings on a synth to work for you. Holy Balm have it. In fact their latest album Activity might just pitch-shift you into a very danceable mind squiggle. We asked them about the inspiration for their lead clip 'Fashion'.



Trios and Yasuaki Shimizu

We started looking at clips like Trio's 'Da Da Da' and Yasuaki Shimizu's 'Come Tomorrow' (the latter has since disappeared off the web!). We'd been interested in the idea of a set as a site of performance but also something that offered the possibility to explore both the flatness and depth of screen space. The windows in the Trio clip look out onto a city, as though the whole room is hovering above some anonymous metro landscape. The room they're performing in, being devoid of any decoration or furnishing, is pretty anonymous itself.

Because of time, space and costing (anyone in Sydney would understand this) – we decided against the idea of a constructed set and instead chose to focus more on the body as a site, collective bodies as the scene.

We agreed on disembodied or fractured bodies being a major feature – that the clip was going to focus more on parts of the body and the gestures and functions that they can carry out (particularly hands) – rather than our bodies as whole entities (therefore us as characters, or us as ourselves).


Emile Zile
In a way the tight framing with gestures were a nod to early Fluxus art films and even contemporary art video like the work by Emile Zile ‘Five Production Company Logos in 3D’

Five Production Company Logos in 3D 2010 from Emile Zile on Vimeo.


Yvonne Rainer

Working with the keen creative eye of Olivia Simpson and Hannah Berzins on the shoo...

11:21

Aussie Bands At War With Venue Over Alleged Dodgy Dealings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aussie Bands At War With Venue Over Alleged Dodgy Dealings

Adelaide venue The Producers Bar has come under fire from more than one local band claiming the venue did not honour contracts it had signed, leaving the bands out of pocket and in one case, forcing the band to cancel the gig.

Sydney outfit The Lulu Raes took to Facebook yesterday to announce the cancellation of their Adelaide show this Friday. “The venue decided they don’t feel like honouring the contract by paying us so we regret to inform you we will NOT be playing this Friday’s gig,” they wrote.

“Adelaide kids we’re very sorry and we’ll be back soon at a good venue,” they added. According to the band’s management, the cancellation has left the band out of pocket for the cost of flights and the time taken off work to travel.

“The lads were really excited about getting back to Adelaide but after the venue booker (who signed the contract 5th August) suddenly left the position a few weeks back the new person in that role attempted to renegotiate every aspect of the contract pulling the bands performance fee, accom and back line,” they wrote.

“Facing a rather large financial loss we were left with no option but to cancel the show.” However, the venue has since responded to the band’s claims, insisting the contract The Lulu Raes signed is void as it was signed by an “unauthorised person” on the venue’s end....

10:51

Proposals for New Program Cycle October 2016 to March 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prenters'Program Proposals must be submitted by Friday, 23 September. All Presenters must sign and submit the Presenter's Agreement along with their Program Proposal. They combined document is attached here for Downloading as a PDF or Word document. 

10:28

Black Panther is top Harley Marvel custom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harley-Davidson Black Panther BreakoutA Black Panther Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout is the popular choice for the best Harley customised in a Marvel Comics superheroes theme.

The dealer custom bike competition was decided by customer votes and the winner comes from Western Ranges Motorcycles.

Chris Whitten of Western Ranges Motorcycles says their Black Panther Breakout is “completely blacked out, low and sleek, with an extra cool stance from the lowered air suspension”.Harley-Davidson Black Panther Breakout

“It’s a perfect balance of sleek style and badass customisation.”

Brent Zeimer from Queensland voted for the Black Panther Breakout and his entry was drawn at Oz Comic Con Sydney at the weekend to win the holiday of a lifetime for him and three friends.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor joins James Tarbuck at the Oz Comic Con marvel

Chris Hemsworth as Thor  at the Oz Comic Con

The 10-day Hollywood and Las Vegas holiday, developed by Marvel for Harley-Davidson Australia, includes four nights at the Ramada Plaza in West Hollywood with private tours of the Marvel Legacy Effects Studio, the iFLY indoor parachuting experience and Disneyl...

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